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October 2017

Stratford HigH ScHool: Vol17 iSSue 10

Stratford High School

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Dear students, parents and caregivers, Ngā mihi o te wa ki a koe me te whanau.

Welcome to term 4. Well life is moving at quite a pace, both for the school and all the activities going on at this time of the year. Last Friday we recognised students’ sporting successes in 2017 and it is always pleasing to celebrate our students’ sporting achievements. Over the term break our basketball teams had success with the boys’ team winning the National A tournament and the girls’ team finishing 6th. This was a national tournament and our congratulations go to both teams and also to those players who made the tournament teams.

Next Tuesday 31st October we will recognise students’ academic success (excellence grades in NCEA internal assessments) and parents are very welcome to attend this. For senior students time is limited before study leave for external NCEA exams begins. We hope that they made good use of the holiday to do some study.

The external NCEA examinations begin on Thursday 9th November and I reinforce the need for students to be well prepared. The NZQA examinations timetable is available on our Facebook page and our website. Students should be fully focused now on their exam study. The most effective study they can do is answer exam questions under exam conditions, i.e. with a time limit. In the time left at school and during their study leave, students should be putting in every effort to work towards gaining the credits available to them in the external exams. For many students this is half of the credits for each subject. We cannot emphasise enough how important the next few weeks will be for your child’s achievement and we encourage you to make every effort you can to support your child’s learning at this time.

Some students who have the potential to achieve very well are not working hard enough to do themselves justice. Some students who already have enough credits for their level certificate think that they should not sit or study hard for their external exams. The external exams provide students with the opportunity to have their certificates endorsed with merit or excellence. In 2018, credits from some 2017 external standards will be prerequisites for some courses at school and at tertiary institutions. Sitting the external exams is part of completing the course for the year. all students must sit their external ncEa exams.

Your input as parents at home can have a huge effect. See our website for a parent guide to examinations. Please support your child’s efforts to study and ensure that your child attends all of the NCEA exams. It is the aim of all of us to have our students achieve their potential and give their best performance in the coming exams.

Our senior prizegiving is on Tuesday 7th November at 12.30pm and I encourage you to attend. It is a fantastic celebration of student success and your support adds much to the day. Juniors are not required to attend school on Tuesday and should report to the hall at the beginning of Wednesday 8th November for an assembly which will outline the programme for the remainder of the year. School for the juniors does not finish until the junior prizegiving on Tuesday 12th December.

Finally, as the seniors leave and prepare for their examinations, I would like to acknowledge our leaders and all the year 13 students. They have, I believe done a very good job in supporting the staff and role modelling behaviour, leadership and pride in our school. I wish them all the very best in their future studies, jobs and endeavours and eagerly await the contribution they will undoubtedly make to our society.

I take this opportunity to extend sincere thanks to all parents, community supporters and sponsors who have given so much to our school and the students over the year. Your support has made it possible for our students to achieve highly in academic, sporting and cultural dimensions of the school.No reira tena koutou katoa. Thank you very much.Mr Keenan, Principal

2017-2018 Board of Trustees.

Jackson Taylor, outgoing BOT Student Rep congratulates Finn Booker on his election to the Board.

From the PrinciPal’s Desk

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hEad boy gEts honourRecently one of our Year 13 Accounting students, Jake Vincent, was awarded a PwC Scholarship. Each year winners are chosen from hundreds of applicants around the country. Jake was the recipient of one of 19 scholarships awarded throughout New Zealand and the only student in Taranaki to receive one in 2017. To mark this achievement, Jake, along with his Mum, Dad and Mrs Lightoller, were invited to the PwC office in New Plymouth for a prize giving celebration. He received a framed certificate to acknowledge this well-deserved achievement. Besides a monetary contribution towards his university fees, Jake will have a PwC staff member to mentor him during his studies. He will also benefit from a paid summer internship.We know that Jake will make the most of this opportunity and we wish him

every success in his chosen career.Raewyn Lightoller, CC Commerce

Jake with his parents Ina and Stuart at the recent scholarship presentation.

