Issue 2 • July 2009 Newsletter
Welcome to the second newsletter of the year. We continue to acknowledge
those families who are proactive, in their partnership with the College,
supporting the learning and well being of our students. A close relationship
with the home and the College helps the development of our students.
To this end, the work of our Samoan Parents Group and our Tongan Parents
Group is very important in forging a link, for the good of our children. I
wish to thank Mr Selau Fausia (Board member), Ms Roberstson (Commerce),
Ms Gogo (Health), Mrs Lote-Fepuleai (ESOL), Mr Dunn (Science) and Ms
Apelu (HoD Social Sciences) for investing their time into administrating,
communicating and managing the Samoan Parents meetings. It is a big
imposition on their time, which they freely volunteer, for the betterment of
our children. Also, thank you to Mrs Latu (English and Learning Support)
and Mrs Tu’ipulotu (Food Technology) for their time and effort in running
of homework and study each day, as this will
the Tongan Parents meetings. The vision for both groups is to empower our
stand them in good stead for senior and
parents with information and strategies, to support our young people to be
better equipped for better learning. I welcome any support, from any sector
of our community, towards resourcing these programmes because they are a I am sure that you will enjoy this issue of the
positive way to building better relationships within our community. Tāmaki College Newsletter and remember we
welcome feedback and support!
The academic year is well under way and our students have completed their
mid year examinations. All of our students should now be in a regular routine Ngā mihi
Student Exchange Program During term three of 2008, Mr Dunn
presented me with the opportunity
By Emma Brown • Year 13 Prefect to participate in a student-exchange
program. After an interview with the
exchange coordinator of Branksome
Hall, a private all-girls school in Canada,
I traveled to Toronto, a major city in
Canada, to attend the school and to
live with my host families for almost 3
There was a lot of work done on my
behalf. Mr Dunn ﬁrst mentioned my
name, as a candidate for the exchange,
when he met the Principal of Branksome
Hall, at a conference in Thailand. Once
I was accepted, Mrs Milne set to work,
ﬁnding me sponsorship. I was lucky to
receive $2,500, from the Black and White
Golfers; an organisation of women,
Above: Emma Brown and student host Cara Neel from Toronto
who sponsor individuals, through an
interview and selection process.
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Articles By Mikaira Chan and Francis Kolo • Year 13 Students
Sombrero, Dame, Aluno… and he has been teaching Salsa
confused? Don’t be. It’s just a for 5 months, and Salsa dancing
little thing called Salsa! for 5 years. Andrew is a police
oﬃcer from the Glen Innes
Every Wednesday from 6pm - precinct, Belinda works for an
7pm, magic takes place in the architecture company and Foster
Tāmaki College auditorium, as a is a University student.
bunch of us left-footed amateurs
are moulded into graceful salsa Sports academy student,
superstars! Lessons have been Charlie Vea, attends salsa every
taught for about 15 weeks now, Wednesday in hope of learning
and those who turn up are a new dance moves. He enjoys all
mixture of Tāmaki College’s the dance moves, especially the
students, teachers and members laprima. Charlie has experienced
of the wider community. salsa from a previous school.
Above: Dance tutor Belinda with
There are four instructors; Felise, When Felise was asked what he
his brother Andrew, Belinda gets out of teaching Salsa and he
and Foster. Apart from teaching said, “When they get it, it feels
Salsa, Felise is a part-time dancer good to me, to know I taught
The Senior Ball ‘09
By Diane Lee-Kum • Year 12 Student
Get your dresses and suits ready for the event of the year, the Ball!
This year’s theme, Monte Carlo, was chosen through a student voting system,
and it is not to be missed. The theme is based on the sophisticated city,
Monte Carlo, which lies in Monaco; a Principality (meaning: run by a prince)
that is famous for its resort lifestyle.
The main focus of the ball is based on the main source of revenue in Monaco;
the Monte Carlo Casino. Unlike its Las Vegas counterpart, Monte Carlo is a
playground for the rich and famous, where elegance and charm is displayed
by the outrageous super yachts, the expensive European cars and the “bling”,
Inspiration for your ball outﬁt can be found in the latest 007 James Bond
ﬁlms, so watch and learn. Some ideas to ponder: Gentlemen, a tuxedo if
you please, and Ladies, gorgeous gowns and diamonds-a-plenty will make a
stunning impression. Monte Carlo, here we come!
Theme: Monte Carlo
Date: August 15th, 2009
Location: The Ellerslie Convention Centre
Entry: Year 12 and 13 only
Please keep in mind that you are to pay your NCEA fees before you buy a
ticket for the ball, or you will not be permitted to go.
Richie Harris Feature
Coach Extraordinaire! Articles
By Alisha Henry • Year 12 Student
Tāmaki College is often rugby for 16 years. For the past
underestimated and deemed 4 years, he has been involved in
to be the “underdogs”, when it the Auckland Secondary Schools
comes to school rugby. However, rugby programme, coaching
for the past 5 years, our school the teams and leading them to
has been over-achieving in this victory. This year, he has been
area, with roughly 350 male and appointed a position that will
female students involved in our undoubtedly be high-pressure.
national winter sport. As Mr During April of 2009, Mr Harris
Harris says, “For a small school, was nominated to be the Blues
we’re pretty strong on rugby.” Secondary Schools Under-18
coach. This means that he is
Mr Richard Harris, one of the involved in the selection and
Deputy Principals at Tāmaki coaching of the best secondary
College, has been coaching school players across the Blues
Franchise, which includes
Auckland, North Harbour and
Northland, to build a team
Above: Mr Richie Harris
that will compete in the New
Zealand Regional Tournament,
during the July holidays. Teams Deputy Principals and as the 1st
competing in this tournament XV’s rugby coach. He loves what he
will include secondary school does, he enjoys the company of the
teams from across New people with whom he works, and
Zealand, such as the Blues, the he strives to achieve common goals
Hurricanes, the Chiefs and a with his fellow colleagues and the
south island team. student sports participants.
Tāmaki College is proud to have Mr Harris believes that the
Mr Harris on our team, as a results of his hard work and his
talented teacher, as one of our achievements have been initiated
by two important people in his
life; he would like to thank his
Left: Richie Harris with co-coach
parents for his success.
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On the 27th of December 2008, I ﬂew 18 hours, from of Tāmaki, the quality of teaching that we get here, at
Auckland International Airport to snow-covered Tāmaki College, is as good as any private school across
Toronto; where the average temperature was minus the world.
ten degrees celsius. I was met there by my exchange
buddy, Sarah Rosenblat and her family, who While I stayed in Toronto, I traveled within Canada
hosted me for a part of my three month exchange. and the United States, with the families who I lived
Sarah will be joining me at Tāmaki College at the with. I visited Niagara Falls. I spent a weekend in the
beginning of Term 3. That was Tuesday night and Capital city of Canada, Ottawa. I spent a weekend in
the next day, Wednesday, I was straight into school. Washington D.C and I spent ten days in Florida, before
I was introduced to so many new people, who my return home. Admittedly, being away from my
over the next few months became my friends and friends and my family for so long was hard, and in many
family. School life was not as much of a struggle as situations I was pushed far beyond my comfort zone.
