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 3 July 2014
Our term finishes with the stage production of “Alice Returns to Wonderland”. Written and directed by drama teacher Mrs Marama Killen, Alice Returns to Wonderland catches up with Alice when she is 15 and about to go on her first ever date. Alice has tried to forget Wonderland and is focusing on growing up. However, when the White Rabbit shows up and interrupts the date Alice needs to decide if she is going to stay in the real world or go back and help save Wonderland.

Filled with music, dance and cheesy pick-up lines Alice Returns to Wonderland is a fun show for the whole family to watch.

The show opened on Tuesday with a matinee performance for students of Pukekohe Intermediate and Pukekohe East schools. Performances have been held nightly at 7.00 pm, with the final show on Friday.

Te Tuhi Youth Art Award

Te Tuhi is a nationally significant contemporary art gallery presenting exhibitions and projects by New Zealand and international artists. Each year the gallery invites submissions for the Te Tuhi Youth art Award.

 

This year Year 13 art student Cassandra Drayton was one of four art award winners.

 As winners each student is awarded art supply vouchers courtesy of Gordon Harris, one year's subscription to NZ's leading art magazine Artnews, a three day intensive studio workshop with experienced art tutors and artists, one day working with current university art students and all winners exhibit their work during the winners exhibition here at Te Tuhi.

WHAT EVENTS COMING UP!!
While we are just at the end of term two, the next term will be underway soon enough and with it some big school activities.

Enrolments for 2015
Week two of next term will be enrolment week for next year’s year nine students. In week one enrolment information will be distributed to local schools
Enrolment interviews for year 8 students and other year levels will be held in the school’s library on the following dates:
Tues 29 July, Wed 30 July, Mon 4 Aug 2014           4.00 – 7.00 pm

Sat 2 August 2014 (also Open Day)                        10:00 am – 2:00 pm           

Please bring relevant documents (copies plus originals for verification).

Out of Zone Enrolments. The Board has approved 25 out of zone places for year nines. The last day for out of zone enrolments is September 3. If the number of applications exceeds 25, then a ballot will be held on September 10 to determine the 25 places.

Open Day
The school's Open Day is Saturday 2 August 10am - 2pm.

Subject Selections for 2015
Earlier this term the careers information evening was held. Large numbers of students and their parents met with representatives from the universities, polytechnics and a range of industries and trade training organisations. The purpose of the evening was to enable students to gain information as they plan their futures beyond school.
Selecting the subjects that lead to school based qualifications is the next step in achieving their desired futures. Students need to select those subjects which will gain them the level of qualification that they need, are ones which they have strengths and interests and in which they have the potential to gain academic success.
The process is all about getting good advice and it involves each student, their parents and caregivers, subject teachers, form teachers and careers and guidance staff.

Senior Assessment Week – (Week 6) 25 – 29 August
During this week senior students will be involved in school exams and other NCEA assessment activity. The exams provide students with an
indication of how they are progressing towards their NCEA qualification and particularly their external standards. Following this week there
are only six school weeks left before seniors commence their final NCEA exams.
Tournament Week – Week 7 September 1-7
Senior teams will be competing at different venues around the country:
Netball - Waitakere
Girls’ hockey - Pukekohe Girls’ football - Taupo
Boys’ hockey - Greymouth Boys’ football - Timaru

Teacher Only Day
“Unravelling the Adolescent Brain” – this was the title of the presentation from our keynote speaker Katherine Berkett of the Brainwave
Trust on June 20.
“Moody, impulsive, doing crazy things and when you ask you get the answer “I don’t know”!
Adolescence, a period of around 15 years, is and always has been a challenging period of life for both adults and teenagers.” This opening
sentence from Sue Wright’s lead article in the winter edition of the Brainwave Trust’s newsletter was also the theme of Katherine’s
presentation. For us, her insights into how the brain develops during these years can have implications on school practices around behaviour
management and student wellbeing. Reviewing these practices is on our agenda.
Brainwave Trust – go to www.brainwave.org.nz for further information about their work.

NCEA App
NZQA has developed The “NCEA Guide App” The App is designed to answer questions around understanding the NCEA qualifications. Questions like:
-  How NCEA works.
-  How to help my child.
-  What employers need to know.