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Tamaki College News Letter Term 1 2009
Tamaki College News Letter Term 1 2009
Tamaki College News Letter Term 1 2009
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Tamaki College News Letter Term 1 2009

  1. 1. TāMAKI COLLEGE Newsletter Issue 1 • April 2009 Principal’s Address Greetings and welcome to the first newsletter of 2009. We have made a very positive start to the year! I want to say thank you very much to those parents and guardians who have made the learning of their children a priority. A large number of our students have started their year with the correct uniform and stationery as well as the right attitude. 1 Our Level 1 and 2 NCEA results are definitely heading in the right direction and this is the result of a successful partnership of teachers, students and families. We look forward to continuing this successful partnership. Lastly, I would like to acknowledge Glynis Margetts and her excellent As a school, we continue to make teaching and learning our leadership and work in publishing priority and we are always happy to work together with you, the school’s newsletter for the as our school community, to achieve the best outcome for all past 7 years. The newsletter is of our students. now produced by the newsletter committee and I am sure that they I am very sure that you will enjoy this first edition of our 2009 will continue the high standard newsletter. established by Glynis. Academic Achievement achieved Level 1 and 6 were Endorsed with Merit. Teachers and Staff have a By Alisha Henry and Jese Puna • Year 12 Students very optimistic outlook to the future. These results are a clear indication that 2008 was surely a positive one for Tāmaki College, in terms of students are taking NCEA seriously. It academic achievement. There was an outstanding display of NCEA means that more students are talking results from the senior students. The effort and commitment, put to their teachers about their credits and in by both the students and the teachers, was phenomenal, helping they want more practice tests, to bring to bring about a significant results tally for Tāmaki College. them up to speed with revision. Throughout the year, staff witnessed the students’ commitment Mrs Pamaka has some tips for students and enthusiasm to their learning. This left Principal, Soana sitting NCEA this year: come to school Pamaka, along with the rest of the staff at Tāmaki College, quietly every day; the time you have in class is confident that there would be an encouraging outcome. The few precious, have a clear understanding of weeks that the students had to wait, to receive their end of year your subjects and what it is you have been results, were nerve-racking. learning and if you don’t understand ask a teacher for help, and keep track of any However, that hard work and determination shown by the credits that you may have. students has paid off. The 2008 NCEA results are the best results Tāmaki College has received in the past 4 years; 53 students
  2. 2. Feature Articles The Pōwhiri By Mr Albert Tu’uga Stevenson • Teacher of English The pōwhiri is a ceremony of welcome that is extended to visitors by Māori, the indigenous people, who characterise a large part of the multi- cultural fabric, of New Zealand. On February 5th 2009, an excited, yet nervous group of Y9 students, new staff, tutors and parents were welcomed Above: Mr Tu’uga Stevenson and Joel Herbert onto Tāmaki College. The marae, adorned by a 2 crowd of students, teachers and parents, standing to be a part of. It is important for new teachers to have a against a backdrop of intricate Māori designs, were sense of belonging and purpose when they begin a new all important parts of the setting for this special journey at a new school. For me, the pōwhiri indicated ceremony. that my journey at Tāmaki College will be one, where any challenge I face, good or bad, will be supported and A moving and strong karanga (call of welcome) respected by my colleagues and students. from the Principal, Mrs Pamaka, and the Kapa Haka group, drew the mass of new folk onto the Walking onto the marae, I felt like a visitor walking into grounds. Both visiting and school parties spoke, an unknown space. As I left, after the formalities had exchanging words of encouragement, inspiration ended, I no longer felt like a ‘visitor’ or a new teacher. and thanksgiving. As messages of aspiration for I felt like a part of a family, whose vision ‘to foster in the future, for the school and the students were students self-worth, confidence and self-reliance that will shared, new staff and old, Y9 to Y13 students, were empower them to control their own lives’, is a vision that bound together by a common thread. A thread I totally support. that intertwines new people, into an already well- established, loving, caring and vibrant family that So far, my time at Tāmaki College has been great and I is, Tāmaki College. look forward to working alongside a supportive staff and awesome students this year. As a new teacher to the school, I myself have never been involved in a pōwhiri. To partake in Fa’afetai Lava this awesome experience was both daunting and Mr Tu’uga Stevenson exciting, but also extremely fulfilling and a privilege Student Rep representative’. This is all good parent representatives. In these because Sina’s career aspiration is meetings the board discuss and By Natalie Atasani • Year 12 Student to eventually become a lawyer. think about their different ideas and opinions, concerning the Young, motivated, seventeen-year Below: Sina Alai overall wellbeing of the college. old, Sina Alai says that she is proud Sina says that she enjoys the to be Tāmaki College’s student meetings because she can share representative. Not only is Sina the her own thoughts and ideas, student rep., she is also one of the and also, the dinner is free. Her prefects. She was overwhelmed, role this year, as prefect and when she was selected by student representative, is to help Tāmaki students and the senior students, to give advice, to share management team, to become the opinions, to represent students student representative of 2009. But at Tāmaki College and to support her family and friends were excited what has to be done, for the good and proud of her. As the student of the school. One of Sina’s representative, Sina attends Board friends, Pevelini Tulia, says that, of Trustee meetings with Principal, ‘Sina has great communication Mrs Pamaka, Deputy Principal, skills and listening skills and is Ms Moore, School Counsellor, committed to her job, as student Barbara Te Kare and the four
