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Next week is an exciting week of celebrating culture and the Arts in our school. On Monday June 25 we have our first Matariki Awards to celebrate our rising stars and acknowledge the efforts of our Māori students. This is followed by the Lip Sync Competition on Tuesday June 26 and International Mufti-day on Friday June 29. It will also include our House Waiata and Haka Competition. Our senior House Leaders have been coaching their Houses to develop their Haka and Waiata performances over the last few weeks so that they are ready to demonstrate their House spirit and teamwork. We look forward to these performances and to seeing all of our students participating and contributing to this House Event.
We farewell two teachers at the end of Term 2. Science teacher Sara Wallace begins maternity leave and Digital Technology teacher Allie Koni’s fixed term contract ends at the end of this term. Allie is also having a baby. We wish Sara, Allie and their families well with the upcoming births and the adventures of parenting.
We are working through the process of appointing the best possible teachers to replace these two ladies and will inform parents and students once we have confirmed who will be taking their classes.
This weekend sees one of the highlights of our senior students' calendar in the form of the Katikati College Ball. On Saturday June 23 our students will be dressing up and putting on their dancing shoes. This year's theme is Arabian Nights. The hall will be open between 6.30 - 7.00 p.m. for any parents and caregivers who may want to come and admire our senior students' decorating skills.
Please ‘like’ our page https://www.facebook.com/KatikatiCollege/. We wish to share in a more timely manner as much of the exciting learning and success that our students are involved in. We will endeavour to upload lots of photos and information about what is happening in and around our College.
Permission to Use Student Photographs and Images
Occasionally the school takes photos of students or samples of their work to record student activities and achievements. We would like to use these photos and images in our school newsletter, on our Facebook page, our website or other College publications to share our student achievements and successes with our community and to promote our College. If you DO NOT want your child's photo to be used or shared by the school please complete this form by June 30.
The reason for this request is that as part of our student safety procedures and under the Privacy Act 1993, the College is required to seek permission to use this material.
From 2019, seeking permission to use photographs and images will be included as part of our Digital Technology Agreement that students sign at the beginning of the year.
Currently education and our national qualification, NCEA, is being reviewed by the Ministry of Education and the government. It is important that as many people in our community as possible give their views on what they want the future of education in New Zealand to look like.
One of the suggested changes is to Level 1 NCEA, making it a 40 credit qualification, with 20 credits for Literacy and Numeracy and 20 Credits for a project or inquiry. Please take the time to complete this online survey to have your say!
If you would like to know more about the proposed changes a public workshop is being held at Aquinas College in Tauranga on June 26, from 6.00 - 8.30 p.m. Please sign up here if you would like to go along.
End of the Term
We have many exciting events to mark on your calendar over the last few weeks of Term 2, with our Te Reo students attending Ngā Whakataetae Mo Ngā Manu Kōrero - National Secondary School Speech Contest at Whangaparaoa, our Senior Netballers preparing for their Tour of Australia and our sports/chess and debating teams getting ready for our exchange with Waihi College on Monday July 2.
Monday July 23 is a Teacher Only Day. School starts for students on Tuesday July 24 (Day 5). Have a safe and restful holiday.