No. 39 - 06 December 2019 - Kaikorai Valley College
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Kaikorai Valley College Newsletter 500 Kaikorai Valley Road, Dunedin, New Zealand Telephone: 453 6035 Fax: 453 1602 Email: email@example.com Website: www.kvcollege.co.nz No. 39 - 06 December 2019 Principal’s Comment 2019 like any other years, sees us farewelling some staff from our school. This is a natural part of any organisation Kiaora koutou, greetings to all parents, caregivers and and provides opportunity for new blood and other ideas. friends of the school. However, there is no doubt that those leaving us will be Another year gone! sorely missed and will leave a gap while we get used to life Here we are, at the end of what has been an incredible without them. year. Next week we will finish on Wednesday morning with Mrs Lynda Mason came to a further Prize Giving that celebrates the achievement of Kaikorai Valley High School many of our students in Years 7 – 10 recognising the hard 15 years ago as a canteen work that has been put in by so many. manager. Over that time she I invite you all to attend this last official function for the has served food and drinks school being held at 10am on Wednesday morning, 11 to thousands of students December. This is a formal function and therefore we expect forming close relationships all students to be dressed in very tidy full uniform, including with some. Over the years shoes. she has employed some There is no doubt it has been another good year for Kaikorai as helpers in the canteen Valley College. There have been some exciting things and I know they have really happening behind the scenes that will see some changes enjoyed that opportunity. being implemented in 2020. You will receive a brochure Lynda has decided to move about this next week sometime. on and we wish her all the 2019 has presented many special moments, all of which very best for what 2020 demonstrate the commitment of students, staff and might bring. supporters of the school. We work incredibly hard to honour At the beginning of this our vision statement of “Opportunity and Success for All” year KVC was desperately and I firmly believe this captures the ethos of what we do looking for a teacher of Te here at the school. Reo Māori. Initially we The Urban Farm has found someone to fill in for gone from strength a month, but were extremely to strength this year fortunate to come across Ms and it is really exciting Ale Jensen, who was at the to see the number of time new to teaching. Ale visiting groups that has done a fantastic job and have come through we feel fortunate to have to engage with the had her as part of the team. farm and its many learning opportunities. My thanks to Dr Over the past nine months McMillan and his team for the wonderful work that is being she has built some strong done. One of the latest additions is the chicken house that relationships with staff and has been put together by students of the school under the students alike. Ale is moving guidance of Mr Dodds. It is sheer luxury and I thought about to the North Island in 2020, moving in myself! where she will continue with As this is the last newsletter for the year I would like to take the her teacher training. opportunity to thank all of you for your tremendous support Ms Rachel O’Connell, throughout the year. Without the help of the community so likewise came to us at the many things would simply not happen. Likewise, without beginning of 2019, to fill the passion of the staff, both teaching and support staff, KVC in some part time hours in would not be the wonderful place it is. Mathematics. Throughout This week senior students were issued with their school the year she has also taken on magazine and junior students will receive theirs next week. Social Studies as well as some The life of the school has been captured beautifully in this Visual Art. There is no doubt magazine. Please take the time to look at this wonderful she is a talented teacher and publication which is printed in full colour. Our thanks once this has been recognised by again to Mrs Marie Wright for her fine work in putting this her appointment to a Head together. KAIKORAI VALLEY COLLEGE Opportunity and Success for All
of Mathematics position at Mt Aspiring College in Wanaka Year 9 Activities Day in 2020. We wish her all the very best with her move back to Kayaking on the Otago Boat Harbour a beautiful part of the country that she calls home. Another person I would like to say farewell to is Mr Murray Davidson. Murray was a teacher and Head of Department at KVC in the past and then became our NCEA Examination Centre Manager, a job that he has done for the past seven years. This is no small undertaking and we attribute the smooth running of these exams to his expertise. It has been great to have him in the school every November/December and we will miss his smiling face. All the best Murray. All of the above staff have contributed to the fabric of this school and have very much bought into our vision of “Opportunity and Success for All.” We will miss them but with people leaving come new faces and we look forward to new staff joining us. They will be introduced in the first newsletter on 2020. To our students of 2019 a huge thank you for another successful year. I hope that over the next six or seven weeks you and the staff will get a chance to recharge the batteries and spend time with family and friends. In signing off I would like to wish you all a merry festive season, safe travels, and a refreshing break. I look forward to working with you all in 2020. Strategic Plan A short time ago we called for any suggestions for our strategic plan looking forward. On 18 December the Board will get together to consider all responses and formulate our goals for 2020. We will publish these early next year. Rick Geerlofs Principal HOMESTAYS WANTED We are looking for new Home stay families to host our short and long term KVC International students during 2020. Remuneration is currently $245 per week. If you are interested, please contact Brenda Clark, Home stay Co-ordinator, email; firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 027 204 3747.