I thought it would be. Although Branksome Hall is However, I am glad to have overcome those challenges
of a very diﬀerent socio-economic grouping to that and to have had such an awesome experience.
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Secretary for details.
Te Ara Reo Māori 2008
By Miss Mabel Panoho • Learning Support Centre
A year ago, a group of Tāmaki
College staﬀ members,
passionate about learning Te
Reo Māori, enrolled in Te Ara
Reo Māori, with Te Wānanga o
Aotearoa. For some, it would be
a second or third language being
learned, and for others, the Māori
language had been lost long ago,
perhaps a generation or two or
three before. Nevertheless, we
set out on our journey to learn
the mother tongue of Aotearoa.
In the beginning, at least 20 eager
people responded to the pānui.
Everyone turned up to the ﬁrst
class, motivated and rearing to Above: Back - Meryl Hamer, Mergran Naicker, Viliami Telefoni, Mabel
go. By the sixth lesson, only half Panoho, Matthew Grifﬁths. Front - Teneille Dale, Kandy Williams, Christine
of the class were left, wanting to Emery, Arna Metcalfe
coﬀee and delicious biscuits to the grades we needed to pass our
We had a few drop outs along carry us through the rest of the course, and for their tautoko and
the way, which was sad because lesson. aroha throughout the year.
we had started to form a close
whānau unit. But that did not We would start with waiata, Without them, we would not have
faze the die-hard tauira, who which was often drowned out been so enthusiastic, determined
stood staunch and true. Words by our school kapa haka group. and motivated to succeed, nor be
and phrases like, “ata mārie!” The beautiful harmonies and conﬁdent to stand up with honour
and “mōrena” were added to thunder that came from the boys and talk about our whakapapa.
our vocabulary, as part of our and girls in the whare kai, as
everyday greetings to one other. they pounded their feet on the To my fellow colleagues, it has
As the sessions started to wind hard ﬂoor, made us determined been a pleasure and an honour
down, the excitement grew for to be just as conﬁdent as them. sharing my journey with you all.
us; not because the course was It empowered us to bring out our Keep challenging yourselves to be
coming to an end, but because singing voices and participate. successful individuals. God bless
we could go out into the world By the end of our course, we and good luck.
with our kete full of knowledge. were able to stand up in front of
our colleagues and perform the “Whāia te iti kahurangi, ki te
Once we had ﬁnished teaching many waiata we had learned. tuohu koe, me he maunga teitei.
on Wednesdays, our day as tauira Mauri ora ki a tātou”.
would begin. Some days, we were I am proud to say that on the 14th
so exhausted that our kaiako, May 2009 the Te Ara Reo Māori Te Ara Reo Māori class of 2008
Te Kauri, would let us go home class of 2008 graduated; it was included Dorothy Apelu, Christine
a few “minutes” early(ha! ha!). deﬁnitely a night to remember. Emery, Teneille Dale, Joanne Gear,
However, the highlight of our Puru Gopal, Matthew Griﬃths,
lessons was the afternoon tea A special thanks to Hinerau, Te Meryl Hamer, Arna Metcalfe,
break, where we indulged in tea, Kauri and Kandy for letting us Mergran Naicker, Mabel Panoho,
pick at their brains to achieve Chris Roy, and Viliami Telefoni.
Maile-Ua Mo e Fānau Ako Articles
Tonga Kolisi Tāmakí
By Mrs Mele Suipi Latu • English Teacher and Learning & Literature Support Team Coordinator
In 2006, the Tāmaki College Tongan students had the
highest representation in the student ethnicity count.
Likewise, they had the highest number in behaviour
problems. Although most of the students behaved well
and respectfully at home, their misbehaving at school led
to a lack of focus, poor attitudes, no commitment to their
learning and low achievement rates.
This became a matter of concern, leading to a
consultative discussion, between the Tongan teachers
and the Principal. An agreement was reached that by
empowering the parents, the students would be more
likely to succeed.
A Tongan Parents-Teachers Association initiative was Above: Rev Metuisela Tafuna and Mrs Aulola Ahokava
staged, called, ‘Maile-Ua mo e Fanau Ako Tonga ‘o e Kolisi
Tāmaki’, meaning to walk the second mile with Tongan
students of Tāmaki College. The forum was aimed at: Structurally, a working committee, consisting of
10 teachers and parents, steer and drive the work.
Teachers informing parents about the situational They meet monthly, prior to the monthly meeting
behaviour of their children at school. of the whole group, and set the programme for
Teachers informing parents of the academic each month. They help in delivering letters to
achievements of their children. parents, encouraging parents and preparing food
Teachers explaining to parents what the school for the meetings. Maile-Ua owes a lot to this group
needs and expects of them, to ensure that their of dedicated parents.
children come to school ready to learn.
On a monthly basis, parents and their children,
Teachers and parents discussing way-forward together with teachers, meet and run a programme,
actions for parents to engage in order to help their particular to a need at the time. In summary, these
children better. programmes consist of:
For four years ‘Maile-Ua’ has persevered and lived up Providing reading and writing levels for year
to its purpose. Each year, more and more parents (and 9 and 10 students
students) beneﬁt from its course, and for teachers Guiding parents to understand NCEA
involved, nothing has been more satisfying than helping Guiding parents on how they can read with
both our parents and students. their children and motivating students to
read at home (Book-Shelf Project & Book
Below: Mrs Mele Suipi Latu and Mrs Akesa Tuipulotu Sale)
Educating parents and children on Career
Pathways in NZ and ensuring that students
match up what they need to study with a
possible future career Parenting Tips for
Developing eﬀective communication and
relationships between parents and children
Providing inspirational speakers (young
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children at school; it important that we keep
our children safe.
Year 10 Māori Trip
By Mr Kristian Yates • Māori Performing Arts Tutor
On Thursday the 14th of May, some of the Year 10 Following the 30 minute performance, students spent
Māori students visited the Auckland War Memorial time discovering the Māori gallery and they learned
Museum for a cultural experience, as part of their about things such as the ‘Pātaka’ (the food storage
Māori Performing Arts studies. house), hand-held weapons, korowai (woven cloaks),
musical instruments and historical art works painted by
Fifteen students, accompanied by Mr Yates and the artist, Goldie.
Miss George, to watch ‘Raukura’, the resident Māori
Cultural Group at the Auckland War Memorial The students met and mingled with some of the
Museum. They saw demonstrations of Poi, action performers, some had their photos taken and there were
songs, haka and stick games. There was a show-like a few shared stories before the return to school. Year 10
atmosphere in the performance, with lights, sound Māori students have Māori Performing Arts one period a
eﬀects and darkness. week, as part of their Māori Studies Programme.
The Oriental Side of Tāmaki!
