Term 2 - Week 7 - Issue 3
11 June 2019
Principal's Report
Kia ora koutou katoa

Edgewater College Expectations

One of the conversations we have been having as teachers is about our expectations for all learners at Edgewater College to ensure that our school values of Manaakitanga | Care, Māia | Courage, and Manawa reka | Curiosity are demonstrated throughout our school.
In consultation with our student leaders, we have developed the following set of expectations for all learners at Edgewater College. I will be discussing these with all students during our year level assemblies this week. We are starting off our roll-out of these expectations with a ‘kindness week’ this week to show our first expectation in action: “EC Cares”. In particular, we want to ‘catch our students doing the right thing’ in this case showing kindness to themselves, others, their learning, and the environment.
Term 2 has also been a very busy term for us all with significant amounts of assessment, particularly for our senior students. Achievement Reports will be coming out next week and are an important checkpoint for how your child is progressing.

For junior students, they will get one of 8 grades as described below for each assessment task. These are the same descriptions of what it takes to get Excellence, Merit and Achieved in the NCEA so are good preparation for what is to come in future years. In particular, I would ask that you as parents and caregivers take note of any “N0” grades. These are given when a student has not completed or handed in the required work. Your support in discussing this with your child and supporting them in ensuring that all work set is attempted in the future would be greatly appreciated.

E8 Consistently demonstrates an understanding that is integrated, comprehensive, and/or perceptive.
E7 At times demonstrates an understanding that is integrated, comprehensive and/or perceptive.
M6 Consistently demonstrates an understanding of connections, relationships and/or patterns.
M5 At times demonstrates an understanding of connections, relationships and/or patterns.
A4 Consistently demonstrates an understanding of straightforward concepts and ideas.
A3 At times demonstrates an understanding of straightforward concepts and ideas.
N2 Developing understanding at the required level.
N1 Yet to demonstrate understanding at the required level.
N0 Did not complete / hand in the required work.

Grades are also given for Student Ownership of Learning  under the following five categories:
Effort: Attempting all work set to the best of my ability.
Work Completion: Completing classwork and homework on time, and to the best of my ability.
Engagement: Being actively involved in individual and collaborative learning.
Organisation: Being prepared and organised for learning, including having the necessary equipment.
Respect: Showing respect for teachers and fellow students.
An “Excellent” grade means your child always demonstrates this behaviour, a “Good” grade means they demonstrate it most of the time, and an “Improvement Needed” grade means a student does not demonstrate this behavior most of the time.

Congratulations to those students who have achieved “Excellence” overall for either Ownership of Learning or Achievement.  You will receive a letter from your Dean congratulating you on this fantastic achievement.  If your child is currently “Of Concern” in either Ownership of Learning or Achievement you will receive an invitation for you to come and meet the Dean of your child so we can make a plan for improvement in this area.

Next week is also an exciting time for our school community as our Music and Drama departments present the high school edition of the musical: Chicago.  I will be attending on the Friday evening performance and from the practicing, I can hear from my office I know this is going to be an outstanding and ‘must see’ show. The cast will be performing from the 18th to the 21st of June at 7.30pm and I strongly recommend getting tickets early so you don’t miss out.
Noho ora mai   
Louise Addison

The Minister of Education has announced that school’s will no longer charge NZQA Student Fees for all New Zealand domestic students, students from the Cook Islands and Niue. This also applies to student who are entering New Zealand Scholarship exams.
If you have already paid the NZQA Student Fee for 2019, the amount of $76.70 has been transferred as a credit balance onto your child’s account.  You can either choose to use this credit against their school fees, ball or other trips.
Or you can request a refund by emailing Mrs Lim your bank account details by Friday 22 June.

Mrs Lim, Accounts, E:
Board of Trustees Elections 2019

Parent Nominated Candidates

Mr John Fale
Mrs Sharon Gerber
Mrs Anne Howell
Mr Jonathan Scanlan
Mrs Jennie Valgre
Mrs Elizabeth Watene

Voting closed at noon on Friday 7 June.
Votes will be counted on Thursday 13 June and the final results will be declared.