Outdoor Education Ravensbourne Beach Year 9 at Harbour Cycleway Urban Farm Activity It has been a busy few weeks on the Urban Farm. Last Tuesday we had our grand opening day, inviting local primary schools and our Year 7s to enjoy a farm experience. This involved ‘hands on’ Science experiments and Maths’ stations where student had the chance to survey the land, build predator traps, understand solar energy and know what to do with food and garden scraps and build a good compost bin. They also got to see inside the beehive and learn more about the life of the hive as well as learn the waggle dance and how bees communicate. We had guest chickens for the day; three beautiful Silkies - Helga, Olga and Helsinki, who helped to demonstrate behaviour and egg laying. We learnt about the chemical composition of egg shells, how they breathe, why some are strange shapes and how strong they really are. Only three eggs broken all day and over 100 pupils and teachers trying to see if they were ‘stronger than an egg’! The electric fishing is always a hit and the students were lucky enough to see a very large and very old eel that had been caught. What with the wheelbarrow races and the two adorable ponies topped off by a glorious day, we had the most wonderful time and, I for one, learnt lots and enjoyed working with all of the students who visited and were involved. Honey will be for sale next week - look out for the Kaika BeeCo logo. Wishing you all a wonderful holiday. Hopefully see more 100% Natural Honey Nutrient Information, 10g Per Serving of you at the farm next year. Energy (kJ) Per 10g Per 100g 122kj 1219kj Protein 40g 0.4gm Fat, Total (g) 0g 0g Carbohydrate (g) Total 7.6g 76.5g Nicola Rushbrook Bush Honey – Sugars (g) 7.3g Sodium – less than 1mg per 100gm 73g Kaikorai Valley College, 500 Kaikorai Valley Rd, Bradford NET 250g Phone 03 453 6035
The Bee Card is Coming to Dunedin CAREERS The Bee Card is coming to Otago! This is the new tag on University of Otago tag off bus card that will replace the GoCard on the Orbus Year 10 Careers network by winter 2020. Programme – on Tuesday 20 of our Year 10 students were part of a pilot programme introducing the University to our students. The purpose of the programme was to������������ provide an opportunity to inspire and get students thinking about future As well as Otago, the Bee Card will become the bus card for tertiary educational eight regions in New Zealand. Benefits include the ability opportunities. Greg Heller KVC’s University Liaison Advisor to add concessions and manage cards online, for example provided us with an interesting and stimulating day, setting up automatic top ups. More to come in the New which included listening to a variety of presentations, Year! Meanwhile, you can find out more here www.orc.govt. while exploring the University. The day started in the nz/bee-card I @orbusDN I @OrbusQT I #betterbybus. Humanities department where the students learnt about what Sociology was. The students completed a number of Brathwaite Centre News interesting activities while learning more about Sociology, This week we are farewelling our senior students who are Gender Studies and Criminology. We then walked to the transitioning out of school – Anna Canning, Grace Moreton Dental School and visited the newly refurbished building and Willem Rolston. where students enjoyed sitting in the new dental chairs. We also heard about not only studying to be a Dentist but about Willem has been following up with his transition plans since the seniors left in November. Anna and Grace have been continuing on at school while keeping up with transition activities and work experience. Today we enjoyed a café style farewell with food, presentations and our own mini concert. We wish our leavers all the best for their futures. We will miss them. Stationery 2020 Rebecca Barnard (10Cg) in the dental chair the Bachelor of Dental Technology where students train in maxillofacial reconstructions, orthodontics, prosthodontics and material science research. Some students found passing around a prosthetic eye a challenge. After lunch we went to the Psychology department where the students completed Stationery lists will be included with the final school reports some hands-on activities. Finally, we went to the Geography which will be given out on the last day of school - Wednesday department and discussed a number of environmental 11 December 2019 for Years 7 to 10. Years 12 and 13 should issues. Our thanks to Ms McKenzie who joined us on the have picked up a list on Clearance Day at the Student Office. trip and pointed out the various pieces of Art work that was Pamphlets were given out a few weeks ago to take home on display around the University and in particular our local Otago artists, which added another dimension to our day. with information about buying online from Office Max.
