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Welcome to the Principal's blog!Last week I was witness to a couple of events that confirmed for me just how great our young people are and gave me such confidence for their futures.
On Wednesday evening we were pleased to welcome our contributing primary schools to the first Newlands Primary Speech Festival. Ten students participated and each one, some only year 5, gave a 2-3 minute persuasive speech.
It was inspiring to see these young students stand before a large of group of mainly adults, nearly all unknown to them and deliver in clear, confident voices their carefully prepared speeches. The subject range was varied and covered from the serious and thoughtful, drink driving, to the whimsical, the sad life of one’s stationery.
David Pegram, deputy principal at the college gave feedback to each student. It was a festival to celebrate personal achievements so no placings were given. David reminded the parents that standing to speak in front of a group is no mean feat. I suspect that few parents could do it, possibly wouldn’t want to do it and maybe had never done it. I enjoyed the evening very much and was impressed with the demeanour, self-assurance and confidence of all these young people. Most of them are coming our way over the next 2 years and we look forward to having them in our school.
The second event was our Orientation morning, held last Friday. For once the weather was all we could hope for, fine, warm and calm. Over 140 students from all our contributing schools arrived by car, foot and bus.
At the start of the day a handful of students, from schools further afield than Newlands and the Johnsonville area, met in our reception area. I suggested they introduce themselves to each other and was very impressed to see the confidence and assurance this group of young boys showed as they shook hands and introduced themselves. I checked on the boys later in the morning and they were involved, active and having fun.
Our year 7 students were the hosts on this day. We watched on as pairs of our students approached small groups of the visiting year 6s, introduced themselves and told them how the morning was going to run and lead them to their starting events. Here again the confidence and maturity shown was a tribute to them. We were very proud of our students and pleased to see the culture of turangawaewae, our place to stand tall, was strongly in evidence.
At the end of the morning we were very pleased to see how many year 6 students took the time to come up and thank us for the events and let us know how much they had enjoyed themselves.
In recent weeks we have seen and heard some dreadful things about the behaviour and values of a few young people in our country. I want to tell you, that for the most part, students in our care and from our community are in good shape – respectful, confident, articulate, interested and interesting. If you keep doing a great job of parenting your children and we too keep working to grow good citizens, the future looks bright for all of us.
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PO PASIFIKA 2013
Pasifika girls performing to family and friends.
Our recent Po Pasifika was a successful evening that enabled our students to celebrate their cultural diversity.The audience actively engaged with our performers and showed their appreciation in the traditional Pacific way. Our students also chose one aspect of their cultural home to share with everyone gathered. The presentations covered a range of topics from tivaevae making in The Cook Islands to the medicinal uses of kava in Tonga.
Staff from Newlands College and Newlands Intermediate, along with BOT representatives mixed and mingled with whanau and friends while our students shared new learning with all.
NIS KAPA HAKA
Newlands Intermediate Kapa Haka Roopu preparing to take the stage at the 2013 St Brigids Kapa Haka Festival.
Saturday, September 21st was a proud day for our school as we hosted the Annual St Brigids Kapa Haka Festival. The inclement weather did not dampen the enthusiasm shown by performers and spectators alike. Thirteen roopu representing many schools from throughout the Northern Suburbs performed with passion and pride.
The victorious Newlands Intermediate Mathswell team proudly displaying their gold medals after placing 1st at the regional competition. Team members: Jared Hodson, Shine Wu, Caleb Bartlett, Chelsea Kah, Aneesa Delpachitra and Lilly Zhang were resilient and collaborative in their efforts.
Newlands Intermediate is very proud of their efforts. A total of 32 schools from throughout the region took part in this competion. This is the second time in 4 years that a Mathswell team from our school has placed 1st in this esteemed competition.
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