Returning Officer
Our Kapa Haka roopu
Our kapa haka roopu were televised on Maori Television. The footage was taken prior to Polyfest where a crew came out to one of our live-ins at Te Tahawai Marae to interview our students and take a few shots of their bracket. At the end of the performance, an interview was held with Dom Simon and Khorus Herbert-Hemara. I am so proud of our kapa haka students and our tutors who had a very short period of time 5 weekend live in’s with 7 items to teach to our students.
Here is the link

Whaea Elsie Broughton
Wearable Arts 2019
From left to right: Matha Thay, Jessica O'Brien, Marwah Al-Akam, Ayleen Germal-Gutierrez, Tulin Sun, and Eric Wong.
The Wearable Art Show at Botany Downs Secondary College took on Friday 24 May. All of our student entries were in the Reclaim to Fame Section where students had to make garments from recycled or reused materials. There is a description under each of the photos. Congratulations to all the students involved as they all did an amazing job. The three models also totally #werked the runway!
From left to right:
  1. Matha’s garment was a solo entry made from a reused op shop dress she redesigned and some beautiful flower detailing made out of black rubbish bags. Titled: I’m not that trashy
  2. Marwah modeled an entry made by herself, Ayleen and Jess. Their garment was made in under 5 days out of their recycled exam papers. Titled: Under Pressure
  3. Tulin and Eric made this garment which was created out of recycled blinds. The craftsmanship on this outfit and the very appropriate Victorian modeling by Tulin made this garment a standout in my opinion. The collar transformed as you can see in each picture. Titled: Victoria Vuitton
I will be organising to display these amazing garments in our office foyer.

Megan Cunningham
Enviro Club
This year a group of enthusiastic students have started up a new Enviro Club.  The first action they took part in was a Moth Plant competition where they entered a competition with local schools to collect the most number of Moth Plant pods. The Moth Plant smothers native vegetation and is one of Auckland’s most noxious weeds. The pods from the Moth Plant carry about 300 seeds each and the Enviro Club worked hard to collect 1349 pods earning them a prize of $200 and 4th place!  An amazing result considering they were a late entry.  The next project for the group is to start Edgewater College on its way to becoming an Enviro School.  This won’t be a small task but the group is keen to get this project underway.
Breakfast Club
The Eedgewater College Breakfast Club is up and running again this year in A9. The room will be open every morning from about 7.30am until just before 9.00am and is run by student volunteers with all food provided free from KidsCan. There is breakfast available and hot drinks, and students will find a warm dry space to come and chill out before the school day starts. The Community Committee did a great job launching the re-start of this club with a free sausage sizzle one morning.
Year 12 Outdoor Education Camp
on Great Barrier Island
The Level 2 Outdoor Education class was fortunate to spend all of week 5 on Great Barrier Island. The Hillary Outdoors Centre ran an amazing week full of adventurous activities for the students who thoroughly enjoyed themselves and participated with a great deal of enthusiasm and an amazing demonstration of Edgewater's values of māia/courage and manaakitanga/care. The students flew both to and from the camp and while there participated in surf kayaking, a high ropes course, navigation through a creek, sailing, coasteering, and an overnight tramp. The food was amazing, the activities awesome, the scenery was stunning and it was an experience they will never forget. A huge thanks to the 2ODED students for their amazing attitudes and to Miss Benjamin for helping out on the camp. 

Mrs K Dawson
Careers Update

This time of year is busy for our Year 13s, who are investigating their options for next year when they finish school. But students don’t have to wait until Year 13 before they start making plans.  It is a good idea to be exploring different occupations from Year 9 so that well-informed decisions can be made by the time they are ready to leave. 

There are several Open Days and Information Evenings coming up soon, which students and parents from all Year levels are welcome to attend. These are a great way to learn more about whether the courses and training organisations are the right choices for your child. 

Follow this link for Calendar dates on Information Evenings and Open Days.


Year 13 students planning to go on to tertiary education should consider applying for scholarships to help cover their fees and other expenses. You can find scholarship information on the University websites and also MoneyHub, which provides links to many additional independent scholarships

Scholarships are available for a wide range of students based not only on their grades but also their field of study, cultural background, financial need and “first in family” to attend university. 