Kaikorai Valley College 2020 Year Dates Kaikorai Valley College 2020 Dates Back to School Dates Monday 27 January Teacher Only Day Tuesday 28 January Peer Support Training (10am-3pm in the hall foyer) Wednesday 29 January Junior College students commences (Years 7 and 8) Thursday 30 January All school commences (Years 7-13) Term Dates TERM START DATE END DATE Term 1 (11 weeks) Tuesday 28 January Thursday 9 April Term 2 (10 weeks) Tuesday 28 April Friday 3 July Term 3 (10 weeks) Monday 20 July Friday 25 September Term 4 (9 weeks) Monday 12 October Tuesday 8 December Public Holidays DATE HOLIDAY Wednesday 1 January New Year’s Day Thursday 2 January Day after New Year’s Day Thursday 6 February Waitangi Day Monday 23 March Otago Anniversary Sunday 5 April Daylight Saving ends Friday 10 April Good Friday Monday 13 April Easter Monday Tuesday 14 April Easter Tuesday Saturday 25 April (observed Monday 27) Anzac Day Monday 1 June Queen’s Birthday Sunday 27 September Daylight Saving starts Monday 26 October Labour Day Friday 25 December Christmas Day Saturday 26 December (observed Monday 28) Boxing Day Term Holidays START FINISH Term 1 Friday 10 April Monday 27 April Term 2 Saturday 4 July Sunday 19 July Term 3 Saturday 26 September Sunday 11 October Term 4 Wednesday 9 December
Māori and Pasifika News Talofa lava, Malo e lelei, Ni sa bula Vanaka, Namaste, Mālo ni, Kia Orana, Kia ora and warm Pasifika greetings to you all. This year Kaikorai Valley College introduced a new role of Cultural Mentor to support our students of Māori and Pasifika descent. It has been my pleasure to be in this role in 2019. The philosophy was to promote Polynesian values and support our tamariki and whanau/aiga through a variety of initiatives. Much of this year has been implementing these with the view to build on them for the future. Some initiatives were: Morning registrations: which provided a connection with our Māori Pasifika students. It promoted an opportunity to liaise with our students, inform them of upcoming events, Māori Pasifika support opportunities with subject choices, agency support and planning ideas for future Māori Pasifika initiatives. Whānau hui/fonos: The focus was to bridge the gap between school and families with to support each other and to establish collaborative networks. Newsletter articles: Section in our weekly newsletter to further promote awareness and pride for our Polynesian cultures. Kapa Haka: Our group continues to serve us well at a variety of events. eg, mihi whakatau, opening school events (talent quest, sports, and cultural prize-givings), tautoko at Mana Pounamu Awards and, of course, their contribution to Polynesian Fusion, Kaikorai Valley College’s Polyfest performance. Acknowledgment has to go to Whaea Ale for her huge influence and support for our Kapa Haka. Polyfest: Polynesian Fusion performance was an eclectic arrangement that reflected some of our Polynesian cultures and had students performing from all ages. Overall, the initiatives for 2019 have been very successful in their implementation and I look forward to continued growth in Māori Pasifika values at Kaikorai Valley College. Finally, I would like to acknowledge and pay tribute to Dr Claudine Tyrell, our colleague and dear friend. She dedicated much of her time at Kaikorai Valley College to celebrate and embrace Māori and Pasifika cultures. Even in her last few weeks of treatment, she was still thinking of us and our Kapa Haka rōpu. Prior to our Polyfest performance, Claudine was aware of the time pressures that go into applying moko, her problem-solving skills and creative nature had her design a stamp with a pattern for our moko. Unfortunately, we did not receive the stamp till after Polyfest, however we look forward to using it in years to come. Rest in love Claudine. Fa’afetai lava mo le alofa ma le tapua’i mo lenei tausaga, 2019. Manuia le Kerisimasi ma le tausaga fou. Karina Nafatali (Māori Pasifika Mentor) , email@example.com Office Housekeeping Unusual Words abbozzo: preliminary sketch If you have changed any of your bismer: shame, disgrace, scorn contact details - phone numbers, epeolatry: worship of words address, email, please advise the gamophobia: fear of marriage office by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. hypnagogia: the transitioning state from nz or phone 453 6035 with your child’s sleeping to awake name and form class. jettatura: the evil eye latipinnate: having broad wings nanocephalous: having an extremely small head Kaikorai Valley College Psychopomp: A guider of souls is proudly sponsored by quindecasyllabic: having fifteen syllables OfficeMax NZ Ltd tectiform: shaped like a roof p: 0800 577 700 ulosis: formation of a scar w: www.officemax.co.nz yuke: to itch
