Edgewater College Newsletter
Term 3 - Week 10 - Issue 5 - 26 September 2018
Principal's Report
 Warmest greetings

As term 3 draws to a close I would like to take this opportunity to thank you as parents and caregivers for your ongoing support of both your children’s learning and of our school community.  This term has been a particularly important one for our senior students with the completion of Entrance and Derived Grade examinations last week.  The grades from these assessments will be used to determine entrance into courses for 2019, and for derived grades should any students be unable to sit their external NCEA examinations. Further information about derived grades is available by clicking here

My thanks also go to the incredibly dedicated teaching and support staff of Edgewater College who have continued to work alongside our learners to inspire / cajole / encourage / support and ultimately ensure that all students are able to attain the best possible results in the NCEA and the Edgewater College junior diploma.  This support includes tutoring at lunch times and in Period 6, study and revision sessions as well as a number of planned catch up sessions in the upcoming holiday break.

The examination timetable for 2019 is also appended to this newsletter.  Exams begin on 7 November and conclude on 30 November.  Our recommendation is that you put a copy of this timetable up on your fridge / somewhere visible as every year some students miss a morning exam that they thought was in the afternoon, or they get the day wrong.  Please note that in these circumstances students are unable to apply for derived grades.

As I mentioned in my previous newsletter students are also being asked to complete their option selections online this week. If you would like further support please do not hesitate to contact your child’s mentor teacher or dean.  Further information about each course and how to make selections online is available on our school website.

Week 8 of this term also saw the celebration of Te Wiki o Te 
reo Māori, in which a number of events were held, in particular, our inaugural celebration of Te reo Māori on the Wednesday evening.  It was fantastic to see so many of our parents and community at this highly entertaining event.  Ngā mihi nui to Te roopū kapa haka o Te Tahawai and in particular Whaea Elsie for introducing this event to our school calendar and for the excellent organisation of this celebration.  Mr Milton also formally acknowledged the outstanding achievement of our students in their Te reo Māori studies – many of whom have completed the year with every grade at Excellence level – these are outstanding achievements and certainly worth celebrating.  Our students also took this opportunity to formally acknowledge the Te Tahawai marae komiti and community for their ongoing support of our college, our staff and students.  We are incredibly fortunate to have this community marae share our school site and the benefit to past, present and future students and staff is immense. 

As part of these celebrations I also shared the following reflection: This school was established 50 years ago in 1968.  Let me set part of the scene.  At that time Te
reo Māori was not an official language of Aotearoa, and would not become an official language for a further 19 years until 1987.  And whilst Te reo Māori as a taonga was guaranteed protection under the Treaty of Waitangi – it was still accepted practice at that time to punish students who spoke Te reo Māori in schools.

The anthem that would have been sung when this school opened was God Save the Queen - God
defend New Zealand was not the official anthem of NZ until 1977.  And even when God defend New Zealand became the anthem we did not sing it in Te reo Māori, until that is, the outstanding leadership of Hinewehi Mohe in singing the anthem in Te reo Māori in 1999, less than 20 years ago. Even though the Māori version was written in 1878. 

However, also back in
1968 the founding principal of Edgewater College Mr Walter Fleming held strong views that the history of Aotearoa did not start just with the treaty in 1840 and he very much wanted to acknowledge tangata whenua in the establishment of this school.  Mr Fleming worked with local Māori, and in particular Dr Hugh Kawharu and looked to the history of the area to formulate the motto of our school – Whaia te ara o Tainui – To follow the path of Tainui.  In particular this motto encourages all students of this school to strive to follow the example of courage and vision set by the voyagers and pioneers of the Tainui canoe who journeyed past the site of this college.  I really want to acknowledge this evening the people of courage and vision who have worked so hard to revitalise and tautoko Te reo Māori. Ngā mihi nui kia koutou.

My vision for this school is not only that our students learn and appreciate Te 
reo Māori and that it remains an integral and vibrant part of life in New Zealand, but that all our students learn about and appreciate Te ao Māori and Tikanga Māori and Te reo Māori – and are therefore able to participate in a meaningful partnership between tangata whenua and those who have come to Aotearoa more recently.

I would like to conclude with two 
whakatauki or proverbs that I think relate very clearly to the future of Te reo Māori.

Kia whakatōmuri te 
haere whakamua: ‘I walk backwards into the future with my eyes fixed on my past’.   Let us honour those of courage and vision who have come before us by ensuring that we are part of the future of Te reo Māori in this country.

Poipoia te 
kakano. Kia puawai.  Nurture the seed and it will blossom. 
I wish you all an enjoyable and safe holiday break and look forward to seeing you again in Term 4.


Kind regards
Louise Addison
A correction to the paragraph from the Principal's Report
Issue 4 - 22 August 2018.