  3. 3. Feature Te Poho o Tāmaki! Articles By Ms Hinerau Anderson • HoD Technology “He aha te mea nui o te Ao? He tangata! He tangata! He tangata!” “What is the most important thing in the world? It is people! It is people! It is people!” Te Poho o Tāmaki is the kapa They also competed in Te Ahurea at the Auckland Museum. These haka roopu (group) of forty- Auckland Secondary Schools experiences and his cultural strong Tāmaki College students. Kapa Haka competition in background are where he draws It is led by Alamanda Tahu October 2008, where they placed his talent and his strength. (Ngāti Kahu) and Harley Tawhai 7th overall. The performance The focus and expectation for (Ngā Puhi), and it is tutored by bracket for Polyfest included members of Te Poho o Tāmaki Kristian Yates (Te Arawa, Ati ‘E Ihu’, Waiata-a-tira (Choral), 3 is to be disciplined and to show Haunui-a-Paparangi). ‘Ka noho nei au’, Whakaeke respect in all areas of their lives. (Entrance), ‘Maia’ Moteatea On the 19th March, Te Poho o This means a discipline and show (Traditional chant or lament), Tāmaki competed in the 2009 of respect during performances, ‘Wairua o te puna aroha’, ASB Secondary Schools Māori during practices and on stage. Waiata-a-ringa (Action), ‘E Ara’, and Pacific Islands Cultural It also applies to their attitudes Haka, ‘Maui’, Poi and ‘Parehuia’, Festival (Polyfest), where they and behaviour in and around the Whakawaatea (Exit). placed 2nd overall in the third whole of Tāmaki College and the division, with the following The talents and dedication of wider community. Many students awards: tutor Kristian has inspired the in Te Poho o Tāmaki find that students to challenge themselves traditional aspects of tikanga 1st equal - Male Leader on a cultural and spiritual (customs and traditions), waiata level. He has been a member (songs/sing) and whanaungatanga 2nd - Female Leader of Kapa Haka groups, Te Waka (relationships) offers an 1st equal - Male Costume Huia Pounamu and Te Manu environment in which they are 1st equal - Female Huia, and he has participated uplifted by their cultural heritage. Costume in three Auckland regional Te Poho o Tāmaki Kapa Haka Kapa Haka competitions. He 1st - Whakaeke members have experienced many has also participated in Te 1st Equal - Waiata-a-ringa opportunities to perform publicly, Matatini, the National Kapa which help to boost the students’ Haka competition, and he has 1st - Haka self-esteem and confidence. worked as a cultural ambassador 1st - Whakawaatea 1st - Mau Rakau Below: Te Poho o Tāmaki Kapa Haka Roopu
  4. 4. Feature Did you know? Parents and Caregivers are welcome to view Articles the minutes from the Board of Trustees meetings. Please contact the Principal’s Secretary for details. New Staff 2009 4 Left to Right: Mr Takahide Ishibashi, Teacher of ICT and Miss Kelly Bunce, Teacher of Science and Physics in the Food Technology in the Technology Department Science Department Mr Albert Feng, Teacher of Statistics and Modelling in the Ms Pinprapa Lohajinda Levi in the Careers Department Mathematics Department • To Page 11 Tāmaki College NCEA Recipients 2008 By Mrs Susanne Montgomorie • Data Manager and Ms Christine Emery • Teacher of English and Media Studies NCEA stands for the National be gained in English or in te reo above, and 20 at Level 2 or above. Certificate in Education Māori. Students will need to For NCEA Levels 1, 2 and 3, if you Achievement. It is a nationally discuss this with their teachers. gain 50 credits with ‘Merit’, your recognised certificate, which New certificate will be endorsed with To gain NCEA Level 2, students Zealand secondary school students Certificate with Merit. If you gain need to achieve a minimum of 60 can gain through assessment in 50 credits with ‘Excellence’, your credits at Level 2 or above and 20 external and internal examinations. certificate will be endorsed with credits at any other level. Credits Achievement standards and unit Certificate with Excellence. can be used for more than one standards measure what has qualification; so if students gain The following are the names of been learned at Level 1, 2 and 3 more than 80 credits at NCEA students from Tāmaki College, who throughout the curriculum. Level 1, then they can be counted gained the National Certificate in To gain NCEA Level 1, students towards NCEA level 2. Educational Achievement (NCEA) need to achieve a minimum of in Level 1, Level 2 and Level 3 for To gain NCEA Level 3, students 80 credits, which include eight 2008. Students highlighted in bold need to achieve 80 credits, of literacy and eight numeracy gained the NCEA Level 1 endorsed which 60 must be at level 3 or standards. Literacy credits can with Certificate in Merit. Level 1 continued - William TUILOMA • Catherine Level 1 - Natalie ATASANI • Tui BEACH • Carlo DE VEAS • VALIKOULA • Sequoia WILLIE Deborah FA’AMITA • Davina FA’ATOE • Francis FALANIKO • Tu’amelie FATONGIATAU • Loniana FIFITA • Fred FOLU Level 2 - Paea AHOKAVA • Sinavaiui ALAI • Emma BROWN • Leon FORBES • Motiana GILLESPIE • Teiro GLASSIE • Taupule CARTWRIGHT • Mikaira CHAN • Michael CHEE • Annie GOGO • Alisha HENRY • Jasmiah KATINAPI • KAM • Michael CHOL • Ngatokorua ELI • Satuala FAULALO Sesilia LAFAIALII • Solesia LASA • Diane LEE-KUM • • Ruth FAUSIA • Sailosi FILIHIA • Maea FOHE • Ahmad Thomas MOSBY • Mike MANU • Gaogao MATAIA • Oleva FONUA • Francis KOLO • Haitensia KOLOAMATANGI • MATI • Phillip MA’U • Anaise MOALA • Aquila NGARO • Ethan MAFI • Talanoa MANU • Apolosi MANU • James Jarrod-Jordan NGATAI-MAURI • Shelby NIULOA • James MATA • Rebecca MA’U • Florence MULIA • Luisa POUONO O’MEARA • Vaingakihetoa PAHULU • Shelley PATIA • Feofa’aki PUA • Alamanda TAHU • Joseph TAMOAIETA • • Tulsa PAWHAU • Meletoa Pepa • George PRESCOTT Natalie TANIWHA • Meliame TUIPULOTU • Pevelini TULIA • Vastsrff PULA • Cheaf RANGI • Christine SAVELE • Tayla TUPOU • Luke WARU • Lenna SCHWENKE • Toelau SILIPA • Dylan SIMON • Jack SISIKEFU • Millie SOLOMONA • Sabina STOWERS Level 3 - Quintel EDMONDS • Minatila FUSITU’A • Elenoa • Gabrielle TALAFASI SOLOMA • Oliver TALATAU • Elisha HAFOKA • Christina LEEF • Catherine MATAVAO • Havea TAMASI • Mavis TAUAISILI • Alexander TEMU • Uakea PAMAKA • William TUIKOLOVATU TEONO • Jacob TEURA • Vicki-Anne TIMOTI •
  5. 5. Feature Auckland City Youth Council Member Articles Paea Ahokava By Mrs Kathy Miln • Gateway Coordinator learn more about their Paea Ahokava has been selected by the Auckland community, their city and City Council to represent the youth of Auckland. local government. For As one of 25 Youth Councillors, Paea sees his role 2009, the focus of the Youth as representing the youth of Glen Innes and the Council means participation wider Auckland region. in projects and forums that Paea is the Deputy Head Boy of Tāmaki College. enable young people to be He is a member of the Tāmaki College XV Rugby active citizens. squad, and last year he was selected to attend the 5 Congratulations Paea! University of Auckland Dream Fono. Tāmaki College wishes The youth council provides young people an you every success, as an opportunity to develop leadership and project Above: Paea Ahokava, Auckland City Youth management skills. It enables young people to Deputy Head Boy 2009 Councillor. Ko e hā ha tokoni ke tau fahahoko ke langa hake ai ‘a e fonuá ni By Paea Ahokava • Year 13 Student On Wednesday 18th March, I represented Tāmaki overall, out of approximately fifteen students from College at the ASB Polynesian Festival (Polyfest), in various Auckland secondary schools. This is my the Year 13 Tongan Speech Competition. I placed 1st winning speech: e fonuá. Na’e pēhē ‘e Palesiteni Nelson Mandela, “ko e akó Tulou pea mo e ha’ofanga leá ni, ka u fakamalumalu atu ‘i ‘a e me’atau malohi taha ke tau ngaue’aki ki hono liliu ‘o e he ngaahi tala fakatapu kotoa pē kuo ‘osi hono fai atu mei mamaní.” Ko e kuonga‘eni ‘o e akó, pea ‘oku mahu’inga ke he kau lea na’a nau ‘i mu’a ‘iate aú, kae ‘atā mo’oku ‘a e tau nga’unu fakataha pea mo e fakalaka ko iá, kae lava ke tau faingamalié ni, ke u tāsilisili atu ‘i he kaveingá ni. Ko e hā ha tokoni ki he langa fakalakalaka mo e tu’unga faka’ekonomika tokoni te tau fakahoko ke langa hake ai ‘a e fonuá ni. ‘Uluaki, hotau fonuá ni. Ko e akó ‘a e matapā ki he ngaahi faingamalie ko hono ako’i ‘i ‘api ke mo’ui’aki ‘a e ngaahi ‘ulungaanga ‘e lava ke tau ma’u ‘i he kaha’ú pea te tau ma’u ai ha kaha’u leleí.Ua, poupou’i ‘a e mahu’inga ‘o e akó. Tolu, poupou’i ‘a lelei mo tu’uloa. Pea mo’oni ai ‘a e paloveape ‘oku pēhē ko e e ngaahi ‘ekitivitī ‘oku fakatupulakí. “Fakatu’amelie ki he taunga he fu’u telie”. Te tau hoko ai ko Ko e ‘uluaki tokoni mahu’inga ke tau fakahoko ke langa hake ha kakai falala’anga ‘i he fonuá, Siasí pea mo e familí foki. ai ‘a e fonuá ni ko ‘etau ako’i ‘i ‘api ke tau mo’ui’aki ‘a e ngaahi Ko e tokoni hono tolu, ke tau fakahoko ke langa hake ai ‘a ‘ulungaanga leleí. Ko e ‘ulungaangá, ko ha kī mahu’inga taha e fonuá ni, ko ‘etau poupou’i mo ‘ilo’i ‘a e ngaahi ‘Ekitiviti ia ki he melino mo e ma’uma’uluta ‘o e fonuá, koló pea pēhē ‘oku fakatupulakí. Ko e ngaahi ‘ekitiviti fakatupulakí ‘oku ki hotau ngaahi familí. Ko ‘api ‘a e feitu’u ‘oku ako’i ai ‘a e fakataumu’a ia, ke tau hoko ai ko ha fefine’i pe tangata’i fonua ‘ulungaangá, he ko ‘api pē ‘a e ‘uluaki feitu’u ‘oku fa’ufa’u ai lelei, ‘aki ha’atau faka’aongai’ ha konga ‘o ‘hotau taimí ke hotau lotó mo ohi hake ai ‘etau tui ‘a ē ‘oku tau pikitai ki aí. tau fai ai ha ngaue tokoni ki he fakalakalaka ‘o e koló, Siasí Ko ‘api‘a e feitu’u ‘oku lava ke lotua ai ‘e he matu’á ‘a e fonuá pea pēhē ki he ni’ihi kehe. Oku mahuinga ke tau poupou mo ‘i he ‘ao ‘o ‘enau fanaú, ‘o tapuaki’i ia koe’uhi ke lotolotoi tokoni ki he kau faiakó, ‘a ‘etau fanaú, kau fai sipotí pea pēhē ai ‘a e tau’ataina mo e melinó. Ko e ‘api pē famili leleí, ‘oku ki he kau taki ‘o e Siasí, ki ha ngaahi me’a ‘e langa hake ai mo makatu’unga ia mei he mo’ui’aki ‘a e ngaahi ‘ulungaanga fakalakalaka ‘a e ngāue ‘a ‘etau fanaú. leleí, pea ko e ‘amanaki’anga lelei ia ‘o ha Sosaieti lelei. ‘Oku tala ‘a e lahi ‘o e ngaahi fai hia ‘i hotau fonuá ni, tupu mei Kau fanongo pea mo hoku kaunga lea, ‘i he ‘ahó ni ko e tokoni he si’isi’i hono ako’i ‘i hotau ngaahi ‘apí ke tau mo’ui’aki ‘a mahu’inga te tau lava ke fakahoko ke langa hake ai ‘a e fonuá e ngaahi ‘ulungaanga leleí. Te tau lava ‘o tokoni ke faito’o ni, ko ‘e tau foki pe ki ‘api ‘o kamata mei ai hotau talatalaifalé, ‘a e mahaki fakatu’utamaki ko iá, ‘a ē ‘oku ne maumau’i ‘a he ko e melino mo e ma’uma’uluta ‘a e fonuá ‘oku kamata e ‘ulungaanga hotau Sosaietí, ‘aki ‘etau mo’ui’aki ‘a e ngaahi ia mei he ‘api pe famili leleí. ‘I he ‘etau mo’ui’aki ‘a e ngaahi ‘ulungaanga leleí. ‘ulungaanga leleí, pea poupou’i ‘a e mahu’inga ‘o e akó mo e ngaahi ‘ekitiviti fakatupulakí, ‘oku tau tokoni ai ki he langa Ko e tokoni hono ua ke tau fakahoko ke langa hake ai ‘a e fakalakalaka mo e tu’unga faka’ekonomika ‘a e fonuá. Te tau fonuá ni, ko ‘etau poupou’i ‘a e mahu’inga ‘o e akó. Ko e ma’u foki ha kaha’u lelei mo tu’uloa, pea te tau hoko ai ko ha akó ‘a e kī mahu’inga ki he fakalakalaka mo e tu’umalie ‘a fefine’i pe tangata’i fonua lelei ‘I he kaha’ú. Tu’a ‘Ofa atu.
