We are wanting to remind you of key information that was published in our July Newsletter.  (Please refer to attachment from the last newsletter).

Teachers in conjunction with the Board of Trustees and our new Principal are working to implement new approaches to curriculum delivery for 2019.

To enable the depth of discussion and the significant work required for this project the Board have approved the following:

  1. Early closure on Monday 23 July

There will not be any timetabled classes during Period 5, students will be released at lunchtime allowing staff to work uninterrupted from 2.00 – 5.00 pm.  Students can remain at school in supervised study, please let the office know if you wish your child to remain at school during this time.

  1. Staff Only Day on Monday 6 August

– Teachers will work in Faculties on 2019 curriculum change strategies.

– The Learning Support Faculty will be training teacher aides in aspects of meeting

the needs of high and complex students.

Thank you for your support of these most important professional learning and development opportunities.  Please contact us if you have any queries.

Yours sincerely

Daryn Shaw                                                                  Martyn Knapton
ACTING PRINCIPAL                                                    ACTING PRINCIPAL

Please click on link below:

Curriculum Planning for 2019 Newsletter & Attachments

July 2018 Newsletter

In this issue:  Principal notes, Curriculum Change and Review, NCEA Review, College Calendar, Soroptimist International Breakfast, Notices, Hapu Sport, Ngā Manu Kōrero ā Rohe 2018 (Regional Manu Kōrero 2018), International News, Vocational Pathways News.

To access the Newsletter please click on the link below:

July 2018 Newsletter

June 2018 Newsletter

In this issue:  Principal Notes, College Calendar,  Te Waka Huarahi – Careers, Te Waka Manaaki News, International News, 2018 N.Z.S.S. Wrestling Title, Spotlight on Sport

Please click on the link below to access the Newsletter:

June 2018 Newsletter


May 2018 Newsletter

In this issue:  Principal Notes, College Calendar, Japanese Trip, Careers Corner, Hello Café, Spotlight on Sport, Vocational Pathways News

Please click on the link below to access the Newsletter:

May 2018 Newsletter


Head Lice Information


There appears to be an ongoing problem of head lice in our community – not just at school but in the wider community.  Please check your son/s – daughter/s hair as we have had a courtesy phone call regarding head lice from a concerned parent.

To make a concentrated effort to remove head lice from your home some points to note from the Public Health nurse are:-

  1. Not EVERYONE in the house needs treating.  EVERYONE needs to have their hair CHECKED, but they only need TREATING if they have VISIBLE lice or eggs.
  2. All bedding needs to be changed and washed at the same time as the treatment is done.
  3. The process needs to be repeated in seven days time.
  4. Everyone needs to comb their hair two or three times a day and it is a good idea to get your son/s or daughter/s in the habit of giving their hair a good brush every night (using their own brush) as this can prevent headlice by disabling eggs. Long hair tied back also helps prevent catching lice.
  5. Encourage the parents of your son/s – daughter/s friends to check that their children do not have headlice.
  6. Product is available from the Public Health Nurse.
  7. Please contact Naomi Brown at:   cellphone:  027 281 6463 or


April 2018 Newsletter

In this issue: Principal Notes, School Calendar, Term 2 Information, Future School Design Competition, Learning Support Faculty Work Skills Programme, Spotlight on Sport and Vocational Pathway News.

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April 2018 Newsletter

Careers newsletter – April

Kia ora

Here is the latest Careers newsletter, which includes information about a competition (ending 12th April).


Wendy Eynon

Careers Advisor (Kaitohutohu)

Careers Department

Ph:  06 751 2416 ext 784

Rongohia Te Hau – student survey

Students we value your voice…

Please click the link below and complete the Rongohia Te Hau surveys.

It only takes 5 mins MAX… dont forget to click SUBMIT at bottom of Survey.



Free Cybersafety Seminar – for Parents.. 28/03/18

New Plymouth teen makes Cook Islands bowls team for Commonwealth Games

New Plymouth man Aidan Zittersteijn has been named in the Cook Islands bowls team to compete in April’s Commonwealth Games.


New Plymouth teenager Aidan Zittersteijn has been named in the Cook Islands bowls team to compete in April’s Commonwealth Games on Australia’s Gold Coast.

Zittersteijn, who has just finished as a student at Spotswood College, was officially named in the team during a training camp on the Rarotongan greens last weekend.

“This is definitely my biggest moment in bowls,” said Zittersteijn, 18, who qualifies for the Cook Islands through his maternal grandfather.

“It is a great thrill to be named in the team.”

All bowls countries send sides of five men and five women to the games, with the men splitting into pairs and triples in week one, followed by singles and fours in week two.

“I’m not sure which disciplines I will be involved in yet. They will be revealed at the next camp, which starts on March 13.”

After spending a week in Rarotonga, the team will continue its build-up for a further week in Auckland, before settling into the games village on March 26.

“I can’t wait,” Zittersteijn enthused. “It’s going to be good to stay with the other athletes.”

Zittersteijn admitted that he was going to “try and go for gold” but equally acknowledged the toughness of the competition that lay ahead and the need to “take each game as it comes.”

Australia, as the hosts, and New Zealand, who are well overdue success in the men’s section, loom as the two countries to beat.

Zittersteijn, who still harbours hopes of playing for New Zealand one day, said that it will be alright if he clashed with the Kiwis. “We will just try and beat them!”

Zittersteijn comes from rich bowling stock. His father, John, is a national gold star holder in the indoor code, which he too has excelled in.

He will become the seventh Taranaki bowler to attend the games.

Stratford baker Eddie Leach competed in the inaugural games in 1930, with Dave Baldwin taking part with success in 1974 (gold) and 1978 (silver). Pearl Dymond won a silver medal in 1982 and other Taranaki bowlers to feature have been John Murtagh and Maurice Symes (both in 1986) and Brian Baldwin (1998).

 – Stuff