NCEA Change Package 2019

Last year, New Zealanders were asked to share their views and experiences of NCEA – the challenges, the successes, what they like, and what could be done better. The feedback received from across the country was phenomenal. With New Zealand’s help, several areas where NCEA could be strengthened were identified.

The Minister of Education has announced the NCEA Change Package which will strengthen NCEA for all our young people. The seven changes are:

  1. Make NCEA more accessible
  2. Mana ōrite mo te mātauranga Māori
  3. Strengthen literacy and numeracy requirements
  4. Have fewer, larger standards
  5. Simplify NCEA’s structure
  6. Show clearer pathways to further education and employment
  7. Keep NCEA Level 1 as an optional level

What Next?
Around 16,000 New Zealanders took part in the year-long review of NCEA, and the Ministry of Education is to continue to work with stakeholders to confirm a detailed design and implementation plan for the changes by the end of the year.

Manawatu Inter Secondary School Swimming Champs

On Saturday 6 April we sent a 9 strong squad to the Manawatu Secondary School Swimming Championships. As a team they placed 4th out of 12 schools for overall combined scores. Congratulations to all students who competed. Individual results as follows:

  • Sam Brown - 1st in Junior Boys’ 100m Individual Medley, 2nd in 200m Butterfly and 3rd in 100m Breaststroke
  • Jessica Greenwood - 2nd in Junior Girls’ 100m Breaststroke and 2nd in 50m Breaststroke
  • April Holman - 2nd in Junior Girls’ 100 Freestyle, 2nd in 100m Individual Medley, 2nd in 100m Butterfly and 3rd in 100m Breaststroke
  • Tia Davis - 1st in Intermediate Girls’ 50m Butterfly, 1st 200m Backstroke and 1st in 100m Individual Medley
  • Kyden Hillman - 1st in Junior Boys’ 200m Individual Medley and 2nd in 200m Freestyle
  • Cassidy Ututaonga - 2nd in Junior Girls’ 200m Breaststroke
  • Ollie Beech - 3rd in Intermediate Boys’ 50m Backstroke
  • Sophie Dobson - 2nd in Junior Girls’ 50m Backstroke

Sequinned Suits and Platform Boots

Over three spectacular nights, the Performing Arts department staged the fantastic production “Sequinned Suits and Platform Boots” written by Mark Wheeler and directed by Mrs Bennett.    

The auditorium rocked to the sounds of 70s glam rock with vocal performances from David Bowie, T-Rex, Bryan Ferry and Suzi Quatro. The space themed set was beautifully painted with glittering stars featuring in the backdrop, whilst colourful stage lights, smoke and a glitter ball gave the place the feel of a 70s nightclub. The cast enthusiastically told the story of Shakey Threwer, a teenager in the 70s whose desire to catch the eye of local beauty Lorraine Izoff, prompted him to write songs, join a band and led to outrageous lies about music publishers.

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One of the highlights of the show was the upbeat nostalgic soundtrack, performed by talented soloists and ensemble vocalists, which had the audience toe-tapping and singing along. Likewise, the energetic performances from the actors and dancers captivated the audience with their story of heartbreak, love, ambition and bravery.

This fantastic production could not have been possible without the hard working team of talented performers, dancers, costume designers, hair and make-up team, stage crew and set designers - thank you!! A tremendous thank you to our incredible staff and volunteers for bringing the production to life, particularly to Mrs Bennett for directing the show, Ms Ferry for her musical direction and Miss Agius for choreographing the dances. Thank you also to our fabulous audience for attending the shows. We hope you enjoyed yourselves!      

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Australian Athletics Championships

Congratulations to Noah Macdermid who represented New Zealand and competed at the Australian Athletics Championships in Sydney recently.

Senior Interview Evening

The Senior Interview Evening is on Thursday 16 May (Years 11, 12 and 13) from 4.00pm - 7.00pm. Please note that the school will close at 3pm on this day.

Bookings for Parent/Teacher Interviews can be completed online. The booking process is user-friendly making it easy for parents/caregivers to book appointments to meet with their son/daughter’s teachers. We encourage all parents/caregivers to attend so that they can actively monitor their child’s academic progress. Bookings close 10.30am on the day of the interviews.

If you have any queries regarding the onling booking system, please contact the school office on 06 356 4817.

Sequinned Suits and Platform Boots

It's production week!!! Our talented cast of performers and stage crew have been busy with final rehearsals for this year's school production - Sequinned Suits and Platform Boots.

Tickets for this fantastic show can be purchased online. Please follow the BOOK NOW button below to get your tickets!! Hurry, tickets are limited! This promises to be a show not to be missed!

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