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Dear Parents and Caregivers It is hard to believe that we are now more than halfway through Term 1. I have been delighted with the positive start that all students have made to the 2013 school year, particularly the Year 9 students. I am grateful for the excellent work the 2013 Prefects and Year 13 Form Mentors have put into school events to make the transition from Year 8 to Year 9 such an optimistic and inclusive start. Since our last newsletter we received news that our Year 13 students of 2012 attained 16 subject scholarships. One student, Jie Hong Fan achieved three subject scholarships in Chemistry, Statistics and Calculus. It is particularly pleasing that the students have achieved scholarships in a wide variety of subjects, including Music, Photography, Physical Education and Media Studies. Details of individual results are on the College website; Our final confirmed NCEA results will be released soon. I am delighted to advise that Tawa College students performed very well at all year levels, both with overall pass rates and with the number of students who achieved either an Excellence or Merit endorsement. In the next newsletter we will provide accurate data with regards to our NCEA achievement levels. We compare exceptionally well with other schools in our decile rating. Our sporting teams have been enjoying near perfect weather conditions for all codes and have performed well in the first half of the term. The Girls Cricket 1st XI remain unbeaten in their premier grade and two Year 10 students Olivia Taylor and Lauren King have reached the Regional Finals of the Lawn Bowls competition. This is the eighth

successive year that students from Tawa College have qualified for this event. It is exciting to see students not only participating but also performing at a high level in their sporting endeavours, whether it be Waka Ama, Volleyball, Tennis and other summer sports. We have a large group of students attending Dawn Chorus and considerable numbers of students are participating in Debating. Stage Challenge practices are well underway and there is also a significant group of students who are currently preparing for the Sheilah Winn Shakespeare Festival. I want to thank all parents who contribute positively to the College, whether it is through association with the Board of Trustees, PTA, Canteen, Sports Committees or by providing transport to and from College events. Your support is highly valued. Can I encourage Year 9 parents in particular to consider being involved with the Tawa College Parents and Teachers Association. This group meets once a month during school terms and they provide valuable feedback to me on a regular basis. The AGM for the Tawa College Parents and Teachers Association will be held on Thursday 9th May 2013. Staffing At Easter, Suzanne Balasingam will be leaving Tawa College to take up a position overseas. Although she has only been with us briefly, we thank her for her positive contribution to the school. Murray Lucas Principal

NCEA MATTERS Year 13 Parents/ Caregivers

Tawa College and Beyond... Information evening on exactly what University Entrance is all about - the points system for Universities and further educational options in other providers such as Weltec and Whitireia.



BOARD OF TRUSTEES ELECTIONS 2013 The elections for the College’s Board of Trustees for a new three year term are to be held on 30 May 2013. The College is permitted to have five parent representatives and may co-opt other members. Nominations will be called for in April 2013. Voting papers if required will be posted out on or before 21st May 2013 and must be returned by midday on 30th May 2013. An information booklet will be enclosed with your child’s school report this week.


Reader/Writers As part of Tawa College's ongoing commitment to meet the diverse needs of our students, we require volunteers to support students with learning needs. This role requires someone to either read a piece of text, write a student’s answer down, or read and write for a student when they undergo internal or external tests and examinations. This position is unpaid and occurs when the students require assistance.

UNIFORM The new black puffer jackets are now in stock at the Uniform Shop. These are priced as follows: Macpac Fairydown

$160.00 $105.00

Please note only plain black jackets with no logos or advertising are acceptable as school uniform jackets. This was approved by the Tawa College Board of Trustees in 2012. The jackets can be purchased for other family members and are not restricted to Tawa College students only.

Students with Learning Needs Parent Group The Learning Support Department welcomes all parents of students with learning needs to our Parent Networking Group. Our goal is to provide an avenue for increased communication between home and school, an opportunity for parents to meet other parents who have children in the department and to share information and strategies which can benefit students at home and at school. The meetings will be held in the Library Annex from 7pm to 9pm. The next meeting for Term 1 will be held on Tuesday 9th April 2013.

