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Term Two has been another busy, exciting and successful term! While the end of Term Two marks the halfway point in the year for our junior students, incredibly, our senior students now only have 14 weeks left of timetabled classes before NCEA externals begin. Our students should enjoy the opportunity to have a good rest over the term break and come back refreshed and ready to continue working towards achieving their academic goals.
Please be aware that school will finish eight minutes early on Friday 5th July. This is due to the ‘Principal’s Cross Country Challenge’. There were eight students who finished in front of me in the Senior Cross-Country, and as a consequence, one minute for each student has been deducted from the last period on the last day of the term. This challenge represents a fun component for the students on the day, but clearly I need to work harder on my fitness for next year’s race!
Mr Fraser Graham has recently provided College leadership with an achievement progress report. This report, combined with the predictive academic tracking systems we utilise in the College offer a clear picture of achievements across the College. Our pastoral team and teaching teams are utilising this data alongside their records of achievement other indicators of success (and stress) to ensure we collectively work toward the best possible outcomes for all of our students. In addition to the subject reports you will have received recently, our teaching and pastoral teams will continue communicating with you to provide guidance around support for the benefit of your child(ren)’s achievement.
Student Leave in Term Time:
There continues to be a worrying number of requests for holiday leave in term time. Schools, along with parents and guardians, are legally responsible for making sure students attend school. Under Section 25 and section 31 of the The Education Act 1989, every school Board must take all reasonable steps to make sure students attend school when it is open. Our College procedure requires leave of three or more days of this nature to be granted by the Principal. While I appreciate there are sometimes special circumstances that necessitate these requests, I again ask for your support to avoid term time when planning holidays where possible.
It is also important to note that students who miss College and/or NCEA assessments due to family holidays during term time cannot expect to be given an opportunity to make alternative arrangements for these. This will be at the teacher’s discretion.
Community consultation surveys
At the beginning of Term 3, we will be seeking community consultation as part of our self-review process in the following areas:
This will be followed by consultation on the provision of pastoral care in the College, later in the term.
I would like to advise of the following new staff additions. We are delighted to have made four exceptional appointments.
Mrs Hannah Hobbs has been appointed as the Head of Learning Support and will begin at the start of Term 3. In addition to this leadership role, Mrs Hobbs will also assume responsibility for the Specialist Teacher role in the Learning Centre. Mrs Hobbs’ has a significant background in classroom teaching, learning support and leadership positions. Her recent employment is with RTLB, with previous roles as a SENCO and Literacy Leader in other New Zealand schools.
Mr Tim Rout was recently appointed as the Assistant Leader of Learning for Mathematics and will begin at the start of Term 3. Mr Rout has taught at Tauranga Girls’ College for the past six months and was previously a tagged teacher, HOD Mathematics, and for a short time, an Assistant Principal at Rosmini College. As Mr Rout begins at the College in this role, he will support Mrs Katy Thorne as she becomes the Leader of Learning for Mathematics.
Mrs Helen Flore was recently appointed in a fixed term, part time French teaching position. Helen taught in England schools, largely Catholic schools, for 12 years before emigrating to New Zealand. Mrs Flore has a strong faith and comes to us highly recommended. In order to enable a smooth transition, Mrs Flore began in Week 9 in an observational capacity.
Ms Catherine Mahoney has been appointed in a fixed term Gateway, STAR and Careers administration role. Ms Mahoney is a graduate from Otago University and has experience in working in schools in a diverse range of roles. Ms Mahoney has made a wonderful start to this position, fostering links with industry and building strong relationships with our students.
Regretfully, I must also advise of the following departures:
Mrs Justine Roberts is retiring at the end of this term. Along with her leadership role as the College’s SENCO, Mrs Roberts has also worked in the Science and Year 7/8 faculties during her time at Aquinas. Mrs Roberts is retiring from teaching to spend more time with family and farming life. We thank Mrs Roberts for her service, commitment and expertise to the College over the past 10 years.
Mrs Evelyn Knights has accepted a job in Turkey with the Istanbul International Community School and as a consequence, leaves at the end of the term. Mrs Knights has given eight and a half years exceptional service to this middle-leadership position and we thank her for her excellent work. Mrs Knights has role-modelled her Catholic faith in her daily life which we give thanks for, along with her extra-curricular service to the Aquinas Chess Club and the Air Pistol Club.
Ms Emma Craw finishing at the end of the term as well. After three and a half years outstanding service to Aquinas, Ms Craw has secured a position with the software company, Education Perfect. Ms Craw’s warm and bright personality will be missed by staff and students. Her flair for all things French along with the passion she has for the French language, will be also be sorely missed.