  6. 6. Feature The Manaiakalani Articles EHSAS Project By Miss Karen Ferguson Teacher • Lead Teacher of EHSAS We are currently working on The project is moving forward The EHSAS project stands for using the internet as a vehicle for this year, with more departments Extending High Standards Across presenting the student work to coming on board and the film Schools and it’s main focus is the rest of the world, last year we crews ready to be involved across literacy- reading and writing used our new website, TCTV, for the college. We are very proud of skills. It involves all of the schools this. Many of the departments in the high level of work and energy in our Tāmaki cluster; Primary, the school have become involved that the students achieve. The Intermediate and Tāmaki College. and the website is looking really TCTV main website is – www. Our school is the only secondary 6 good, it is full of student work and tctvnz.blogspot.com. If you log school involved. the activities that they have been onto this, you can see the great Manaiakalani symbolises the doing. We started a student-led TV work and you can find links to project’s hook, which grabs studio last year, with the students all the department pages, plus students’ attention. Our hook in charge of their interviews, the pages from the other schools utilises multi-media methods to topics, filming and the editing. involved in the project. present students’ final work. The wider audience helps the students www.tctvnz.blogspot.com to improve their writing skills, as the work has to be good enough for everyone online to see. Prefects that Peak The ‘Prefects that Peak’ program applies in two parts, there’s a team building activity and creating a business By Natalie Atasani • Year 12 Student plan. As part of the program, the prefects went camping at Matakana. The activities that they participated in at It has been Tāmaki College’s fifth to sixth year being camp helped them to trust one another. Then, at A.U.T., involved in the program ‘Prefects that Peak’. The they created a business plan for the year, in terms of program is run by A.U.T and it is about learning planning for the junior social, the talent quest, the school leadership skills and team building skills. The ball, graduation and other events. prefects who attended the program this year are; Alamanda Tahu (Head Girl), Sina Alai, Phyllis Mulia, During the year, the prefects will have meetings with their Pevelini Tulia, Natalie Taniwha, Talanoa Manu (Head mentor, Paul Tupovea, to see if they are keeping to their Boy), Paea Ahokava, Sam Siaki, Finau Aholelei and business plan. In the middle of the year, they will attend Mikaira Chan. a conference where speakers will give them ideas about leadership. Also, awards will be given at the end of the year. The “Prefects that Peak” program is great because it shows the prefects how to work together as a team, how to communicate effectively and how to step up to their leadership roles. Above from left to right: Back - Alamanda Tahu, Talanoa Manu, Mr Russel Dunn, Finau Aholelei, Paul Tupovea, Middle - Sinavaiui Alai, Mikaira Chan, Pevelini Tulia, Front - Sam Siaki, Phyllis Mulia, Paea Ahokava, Natalie Taniwha Right: Prefects that Peak camp at Matakana
  7. 7. Feature How you can help? Please let the school office know if there are restrictions on people who can visit your children at Articles school; it important that we keep our children safe. Fonotaga a Matua, Fanau ma Faiaoga Samoa 2009 By Mrs Makerita Lote-Fepuleai • Teacher of ESOL and English On the 11th of February, 31 Samoan parents, together with During the meeting we established a smaller 17 students and 4 staff members, gathered together for committee of 13 parents. They will volunteer the first fonotaga of 2009. The aim of this fonotaga, or their time and services to meet and discuss issues meeting, was for the parents, students and the school and topics, relevant to student learning, before to collaborate ideas on how we can assist our Samoan presenting back to the wider Samoan parents students with their learning and behaviour, within the community. school and the wider community. 7 We started the meeting by reflecting on the 2008 NCEA results. The statistics and information provided gave the parents the opportunity to see the number of Samoan students achieving and not achieving at senior levels. This gave the parents an insight into what they can do to continue supporting their children with their learning, in order to increase the number of Samoan students achieving NCEA, for this year and future years. The parents worked in small groups, discussing how they can contribute Above: Parents from the Samoan community engaging in discussions to their children’s learning, while the students also worked together in small groups, discussing The overall feedback and information from the how they would like their parents to contribute to their students and the parents was positive for us, as a learning. Having the students participating in the meeting group. It has provided us with ideas about how we meant that both parents and students could share their can assist and help our students, as parents and ideas on what they can do to support each other in the teachers. We would like to thank all of the parents learning process. and students who gave their time, and also to those who will continue to attend these meetings. We A major point that was shared by the students during pray that your work and our combined efforts will the meeting was that church and cultural obligations are not only help to increase our Samoan students’ key barriers that prevent them from completing school achievements, but also to help them to be good work in class and homework at home. Interestingly, the citizens in our community. parents also included this as one of the reasons why their kids do not complete homework and assignments. They Faafetai Lava also shared their expectations, hopes and dreams for their children and a discussion was led about what they wish to Remember see in the future for all of our young Samoan people. Schools love to receive feedback from parents and caregivers. Should you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to see your child’s Dean. If you have a serious concern or complaint, this must be addressed to the Principal, in writing. Left: Samoan students having their say
  8. 8. Feature The new Articles New Zealand Curriculum By Ms Kathryn Moore • Deputy Principal From 2010 all schools will The key competencies can As a college, we have sought to be introducing the new New be defined as capabilities for explain the meaning of each value Zealand Curriculum, the overall living and lifelong learning. or competency, through the ‘word goal of which is to develop young At our school, we have agreed of the week’ programme, where people into being confident, that our competencies are; self- each week the school, as a whole, connected, actively involved and management, participation, focuses on one of the words and lifelong learners. thinking, relating, motivation, it’s meaning. This word is then awareness, responsibility and used to set the theme for the 8 As part of this process, schools success. Students then use these week’s assembly. were asked to define their values competencies to live, learn, and key competencies. To do work and contribute, as active this, Tāmaki College formed a members of their communities. working party at the end of 2007, comprising staff, students and community members. These people contributed their ideas, experience and knowledge, towards the formation of our school’s values and key competencies. Values can be explained as deeply held beliefs about what is important or desirable. They are expressed through the ways in which people think and act. At Tāmaki College, we have defined our values as; wairua, respect, integrity, innovation, excellence, sustainability, commitment and aroha. The new curriculum states that these values are to Above from left to right: Back - Luke Waru, Front - Ruth Fausia, Phyllis be encouraged, modelled and Mulia, Pevelini Tulia and Talanoa Manu address the full school assembly with explored within the school an enlightening skit about some of the school values community. Year 9 Scholarships 2009 over a hefty computer set, the scholarship has been given to students who excel academically. Since then, By Tui Beach • Year 12 Student with the progression of technology, from Flat LCD Screens to Compact Laptops, the school now offers Over the past 4 years, Tāmaki College has offered this scholarship to students who show evidence of a Year 8 students, enrolled to enter Tāmaki College for positive attitude to learning and school. the following year, the chance to gain a scholarship, through an application and selection process. With This year, 10 of our current Year 9 Students successfully our school roll ever increasing, the applications have fulfilled the criteria for the scholarship awards. On been offered to a wide range of Y8 students from Wednesday, 11th March, the lucky recipients were local schools. The scholarship enables the recipient presented with a certificate, a printer and a well- to take home a brand-new laptop and a printer, for deserved Notebook; which is a compact laptop, the time that they are students at Tāmaki College. smaller than your average laptop. Since its beginning days, when the school handed
