GLENDOWIE COLLEGE COMMUNICATOR Website: www.glendowie-college.school.nz Email: firstname.lastname@example.org No 1 February 2011 CALENDAR 18 Feb School Athletic Sports 13 – 15 Mar Year 13 Northland History Trip 21 – 25 Feb Summerfest 13 – 15 Mar Year 12 Geography Tongariro Trip 21 – 22 Feb Year 12 Outdoor Education First Aid Course 15 Mar East Auckland Athletics Championships 22 Feb Year 9 ALP Afternoon, 5.00pm 16 – 19 Mar Year 12 P.E. Camp Line 1 22 Feb PPTA Paid Union Meeting. School finishes 21 Mar Greater Auckland Athletics Championships at 12.10pm 23 Feb Board of Trustees Meeting, 6.00pm 22 Mar Year 13 Geography Piha Trip 24 Feb Auckland S.S. Aquathon, St Kentigerns 23 Mar Board of Trustees Meeting, 6.00pm College 1 Mar Follow up day missed Photolife photos 27 – 30 Mar Year 12 P.E. Camp Line 3 3 Mar Year 11 Road Safety Awareness Programme 28 Mar – 1 Apr Summer Tournament Week 8 Mar Year 10 ALP Afternoon 31 Mar Year 12 Biology Rocky Shore Trip 11 Mar Auckland Arts Festival (Drama) 1 – 3 Apr 50th Jubilee FROM THE PRINCIPAL 2011 Provisional Results - Record High NCEA, Literacy and Numeracy Results In the year of the 50th anniversary, the College has recorded the highest results since the inception of NCEA in 2002. The College has performed well above the national average and has shown an upward trend of improvement each year since NCEA’s inception. The College currently out-performs other co-educational schools of similar decile rating. The Numeracy Requirements were especially outstanding this year and the percentage of those who gained Literacy Requirements was also very high. The trend for NCEA Level 2 (Year 12) and Level 3 (Year 13) has continued to show strong success as has those gaining entry qualifications to University. Since NCEA Endorsements has been introduced, the same upward trend of increasing Merit and Excellence results is evident. These are healthy indicators showing that the College continues to perform well and rates as a successful academic school nationally. Table of Results National Decile 9 Decile 10 Glendowie National NCEA (Co-Ed (Co-Ed (Co-Ed College (All Schools) Schools) Schools) Schools) NCEA Level 1 Gained Level 1 (80 or more credits including 81.6 73.5 70.5 77.9 83.7 8 literacy and numeracy credits) Gained Literacy Requirements 87.3 87.4 75.3 82.0 75.2 Gained Numeracy Requirements 99.5 86.6 84.8 90.6 78.9 NCEA Level 2 Gained Level 2 (80 or more credits with 60 at 91.2 79.2 76.5 83.5 86.2 Level 2 or higher) NCEA Level 3 Gained Level 3 (80 or more credits with 60 at 83.7 72.8 70.6 72.9 83.0 Level 3 or higher) Gained Entry Qualifications into University 84.3 64.9 61.5 68.2 77.2 IMPORTANT NOTICES We are 50! If any students weren’t aware that 2011 marks the 50th Jubilee of Glendowie College, they will be now after our two photoshoots last week! On Tuesday we had an aerial photo taken by Mr Brad Church (Skycam) which involved all students and staff out on the field arranged in the shape of the number ‘50’ and the school crest. Then on Thursday we had a formal whole school photo taken by Photolife Studios in the style of the 1961 whole school photo (only with considerably more people!) A lot of our neighbours would have noticed the helicopter circling – or seen the huge line up of students out on the field. Both photos will be published in the Jubilee book which Mrs Margaret Playle is compiling with assistance from past staff members and students. They will also be on display at the college for the Jubilee. Glendowie College 50th Jubilee Celebrations (Friday 1 April – Sunday 3 April, 2011) Make sure you mark these Jubilee dates in your diary and invite all past staff and students. Registrations are now open on our website where there is further information about the Jubilee events. http://www.glendowie- college.school.nz/alumni/index.htm Reunion Programme Friday Night 1 April 2011 Mix & Mingle at the College Open Family Day at the College, Activities and Saturday 2 April 2011 Entertainment, Decade Photos, Sports Events, Memorabilia Saturday Night 2 April 2011 Reunion Dinner at