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Term 3 - Week 5 - Issue 5
19 August 2019
Principal's Report

Kia Orana 

Week 3 of this term was Cook Island Language week. The theme for this year was ‘Taku rama, taau toi: ora te Reo" | "My Torch, Your Adze: The Language Lives". Congratulations to Casey Mano’o, Stephanie Ibarra, Analii Sipa and Claren Nookura for your organisation and outstanding performances during Friday lunch time.     

Meitaki ma'ata.

Blessing and reopening of Refurbished E Block and Open Expo
This term has also seen the blessing and re-opening of our recently refurbished “E Block”.  This has been part of a two-year process, and I hope you will agree that the results are first class - our staff and students are very much looking forward to using the spaces that have been created.
 
Following the blessing and reopening, we also held our Open Expo for prospective students in this space. This was a fantastic event, with hospitality and food provided by our students and the opportunity for parents and Year 8 students to meet with our teachers and see the programmes we offer. Enrolments for 2020 are currently being accepted. Please note the following important dates if you are looking to enrol at Edgewater College for next year:

  • In-Zone Applications due Wednesday 28 August
  • Out-of-Zone Applications close on Wednesday 4 September
  • Out-of-Zone Ballot takes place on Wednesday 11 September
  • Out-of-Zone applicants ballot results emailed /posted by Friday 13 September
  • Enrolment Interview days – by appointment on Wednesday 6 and Thursday 7 November
Our Mentor day for parents/caregivers and students is also being held in this block on Thursday 22 August so this is a good opportunity for you as parents to see the upgrade.

Community Consultation
It is also that time of year when we actively try to seek information from you, our community about how we are doing as a school and target areas for improvement in the future.

As with last year we are offering this survey in both digital form via the link below, or as a paper copy that you can complete and drop in to the school office. These paper copies will be distributed to students on the 19th August.
 
Link for survey:
https://tinyurl.com/eccommunity2019
 
The other alternative is to complete the survey online / or on paper when you come in for Mentor Day on the 22nd of August – there will be a space set up for this purpose.
 
Your support in completing this questionnaire is very much appreciated. Both the Board of Trustees and Senior Leadership Team use this information as part of our strategic planning and we very much value your input in helping us decide “where to from here” for our school.

 
Book Week
Last week we also held another highly successful book week, culminating in our Book week dress up day on the Friday. I am pleased to announce I gained second place in the best dressed teacher award (just pipped at the post by a very dashing ‘Joker’ from Batman!). Our sincere thanks to our librarian Mrs Mucalo for her organisation of such an inspiring and fun week for our students and staff.

Attendance
As part of our mid-year analysis of NCEA data we have been looking at attendance rates across the school.  In general the average attendance rate is very good at 88%, however ideally this would be sitting around 95% and this is our target for the remainder of the year. What we also know is that students who attend for the full school year, have significantly better results in both NCEA and the EC Junior Diploma – our pass rate for learners with good attendance who attend throughout the year is over 90% at all year levels.
 
To meet this 95% target we do need your support. We understand that there are genuine reasons for absence at times, such as illness. We also appreciate that sometimes trips may need to take place during term time, however, please note that for students in Years 11 to 13 this can be the difference between them passing their NCEA or not. If it is at all possible to avoid breaks during term time we would certainly appreciate your support with this.
 
You will also be receiving your child’s Term 3 report this week that shows your child’s attendance rate. If it is below 95% we would ask that you discuss this with your son or daughter and try to develop a plan to improve this rate over the remaining 14 weeks of school. A lot of preparation for external exams is also taking place at the moment so it is essential that students are here to get the support and teaching they need to prepare for them properly.
 
A reminder too please that we do need a signed note / or notification via email for all absences and lateness to school. Students are required to be here by 9.00am from Mon to Thurs and by 9.20am on Friday. Again, your support in ensuring that all students can meet these expectations is appreciated.
 
