EPIC Resources


EPIC is a venture between New Zealand libraries and the Ministry of Education, giving schools free access to a worldwide range of electronic resources. This blogpost is to heighten the visibility of this valuable resource. It can support research in any of your subjects and/or your active learning projects.

At school use this link, and at home you can access from here.
  • username: newlandscoll
  • password: newcol22
Ms Penlington in the library is available to give a tutorials on how to use it. Do use her expertise!
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Humanities Trip

The Humanities trip is well underway. Follow their progress on the official blog here. The blog includes many more pictures than those above and this wonderful video of Paris and Panashe performing a scene from Macbeth at Stratford upon Avon.

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End of Term Assembly Speeches

Ben Murdoch and Daphne Martinez made some stirring speeches at the final assemblies of the term. Their thoughts are shared below for further reflection:

received_10154917370198592I was in class the other day, listening to my friend Eman share his speech about “Winners and Losers”. There was a sentence he said that really hit my heart, he said: “There’s a difference between losing, and being a loser.”

No matter how many L’s (losses) you take in your life, the only thing that matters is what you do with those L’s. That’s the difference between you becoming a loser or a learner.

An example of being a loser is someone who puts others down so that they can seem higher. However, someone who takes an L and analyses it, who turns to themselves to think about how they are going to lift themselves and other people around them. That’s what’s losing is all about. Learning from your failures.

Take the image of an L being a loss, and instead, turn that image into a lesson. You are to grow and lift others around you. Apply this to your sport life, school life, social life, love life, life in general. We all have the freedom to make your own choices, positive choices, choose to learn, or choose to be a loser.

These people (Student Executive) on the stage today, you might see us as successful people, successful students, but we have faced different types of failures in our lives… Without our failures we wouldn’t be in the position we are in today. You all are the future – make your mistakes, learn and one day you can be up here, with your names on these walls, giving a speech at an exec assembly. It’s your choice.

 – Daphne Martinez (Head Girl, 13CO)

As part of the executive, we got the opportunity to go to a leadership conference with various guest speakers. One of which was Jason Buckley,  the national marketer for Hell’s pizza. Jason Buckley failed the equivalent of level 1 three times and was kicked out of school and home the very same day at age seventeen. His story is an inspiring one considering where he is now.

Jason Buckley is all about mindset. Your mindset dictates this year and all the years to come. Jason’s mindset was to be involved, to push himself, and to be himself. So be involved, be willing to fail, to lose, to learn, because the path to success is full of failure. What is stopping you from succeeding? Success is subjective, as important as they are success is not defined solely from grades and exams with ticks and crosses, but the person behind them.

To understand success you have to understand yourself. Everyone has the urge to be the best, so it is finding what you want to be the best at. What you want and why you want it. No matter what your ability, you have the ability to make choices. Don’t let your abilities define you, but the choices you make. So this year make the most of it, make good choices, surround yourself with good people, and get involved. You are here so why not?

 – Ben Murdoch (Head Boy, 13WG)

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OnTV – Student Executive Trip

On Monday the Student Executive went to Capital E – usually reserved for Primary School children we delighted the tutor with our maturity and adult wit. The purpose of the trip was team building as we put together a news report. The highlight of the trip was undoubtedly Ian Murray’s method acting. We learnt about the process of making a live show and bonded as a team through working hard to achieve together. Check out our video below!

 – Ben Murdoch (13WG)

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Censor for a Day – Media Studies Trip

A group of Y13 Media Studies students went to ‘Censor for a Day’ at the Roxy Cinema in Miramar to learn about censorship of film in NZ run by the Office of Film and Literature Classification. We watched the as yet unreleased ‘Get Out’ and went through the process of censoring it based on guidelines that the classification office use. We learnt about the gateway criteria of sex, horror, violence, cruelty and crime which can lead to restrictions placed on films. As well as the sub-guidelines, including degrading or demeaning conduct, that can also effect the ratings. We then reviewed the the role of censorship on the bus ride home and whether it was necessary part of society. A very interesting discussion!

– Adam Van Der Voorn & Connor Patterson (13WA)

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Dean’s Assembly – Careers Focus

casapToday I want to take a leaf out of Google’s Jaime Casap’s book and not ask what you want to be when you grow up, but ask you instead ask you what problems you want to solve.

What schools are trying to prepare you for is changing. Some employers are looking at results less than voluntary experience or creativity. Instead of taking the candidate who has the highest qualification, they’ll take the candidate with the most empathy or someone who can think outside the box and think differently to others. The jobs you’ll be vying for in 10 years time are ones we can’t even predict. Thanks to the exponential development of technology, we are trying to prepare you for jobs that don’t exist yet.

You are incredibly lucky to be at a school that doesn’t just want to set you up with good results; we want you to be confident, creative, and connected and capable of learning well beyond school. Wa ako this year is our opportunity together to realise this vision, to develop your learning story and celebrate you as an individual learner.

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As Wa ako develops this year and we take on active learning, I hope you will consider these questions:

  • How will you make a difference this year?
  • And what will be your legacy when you leave Newlands College?
  • What will you be remembered for?

I look forward to supporting your ideas and hope that Year 13 gets on board this initiative in a way that we can be very proud of.