By Tui Beach • Year 12 Student
Konnichiwa! This is the commonly used Japanese I learn the subject through correspondence
greeting to say “Hello”. Along with its culture, etiquette, because it has not been taught here, as an extra-
food (sushi) and signiﬁcant musical style and fashion, curricular language option before. I see this as an
Japan has a vast and intricate language. It is my honour, opportunity for me to work at something that I want
as a Tāmaki College student, to be studying this special to learn on my own. I think it is also opening a new
language, Japanese, as an Extra-Curricular subject here door for the Tāmaki College school curriculum. Of
at school. Although Japanese is not one of my ethnicities, course, with such a big task on my hands, I must
it strikes me as an interesting language to learn. After work to the best of my ability to tackle this subject,
serious consideration, and consultation with the Deputy along with my regular school work. This year will
Principal, Ms Moore, I am set to sit NCEA Japanese Level hold much for me and this is all thanks to Ms
1 this year. I think that learning Japanese will be a major Moore for allowing me this rich opportunity.
asset for my future and as the only student learning
Level 1 NCEA Japanese at Tāmaki College this year, I am Thank You – “Arigatou Gozaimashita”.
determined to succeed.
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This year has been the most eﬀective and FANONGONONGO FAKATAHA
productive year for ‘Maile-Ua’. Many more Tongan
Fakamanatu atu ‘etau fakataha ki he maahiná ni, ‘e
parents are beginning to comprehend and take to fakahoko he Monite ko hono 29 ‘o Suné, taimi 5.00 pm ‘i
heart the beneﬁt of being part of the group. The he loki fakataha’anga pē ‘o e kau faiakó (Staffroom).
attendance and participation has been fantastic,
both by parents and students. Over the past two Ko e polokalamá ko ‘etau fokotu’u taumu’a (goal-setting)
terms, all parents were given the opportunity to ‘a e matu’á mo ‘enau fanaú. ‘E fai ‘a e ngāue ko iá he
ngaahi ‘elia ko ‘ení:
be part of the group, by attending the monthly
meetings and membership was cut oﬀ, at the end of Ma’u Ako, Tauhi Taimi, ‘Ulungāanga, mo e Ngāue ki he
May this year. Altogether, 51 Tongan families have kaha’ú (Career Pathways)
joined the group, which includes 69 students.
‘E FU’U FIEMA’U ‘AUPITO KE LAVA MAI KI AI Ē FANAÚ.
By Alamanda Tahu • Head Girl 2009 Articles
Well, my night was absolutely There is nothing I love more eats. There was a big mess left in
awesome! than to perform for an audience. the auditorium. Chairs were left
But, from the front of the pushed out around tables, food
Te Poho o Tāmaki Kapa Haka stage, I could not see whether was on the ﬂoor and used cups
group held a major fundraiser the audience were enjoying were left everywhere. Signs of a
to raise money for our previous themselves or not, thanks to mean night!
trip up north. This was for the the great lighting set-up across
re-opening of Paatu Marae the ceiling. However, it was easy The night, and the preparation
in Pamapuria, home of a few to pretend that everything was during the day, deﬁnitely had
students in the group and fabulous. its ups and downs. But thanks
Tāmaki’s very own caretaker, to the hard work from our
Wally Noble. What an experience Once the performance was over, teachers, parents and students,
that trip was for us rangatahi! everybody began to slowly go who pulled oﬀ another rush job.
home. The night was cold and It was only the performers and
Tickets were sold for $30.00 each, the beds were calling. There a few workers left jamming’ on
to over 60 people. However, a was still some good kai (food) the karaoke machine by the end
few more tickets were sold at in the back. Once I got out of the evening, and we didn’t
the door and over 80 people of my performance uniform, leave until 11pm. What a night.
attended in total. Wow, who that was me, in the back of
would’ve thought we would have that auditorium, dishing up A special thanks to all those
such a good turn out? my plate! The performers and teachers and parents, who
workers were munching down came in and helped prepare
People there included teachers, on the brown-sugar pudding everything; to Janet and Uncle
parents, whānau, community and custard before they had Wally, to Anahera’s mother,
members and people from other even started into their half warm for the mean as brown-sugar
areas of Auckland attended. hāngi. Most of the meat had gone pudding, and of course to my
Thanks for the tautoko! by the time we got in there, and parents, Mike and Loretta.
the same went for the delicious
So, what happened that night? brown-sugar pudding. What an
The night began with a pōwhiri
and everybody was welcomed
onto the marae by the kapa haka
group and Matua Wally. After a
little gossip, a good cup of tea
and nibbles in the wharekai, the
manuhiri made their way over to
the auditorium, whilst our group
got ready for the performance. By
the time we were ready and had
made our way to the auditorium,
the hāngi was being served up
and waitresses were placing the
desserts on the tables. We had to
wait while our fabulous workers
dished their plates up. They
wanted to watch too.
Through the doors we went and Above: Members of Te Poho o Tāmaki entertaining their guests
onto the stage. Wow, what a view!
The stage looked absolutely How you can help
stunning, encouraging a mean
performance. Throughout the year, parents and caregivers will be given the
opportunity to complete various surveys, about the learning
needs of our students. Please take the time to complete these,
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Feature Enviro Heroes
Articles By Christine Savele • Year 12 Student
At Tāmaki College, the Collection Day. All classes in the help abolish the problem now.
Environmental Group has been school have been given a yellow
formed, and so far the results have paper recycling cube. The cubes On the 5th June 2009, to promote
been awesome! As a group, we are used to collect all ﬂattened World Environment Day, the Tāmaki
are passionate about helping our waste paper and cardboard; rather College Environment Group began
school become as environmentally than screwing it up and putting “Action of the Week”. Every week,
friendly as possible. The small it into the normal rubbish bins. students are given simple tips to help
changes that we make in our school Every second Thursday, all paper make the school and their homes
can make a huge diﬀerence to the recycling cubes are taken to more environmentally friendly, such
rest of the world. the quad, or the EP block, to be as, “turn oﬀ the tap, while brushing
emptied. This helps to ensure that your teeth”. On the 23rd of June,
Helping to combat climate change what can be recycled is recycled. the Year nine students went to Pt.
means, that here at Tāmaki, every England Reserve to plant trees. Not
second Thursday is Paper Recycling As a special day of learning, some only does this help with oxygen and
of the Environmental Group clearing up carbon dioxide, but it
students went to the Diocesan also stops dirt and other pollutants
School for Girls, to look at the from leaking into the creek waters,
diﬀerent things that they do to making it unsafe for animals, such
keep their school environmentally as ﬁsh and ducks, to live in.