Finally, Mrs Kiely Cummings, the College’s Specialist Teacher (in a long-term relieving capacity) is leaving at the end of the term. Mrs Cummings has secured a permanent position at Tauranga Girls’ College. Mrs Cummings curriculum expertise has been very much appreciated at Aquinas College; as has her sincere friendly manner with students and staff.
These four ladies have all made a significant impact on our College and will be sorely missed. On behalf of the students, staff and community, I thank them for their service and wish them well in their new adventures.
2020 Term Dates
The 2020 term dates are below. We have worked with St. Mary’s School and St. Thomas More School to share a common start of year date.
30th – 31st January – Teacher only days + 2020 Student Executive leadership camp
30th January – Course confirmation for senior students
3rd February – All Students present (College pōwhiri and Mass for new students and families
Ends Thursday 9th April
Starts Tuesday 28 April
Ends Friday 3 July
Starts Monday 20 July
Ends Friday 25 September
Starts Monday 12 October
Ends Wednesday 9 December*
* Potentially subject to change – dependent on the allocation of teacher only days.
Bingo Beats Fundraiser
While the College PTA fundraiser is covered in more detail in this Newsletter, I wanted to thank and commend the PTA for their extensive planning that led to a very successful night. While I was unable to attend due to being away on College business, I have received lots of very positive feedback about the evening. Thank you also to our community for your wonderful support of this night. Our students, through their clubs and codes, are the big winners of this event!
This newsletter is full of the rich and varied ways in which our students are achieving and contributing to our College. Our philosophy of holistic education is celebrated in their Special Character, cultural, performing arts and sporting achievements, together with a continued emphasis on every student working to their academic potential. I wish you all a safe and relaxing term break and I look forward to another successful school term starting on Monday 22nd July, 2019.
May God’s Blessings be upon us all.
ENROLMENT APPLICATIONS FOR 2020 CLOSE ON FRIDAY 5 JULY 2019.
The last day of Term Two is Closing Day for next year’s enrolments. Applicants have until then to complete the online Registration Form from http://kamar.aquinas.school.nz/index.php/enrolment and submit this to us An Enrolment Pack will be emailed to you. You will then need to complete these Enrolment papers and lodge them in hard copy (do not email) with the College Administration Reception before Closing Day Friday 5th July.
Mass of the Spirit
Mass of the Spirit celebrated the gifts of the Holy Spirit; where we recalled the feast of Pentecost, fifty days after Easter, and prayed for the Holy Spirit to be with us, and to strengthen us. Our Mass was concelebrated by Bishop Steve, Father Mark and Father Rico.
The Mass also saw the culmination of our Sacramental Programme, where 15 of our students in Years 7-9 were presented to Bishop Steve to be Confirmed and to receive their First Holy Communion. These young people had completed the programme over the past two terms and grown in their faith and identity of what it means to be Catholic and to be initiated into the Church. It is opportunities like these where our students experience a real love and heart for Jesus. This conversion of heart allows our students to be a witness and to encounter Christ. This is what we are called to as a special character community and it is a real privilege to walk alongside these young people on their journey. We continue to pray for these young people as they receive the body and blood of Christ. We pray that the Eucharist provides them with sustenance and they continue to seek the truth by soaking themselves in Scripture. We also acknowledge their sponsors and families and the role that they continue to play in the lives of these young people.
The Mass of the Spirit was made even more special this year with St Thomas More School and St Mary’s School joining us to mark Catholic Schools’ Day. Students from each school participated in readings, prayers of the faithful were shared in different languages, and senior students were extraordinary ministers of the Eucharist.
Although the weather dampened our other planned activities it was a wonderful opportunity to come together with our parish schools to celebrate Mass and to reflect on the theme of Christ’s call: to be, to love, to do.
Year 11s attended a Retreat run by Sam Brebner (past student) and Katelyn Ross from Real Talk. The reflection day encouraged the students to participate in a range of activities to discuss the key themes of sex, relationships and personal identity. Each of these themes flowed from the concept of love, respect and were presented from a Catholic worldview. The students were engaged in meaningful discussions about the pressures and ideologies that society portrays as being perfect in the way we look and our relationships
The New Zealand Catholic Education Office offers the following on the beginnings of Catholic Education in New Zealand.
The start of Catholic life and Catholic schooling in New Zealand:
Māori elders, as a result of their contact with Europeans, invited Christian missionaries to New Zealand. Rev. Samuel Marsden arrived in 1814. Many Māori became Christian.
Student Portfolios (Years 7 and 8)
Student portfolios are again being completed this year in Years 7 and 8. These provide a comprehensive record of each student’s learning accompanied by teacher feedback. Portfolios help to provide students, parents, and teachers with the right sort of information to help set goals and improve the learning that is occurring both at school and at home. The portfolios will be sent home with students during week 10 of Term Two for parents to see.