  9. 9. Feature Articles Breakfast Programme By Ms Hinerau Anderson • HoD Technology delivering the breakfasts to students-in-need each week. As such, monies invested can be focused on Last year, Tāmaki College started running a breakfast the critical aspect of food, rather than the logistical programme at the school wharekai (dining hall). challenges, such as expensive staffing and/or paid Since then, Mondays to Fridays during term time, the coordinators and the unnecessary administration, wharekai has been opened to all students and staff, who which often comes with sponsorship. are welcome to sit down and enjoy a free, nutritious breakfast before school starts. Most students find that Both the private donations and the KickStart the breakfast programme is a helpful start to the school Programme have helped to make the Tāmaki day; often they arrive early for sports practice, and a College wharekai a great place to be each morning. relaxing breakfast afterwards is what they need to kick- 9 We would like to thank all who have assisted us start their day for lessons in class. The programme is also with the breakfast programme. a positive way to start the day, in terms of addressing nutritional needs, as well as encouraging teacher-student relationships. Breakfast products, like cereals and milk, have been generously donated by a number of people, and organisations, such as Hubbards Foods Ltd., as well as direct funding by Tāmaki College. Recently, Tāmaki College has become a part of the KickStart Breakfast programme, sponsored by Fonterra and Sanitarium. KickStart is based around a community partnership model; Fonterra and Sanitarium provide milk and cereal to a number of schools and each school community takes responsibility for preparing and • The students were also presented our Principal, Mrs Pamaka and From Page 8 with a High Achievers Badge, the Deputy Principals, Ms Moore The scholarship students following Friday, during a school and Mr Harris. Congratulations were formally presented with assembly, in order to be recognized must go out to the recipients their computers, by the Senior by the entire school. of this year’s scholarships, for Management Team. Our Computer their determination and positive The scholarships are offered with Studies Teacher, Mr Grundy, attitude towards learning. Their the help of the Mt Wellington supplied technical information new technical equipment will Trust and the School’s Senior during the evening’s ceremony and definitely assist them with their Management Team, composed of a meal was provided afterwards. education here at Tāmaki College. Right from left to right: Year 9 Scholarship Recipents Back - Maasi Tapa, Joseph Parsons, Nive Isaako, Colleen Henry Front - Moli Kulasoro, Jaycee Sanisitou, Abigail Strickland, Mii Henry-Ru, Lavinia Lovo, Christopher Henry
  10. 10. Feature Just a reminder The Board of Trustees has banned Articles 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. Sylvia Fausett Library By Diane Lee-Kum • Year 12 Student Have you ever wondered how You’ll find all the resources you enquiries. We encourage every international icons, such as need at The Sylvia Fausett Library. student to use our facilities when Barack Obama or Hillary Clinton, The Sylvia Fausett Library is a small, needed. The following times have achieved what they have quiet haven for books, bursting below are when the library is open in life? It all starts with a simple with ever ready knowledge, and available for study: 10 task, reading. Reading is the key just waiting to be absorbed by Lunchtime to achieving great things in the students. The Sylvia Fausett future. Whether you are a potential Library, proudly named after our Monday – Friday 1pm-1.30pm sportsperson or a politician, wonderful B.O.T. Chairwoman, (excluding Wednesday) your education can go no further Sylvia Fausett, offers a gateway Wednesday 11.35pm-12.05pm without having firm skills in of boundless information to all English, as well as other subjects students within the school. With After Hours related to your future career. We accessible facilities (via a note Monday – Thursday 3.30pm-4.30pm are not assigned to a set career. We from your teacher), a vast range of Wednesday 2.30pm-3.30pm set our dream career goals, and by books to choose from and an after retrieving the right knowledge, we school homework centre, what can be fully prepared for whatever more could you ask for? Always remember: the future brings. So when you Reading gives you Our librarian, Mr Moses, along have some spare time, or you find knowledge and Knowledge with a staff of enthusiastic student yourself going mad with boredom, is power. librarians, is there to assist or pick up a book and read. Who to give advice to every student, knows what you may find? Seek and you shall find with homework or just general (through reading) The Book Club By Mr Gerard Tindling • Teacher of English The Tāmaki College Book Club meets once a week in the school library for all students studying Level 2 English. It is an excellent opportunity for students to improve their reading skills, appreciate literature and work towards gaining valuable credits required for their Level 2 Certificate and further Tertiary Education. The group meets Thursday 3.30-4.45pm in Term 1 and will be switching days to Wednesday 2.30-4pm in Terms 2 and 3. If you have any questions about the group, contact Mr Tindling via the college’s phone number 521 1104. All motivated students welcome! How you can help? Please call the school office, if your child is going to be absent from school. This ensures that school is able to keep accurate attendance records. Ph: Tāmaki College 09 521 1104. Above: Alisha Henry reading the novel ‘Breaking Dawn’
  11. 11. AsTTle Testing Feature By Mr Matthew Griffiths • HoD English Articles At Tāmaki College, in conjunction with primary schools and intermediates in the area, we are a member of the Tāmaki Achievement Pathways (TAP). Part of our Parents can help by discussing the results with their commitment to the programme is to measure our students’ children and also helping them read by providing reading and writing levels using the Assessment Tools for books at home, a quiet place for students to read Teaching and Learning tests (AsTTle). and by making reading a family priority. The results of these tests give the teachers a guide as to If you wish to discuss your child’s progress, then what level the individual students are performing at, and please contact their English teacher, who will love also what the next steps are to help improve students’ to go through the results with you and give some results. helpful suggestions about how reading can be improved. For the first time this year, Year 9 and Year 10 students will 11 have their AsTTle Reading and Writing results included in their first reports. To give parents and students a guide, the New Zealand National mean score at the end of Year 9 is 634 (Level 4 of the curriculum) and Year 10 is 728 (Level 5 of the curriculum). These tests are important for us all to read, understand