WHANAU HUI The first whanau hui for the 2013 school year was held on Thursday 28th February. There was a tremendous turn-out of new and regular parents. Thank you for your support and interest in the school. Please note the following upcoming events in your diary: Ra Haka

For further information please contact HOD, Learning Support, Rachael Martin on

26th March at Arena, Kilbirnie 28th to 31st March 5th June

Kiorahi Nationals Manu Korero Kapa Haka Wellington Regionals 12th July


Meetings scheduled for Term 2 will be held on Tuesday 7th May, Tuesday 4th June and Tuesday 2nd July. Tea and coffee will be provided. For further information, or any queries please email

Rachael Martin HOD Learning Support



Bowls Congratulations to Year 10 students Olivia Taylor and Lauren King who were finalists in the College Sport Wellington Girls Pairs Bowls Championships held at Naenae Bowling Club on Friday 1st March. The girls defeated Aotea College in the semi-final and lost to Chilton St James in the final. Olivia and Lauren have now qualified for the Regional Championships to be held in Wanganui on 8th April.

NZ Flat Water Kayak Championships Congratulations to Danielle Watson who recently competed at the NZ Sprint Kayak Championships held in Rotorua. She won five medals including: 1st 2nd 2nd 3rd 4th

U14 Girls K4 200m U14 Girls K2 200m and 500m U14 Girls K4 500m U14 Girls K1 5km U14 Girls K1 200m and 500m

Danielle also competed in the K2 events in the U16 Girls and finished in 4th place in both the K2 200m and 500m. One of the highlights for Danielle was having her K1 medal presented by Olympic gold medalist Lisa Carrington. Softball Congratulations to Sam Marley of Year 11 who was selected for the Wellington U17 Softball team that played in a national tournament in Nelson in January this year. The Wellington U17 team finished 4th.

Cricket Congratulations to the following Tawa College girls who represented Wellington at the National U15 Cricket tournament held in Wanganui in late January. The team played outstandingly well winning the national tournament. Tawa College representatives: Katie Blair Jess Kerr Olivia Macrae Makaylah Mason-Jones Roshani Thuraisingham Danielle Watson Phoenix Williams

Congratulations to Sam Marley, Zac Boyd and Reilly Makea who were selected for the Wellington U15 Softball team that played in the North Island Championship Tournament in Auckland in January. Wellington won the tournament beating Auckland in the final. Congratulations also to Adam Preston, Andre Burridge, Damon Creasy and Kyle Preston who were selected for the Wellington U15 Development team. They also played in the Auckland tournament. Squash Congratulations to Jessie-Rose Ward-Thomas of Year 12 who has been selected for the 2013 NZ Junior Development Squad. Jessie-Rose was one of eight junior girls chosen from throughout NZ.


Swimming Congratulations to the following students who recently competed in the Wellington Summer Long Course Swimming Championships held at the Wellington Aquatic Centre from 18th to 21st January 2013. Results from the event:

All students are welcome to join Dawn Chorus (Friday morning 8am – hall), Concert Band (woodwind and brass instrumentalists, Tuesday lunch – music block) and String Group (Wednesday 8.30am – music block) and Gospel Choir (Thursday lunch – music block).

Ruslan Cowley (1 bronze), Callum Sinclair (6 gold, 2 silver, 1 bronze), Katie Trott (1 silver 1 bronze), Nicola Trott (3 gold, 5 silver, 2 bronze), Simone Gordon, Justin Roberts, Calvin Jones, Luda Cowley, James McCarthy, Emelie Clarke, Josh Kemp and Matthew Taylor.

Rock bands meet on a Wednesday afternoon in the music block. If any student is interested in joining a band please meet Mr Cameron and Mr Geary after school on Wednesdays and we will do our best to find a band for you.

NZ Age Group Championships Congratulations to Tawa College students: Ben Walsh, Calvin Jones, Nicola Trott, Katie Trott, Ruslan Cowley and Callum Sinclair who recently attended the NZ Age Group Championships held at Kilbirnie Pool in Wellington. Results as follows: Ben Walsh Ben Walsh Ben Walsh Ben Walsh Ben Walsh Katie Trott Callum Sinclair

Silver 50m Breaststroke Silver 100m Breaststroke Silver 200m Breaststroke Bronze 50m Butterfly Bronze 200m Medley Silver 200m Butterfly Bronze 400m IM

