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Dear Year 13 students, their families and everyone interested in the Year 13 crew for 2019.

We write to welcome you to a new year (and, for some, a new school) – and what an awesome year it’s going to be. The beginning of the year can often be a messy time, so in this, the first of our weekly notices, we aim to de-mystify things a little by giving you an outline of what is planned for Week 1, and your role within.

But: first things first. Who are we, your Year 13 team? Charlotte Lucas, who is one half of the Year 13 Deans, is also the school’s careers maven and Star co-ordinator – and she’s located in a rather salubrious Careers Office near the canteen. The other half, Chris Waugh, also teaches English and can be found around Room 23 when he’s not hanging with Charlotte. Liz Breslin is the co-ordinator of Students in the Community and her office is located near the Food Technology department, just past the cleaners’ cupboard. You’ll see the three of us when you arrive on Monday, and we’ve got some special guests to introduce to you on the day.

Year 13 is a special time in your school career, and in recognition of this, you’ll find the way we strive to work with you may feel different. All three of us have a firm philosophy that places you in the centre. In essence, your transition to the adult world begins with us, and while this is still a school institution with all the inherent bureaucracy that comes with that, we will endeavour to help you find your own path. We’ll be explaining more about what this will look like in practice when we meet you on Monday.

What to expect from Week 1

As Year 13 students, whether you’re already established in a student committee or whether you’re brand new to the school, many will be looking to you to take the lead in a wide variety of places. Here’s an advance insight into the key events next week and an indication of how you may fully engage in the support of these:

Monday 28 January

8:35amWelcome, essential information and an introduction to Students in the CommunityECR
10:45amWhanau: This 15 minute session is for you and the new students to the school – who will primarily be Year 7 students. Your role is to be the first friendly face for these youngers.Various
11-11:30First Break (Year 13 students without other commitments are free to leave at this point)
11:30New Year 13 students and students newly enrolled in distance learning in 2019.ECR
12:00Chris and Charlotte are available to work through course corrections.Room 23
1:30Photographs for all Year 13 students who are new to MACTBA
2:15Leadership Committees with Year 7s.Gym

Tuesday 30th

Full day for all students

8.35-9.15am: Year level in the East Common Room (ECR)

9.15-9.45am: Assembly outside at Te Atea: Karanga, Haka and Waiata to welcome new students/staff. (New staff and students should assemble on the hard courts, others on grass. If it’s wet, the powhiri will be held in the gym).

9.45-10.15am – Whanau meetings: House Day and Swim sports organisation.

10.15-10.30am – House meetings. Barker (Gym), Iron (Quad/Nth Block), Pisa (Performance Room), Roy (Science Room 39) Focus of these meetings is House Day organisation and Swim Sports organisation.

10:30-3:15pm – Normal Timetable

3.45 – 7.00pm Year 13 Amazing Race (The Service Committee have sent a separate email about this)

Wednesday 30 January

8.35am Normal school day

Thursday 31 January

8.35am Normal school day

Friday 1 February

House Day

All houses will make their way to the venues listed below at 8.45 am to participate in house day activities and then return to school for inter-house tug of war competition at 1:00pm.

  • Pisa meeting at Pembroke Park
  • Roy meeting at Wagon Wheel Park
  • Barker meeting at West end of Eely Point
  • Iron meeting at East end Eely Point

You can contact us via our Year 13 website or by sending an email to [email protected]


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