and discuss how we all can help our children improve and move on. Students who exhibit success at NCEA assessments are those who are performing at Level 6 of the curriculum in Year 11, so it is our combined goal to see as many of our students at that level. Above: Students engaged in learning tasks Literacy Initiative The purpose of the groups is for teachers to discuss the needs of students in the classrooms, to discuss By Mr Matthew Griffiths • HoD English ways to effectively implement new (and old) teaching strategies and to see how the focused teaching of Over the past two years, a number of staff members at reading and literacy strategies can be the same across Tāmaki College have participated in a literacy initiative, all curriculum areas. called the Secondary Literacy Programme, which has been sponsored by the Ministry of Education. The hope of the programme is to see that our students are being taught more effectively and to help them This year, all teaching staff at Tāmaki College are become self-motivated learners; this means, students participating in literacy clusters to up-skill themselves who are knowledgeable about their learning strengths, with literacy teaching practices. They are doing this and who are able to understand what their learning by meeting every four weeks, in professional learning needs might be. groups, to focus on specific Year 10 classes. • Ms Nadine Mincoff, Teacher of Science and Biology in the From Page 4 - New Staff 2009 Science Department Left to Right: Mr Albert Tu’uga Stevenson, Teacher of Mrs Fetaiainamapuapuaga Gogo, Teacher of Health in the English in the English Department Health & Physical Education Department Miss Jade Topia, Sports Assistant for Tāmaki College
  12. 12. Learning Just a reminder Any student wishing to use a motor vehicle, for Areas the purpose of coming to and from school, may request permission to do so from the Deputy Principal Student Support. Requests will not be considered, unless the student holds a full driver’s licence and has written permission from their parent/caregiver. Creative Writing The Field, English Period... By Tui Beach • Year 12 Student Serenity… A field, with a strong scent of freshly cut grass, that looms almost infinitely into the 12 horizon. Houses plotted, like huts in a vast village, all different coloured shades, windows lost in the shadow the sun creates. Wind, calmly, yet assertively, blowing; soundings with the tweets of common birds. The Sky, defined in but two colours, a shiny blue and fluffy white, fading into oblivion, becoming grey. Again, the birds interfere and swoop like knives, flying, slaying the peace, that the wind brings. Sun spreads golden radiance and blooms of daisies and buttercups bask in its glow. Sitting here… We see the silence of school, the grounds abandoned, like ruins, as if all has deceased. Buildings scream, like a dead school. Yet, the thrill of breaking rules, with adrenaline rushing hellishly, I picture myself screaming, fleeing through the school, as if branded in heat. Drifting, I sink in isolation, my hair messed from the swift wind, my eyes open to realise that only few accompany me, as I write with such empty feeling, wondering what has become of the flocks of people, who once massed the still grass. The Helpless Dog By Shilo Kiro • Year 10 Student I am so helpless, can’t do anything. My body is sore and my owners are aching just as bad. I was a well loved dog, but when the disease hit, I was nothing to no-one. I beg for help, but no-one seems to listen, so I set off on my own journey. I hesitate a little, as I sneak out the door. I hear screaming, I hear torture, but worst of all, I see a lot of dead people. Family lying on top of one another, forming a pile slowly. Family beside them crying. They will probably cry until they run out of tears, and still you can hear them mourning … The Arrival Trip consisted of various challenges and struggles, strange animals, peculiar floating objects and unspeakable By Eric Cilicewa • Year 13 Student languages. The migrant’s initial inability to adapt to the new environment progressed through to the last On Friday 13th March, several Year 13 English classes scene, where he welcomed his family to their new went on a trip, organised by the English Department, home. The trip has helped us in our English course, to the Civic theatre in Auckland city. The play, The and expanded our studies and understanding of the Arrival, featured talented young performers, who Term One theme, Migration. The production was depicted a migrant’s life in a new country. The scenes definitely thrilling and it has made a positive impact evolved from the main character’s farewell to his family, on all of the Year 13 English students. to his arrival in a foreign country, where his daily life
  13. 13. Learning Areas Ironman Madgwick By Ms Christine Emery • Teacher of English and Media Studies Our very own P.E. teacher, Mr swimming at the local pool, and lots of carbohydrates; foods like Madgwick, has successfully becoming a Waikato Swimming bread, pasta, rice and potatoes. competed in the National Triathlon Representative from the age of 13 He recently competed in the NZ Championship, in Wellington, to 18. He was also running long Ironman, held in Taupo. This is an coming first overall for his age distance in school competitions. ultra-distance triathlon, which is group. His love of sport led him to the fair even longer and more exhausting city of Hamilton, where he studied than the standard 2-hour triathlon. at WINTEC and completed a The Ironman is a 3.8km swim, a Bachelor in Sport and Exercise 13 180km cycle and a 42km run. Mr Science. This was followed by a Madgwick placed 25th overall, out stint in the South Island, studying of 1490 competitors and it took at the Christchurch College of him 9 hours and 20 minutes, from Education, to gain his diploma in start to finish. The Nationals, in teaching. Overseas travel lured Wellington, was a 1500m swim, a Mr Madgwick away for a two year 40km cycle and a 10km run. His OE and on his return he began to win places him as the National seriously compete in triathlons. Age Group 30-34 Champion for Recently, he has been training up Standard distance triathlons. The to 25 hours each week, alone and next step is to train and prepare with friends, swimming at the Glen for the World Championship for Innes Aquatic Centre and local Standard Distance, to be held beaches, cycling, and running. His on the Australian Gold Coast, friends also compete in the long- in September. Mr Madgwick is distance races, so there is always not only a superb and dedicated Above right: Brodie Madgwick a good-humoured battle to win, teacher, Year 10 Dean and 2nd and to beat one another, at each XV Rugby Coach; he’s also a When Brodie Madgwick was event. This kind of intense training committed Ironman. growing up in Te Aroha, he started means having to eat many small developing his natural drive to meals throughout the day and perform at the highest level, by refuelling with lots of water and Henry Tuatea By Miss Jade Topia • Sports Assistant Henry Tuatea, a year 12 student, Recently, he was selected to has been selected to trial for play for the Auckland U18’s Rep the New Zealand U18’s Touch Squad, called the ‘Pirates’. Along Rugby squad in September. He with these commitments, Henry was selected while playing for also plays club touch for ‘Gee-Up’, the Auckland U21’s team at the in the Men’s division at Dunkirk Nationals in Wellington this year, Park, as well as playing in the where they placed second. Tāmaki College 1st XV squad and the Senior Boys’ Touch team. He Henry has been playing Touch is a key player in his touch team, Rugby since the age of 6. His helping out with the coaching by father and older brother used to sharing his knowledge and love of take him along to their games and the game. One of his suggestions tournaments, where he started to to fellow Touch players is, “don’t learn the game and to develop be afraid to try, give it your best”. his skills. He also played for the He is an accomplished player and Above: Henry Tuatea Waitakere U8’s and the Auckland someone to definitely watch out NZ U18 Touch Rugby trialist U11’s and U21’s. for in the future.