Our jazz band also performed extremely well at the KBB Bands Festival – coming away with a Bronze award for their performance.  This group of dedicated musicians and their Band Master Mr Arthur certainly did Edgewater College very proud.  My sincere apologies to Mr Arthur for typing his name as Mr Archer.
Mrs. S Wolfgram
Whānau Bake Off
On 23 August students took part in the annual Whānau Bake-off. All students did a marvelous job participating in the event and the results from the bake-off will be announced at the next Whānau Hui in Term 4. As one staff member said, ”These muffins are a lot better than Countdowns.”  Thanks to Ms Benjamin, Mrs Ross and Mrs Scott in helping run this event.
Tough Guy and Gal Challenge
On the 24th August, students from Level 3 PE were challenged to run 6km at the annual Tough Guy & Gal challenge. Students and teachers from schools all over the north island come together to compete and participate in this fun run. We ran 6km through thigh-high mud, pouring rain and across taxing obstacles. Five students representing Edgewater College were amongst the first to finish in less than an hour. Although this event was extremely trying for many of our students, we all successfully made it to the end and had a great time doing it.
Music Extravaganza
On Tuesday 28th August, the Music Department held its annual Extravaganza concert in the School Hall. This is an opportunity to showcase the many talented musicians we have here at Edgewater College and is always a night of great entertainment. The large and supportive audience were treated to a musical feast with items that ranged from beautiful sophisticated piano pieces such as Debussy’s Clair de Lune, performed by Grace Loto-Aso to the swinging sounds of the Edgewater College Jazz Band. Our 60-strong choir presented two sets, showing their range and skill across a variety of genres, and other performances included stunning solos, delightful duets and original compositions. Huge thanks to Music Department staff, front of house team and Mr Manetto for his sound and lighting skills.
Mrs Dawson's Japan Trip
Earlier this year I was lucky enough to be part of a Japan Sports Forum run by the Asia New Zealand Foundation.  Ten physical education teachers from around New Zealand were selected to take part in a trip to Tokyo to visit schools and learn how our Japanese colleagues approach the subject.  The trip included a visit to the worldwide headquarters of judo, the Kudokan Judo Institute; a discussion with Sports Travel and Hospitality Japan, the organiser of global sporting events, including the Rugby World Cup; a lecture on Japanese health and physical education at the Nippon Sports Science University; a kendo demonstration; and a baseball game.  One of the highlights was going to a sumo tournament.  It was amazing to see the tradition and rituals around the sport.
During the week-long trip, we were also fortunate to grow our awareness and knowledge of the culture and traditions of the society in Japan.  The food was amazing, the parks were beautiful and the people were incredibly friendly and polite.  We had an amazing experience, fostered new connections and learned a great deal.  I am incredibly grateful to the Asia New Zealand Foundation for the opportunity.
Netsafe has launched a new text support service for young people who need help with online challenges such as online bullying, shared nudes and more. The service is free and available seven days a week – just text ‘Netsafe’ to 4282.
Student Option Week (Current Y9)

Option Selection for Year 9 students is now open through the Student Portal. Options should be chosen by 1 November. In Term 4 Mentors will be following up with students and helping them to finalise their options for 2019.
Student Option Week (Current Y10 to 12)

By the end of this week, all Year 10 to 12 students should have made their subject option choices for next year. During the week Mentors will be following up with students and helping them to select their options for 2019.
Further information about each course and how to make selections online is available for Year 10 by clicking here and Year 11 to 13 by clicking here.

NZQA Admission Slips for External Exams will be handed out to all students in Week 2 of Term 4 during Mentor time. Students should check and confirm that their exam entries and address information is correct. 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
Monday 15 October - Term 4 starts

Tuesday 16 October - Co-curricular Prizegiving and Dinner at 6.00pm

Monday 29 October - Board of Trustees meeting at 6.30pm

Wednesday 31 October - Senior Prizegiving at 7.30pm

Wednesday 7 November - NCEA starts

Monday 12 November - Testing Year 8 Pakuranga Intermediate students at the Intermediate who are enrolled at Edgewater for 2019

Monday 26 November - Board of Trustees meeting at 6.30pm

Wednesday 28 November - Testing Year 8 students from all other contributing schools here at Edgewater at 9.30am

Tuesday 11 December - Junior Prizegiving (morning)

Tuesday 11 December - Last day of Term 4
General Notices

Term 3 Holidays
Last day of Term 3 is
Friday 28 September.

School re-opens for the first day of Term 4 on Monday 15 October until Tuesday 11 December (Junior Prizegiving).

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.

Remember you can now login to our Parent Portal through our School website:

Check out our Edgewater Library online at

Our School Uniform
Just click on this link:
View Uniform Information & Shop Hours Here
Enrolments 2019
We are now accepting
enrolments for 2019. 

You can now enrol online at 
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
This information will be available in Term 4 for all new and current students. The information will be emailed and posted on our school website, including the Student Stationery Requirements for 2019.
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