Ben was also selected for the Boys 16 Years and over Wellington Regional Medley Relay team which obtained a Bronze medal placing. Tennis Congratulations to Pratt Keerasuntonpong who won the Boys Singles recently at the 2013 College Sport Wellington Champs. Youth Olympics 2013 Congratulations to Alyse Derby (badminton) and Ben Walsh (swimming) who recently participated at the Youth Olympic Games which were held in Sydney, Australia from 16th to 20th January 2013. MUSIC DEPARTMENT The year has begun very well with many students joining the performance groups that the Music Department offers. It is not too late to join in the music activities listed here:

There is a co-curricular notice that gives details about our music groups. This notice is available from the music department office. If you have any questions, please come to the music block and speak to one of our staff or email the head of the department - Murray Cameron Concerts & Performance Opportunities Would families of music students please take note of the following important dates. Please pass on the concert/event dates to anyone in the community who you think would be interested in attending. Rock Quest 12 July 2013 – Venue and time to be advised A nationwide band/song competition for solo artists or bands. Barbershop Regionals 23 May 2013 – Wellington Opera House Maiden Tawa, Acafellas and Quartets will enter this event. Big Sing Regional Festival 5 or 6 June - Wellington Town Hall Dawn Chorus and Blue Notes will spend the day and evening at this choral event. June Tunes 19 June - College Hall - 7pm A concert featuring the college’s choral groups. Rockbands Concert Date to be advised – College Hall 7pm A concert featuring the college’s rock bands.


Beat the Winter Blues 26 June 2013 - College Hall - 7pm A concert featuring the college’s instrumental groups. Final Notes 29 October 2013 – College Hall – 7pm Our end-of-year concert featuring a selection of the musical groups within the school. Musical Production 2 – 10 August 2013 – College Hall Auditions for the production will be held later in March, with rehearsals commencing on a Sunday afternoon (2pm-5pm), Tuesday afternoon (3.30pm-5.30pm) and Wednesday morning (8am-9.30am) starting from April. More information soon. As yet we do not have a date for the Barbershop Nationals. These were to be hosted in Christchurch, but unfortunately have had to be moved so are now in Hamilton. We will let the students in Acafellas and Maiden Tawa know the date for this event as soon as we hear. Blue Notes (formally know as Twilight Tones) have the possibility of being selected for the Big Sing National Finale. This will be held in Dunedin from 29-31 August. Students in Acafellas, Maiden Tawa and Blue Notes are asked to start fundraising for these potential trips as soon as possible so there is not so much financial pressure leading up to these events. Students can sell boxes of Cadbury Chocolate by bringing $36 to the music department office. The student will make $24 towards the trips from each box of 24 bars sold. Entertainment Books The NEW 2013 | 2014 Wellington Entertainment™ Book is coming soon. Selling for only $60, the new Book is packed with over $15,000 worth of valuable offers valid through to 1 June 2014! Order your new book before 3 April 2013 and you'll also receive additional value with six bonus offers valued at over $160!

Order from Tawa College Music Department and support our fundraising efforts again this year. You can order the book online at s/10412p0 or contact Caron Hubbard on

LIBRARY Firstly, can I thank all those parents and caregivers who encouraged their child to return their outstanding library books. We began the year with 150 items outstanding (from total issues in 2012 of over 13,000) and are now down to 53 - still 53 too many, but a little more manageable. I will be sending out a final notice to the parents/caregivers of the 44 students who still have these items and would appreciate it if you could deal with the return/payment as soon as possible. Secondly, our library system is now able to email overdue notices automatically, so this will start to happen very soon. If you receive one of these notices please encourage your son/daughter to come to the library and return or renew the item - it takes seconds and they don't even need to have the book with them for renewals. Finally, March is New Zealand Book Month, and to celebrate this I have been sent a large number of vouchers which entitle you to $5.00 off the cost of any book valued at $10.00 or over. They are being distributed to students, but I will also hold some in the library. If your son or daughter wants a voucher they just need to come to the library and ask me. Mrs Hammond Library Manager COMMUNITY EDUCATION Students have enthusiastically signed up for the full range of courses being offered this term. NZ Sign Language, Sewing, Cooking, Fitness and Music classes have been particularly popular. There are still classes yet to start this term. On Wednesday 20th March there will be another Defensive Driving class as well as an