Mr Franklyn congratulates the McAllister House leaders for winning the SHS OPA House Trophy for term 3.

Annual Kapa Haka competition was won by Tyrer House after a fierce battle with Amess house. Thanks to our judges and all house leaders who encouraged participation from their house members.

CONTACT DETAILS UPDATE:A reminder that in order to assist with the smooth running of the school I would ask parents to ensure contact details we hold are current and correct, this includes email addresses.

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SChOOLLEAvEr.Nz YOUR TERTIARY, TRAINING & JOB SUPER PORTAL Check out the guidelines for tertiary education, gap year, apprenticeships, scholarships, accommodation and much more!

FMG 2018 AG SChOLArShIPSThe scholarship offers a promising school leaver $5000 towards each year of their undergraduate agricultural degree at Lincoln, Massey or Waikato Universities. FMG believe that agriculture presents so many opportunities for young Kiwis, and wish to encourage any student to consider a career in the industry. Applications and more information can be found on our website

STUDyLINkStudylink applications close on 16 December, 2017. Our call to action campaign encouraging students to apply for their 2018 student finance is now underway. This year we’re encouraging students to Just Start - apply by 16 December. Students don’t need to have their NCEA

results or have locked down all their study plans. Their application can be updated as things are confirmed. By applying early, students will allow enough time for all the steps in the application process to be completed before their course starts.This allows us to manage the volume of applications so we can help students get organised for the start of the new study year.Viv Milner, Careers Department

nEW PE/sPorts toPsA new PE top will be introduced for 2018. This top will be compulsory for our new Year 9 students and any Year 10 students who do not have one of the existing PE tops. It is optional for any other students to purchase as it will become our sports uniform for school outings such as TSSSA events. We have a sample set of t-shirts for the students to try on for sizing. We will be placing our order at the end of November for delivery by the commencement of Term 1, 2018.

Early in term 3, 10D completed a rubbish audit of three days’ worth of the school waste and the results were quite shocking. Our group decided to inform the

younger generation about the harm we are causing the environment. We chose to educate Avon School students and established that we could visit on the 27th of September.

We arrived early and the nerves kicked in, but there was no turning back. Kala and Dannielle introduced themselves and started with the video as Trint and Hayden went to set up the games. Once the video was finished we handed out the quiz for them and it turns out they had learnt a bit about rubbish! We went on to play our games and the students all enjoyed themselves, applying their knowledge and asking good questions. It was a success! They said they had fun and that waste is a big issue in New Zealand. We really enjoyed our time interacting with these students, and

learned a lot about organising and running an activity.Jodie Sullivan

A reminder to parents that our caregiver/parent portal is now available on Musac EDGE. The parent portal enables authorised caregivers to see core information about their child including up-to-date attendance, school reports, NCEA summary timetables, etc. Later in the year there will be the facility to make online payments for school donations and other charges.

Access the Musac EDGE parent portal from this link: or click on the parent portal link on our website. You must use the email address the school has on file for you. Set or reset your Musac EDGE password via “forgot password?”

If we do not have your email address or if you wish to update your email address please contact the school to

update your details. A Musac EDGE app is available for parents and students to download onto phones. This will give students access to their timetables. Students must use their school email to access the app.

AbSENCESParents are reminded that when a student is absent it is the parent or caregiver that needs to call the school. We are concerned that in a few instances the student themself, has rung in. Absences do need to be verified by a parent. This also needs to be followed up by a note on the day the student returns to school.Barbara Gall, Deputy Principal

After completing a treasure hunt around the school, where students had to find and identify herbs and vegetables, students then created a dish which consisted of three plants found around the school plus three other ingredients. Our students then battled it out on Friday the 20th to compete for Best Dish.

