Edgewater College Newsletter
Term 3 - Issue 4 - 22 August 2018
Principal's Report
Kia ora koutou

It was lovely to get the opportunity to meet many of you at our Mentor Day this week.  Over 80% of our parents booked meetings with Mentors and it was great to see the rich conversations being had about progress to date and where to from here.

This has again been a busy term starting with our fantastic school production of Romeo and Juliet: remixed.  My sincere congratulations to all involved, in particular the director Ms Jansen, who also developed the script with Ms Minahan (and Shakespeare of course).  It was a production of the highest standard and very entertaining.  Our jazz band also performed extremely well at the KBB Bands Festival – coming away with a Bronze award for their performance.  This group of dedicated musicians and their Band Master Mr Archer certainly did Edgewater College very proud.  Please note our Music Extravaganza concert will be in the school hall on Tuesday 28th August – tickets are $5.00 from the school office.

This term also saw an outstanding celebration of books and reading during Book Week. Staff and students participated in murder mysteries, quizzes, poetry writing and finished the week dressing as book characters.  Congratulations to our librarian Kelly Mucalo for this excellent event.  The International Dinner also remains a special celebration in our yearly calendar which again gave the opportunity for our students to share their culture with others, and the staff to strut their stuff on the dance floor.  Unfortunately the video doesn’t lie regarding my dancing ability – but it was great to participate nevertheless.

This is a particularly important time of year for our senior students as they complete their internal assessment work and revise for the external exams.  Our practice exams start on 14 September (Friday of week 8) and continue throughout week 9. These exams are particularly important as the grades will be used to help determine entry into courses for 2019.  They are also the grades that are used should your child be unable to sit the external exams at the end of the year.  All students should now have a study schedule to prepare for these practice exams – and some further revision tips are given below.

An important change we are introducing for 2019 is the move to six subjects for our Year 11 and 12 students.  This is part of our focus on ensuring the best possible NCEA qualifications for all our learners.  We also want to ensure that students do not narrow their focus too early and have multiple options for gaining University Entrance in Year 13.  Students are now being asked to select the options they would like to take – more information is given at the end of this newsletter.  If you would like further support please do not hesitate to contact your child’s mentor teacher or dean.  Further information about each course and how to make selections online is available on our website:

Another important event that is happening nationally is a review of the NCEA qualification.  The Ministry of Education is currently seeking viewpoints about the current system and suggestions for improvement via a nationwide survey.  As well as surveying principals and teachers they are also keen to hear from parents and students.  There are three possible options for sharing your views:
Quick survey:
NCEA specific survey:
Detailed submission:
The survey closes 16 September and if you have particular views about NCEA and want to contribute to what it looks like in the future I would strongly encourage you to submit a response.  The survey is available in English, Te Reo Maori, Sign Language, Samoan, Chinese, Korean, Cook Islands Maori, Hindi, Tongan, Niuean and Tokelauan.

Kind regards
Louise Addison
Revision Tips
KBB Music Festival Results
I am pleased to report that The Jazz Band gained a bronze award for their performance at the KBB Bands Festival on Friday 10 August. Local schools who also recieved a bronze award for their Jazz Band include Howick College, Pakuranga College, Macleans College and St Kentigern College, so we are in plenty of good East Auckland company. Our band were also nominated for the Peter Goddard memorial award: this award is be presented to an ensemble whose performance, presentation or behaviour embodies the values that educationalist Peter Goddard held. It’s the musical equivalent of a good sportsmanship recognition.

Congratulations you can be justifiably proud of your efforts.
Nicola Haddock
HOD Music
Music Extravaganza
Tuesday 28 August - 7.30pm

