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Edgewater College Newsletter
Issue 1 - Date: 20 March 2018

Dear Parents / Caregivers

In September 1995, I started as the Principal at Edgewater College.

Now, nearly 23 years later it is time to say goodbye. I was delighted to be offered the position and feel really fortunate to be able to say that I have never questioned my decision to come to Edgewater College. 

The years have flown by. There have been challenges but also many more moments of great pride and enjoyment. Edgewater has been a very important and central part of my life in which I have had the opportunity to work with thousands of great young people and hundreds of dedicated teachers. It is not going to be easy to leave.

I am however very pleased to be able to let you know that the Board of Trustees have appointed Louise Addison as Principal and I know that she will be a great addition to the Edgewater family.

To all current and past students and families. Thanks for making my time here such a positive experience and all the very best for the future.

Mr A Vester

Parent Mentor Meetings - Wednesday 28 March
www.schoolinterviews.co.nz
Event code: xm8hs
Polyfest 2018
Pictured: Celeste Walker and Waitama Thompson
Waitama Thompson is holding the trophy for 1st equal Male leader, this young man was up against total immersion Kura kaupapa contestants, we are so proud of Waitama Thompson for achieving this award with Waiorea – Western Springs.
Celeste Walker is holding our 1st prize trophy for the Moteatea –
Chant. We placed 2nd for girls uniform, 3rd for the Choral.

These trophies had not been returned from the schools who won them last year, as soon as they are returned to Kia Aroha College we will then have them in our possession.
Overall, we placed 5th out of 23 schools in our division.

Elsie Broughton
Read the Te Tahawai Kapahaka Interview with Marlene Singh from the Eastern Courier at https://www.stuff.co.nz/auckland/local-news/eastern-courier/102127979/te-tahawai-optimistic-about-reception-at-polyfest.
Introducing our Careers Team
It can be daunting for many students to choose a future career or study pathway. 
The Careers Team is here to help students manage that decision and assist them with preparation for the world of work.  Our aim is for every student to leave Edgewater College with a firm plan for further training, study or employment and the skills required to be successful in the workplace.
We are also here for parents and caregivers who would like to learn more about options for their student and discuss possible pathways.
Our programme includes:
One-to-one Interviews with senior students and any student with specific questions.
School Career Expo – giving students and parents the opportunity to talk about occupations and training options directly with the provider
University Overviews – visits from the major universities twice a year to outline their programmes and help with course planning.
Providing Information – students can visit the Careers Centre anytime to learn more information about occupations and courses.
Online Career Management Platform – CareerCentral.school.nz is an online platform that enables students to explore and manage information about themselves and career options.  This can be accessed from home and shared with parents and caregivers.
Assistance with CVs and applications
Opportunities to attend Experience Day programmes – these are often run by the universities and training organisations to introduce students to different Career Options relating to specific subjects.
 
STAR and Gateway Programmes
 
 
Contact Us
Parents and Caregivers are instrumental in supporting their child to future success.  We want to work with you as well as the students, so you can make appointments to speak with us on the phone or in person.  Please call or email to make a time.
We will also keep you informed through the newsletter about our activities and on occasion with a separate message about other opportunities for the students’ career learning.
Mrs Sharon Blase
Careers Adviser
Tel : (09) 577 0406 
s.blase@edgewater.school.nz
 
Mrs Helen Scrymgeour
Careers Adviser
Tel : (09) 577 0406 
h.scrymgeour@edgewater.school.nz
Mrs Andrea Daly
STAR and Gateway Programme Co-ordinator
Tel : (09) 577 0406 
a.daly@edgewater.school.nz
Whānau Sports Day
With the weather gods smiling on us, Tuesday 20th February started bright and early for the PE and Sports departments setting up for the annual whānau sports day.  After first period ,the students changed into their whānau colours and headed out onto the field keen get started in the different events on offer. With members from each whānau competing against each other, there was a lot of light hearted banter and competitiveness.  The senior boys especially demonstrated a great deal of fervour in their competition and the senior girls were an incredibly enthusiastic and noisy group.  The junior students were also keen competitors and made a huge difference in the final placings of the day.
 
There was something for everyone, including the staff, and the participation levels were fantastic despite the heat. 
The obstacle course was again a big hit, and the long jump was one where everyone could gain some points for their whānau.  Some students were dressed in some amazing costumes adding to the atmosphere of the day.

After the morning’s round robin activities and a break for lunch, the serious competitors had a chance to shine in the whānau relays.  As always, the level of interest and competitiveness was high.  It was possible that the day’s results could be determined by the placings in these relays and the tension was palpable. 
 
After a fantastic day, the final placings were as follows:
1st place Sheppard
2nd place Ngata
3rd place Hillary
4th place Cooper
Jazz Band Camp
In just the second week of term, the Edgewater Jazz Band headed out of Auckland for their annual band camp. 2018 marks the 11th year that the mighty trio of Haddock, Holmes and Arthur have made the pilgrimage away with the band and it was just as successful as it always has been. The band spent three days rehearsing for many hours, preparing the repertoire that they will be performing this year. There were a large number of new musicians in the band this year and they all stepped up to the task at hand, ably led by the old hands. Mr Arthur was delighted with the work done by the band
and they are to be commended for their powers of concentration and determination to improve. We were delighted to welcome Mr Vester and Mrs Macpherson who came down for a visit, lending their help in the kitchen and their supportive ears to the rehearsals. And because some physical activity in the fresh air is well known to rejuvenate and aid the powers of concentration, the band also took the opportunity to enjoy the beautiful waters of Waihi Beach. Thanks to all the awesome band members and the accompanying staff for collectively creating a camp to remember.
 
Ms N Haddock
School Term Dates

Term One
Starts:
 30 Jan (Years 9 & 13), 31 Jan (All other students)
Ends: 13 April

Term Two
Starts: 30 April
Ends: 6 July
Term Three
Starts: 23 July
Ends: 28 Sept

Term Four
Starts: 15 Oct
Ends: 11 Dec (same day as Junior Prize-giving where students can attend their prize-giving after which they are dismissed for the year)
Board of Trustees

The Board of Trustees meets once a month throughout the year.

The next meeting is on Monday 26 March.

Correspondence can be posted or emailed to the Board of Trustees Secretary at S.Wolfgram@edgewater.school.nz.
Check out our Edgewater Library online at 
https://nz.accessit.online/EDG02
Edgewater College 50th Renuion

That's right! We're half a century old and we'd love if you'd join us for our anniversary events! We're hosting three main events from April 27th - 28th, 2018, and we hope to see you there, remembering all of the wonderful times spent at Edgewater College with your peers from school!

Book your reunion events at Eventbrite or on facebook. We welcome memorabilia, photos, memories to share and suggestions for celebratory events. To register your interest and to receive updates please complete the sign up form for the e-newsletter at Edgewater College E-Newsletter or email ecnews@edgewater.school.nz

Check out our new School Website at www.edgewater.school.nz


 

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