Wa Ako – Final Session

Here is an updated timetable of today’s final Wa Ako session:

Wa Ako - Final Week

Please attend the session that suits your learning needs. Outside speakers have been arranged based on your requests, so attendance is highly encouraged. If none of the options suit, please go to the library where teachers will be on hand to help with any requests or questions regarding your future.

Note that later today there is also a Dean’s Assembly where Kiya Basabas will present the speech that won her the Stockley Cup for the second year in a row.

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Exam Guide with Kiya Basabas

It’s nearly that exciting time of the year for everyone again: our NCEA examinations. Academic Captain Kiya Basabas is here to remind you of the do’s and don’ts of exam season, so without further ado, here is an NCEA Exam prep guide – in her words – with the help of her good friend, Mitchell Laws.

Kiya 1

What to do before the exam

  • Note the time and venue of your exam and put a reminder on your phone. Make sure you aim to turn up at least 20 minutes before the start of the exam (morning exams start at 9:30am, afternoon exams start at 2:00pm)
  • If you catch public transport to school then allow for the possibility that your bus or train may be late – so you may need to catch an earlier bus! (Note: if you arrive more than 30 minutes after the start of the exam you will NOT be able to sit the exam)

Kiya 2

What to bring to the exam

  • Your admission slip (go to the library on the day of your exam to get a new one printed if you have lost it OR you can reprint your slip through the students and learners login link on the NZQA website)
  • Photo ID (eg. your school ID or driver’s licence to help the supervisor confirm your identity – this is especially  important for scholarship exams!)
  • All the necessary equipment for your exam in a clear plastic bag or pencil case (eg. blue pens, rulers, approved calculator)
  • If you wish, items for an emergency evacuation in a clear sealable plastic bag. These items could include a mobile phone (switched off!) keys, bus pass, medicines

Kiya 3

What not to bring to the exam

  • Any paper (except your admission slip)
  • Pencils, red and green pens, twink (exams where these are used will be marked but can’t be accepted for review or reconsiderations)
  • Notes of any form
  • Smart watches and electronic dictionaries
  • Phones (unless they are switched off and in your emergency evacuation pack)

Kiya 4

What to do in the exam

  • Listen to and follow the instructions of the supervisor
  • Check you are sitting in the right desk
  • Check that your pack of answer books has your NSN and exam code as listed on your admission slip and check you have all the papers that you are entered for
  • Put up your hand if you have any problems or need extra paper
  • Write only in the papers that you wish to be marked and write neatly, so your work can be read by the marker
  • Cross out any work that is not to be marked if you make a mistake

Kiya 5

What not to do in the exam

  • Talk or communicate in anyway with other students
  • Leave the exam room within the first 45 minutes or the last 15 minutes
  • Copy another student’s work
  • Touch or open your emergency evacuation pack without the permission of a supervisor

Kiya 6

At the end of the exam

  • Stop writing when the supervisor tells you the exam has ended
  • Hand in all of your answer books
  • Label any extra pages used and put them into the plastic bag provided along with the correct answer book

Kiya 7

Thanks everyone for listening. All the best for your exams, and please give it up for Mitchell Laws!

 – Kiya Basabas (13BL)

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Student Job Search


Student Job Search is an online service that helps students gain work experience and extra money while studying at tertiary level. SJS advertise thousands of jobs every year just for tertiary students on their website. They can help you find work all year round and advertise a range of different jobs to suit your study schedule and experience. From one-off jobs to permanent part-time work, there is sure to be something that will suit you.

Their service is free to students who are enrolled or planning to enrol in tertiary education for 2017. If enrolled, you can start using SJS from November. For more information head to their website.

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Rock of Ages – Tribute

See the tribute video celebrating this year’s production of Rock of Ages belowPhotos of the production were posted here.


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Celebration of Sport 2017

Four years of celebrating a Year Group that has gained considerable sporting success (2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016), the fifth and final Celebration of Sport for the Year 13s took place last week. Congratulations to all those that were acknowledged. The finalists and trophy winners are below.


DEB MILLS TROPHY: Sports Person of the Year – female. For the female student who has
achieved the highest level in sport and represented the College in a variety of sports

  • Finalists
    • Audrey Martinez – Basketball, Netball
    • Daphne Martinez – Basketball, Netball, Volleyball

MORRIS BARLING TROPHY: Sports Person of the Year – male. For the male student who
has achieved the highest level in sport and represented the College in a variety of sports

  • Finalist
    • Haydon Smith – Basketball, Cricket, Hockey,

KILLARA TROPHY: For outstanding leadership and contribution to sport in the school on and off the field of play.

  • Finalist
    • Daphne Martinez
  • Winners: Tiarne Southon & Liam Collins

HORNAL TROPHY: Awarded to the student reaching the highest levels in sport.

