Year Level and Peer Support Update

Dear Year 12 Students,

I wish to advise you that Jarrod Rangi, Year 12, has been involved in a serious car accident and is now on life support. Out of respect to him, his family and friends, Peer Support training is being postponed tomorrow. However, we will have the fitness room available at 8.40 am to come together to support each other. Mr Cargill, Staff Members and a Counsellor will be available at this time.

I will advise you tomorrow of further decisions about Peer Support training on Tuesday.

Kia Kaha,

Ms Mills

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Year 12 – 2016 Video

Video created by Daphne Martinez and was screened at the final Y12 assembly.

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Noscars 2016 Remembered

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End of Year Address – Year Level Reps

wp-14583512034831At the beginning of the year I said I had a feeling this year was going to be memorable, and in some ways it was.

  • I got to be your year level representative and I am honestly so thankful for that.
  • We went to our first Newlands college ball which was awesome, everyone looked awesome and it was just overall an awesome night.
  • And then came Noscars, well done to everyone who made a film. That was an epic night and it’s awesome that our year group was part of it.

Just want to take this moment to thank everyone.

  • Thanks to Hunter for being a great year level rep and having my back.
  • Thank you to Ms Mills for all the hard work her and the senior management team have done this year. It doesn’t go unnoticed, we are very grateful.
  • Lastly a huge thank you to our awesome Dean Mr Cargill for having a big part in making this year group the best. We really appreciate you.

This year was a big step up and I reckon we have all learned something from the challenges and everything we have experienced. In saying so I want to say good luck.

  • Good luck for next year, our last year at college
  • Good luck to those who are leaving.
  • Good luck for all the decisions to come and all your exams.

Good luck and have an awesome holiday.

  – Panashe Dindingwe (12SN)

Leading on from Panashe, this year has definitely been a memorable one for me personally and I hope that it has been for you also. This is mainly because of the sheer number of activities going on this year. I was lucky enough to be a part of many of them.

  • I was able to participate in the dragon boating competition with a number of other yr 12s and 13s. Not being the sportiest person, I found the whole thing pretty daunting but through the small family that developed and the encouragement of the teachers involved I’m sure many of us were very grateful for participating.
  • I could say that participating in the show this year was also quite daunting. However, with so many year level being there, there was no trouble at all. So I congratulate everyone involved in Hairspray also.
  • I would REALLY like to congratulate each individual sporting, artistic and academic achievement made by y12 this year. I can’t name each one unfortunately because that would take far too long.

I also have a set of thank yous where thanks is due.

  • Thank You to every last teacher who has taught us this year and continue to aid us as we move into exams.
  • Thanks to senior management for keeping things running smoothly for us this year.
  • Thanks personally from 12LD to Mr Lander who will no longer be our form teacher next year.
  • And one last thank you to Mr Cargill. The best Dean we could ever ask for.

  – Hunter Giltrap (12LD)

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Cultural and Service Awards

Cultural Awards

Cultural Awards are presented at Senior Prizegiving

Me Whakamatau – Daphne Martinez

The Me Whakamatau award is for service to student welfare.

Daphne is a motivated, respected and dedicated leader of her peers. As the immediate past student representative on the Board of Trustees, Daphne has represented the student body extremely well and advised them on all aspects of student activities and has contributed to the effective governance of the school.

Netball is a passion of Daphne’s both as a player and coach. At the recent Celebration of Sport Daphne was awarded the Netball Cup for outstanding contribution and dedication to the life of college netball and the Te Huna Family Trophy for commitment and dedication to coaching. Daphne has had a challenging year personally, as an injury precluded her from taking the court for the good majority of the season, but in true Daphne style she quickly sort other roles – statistician, tactician, mentor and motivator. As a coach she has given time and bundles of energy, shared her expertise and knowledge and has been the epitome of exemplary selflessness.


Service Awards

Service awards recognize students who have provided service to the school in some capacity. These students have made a valuable contribution to their particular category across the year.

Representative on Ball Committee

  • Michael Chang
  • Chantel Gates
  • Donna Joseph
  • Rebekah Tiongson
  • Emily Villanueva
  • Louisa Naftel

40 Hour Famine

  • Rebekah Warwick

Duke of Edinburgh Award Bronze

  • Melissa Chu-Fong
  • Stella Lu
  • Sammani Perera
  • Tharushi Nanayakkara
  • Panashe Dindingwe

Service as International Student Ambassador

  • Kiya Basabas
  • Paige Cooke
  • Charlotte Earle
  • Brooklyn Leota
  • Haydon Smith
  • Georgia Lester
  • Simon McSweeney-Harte
  • Unmesh Vanka
  • Dylan Jones

Services to Peer Tutoring

  • Jane-Edna Bryce
  • Algo Sini
  • Millenium Suga
  • Vaiola Tauiliili
  • Claudia Unasa

Services to School Council – Form Level Representative

  • Tharushi Nanayakkara
  • Clarice du Toit
  • Matthew Bain
  • Thomas Horton
  • Guinevere Peoples
  • Rachael Wilson
  • Georgia Lester
  • Simon McSweeney-Harte
  • Unmesh Vanka
  • Hunter Giltrap
  • Panashe Dindingwe

