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  1. 1. TāMAKI COLLEGE Issue 2 • July 2009 Newsletter Principal’s Address 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), 1 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 university study. 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 months. 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. • To Page 3
  2. 2. Feature Salsa 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 2 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 Charlie Vea 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 them that.” 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”, baby. 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 Tickets: $70.00 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.
  3. 3. 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 3 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. Gerard Tindling • From Page 1 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.
  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. 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 4 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 succeed. 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.
  5. 5. Feature 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. 5 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 parents Developing effective communication and relationships between parents and children at home Anger management Providing inspirational speakers (young Tongan graduates) • To Page 6
  6. 6. Feature How you can help? Articles Please let the school office know if there are restrictions on people who can visit your 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 6 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. • From Page 5 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.
  7. 7. Feature Hāngi Night 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 7 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, we value your ideas.
  8. 8. 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, 8 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 TCTV News! College Televsion. It can be accessed from the Tāmaki College homepage By the Year 9 TCTV Crew at 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
  9. 9. One Mighty Groove Digger Feature By Ms Christine Emery • Teacher of English and Media Studies Articles 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, 9 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.
  10. 10. Feature How you can help? Please call the school office, if your child is Articles going to be absent from school. This ensures that school is able to keep accurate attendance records. Ph: Tāmaki College 09 521 1104. 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 10 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.
  11. 11. Feature Dance Anyone? 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.” 11 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.
  12. 12. 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, 12 and the set was amazing because it moved around in a circle and each time it did, another set was behind the first. 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.
  13. 13. Learning Macbeth’s up the Creek By Tupou Taliauli • Year 10 Student Areas 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 13 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.
  14. 14. 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 14 “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 Morehu “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.” Keilah Leona Above: Students learning from hands on experiences
  15. 15. Just a reminder The Board of Trustees has banned cellphones, Learning iPods, MP3 players, etc., from Tāmaki College. Students caught with these items will have them confiscated and held by a Deputy Principal, until a Areas 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 15 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 sauce. Delicious! 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 making ours.
  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. 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 16 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 other companies. 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 throughout life.
  17. 17. Learning 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 artists. 17 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 feedback. 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.
  18. 18. 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 18 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 Gateway News 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.
  19. 19. Beyond the 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.” 19 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 game plans. 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 soon. Left: Cecilia Napier playing against St Cuthberts
  20. 20. 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 year. August. 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. 20 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. NCEA). 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 Acknowledgements 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. Photographers Mr Chandar Dewan • Miss Karen Ferguson • Mr Bryan Gellatly Language Editors 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 with the main reception on telephone please contact Ms Emery or Ms Anderson 09 521 1104. at the beginning of Term 3.