Ellerslie Function Centre Sunday Morning 3 April 2011 Morning Tea & Farewells at the College Hosts for the Reunion Dinner on Saturday 2 April will be well known Glendowie College identities, Mr Noel Playle and Mrs Meg Riwai. Visit our website to register and for more detailed information about the Jubilee. Class and ID Photos Class and student ID photos (for ID cards) were taken last Monday. ID cards are expected this week and class photos will not be long away. Any students who missed out on getting ID photos taken will have the opportunity to be photographed when the Photolife team revisit the College on Tuesday 1 March at 8.45 am. The Year 13 entire group photos will cost $20 as will the whole school photo. Order envelopes for these large size photos will be made available to students in the near future. 2011 Student Leaders Announced Congratulations to the following students who have been selected to be our school leaders for 2011. Leaders are chosen through a selection process which includes staff and student voting. The final decision is made by the Senior Leadership Team and Deans. Head Prefects: Arts Leaders: Sports Leaders: Anna Schuck & Nicholas Finch Freya Sawbridge & Harry Willis Cara Blanchard & Max Millett Prefects: Back Row: Liam Fisher, Nicholas Hutton, Richard Oliver, Matthew Phillips-Rudowski (Deputy Head Prefect), Nicholas Finch (Head Prefect) , Brandon James, Justin Cramer-Roberts, Thomas O’Connell, Timothy Hoskins. Front Row: Robyn Moore, Stephanie Colenbrander, Nicola Tuckey, Robyn Iminitoff, Anna Schuck (Head Prefect), Naomi Gribble (Deputy Head Prefect) , Jackie Barrett, Aye Nyint Paing, Kate Young. Spirit Group: Back Row: Jack Callaghan, Michael Brown, Patrick Hurley, Callum Wood, Leo Kiely, Conor Till, Callum Murray, Max Carson, Nicholas Thomas, Jacob Baker. Front Row: Anna Tyndall, Louise Haslam, Megan Stericker, Charlotte Crowther, Sophie Jackson, Stephanie Field, Helen Willis, Melanie Cottrell, Elana Cukier. Welcome to the new Year 9 Students Tuesday 1 February was a very special day for around 200 new Year 9 students. It was their first day at College and following a traditional Maori Powhiri (Welcome Ceremony) performed by our Kapa Haka group, the new students met their Form Teachers and were shown around the College by their Year 13 Peer Support Leaders. The Year 13 students entertained them with various ‘getting to know you’ activities. The day ended with an Assembly in the Hall and iceblocks to eat on the way home. Year 9 students practice their waiata (song) before The Kapa Haka group welcome the new students and the Powhiri staff in a moving powhiri ceremony Peer Support leaders show the new students the At the end of their first day of College, Year 9 Reading Room. students enjoy a refreshing iceblock. New Staff We would like to introduce the new staff who have joined our College this year. In particular we would like to welcome back former students Aidan Salmon and Jason Crummer who join us in the Sports Department. Back Row: Mr Aidan Salmon (P.E.), Mr Jason Crummer (Sports Coordinator), Mrs Willa Henvest (Technology), Mrs Ranji Prakash (Science, Chemistry) Front Row: Ms Zohra Trinder (English & Media), Ms Carol Reid (Maori part –time), Mrs Joanne Fraser (Mathematics), Mr John Goodier (Media) Inset: Ms Fiona Smith (P.E., Science) The Advanced Learning Programme at Glendowie College Adjectives that spring to mind when people think of students in the Advanced Learning Programmes at the College are: “determined”, “focused” and, yes, “smart.” However, contrary to the stereotype, we are not social outcasts or nerds and bullying does not exist in the Advanced Learning Programme in which a maximum of sixty students participate in Years 9 and 10. We enjoy challenge, competition and even … fun! The programme’s benefits outweigh the hard work and lots of homework we have to do. We learn to strive for excellence in everything we do and we learn to be leaders. For example, our 2011 school leaders, Head and Deputy Head Prefects along with most of the Prefects, are products of the