The winners of Best Taste were Zane Jupp, Maljan Hardy-Pearce and Ezekiel O’Leary creating rosemary lamb chops with a side dish of garlic mash and parsley they were closely followed by Alba Mikkelsen, Rebekah Vogt and Sharaya Pick who created a chicken and potato salad.

The winners of Best Presentation were Hinewhaiora Toopi and Joesph Chandler. Their dish was a creative, deconstructed shepard’s pie. David Whareaitu, Marcus O’Hanlon-Taputoro and Jamalh Hardy-Pearce followed after rustling up a pork chop with smashed garlic potatoes, all done within a 60 minute lesson. A big congratulations to all the students involved. Mrs van Eikenhorst, our judge was really impressed with not only the dishes produced but also the high level of food safety, team work and attitudes of the students. Well done, you represented our school with pride.Mrs Campbell, Hospitality Teacher

Top: Students with their final dish.Middle right: WinnerBest Presentation Dish

Bottom right: 2nd Best Taste dishDavid, Marcus and Jamalh with the second

placed Best Presentation dish..

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STrATFOrD hIGh SChOOL AUSSIE rUGby TEAM 2018Sheep manure fundraiser. $5.00 Bag – delivered. Contact Mrs Walker 067656039 ext 707

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Following on from their success at the BBNZ Schick North Island Premiership qualifying tournament, both our boys and girls senior A teams travelled to Palmerston North in the October holidays to attend the National A Secondary Schools tournament for schools with a roll of less than 600 students (Co-ed).

Our girls team had a great start to the tournament with wins over South Island teams Ellesmere and Hillmorton. On day two however they came up against two strong teams in Manukura and Kokiri. They lost both those games to finish 3rd in their pool and set up a crossover with our local rivals Opunake. The girls started this game well and had the lead at half time. The Opunake team applied a lot of pressure in the second half and came back into the game to take the win. This meant our Stratford girls had to playoff for 5th and 6th against Buller High School. Buller built up a 12point lead before our girls scored which made it a difficult task but Stratford managed to make up this difference and take the lead before Katie and Rhiannon got fouled out of the game. In a hard fought game, the Buller team finished stronger and took the win, leaving us in 6th place nationally. Congratulations to all the team on the way you played the games and for your attitude both off and on the court. Congratulations also to Katie Jones on making the NZSS National Tournament team.

The boys carried on their great form under the guidance of Coach Willie Banks. They went through pool play unbeaten and earned the tag as favourites for the tournament. With wins over Te Kuiti, Greymouth, Nga Taiatea, Onewhero and Manukura they were to meet Te Aroha in the semi-final. They won this game and headed into the grand-final against Hillmorton High School from Christchurch.The final was played in front of a near capacity crowd and the team got off to a great start with plenty of scoring and rebounding opportunities for forwards Cameron Trethewey and Morgan Trott. They built a strong lead of 41-28 going into the half time break.

In the second half however Cameron and Morgan both got into foul trouble and eventually fouled out of the game which led to a Hillmorton comeback. Through the guidance of our star point guard Willem Ratu they managed to hold on until the end to win 77-72 and take

the National Championship. The teams’ efforts were rewarded with Captain Cameron Trethewey, Morgan Trott and Willem Ratu all making the NZSS National Tournament team. Willem was also named the Most Valuable Player (MVP) for the tournament.

We are extremely lucky to have the services of coach Willie Banks who devotes hours of his personal time to help the boys improve their game. Thank you Willie for this and to Lee and family for sharing him with us. Thankyou also to both the teams’ families and friends for your support in fundraising and also to the many people who travelled to Palmerston North to support the teams. Thanks must also go to the many Stratford businesses,

to the school, and our community for your generous donations and support of our fundraising events.

wINTEr SPOrTS PrIzEGIvINGLast Friday we held our Winter Sports Prizegiving, where the following trophies and awards were presented.CrOSS COUNTryMiss H C Thompson Cup: Junior boys individual –