Student Progress Report
We are now around half-way through the senior academic year and all students should be making sound progress on internally assessed Achievement Standards and many courses will be moving on to the externally assessed aspects of the course. Progress reports are coming out in the final week of the term and should provide useful information on how students are progressing towards the achievement of their academic goals in 2019.
Please note that all students can check on their academic progress by logging into the Aquinas portal.
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BOP GIRLS’ CHESS TOURNAMENT
On Wednesday, 19 June, we had four girls represent Aquinas College at the Mount Maunganui RSA BOP Girls’ Chess Tournament, held at Mount Maunganui Primary School. Each of the girls played six games during the day in this tournament which is open to all girls in the Bay of Plenty region. This annual tournament is held to encourage more girls to play the wonderful game of chess. The final results were very pleasing, with three of our four girls gaining placings.
Claire Ma – 1st in the Intermediate section
Ella Hill – 3rd = in the Intermediate section
Elise Oxenham – 3rd = in the Secondary section
A packed itinerary which includes visits to the Apple, Google and Facebook campuses, NASA Ames Visitor Centre, Tech Museum of Innovation, Intel Museum, San Francisco Federal Reserve Bank, Stanford University and UCLA awaits 26 Year 12/13 students on the Aquinas College inaugural 2020 Digi Tech and Business Studies trip to the USA.
Technology Faculty visits the Fieldays
On Friday 14th June the Technology Faculty took 46 students across to experience the Fieldays at Mystery Creek.
Fieldays is one of the biggest annual agricultural events in the calendar for the Southern Hemisphere and is “the ultimate launch platform for cutting edge technology and innovation.” (New Zealand National Fieldays Society, 2019).
A highlight for some of the students was the Career and Education area – where they were shown possible avenues into the agricultural sector and talked to the various education providers.
Music Department Concert
The Aquinas College Performing Arts Night will be held at Otumoetai Baptist Church on Otumoetai Road from 7pm – 9.15pm on Wednesday August 7th. This night celebrates a smorgasbord of talent including band performances, singing and drama. Come along to support our students as they own the stage. $5 door charge.
Wednesday August 7th– please note the change of date
The Waikato / Bay of Plenty Regional Big Sing Choral competition was held on Tuesday 18 June at Holy Trinity Church in Tauranga. This whole day event showcased choirs from around our region. Each choir presents a 10 minute programme featuring works from a New Zealand composer, a classical work (non NZ) and a piece that fits into other styles which includes folk, jazz, pop, musical theatre etc. Voci Celesti presented 3 pieces: Festival Gloria by David Hamilton, Adiemus by Karl Jenkins and I got rhythm by George and Ira Gershwin. They were commended on their rhythmic performance and their overall sound. The audience thoroughly enjoyed our performance, which was noted by the adjudicator on their report. Students had an outstanding day which was enjoyed by all.
The Tauranga Primary Schools’ Music Festival 2019 brings together 28 choirs over five nights from local Primary and Intermediate Schools embracing a unique theme each year. This year the theme is Music from the Movies. All Year 7 and 8 students will be given the opportunity to represent the school at this fun and joyful event. The Festival will be held at Baycourt on 26 August. Stay tuned for more information.
Aquinas College Jazz band students were offered an amazing opportunity on 13 June to work with Matt Harris – renowned arranger, composer, jazz pianist and educator. Students workshopped repertoire that they are performing for the up and coming Performing Arts Night on the 7 August.
SPORT AND CULTURAL PHOTOS: Friday 26 July (Week 1) in the Gym. Timetable will be released in the coming weeks.
We are now half way through the Winter Sports Season. With National Volunteer Week occurring in June, we would like to take this time to thank all of our volunteers within our school community, parent community and extended Tauranga community.
National Volunteer Week celebrates the collective contribution of the 1.2 million volunteers who enrich Aotearoa New Zealand. This year’s theme was “Whiria te tangata – weaving the people together”. Volunteering, Mahi Aroha and social action weave people and communities together.
Volunteering is a powerful movement. When we volunteer our time we send a message about what is important in our communities. This National Volunteer Week we celebrate the diversity of volunteers and volunteering, Mahi Aroha and social action in Aotearoa. Now more than ever, as a volunteering community we commit to manaakitanga and whakawhanaungatanga. We commit to caring, and to building meaningful, enduring and inclusive relationships across our differences, and to make space for diverse voices.
Please accept our heartfelt thank you to all of our Volunteers. Everything you contribute to Aquinas College Sport is truly appreciated and we couldn’t run our Sports Programme without you.
At your next game, make sure you go and thank you coaches, managers, umpires, referees and score bench. Without these people our events would not occur.
Have a safe and happy term break, see you back in Term 3 for more action.