Please encourage your student to begin the application process for the major university scholarships now, as the deadlines are coming up quickly. Click here to find University application closing dates.

In Term 3, we will also be offering Year 13s the opportunity to apply for scholarships that are available to Edgewater College students from organisations such as Manukau Institute of Technology, Mt Wellington Foundation and Riverina School. 

A note for our current Year 12 students: school leaver scholarship applications are based on NCEA grades gained during Year 12 at Level 2 or above, so academic achievement this year is important. 

Industry Training Courses STAR and Gateway

The STAR and Gateway programme provides students with the opportunity to experience “taster” courses and gain practical work experience in the area of their choice, as well as earning NCEA credits. 

Upcoming STAR Courses:  

First Aid: Two-day course from 13-14th June.  This course takes place at school during school hours. 

Driver Licensing: An opportunity for students to gain their Learners Licence during the second week of the July school holidays.  This two-day course will be held here at school and is run by Auckland Transport. Sign up today if interested, numbers are limited and going fast. 

Gateway Placements for Term 3: 

Mrs. Holmberg will soon be interviewing senior students for The Warehouse, Warehouse Stationery, McDonald’s, Farmers, Hospice, Countdown, No 1 Shoe Warehouse, Spotlight, and Salvation Army. If students are interested, they must apply now in the Gateway Office. 

If students are interested in any of these courses and work experience, please see Mrs. Holmberg in the Gateway office or email

Work Experience on E Block 

Tari Pita has successfully completed a 10-week placement with BCITO on the E Block renovations here at school.  He has earned credits and gained valuable work experience doing a job that he loves.  

We have two other students also about to start on the worksite doing carpentry and painting and decorating.

Tari Pita (Year 13 student) with Tess Cole from BCITO and Site Manager Chris from AshCon who are working on the E Block at Edgewater College.

Employability Skills Workshops

This term, students from Year 11 – 13 have been taking part in fun, interactive workshops aimed at teaching them the essential skills that employers are looking for in their workplaces.  Students undertook a series of activities where they had to work together to solve problems and use these skills. 

As a result, students became aware that they are already using these skills in their everyday life and can recognise opportunities to grow and develop them.  They are also more knowledgeable about what employers want and can use these Employability Skills in their CV and interviews when applying for a job.

Careers Expo

At the end of Term 1, we welcomed exhibitors from nearly 40 training organisations to our annual Expo. Students from each Year had an hour to speak and interact with our visitors, who represented a range of industries, including Police, Hairdressing, Building and Infrastructure Trades, Universities, Marine Industry, NZ Defence Force, Tourism and Sport. 

Contact Us

In Term 3 students will begin planning their option choices for next year. If you would like information about career pathways, training, and further education, we are available during school hours to speak with you. Please call or email for an appointment. 

Mrs Sharon Blase 
Careers Adviser  
Tel : (09) 577 0406 

Mrs Helen Scrymgeour 
Careers Adviser  
Tel : (09) 577 0406 

Mrs Poppy Holmberg 
STAR and Gateway Programme Co-ordinator 
Tel : (09) 576 9039 ext. 832

Student Achievement
Michele Prasad who has been selected as a UN Youth Ambassador and who won 2nd place in business case competition at the Girl Empowerment conference held at Macleans College.

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

NEW school scarf (pictured below) $25.00 each.
Place your order at the Uniform shop.

Please note the new link to the Edgewater College Uniform website:
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
Edgewater College Calendar
Term Dates 2019

Term 2
Monday 29 April - Friday 5 July

Term 3
Monday 22 July - Friday 27 September

Term 4
Monday 14 October - Thursday 5 December
Message from 
Auckland Regional Public Health Service
regarding Measles.

There is a fact sheet on measles for parents on our website

The University of Auckland:
Shape your future in Business

The University of Auckland invites Year 12 and 13 students and their parents to find out about the exciting career prospects available through our Bachelor of Commerce and Bachelor of Property programmes, at the Shape your future in Business information evening on Tuesday 11 June at 6pm at the Business School.
Register here:
The organisation Toastmasters presents:

'Speech craft'

This event is meant to improve peoples ability to perform 
a public speech, confidence and leadership skills.

For more information contact:
Shawn Lawyer at
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