Term 2 - Week 10 - Issue 4
5 July 2019
Principal's Report

Kia ora koutou katoa 

This has been an action-packed term of events and celebrations and performances filled with learning in true Edgewater spirit.  Every day I am inspired by what our students and staff achieve – some of the highlights of which are included in this newsletter. 

This term saw the presentation of our bi-annual musical production ‘Chicago’; which can only be described as absolutely fabulous.  The hard work and talent of our students and presentation of such polished performances brought a tear to not just my eye but I’m sure many audience members over the four-night run.  What also particularly shows the Edgewater spirit was the more than 20 staff who willingly gave their time and talents to support this production.  In particular, acknowledgment must go to Mr. Holmes as Director and Ms. Lee as Musical Director for all their outstanding work in inspiring and directing this celebration of musical, dramatic and dancing talent.   To have a live band performing also added that special something, as did the choreography and costumes and props and sound and lighting and makeup – it truly was a team effort.  It was also lovely to have former students (and one former Principal!) helping out to make this a truly memorable production.  My sincere congratulations to all involved – you did us very proud.

Directly following the school production was our annual School Ball, organised by Mrs Dawson and the Senior ball committee.  This “Venice in Disguise” themed event was a truly magical night out.  It was lovely to see the atmosphere as students and staff celebrated together in their finest – and as always, the feedback from the venue staff and photographers was that the behaviour of our students and genuinely caring atmosphere really make our school ball stand out from the crowd.  Again, my sincere thanks to Mrs Dawson and the ball committee – you did an outstanding job. 

This week also saw a visit from Mike King, who spoke to our entire school community about mental health and listening to our “voice of reason” and not just our “inner critic”.  My sincere thanks to Mrs. Scott for reaching out to Mr King through his ‘I am hope’ foundation and making this visit happen.  His session at our whole school assembly started with a rousing haka powhiri and the heartfelt haka tautoko at the end of his session spoke volumes about how well the message was received.  His talk was both heartbreaking and heartwarming as he shared his story with us and gave a real message of hope to all our learners.   The resources he shared with our learners are also included with this newsletter and I would encourage you to also go the to the website for further information about what works to support both Healthy Living and Mental Health. Mr. King has also promised to return for a parents’ evening in the future so please watch this space for what should be a great night for you as parents and caregivers to hear about supporting your own and your children’s mental health. 

I wish you all a safe and relaxing school holiday break and look forward to seeing you all back in Term 3. 

Ngā mihi maioha
Louise Addison 

Head Students update

Term 2 started off with a successful carnival organised and ran by the Pastoral Committee, it was great to see our first committee ran the event and see loads of students there supporting the event. 

The Community Committee and Academic Committee are currently finalising the details for their events to be held in term three. The Community Committee is running a ‘Give It A Go Week’, this event is encouraging students to try something they haven’t done yet and have māia to give it a go. The events range from ultimate frisbee to knitting, it would be great to see everyone try something during that week! The Academic Committee is running an ‘Academic Week’ in Week 6 of term 3, the committee will be running activities throughout the week, with some spot prizes to run and a raffle to enter. 

The head students, have been meeting with the head students from 8 other schools in East Auckland for the ‘Head Student Initiative’, throughout the year we have been planning and organising two events to be planned and lead by all 9 schools. Currently, we have a Whānau competition of collecting items for Auckland City Mission, on August 10th, the Head Students from all schools with be taking items collected from their school to the Mission and volunteering for the day. We are all very passionate about volunteering and getting as many items as we can for the mission. On the 1st of August, the Head Students are holding an ‘East Auckland Schools Charity Concert’ for I AM HOPE. This concert will have two acts from each school and be held at Elim Church Auditorium, once the tickets have gone on sale we will let students know how to purchase tickets. We are really excited about the concert to happen and see the first event run by all head students in East Auckland. 

The student leaders are very excited for term three and can’t wait to the events from the two committees and head student initiative go ahead. 

Lionel Schwenke and Briana Valgre.

Whānau E-sports competition

During Weeks 4 and 5 of this term, the school library hosted the Whānau E-sports competition. Each whānau had a team of 6 players (including a teacher) who played rounds of the computer game Tekken. We had a huge turnout of students to support their whānau, and this proved to be a very popular event.

Thanks to Ms. Minahan and Mr. Taylor for organising and helping to run this event.

Year 12 Outdoor Education
on a 2-day tramp to Waitawheta
The year 12 Outdoor Education class recently went on a 2-day tramp to Waitawheta in the Karangahake Gorge. It was a stunning walk and we managed to avoid most of the rain. The students were doing a navigation unit standard and tried a river crossing for the first time. The hut was lovely and warm once we got the fire going and a lovely place to relax after our 10km of walking. 
A huge thanks to the students for their positive attitude and to Miss Benjamin for teaching the navigation and river crossing.
The Uniform Shop

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

Message from the NZ Police

NZ Police recently launched a new non-emergency number, 105. We’ve done this to make it easier to get hold of us in the event of non-urgent situations or ‘Things which have Already Happened’, which don’t require Police assistance immediately.

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- Lost property
- Theft for a public place or car
- Intentional property damage
- Or to get an update or add info to a previous report
Things that are Happening Now - 
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