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«Newsletter 07, 12 May 2014 MESSAGE FROM THE PRINCIPAL. ‘Individual Excellence in a Supportive Learning Environment’ Kia ora and Greetings Term 2 ...»

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Fortnightly supplement to the Ashburton College Newsletter as published in the Ashburton Guardian.

Newsletter 07, 12 May 2014

MESSAGE FROM THE PRINCIPAL ….

‘Individual Excellence in a Supportive Learning Environment’

Kia ora and Greetings

Term 2 is off to a racing start. Staff and students are well and truly back into

classwork and any memories of a break or holiday over Easter are quickly

fading.

One of our College’s three pillars is ‘Exciting Opportunities’ and there are a number of these occurring right now. We have over 80 students involved in Stage Challenge in Christchurch this Thursday. There are some 65 students preparing for the Big Sing competition also in Christchurch in three weeks’ time, and many of our winter sports teams are underway in their various competitions. Within College we also look forward to our annual Festival of the Spoken Word evening on Thursday 29 May.

Later this week the “Real Art Roadshow” bases itself at the College for a few days. This is collection of quality artworks in a mobile gallery. The Roadshow travels New Zealand visiting schools and public places. As a College we are very pleased and happy to host the Roadshow and visiting schools, and we have a number of staff members and students who are very excited indeed.

In the week of 19 May (excluding Teacher Only Day on 20 May) our Year 11 students will experience their first senior student exam week. The outcomes from these exams and assessments will provide a valuable indicator as to progress to date and a real base for NCEA Level 1 exams later in the year. It is an important week for the students.

Another significant event that the College is hosting is the one day “Learning at Schools” Conference. This is a one-day conference for educators looking at how to prepare students and teachers for a digital future. Most Mid-Canterbury schools have taken the opportunity to get as many staff as possible involved in this conference and for the College, as with many other schools, this is a Teacher Only Day. A number of experts in this area are attending and will be presenting and sharing their ideas and research.

We are one of only two South Island schools chosen to host this event for 2014, and we are very much looking forward to what the conference and the many workshops have to offer.

Cheers Grant McMillan Principal Staff – Welcome Alison Early Teacher, Student Learning Support Uni

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Transition Department News Liaison Visits Various liaison visitors from tertiary institutions and community groups come to College during Year 13 Forum, on Tuesdays, to share information with students about courses and programmes they offer.

Year 12 students are welcome to attend also, but need to register their names at the Transition Office before the visit.

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The Mufti Day was Student Welfare Committee driven, under the Chairpersonship of Ash McBride, with the two causes for this day being promoted by the students.

(Pictured below) are members of the Committee presenting the funding.

(Back row, left to right): Katie Hollings, Emma Duffy, Maggie Kennedy-Clark, Brooke Harnett, Sharnie Scrivener, Zoe Kirk, Melissa Ramsay.

(Front row, left to right): John Waugh (Cancer Society), Fay Ruddenklau (Cancer Society) and Ash McBride, Student Welfare Committee Chairperson.

Next Projects The next projects being undertaken by the Student Welfare Committee are the Slave Day Auction (tomorrow, Tuesday) and Slave Day (this Thursday). From this, funds will be donated to the 2014 40 Hour Famine cause – children in Malawi.

On Wednesday a number of Year 13 students are donating blood to the Blood Bank.

Year 12 Geography Field Trip to Mt Cook Peter Fougere, Head of Social Sciences Faculty, and Jess Bennett, teacher of Geography, advise that the class set out for Mt Cook on the last two days of Term One. The weather forecast for the area was not an inviting one but they were lucky in that they were able to complete most of their requirements during times when it was not raining.

The programme included Ray Bellringer from DOC speaking to the students about the process of glaciation and the impact of humans in the National Park area; a walk to the foot of the Hooker Glacier (where some hardy students decided it was time for a swim!), despite icebergs and wind chill. Unfortunately the low cloud cover enveloped many of the glacial landscape features and the group could not see the normally magnificent alpine views.

The Unwin Hut provided shelter and warmth and very rapidly the energy and comfort levels were increased. Mrs Bennett’s chocolate mud cake was an outstanding success.

Day two saw a climb to the Red Tarns to collect data which would be used as the basis of an investigation into angles and sediment size at various points up the scree slope, and a walk to the Tasman Glacier lookout point, although again low cloud compromised the view.

In deteriorating weather the group’s last appointment was with DOC as they explained how they attempt to minimise the impact of waste left by humans, in the Mt Cook Village area and the rest of the National Park.

The students are to be commended. In trying conditions they still managed to collect all the required data and were uncomplaining.





