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 21 AUGUST 2014
YEAR 9 and 10 ACADEMIC CONFERENCES - Monday 25 August
On Monday there will be no classes for Year 9 and 10 students. For senior students it is day one of the school exams.
Letters have been sent out to parents/caregivers of Year 9 and 10 students regarding appointment times for their conference with their student’s form teacher. Each conference will take around 20 minutes and will focus on:
- Checking progress towards learning goals that were identified
in the term one conferences
- Progress towards the Junior Diploma
- Discussion of the mid-year report issued earlier in the term
For both year groups, the conference is an opportunity to discuss subjects to be selected for next year. For Year 10s, these will be subjects towards NCEA level 1 and will start to shape the course they will follow in the senior school.

SENIOR EXAMS - Monday 25 to Friday 29 August
School exams for Year 11 - 13 students will run for the week of 25 – 29 August. During that time senior students will be on study leave and will not be required at school other than to sit their scheduled exams or attend other arranged assessment activities.
Students have been issued with their own exam timetable and further information about exam expectations will be issued this week. The school exams serve to inform students of their readiness for the NCEA externals in term 4 and they will also be used to help identify those students who will receive academic awards at the senior school prize giving.

TOURNAMENT WEEK 1 - 5 September
Five school teams will compete at their different tournaments around the country:
Premier netball team - UNISS tournament at the Waitakere Netball Centre
Boys’ First Football XI - Linwood tournament in Timaru
Girls’ First Football XI - Lotto Premier tournament in Taupo
Girls’ First Hockey XI - Eveline Hankers Memorial Trophy tournament in Pukekohe
Boys’ First Hockey XI - Johnson Cup tournament Greymouth
Boys’ Basketball – ASB Arena Baypark, Mt Maunganui
Pukekohe High School Senior Concert Band
The KBB music Festival, which attracts more than 130 ensembles from the greater Auckland area, is always a keen focus for PHS bands, with the promise of an award if they perform well. Run by volunteers and held at Westlake Girls and Boys High Schools this year, our 5 bands gave 20 minute performances which were adjudicated. Awards were given to the top groups according to the marks they received.
Our groups all received awards and the school would like to thank the organisers and host schools for their work running this event and the musical directors of our ensembles - Mrs Appleton (string group), Kathleen Griffin (big band), Mr Schofield (wind band, concert band) and Mr Leffelaar (stage band)
-  Pukekohe High School String Group - Commended Award
-  Pukekohe High School Wind Band - Commended Award
-  Pukekohe High School Big Band - Bronze Award
-  Pukekohe High School Senior Concert Band - Silver Award
-  Pukekohe High School Stage Band - Gold Award and the Award for the Most Outstanding Big Band at the Festival. They were also invited to perform at the Gala Concert.
 A HUGE congratulations to yr10 student Eurmika Penaflor who took out the overall award in this years’ event, beating competition from more than 20 other schools, and all the senior entries. Her project titled “A fantastic aPeel for bioplastics” developed a method for making biodegradable plastic from citrus fruit skin. This is a very prestigious award.