From our ISSUE 19 31 October 2014

From our
give thanks to our founders!
Founders’ Day was also an opportunity to
congratulate and pay tribute to Mrs Mary
Connor, who has been at St Oran’s College for
forty years. Mrs Connors tutor group seniors
paid tribute to her with the following:
Tēnā Koutou Katoa
Last week we celebrated the founding of our
school with our annual Founders’ Day service.
We are a school of special character, formed
by the Presbyterian Church to provide a
Christian based education. This year’s Presbyterian schools’ conference theme was ‘Hewn
from the rock’ and based upon the following
passage from Isaiah “Harken to me, ye that
follow righteousness, ye that seek the LORD:
look into the rock whence ye are hewn, and
to the hole of the pit whence ye are digged”
King James Bible, Isaiah 51.1.
The theme reminds us of our beginning 55
years ago. Without the foresight of our
Founders we would not have the opportunities that we have today. We are grateful and
“We have been lucky enough to be in Mrs
Connor’s tutor group for nearly 7 years, our
whole time at St Oran’s, but that is just 17.5%
of Mrs Connor’s time here. She has now been
waking up every morning, pulling herself out
of bed to teach at St Oran’s College for a
whopping 10,000 days. This is a reflection of
the dedication, commitment and effort she
has put into her job. She always makes each
lesson new and exciting, sharing her many
passions. She has become like a second mum
to all of us, every morning asking how we are,
talking to us about everything from work, to
boys, and everything in between.
It has been an absolute privilege being taught
by you, especially in my last year and being
welcomed by you each morning in tutor
group will be something I will miss and I’m
sure many of the girls as they leave. You have
inspired us and opened up opportunities
such as always making sure geography is not
always theory. The Geography trips are the
highlight of the year. Your humour and
knowledge make geography classes welcoming and enjoyable. So again, thank you very
much for the passion you put into teaching
because it definitely makes a real difference.
A teacher takes a hand, opens a mind and
touches a heart and Mrs Connor you’ve done
that for all of those you’ve taught. Thank you
and congratulations” - Tutor group seniors of
C001 - Sam, Emma, Brooke and Amelia.
31 October 2014
Inside this issue
Founders Day
Examination Information
Junior Examination Timetable 5
Careers Corner
Golf Day
Dawn Ackroyd
550 High Street
Boulcott, Lower Hutt
P O Box 31-043 Lower Hutt 5040
Phone 04 939 1260
[email protected]
Congratulations to...
Last week we presented 43 more
LitStars badges - another 15,000 pages
read by our Year 7 and 8 girls!
Congratulations to the following
students who received their first badge,
the Reading Whiz:
Australian Maths
Year 8
Espirit Lee-Fairbrother
Florence Oakley
Ivana Samani, Sarah Jorgensen, Taryn
Norton, Sarah Ward, Aymee Williamson
-Symon, Sania Krisha, Niamh O’Sullivan,
Kristina Kowalczyk, Mia Parker, Molly
Stevenson, Mia Kilmister, Olive Pearce,
Aimee van Loo, Halle Johns, Chelsea
Fraser, Abby Want, Zoe Alexander,
Jayda Payne, Olivia Van Rijswijk, Renee
Heathcoate and Victoria McLatchie.
Harini Shanthakumar
Well done to the following girls who
received one or more badges:
Elizabeth Schuck
Keegan Sercombe
Florence Oakley : Reading Pro
Nicole Stallinger
Abby Nicholson: Amazing Author
Sarah Tallon
Abby Martin: Fantasy Fan
Jemima Teal
Year 9
Megan Belton
Cassandra Dawson
Madison Wong
Year 10
Bella Craig: Amazing Author, Pro
Amazing Author and Reading Pro
Jemima Gregory: Whiz, History Buff and
Super Series
Sophie Painter: History Buff, Fantasy
Fan and Super Series
Georgia Keene: Amazing Author, Super
Series and Reading Pro
Caylee-Grace Brown: Whiz, Culture
Club, Super Series, Reading Pro and
Reading Expert.
