Edgewater College Newsletter
Term 4 - Week 4 - Issue 6 - 9 November 2018
Principal's Report
Warmest greetings

Term 4 is always a time of both celebration and reflection, as well as forward planning for the year ahead. These celebrations include our Senior Prizegiving, at which the highest levels of academic achievement, service and leadership are celebrated.

In 2019 we are introducing new opportunities for Student Leadership across years 9 to 13 – with three new student led committees. An Academic committee whose role it is to support all students to reach their full academic potential, a Pastoral committee who will support all students to feel included and valued as members of the EC whānau, and a Community committee who will be tasked with enriching and enlivening the student experience at Edgewater College. The first four leadership roles as part of this new structure were announced at Senior Prizegiving. Our congratulations go to:

Our Head Students for 2019: Briana Valgre and Lionel Schwenke
Our Deputy Head Students for 2019: Natasha ‘Otukolo and Quentin Stephens.

The Senior Prizegiving also celebrates our two students with the highest overall academic achievement for 2018, through the Proxime Accessit and Dux awards.

The Edgewater College Proxime Accessit for 2018 is Julius Tolentino. Independent, competitive and driven to perform at his personal best are words that give a picture of Julius as a student. He is determined to succeed at the very highest level and ensures that at all times he puts in the required effort to achieve this standard. Julius’ hard work, outstanding problem solving and ability to analyse issues in depth have all contributed to his success, including gaining both NCEA Level 1 and Level 2 at Excellence level. This year he has also received awards for First in Chemistry, and Certificates in Design and Visual Communication, Mathematics, Physical Education and Physics.

In addition to his studies Julius is passionate about basketball, and managing his training and games whilst still keeping up to date with the requirements of his study programme. Julius plans to study Computer Engineering at either AUT or Auckland University in 2019.

The Edgewater College Dux for 2018 is Emma Sio. This year completes five years at the top for Emma. She is an extremely conscientious student who has a consistent record of the highest levels of academic achievement. She was Junior Dux in 2015 and has continued to achieve at the highest levels since, gaining both NCEA Level 1 and level 2 with Excellence endorsements. We also saw Emma cross the stage to collect awards for First Place in Design and Visual Communication, Japanese, Physics, Visual Art and in Mathematics Calculus.

As well as her outstanding academic ability, Emma is the kind of student who is always curious to learn more – she is a student with outstanding analytical skills and is a creative problem solver. While dedicated to achieving the best results possible for herself Emma demonstrates a willingness to help others be it in the classroom, or as part of her role on the Academic Council. In addition to her studies
she has found time to make a considerable contribution to wider school life, in the Edgewater College Jazz Band, as a Librarian and also a Peer Support Leader. She is a thoroughly deserving recipient of the Alison and Mervyn Pattinson Award for Dux 2018.

Term 4 is also an important time of year for assessing the learning that has taken place over the year. NCEA exams are now in full swing and it has been very pleasing to see the preparation that has gone into these external exams and the efforts currently taking place in the hall. Our junior students will also have their exams in Weeks 6 and 7 so it is important that they are revising thoroughly for these over the next couple of weeks.

We are also in the process of planning for 2019 and as such we would really appreciate your feedback – on both what we are doing well and in areas we could continue to improve. A paper and digital version of a community survey were sent home in Week 1, and my thanks to those who have already taken the time to complete this survey. For those of you who have not had the chance to respond as 
yet we would really appreciate you taking the time go to this link, ( or collect a paper copy from the school office. We can also send out a form to you if you contact the school office directly. This is an important part of our strategic planning for the future so we would love to hear from you.

Kind regards
Louise Addison
Photographs from Senior Prizegiving 2018
Co-curricular Prizegiving
On the 16 October we held our Co-curricular Prizegiving. This was held at the Howick Club, and included a seated dinner. We were entertained with three fantastic performances by the Edgewater College Jazz Band.
Rebecca Dubber was our guest speaker, she is a Paralympian who competed at the 2012 and 2016 Paralympic Games. At the 2016 games in Rio De Janeiro she won New Zealand’s first medal in the pool. She had a fantastic message for the students. Everyone enjoyed listening to her story and how she got to where she is today. 

Congratulations to all the students that received certificates and trophies on the night. The following people were awarded trophies in the Elite section of our night:

Edgewater College Leader of the Year
Leitu Samasei’a
Edgewater College Coach of the Year
Janel Tolentino
Sports Department Trophy for the most outstanding Year 9 or 10
girl in sport
Hehea Tuimoala
Lee Boswell Trophy for the most outstanding Year 9 or 10
boy in sport
Isaiah Lasike
JTB Young Achievers Award for Music (Junior)
Joshua Panapa
JTB Young Achievers Award for Music (Senior)
Richard Mate
Philip Hughes Trophy for Service to School Sport
Binali Patel
Edgewater Cup for All Round, Long Term Involvement in Sport
Lavinia Ngatoko
Team Spirit Award
Open Boys B Basketball Team
Dave Lovell Trophy for Most Outstanding Team
1st XI Boys Football Team
Student Achievement
Congratulations to Ngametua Greig who has won first place in Construction Level 2 MIT Trades School. She will be awarded her prize at a special award ceremony at MIT prizegiving on 4 December.
2018 Spring Challenge
On the 21 October four students traveled to Taupō with Miss Benjamin and Mrs Dawson to participate in the 2018 Spring Challenge.  This is a women-only multisport event and included white water rafting, mountain biking and orienteering.  White water rafting was the first and most enjoyable part of the course, the countryside was beautiful to look at as we paddled down the Waikato.  Mountain biking 21km literally had me breathless and only partly because the scenery was so awesome.  It’s surprising to see how far you can push yourself if you really try (actually there was no way out of the mountain so I just had to go through with it😂). Dana Watene, Briana Valgre and Pare Ferguson went on to finish the orienteering part of the course which they really enjoyed as well.  The event was an amazing experience and was made even better by the fact that Team EC came 3rd in the school category!!.
A huge thank you to our sponsors, Howick Hairways for our t-shirts and hoodies.  We really appreciate the support you have given us.  Thanks also to All Saints Ponsonby for assistance with the cost.
Written by Nikita Rani

NZQA Admission Slips are required for students to gain entry to EVERY External Exam and should be kept safe until their last Exam.
In the unlikely event that an admission slip is misplaced, students may see 
Mrs Ross at School Reception for a copy of their Admission Slip; however, they should allow additional time prior to the start of their Exam to do this.
Term 4 Calendar Dates
General Notices

Term 4 Holidays

Last day of Term 4 is
Tuesday 11 December.

School re-opens for the first day of 2019 Term 1 on the following dates:

Tuesday 29 January - School starts for Year 9 and Year 13 students 
(Year 9 orientation includes Peer Support Leaders)
Wednesday 30 January - Y13 students go on Camp. All Year 10 to Year 12 students start.

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.

Parent Portal
Remember you can now login through our School website

Check out our Edgewater Library by clicking here Library
Enrolments 2019
We are now accepting
enrolments for 2019. 

You can now enrol
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 to meet with one of our Senior Leadership Team.

Please call Kay Ross in our school office on 576 9039 to book an appointment.

Starting School Arrangements for 2019
Information on starting school arrangements will be available by Friday 16 November. The letter will include information on the first-day timetable, Uniform, buses and Student Stationery Requirements.

School Uniform
Just click on this link 
View Uniform Information & Shop Hours Here
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