Matthew HarrisonHerbert Smith Turst Cup: Junior boys team – Matthew

Edser – AmessChapman Cup: Junior girls individual – Emma BaldockH C Thompson Cup: Junior girls team – Emma Baldock

– McAllisterD S Butcher Cup: Intermediate boys individual –

Morgan TrottMrs R E Carryer Cup: Intermediate boys team – Jordan

Anderson - TrimbleStudent Council Cup: Intermediate girls individual –

Heather ClothierPugh Cup: Intermediate girls team – Lauree CollinsMoore Cup: Senior boys individual – Eekiel O’LearyR Masters Cup: Senior boys team – Cameron

Trethewey – TrimbleStudent Council Cup: Senior girls individual – Jasmine

BakerSHS Snr Girls Cross Country: Senior girls team –

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nZQa & ncea news1. Exam Candidates have received their personal

Examination Admission Slip. These slips state the students exam identification code, NSN, exam dates and times, and the standards they will be sitting. Students must NOT lose this form as they are required to present it to the supervisors at the beginning of each of their examination sessions. The students have been asked to check their slip for accuracy and any mistakes need to be notified to myself or Mrs Broadmore as soon as possible. Please ask to look at this so that you are familiar with the days and times applicable to your son/daughter. Please note that these exams are run and managed by NZQA and NOT by Stratford High School.

2. On Monday, November 6th, the Exam Centre Manager and I will be briefing the students about how the examinations will be run. An “Instructions and Information for Candidates” leaflet with the rules and guidelines for the exams has been issued to all exam candidates.

3. The examinations involving our students run from Thursday 9th November until Thursday 30th November in the Stratford High School hall. All students are to wear school uniform to the exams and those students sitting Scholarship examinations must bring photo I.D. to these examinations.

4. If any student will not be able to sit any of their examinations at Stratford High School, I need to be contacted immediately to try and arrange for the alternative location – students can not just turn up to any exam venue without prior arrangements being made.

4. During the examination period most senior students will have study leave to enable them to study for their examinations at home. However, some year 11,12 and 13 students who we have identified as potentially ending up just short of gaining their NCEA will be required to attend school during the examination period to provide opportunities for them to successfully complete Level 1-3. Letters informing these students will be issued soon. School will still be open for other senior students to come in and work with their teachers (by arrangement) on preparation for exams or to complete work.

5. In mid-January 2018 the provisional results from this year’s NCEA will be available online to students under their personal student learner login (there is NO automatic posting of these results). Students can order a posted copy through the “order documents” link in their personal learner login but this needs to be done between now and December 31st this year. Any student who does not have access to a home computer should see me. Towards the end of January, students will start receiving their exam papers in the mail. ALL Year 11-13 students should have already created their own personal

learner login. If passwords have been forgotten, students must contact NZQA themselves.

6. There are a number of families yet to pay their 2017 NCEA fee. This must now be done directly through NZQA before December 1st, after which NZQA adds a $50.00 late fee. Financial Assistance applications are made through school and these can still be made until December 1st. I have the forms which you must complete for both of these situations. For further information, please contact me at school.

7. Monday, December 11th, is the day set for senior students to return any outstanding textbooks and materials to the school. On this day, Peak magazine and other documents such as End of Year reports and testimonials for Yr13 students should be available.If you have any queries about any of these matters, please contact us at school – 067656039 extn.706.Wayne Smith / Christel Broadmore, (Principal’s Nominees)

BasketBall nationals

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vOLLEybALLSHS Snr Volleyball Trophy for senior girls diligence & attainment: Estella van der LeeFOOTbALL Smith Trophy for the most improved girls football

player: Angelina Cullen Comrie Trophy for girls’ football player of the year:

Estella van der LeeC Alsop Trophy for most improved boy football player:

Orion McGeochhOCkEyLawrence Trophy for the most improved girls’ hockey

player: Emma BaldockMargaret Tilley Trophy for best all-round girl hockey

player: Janika HeySHS Hockey Cup for most improved boys’ player:

Ezekiel O’Leary H.V. McKay Trophy for best boy hockey player: Ricky

Howells NETbALLMellow Family Trophy for most improved netball

player SHS A: Brooke MillarJanet Henry Netball Trophy for best team member SHS

A: Katie JonesN.A. Chadwick Trophy for dedication to netball: Brooke

MillarrUGby1981 Rugby Trophy for most improved player SHS 1st

XV: Jordan DeanGraeme Adams Memorial Trophy for most worthy

member SHS 1st XV: Ethan MartinRowe Family Cup for best team man 1st XV: Ryan KirkbASkETbALLMarchant Trophy for Snr Boys Basketball Most Valuable Player: Cameron TretheweyJeremiah Truman Trophy for boys Most Improved

Player: Ryan DodunskiThe Gavin Family Trophy for girls Most Improved

Player: Lara AlmazanThe West Family Trophy for girls Most Valuable

Player: Katie Jones/Rhiannon UttonSQUAShRakesh Rai Trophy Boys Open Squash: Jehu BrogdenRakesh Rai Trophy Girls Open Squash: Madisyn MakaraTSSSA Small Bore Rifle Shooting: Kendin O’Byrne 1=

Ungraded Individual ShooterGymnastics: Samara Ryan Harrop – 3rd Gymnastics

Steps 2-5Certificates were also presented to the following students to acknowledge representative honours and achievementFor netball: Rhiannon Utton, Phoenix Fox, Hannah Patterson, Nerissa CraikeFor hockey: Demi Ward, Isaac Hancock, Janika HeyFor rugby: Dawson Austin, Bailey Bocock, Jaleel Acero,

Lachlan Drummond, Aimee HareFor basketball: Katie Jones, Holly Ratu, Cameron Trethewey, Latrell Teka-Wall, Morgan Trott, Fletcher Jennings.

Hockey: Woollaston Trophy secondary school’s hockey tournament the team MVP was awarded to Joshua Smart

8 Ball Pool: Crystalee Jane and Jaylen Hamilton travelled to Christchurch as part of the Taranaki Team that won the NZ Secondary Schools Tournament. They were runners-up in the pairs competition and Crystalee won the singles flight competition.

SHS senior girls A basketball team for placing 2nd at North Island Secondary Schools qualifying tournament and 6th and National Secondary Schools championship tournament: Katie Jones, Rhiannon Utton, Briar Armstrong, Adele O’Byrne, Bailee Drummond, Kyrin Nicholls, Brierly Joblin, Lara Almazan, Holly Ratu and Lydia Barber. Selection for girls basketball tournament team at nationals: Katie Jones

ShS SENIOr bOyS A bASkETbALL TEAM 2017:Winners Stratford Basketball Association Senior Winter League with Cameron Trethewey named MVP for the leagueWinners Taranaki Secondary School League. Morgan Trott and Cameron Trethewey named in All Star Five and Cameron named MVPWinners North Island Secondary School Qualifying Tournament; Winners and National Champions at NZ Secondary School National Championships: Cameron Trethewey, Dylan Moore, Morgan Trott, Willem Ratu, Ryan Dodunski, Alex Baker, Phillip Anderson, Latrell Teka, Fletcher Jennings, Campbell Moore, Joshua Gilbert, Daniel GibbonsNational Tournament Team: Morgan Trott, Cameron Trethewey and Willem Ratu. Willem Ratu MVP tournament team.

TErM 4Last week we had 11 students attend TSSSA Orienteering in and around Brooklands and Pukekura Park. We also had a junior boys and a junior girls team in the TSSSA Junior Volleyball. Whilst the school term is nearly over for our senior students there are still a few TSSSA and other events left to finish off the year.Monday 30 October TSSSA Road Relays8-10 November TSSSA Jnr Modified Sports Week Wednesday 22 November TSSSA Jnr Rugby LeagueThursday 23 November Junior Sports Exchange with Inglewood High SchoolWednesday 29 November TSSSA Showjumping

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