Advanced Learning Programme. The ALP is a fantastic opportunity to find the right balance between academic and extra-curricular activities. Here are some tips for all those in the ALP: try hard and push yourself to beat everyone’s expectations, be positive – the ALP is about learning in a new and exciting way and have fun and find the right balance! This year the Advanced Learning Programme students in Year 10 will undertake many community-based activities to mentor and support new students in Year 9 ALP classes. All students in the programme know that learning is paramount and we are the richer for it. ALP students are happy, we’re social, and yes, we’re smart too! by Holly Parkes and Rebecca Chan (10JAN) International Students From left to right: Yi Fei Yang, Rattaya Suntichotinunt, Zhi Ying Zhang, Ying Ling Lo, Chiharu Maeda, Mengdan Yu It is not only year 9 students who are new to the College. Above is a group of our new international students photographed outside the Library Information Centre on their first day of College. The International students had an introduction day the week before school began. STUDENT SUCCESSES ARA Lodge Arts Award Top Year 13 art student from 2010, Ximena Smith received a $1000 award from the Ara Masonic Lodge in an Awards Ceremony last week. For six years the Lodge has generously supported art students throughout central Auckland by making an annual award of $1000 to one student from each school. Miss Massey was one of the guest speakers along with former student, Kimberley Torrie who is now at Auckland University studying Art and Design. Ms Massey spoke of how the awards are a wonderful recognition of the value of art and an encouragement for students to pursue art at tertiary level. Former Glendowie College recipients of the Ara Award include Ryan Monro who is currently working at Christies in London and Alexey Botkov who has worked for Weta Productions and is currently designing digital games. The photo shows Ms Massey, Kimberley Torrie, Mr Geoff Grenfell (Ara Lodge) with Ximena Smith and Mrs Lynne Smith. New Zealand Senior Girls 4 x 100m Relay Team Silver Medalists Congratulations to the Senior Girls Relay team (Chelsea Smith, Ximena Smith, Sally Wilkins and Kathryn Leijh) who were placed second in the 4 x 400 metres relay at the New Zealand Secondary School Amateur Athletics Track and Field Championships in December 2010. Further details of their success and how the rest of the team got on are printed below in the Sports notices. Junior Speech Competition Results December 2010 1st Year 10 Speech Cup - Timothy Roughton, 2nd - Jennifer Newton, 3rd - Hasib Deendost, Highly Commended - Gabriel Rutherford 1st Year 9 - Adam Szentes, 2nd - Stephen Ellis, 3rd - Rebecca Chan, Highly Commended - Adam White, Holly Parkes, Danni Wilson EVENTS REVIEW The Junior Prizegiving 2010 On the final day of the 2010 school year we held our Junior Prizegiving ceremony. This formal event provided the opportunity for us to acknowledge the academic successes of our Year 9 and 10 students. Guest speaker was past student Gavin Beinart-Smollan. Special Awards Junior Languages Cup Lucas Haugh The Gibb Cup Steven Yee Night of the Notables The Trenwith Cup Vikki McAdam & Tal Whiteside 1st in Year 10 English Speech Cup Year 9 Adam Szentes Speech Cup Year 10 Timothy Roughton Graphics Cup Ko Chieh Shiung Music Shield Lucas Haugh Miss Griff Trophy Elizabeth Mayo-Smith Best Girl in Physical Education ESL Reading Award Year 9 Sasha Goldberg ESL Reading Award Year 10 Yuko Miyamoto Special Awards (cont) Lino Nelisi Junior Reading Award Rebecca Tuckey Diligence Awards Ryan Yee & Katrina Sneath Presented by the Parents’ Association to a boy and girl for consistent effort which may not be recognised through other Awards The New Zealand Pride Cup Hasibeh Deendost For a high level of pride in school community and country Top Scholar Year 9-Cup Rebecca Chan Presented by T S Wong Top Scholar Year 10-Cup Eileen Song Presented by Parents’ Association Junior Leadership Cup Elizabeth Mayo-Smith Presented by the