Term 1 - Week 11 - Issue 2 - 12 April 2019
Principal's Report
Warmest greetings

This has been a very challenging time for our nation as we respond to the tragic events in Christchurch on March 15. I have been so incredibly proud of the ways in which our staff and students have truly demonstrated our value of Care | Manaakitanga during this time. As a school with students from a wide range of 
backgrounds, it is extremely important that we both celebrate this diversity and also come together as a school community to support each other in times such as these. The ‘Edgewater Cares’ response has included a school wide assembly to remember those who have passed, a celebration of diversity with performances by our Polyfest groups, a very colourful mufti day to fundraise for those affected, and the selling of ‘kia kaha together’ wristbands by our student leaders from the Howick Youth Council.

We as a school community were also proud to support Gumboot Friday as part of the I am Hope campaign. This nationwide event to raise money for young people’s mental health was held on Friday 5 April and our staff and students happily got involved to support such a worthwhile cause.
In other exciting news our congratulations must go to Edgewater College Alumni Courtney Bennett (graduated in 2010) who was awarded the Lance Leikis New Zealand Planning Institute Young Planner Award for 2019 earlier this month. This national award is presented annually to a young town planner who has made a significant contribution to the planning profession in the first five years of their career. Town planners are involved in writing and working with planning documents to help both communities and environments to develop, be supported and protected. Courtney was also part of a team that won the NZPI Best Practice award for non-statutory plans. Town planning involves understanding many different points of view and finding solutions that meet the right goals and aspirations for either a specific resource, a specific environment, or a specific community. Courtney was given the NZPI Young Planner award for her work on writing planning documents that merge western knowledge with mātauranga Māori in environmental management plans, and her volunteer work writing the new Te Tahawai Marae Strategic Plan. The Best Practice award was given for the Whaka-Ora Healthy Harbour – the Lyttleton Harbour Catchment Management Plan. Courtney was introduced to the profession of town planning whilst taking Level 1 Geography at Edgewater College, and still draws on many of the skills and experiences from her time at Edgewater College in her work, such as content taught in Geography, English, and Biology classes; the experience of being at such a culturally and socially diverse school, her time as Student Trustee, and the many teachings learnt through kapa haka at Te Tahawai Marae under previous tutors. Well done Courtney!
Noho ora mai   
Louise Addison
Whanau Chess Competitions
During Week 9 of this term, the annual Whanau Chess competition was held in the school library during lunchtime each day.
Results of the competition are still to
be announced, but congratulations to all players who took part.
Thanks also to all the supporters who came to cheer on their Whanau team members.
Head Students connect
Lionel and I had the privilege of attending the Head Student lunch and leadership workshop at Selwyn College. This gave us the opportunity to meet the head students from 50 schools from around Auckland and hear from 3 incredible guest speakers. The guest speakers inspired us to be the best leaders we can be for Edgewater and taught us some handy tips for the year ahead. The head students got the chance to interact with each other in some fun and challenging games, it bought us all together us a leadership group rather than us individual head students and it was amazing to get to know the head students in an environment away from school. Both Lionel and I are extremely excited to work together with the deputy head students, Natasha and Quentin and can’t wait to see what we can do together as a group.

Briana Valgre and Lionel Schwenke
Head Students

Our meeting with the other head students at Botany College went well. The meeting was about what charities we were hoping to do fundraisers for as a way for schools to give back to the community. In this meeting we decided on two charities to donate to. The I Am Hope foundation and Auckland City Mission were two charities we were wanting to fundraise for and donate to, with the help of students from high schools throughout the East Auckland area. It was nice meeting the other head students and seeing the passion that we all had towards wanting to help make our communities a better place for the following generations. Also despite the tragic events that took place in Christchurch, the amount of support in the room was very heart warming and encouraging to see from fellow students.