Ms C French
LitStars Co-ordinator
Credit = Top 50%
Distinction = Top 15%
Year 10 Outdoor
Education Trip
Dear parents/ guardians, just an update
& to confirm the following dates regarding the Yr 10 outdoor education
trip; 10SI will go on Wednesday 26th,
10FO will go on Thursday 27th & 10FR
will go on Friday the 28th of November. We look forward to a good day
Speech and Drama
Aymee Williamson-Symon - who recently sat
her Grade Three exam using the Speech NZ
Speech Board syllabus and gained Honours
Grenfell and
Olivia Elder who
completed their
Speech and
Drama exam
recently. Ashleigh passed 2 modules with
Honours plus and one with Honours and Olivia
passed all three modules with Honours. Both
girls are now eligible to apply for the Speech
New Zealand Grade 8 Scholarship. Congratulations on your excellent results.
PACANZ National Young
Performer Awards 2014
Shannon Toe - who recently reached the semifinals in the PACANZ National Young Performer Awards 2014 .
Canteen Relief Work
The canteen is looking for someone who is able
to do on-call relief work at short notice for the
school canteen. If you are interested please contact Mrs Kalyan on 9391260 ext 850 or Cherie
Wildon on ext 822.
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Upcoming Events
Week 4
4/11 - Last day for Year 11 & 12
4/11 - Year 7 & 8 Touch
- CSW Jnr Table Tennis
7/11 - Year 7, 2015 Orientation Day
Week 5
12/11 - Year 9 & 10 examinations
this week.
13/11 - CSW Jnr Touch Tournament
14/11 - Parents Association Golf
Week 6
19/11 - Board of Trustees Meeting
19/11 - 21/11 - Year 9 Camp
Week 7
25/11 - Year 8 Gardasil Vaccination
Jnr Teams Table Tennis
26/11 - Parents Association
27/11 - Board of Proprietors
Week 8
2/12 - Year 7 & 8 Regional Athletics
3/12 - St Oran’s College Old Girls
and Friends Meeting
4/12 - Christmas at St Oran’s
Founders’ Day 2014
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Congratulations to Mrs Connor on 40 years of sterling service!
Examination Information
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Junior Examinations
NCEA External Examinations
Year 7 and 8 – Common tests are held for core subjects in the usual 50 minute classes. It is a
good opportunity for students to begin to develop useful examination strategies. Each faculty will have the tests at their convenience.
This is the last newsletter before the seniors leave for exam study. By now your
daughter should have a study programme well under way. This will help her use her
time wisely.
Year 9 and 10 – These examinations are important especially for Year 10 as they move into
NCEA Level 1 courses next year. This year we will be offering again scholarship for a Year 10
student. The “Rev. Nancy Burgess Memorial Scholarship” is named after Mrs Nancy Burgess, Principal of St. Oran’s College from 1969 to 1982. The scholarship will be in the form
of a Junior Dux Award, the value of which will be attendance dues for the following academic year. This will be calculated on the student’s performance in the four core subjects—
English, Mathematics, Science and Social Studies.
NCEA examinations begin for St Oran’s College on Monday 10th November. Your daughter received her Admission Slip on Tuesday. Please keep this in a secure place as she
will need to bring it to each exam. If she forgets it she must see Ms Gibbs in her office
well before the examination. SHE MUST HAVE HER ADMISSION SLIP TO ENTER THE
The examinations begin at 9.30 am and 2.00pm. Most of the examinations will be
in the school hall and the smaller ones in the dance room and chapel. It is important that your daughter arrives at least 20 minutes before the examination
begins, in correct school uniform.
Students may bring into the exam room:
Candidates who cannot sit the examination because of sickness, broken limbs or a family bereavement must contact Ms Gibbs to apply for a Derived Grade before the examination begins. This grade will be taken on evidence the school has on that standard eg:
The students school examination mark. Application must be made through the school
on the special forms available for that purpose. A medical specialist or counsellor will
also need to complete a section of this form.
If you have any concerns or further questions, please do not hesitate to phone Ms
Gibbs at school on extension 825 or [email protected]
Pens, rulers, calculators etc. in a transparent bag. No twink, red or green pens.
A water bottle in a transparent bottle.