School diary
An essential part of our “EC Expectations” is all students being organised, on time and ready to learn. To support students with this all students were issued with a Diary at the start of this term. This is a key place you can look in to see due-dates for upcoming assessments / work that needs to be completed at home / other key information about the school year. You can also use it to communicate with a teacher or your child’s Mentor teacher if you wish to do so. If your son or daughter has misplaced their copy replacements are available from the school office for $2.00.
 
Measles update
As you will have seen a number of schools in our community have been affected recently by the Measles outbreak in this area. Unfortunately, we also received a confirmation on the 14th of August that one of our Itinerant Music Teachers had been diagnosed with Measles. The good news is that this teacher only had contact with 9 others on the day they were at school, and all of those members of our community were fully immunised. This means the risk of further infection is very low. All parents of students who may have been affected have been contacted. 
 
For more information on the Measles you can go to the Auckland Regional Public Health Service website http://www.arphs.health.nz/ or check out the quick guide at the bottom of this newsletter.
 
School Policy update
Our school has been working with SchoolDocs to create a website for our policies and procedures. We are pleased to announce that the site is now live and available to our school community.
 
Our school now works with SchoolDocs on a subscription basis to maintain, update, and review our policies. SchoolDocs provides us with a comprehensive core set of policies which have been well researched and follow the Ministry of Education National Administration Guidelines. The policies and procedures have then been tailored to our school, and now follow a regular review process to ensure they reflect best practice, as well as legislation and Ministry guidelines.
 
Our board of trustees has the opportunity to view changes/additions and comment on these policies before they are implemented. For other policies, we will advise you as a school community when they are up for review and how you can take part in the review.
 
We invite you to visit the site at http://edgewater.schooldocs.co.nz (please note that there's no "www").
Our username: edgewater
Our password: ecpolicy
 
Kia manuia
Louise Addison

2019 Board of Trustees
Student Representative Election
This week nominations have been invited for the election of one student representative to the board of trustees.
A nomination form has been distributed to all eligible voters on the student roll. Nominations close at noon on Thursday 29 August.


There will also be a list of candidates’ names for inspection, as they come to hand, at the school office and on the school website.


On Monday 2 September voting forms will be distributed and voting closes at noon on Thursday 12 September.

Mrs S Wolfgram
Returning Officer | BOT Secretary

s.wolfgram@edgewater.school.nz
https://www.trustee-election.co.nz/becoming-a-trustee/student-trustees/
Book Week
In Week 3 of this term, we celebrated Book Week, with fun activities each lunchtime in the library. Students (and Staff) solved The mystery of the Golden pen, and learned about Zine making.
They also took part in a Marvel versus DC comics mega quiz, and completed a treasure map in a library Scavenger hunt. We finished off the week with a brilliant Cosplay/Costume day.
Throughout the week, there was a ‘Design an EC Bookmark competition’ running, and we received some amazing entries.
Congratulations to all of our many winners, and a huge thank you to everyone who took part and made the week such a success.
 
Mrs Mucalo
Librarian
Art Department Update
Two Edgewater College art students, Jenny Tran, and Shana Davids were nominated for the Pat Hanly Creativity Awards at the Auckland Art Gallery by their Art teacher Miss Cunningham. Each student sent in one piece of artwork and a written piece on why creativity is important in their lives.
Congratulations to both Jenny and Shana who were selected as award recipients and will attend the ceremony on the 29 August at the Auckland Art Gallery where they will receive their award and a goodie bag of art materials.  They have also been invited to partake in two all-expenses-paid art workshops with practicing artists.
The Edgewater College art department staff and students are very proud of these two students and we look forward to seeing their final work at the end of the year.
We have an Instagram page called Edgie.Artists if you would like to keep up to date with the work our students are producing in Art this year please visit us on Instagram.
Student Achievements
Tuli Daly and Ngametua Greig completing a business programme called "Te Wero Pakihi".

