E ngā mana, e ngā reo, tēnā koutou katoa. E kore e mimiti te puna roimata ki ngā whānau e mau nei i te kakahu taratara. Kei te pito ora, ka nui te mihi ki a koutou katoa.
We would like to acknowledge all our whānau affected by grief. In the past weeks, students and staff have attended various tangi in support of those who have lost loved ones. To our staff and moko who supported these kaupapa thanks for your aroha and manaakitanga in these times of need. Your actions promote the sense of community we are proud exists within our kura. Ngā mihi.
That sense of community was reflected also through our Surf Academy moko running the NZ Secondary Schools’ Surf Competition last week. Interestingly, it was the manner in which our moko managed conflict and challenges that really illuminated their whakawhanaungatanga, their resilience, and their dedication to producing a quality national event. When under pressure, we see our moko rise. And rise they did. Unsurprisingly, our dedicated Year 7&8 media crew captured some treasured moments which will be shared in a documentary. Thanks to all the staff and moko who upheld Poutama, our journey to seek excellence in all we do.
Success. What does this look like for your moko? When we gathered on Wednesday night with whānau to discuss this, deep robust kōrero started to unfold. Thank you to those who were able to attend the first of many discussions around the pathway we provide here at Raglan for your moko. To those who shared their thinking on Facebook, your thoughts will be added. We are on a journey to create a personalised curriculum that will be reflective of our place, our people, our values and our dreams for our moko. We seek your voice first. More hui to come. Keep an eye out on Facebook and School Apps as well as the newsletter.
Finally, we would like to take this opportunity to acknowledge our peers who went on strike on Wednesday. It takes courage to stand for what you believe in, perhaps even more to stand up for yourselves. So to our colleagues, kia kaha. And to our team here at Raglan Area School, we want you to know we appreciate the love, the dedication, the time, the support, the multitude of extras you do for our moko. Ngā mihi kia koutou
Aroha and Quenten
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Poroporoaki for Malcolm Cox
The time has arrived to celebrate the aroha Malcolm has shown to our kura, our moko, and our community over the last 32 years. Here are the details for Malcolm’s poroporoaki (farewell), which will be held on Wednesday, 5 September.
– 10:30am – 12:30pm: Malcolm Cox to walk through Year 0-8 classrooms.
– 12:30pm – 1:00pm: Shared kai in the staffroom (open to all community).
– 1:00pm – 2:00pm: Malcolm Cox to walk through Year 9-13 classrooms.
– 6:00pm – 8:00pm: A more private gathering for past students, staff, and colleagues. Please contact Pauline Sweetman (email@example.com) for further information about the evening event.
Financial Assistance for NZQA Fees
Domestic school candidates may be eligible for financial assistance, which subsidises the cost of NCEA and New Zealand Scholarship. Financial assistance applications must be made to schools using the Application for Financial Assistance form. Forms and accompanying fees must be given to the school by Friday 17 August 2018. The school needs time to process applications in its web entry or Student Management System (SMS) to meet the NZQA due date.
The purpose of financial assistance is to ensure that fees are not a barrier to participation in national qualifications for domestic students in low-to- middle income families. Each year the government provides limited funding for eligible students to assist with the cost of NCEA and New Zealand Scholarship fees. This means that eligible students will pay a reduced administration fee rather than full NZ domestic rates.
To be eligible for financial assistance, the applicant (normally the parent or guardian of the candidate) must be the fee-payer and must apply under one of the following application categories/types:
This includes those already receiving a Work and Income or Study Link benefit. The fee payer must have provided their benefit/Work and Income (WINZ) Client number or Community Services Card (CSC) number in section C on their completed application form.
This includes those that do not have CSC, but have a joint family income that would entitle the applicant to receive a CSC. The fee payer ticks the box in section D on the application form to confirm their income qualifies. For more information regarding the income limits for receiving a CSC, see Work and Incomes community services card income thresholds.
Family-based (multiple candidate)
This includes fee-payers with two or more children who are entered for national secondary school assessment, where the total fees to pay would otherwise be more than the $200 multiple candidate maximum. The fee payer ticks the box in section E to confirm the multiple candidates listed in section B are family* members.
Financial Assistance forms are available from the school office.
Snowboard and Ski Camp
Snowboard and Ski Camp – Raglan Area Schools annual Year 11-13 Snow Camp is going to take place this year in Week 7 of this Term – Monday 3rd September to Wednesday 5th September. We stay at the Waikato Tramping Hut high above the ski lifts on the Whakapapa Ski Fields on Mount Ruapehu. Thanks to all students who have organised their permission forms. If you would like to be involved please see Mr C or Mr Hishon.
Lunchtime Art with Whaea Oli
Whaea Oli is running a lunchtime art session each Thursday for Year 5/6 students. If any whanau have spare crafty bits and bobs such as wrapping paper, coloured paper, scrapbooking materials, magazines, newspaper, fabric etc., please feel free to contact Whaea Oli in E2, or drop off in her class. Any donations would be much appreciated.
Whole School Fire Drill
On Thursday, August 9, the whole school ran through a fire drill to make sure that every student knows and understands how to act in the event of a real fire. When the fire bell rings, students are to leave their classrooms immediately and line up on the courts, our evacuation point, with their whanau teacher.
Crazy Hair Day
If you saw a lot of fantastic hair styles on Wednesday 8 August that is because children from RAS were supporting our Crazy Hair Day in conjunction with a nationwide campaign by the charity KidsCan. We were blown away by the amount of support from our young people, particularly the junior classes. There were prizes for best crazy hair at each level of the school including the teachers. We also ran a sausage sizzle to raise extra funds. Thank you to all who supported our Crazy Hair Day and look forward to sending a cheque to this charity. Nat Hetherington was awarded first prize for his crazy hair as he went all out and had his dad shave his hair to create a Mohawk, awesome effort Nat, you are a well deserved winner and thank you to everyone who participated.