In support of these messages, Ms Featherstone is our careers adviser and is happy to work alongside you to help make your transition to life after Newlands College successful. Here are some messages about cupcakes from her:

The important links she mentioned are all listed in the Careers and Transition page of this blog. Furthermore, the Y13 Careers Survey and the Guidance Team Feedback surveys are still there to create opportunities for you.

As a final treat in our assembly we had Dave Geigle demonstrate his skills and ability with a yoyo. He’s a World Champion in the sport and was visiting Newlands College from Germany. His 2014 World Championship performance is here:

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Form Class Representatives


Congratulations to the Form Representatives that were chosen by each Year 13 Form Class:

  • wp-1489193621637.jpg13BL – Laura Spiers and Harjot Sehra
  • 13CO – Shaun Liew and Shadrina Assegaf
  • 13SL – Lateefah Idris and Jan Galera
  • 13SN – Paris Doran-Ward and Casey Norman
  • 13WA – Angeline Dano and Tom Horton
  • 13WG – Simon McSweeney-Harte and Danica Fontein

This group is also supported by Student Executive members Dylan Jones and Ben Murdoch.

At the first meeting of the group, Dani and Simon were elected as the Year Level Representatives who will carry the voice of Year 13 at School Council meetings.

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Attitude Presentation – The Pits


Another Attitude presentation was delivered to the cohort last week. In the past presentations have been on Sex with Attitude (part one and part two), Tough Times, Hardwired, and Being Connected. This presentation was about pain, titled ‘The Pits‘. It was about our brain, which is the part of our body that is least equipped to dealing with pain.

1 in 5 people suffer from mental health issues. These issues are on a continuum. Phobias, addictions and compulsions can all be really minor and some that are more serious. What changes them from being severe to minor is how irrational or rational they are.

Depression affects around 1 in 3 people across their lives. Even is it doesn’t affect you, it will at some stage in your life affect someone that is part of your life. Depression also happens on a continuum, from having a bad mood, mild depression, situational depression (related to something that is going on, like grief) all the way to major depression.

Symptoms include (note they are also symptoms of being a teenager – once again these symptoms are also part of a continuum)

  • Trouble with sleep
  • A change in eating habits
  • A lack of interest in hobbies
  • Quitting things
  • An overwhelming sense of sadness
  • Avoiding friends
  • Random mood swings

What can you do about this?

  • Ask for help – family, friends, teachers, your doctor, an adult you trust, youthline
  • Get Active – put on your active wear and get high on endorphins – exercise
  • Be social – use your friends around you, spend time together
  • Spiritually – figure out what gets you going? What connects with you
  • Mentally – this is a mental battle, if you want to feel happy you need to think happy
  • Self-talk – focus on the thoughts going through your head, keep them positive.

The most important message of the presentation: Feeling the pits? Talk to Someone.

For more information, see the Attitude Website or like their facebook page.

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Games Industry Careers Night

Play by Play are thrilled to announce that as part of Play by Play 2017 – NZ’s Premier Games Festival, we’re running a free careers night for high school students (Y9-13) potentially considering or just interested in working in the games industry!

Hosted at Wellington High School‘s Riley Centre on April 12th at 6:00PM, industry professionals from various roles (games programmer, game artist, game designer and studio owner) will come to discuss what their roles entail, how they got there and their journey so far. There’ll also be time for Q&A at the end, and the EC from the New Zealand Game Developers Association will be present to give a quick overview on the national and international industry.


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Head Students – Maiden Speeches

To be standing on this stage today and being part of the school council executive as Head Girl for 2017 is an honour and privilege. I’m thankful and blessed for having the opportunity to work with the dream team for this year. I am also thankful for the people who helped me over my years here at college by teaching me to always believe in myself. Thank you to my friends, family, senior management, staff members and especially all of you. There wouldn’t be a student executive without you. There wouldn’t be an unlimited ranges of opportunities here at school without you all, the students of Newlands College.
As I said in my speech last week “Newlands College is more than just a school, it’s a place of opportunity.” and that could not be more true than right now with these fantastic people sitting in front of you today. We will celebrate and recognize successes, work hard to achieve together, involve the neglected, support the weak, look beyond ourselves and think: “What can we do for the wider community?”received_10154917370198592
This is a little taster of what the dream team aims for this year. The team needs its supporters and that’s you, the students. I look forward to all the successes and learning curves of this year. To see us guide, inspire and love one another, for Newlands College.
Me Whakamatau and thank you.
– Daphne Martinez, Head Girl 2017 (13CO)

I would like to thank everyone for the opportunity to be a part of student executive, especially as head boy considering the talents and caliber of all those involved. The strength of our team lies not only with those in it, but those who aren’t. The countless number of other deserving candidates and students reinforces our determination and responsibility to make a difference as exec.

I think that I speak for everyone when I say that we are striving to be a cohesive team that is open and inclusive as we work in collaboration with students and staff alike to create opportunities and lasting change that will stay with the school long after we leave.

Along with everyone else, I am looking forward to this year. I am looking forward to working with the talents, experiences, cultures and people who make up the wonderfully diverse melting pot of Newlands College that I am proud to be a part of.

 – Ben Murdoch, Head Boy 2017 (13WG)

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