Natasha 'Otukolo and Quentin Stephens
Deputy Head Students
Level 2 Outdoor Education Kayaking Trip
On Thursday 4th April the Level 2 Outdoor Education class set out from Bucklands Beach for their three-day kayaking trip. The conditions were amazing for a full day (16km) of kayaking. We headed out to Rangitoto, kayaked along the coast and across to Motutapu where we stopped for lunch. From there, it was a hop across to Motuihe where we were camping for the two nights. On Friday we kayaked around Motuihe and across to eat our lunch at Waiheke, stopping on the way to raft up and have a go at swapping kayaks while on the water. On our second night camping, we walked through the bush at dusk hoping to see a tuatara. Motuihe is a sanctuary for native animals and there are no predators on the island. We didn’t manage to see a tuatara but we did hear kiwi late at night in the bush near our tents. On our final day, we paddled across to Motukorea (Browns Island) and walked to the top for some amazing views of the Hauraki Gulf. It was a short(ish) paddle across to Bucklands Beach and back to school.
A huge thank you to Miss Benjamin for guiding us on our trip and teaching us everything we needed to know for our trip. 

Mrs. Dawson and 2ODED

To view our trip events click here:
Japan 2020
In 2020 the Japanese and Physical Education Department are taking a group of students to Japan to learn about the culture, language and sports of Japan.  Students will visit Tokyo, Hiroshima, Kyoto, Miyajima Island and attend such events as baseball, sumo and will also get to attend a Japanese school. There will be a meeting for the parents/caregivers of any students who are interested in coming along on this trip on Wednesday 1 May in the staff room at 6.00pm
It will be a great trip and an amazing experience for the students so please come along to find out more information and have any questions answered.
1st XV Manager
We are looking for someone to be the manager of our 1st XV  boys Rugby team.
This would require attendance at all weekend games and contact with the players during the week.
If you are interested please contact Miss Benjamin
Student Achievement
Isaiah Lasike who will represent New Zealand as part of the 14U Boys Basketball Team.

Daniel Crosbie who will be traveling to Japan with his Karate Dojo to train and compete in the 70th Shukokai Championships.  
The Uniform Shop

We will be closed over the school holiday period but open on the following date for all uniform requirements leading into Term 2.

Saturday 27th April 2019
10.00am to 2.00pm
There will also be an Edgewater College school scarf available from the Uniform shop in time for the colder months. Above this text is a picture of the new design. They will be sold for $25.00 each. For availability information contact the Uniform Shop.
Sports Department Fundraiser
Auckland Entertainment Book

We are fundraising for the Sports Department again with Entertainment Books, please support us by purchasing a Digital membership or a book.

Community message from the AMETI Team 

Easter works Panmure Roundabout – Road Closures
The Easter holiday weekend is a time for many people to head away to relax.
With traffic volumes significantly lower than normal, it is an ideal time for us to carry out major work on Panmure Roundabout.
Between 19 and 29 April, we will be carrying out intensive work on Panmure Roundabout including removal of the Panmure sign (see the latest 
AMETI newsletterRoad closures will be implemented as a safety measure while work takes place during the Easter and ANZAC Day period (see diagram below). Access to Lagoon Drive will be maintained for residents, staff 
for more on the sign) along with removing trees along Lagoon Drive in preparation for retaining walls to be built. The walls are imperative to the project as it will allow the road and footpaths to be widened for construction of the busway and shared path.
and customers of Lagoon Pools and Leisure Centre. This access will be open via the Lagoon Drive / Church Crescent end of the closures.
Throughout this work, an east-west traffic flow (Ellerslie Panmure Highway - Queens Road) across the roundabout will be maintained. A left turning option will also be available out of Ireland Road.
If you would like to come and talk with a member of the Eastern Busway team, drop in to our information centre in Pakuranga Plaza - Tuesday and Thursday 2pm - 6pm.
Plan a better journey through the construction:
Have a safe and happy Easter!
AMETI team
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Edgewater College Calendar
Term Dates 2019

Term 1
Tuesday 29 January - Friday 12 April

Term 2
Monday 29 April - Friday 5 July

Term 3
Monday 22 July - Friday 27 September

Term 4
Monday 14 October - Thursday 5 December
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