City of REAdERs Children’s Summer Reading Programme DEC 2019 – 31 JAN 2020 Register with your local library to join the 2019-20 Children’s Summer Reading Programme. Fill the booklet with details of all the books you’ve read over the summer, then return it to your local library by Friday 31 January 2020 for a chance to go into the grand draw for some very cool prizes! You can find ideas for books to read, or some special challenges by talking to the librarians at your local library. Come back and see us every time you complete a page of your reading record and you’ll receive a special sticker for your City of Reader’s passport. And if you visit another library, we’ll stamp your passport with a special ‘visitor’s visa’ – see how many you can collect! You can set your own goal for how many books you want to read this summer, and then when you’ve reached your goal bring in your reading record to be signed off by the librarian and entered into the prize draw. VISIT www.dunedinlibraries.govt.nz or call into your local library to find out more.
Curious Christmas Notions Help for Australian Wildlife Santa has a real postal zip code. Every Recently Ms Flett ran a min- year, post offices across America, sewing bee to cut and sew Canada and other parts of the world items to send to Australian are flooded with letters from kids wildlife rescues centres that addressed to Santa Claus. The Canadian have been needing help with Post Office receives so many that some all the injured animals from postal workers started answering the letters. As the recent bushfires and ongoing demand increased, the postal service set up a special areas of drought. We made zip code for Santa as part of their annual ‘Santa Letter- koala mittens to cover their writing Programme’ literacy initiative. The zip code? H0H bandaged paws, cotton 0H0, of course. pouches to house various Wassail is from the Old Norse ves heill, meaning “good marsupials (sugar gliders, health.” koalas, kangaroo and wallaby In 1914 during World War I there was a now famous joeys) and some bat wraps Christmas truce in the trenches between the British and (keep baby bats warm and protected) and did you know the Germans. They exchanged gifts across a neutral no Australia has 90 species of bats and they do an important job man’s land, played football together, and decorated their helping the pollination process of many flowers and keeping shelters. pests numbers down. Thanks to those who came along and According to old English folk tales, the also donated 100% cotton fabric to the cause. Devil died when Jesus was born. So some towns developed a Christmas Christmas Charity Shoeboxes are on their way! Eve tradition of ringing the church bells More than 20 Christmas near midnight to announce the Devil’s Charity shoeboxes were demise. In England this custom was called tolling or collected this year and they ringing “the Devil’s knell.” are now on their journey In the 18th century Christmas trees began being decorated to children in South-East with candles. Electric Christmas tree Asia and also remote areas lights were first used in 1895. of the Pacific. Thank you to In Hawaii, Santa is called Kanakaloka. students, staff and whānau who generously provided items Perhaps one of the most unorthodox or full shoeboxes to Ms Flett for this venture. Christmas Eve traditions can be found in Norway, where people hide their Quote of the Week brooms. It’s a tradition that dates back Remember the five simple rules to be centuries to when people believed happy: 1. Free your heart from hatred. that witches and evil spirits came out 2. Free your mind from worries. 3. Live on Christmas Eve looking for brooms simply. 4. Give more. 5. Expect less. to ride on. To this day, many people still hide their brooms in the safest This Day in History place in the house to stop them from 06 December being stolen. 1534: Quito, Ecuador, founded by Spanish. 1631: 1st predicted transit of Venus (Kepler) is observed. 