The focus of this term
for all students is their preparation for and completion of end of year
assessments. For seniors this is a focus on NCEA externals and Scholarship
examinations as well as the completion of any internal assessments.
EXAMS (see information below)
Senior students will
commence their NCEA exam leave from Monday 3 November with exams scheduled to
commence on Monday 10 November.
Exams for Year 9 and
10 students will be held in week four of this term and will run over three days
– Wednesday 5 to Friday 7 November.
At the end of last term senior students received reports and Records
of Learning. Students who did senior exams will also have received
their exam scripts. Parents are encouraged to discuss all these
documents with their students and to reflect on strategies that would help
students to achieve their goals by the end of 2014.
A number of departments are offering extra learning opportunities for
students after school and during lunch times, as advertised in the Daily
Notices on PukekoheNet News Centre. With only 7 school days left, all
senior students should be well into their study programme. There is still enough time to ensure that
every student has a successful academic year.
During this term there
are several ceremonies to recognise the academic, sporting and cultural
achievements of our students.
Wednesday 22 October,
commencing at 7:00 pm in the school hall to recognise achievements in music,
the visual and performing arts.
Thursday 24 October,
commencing at 7:00 pm in the school hall.
Senior Prize Giving
Tuesday 4 November,
commencing at 7.00 pm in the Town Hall.
Senior prize giving is our most important school ceremony and is our
opportunity to acknowledge the many and wide ranging achievements of our
students, culminating in the announcement of our dux for the year. All prize
winners in years 11, 12 and 13 are expected to attend and we extend an
invitation to families of these students as well.
Māori Achievement Celebrations
Tuesday 2 December (date to be confirmed) commencing at 5.00pm at the Ngā Hau e Wha Marae and is
an evening where we acknowledge the successes of our Māori students.
Year 13 Graduation
December 8 in the school hall at 7.00 pm. Year 13 students who meet the graduation
requirement of at least 80 per cent attendance will be entitled to attend and
be recognised as a graduate of the school.
This is last
opportunity for the class of 2014 to be together as a year group. Many have been together over the
past five years and in that regard they share a special bond. Graduation night
is also an occasion when the school can recognise them as having completed 5
years secondary education and for the many contributions they have made to
school life throughout this time.
Junior Prize Givings
9 December - Year 10. Wednesday
10 December - Year 9.
2014 SPORTS AWARDS
The annual Sports
awards evening commences at 7.00 pm on Thursday 23 October in the school hall.
At this function will be presented our sports awards and trophies across the
full range of sports that we offer. These will include our top awards for which
individuals and teams have been nominated.
Nominees for the
Major Awards are as follows:
Malcolm Hood Cup - Endeavour in Sport;
Jenna Dodd, Bailee Waller, Zane
Anderson, Kendrick Siu.
McQuoid Trophy - Commitment, Preparation,
Performance; Rebecca Cheyne,
Jenna Dodd, Maxine Rawnsley, Bailee Waller, Kaitlin Petherick, Hayley Marx,
Harvey Humber, Olivia Gillot.
Ken Hemopo Shield - Leadership in Sport;
Lance Tairakena, Aaron Campbell,
Kendrick Siu, Lachlan Caudwell.
McMillan Trophy - Fair Play Award;
Football Girls’ 2nd XI, Football Boys
1st XI, Hockey Boys 1st XI, Hockey Boys’ 3rd XI, Yr 9 and Yr 10 Netball teams.
Lions Club Cup - Most Outstanding Achievement;
Kaitlin Petherick, Olivia Gillott, Abi
Chapman, Hayley Marx, Hannah Childs.
Welander Shield - Most Outstanding Achievement;
David Van Den Bogaard, Zachary Dell,
C Pritchard Cup - All Round Sportswoman of the Year;
Abi Chapman, Kaitlin Petherick, Maxine
Rawnsley, Hayley Marx, Ellenna Caudwell, Roxanne Rawnsley.
6A 1959 Cup - All Round Sportsman of the Year;
Gerard Melchers, Lachlan Caudwell,
Hiraku Walley, Dylan Moxon
Guest speaker at the
awards is Ms Louise Jones, physical education teacher at Pukekohe High School
and member of the New Zealand track team that competed at the recent
Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.
TEACHER ONLY DAY – FRIDAY 14 NOVEMBER
Included in the term
dates for the year approved by the Board were three teacher only days. The
first was held in term two and focussed on student wellbeing and we had a
presenter from the Brainwave Trust on that day.
The second is
scheduled for Friday 14 November where the focus will be on curriculum planning
The third will not be
held before the end of term.
Consequently this will mean a change to the end of school dates.
On Tuesday December 9 Year 10s will finish school for
the year following their prize giving at 1.00pm.Year 9s will finish on Wednesday December 10 following
their prize giving at 10.00 am. These dates are one day earlier than previously
Next Wednesday 24
September is when subject selection forms for 2015 need to be returned by all
Year 10, 11 and 12 students. Over the past two weeks students have had access
to subject information through the school's internet, subject information books
and careers education classes. Hopefully, parents and caregivers
have felt part of this process by discussing future career and
study goals with their student(s) and ensuring that the subjects
chosen will enable them to achieve their goals.
subjects and courses for next year can be found on the school’s website (access
Subject Selection tab). There are also course planning guides which are there
to assist students to plan their courses beyond 2015, information about NCEA
and there is helpful advice under “Formula
for choosing subjects to study”. The prerequisites that students need to
meet in order to take some subjects are also listed.
Students will be able
to view information about subjects and courses, their linkages with vocations
and the type of learning that is involved from displays in the hall. These
displays will be available to students over the next few days and will also be
available for parents and caregivers to view and discuss with subject teachers
on Thursday 18 September between 4.00 – 7.00pm.
Mr Willy Schoppe has
resigned his position as a parent representative on the Board of Trustees. Mr
Schoppe has served four years as a Board member and the school community thanks
him for his support and contribution to school governance during this time.
There is now a casual
vacancy on the Board for an elected trustee. The Board has resolved under
section 105 of the Education Act to fill this vacancy by selection. A public
notice to this effect will be published shortly.
Five year 12 students,
Antoine Ogilvie, Jacqui Smith, Jessica
Haigh, Ishaan Singhal and Oliver Jenner have submitted nominations for the
position of student representative on the Board. In all schools this is a 12
month term commencing in October. Students will be able to vote for their
candidate when polling commences on Thursday.
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