Services to Student Publicity 

  • Clarice du Toit

Year 12 House Representatives

  • Shanlon Robertson (Kowhai)
  • Dylan Jones (Matai)
  • Louisa Naftel (Matai)

Year Level Representative

  • Hunter Giltrap
  • Panashe Dindingwe
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Senior Prizegiving – Academic Awards

Senior Prizegiving is the last formal occasion of the year for the seniors. Academic success was acknowledged with those getting a placing for their subjects (or for bigger subject ‘academic excellence’ awards). The following summarises those Y12 students who were part of the evening:

 Wesley Broughton Award – Overall Academic Achievement in Y12

Presented by the Broughton Family in memory of Wesley (1991-2009). Wesley received the Overall Academic Achievement Award at Newlands College in Year 9 (2004), Year 10 (2005), Year 11 (2006) and Year 12 (2007.  In 2008 he suffered a relapse of childhood leukaemia and underwent a bone marrow transplant. He succumbed to an infection in July 2009.

  • Clarice du Toit – 1st Biology, 1st Chemistry, 1st NCEA Level 3 French, 2nd Mathematics, 2nd Physics

Overall Academic Achievement Year 12 – Runner up

  • Tyler Cruse – 1st= English, 1st= Media Studies, 1st Science Issues, 2nd= History

Academic Excellence Awards

  • Germaine Ambray – 2nd Music
  • Shadrina Assegaf – 1st Art Painting
  • Kiya Basabas – 1st= English, 3rd Drama
  • Jordan Borchowsky – 1st Economics, 1st Hard Materials Technology, 3rd Accounting, Academic Excellence in English
  • Meg Burgess – 2nd= Food and Nutrition
  • Liam Chan – 2nd Japanese
  • Melissa Chu-Fong – 1st Graphics (Whitley Cup – for excellence in senior graphics), 3rd= Art Design, Academic Excellence Mathematics
  • Keisha Clark 1st= Soft Materials Technology
  • Charlotte Cunliffe – 2nd Tourism
  • Haydn Davenport-Brown – 2nd= Science Issues
  • James Day – 1st Digital Technologies, 2nd Biology
  • Panashe Dindingwe – 1st Drama
  • Paris Doran-Ward – 1st Tourism
  • Emily Dunstan – 2nd= Science Issues
  • Nineveh Eshow – 1st Art Design, 3rd= Media Studies
  • K’Shana Fa’amasino – 2nd= History
  • Danica Fontein – 1st German, 2nd Drama, 3rd=English
  • Hunter Giltrap – 3rd= Media Studies
  • Lateefah Idris – 2nd Art Design,
  • Simon Little – 2nd Graphics
  • Stella Lu – 2nd NCEA Level 3 Mathematics Calculus
  • Hayley Luckin – 1st French, 2nd Hard Materials Technology
  • Audrey Martinez – 3rd= Biology, 3rd Geography
  • Daphne Martinez – 2nd Art Photography
  • Simon McSweeney-Harte – 2nd Geography, 2nd German
  • Zac Milne – 2nd Accounting
  • Jade Mitchell – 3rd= Art Design
  • Angela Montenegro – 1st Accounting, Academic Excellence in English
  • Benjamin Murdoch – 1st Geography,30612340712_761b4ed714_z 1st= Media Studies, 3rd= Biology, 3rd Economics
  • Ian Murray – Te Ngatoroirangi Te Arawa – This is an award presented to a senior male student who has made a significant contribution to the development of Maoritanga in the school.
  • Tharushi Nanayakkara – Academic Excellence in English
  • Ella Nguon – 1st Art Photography, Academic Excellence in English
  • Stefania Palea’ae – 1st History
  • Logan Payne – 3rd Art Photography
  • Amelia Powdrell – 1st Food and Nutrition, 1st= Physical Education
  • Geeth Rathnayake – 1st= Physical Education
  • Paris Renalson – 1st Business Studies
  • Rangiwaitatao Samson – 1st Te Reo Maori
  • Harjot Sehra – 1st= Physical Education
  • Clarydel Sevilla – 1st Music, 1st= Soft Materials Technology, 2nd Art Painting, 3rd= English
  • Tiarne Southon – 1st Japanese
  • Simone Stobba-Overend – 2nd= Food and Nutrition
  • Britney Sweeney – 1st General Studies
  • Salote-Alison Taufa – 1st= Physical Education
  • Unmesh Vanka – 3rd Chemistry
  • Emily Villanueva – 3rd= Media Studies
  • Rachael Wilson – 2nd Chemistry, 3rd Physics, Academic Excellence in Mathematics
  • Ziming Wu – Academic Excellence in Mathematics
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Exam Anxiety

Heading into Exam season it is worth acknowledging that a challenge for many is the anxiety felt around exams. This is a normal feeling that a lot of people experience, but there are strategies you can employ to minimise the impact your anxiety has on your exam performance. The video below covers the following seven tips:

  1. Be well rested
  2. Have a balanced diet
  3. Eat a high fibre/carb breakfast
  4. Positive self-imagery
  5. Feel confident but keep realistic
  6. Ensure you are familiar with the setting
  7. Rebut your insecurities

For support putting some of these strategies into action you can approach any of the guidance team at an appropriate time. Do use the support structures that are in place – we are here to help you!