friendly. This gave us a broad
range of ideas that we could use For future goals, the Environment
and apply at our own school. We Group is working towards creating
discovered that paper recycling was a worm farm. All food scraps will
just the beginning of things that be thrown into the worm bin,
we can do. And so, to help create instead of into the rubbish bins, to
awareness, Christine Savele and stop ﬁlling up the landﬁlls, which
Vainga Pahulu spoke at a school aﬀect the ozone layer! Step-by-
assembly. We showed an extract step, we are determined to help the
from the Al Gore documentary, environment, in every way that we
“An Inconvenient Truth”, where it can, with help from the students,
brieﬂy outlines the reasons behind staﬀ and eventually, the wider
Global Warming. We emphasised community. We can all do our bit to
the quote from the ﬁlm, “Do you help out. Are you willing to save the
Above: Tenzin Tseten want your future generation living planet and become an Enviro hero?
emptying food scraps in YOUR mistake?” in order to
Hello everyone! We are the Year 9 TCTV crew for 2009; Kalesita, Moli,
Sosaia, Viliami, Joshua and also Donnea. TCTV stands for Tāmaki
College Televsion. It can be accessed from the Tāmaki College homepage By the Year 9 TCTV Crew
Today we used the TV studio for the ﬁrst time this year. The studio
is set up for interviews, with a nice couch, a table and both artiﬁcial
and natural forms of lighting. We interviewed students, Melenaite
and C.J., about their roles in organizing Stage Challenge. Melenaite
has been choreographing the dancing sequences and C.J. has been
helping behind the scenes, with management and organization. There
is a lot to do before the actual performance takes place, with auditions,
rehearsals, scheduling and backdrops to create. The interviewer for this
episode was Moli. On the cameras were Sosaia, Viliami, Kalesita and
Joshua. The editing was done by Joshua.
We have really enjoyed having our ﬁrst try-out in the studio for the
term. We are looking forward to spending more time in the studio, next
term and term four, interviewing many more interesting people. Above: Year 9 TCTV Crew
One Mighty Groove Digger
By Ms Christine Emery • Teacher of English and Media Studies
You may have heard him singing big guitar-driven rock, the band
on television advertisements, or plays ‘80’s and ‘90’s rock music,
seen him fronting the cover band, from bands like Cold Chisel.
The Mighty Groove Diggers, Passionate about music and
or watched him performing in performing, he opened Term 2’s
musical theatre productions like, ﬁrst school assembly with a song,
‘Jesus Christ Superstar’ or ‘Evita’. to mark May as New Zealand
However, this year Mr Martin Music Month. He rocked the
Clark has taken on the inaugural auditorium and it was a great
position of HOD Performing way to start the new term.
Arts. This means teaching dance,
drama and theatre studies to Stage Challenge for Mr Clark has
senior students. It’s a lot of fun and inevitably been a strong focus
a lot of hard work for everybody this term, culminating in the
involved. Since joining his ﬁrst stage performance at The Edge,
Above: Mr Marty Clark
band, as a 17 year old student at on 23rd June. This year’s theme
Waihi College, he’s been singing has been diﬀerent from previous
in bands and composing and years, ‘its right out of the box’, innocence, with her guilt never
producing 2 albums, although he he says. The students looked proven. It was a trial by media that
says, ‘they’ll be hard to ﬁnd now; at society and how the media sent her to her death.
I know there’s one at home’. His creates mass hysteria. National
present band, The Mighty Groove media stories of interest, like Mr Clark’s plans for the future
Diggers, have been together the Tony Veitch and David involve music and performance.
since 2003, playing evening Bain trials were examined and He hopes to eventually incorporate
and weekend gigs at pubs and students decided to look at the juniors into the Performing Arts
events across Auckland. With Minnie Dean story because programme and take the world by
his favourite sounds grounded in she was hung, proclaiming her storm!
Make a Difference!
By Christine Savele • Year 12 Student
communities to look like, with things that would
help our environment, such as solar panelling,
instead of heaters and ﬁres because these little
On the 15th of April 2009, Vainga and I went down changes can make a huge diﬀerence to the earth.
to Waitakere City, to attend the “Make a Diﬀerence After a break, we discussed the main reasons for
Forum.” It was a three-day camp, where we learnt rubbish, which is consumerism. Shopping! We
about sustainability, the diﬀerent things that aﬀect our learnt more and more about the diﬀerent things
environment, and what we can do as individuals, and as that are aﬀecting our environment and what
a community, to combat Global Warming. It was three we can do to stop it. As it was our last night at
hard days, full of excitement and a lot of weeding! camp, we went into action plan mode, where we
thought of fun and eﬀective ways of re-enforcing
On the ﬁrst day, little did we know, that we were in for everything that we had learnt on camp, so we
a roller-coaster ride. We watched the documentary, “An could share our information back with our schools
Inconvenient Truth”, and it was then and there that we and communities.
were given a sense of how close to home the environmental
problems were. This set the buzz for the entire three days. On the Third and ﬁnal day, we visited ECOSONG, an
We were determined to learn as much as we could, to environmentally friendly village. They have solar
change where the future of our planet is heading. panelled houses, vegetable gardens, and even an
environmentally friendly toilet, which does not run
On the second day, we learnt about sustainability, the by water! We worked with the people in ECOSONG,
environment, and how it ties in with our communities. weeding gardens and tending plants. It was hard
We learnt that if we don’t have a sustainable environment, work, but worth it in the end.
then sustainable communities are unrealistic. Knowing
that everything, all the global warming problems, relate The “Make a diﬀerence” camp was life changing.
back to the earth, and back to our home towns of Glen Slowly, we are both trying to change our own lives,
Innes and Panmure, made us even more determined to as well as help to re-enforce the knowledge that we
keep learning. We drew plans; of what we wanted our gained, at school.
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Creative Writing - Six Word Stories
By Jack Sisikefu • Year 12 Student
During this term, students participated in writing and shared, which developed into an enjoyable feat for
six word stories about, well practically anything they all. There were some humorous, yet relevant options,
liked. The purpose of this exercise was to create a derived from real-life events and such. Below are just
comic and inspired piece, entirely composed for the some of the stories from the many, somewhat unusual
amusement of other readers. Ideas were discussed ideas that we came up with:
They died with pride inside them. “Depression” deﬁnes people with high salaries.
The end will be here soon. They died and then came back.
Recession is depression without any money. Floating through clouds, drowning at sea.
Teachers live to ensure living death. Enveloped in a black hole. Depression.
Sarcasm’s ugly; look in the mirror. Green eyes scream plans for revenge.
Normal: Why am I still alive?! Banana trips zookeeper, not monkey’s fault
Teachers weren’t bred to be calm.