The 2019 AIMS GAMES are coming in Week 8 of Term 3. Aquinas has over 100 students competing in this event this year in the following sports: Badminton, Basketball (5 aside and 3×3), Cross Country, Football Boys, Futsal Boys and Girls, Gymnastics, Hockey, Hip Hop, Mountain Biking, Multisport, Netball, Rock Climbing, Rugby Sevens, Squash, Swimming, Table Tennis, Water Polo and Yachting. Click hear to read all about it!
We have celebrated success in Cross Country across all of our age groups during the last month! We have had our Year 9-13 students competing at the BOP and Waikato Events, and our Year 7/8 students competing in the Western BOP and BOP events, with many making placing at each event. Read more and view photos here
Avalee Donovan (Year 11) is a member of Tauranga Synchro, Tauranga’s synchronised swimming club. Tauranga Synchro competed in the North Island Synchronised Swimming Championships that were held in Wellington last weekend (18-20 May). The competition attracted over 80 athletes from six different clubs from around the North Island.
Avalee achieved the following results:
13/14/15 Solo – 3rd
13/14/15 Team (member of a team of 6) – 2nd
Open Free Combo (member of a team of 10) – 1st
Congratulations on these great results.
PTA Bingo Beats Night
We are proud to announce that the recent Bingo Beats night was a huge success and a great night out for everyone involved. We raised funds for PTA and a range of clubs and codes which we will report on in more detail next month. The 250+ attendees were entertained by the Bingo Beats crew and an amazing DJ who provided the tunes for dancing until late. Huge thanks to Olly Webb and his team of students for the amazing catering, and thank you to our corporate sponsors and to everyone who attended and/or helped to make the event a such a success.
Pastoral Care, St Marys Quiz Night and dinner finally provided to Race Night Winners
On Service Day this year a crew of students helped to make dinners which enable the school to provide pastoral care when it is needed. We also had students helping to provide a sumptuous dinner to winners from our 2018 Race Night event, and we supplied food service staff for the St Marys Quiz Night recently.
New PTA Recruits
We are looking for new PTA members to join us. We warmly welcome anyone who wants to join in to help us out in whatever way you can. You can email us to get our contact details to discuss what you’d like to do or come along to our next meeting to meet us all – we’d love you to join us. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Next PTA Meeting: The next PTA next meeting is Tuesday 23rd, the second day of Term Three.
NZ Police recently launched a new non emergency number, 105. We’ve done this to make it easier to get hold of us in the event of non-urgent situations or ‘Things which have Already Happened’, which don’t require Police assistance immediately.
You can call us on 105 for all non emergencies, or you can go online at 105.police.govt.nz to report things like:
– Lost property
– Theft for a public place or car
– Intentional property damage
– Or to get an update or add info to a previous report
In the event of an emergency, always call 111 – Things that are Happening Now.
Please follow this LINK for the 2019 Term Dates and holidays.
Every Wednesday lunchtime in Room 13.
Come and get one-on-one support from a Science Teacher ?
Your Physio is
Appointments available @ school for your injury rehab and injury prevention education
See the school office for appointment requests
Or phone 07 5779798
Twisted ankle? Out of plaster? Pulled muscle?
Sore shoulder? Injured Back?
Your first appointment is at no charge. No referral necessary
Your School Physiotherapist can help you
Aquinas College will be welcoming fifteen Year 7 and 8 International Students from China for a stay of 4 weeks this July. If you have a spare room and would be interested in hosting one of these students, please e-mail email@example.com. You will be paid a weekly board to cover the provision of 3 meals a day, accommodation and expenses.
At Aquinas College we are extremely fortunate to be able to offer the following Itinerant Music Lessons in school time.
There is no cost for the actual lessons but there will be a $15.00 charge to cover folders and music that students receive and may keep. We do have a small number of instruments available to hire. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
If your son/daughter would like to take up this fantastic opportunity they can collect an enrolment form from the school office or from Mrs Cooney
Instruments available include;
Strings: Mrs Gardiner violin, viola, cello, double bass
Woodwind and Saxophone: Ms Martin, Mrs Jones flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, bass, clarinet, alto saxophone, tenor saxophone, baritone saxophone
Brass: Mr Thomas Trumpet, Trombone, Tuba, French Horn, Baritone Horn, Euphonium
Drums and Bass: Mr Barlow
Other instruments may be available upon request. Please contact email@example.com
Out of hours beginner Keyboard lessons are also available Year 7 and 8 students.
Private lessons are also available where fees are paid directly to the tutor for voice, Upton Drum School and guitar.
Guitar Sean Bodley 021 02489460 firstname.lastname@example.org
Voice Glenese Blake 027 4913386 email@example.com
Please contact the above tutors directly re lessons. Fees are paid directly to them.