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Friday, 24th November 2017
As NCEA moves into its final week, our junior students start their exams this week.
These exams are important as they give juniors their first experience of studying for and sitting exams. Learning how to revise effectively and sit a two-hour exam is an important outcome of these exams. I wish the very best to our junior students over the next few days.
Teacher Only Days
On Wednesday and Thursday, staff spent two days learning more about the IB MYP programme that we are introducing at the college. We had presenters from New Zealand and overseas working with staff in and across their faculties. Trudy Gibb, Faculty Leader Social Sciences, has provided a summary overleaf of what staff did over these two days.
As part of the new house system, we are running a camp for our 2018 prefects next week after NCEA finishes. This is part of our commitment to growing our student leaders at the college and this will take place over three days next week. Thank you to the many staff involved in this.
We have now received the final plans for this work. Preliminary work on this project, along with work on drainage at the college, will start over the summer break. Due to pressures in the construction industry, the main project work will take place around the April holidays in 2018.
New Science Block
After negotiations with Ministry staff in Wellington, the business case for this project has now been approved, so we progress to the next stage of design with our architects - JASMAX. We look forward to expediting this important project.
Year 9 Camps
We will be running Year 9 camps for our incoming students in 2018. There will be three camps at Piha, Tui Ridge in Rotorua, and Whakamaru near Taupō. This is an exciting new development that we look forward to. Matthew Schollum is the Teacher in Charge, and with other staff, they have done an excellent job planning for these camps.
The good news is that the college is fully staffed for 2018. The shortage of secondary teachers is very real, so it is good to have all of our teaching positions filled.
Lindsay Adams Memorial
On Tuesday 5th December, we will be holding a special function to honour the college’s founding Principal, Lindsay Adams, who passed away last year. With his family, we will unveil a memorial seat in his honour by the Adams Technology Block. This special event will take place at 4pm that day.
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