Long Reach and Overdue Books
By Mr Ebenezer Moses • School Librarian
One of my ﬁrst jobs, when I and distance that my “long reach” Coming to library updates – our
accepted the position of Librarian, could breach, when one day, out of library is now the proud owner of
was to do a stock take of books the blue, a parcel arrived addressed more than 11,300 books. We have
belonging to The Tāmaki College to the Librarian, Tāmaki College. at least 300 students / teachers
Sylvia Fausett Library. Imagine On opening the parcel, I found visiting our library to utilize our
my predicament, when it showed inside a copy of Samuel Taylor resources (books, computers,
up that 589 books were missing Coleridge’s Selected Poems, 1965 librarians) for their own pleasure,
from our collection of 8000+. My edition! Presuming it to be a gift learning and development, on a
immediate reaction was to send to the library, I searched for the day-to-day basis.
out overdue notices, to all our donor’s name. I was totally blown
existing borrowers, requesting away when I found that this book Thanks to our principal, Mrs
and reminding them to please was borrowed in July of 1976, by Soana Pamaka, we have the
return all books ASAP. I have been someone named A. Little, from latest technology available to us,
successful in retrieving almost all Tāmaki College. At some stage whereby you can visit our library
of the books and I gave myself a in his or her life, A. Little had online to see the latest additions
pat on the back for a task well decided to donate the book to The to our books and resources. This
done. Rotorua Public Library, who, in will not only enable you to plan
turn, was kind enough to return your lessons in advance, but
In the days when I was courting the book back to us. After a long, also to reserve books online. You
my wife, she used to joke about and hopefully, educational tour, can also visit all the related sites
my “long reach”. Now, you must Coleridge is now back on our provided in the home page. All
be wondering how this ﬁgures in shelves, for those of you who wish our registered users can avail this
the present context. Even she was to reacquaint yourselves with his facility by going to http://oliver/
amazed at the boundaries of time sonnets and odes. oliver.
By Christine Savele • Year 12 Student Articles
Thirteen venues, 196 schools, 825 participants and an Along with the lack in funding and major stress
audience of 1,000’s! Stage Challenge is one of the many levels rising, the Stage Challenge group has worked
highlights of the school year. Each school performs an beyond all odds, with every person showing huge
original piece of work, involving dance, design and drama, commitment.
to reﬂect the personalities, hopes, dreams and interests of
those who have created it. How hard could that be? “Hard So, what ﬁnal words does our Star Choreographer
doesn’t even explain it”, says Melenaite Fiﬁta, a talented have to share with students, who wish to pursue a
Year 12 student, who is also the choreographer of the passion in dance and acting? “Go for gold, never give
Tāmaki College 2009 Stage Challenge. up and chase your goals, not your competition.”
So what does this involve? Along with a selected storyline,
the choreographer must put together a dance routine,
which relates to and tells the storyline. Melenaite says,
“It’s intense work and takes time and commitment”. Her
passion for dance helps her to organise her ideas and the
cast, she says, “In order to be a choreographer, you have to
have a passion for dance, acting and be committed to the
project you’ve started.” Easier said than done!
Along with every successful stage production, a lot of hard
work must ﬁrst be done. Stage Challenge means vigorous
practices and stressful days. In an ideal world, all of this
would be easily controlled; everyone would get along
and listen to the instructions, right? WRONG. In this
production, Mele’s experience so far means, “I just have
to know that not everyone is going to listen, and some Above: Leilani Faka’ata, Emilou Hohaia, Annie
days may end in tears. But in the end, it’ll all be worth it.” Gogo and Melenaite Fiﬁta
Debating Report ﬁnd the perfect reasons why Government funding should not
be removed. We broke our argument down into three simple
By Marama Vea • Year 12 Student aspects: Music, Fashion design and Ideas (New Zealand Film
and television programming).
Our moot for the ﬁrst round of debating
As the ﬁrst speaker, I argued about the immense amount of
this term was; this house would remove
success that New Zealand music has achieved and that this
government funding for the Arts. Our
all leads back to Government funding. Sesilia, our second
Year 11 debating troop consisted of Shalom
speaker, spoke also about the massive success stories in New
Ngaro, James Matavao, Sesilia Palusa and I.
Zealand fashion design. Trelise Cooper and Kate Sylvester are
We researched long and particularly hard to
well-known New Zealand fashion designers, who got their
start in the fashion industry through funding. James, our
ﬁnal speaker, argued that if we took funding away from the
New Zealand ﬁlm and television industry, we would not have
programmes like, ‘Shortland Street’.
Although we lost (or as we like to say “second”), we were
successful in some things. Sesilia won the coveted second-
best speaker award, which was very good considering it was
her ﬁrst debate. I was also lucky enough to be awarded third-
best speaker. I hope that in our next debates we will ﬁnally
be rid of our “second streak” and be able to win. We wish to
thank Judith Tizard, who was generous and kind enough to
give us the knowledge she has acquired throughout her years
in parliament. Also we would like to thank Ms. Metcalfe for
Above: Sesilia Palusa and James Matavao setting up the workshop and Mr Griﬃths for his support.
Learning My Fair Lady
By Moala Kolomatangi, Feofa’aki Pua
Areas and Alamanda Tahu • Year 13 Students
On Wednesday, 8th of April, we were lucky enough to Henry Higgins. The story tells of Eliza learning how
be able to attend the opening night of the Rogers and to speak properly, like an upper-class lady, and the
Hammerstein musical, ‘My Fair Lady’, at Auckland’s funny mistakes that she makes along the way. Eliza
Civic Theatre. and Henry grow fond of one another and the play
ends with Eliza and Henry looking forward to a future
The story, set in England, tells of a poor woman, together.
Eliza Doolittle, who tries to be taken seriously and
who wants to learn to speak “properly”. So, she goes We had never been to a musical stage show before and
to a speech expert for lessons, with a character called it was quite diﬀerent to have the actors suddenly burst
into song. The costumes were colourful and bright,
and the set was amazing because it moved around in
a circle and each time it did, another set was behind
Being exposed to a new type of performance has really
helped us to appreciate ourselves, as performers. It
was diﬀerent, sitting back and watching someone else
do the entertaining.
We have all become fans of musicals and we look
forward to attending more of them in the future. If
anyone has the chance to go to a great musical like
this, then we suggest that you take the opportunity
and give it a go.
Great thanks must go to Auckland City Councillor,
Above: Feofa’aki Pua, Alamanda Tahuand Moala Leila Boyle because as a friend of the college, she
Kolomatangi donated the tickets for us to go. Also, a big thank you
goes to Mr Griﬃths and Miss Dale for taking us.
To Write or Not to Write his books, ‘Feed’ and Finally, we attended a
By Tui Beach • Year 12 Student ‘The Astonishing Life workshop on Slam poetry,
of Octavian Nothing: or ‘spoken expressive
It wasn’t Shakespeare, American magazine, Traitor to the Nation’. He poetry’. It was sassy and
but it was absolutely ‘The New Yorker’, with writes in peculiar ways, funny, with edgy American
worthwhile. And I’m staﬀ writers, Hendrik with creativeness and poet, Sonya Renee, the
not talking about a play. Hertzberg, Judith graphic visualization. reigning champion of
It was the Writers and Thurman and Rhonda The songwriters visited the International Slam
Readers Festival, which Shurman. We learned Elemeno P’s lead vocalist, Poetry, gracing us with
ran from Wednesday 13th about what their roles Dave Gibson, to learn how her heartfelt poetry. Her
May to Sunday 17th May. as journalists entail, and a song falls into place. sensual humour made
On Thursday 14th May, how they know when to things in everyday life
the Level 2 Media Studies grab a story. Then, we The 3rd Workshop stand out and we learned
class, the Creative Writing split into two groups, one featured the ‘Outrageous that everyone is creative in
Group and the Newsletter group attended a creative Fortune’ and ‘bro’ Town’ their own way.