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Peer Mentoring 2017

peermentorPeer mentoring is a programme that involves Year 13 students using some of their study line or form times to go into junior classes and support specific students. In a way this is kind of like being a teacher aide, but mentoring relationships have been shown to enhance the learning of junior students.

It is widely recognised that peer mentoring has a positive impact on many lives. What you are doing matters – often in a way that will not be obvious for a long time. Words of encouragement from senior students to junior students can be voices that enable connections to school in a meaningful way. You are offering to serve our school as we work hard to achieve together (me whakamatau). There are real benefits for you as you learn how to work alongside others in a positive and constructive way.

The training day will run on Wednesday 7 December starting at 10 am and running through to 1 pm where we will finish with a shared lunch (supplied by the school). At this stage, the training will be in the pavilion, however, this may change and you will be advised via email. Please wear mufti to training. Ms King, Mr Cargill, Ms Ryan and Mr Mulholland will run the session.

In filling out this form, you are indicating that you will attend the training and would like to be a peer mentor for 2017. Please note that you can be both a peer-support leader and mentor. Everyone who trains can be a peer mentor in 2017 – the only criteria is the training. Please come along even if you have personally found school challenging – often – people who have faced and overcome challenges make the most effective mentors.

 – Ms King

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Hairspray Remembered

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End of Year Info for Year 12 Students

Below is some key information for the end of the year and 2017. This is the same as the information that has been emailed home. Please visit the school website for all other up-to-date details relating to the 2017 year.

Senior Prizegiving

Wednesday, 2nd November, 7pm

Please ensure you are in full school dress uniform. That is, all students must wear a blazer, tie, girls to wear tights and boys to wear trousers. Students are asked to be seated in the front of the hall by 6.50 pm. A refreshment will be available in the staffroom at the conclusion of prizegiving. Parents/Caregivers have been invited via email invitation.


Wednesday 2 November – Tuesday 8 November

These will be held in your normal classrooms conforming to the usual timetable. You are required to wear school uniform whenever you attend one of these sessions. If there is a gap between sessions, for instance if you have tutorial sessions periods 1 & 3 but no session Period 2, you are asked to either study in the library for the free session or to leave the school premises. Please do not sit in the sun to pass the time as this is not a good example to set to the junior students who will be sitting exams and working in lessons.


By Tuesday 29th November

  1. No paper is involved.
  2. Please return all books, including library books and any gear on loan etc before Tuesday 29 November.
  3. All locker keys are to be returned to Student Reception.
  4. After Tuesday 29 November invoices will be processed and sent home.

NZQA Examinations

Please remember the following:

  • Check your timetable (exam timetable here) do not forget as you do not get a second chance.
  • Wear school uniform.
  • Take your admission slip to each exam.
  • If you lose your admission slip, you can print another copy from your learner login on the NZQA website or go to the library before the exam and your slip can be printed for you. Any printed slip needs to be signed by Mr South or any other nominated staff member
  • Scholarship students must bring photo ID to their examination.
  • Turn up at least 20 minutes before the exam is due to start.
  • If you are late, get to school as soon as possible. You can enter the exam up to 30 minutes late.
  • Bring your pens, ruler, calculator in a clear plastic bag or see through pencil case
  • Paper, written material, smart watches and electronic dictionaries are NOT permitted.
  • Your phone and wallet need to be in a clear plastic bag and placed under your seat in the examination.
  • If you are sitting a digital exam (L1 French and L1 Media), then make sure you have read the essential information specific to these exams.
  • Make sure you can log in to the NZQA website to access your results
  • If you are unable to sit an exam, contact Mr South. He will give you a form to fill in. If you are unable to sit due to illness, then the form must be taken to you GP on the day of the exam.
  • If you wish to visit the College during school hours while you are on examination leave please do so in full school uniform.
  • For study tips and revision advice, see the study and revision page


Still do not know what to do? Don’t worry Mrs Featherstone and Mrs Mulholland in Careers/Transition – A2 are available:

  • Discuss future career options
  • Help with applying for jobs
  • CV writing

Make an appointment before you leave or ring 474 1335.

Course Confirmation 2017

Wednesday 27th January – Thursday 28th January, Library

This is compulsory for every student. Please confirm your course for 2017 at the following times. Mufti is to be worn.

Wednesday 27 January

  • 10.00 -11.30 am Surnames A-D
  • 12 noon -1.30 pm Surnames E-K
  • 2.00 – 3.30 pm Surnames L-N

Thursday 28 January

  • 9.30-11.00 am Surnames 0-S
  • 11.30am-1.00 pm Surnames T-Z

Peer Support Training

Monday 5 and Tuesday 6 December – 8.40 am, Fitness Room

For those student who have signed up. Appropriate mufti to be worn – no offensive T shirts and shorts/jeans/trousers preferable.

Mentoring Training

Wednesday 7 December, 10.00 am, Pavilion

For those students who have signed up. Appropriate mufti to be worn.

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