School Events Calendar
|Week in the Term||Date||Syndicate||Event|
|Week 5||23/24 August||SSNI Snowboard Champs|
|24 August||Western Cluster Football|
|Week 5||20 August||Zero Waste Education Year 0-8|
|24 August||Waikato Ski & Snowboard|
|Week6||30/31 August||Coromandel Sports Exchange|
|28 August||Whanau hui – Restorative Practices|
PIANO LESSONS I am a qualified piano teacher and I welcome new students. Piano lessons will take place at 45 Government Road and at school on Thursdays. If you are interested please phone 825 7427, Mrs Jacqueline Barry.
New Zealand Schools Surf Comp
Dughall Eadie, Jarvis Camenzind-Clarke, Brie Bennett, Kora Cooper, Luke Dymond, Josef Jungwirth, Jayden Willoughby, Navryn Meddings-Malone. Photo Credit: Kaz Willoughby
On August 7-8, the NZ Schools Surfs Championships was held. To put it in perspective, over forty schools from around NZ came to surf in this competition.
Raglan Area School has never won it before, in fact, before this year, Mt Maunganui had won it five years in a row. But this year was different. We thrashed Mt Maunganui! We actually doubled their score!
I was a surfer in this competition. It was my first proper competitive competition, and I was the youngest to surf in it. Many of my surfing friends were surfing in the comp, so it was a very good atmosphere for my first proper competition because they were supporting me the whole way.
One of the main experiences in the competition was prizegiving because when our school was asked to come up, one of us was told to do a speech. My friends weren’t the biggest fans of speeches so they all stood back, and, without time to react, I was at the front. Jittering, I stepped to the front of the stage with a crowd of about sixty people watching. Surprisingly I managed to keep my nerve and actually do the mini-speech without stuttering or making any mistakes.
So, in conclusion, I had a great time at the Surf Academy competition and I recommend any surfer aged 12-18 years giving it a go next year.
Luke Dymond, C1.
Eyes may be the windows to the soul, but how much do you really know about them? Well, students attending Science Club are one step closer to understanding how they work by actually getting to feel an eyeball in the palm of their hand and being part of a dissection aimed to show different components and structures of the eye. How do they feel? Squidgy and cool (they had been kept in the fridge)
On Monday, Lady X came to visit us in E5. We learnt all about reusing and reducing so Aotearoa can be better at this. I learnt that if you have a container lid you can use it as a plate. We passed around items and talked about how these can be reused to save our rubbish pile. Imagine if plastic bags became illegal.
Jojo Bourke, E5
E2’s Korowai Cloak
Korowai is the Māori word for cloak. Usually the korowai is made from feathers, flax, and sometimes animal hide. Often a korowai is worn by an important person. Our class korowai is made out of paper, and is hung up on E2’s wall. Everyone did a feather with a word on it representing a strength that they will show in E2, such as resilience, kindness and helpfulness, to name a few. Our korowai is not for chiefs, it shows the abilities E2 has. – Reuben Hassell, E2
Louie, Jimmy and Ethan rolling down the hill on one of our peninsula visits.
Theatresports – Our Young Actors make the Cut Once Again!
After an outstanding round 4, the Barefoot Bandits, our theatresports team have made it to the Waikato Secondary School theatresports finals for 2018! Congratulations to Connor Marquand, Iemaja Hassell, Zoe Oliver-Dowling,and Summer Maybee-Waitere. Such a fantastic effort made by all. Finals will be held on Monday September 10th at Gallagher Academy of Performing Arts Centre, Waikato University in Hamilton. This a wonderful feat and opportunity for these young actors, so please come along to support them. The evening begins at 7pm.
Model sailboat sailing in the harbour. This is a Year 9 and 10 workshop project.
Year 9 and 10 Options
Fibre Technology has continued to grow in strength, lead by Whaea Erangi and Whaea Annie, both passionate and accomplished weavers. Students learn about the tikanga related to weaving and both traditional and contemporary design.
Matua Andy has left our Kura and we are missing his expertise in Digital Technology. This term we have Kane Maxwell, an ex-student who has recently completed his Masters in Computer Sciences, supporting our students. He is teaching them everything from building computers to programming in HTML.
Year 9 Basketball Social League
This year, as part of our vision of encouraging girls in sport, we have ten Year 9 girls playing in a Basketball Social League. This takes place on Tuesday evenings after miniball, and is an exciting development for our future Basketball teams.
New Volleyball Team
An exciting new Volleyball team has proven to be fun and successful with our RAS team winning their division in Term 2. The team is student lead and managed by Matua Joe with awesome whanau support. The team plays on a Monday night at Te Rapa and is aiming to enter the Waikato Secondary School Competition in Term 4. We are very grateful to West Coast Health for their generous sponsorship.
Karioi Classic 2018
Ten-year-old Jack Meek was the youngest rider at the recent Karioi Classic event, completing a 43 km bike around the mountain. What an amazing achievement and one that certainly exemplifies our school value of Poutama. E2 really enjoyed listening to Jack’s recount of the race and were very impressed with his achievement. Tino Pai Jack!
Photo Credit: Margaret Dillon
Finally, I finished the race. It was hard but I did it. The hills were the hardest part but I managed to do it. When I went across the finish line, I felt great. I knew I was the youngest kid to do it. I was really COLD. My dad was talking and I couldn’t stop him so I biked to the car by myself. Then he caught up to me and I got changed. The race was hard, cool and tiring but I would definitely do it again. If you want to do it you’ve got to train, and do some hills – but not on a BMX!
– Jack Meek, E2