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The machines allow eggs to be hollowed out hygienically and then hold the egg in a lathe type arrangement to make them easier to paint.

Although not a major part of the Easter celebrations in New Zealand, painting Easter Eggs and hanging them on trees all over the town remains a big part of Easter in Germany.

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(Pictured left): Murran Buller creating her painting.

Polyfest Performance Adding to end of term activities was a lunchtime concert at College on Tuesday 15 April where students performed their programme as presented at the SPAC PAC 2014 Polyfest Celebration in Christchurch.

Students, families, aiga and whanau attended the concert.

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The evening was very successful and thanks are given to Harry and his committee members (as listed below in this newsletter) and to Deputy Principal Andrea Pearce for their organisation of this event.

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Academic Blues and Performance Awards These Awards are based on students’ previous year’s NCEA Results with the two presentation ceremonies held on the Tuesday of the final week of Term One.

Top Scholar Students - are those who, at each year level, have achieved the greatest number of Excellence Credits. They also receive a Colours Badge.

Top Scholars 2014

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Blues Award Recipients These students gained a total of 30 or more Excellence Credits – twenty six students at Level 2 and forty nine students at Level 1.

Level 1 Blues Awards Jake Bennett Collett, Keagan Bradley, Chrystal Broome, Michael Burton, Alicia Calles, Emily Calles, Kelsey Campbell, Sarah Campbell, Fergielyn Catayoc, Alexander Chapman, Victoria Coley, Samantha Collins, Samuel Cullimore, Olivia Cunneen, Lachlan Davidson, Jessica Dray, Barbera Forster, Theresa Gimblett, Albertene Hefford, Emily Hickman, Kieran Hunt, Sian Hurley, Danelle Ingham, Amelia James, Caitlin Johnstone, Elizabeth Leonard, Brooke Maslin, Tayla McAdam, Sean McCormack, Annie McDonald, Brooke Moore, Beth Muir, Angela Naui, Matthew Rae, Melissa Ramsay, Imogen Redpath, Aaron Reid, Simon Reid, Danielle Rigby, Kyla Smith, Olivia Stewart, Benjamin Sutton, Anthony Watson, Amy White, Kate Whiting, Emily Willis, Ruby Wills, Sophie Worsfold, Lauren Yeatman.

Level 2 Blues Awards Ashleigh Bell, Brittany Butler, Sophie Congdon, Emma Duffy, Alesha East, Harry Ferguson, Olivia Fleming, Brooke Harnett, Ashley Jane Harrison, Kate Hollings, Stacey Hopwood, Nicole Johnson, Nicolaas Klever, Charlotte Leopold, Benjamin Lysaght, Danielle McNab, Savanna Millar McArthur, Duxley Mui, Devam Pandya, Zac Plumb, Imogen Reid, Paige Sheehan, Jamie Smitheram, Julia Tarbotton, Manuela Totolici, Adam Tupper.

Performance Award Recipients These students gained a total of 50 or more Excellence and Merit Credits. Twenty six students at Level 2 and forty seven at Level 1.

Level 1 Performance Awards Amelia Aldridge, Elizabeth Badham, Benjamin Barry, Christal Brosnahan, Murran Buller, Maggie Clark, Morgan Corby, Shannon Crequer, Sally Cunneen, Alexandra Donaldson, Denisa Dumitrescu, Chelsea Ellis, Rachel Fechney, Holly Rose Finn, Olivia Gare, Connor Gill, Nicole Griffiths, Daniel Harper-Grey, Tayla Harvey-Brown, Gregory Hatley, Brittney Hindson, Lucas Hooper, Andrew Jopson, Liam Kennedy-Clark, Claudia Kinvig, Harriet Lane, Ashleigh Leonard, Georgia Lysaght, Laura Mackenzie, Rebecca Mavor, Harry McIntyre, Simon O'Reilly, Tevin Perkins, Timothy Read, Larissa Reid, Cheyenne Rose, Ryah Routhan, Ella Sinclair, Megan Somerville, Adam Squires, Tessa Stewart Morrison, Jesse Stewart, William Tallents, Jessie Thomson, Samuel Turner, Hayden Whiting, Braidy Workman.

Level 2 Performance Awards Caitlin Adlam, Jake Badger, Matthew Boote, Olivia Brown, Tyler Cavill, Chelsea Corbett, Madeleine Davidson, Brittney Davis¸ Alex Dorreen, Thomas Dudley, Laurent Fifield, Devon Hamilton, Ryan Hampton¸ Laura Harrison, Lucy Harrison, Mary Kitchen, Sonya Leadley¸ Brittany McCloy, Andrew McIlroy, Carl Reyes, Jemma Rotch, Kate Taylor, Brendan Whalley, Connor Wilson, Chloe Workman, Hannah Wright.

