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Dear Parents and Caregivers

CONGRATULATIONS - TOKA NATUA (3 try hero) and CHELSEA ALLEY for their exploits at the Women’s Rugby World Cup. We are incredibly proud of them and the whole squad in the way they showed real character to come back from a difficult situation and become champions. Toka symbolised the effort needed to starve the English professionals of any possession and her determination in scoring three tries certainly inspired the rest of the team.

Congratulations - Stars Programme:

We have received information that two of our students have been selected for significant honours in the Graeme Dingle Foundation Stars Programme:-

Monique Limmer - selected for her outstanding work as a Peer Mentor

Cory Gurr - selected as a rising star Peer Mentor.

They will receive their awards at a function in Hamilton on Thursday 21st September.

Course Selection Information Evening:

Thank you to the many parents and caregivers who came with their students to the evening last night to discuss the possible future pathways and the required course selections needed. Our students have been able to transition into future study or employment because of the focus on carefully prepared pathways.

NCEA Achievement Monitoring:

On Monday, Deans and Curriculum Leaders will meet to discuss students who may appear to be not on track to gain their qualifications. We will identify courses where they are struggling and put in place measures to support them achieving. Parents of the identified students who are not on track will be contacted and given information about the courses and measures taken.

Community Support:

It has been a busy time for our students and staff over the past three weeks as we involved ourselves with community support for the Daffodil Day fundraising, and producing Care Packages for the elderly.

Community Care Packages:

Congratulations to Isobella Jackson and her team, who got the whole school involved in donating goods for Care Packages for some of our elderly folk living in the Tokoroa Community.

Over 40 Care Packages were put together, and delivered with the support of the Tokoroa City Lions Club.  Sincere thanks also go to other local community groups and businesses that contributed to this very worthwhile project. 

We have received feedback from some of the recipients who were very appreciative of the efforts of our young people.

Daffodil Day:

Our School fundraising towards this very worthwhile cause was carried out over 24th August – 01st September.  Activities involved a staff lunch, selling of Daffodils, mufti day, skipathon, hair cutting for cancer, and other lunchtime activities.  Sponsorship of the skipathon are still coming in and indications at this stage are that we will be able to donate well over a $1,100.00 to the Daffodil Day appeal.

Technology Day:

All Year 9 students were involved in Tech Day on Wednesday. All Technology staff supported the students to solve clues to help them complete projects. The level of engagement in learning by the students was outstanding. Thanks to Shri Menon and Teresa Walker for their leadership in taking Technology on the path to Excellence with innovative activities. More information about the day is detailed below.

Winter Sports Tournament:

Our Mixed Hockey and Girls’ Football teams took part in Annual Winter Sports Tournament this week in Taupo and Rotorua, respectively. While results have been mixed it is good to see the determination of our teams to do their best.

Tainui Full Primary Operetta:

Niwareka and Rangikauwhata Ahomiro, Nick Shewry, Clydille Abbott, Caine Morgan, Caleb Pennefather, Mason Takhar and Matthew Martin have been busy supporting the Operetta using their Sound and Lighting Skills. On Wednesday the Principal, Tania Morrison, thanked me for the outstanding work they have been doing. We are lucky to have students so skilled and thanks must go to Kevin Haines for his work training them.

Tokoroa Community of Learning:

On Wednesday, I was a member of the interview panel for the appointment of the Lead Principal for the Community of Learning with the name of the successful candidate being announced later in the term. The Lead Principal will be supported by 2 principals. I am excited by the possibilities of close working relationships between our schools. You will be informed of the ongoing steps taken in the establishment of our Community of Learning.

Coming Events:

Tues-Wed

12-13 Sept

Gateway 1st Aid Course

Wed

13 Sept

Rep Badge Assembly

Mon – Fri

18-22 Sept

NCEA Practice Exams

Wed

27 Sept

Sports Prizegiving 7.00 pm

Thurs

28 Sept

Yr 9 & Peer Mentor Celebration

Friday

29 Sept

Last day Term 3

Friday

29 Sept

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Ian Ferguson

PRINCIPAL