Rotary Club of Auckland East This is presented to a student in Year 9 or 10 who has shown the greatest leadership in the Junior School. The Groves Cup Rebecca Tuckey For the most outstanding all-rounder in Year 10 for academic, activities, service Wider Living Day 2010 Year 9 and 10 students enjoyed two days of rest and relaxation at the end of 2010. The Year 9 students went to Rainbows End and Waiwera Hot Pools while the Year 10 students had a choice of several outdoor activities including Snorkelling, Mountain Biking, Horseriding, and Paintball. SPORTS NOTICES Report on the NZSSAA Track & Field Nationals and Road Running Nationals The New Zealand Secondary Schools Track and Field Championships were held in Hastings on 11 & 12 December 2010. Eleven athletes represented Glendowie College at this major and prestigious event which is also New Zealand’s largest athletics event. Five athletes competed in the Road Race: Riandri de Bruyn – 28th Year 9 Girls (12:47 minutes), Sally Wilkins – 11th Senior Girls 4km (15:10 minutes), Cara Blanchard – 56th Senior Girls 4km (18:52 minutes), Bevin Liang – 73rd Junior Boys 4km (16:20 minutes) and Craig McGregor – 83rd Senior Boys 6km (26:31 minutes). The Track and Field athletes were: Ximena Smith – 5th in Final Senior Girls 800 metres (2:16:00 minutes), Riandri de Bruyn – 5th in heats, Junior Girls 80 metres Hurdles (15:19 seconds), Kathryn Leijh – 6th in heats, Senior Girls 100 metres (13:51 seconds) and 8th in semi final Senior Girls 200 metres (27:63 seconds), Chelsea Smith – 6th in quarter final Senior Girls 200 metres (27:89 seconds), Nicholas Thomas – 8th in quarter final Senior Boys 200 metres (24:75 seconds) and 7th in quarter final Senior Boys 100 metres (11:87 seconds), Diamant Pireva – 26th Junior Boys Shot Put (9.55 metres). The 4 x 400 metres Senior Girls Relay (Chelsea Smith, Ximena Smith, Sally Wilkins and Kathryn Leijh) provided some great excitement as the team came up against strong competition from schools like Tauranga Girls College, Wanganui Collegiate, Baradene College, Mt Albert Grammar and Epsom Girls Grammar. The Glendowie girls beat all these teams to record their best-ever result in this race, coming second to St Margaret’s College in the excellent time of 4:09:81 minutes. The team’s Silver Medal was well-earned and next year the Glendowie College girls will enter the 4 x 400 metres relay with the #2 ranking in New Zealand. The Glendowie College athletes were enthralled to see one of the finest individual performances of the Championship as 17-year old Jacko Gill from Takapuna Grammar three times broke the existing world 5kg Shot Put record for his age group to set a new record of 23.86 metres. His new world record is 63 centimetres further than the previous one held by Krzysztof Brzozowski of Poland. As always the behaviour of the Glendowie College athletes both on and off the track was exemplary and the College has every reason to be proud of all the athletes who took part. Alan Goldman Coach GDC Nationals team: (From top left) Diamant Pireva, Bevin Liang, (middle row) Nicholas Thomas, Cara Blanchard, Riandri de Bruyn, Craig McGregor, (front row) Alan Goldman (Coach), Chelsea Smith, Kathryn Leijh, Sally Wilkins, Ximena Smith, Elspeth Wilkins (Manager). Thanks to Mr Goldman and Mrs Wilkins for travelling to Hastings with the team and congratulations to everyone involved for representing Glendowie College so well. Special congratulations to the senior girls for bringing home the Silver Relay medal. NITY COMMUN Homestay R H Required International Student, Sh e hizune Yamashita (on the right) is ooking for a homestay family. She is hoping to find a lo e warm and w w welcoming fa amily from w within the GGlendowie College comm C munity. Shiz ve zune will arriv in March, do some intensive Eng ool glish study first and then join the scho at the beginning of Term Two. She plans to complete her High b School study here. S S ho Shizune is a 15 years olld female wh sings in a choir at home. She likes reading, is really keen to become a h y n sh and sted