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This Week – 19 June 2019 – Waiting for Snow

This Week – 19 June 2019 – Waiting for Snow

Dear Year 13 Students, Parents and Families

As winter limps along and we’re waiting for even a subtle hint of snow, the Year 13 cohort continue to amaze and delight us. Today Chris highlighted your ever-improving attendance, fortnightly grades and academic data of the cohort which will no doubt be reflected in your mid-year reports next week. We three are proud of your increasingly mature interactions with us, each other, teachers, adults and the school community. In this newsletter;

  • Worker’s Rights Talk
  • New Home Study List
  • SIC Students going Over and Above
  • New Scholarship Database
  • Fun with ERO
  • Holiday Course Sailing for Credits
  • Latest Home Study List

Have a fabulous week everyone

Liz, Chris and Charlotte

Generosity New Zealand Data Base

Search for scholarships to help you with your 2020 cash flow; the school has paid a subscription to access a comprehensive scholarship database through Generosity NZ. All you need is a little time…

  1.  Click on the HERE to sign up using your SCHOOL email address
  2.  You will receive a confirmation email after you sign up.  Please check your spam/junk folder if the confirmation email went there.  
  3.  After confirming your email, you can now log in to the search database.

National Volunteer Week

Some short snippets for you since it is National Volunteer Week this week. This year’s theme is “Whiria te tangata – weaving the people together”. In weaving our community together, this year’s Year 13 students have so far recorded a collective number of 2219 hours of volunteering on over a thousand separate occasions. 

Students who have recorded more than 40 volunteer hours this year so far are Jessica Paddon, Lucas Baird, Jessa Bennett, Fletch Cavanagh, Daniel Kemner, Annabel Fairbairn, Jesse Fothergill, Madi Gainsford, Mckenzie Hart, Ella James, Christina Lamb, Bridget O’Brien, Nicole Pittaway, Caitlin Roberts, Jesse Robertson, Max Swift, Eva Wilson and Hayley Yule. This is a fantastic effort by all of them and they, and so many other students, are keeping up the great work. 

Every year the SIC coordinator makes a cake for the person who files the 1000thform for their volunteering. This year Jessica Paddon was lucky number 1000 – her volunteering includes coaching netball, visiting Wanaka Preschool and helping out at events.  Thanks to our amazing ‘SIC’ Coordinator, Liz Breslin – baking a Red Velvet Cake! What a legend.


Opportunities and Career Notices

  • Radiation Therapy Campus Tours; if you are thinking of applying for this course a visit is an essential pre-requisite, please email Charlotte
  • This year the ‘Global Development Tour‘ travels to New York, London, Paris, Berlin, Vienna, and Rome from January-February 2020. The tour will educate 22 New Zealand high schoolers on the inner machinations of the United Nations global network, as well as the role of the Sustainable Development Goals in development across the world. It gleans insight into global citizenry, spanning cities, agencies and key players at the forefront of progressing our world forward. Go to to apply by June 23!
  • Workers Rights – if you plan on working next year then sign up for this essential talk next Wednesday about all the employment stuff you need to know
  • Snow Programmes – if you are part of an organised ski/snowboard development squad then it’s time to get this sorted. Mr Bosley needs to approve your absence for training. Email us at “” for the snow form.
  • Sail Away… on a Youth Development Course to Stewart Island where you live onboard the yacht ‘Elwing’, have adventures for a week around the various bays, giving you time to think about yourself and the future. Cost only $100 for the week. An unusual adventure.

Home Study List for the Next Fortnight

Click here for the list on the Year 13 Website



Charlotte, Liz and Chris

This Week – 20 February 2019

This Week – 20 February 2019

Hi all,

It was great to re-connect with you all at Year Level today in our new space in the Science department. There was a lot to praise: You’ve made an excellent start to the year and the feedback we’ve been receiving about you has been positive across the board.

In specific: Your attendance is excellent. Your conduct and attitude is exemplary. Your maturity in your engagement and level of communication with us has been outstanding.


  • The hostel team asked us to remind you of the following boundaries for your visits there:

Monday – Thursday : after school until 5.30pm only
Friday after school until curfew
Saturday until curfew
Sunday not at all.

  • Kahu Youth are very keen to get your input into the focus of their future direction. They have an online survey which you can fill out here: Here’s the link:
  • Career Presentations; please sign up to attend any of the following information sessions. You are welcome to bring your lunch. Other sessions are posted on the MAC careers website.
  • Otago Polytechnic on Friday 8th March at 1:15 pm in Room 23 Here’s the form
  • Victoria University Friday 8th March in Room 23 at 1:15 pm Here’s the form
  • GAP YEAR information; Thursday (yes tomorrow) at Lunchtime in Room 23 with Nancy from Banff Canada. Check out this option of ‘Living the dream’ here.
  • Babysitting Job in Albert Town Here are the details
  • MONEY- HUB is my new best friend. When you’re feeling like doing some job exploration or scholarship searching this could be your go-to website. Have a play – I guarantee you will all find at least one useful tip.
  • Youth Forum; Aotearoa Youth Declaration 2019 is a four-day conference run in April each year at the University of Auckland for high school-aged rangatahi (youth aged 13-18) from around Aotearoa who want to make a difference. Read more here
Weekly Letter from the Deans

Weekly Letter from the Deans

Dear Students

We have been getting some amazing feedback from staff about the great vibe of the year group. You guys are truly making your mark and setting a positive tone around the school.

This letter and all the information you need is always accessible at

Here are some opportunities and events coming up:

  • Team Up conferences for students and parents start next Wednesday. We encourage you all to go regardless of whether your parents are here or not. Bookings for Team Up conferences can be made at using the code 4g4r7
  • Weekend day job at ‘Hook’ for aspiring front of house waitstaff. See Charlotte for more info
  • Coaching clinic; Friday 5th April. Sign up at the sports hub
  • First Aid Course; Saturday 9th March from 9-5 pm. You will gain a fully funded Comprehensive First Aid certificate. Limited places for Year 13 only. See link here
  • Save the 5th – 6th May for the Otago Tertiary Trip. This will be an overnighter to Dunedin to check out Otago University and Otago Polytechnic. Approximate cost is $80
  • New Students with Special Learning Arrangements – please see Mrs Dawn Bosley ASAP. You can find Mrs Bosley in the workroom or HQ or email her at

Netball News from the Sports Committee

Registration for Year 9 – 13 close on Friday 22nd February 2019
Please keep the following dates free:
Senior A,B, C & D.Monday 25th February 4-6pmWednesday 27th February 4-6pmMonday 4th March – invite only 3.45pm – 5.45pm (A&B)Thursday 7th March – 4-6pm (C&D)
The above trials are at the Wanaka Recreation Centre.  Attendance is compulsory.  If you are unable to attend any of the above trial dates please email the club attn Karlee Fox

Senior Social – whilst you are not required to trial, registration is compulsory.  We will meet with all players after registrations close.
Please spread the word to all friends who are interested in playing this season and get them to join our Facebook page

Have a great weekend.

Charlotte and Chris


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