Team attended a series of writing workshop, and screen writers, Rachel
workshops, ranging from the other, a song writing Lang and James Griﬃn. It was a jam-packed day
Journalism to sassy Slam workshop. The ﬁrst As well as getting hints of fun, enjoyment and
Poetry. group went to listen to on what’s coming up in information that will be
M.T Anderson; an author ‘Outrageous Fortune’, useful to us, as journalists,
Upon arrival, we jetted renowned for his creative we learned about what creative writers, poets and
to the ﬁrst workshop, writing styles and future a screenwriter’s job is, songwriters. Thanks to Ms.
Journalism. It was an satire writing. He read the rewards and how Metcalfe and Ms. Emery
insider’s view of the us the ﬁrst sections from ‘Shortland Street’ started. for organising the trip.
Macbeth’s up the Creek
By Tupou Taliauli • Year 10 Student
This term 10 RMf worked in Every English period, one or two We had heaps of fun doing the
groups and undertook the task groups would get the chance to short ﬁlming. But not only that,
of creating a scene from William go out and pick a location in the we’ve learnt a very valuable lesson
Shakespeare’s play, Macbeth. school to do their ﬁlming. Some about the olden days, and also what
even ﬁlmed out of the school might have happened if the story
In the beginning, the whole class grounds, accompanied by our was based in the present day.
worked together by studying teacher, Mr Tindling.
Macbeth. We all participated in We even got to joke around with
reading each scene out, but once Some went to the creek, some the teacher too, at least he is not as
we had ﬁnished reading the entire went to the shops, some went serious, as he is when he is teaching
play, the real excitement began. onto the ﬁeld and some went to us in class; ha, ha, he, he!
the auditorium. But, we couldn’t
Each group had the chance to pick just act it out in olden day words;
a scene from the book and to act it we had to rewrite the lines for our
out. script, and turn the words into
street words, into our own lingo.
Above: Tomas Mihaka, Junior Moe and Douglas Tafea Above: Huva Fonua and Douglas Tafea
Success in Mathematics
By Mrs Noelene Dunn • HoD Mathematics
Maths teachers present merit certiﬁcates daily to Level 3 - Paea Ahokava • Emma Brown • Ahmad Fonua
students who have a positive attitude to learning and • Francis Kolo • Charles Pongi • Luke Waru
achieving. The student with the most certiﬁcates
is then presented with a $20 gift voucher in school Junior Laﬁ was the ﬁrst non-extension student, in
assembly. Winners for term one were Naira Maihana year 11, to gain Level 1 numeracy in 2009 and he was
(Junior) and Erika Leota (Senior) rewarded with a laptop from Mrs Pamaka.
In week 2, of term 2, the following students stood out
as Academic Role Models and were presented with an Remember
NCEA Exam Study Guide at school assembly.
Schools love to receive feedback from
Level 1 - Jamillah Falanitule • Jazz Seuoti-Folau • Kasi parents and caregivers. Should you have
Mahoni • James Matavao • Sesilia Palusa • Kenny any questions or concerns, please do not
Williams hesitate to see your child’s Dean. If you have
a serious concern or complaint, this must
Level 2 - Annie Gogo • Diane Lee-Kum • Alex Temu be addressed to the Principal, in writing.
Learning Blasting away with Science
Areas By Mr Chandar Dewan • HoD Science
The Science Road show was held and blowing up hydrogen Students were involved in lots
at Tāmaki College in the middle balloons. Students then had of learning activities from how
of Term 2. A group of people the opportunity to try a range things work, to gravity, Astronomy,
travel around the country with of hands-on activities to learn measurements and reﬂections
fun and exciting demonstrations about diﬀerent science concepts. with mirrors. Highlights of the
related to science. The theme of show included discovering how
the show this year was SOUND. Congratulations to Joseph these things work, as well as much
The presenters used diﬀerent Parsons for winning the quiz more.
ways to show how sound works; challenge.
including ﬁre, hair dryers
“Not knowing what to expect, students who participated
found the Road show both exciting and cool at the same
time, with many considering a possible career in a ﬁeld of
Science. The overall experience was awesome. It was a fun
experience to be part of.” Colleen Henry
Above: Students carrying out science learning activities
“I liked the weight machine that measured your height and
weight and could calculate what percentage of fat and muscle
your body has.” Owen Talatau
“It’s Monday; the day that everyone has anticipated and
it’s all about how particles and matter, matter the most.
Above: Mrs Gogo and students carrying out experiments The Road show literally started with a big bang! The
hydrogen-ﬁlled balloon, ﬁlled with some oxygen gas, blasted
“The thing I liked the most was the spinning, where you 100 decibels of sound into the auditorium; that’s enough
pull your arms and legs in and out, to see if it can go faster sound to deafen you, if the volume is sustained.” Thomas
or slower.” Ashleigh Tahu Napier
“The presenters explained how photosynthesis works and
how emissions from cow ﬂatulence are causing greenhouse
gases.” Joseph Parsons
“The best thing was the machine that showed how much
energy different foods have. If the food had lots of energy,
then you could peddle further on the machine.” Moana
“Mondays are days for school work and homework, but
today was a bit different … curious questions about matter
and crazy cool experiments that wowed us in our seats.”
Above: Students learning from hands on experiences
Just a reminder
The Board of Trustees has banned cellphones,
iPods, MP3 players, etc., from Tāmaki College.
Students caught with these items will have them
confiscated and held by a Deputy Principal, until a
parent or caregiver is able to collect it.
Junior Food Technology
By Mrs Carol Heka • Teacher in Charge of Catering & Hospitality and Food Technology
This term, Year 9 Junior Food Technology students learned about the
importance of breakfast and why they need to have breakfast. They then
moved onto a research project, discovering the diﬀerent types of food which
are good for breakfast. They were asked to look for speciﬁc words, such as
wholemeal, wheat, ﬁbre and then they needed to explain why these words
are important. Alice Malolo, from 9KSl, showcases what she made in Food
Technology; hotcakes served with French vanilla ice cream and a warm berry
Right: Alice Malolo with her delicious hotcakes dish
Senior Catering and Hospitality
By Mrs Carol Heka • Teacher in Charge of Catering & Hospitality and Food Technology
This term, the level 1 Catering the custard, glaze and cutting Both classes enjoyed making and
classes learned about fruits, eggs the fruits. The process took three eating the fruit ﬂans. In fact, some
and cheese. The topic was Fruits days to complete, as both classes of Mrs Heka’s students mentioned
and Vegetables. Students learned had to spend 1 full day making that they would love to make ﬂans
about the diﬀerent families of the base. The next day was spent for their parents, to show their
fruits and vegetables, qualities making the custard. This was left new skills.
and the diﬀerent uses. overnight to cool because if the
fruits are put straight onto the Thank you to Mr Ishibashi for
Mr Ishibashi was in charge of the custard whilst hot, the custard teaching us how to make the fruit
practical lessons for these units, will cook the fruits and ruin the ﬂan. You will ﬁnd the recipe for fruit
teaching how to make a fruit ﬂan. ﬁnal outcome. ﬂan below. We hope that you have
This involved making the base, fun making it, just as we had fun
Did you know?
