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Thursday January 18 2018

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Bamford school Bamford School welcomed their new principal Shona Hewlett to the school in term 3, 2017. Shona brings with her a wealth of experience having successfully lead two previous schools to a 4-5 year return from ERO. Shona is looking forward to the exciting times ahead for Bamford School in 2018.

Our teaching and learning focuses on giving students real life experiences to raise achievement across all curriculum areas.

Bamford is a small school with a family / whanau feel where everyone looks out for each other and the whole staff know all students and their families / whanau.

We are a PB4L (Positive Behaviour for Learning) school which means we focus on rewarding positive behaviours.

Our staff work collaboratively to provide an education where strong values, high expectations and striving for excellence are at the heart of the curriculum.

There are many opportunities for our students to feel success in the arts, culture, sports, academics and leadership.



Junior GaTE Project : Community Action

Our small class sizes enable us to focus on the individaul learning for all students. We look forwad to welcoming new enrolments for 2018.

The junior GaTE (Gifted and Talented) group at Mairehau High School has been working on a project looking at the needs of our community. One Year 9 student, Caley Gopperth, chose to focus on the increasing rate of the homeless in our city. She began by looking at the idea of putting together an emergency kit. From there she researched what would be required and began pricing up all of the items. She wrote to a number of companies asking for support and donations. We are very grateful to The Warehouse, K-Mart, Cookie Time, Warehouse Stationery and Ferrymead Dental for their support. Caley also fundraised making and selling packs of cheese rolls and Thai

pumpkin soup to the staff. Caley thought it would be best to work alongside the City Mission. She was lucky enough to be shown around the new City Mission by Gray Crawford, the Social Services Manager. He spoke with her about the backgrounds and needs of their clients. Caley was told about the new women’s 12-bed overnight refuge that is about to open. From this discussion Caley was able to make the decision to focus the backpacks and items on the needs of these women. Caley and her teacher, Ms Marshall, will be delivering the bags to the City Mission next week, who will then ensure they get to the right women. This has been a very successful and rewarding project for Caley.

Mairehau High School OUR VISION

“Moving Forward in our children’s learning”


We welcome back our existing families / whanau and our amazing Bamford students for the 2018 school year on February the 1st. New enrolments are welcome on January the 30th and 31st for New Entrants - Year 8. We do not have an enrolment scheme. For further information please email the principal Shona Hewlett -

Catholic Cathedral College To Live By Faith • The only Catholic Co-educational College in Christchurch • Years 7-13 • Family Focused • Culturally Diverse • High Academic Achievement • Catholic Cathedral College prides itself on consistently high NCEA results over the past four years Enrolments for 2018 may still be available – enquiries to

Office will open Monday 22nd January 2018 | School starts back Tuesday 30th January 2018

Commencing Dates for 2018 Monday 22 January

School Office opens

Monday 29 January

First Official Day

Tuesday 30 January

Confirmation of Courses: Year 12 & 13 from 9.30am-12noon Year 11 from 1pm–3pm

Wednesday 31 January

Year 9 & International students only today 9am–2pm Students assemble in the Hall with Peer Support Leaders International students orientation, 9am

Thursday 1 February

All students at school (including Supported Learning Students) 8.45am – 10.00am Assembly: Years 10-13 8.45am – 10.00am Year 9 in Form Groups Timetabled classes from period 2

Friday 2 February

Full school timetable today All students in timetabled classes

Monday 5 February

School closed today

Tuesday 6 February

Waitangi Day Observance – school closed today

Wednesday 7 February

All students in timetabled classes today Canteen opens on this day

“Come and join our small, caring, inclusive school. We value individuality and diversity, and will really get to know your child.” – Harry Romana, Principal

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