  14. 14. Learning Jade Topia Sports Assistant Areas By Ms Hinerau Anderson • HoD Technology Talented international netball the challenges and opportunities representative, Jade Topia, has that come with playing high calibre returned to Tāmaki College as sport for the Auckland region and Sports Assistant. New Zealand. As an ex-student of Auckland Girls At only 21 years old, Jade aspires to Grammar School and the Tāmaki grab every opportunity that comes College Sports Academy, she is her way, whether it’s to do with her more than comfortable returning sport or her professional career to our community, which she because, “you never know where 14 considers home. After two seasons, you will end up, if you don’t give playing for the Canterbury Flames it a try”. in 2006-2007, Jade was a member Career-wise, she would like to go of the NZ Silver Fern squad in to university and study business 2007-2008, and toured with the management, as one day in the Silver Ferns to England in 2007. future she would like to run her Jade returned to Auckland in 2008, own business. She would also like where she is a current member of to study early childhood teaching, the LG Auckland Mystics netball to have something in place, “for team. The Mystics compete in the Above: Jade Topia of the when I stop playing sport because ANZ Netball Championship, which LG Auckland Mystics netball team sport can’t take you everywhere comprises of five Australian and the next level. That means training you need to go”. five New Zealand franchise teams. to the best of her abilities, as Jade Known for her accuracy as a Goal says, “You only get out, what you Sports-wise, she will continue to Shoot (GS) and as a dynamic Goal put in”. keep achieving and moving up to Attack (GA), Jade is relishing all of High Ropes Course 2009 By Mr Jason Borland • HoD Health and Physical Education Safety, trust, responsibility and co-operation are Students were placed in situations where they were 15- the values required to participate in the High metres above the ground, on a beam performing various Ropes Course. Year 12 Physical Education students activities. What made the students safe were their pairs, demonstrated these values in March when they belaying them from the ground with ropes. Students were went to Unitec to participate in a course, run by responsible for their own safety. This included checking Adventure Works. knots, harnesses and other equipment and having the maturity to recognise risk and to develop strategies to overcome the risks. The course was thoroughly enjoyed by all participants. The reward was in the leadership shown by the students and the changes of behaviour that occurred through goal-setting and reflection. The challenge now is for the students to transfer these positive behaviours into school life and their family lives. On top of these outcomes, students also gained eight Level 2 credits towards their NCEA. Allen Mulia, Sabina Stowers, and Teiro Glassie deserve particular praise for the leadership qualities they exhibited over the course. Kia kaha, kia toa! Left: Timote Fusitu’a on the high ropes course
  15. 15. Learning Tāmaki College Sports Areas By Miss Jade Topia • Sports Assistant 1st XV Senior Girls Softball We are always grateful for parents’ support. They have had a great start Our softball girls did well this Senior Boys Tag with pre-season training. The year. Most of the team was made team have been doing a lot of up of junior girls, who developed Last year’s champs are back, ready endurance, strength, speed and new skills. Well done. to defend their title. agility practice. The boys have Junior Boys Basketball had a couple of pre-season games Senior Badminton against Mangere College and also We entered a bunch of keen, Varsity U21’s rugby team. They Senior Badminton entries close for junior boys into the Auckland 15 also won the St Kentigans’ 7’s the Eastern Zone Competition on 03 competition and two Senior tournament, which was a great April. See Jade Topia or Ms Murray. students coached the team, highlight for the boys. Their first Playing nights are Wednesday or which was fantastic. Thank you competition game starts at the to Mike Manu and Emmanuel beginning of Term 2, so be sure to Matambanadzo for volunteering come down and support the boys. their time and coaching skills. Coaches this year are Mr Richie Harris and Mr Gerard Tindling. Winter trainings and trials have started Netball trials started in Week 9 and we hope to get five teams into the competition this year. The following teams have started their training: 2nd XV Rugby, U15’s Rugby, managed by Alex Smith Friday nights from 3.30 – 5.30pm at and Sarah Steele, and coached by Lloyd Elsmore Badminton Hall. Mikey and Jamie. The U14’s Rugby, Girls 1st XV, and the Senior girl’s Athletics Day soccer have also started training this year. They are managed by It was a great event to start off the Senior Boys Touch Mrs Carol Heka and coached by school year with. On Wednesday, Mr Martin Clark. 4th March all the houses, led by The team have had a great start to their Captains, dressed in their Parents if you could please pay their season playing in the Eastern colours and marched, danced your child’s sports fees and send zone competition and they’re and chanted their way onto the back their permission slips as hoping to get into the Semi-Finals. field, in an impressive display of soon as possible, that would be Stand-out players this season are: determination and team spirit. a great help. Parents, if you are Viliami Fonua, Jacob Hall and keen to help out with coaching or Unaloto Pita. A big thank you goes Congratulations to all the students managing one of our sports teams, out to Peri Strictland, for coaching in Kōwhai, who participated on the please contact Gayle Murray or the boys this year. day, for coming out on top. Jade Topia on 5211104 ext. 583. Senior Girls and Boys House Placing Total Points Kōwhai 1st 316 Volleyball Tōtara 2nd 281 Pūriri 3rd 269 The girls did very well this year, Rātā 4th 184 they won the Eastern Zone competition and then went onto A special acknowledgement must the Auckland Champs. The boys be made to all of the parents and also had a good season this year. caregivers who volunteer their time Thanks to Ms Lotefepuleai and to coach and manage various sports Mr Thomas for coaching the teams. volleyball teams.