Learning Parents and Caregivers are welcome to view
school policies, which cover everything from
Areas assessment to health and safety. Please
contact the Principal’s Secretary for details.
Print Media Design Illustrations
By Ms Hinerau Anderson • HoD Technology
ICT students in Year 9 and Year 10 have used basic and InDesign to produce high quality illustrations. The
skills in Publisher to design and produce basic basic principles of design have been applied by students in
illustrations. Year 12 students in Print Media, all year levels.
Level 2, have used complex skills in Photoshop
The students in 10KGo worked on a project that entailed
working for a company that specialises in designing and
producing promotional materials. The students had to design
and produce a new company logo, on a type of promotional
item, such as a t-shirt, a mug, a calendar, a key ring, a fridge
magnet, a bag, etc., for their own company, which would be
used as an example of the use of promotional materials for
The work produced by the senior students shows the
progression of skill ability from the junior school. Alisha
Henry produced an illustration, based on the context
of EOTC (Education Outside the Classroom) at Tāmaki
College, whereby an opportunity arose for the production
of the illustration for the school newsletter, to represent any
Above: EOTC illustration by Alisha Henry EOTC excursions attended by Tāmaki College students.
Physical Education Department - Interpersonal Skills
By Mr Jason Borland • HoD Health and Physical Education
This term in the PE department, junior classes have been Below are students learning and demonstrating
learning about Interpersonal Skills. interpersonal skills during PE lessons.
It is a key competency in the New Zealand Curriculum
and it is a life skill required in most jobs. Interpersonal
Skills incorporate three dimensions: Communication,
Feedback and Fair Play.
The junior students learned about, and then had to
demonstrate, the dimensions of Interpersonal Skills
in diﬀerent contexts. Year 9 students were involved in
Soccer and Basketball, while the Year 10 students focused
on Netball and Aussie Rules.
This was the ﬁrst year that the Interpersonal Skills unit
has been introduced into the junior school and so far
there has been a lot of enthusiasm and success. The unit
provides a pathway for the students to learn content,
required for NCEA assessments in Physical Education,
in the senior school. It is also encouraging because it
helps students to learn skills that they will be able to use Above: Sammie Rauahi and Christine Palusa from 9KSl
The Real Art Roadshow Areas
By Mr Chris Roy • HoD Art
Tāmaki College welcomed the Real Art Roadshow to
the school at the end of March. The (RAR) is all about
bringing art to the kids in a democratic and user-friendly
way. The project, which is now in its third year, involves
two exhibitions of artworks travelling throughout New
Zealand, displaying both contemporary painting and
photography from many of our most esteemed and
established artists, as well as some of our emerging
The exhibition comprised the artworks of no less than
sixty-four artists, including artists who our students
have investigated and have completed research upon.
Included in the exhibition, were paintings and drawings
by Braithwaite, Mark Braunias, Nigel Brown, Shane
Cotton, James Cousins and Tony de Lautour. Above: Tāmaki College Art Students hard at work
The RAR was very beneﬁcial for our students because it and the genres, which their artworks represented.
enabled our students to observe the artworks directly. The visit was very well received by everyone
All students, who visited the RAR, were supplied with involved in the project and we are keen to have the
resource kits that included information about the artists Roadshow return to Tāmaki College sometime in
the near future.
Music Notes Play it Strange 2009
By Mr Viliami Telefoni • HoD Music
Malo e lelei. ‘Play it Strange’ is a song-writing Annie Gogo, Francis Falaniko, Mike Manu, Christine Savele,
contest headed by Mike Chunn and a few of Helena Napier, Ashleigh Vilione-Palalangi, Jamillah Falanitule,
NZ’s top artists. For the ﬁrst time, Tāmaki Alfred Schuster Falefa and others have entered their polished
has entered into this national secondary songs to await the judges’ decision. So, watch this space!
schools song-writing competition.
The topics range from broken hearts to inspirational worship
songs and each song explores the possibilities of expressing
ideas, moods and feelings through the medium of sound.
Tāmaki College Music hopes to post these songs very soon,
onto the college website, for you to listen to and share your
NZ Music month has passed and this was celebrated with
performances of noted NZ songs such as, ‘Rain’ by Dragon,
performed by our own legend, Mr Clark and also, ‘Waka’ by
Che Fu, which was given an excellent rendition by our Head
girl diva, Alamanda Tahu.
Upcoming events in the musical calendar include the Paciﬁca
Beats 2009 and the STAND UP competitions that take place in
term 3. Ensembles are rehearsing to perfect their harmonies.
Above: Helena Napier belting out a few tunes
The annual Tāmaki College Talent quest will be a dress
rehearsal for these groups, so keep your ears open.
Beyond the Report from
the Health Centre
Classroom By Ms Tania Crothall • Health Centre Nurse
Rheumatic Fever this can cause breathlessness and tiredness. A child who
develops Rheumatic Fever usually needs to stay in hospital
Rheumatic Fever is a serious, but preventable, 1-2 weeks, sometimes longer if the heart is aﬀected. After
chronic disease. It is rare in most developed they come out of hospital, they will need to have a bicillin
countries, but unfortunately, it is common in some injection monthly, for the next 10 years.
parts of the North Island. Rheumatic Fever in NZ
almost always occurs in Māori and Paciﬁc Island HPV Vaccinations
children. Our school has a high rate of rheumatic
fever. The next HPV vaccinations for the year 12 and 13 girls will
be on the 17th August, with a catch-up day on the 24th
The key to preventing Rheumatic Fever is treating August, for those who miss out on the 17th. If you have
streptococcal throat infection. Streptococcal sore any concerns about your child’s health, please contact
throats are very infectious. Living in crowded Chris or Tania, the nurses at the Health Centre on 521 1104
housing increases the risk of Rheumatic Fever. extension 850.
Rheumatic Fever is an illness that often starts with Swine Flu
a sore throat (streptococcal infection).