(Pictured right): Year 12 student Imogen Redpath receiving her Academic Blue Award from the Principal, Grant McMillan.

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The team of Lucy Clough (Captain), Caitlin Johnstone, Matthew Harford and Matthew Clough were supported by Coach Shane Jones, Manager Helen Elliott and family members.

664 swimmers from throughout New Zealand competed over the five days of competition, with each of these swimmers needing to meet qualifying standards for every event in order to be eligible for that specific event. Therefore, swimmers had already passed one criteria before entering the water at this event. Consequently the standard of performances was high.

(Pictured above, left to right) – wearing their medals, highlighting their many hours and kilometres of training are Matthew Harford, Caitlin Johnstone, Lucy Clough and Matthew Clough.

Unfortunately Sophie Beckley had a knee injury which prevented her competing.

The swimmers’ list of incredible results were:

Matthew Harford (13 year old boys). Matthew had a very strong meet, returning with his first clutch of national titles and a total of nine placings medals.

1st – 200m Backstroke; 400m Freestyle; 200m Freestyle; 200m Butterfly.

nd – 100m Freestyle;

2 100m Backstroke; 100m Butterfly; 1500m Freestyle.

rd – 400m Individual Medley.

Matthew’s personal best outcomes were equally impressive, being –  400m Freestyle: 3.85 seconds off in the heat and a further 8:33 seconds faster in the final.

 200m Butterfly: 1.18 seconds off his previous best for an impressive time of 2:17.67.

 200m Freestyle: 2:11seconds for a winning time of 2:04.61. In this event first and second place-getters were separated by only 0.07s, with 3 seconds then back to the 3rd placed swimmer.

 100m Backstroke Final: by 1.63 seconds in a time of 1:05.16.

Caitlin Johnstone (16 year old girls).

1st – 50m Breaststroke; 8th – 100m Breaststroke; 9th – 200m Breaststroke.

Caitlin has gained a monopoly on the 50m Breaststroke event and in this event took 0.83 seconds off her previous best time to win in 34.06 seconds. The top four swimmers were separated by just

0.70 seconds. Caitlin’s time was the fastest across all girls’ age groups which is just outstanding.

Caitlin was also selected as a member of the Canterbury Girls’ 16 and Over Regional Freestyle and 200m Medley Relay Teams, gaining a Silver Medal in both events, and swimming a strong third leg for the team in the Medley.

Lucy Clough (15 year old girls).

3rd – 400m Individual Medley; 4th – 400m Freestyle and 800m Freestyle; 10th – 200m Freestyle.

In her 4th placing (400m Freestyle) Lucy swam a personal best time by 4:28 seconds.

Matthew Clough (13 year old boys) 3rd –1500m Freestyle; 5th – 400m Individual Medley; 7th – 50m Breastroke; 8th – 200m Backstroke.

Matthew swam personal bests in the 400m Freestyle Heats (by 5 seconds) and in the 400m Individual Medley (by 10.5 seconds) and in the heats of the 50m Freestyle and 200m Individual Medley.

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Junior Section Results 1st Wonka Nerds Hannah Wakelin, Tessa Inwood, Susan Zhen, Abby Brownlie.

nd 2 Splish Splash Britney Moore, Lily Burdett.

rd 3 Reflection Jessica Windhorst.

Senior Section Results 1st The Braddahs - ‘Treasure’’ Harry Ferguson, Max Sexton, Xavier Bartlett.

2nd Sister Scissors Stop Right Now’ Chicago Smith, Barrine Ross, Brittney Davis, Heni Ede, Hannah Wright.

3rd Rannie Wonald What I’ve Been Looking For’ Annie McDonald, Ruby Wills.

(pictured right).

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1st XV Girls’ Rugby Team set for the release of the ball.

Student Leadership Ashburton College has a strong student leadership culture and, in this newsletter, we look at the various committees and members who have responsibility for specific activities and aspects of College life.

Committee Convenors are Student Executive Members which allows for effective communication and organisational links.

Student Executive Members and their roles are Sophie Congdon (Head Girl)  Adam Tupper (Head Boy)  Jemma Rotch (Student Representative to Board of Trustees)  Madeleine Davidson (Secretary)  Imogen Reid (Treasurer) Committee Chairpersons  Alex Dorreen (Environment/Canteen Committee);

 Max Sexton (Sports Committee);

 Ash McBride (Student Welfare Committee);

 Danielle McNab and Marjenta Chatterton (Ball Committee Co-Chairpersons);

 Sala Touli (Cultural Committee);

 Harry Ferguson (Social and Recreation Committee).



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