  16. 16. 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. International Women’s Day By Ms Dorothy Apelu • HoD Social Sciences On Monday, March the 9th, a group of year 13 students her academic interests with a commitment to were invited to attend a breakfast, at the Ellerslie advancing gender equality throughout the Pacific. She Convention Centre, to celebrate International discussed the progress of UNIFEM, (United Nations Women’s day. This day recognises the achievements of Development Fund for Women), as they work towards women, past and present, from around New Zealand Women’s Empowerment and Gender Equality, in and the World. different parts of the world. Her talk was inspiring 16 and encouraged our students to think critically, about The guest speaker was Dr Yvonne Underhill-Sem, the the challenges that continue to face women everyday. Director for the Centre for Development Studies, from the Faculty of Arts, at the University of Auckland. Students who attended include Phyllis Mulia, Marisha She is a feminist development geographer, of Cook Vakaahi, Taupule Cartwright, Natalie Taniwha, Island and New Zealand heritage, who combines Rebecca Ma’u, Pevelini Tulia, Sina Alai. Above: Dr Yvonne Underhill-Sem with Tāmaki students Above: MP for Mt Roskill Jackie Blue Tāmaki College Goes Green! By Miss Teneille Dale • Teacher of English Last year, Tāmaki College became part of the Wastewise the Sustainability Make a Difference Hui on the 15- Programme, run by the Auckland City Council. As part 17th April. This hui will allow the students to exchange of that programme, the school will introduce ways to ideas and to attend workshops. This will help to make Tāmaki College a more environmentally friendly expand their understanding of the Global Economic school. Crisis happening in the world today. Our first step was to create an Enviro Club, whose Next step is paper. Tāmaki College already has a paper members are: Pevelini Tulia, Sina Alai, Talanoa Manu, recycling program. Each classroom has a green or Christine Savele and Vainga Pahulu. The group meets yellow cube, which is dedicated to paper only. That regularly to discuss how we can improve things and paper is then transferred into red bins, which are to suggest practical ways of making the school more placed around the school. Our aim is to ensure that environmentally sustainable. This means doing the system is more efficient and that all classrooms are things on a small using the bins properly. scale at school, so Our long term goals are that our world stays to introduce recycling clean and green. The of other products, such students also have as tin cans, plastic and opportunities to even food waste. With attend meetings with the dedication and hard other Enviro schools, work of the Enviro team to talk about different and support of staff and strategies used and students, Tāmaki can Go to come up with new Green! and inventive ideas. Two members of the Left: Sammie Rauahi and club, Christine and Mrs Taua Matavao Vainga, are attending
  17. 17. Learning 2009 Maths Areas By Mrs Noelene Dunn • HoD Mathematics Prizes in Maths Scientific calculators went to: Junior Fa’alogo, James In week 3 of term 1, students who stood out as Kutia, Celina Mataroa, Lilly Ahomee, Dakota Ransfield, Academic Role Models were presented with either Leti Tafuna, Grace Asi, Sam Tamihere, Nonoi Tai Finau a graphics or a scientific calculator at school Sio, Junior Lafi, Dylan Simon and Naira Maihana. assembly. The following students received a Graphics calculator: Stephanie Tafea, Tonga Success in Maths Tukia, Talanoa Manu, Michael Chol, Tayla Tupou, Mikaira Chan, Helena Napier, Christopher Tupou, In 2007, 56% of our Y11’s achieved Level 1 numeracy. Alvina Pau’uvale, Joseph Tamoaieta, Sam Fa’ulua In 2008 our results increased to 74%. This success was and Tina Takerei. possible through the dedication of the Maths teachers 17 and the commitment from students. What’s Happening in Science 2009? By Mr Chandar Dewan • HoD Science Liggins Programme The Liggins Programme is continuing with 3 groups of Leon Forbes wants to know if students this year. microwaving milk in bottles for babies effects the milk in any way. Year 10 Diane Lee-Kum is researching heavy These students are designing their own experiments and metals in Omaru Creek. research projects in an area that interests them. They are being helped by scientists and teachers from the Liggins Shelby Niuloa and Sequoia Willie are Institute. The projects this year are: looking at growing vegetables without using chemicals. Henrietta Henry and Helen Tuitavake, ‘What plants are suitable for growing along the edge of Omaru Year 9 Science Creek?’ Ted Sharon and Jacob Niuloa, ‘Does negative Year 9 students will once again be involved reinforcement or positive reinforcement have the in the Science Roadshow and a tree planting greatest impact?’ programme along Omaru Creek. The extension class students are involved in Science Fair Daniel Steele and Paul Pamaka,’ Can sports Projects. performance be improved by certain types of music?’ Anahera Smith and Isaac Kau Kau, ‘Can we grow Below: Tamaki Students in the Liggins Programme plants on Martian soil?’ Year 11 These students are focussing on the Level 1 NCEA achievement. They will be carrying out a research project on diabetes and its impact on Māori and Pacific Island people. Year 12 These students are involved in a 2-year plan where they will carry out an investigation, and report their results to scientists and the community. Their work will also allow them to achieve NCEA Level 3 credits. Alex Temu is investigating feeding habits of a native fish called kōkopu. Christine Savele and Davina Fa’atoe want to find out what attracts males and females to one another.
  18. 18. Learning Caravan of Skills Areas By Sara Messine and Destiny Pelasio • Year 11 Students On Monday 16th March, 5 students, from the Level 1 One girl from another school was picked to Catering and Hospitality class, were selected to attend demonstrate how to cook an omelette, in front of every the Caravan of Skills Live Show Demonstration, held one. After she had finished making it, Chef Martin at Howick College. asked if anyone wanted the omelette. Shalom was the first person to put up There were only 3 schools his hand, to taste the omelette. present, including us. Top New Zealand chef, Martin Harrap, We had lots of fun and it was an showed us how to present a meal awesome day, at the Caravan of Skills. in a formal way, and also how We learned what it is like in the real 18 to cook salmon correctly. Gina world of hospitality, especially when Harrap (Martin’s Wife) from Sky Chef Martin said, “You have to start City, showed us how to formally from the bottom and strive for the set a table. It looked really nice top, to be the best”. This means that if and sophisticated. you work hard, you will achieve what you set out to do. Above: Formal Table Setting Shalom Ngaro decided, on the spot, to enter one of the table- We would like to thank Mr Ishibashi setting competitions. This will be held in the month of for taking us to the event and Mrs Heka for organising April. He will need lots of practise from here onwards, the trip and for giving us the opportunity to attend the so good luck to him. event. We look forward to future ventures like these. Gateway for Senior Students By Mrs Kathy Miln • Gateway Coordinator Students can apply to Kathy Miln Currently, we have filled six Steel Tāmaki College is pleased to for a place on the programme. Industry Gateway placements, announce the introduction of the However, certain criteria need and one in the Hairdressing Gateway programme, for Years 12 to be met, before a student can Industry. We are currently seeking and 13 this year. Gateway operates be selected for the programme applications for the remaining in most secondary schools and parents/guardians will be three Gateway placements, from throughout the country. It is consulted, before a placement Year 12 and 13 students. If you are funded by the Tertiary Education is offered to a student. Students interested, please see Kathy, in Commission and is managed by are required to achieve Careers. Gateway Coordinator, Mrs Kathy individualised learning plans, Miln. If you are an employer and while on the programme. These interested in having a Gateway The purpose of Gateway is to: specify the skills to be attained, placement, please contact Kathy and the unit or achievement Provide additional learning Miln. Ph: 521 1104 ext 847 or email: standards to be assessed. opportunities through work miln@tāmaki.ac.nz placements for students In 2008, Tāmaki College was Give students industry invited to participate in the standards and credits Steel Construction New towards national Zealand Mentoring pilot qualifications, including programme. Five students their NCEA – a minimum of attended MIT and had 10 credits is required workplace experience in the Steel Industry. The pilot Build students’ workplace programme was successful experience to improve work and is continuing, under the readiness Gateway umbrella, in 2009. Widen students’ knowledge Above: Students in the Steel Mentoring about the world of work Programme 2009 include from left Francis This year, Tāmaki College Falaniko, Fred Folu and Vastsrff Pula Assist students to see the has funding for 10 Gateway relevance of their learning at placements. school

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