With term holidays approaching and a number of
A few weeks after the strep-throat, your child may families planning to travel, both overseas and around NZ,
develop: Tāmaki College is aware of the threat posed by the swine
ﬂu epidemic, particularly the risk posed by travellers
sore or swollen joints (knees, elbows, ankles returning as potential carriers. At this stage, the Ministry
and wrists) of Health’s advice is that if staﬀ and students are well
a skin rash and symptom free, after returning from an aﬀected area
overseas, they can return to school. They will not need to
stomach pain remain at home for any period after arriving back in the
jerky movements country, or back to Glen Innes. However, this may change
in the coming weeks and families need to plan for this
The way to prevent Rheumatic Fever is that if your possibility.
child, or anyone in your family, gets a sore throat,
they need to go to the doctor. Ask your doctor to The risk is that if an infected student returns to school
do a throat swab and check if it is a streptococcal and is in contact with other students and staﬀ for even
infection. The doctor will then prescribe a course of a day, the whole college could be closed for a week. The
penicillin antibiotic tablets. The doctor will let you school board asks you to carefully monitor your family’s
know, when the swab results come back, if it is a health closely as you return from overseas, or your trip
strep throat. within New Zealand. If there are even the slightest ﬂu
symptoms, do not send your son or daughter back to
The problem with Rheumatic Fever is if you have school until you have ﬁrst telephoned to check with your
a bad attack it can cause permanent damage to doctor, or alternatively, check through the Ministry of
the heart valves. When the heart valve is damaged Health Healthline 0800 611 116.
If your child is complaining of a sore throat, take them to your Doctor
Please Do Not Send Your Children To School If They Are Sick
By Ms Kathy Miln • Gateway Coordinator
Alex Temu and Davina Fa’atoe are the latest students Pawhau, Vastsrﬀ Pula, Joseph Tamoaieta, Alex Temu
to join the Tāmaki College Gateway Programme. and Cathy Valikoula. Special mention must be made
Work placements have been found for Davina and to Vivid Hairdressers (St Heliers Bay), the National
Alex at the National Bank in Panmure. Students Bank (Panmure) and the Steel Contruction New
in the Gateway Programme include Damien Dyer, Zealand Inc and member companies, that provide
Davina Fa’atoe, Francis Falaniko, Fred Folu, Tulsa work placement for the Gateway Programme.
Ms Bailey is back! Classroom
By Diane Lee-Kum • Year 12 Student
At Tāmaki College Ms Bailey teaches careers and is It is not surprising that netball is a major passion;
involved in numerous sports. However, well known for her she has consistently been inﬂuenced and supported
knowledge and success in netball, Ms Bailey has recently by her family and her mother, Mrs Bailey, who is
gained a coaching position for the Auckland NPC netball also well known in the netball circuit. For all her
team, as well as the responsibility of technical analyst for hard work and commitment to her student and
the Mystics Franchise netball team. club players, she says that success always comes
from the support of player’s parents and families,
Her role as coach involves choosing the best players “Those people support you because they know who
from the Auckland Waitakere region and transforming you are and what you want to achieve.”
them into high performing athletes. The aim is to be the
best netball team in New Zealand. With this amount Congratulations to Ms Bailey for her great
of pressure involved, Ms Bailey is certainly feeling the achievements.
heat. Her role, however, as technical analyst, is a bit more
relaxed. To help maintain the Mystic’s high performance
levels, she conducts reports on the strengths and
weaknesses of opposing teams, to construct successful
With diplomas in sport business management and
teaching, and a Degree in Education, Ms Bailey has
built a successful proﬁle of coaching and morphed many
young, talented women into elite netball players. Seeing
her talented players grow, to become Silver Ferns and
Franchise players, is one of the highlights of her career.
She says, “Watching them run out, wearing a Silver Fern,
is a moment you can never forget.”
Above: Talented netballer Rebecca Ma’u aims for the net
Tāmaki Reds Rebuild
By Sipiloti Hafoka • Tāmaki Reds Vice Captain
After a successful season in ‘08, the Tāmaki Sina, our new Captain, playing at Fullback, and Sipi, our Vice
Reds started the ‘09 season in rebuilding Captain, playing at Goalkeeper, are setting a great example of
mode. With so many front line players no fair play and sportsmanship in defence.
longer at school, it was down to the newbie’s
to pick up the slack. Salome Pahulu returns again to Centre Forward. With our new
marquee signing Cecelia Napier, playing in the left side striker
position, Salome has caused our opponents no end of trouble,
with her incisive running and skill with the ball.
Our results so far have not been too ﬂash, with one draw and
one loss from our ﬁrst 3 games. But with Mrs Heka’s coaching
and C.K.’s reﬃng (LOL), we are looking forward to some wins
Left: Cecilia Napier playing against St Cuthberts
Information Payment of
NCEA Fees for 2009
for Term 3 By Ms Moore • Deputy Principal
It is vital that these fees are paid in order for Payment of NCEA Fees and applications for
your child to gain their NCEA credits for this Financial Assistance are due on Friday the 14th
A student’s credits for a given year are not If you pay after Friday 15th of August, a Late Fee of
oﬃcially recognised by NZQA if the fees have $50 will apply.
not been paid. This means that the credits
gained will only be added to the student’s Please note that this is in addition to the NCEA
certiﬁcate (called: Record of Achievement) if Fees.
the fees are paid for that year.
You are welcome to pay in instalments and this can
NCEA fees are $75.00, which includes all be arranged through the Data Manager.
subjects taken this year.
Please note that if Year 12 or 13 students wishes to
For those with large families or limited attend the Tāmaki College Ball this year, they will
income, an application for ﬁnancial need to have paid their NCEA fees by Friday 31st
assistance may be made. Application forms July.
will be mailed to families.
The NCEA fees for our students must be a priority.
With a successful application for ﬁnancial
assistance, the NCEA fees are just $20 (for Please be on the look out for information and
one student) – or $30 for siblings (two, three application forms, which will come to you via the
or more students in the same family doing post.
Payment of NCEA Fees are due on Friday the 14th August
Applications for Financial Assistance for 2009 are due on Friday the 14th August
University of Auckland Graduates
Congratulations on the achievements of the following students who are past pupils of Tāmaki College and
recently graduated from the University of Auckland:
Last year in Secondary Education Firstname Surname Degree Description
Tāmaki College 1977 Walter Edwards Bachelor of Education (Teaching)
Tāmaki College 1993 Carol Leota Graduate Diploma in TESSOL
Tāmaki College 1982 Shelley Lock Bachelor of Arts
Tāmaki College 1973 Susan McLeod-Jones Bachelor of Education (Teaching)
Tāmaki College 2003 Mele Penitani Bachelor of Visual Arts
Many thanks to the following contributors to the Tāmaki College Term 2 Newsletter.
Student Newsletter Team
Tui Beach • Alisha Henry • Christine Savele
All students and staff who contributed articles and other material for the newsletter.
Mr Chandar Dewan • Miss Karen Ferguson • Mr Bryan Gellatly
Mrs Mele Suipi Latu (Tongan) • Mr Kristian Yates (Māori)
If any students are interested in Please forward any newsletter enquiries General school enquiries should be made
contributing to the next newsletter, to firstname.lastname@example.org with the main reception on telephone
please contact Ms Emery or Ms Anderson 09 521 1104.
at the beginning of Term 3.