Excel 2010 course and an Heirloom-Style Machine Quilting Course. On Sunday 7th April there is a Website Construction course for those who wish to develop a web page for family or business. During the school holidays courses that are suitable for students are often run. Suggestions for the next school holidays are First Aid, Baby Sitting skills, and Sewing (making something like a bag or hoodie). If you have any other suggestions for courses you would like Community Education to run during the school holidays or you are interested in taking a course during next holidays please register your interest and suggestions to COMMUNITY NOTICES Neighbours’ Weekend There's still time to be a good neighbour and organise a barbecue in your street this month! If people bring their own supplies there's little effort on your part - and everyone will love you for taking the initiative! See for tips on what to do, or give Malcolm a call on 232 5030. Neighbours' Weekend in Tawa is all about "making your street a better place to live in". Porirua Grand Traverse - Fun Run/Walk Sunday 7 April 2013 This fun, social, recreational event raises funds for World Vision. The 7.5km route is a spectacular and achievable course over the stunning Titahi Bay headlands; starting along at Titahi Bay beach front, over Whitireia Park and then taking walking tracks around to Onepoto for a final 2k to the finish line at Whitireia Polytechnic. It’s fun, scenic and for a great cause! Sign-up through Tawa College Office at a DISCOUNTED rate starting this week! The cost is $10 per person or $20 for a family/team of four. If you require any additional information please contact Mr Clarke at Tawa College on

MANA TIAKI WHANAU ROOPU Tena koutou and welcome to 2013. We welcome parents and children to join our Mana Tiaki roopu – we are based in Tawa and help to connect children and their families with tikanga in a family setting. Our kapahaka sessions are open to all who wish to learn and run from the Tawa Community Centre on Thursday afternoons. Sessions started on Thursday, February 14th. Session Times Nga Mokopuna o Mana Tiaki – Preschoolers - 3.30pm to 3.55pm Te Iti Kahurangi o Mana Tiaki – Primary School Age - 4.20pm to 5pm Nga Taitamariki o Mana Tiaki / Te Poutokomanawa o Mana Tiaki 5pm to 5.45pm - combined Intermediate and College students Afternoon tea is provided each Thursday from 4.00pm – 4.20pm. Our kapahaka groups are community focused and social – don’t worry if you have never done kapahaka before, this is a great place to start. Mana Tiaki also runs events for community and whanau around kaupapa Maori events – Matariki, Maori Language Week and runs noho Marae for tamariki, rangatahi and their whanau to learn the protocols of marae living and to extend their development in kapahaka. Kapahaka is not all we do, it’s what we do to connect our whanau with one another. Nau mai, haere mai! Mana Tiaki has an office based in the Tawa Community Centre – please call in and see Heather and Tanya if you want to register to belong to our group or if you want extra information. Office hours are: Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday

9:30am to 11am 9.30am to 11.30am 9.30am to 2.30pm 9.30am to 5pm 9.30am to 11am

Mana Tiaki is going to be running ‘Kapo Kapo’ in June this year – a kapahaka / Pasifika Festival that will celebrate the cultural diversity of our schools and our community. We look forward to families being involved in this community wide event for Tawa and Porirua.


Big Air Gymnastics Children doing dance and other sports are joining Bigair Gym to help with their strength, flexibility, tumbling, co-ordination, fitness, confidence and skill development. Many are also coming because they have a love of Gymsports! Call 232 3508 to discuss how Bigair kids gym can benefit your child! Free Trials available. Leadership Development Course - Term 1 Holidays for Year 12 & 13 Students This two day course runs at the Evans Bay Cadet Centre, Wellington, and will teach students specific leadership skills in a practical and fun way. The leadership skills being taught, by experienced leaders with military and business backgrounds, include: Leadership Qualities, Task Achievement Process, Confidence, Communication, Team Management.

UPCOMING EVENTS Please refer to the e2Learn website for up to date information on college events. Some dates to note for Term 1 are: MARCH Mon 11 Otago University visit at lunchtime Wed 13 Progress reports posted home Thu 14 CWS Athletics PTA Meeting 7.30pm PTA Centre Mon 25 Junior Parent/Teacher Meetings Tue 26 Junior Parent/Teacher Meetings Fri 29 Good Friday – School Closed APRIL Mon 1 Tue 2 Wed 3 Sun 7 Fri 19

Easter Monday – School Closed Easter Tuesday – School Closed Academic Prizegiving 10am Porirua Grand Traverse Term 1 ends

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