Michelle Prasad accepted to the NZ Model Parliament 2019.

Alison Pousui attended "Dreaming Big".

Former student Saleaula Silipa played his 100th game for Pakuranga United Premiers.

Former students graduating from Victoria University of Wellington
Anna-marie Ruhe - Master of Public Management
Awesta Seddiqi - Bachelor of Commerce and Bachelor of Laws
Mohamed Anas Sirajur Raheem - Bachelor of Laws
SCHOOL NOTICES

Parent Mentor Meeting

Thursday 22 August from 8.00am to 7.00pm

What is a Mentor / Subject Teacher Meeting?
It’s a meeting between yourself and/or <First Name> and <First Name>'s Mentor or Subject Teachers, here at Edgewater College. We know that when all these groups work successfully together we can achieve positive outcomes.

When are they?
Meetings will be held on Thursday 22 August. Mentors and subject Teachers are available between 8.00am and 7.00pm in E Block. Please note we are closed on this day for instruction. Students should attend the Parent Mentor meetings with you.

How do I book my Meeting?
Go to https://www.schoolinterviews.co.nz/code and enter the event code drw2t. Then follow these three steps:
Step 1: First enter your details, contact email address, first name/s of parent or caregivers attending the meeting. Then select how many students you are booking for and enter the name of each student and click on GO.

Step 2: On the next page, pick from the subject drop-down Mentor, then choose <First Name>'s Mentor's teacher name, <Tutor> from the choose teacher drop-down list. 
You may also make an appointment with all <First Name>'s subject Teachers by clicking on  Add another teacher for <First Name>.
Once you have finished adding all <First Name>'s teachers click on GO.

Step 3: Then you'll see a timetable showing when <First Name>'s Mentor, <Tutor> and all other subject Teachers are available. Simply click on times that suit you and then when finished click on GO. When you have finished, your interview timetable will be emailed to you. You can return to the website and enter the event code drw2t again to change or cancel your interview.

If you are having trouble using School Interviews online or do not have access to email, please call the School Office on 576 9039 and they will be happy to make an appointment for you.

NZQA

New Zealand Qualifications Authority

 

All students should register on the NZQA website for access to their NCEA results.


Go to:
https://www.nzqa.govt.nz/audience-pages/students/

You will need your NSN student number.
If you don't know your NSN, you can phone 0800 697 296.
The Uniform Shop

Scarves on sale now at The Uniform Shop.
Please see the school uniform website for details.


https://ushops.uniformgroup.co.nz/
Our official Facebook page
 
Our Parent Portal

Just a reminder that as parents/guardians you are able to access the parent portal using your own login and password via the Internet.

Through the Parent Portal you can access the following information about your student:
  • Attendance at the College
  • For Years 11-13 any upcoming assessments
  • The results that they have attained and how many credits they currently have
  • You can also use the portal to update the student details such as contact details and the emergency phone number.
Click here to access the Parent Portal or
  1. Go to www.edgewater.school.nz
  2. In the top right-hand corner click on the word Portal
  3. Enter your login and password
In Term 1 login and password details were emailed to you. However, this will also be re-emailed out to you in Week 9 of this term so that you are able to access the Term 2 reports on the portal.

If you have any questions regarding the Parent Portal please email portal@edgewater.school.nz
Term Dates 2019

Term 2
Last day is Friday 5 July

Term 3
Monday 22 July - Friday 27 September


Term 4
Monday 14 October - Thursday 5 December
Board of Trustees

The next board meeting is on Tuesday 3 September at 6.30pm.
Edgewater College Calendar
 
PUBLIC NOTICES
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Contact Us:
Edgewater College
32 Edgewater Drive
Pakuranga, Auckland 2010


Phone:
09 576 9039

Email:

enquiries@edgewater.school.nz

Report an Absence:
To report your student's absence send us an email
attendance@edgewater.school.nz 
or phone the office on 09 576 9039.


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