Important Dates

  • 31 May : Change of Timetable
  • 3 June : Teacher Only Day
  • 3 June : Voting Closes for Board of Trustees election
  • 6 June : Queen’s Birthday
  • 13 June : Open Evening for 2017 Enrolment
  • 17 June : Careers Expo
  • 6 July : Music Evening

Public Health Information

Measles preparednessregional health

 As you may be aware from news reports there are currently people with measles (English measles) in the Waikato, Northland, Nelson and Levin regions.

Measles is a highly infectious and serious illness.  Measles vaccine is free from medical centres and the public health service is strongly encouraging anyone who is not vaccinated to get their vaccine as soon as possible.

More information can be found on the Ministry of Health website.

Culinary Challenge

Las13254568_1123294397712894_4293789329464919241_nt weekend, Year 12’s Iulia Glennon-Sakara and Thomas Browne competed in the NZ Secondary Schools Culinary Challenge.
They were one of two teams in the Wellington Region competing and gained a Merit having narrowly missed out on a Bronze medal due to plating over time.

They demonstrated considerable dedication, poise and skill under pressure and produced 2 dishes that one of the judges couldn’t stop eating.

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Mrs Van Reports from Shanghai

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Changshu City in the Yangste delta is where you will find Wushi Central School,  a countryside school with a student population of just over a thousand strong.
Our group received a heartwarming welcome from the school principal, staff and students. The joy with which the students welcomed us surely made for every teacher’s dream day at school.
As would any visitor to a non english speaking country our group greeted the students with our best version of ‘ni hau’  only to be greeted in return by Chinese students eager to practice their English. Needles to say, Wushi Central school came to a standstill as we shared our greetings and curiosity.
We observed one class of students enthusiastically painting kites for the annual kite festival with some help from the local kite flyers club. Once again, it demonstrated the value of community support in teaching cultural skills and values to the younger generation.
Some facts:
  • The school has students from grade one to six or, as we would have it in New Zealand, from Y 1 to Y 6 before moving on to middle school
  • Subjects taught are Chinese, Mathematics, English, Science, Music, Art, IT and PE
  • One hour a day is designated to sport
  • The school is built on monastery ground. The monestery was demolished in 1945 when the new Communist Party got rid of the monastery and built the school in its place
  • Proudly on display is a vast array of trophies awarded  to the school for from various government departments
  • Being a state school, no national exams are offered but students’ progress are tested once per semester
  • The school encourages students to read more outside the classroom, an initiative they adopted after a visit to New Zealand
  • A large emphasis is put on teaching gardening skills
  • Forty students per class is standard practice
In the shade of a couple of hundred year old trees,  the staff are set on nurturing happy kids and happy classrooms.

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Our student baristas are hard at work in the foyer at lunch time.  Teams of students are running the coffee cart, selling coffees and hot chocolates, which have been very well received in this cold weather.

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