If you would like an opportunity to hear our award-winning Jazz Band, along with our stunning choirs, fabulous soloists, and the creative talents of some of our young up and coming composers, then come along to our annual Music Extravaganza concert.
The concert will be held in the School Hall and is a guaranteed good night out.
Tickets are just $5.00 from the school office.
Romeo and Juliet: remixed
This year we decided to undertake a classic text in the form of William Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet and remixed it by introducing a Modern Family to help narrate the story and answer those burning questions that arise while watching a traditional Shakespearean Performance.
It is a story about love, the choices we make and their impact on our future.
The result was a balanced and earthy fusion of two very different worlds filled with comedy and a whole lot of energy, entertaining a diverse audience of all ages, backgrounds and walks of life.
We had two casts made of a group of 17 enthusiastic and committed cast members who put in many dedicated hours attending relentless rehearsals, sacrificing weekends and holidays. It was a wonderfully collaborative journey and a highly memorable experience for all involved and most importantly the joy and achievement it brought to the cast was monumental. It was an honour to work alongside this incredibly inspiring cast and crew, co creating something new and engaging while maintaining the essence of Shakespearean Theatre. 
Book Week
We celebrated Book Week for the first time here at Edgewater College this term. The week kicked off with Murder in the library, where students had to study the evidence and clues left around the library to determine who killed Miss Terry the librarian’s assistant. Next there was a ‘How well do you know Hogwarts’ quiz, which was very well attended by all our Harry Potter fans. Then we got ‘Poetic in the library’ with a blackout poetry competition, and a little bit artistic too with a ‘design an EC Bookmark’ competition. We finished off the week with a Cosplay Day, where students and staff came dressed up as their favourite book characters. The cosplay day rasied $81.00 for Youthline, thank you to all who donated to this worthy cause.
Congratulations to all of our competition winners, and thanks to everyone for your enthusiasm and participation in all of our events. Thanks also to Jackie Cox, our visiting Cosplay competition judge from Pakuranga Library.
Student Exchange to Japan
In the July holidays Jasmine Nummak and Sini Pao-Salu went on the Edgewater College annual exchange to Meikei High School in Japan.  Sini wrote the following:
Two weeks goes by so fast however a lot of unforgettable memories were made.
Staying with a homestay, Jasmine and I experienced how different it is living in a Japanese family. Our homestays were the BEST!
We also got to experience what schooling in Japan felt like. Adjusting to Meikei High School  was hard but it only took a day for us to get used to the school due to the friendly students who would make sure we weren’t lost and help us with the daily routines. One of the main differences was that they had school on a Saturday!! Not only that but after school each day they have clubs that each student chooses to join. For instance, Drama Club, Radio Club, Music or Band Club and also a lot of Sports Clubs. These clubs run for at least two hours after school each day. Jasmine and I joined and visited a lot of clubs. It was a lot of fun. Along with that, each class is assigned to do school cleaning for one whole week before going off to their club activities. It was fun to join in and see the Meikei students work together and clean up the classroom.
Meikei High School had also arranged a whole day where we took a train to Tokyo to visit the Tokyo Skytree. Along with us were the other exchange students from Nelson and Australia, and also our host students from Meikei. Seeing the view of Tokyo from the Skytree was absolutely amazing! However, we didn’t have the chance to spot Mt Fuji as it was hidden behind the clouds. After experiencing the Skytree we walked down to Sensoji Temple. Here we tried out Omikuji which is a fortune telling method. Jasmine and I received very good fortunes. Despite the humidity in Tokyo it was a good trip.
Jasmine and I got to go to Tokyo Disneyland. Lots of fun! They were celebrating their 35th Anniversary along with celebrating the last day of the Tanabata Festival. We had fun getting to know the other exchange students more and also going on the rides.
From staying with our homestay to meeting students of Meikei High School it was two weeks Jasmine and I shall never forget. The Meikei Exchange program was an experience of a lifetime. We both highly recommend future Edgewater students who are studying Japanese to sign up to this great opportunity which only comes once a year.
Sini and Jasmine with Ms Flower - a Meikei teacher who went to university with Mrs Sheahan
Board of Trustees
Student Trustee Election

Nominations close at noon on Tuesday 28 August.

Completed Nomination forms and Candidates statements can be emailed to or delivered to the school office.

Election Day is Tuesday 11 September.

The votes will then be counted and the new student trustee announced on
Monday 17 September.
Student Option Information

Further information about each course and how to make selections online is available on our website:
General Notices

Tricky Teens Seminar
by the Parenting Place
23 August
7.30pm to 9.30pm

Term 3 Holidays
Last day of Term 3 is
Friday 28 September.

School re-opens for the first day of Term 4 on Monday 15 October.

If you have a Smartphone or tablet you can also install the Kamar WebApp for Android Devices or for Apple Devices and have instant access, anywhere, anytime from your own device.

Check out our Edgewater Library online at

Remember you can now login to our Parent Portal through our School website:

Our School Uniform
Just click on this link:
View Uniform Information & Shop Hours Here
Enrolments 2019
We are now accepting
enrolments for 2019. 

You can now enrol online at 
or if you prefer to enrol in person, please call our school office on 576 9039 and ask for an Enrolment Pack to be posted to you.

Once your application is completed and received by our Office, an enrolment appointment will be made for you.

Enrolment Appointments will take place Tuesdays, between 3.40pm and 5.00pm during Term 3 & 4.
Please call Kay Ross in our school office on 576 9039 to book an appointment.
Key Dates
In-Zone Applications due
Friday 31 August

Out-of-Zone Applications close on
Wednesday 5 September

Out-of-Zone Ballot takes place on
Wednesday 12 September

Out-of-Zone applicants ballot results emailed /posted by
Friday 14 September
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