  • Finalist:
    • Rachael Wilson (2017 NZ & Oceania Canoe Sprint Championships – 1st U18 women K4 200m, 1st U18 women k4 500m)
  • Winner:
    • Kyran van Asch (Winner – 2016 NZ Gymsports Championships – Parallel Bars – Mens Artistic Gymnastics; Winner – 2016 NZ Gymsports Championships – Mens Artistic Gymnastics – Teams)

STUDENT COACH OF THE YEAR: awarded to the student coach who has made the biggest improvement to the performance of a team and who has seen to be particularly effective in developing individuals within a team

  • Winner
    • Daphne Martinez (for outstanding contribution to coaching Newlands 10 – Runner Up – Netball Wellington Centre – Collegiate 2B; contribution to Newlands College netball over 5 years as a player, coach and this year as captain in leading Newlands 1 to a successful team result in the Netball Wellington competition and 6th place at Lower North Island Tournament U19 Harbourside Representative)

Trophy Winners

  • Rugby
    • Matthew Bain – Firmin Family Cup for overall commitment to 1st XV Rugby; for outstanding leadership and commitment to the team
    • Ian Murray – Ryukyu Kempo Karate Trophy for the best and fairest player on a 3,2,1 points system for each game of the season in rugby; for excellent defence and commitment to training
  • Netball
    • Daphne Martinez – The Te Huna Family Trophy: for the student who demonstrates commitment and dedication to coaching.
    • Audrey Martinez – Netball Trophy: awarded to the player who, at any level, demonstrates outstanding levels of commitment, enthusiasm and endeavor; for outstanding contribution over 5 years of Newlands College netball and to the team effort of 6th place at Lower North Island Tournament.
  • Hockey
    • Louisa Naftel – The Hockey Cup: awarded to the player demonstrating the highest level of commitment to Girls hockey; for outstanding dedication to the team, a great leader and captain
    • Oscar Harris – The Horwell Cup: awarded to the player demonstrating the highest level of commitment to Boys hockey; for outstanding play, attitude and leadership in the team
    • Casey Norman – 1st XI Boys – Most consistent player (donated by Northern United Hockey); for a consistently high work rate, effort and skill level in all games and showing leadership as captain
    • Renee Hargreaves – 1st XI Girls – Most consistent player (donated by Northern United Hockey); for a great attitude, embracing hockey with a willingness to learn a new position, and a great performance at every game
  • Basketball
    • Liam Collins – The Hoop Cup: for the senior boy who demonstrates dedication and commitment to the development of school; for an outstanding contribution as team captain and assistant coach of Senior B Team. Selected to referee at U15 National Championship and Secondary School Nationals
    • Audrey Martinez – The Gray Family Trophy: for the senior girl who demonstrates dedication and commitment to the development of school.


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Wa Ako – Travel & Exchanges

In this Wa Ako session, we had a guest speaker Alex who has experience having gone volunteering when he left school in Poland. His stories of cultural shock, the challenges of teaching in that environment and being hosted by a local family. He used the company Latitudeto to set up the exchange. See the video below or their website for more information:

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End of Year Ten – Celebration Video

In this ‘Flashback Friday’ – part three of a four part series – we check out the end of year video capturing 2014, the year we were Year 10. 

And so the cohort says goodbye to the Junior School. It’s been a wonderful ride and 2014 has contained some spectacular highlights. The end of year video captures some of these incredible highs:

Thank you for your readership, and rest-assured the blog will evolve next year into the Y11 blog and will continue to follow and celebrate the cohort as they move through Newlands College. Have a stunning summer and enjoy the festive season.

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Spring Serenade – 2017

Congratulations to all the performers in the Spring Serenade last night. For many of the Year 13s this was their final musical performances at Newlands College and they showed how their exceptional talent has grown over the last few years with some very memorable items. Ka pai kē!

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Wa Ako – Final Two Sessions

Here is an updated timetable of the last two remaining weeks:

Wa Ako - v5

Previously we have encouraged you to go to the options you selected when this programme was launched. For the final two weeks these selections won’t be posted and you will be able to select the two options that best suits you and your learning on the day. Please note, an outside provider, Pact, is coming in to run the drugs and alcohol session so we would really encourage your attendance at this session (repeated over the next two weeks). This will be run without teachers in the room and is about giving you real strategies for managing risks with drugs and alcohol in a University or post-leaving school environments. Furthermore, the library should be where you go if the other four options do not suit. This will be an opportunity to work on applications, and get support from teachers there to discuss anything related to life after school.

Note that some previous sessions and the accompanying resources have been posted on the blog in the last few weeks (Citizen’s Advice Bureau & Job interviews) with more to come. Please use those resources!

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Final L3 Drama Performances

Congratulations to the L3 Drama class who did their final drama performances last night. They delivered excerpts from five plays, some solos and others in big groups. They represented the culmination of an impressive five year journey through drama at Newlands College.

Foreskin’s Lament

by Greg McGee, featuring Meg Burgess, Simon Little, Dylan Jones, Mitchell Laws, Paris Renalson, Hunter Giltrap, Chantel Gates

Love and Information

by Caryl Churchill, featuring Angus Mawby, Charlotte Earle, and Monique Mizon; also Cassie Catalan and Euan Widjaja

Top Girls

by Caryl Churchill, featuring Danica Fontein

Ophelia Thinks Harder

by Jean Betts and William Shakespeare, featuring Kiya Basabas and Panashe Dindingwe

Frangipani Perfume

by Makerita Urale, featuring K’Shana Fa’amasino, Heipua Leota-Mene and Renee Simanu

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