9 Letter Puzzlegram 1735: First recorded appendectomy performed by Claudius Words must be 4 letters or Amyand at St George’s Hospital in London. more and contain the letter F O H E. Your list must have one 9- 1768: 1st edition of “Encyclopaedia Britannica” published in Scotland. letter word. Proper names and 1865: 13th Amendment of the United States Constitution is S E K foreign language words are not allowed. Answers will be in ratified, abolishing slavery. 1882: Atmosphere of Venus detected during transit. next week’s newsletter. 8 words 1897: London becomes the world’s first city to host licenced O B L = good; 15 words = great; 21 words = excellent; 27 words = taxicabs. 1912: China votes for universal human rights. outstanding! 1956: Nelson Mandela and 156 others arrested for political Last Week’s Puzzle Answers: agin, amin, gain, gamp, gang, activities in South Africa. gaum, gaun, giga, guan, magi, main, maun, mina, nazi, nipa, 1966: Polio vaccination becomes obligatory in Belgium. pain, pang, pian, pima, pina, puma, puna, unai, aging, aping, 2017: “Supermassive” most distant black hole discovery gamin, nizam, amping, gaming, gaping, gazing, gazump, announced by astronomers in journal “Nature”, 13 billion mazing, mizuna, paging, gauming, upgazing, GAZUMPING light-years away, 800 x bigger than the Sun.
Year 8 Genetics Workshop Mrs Biondic joined Dr McMillan last Friday morning with a group of our Year 8 students (30) at the Biochemistry Department Otago Uni. Our students were superb: polite, asked great questions and were into it. From the moment we left, through the workshop and then return they were just wonderful and excellent representatives of our school. Hunter Moreton was asked, at short notice, to give a thank you speech on our behalf and really measured up. The Biochemistry staff were very impressed by our group too.
Sports News This is the final newsletter for the year. It has been a great Touch - Kensington Oval year with so many of our students playing sport and getting Jnr Girls (4) vs Queen’s Gold (2) involved. A highlight is the large number of Year 7 and 8 Snr Girls (4) vs OGHS Snr A (6) students (72%) playing a sport for the school this year. We Snr Boys (6) vs Tokomairiro (3) hope to keep that momentum going so that it follows through Snr Mixed lost to OBHS Battlers to our Year 9 and 10 and on into the senior school. Wednesday 4 December Handball - Kavanagh Gym Best of luck to Nirvana Hepi-Breen who is travelling to KVC (13) vs OBHS (7) Placed 3rd in A Grade Auckland this weekend to compete at the New Zealand Theresa Johnson Secondary Schools’ Athletics Championships. She will be Sports’ Coordinator throwing Shot Put, Discus and Hammer. e: email@example.com Good Luck also to Lachie Colquhoun, who will travel to c: 027 543 4251 Auckland in January 2020 to trial for the NZ U18 Men’s Handball Team. I would like to take this opportunity to thank all of the parents who have been game day supervisors, taxi drivers, managers and coaches. Without your help many of our students would not be able to get involved in sport. Two parents in particular, who have given up their time to train and coach every week, throughout Terms 1 and 4, are Laszlo Peter (Waterpolo) and Lisa Broderick (Futsal). You have put many hours in to coaching and you truly represent the school’s values of P.R.I.D.E. We are so very grateful for your continued support for KVC sport. To all the staff members who have assisted in some way throughout the year, thank you very much! You give up your free time to ensure our students get to upskill and compete at their best possible level. A reminder to please continue to return all borrowed sport’s equipment such as shin pads, rugby and touch boots, tennis rackets and borrowed P.E. tops and shorts as well as sport’s uniforms. Students will not be granted clearance if they have not returned all borrowed items. I would like to wish everyone safe and happy holidays. See you all back next year for another busy and fun filled year of sport! RESULTS Friday 29 November Senior Waterpolo KVC lost to King’s Cambridge Tuesday 3 December Year 7 and 8 Futsal - Edgar Centre KVC Red (2) vs Tahuna Warriors (2) POD Ethan Cosgrove KVC Blue (3) vs Abbots 9 (4) POD Ben van Blerk KVC Green (3) vs Taieri Blue (3) POD Magnus Pakeho Tuesday 3 December
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