natural Englis speaker a is interes in readin eatingng, and es. ves a learning new recipe She lov cats. Sh would he prefer a familly with young children and is looking f a host p g for " t "sister" about her age. All s son@domini A enquiries to: Alyson Craig; alys nz ion.school.n or L 8 mail; lwalker Lesley Walker; 575 9128 Ext 125 em r@glendowi chool.nz ie-college.sc College Com C or mmunicato Publication Dates 2011 Term 1 Term 3 T 7 Thursday, 17 February y, Thursday 24 March T Thursday, 25 A August 2 Thursday, 22 September Term 2 Term 4 T 6 Thursday, 26 May y, Thursday 30 June Thursday, 10 N T November The T Commun means of informing our co nicator is a m tes nts. ommunity of important dat and even d t f It is also used to highlight the range of activities an achieveme in which our student are involve nd ents h ts ed. TOUGHLOV T VE A you at th end of yo tether or at your wits end? Are he our r s With rn hool W the retur of the Sch Year par rents are ofte ready to a en bling behavio from their teens. address troub our r We W can help you to help y your family. 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Entertainment Books feature the best restaurants, attractions, cinemas, sports, hotel accommodation and much more. New additions to this years book include Meredith's, Sid Art, ‘Dine’ by Peter Gordon, The Long Room, Dida's, Union Post Brew Bar, Wendy's Old Fashioned Hamburgers and Event Cinemas. These combined with regular favourites such as Hammerheads, Banque, Mikano, Soi Japanese, Wagamama, Lone Star, Kelly Tarltons and the Auckland Zoo make the 2011/12 edition the best Entertainment Book ever! And for a limited time, if you order your new copy before 31st March, you will receive a sheet of 6 bonus vouchers from businesses new to the Book. Gateway 2011 The Gateway programme is now up and running for 2011 with 25 places being available to senior students. Since 2009 40 students from Years 11-13 have participated in Gateway. The purpose of the programme is: To assist students with career planning by offering practical experience in a workplace of their interest. Provide additional opportunities for students to gain NCEA credits by completion of unit or achievement standards which relate directly to where they are working. Enable young people to make connections between what they are learning at school and what knowledge and skills are needed at work. Other advantages are that students develop confidence about entering the workforce and what they can achieve, as well as getting information and advice about future directions and study options. Students need to be highly motivated and well organised as the programme is an additional demand to the normal school load and will require independent study. Work experience is undertaken for 7-15 days and can be completed during the holidays or a combination of school and holiday time. There is a selection process which includes an application form, letter and interview. To apply students can get an application form from the Careers Office in Room 44. Parent Trust: Being the Mum or Dad you want to be Feeling tired or noticing the stress? Are you wanting better communication with your child or children? Parent Trust offers a programme for you, ‘Being the Mum or Dad You Want to be’. Courses deal with the day to day stresses, help you feel more confident, and help you develop new and creative approaches to parenting. The courses which are practical and relevant to you and your family are starting in several Auckland locations from 14th February. Visit the Parent Trust website www.parenttrust.org.nz or phone (09) 3760400 to find out more. Parent Trust is a not for profit organisation which has operated in Auckland for sixteen years. The Trust is funded by grants and parents pay a small donation when they attend the programmes. Year 12 English Students Special Price on Mahobe NCEA Level 2 English Study Book. Write on workbook for all the current Level 2 achievement standards – both internals and externals. 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