An emergency evacuation pack: a small transparent plastic bag that contains a house
key, a snapper card, cash and a cell phone that is turned off. This emergency evacuation pack is stored under the students chair and must not be touched, unless there is
an emergency evacuation.
Learner Login and Results Notification
NCEA Results Notices 2014
Examinations will only be reported online unless you have requested a results notice through
the learner login. To access their results, students who have not used their NZQA Learner
login this year need to go to the Learner login page and:
Results notices can be ordered through the ‘other documents’ link on the NZQA website in the learner login until 31 December. It is intended that these will be issued shortly after result publication occurs in January.
Update their password to meet NZQA requirements for stronger passwords
Advise their current email address in case they need their password reset
Create and register a user name.
Ms Gibbs
Assistant Principal - NZQA Principal’s Nominee
Junior Examination Timetable
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Careers Corner
Year 13 Students Attending University:
Last term we attended an
event held by the Ministry of
Women's Affairs at the National Library. This event was celebrating the 121st anniversary
of women's suffrage and highlighted female leaders in innovation. We got to hear from
four ladies who had various
positions such as a game developer, a university lecturer and
a business executive who is
also an ex-student of St Oran's.
Hearing the speakers was extremely interesting and gave
perspective to the position of
women in the workplace. It is
an opportunity that we are
both glad we took.
Remember to tick the box allowing the University to check your NCEA results in mid-January.
Otherwise you will not be automatically admitted in mid-January. Hence it will take longer.
Remember to look on-line for information, but make use of the University Liaison Officers as
they are there to help. If you have any questions contact them.
Remember to apply early for student loans and allowances before the 16 th December to
guarantee funding before studying –
Remember you can also apply for scholarships throughout the year. Just check the Breakout
website at your local library.
Remember that University Support services are there to help you when you start next year,
use them. They provide a wide range of services, like uniprep, orientation workshops, peer
assisted study sessions, on-line services etc and much more.
And most of all have fun!
Massey University:
By Nikita-Maree Norris and
Cherie Vasta
Bachelor of Information Sciences scholarship which pays the student’s fees for the first two
years of the degree, and so is worth around $12,000. Applications don’t close until 11 November and students are assessed on extra-curricular activity and leadership as well as academic achievement. Full details here
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“Women on the Leading Edge”
Remember to apply on-line and apply early for programmes and courses to avoid disappointment and don’t forget to accept the Confirmation of study once it is offered!
Lee Bell Dip Car Guid
Careers Advisor - [email protected]
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St Oran’s Parents’ Association
9th Annual Golf Tournament - Friday 14 November 2014
Countdown: 2 weeks to go until Golf Day
We need your help to make this Golf Day a success!
One of the highlights for the golfers is our fabulous selection of home baking.
Your daughters in Years 7 to 10 will receive a disposable plate in their tutor groups next week. Parents please look out for it.
We hope that you will return the plate with something homemade, either sweet or savoury on it.
As an alternative to the home baking, you are welcome to send other items such as crackers, cheese, gherkins and olives.
These will need to be delivered to the school office on the morning of Friday 14 November – Golf Day. Thank you.
Can you spare some time to help out during the day on Friday 14 November?
We especially need helpers early in the morning and some ‘muscle’ to help pack up at the end of the day.
It’s not hard work and it’s a fun and friendly relaxed atmosphere. We would love to have your support.
To volunteer please contact Mandy Stewart at [email protected] or txt/call her on 021 467 413.
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St Oran’s Parents’ Association
9th Annual Golf Tournament - Friday 14 November 2014
A big Thank you to the following sponsors:
St. Oran’s College Parents’ Association would like to thank the following businesses for their support of this event. We hope that you in turn, as part of our wider school community, will look
to support these businesses.
Sponsoring Tee Signs
AMC Electrical
Armstrong Audi
Barlows Freight & Logistics
Conroy Removals
Croft Funeral Home
Door City
Excel Switchgear Ltd
Green Gables Motel
Hutt City Autoparts
JT Property Wash
Karen Lee Dental Centre
Keesing McLeod
Knights Rd Dental Centre
Lighthouse Petone
LNA Cladding Services Ltd
McLatchie & Sharp Limited
Mr Moa
Peak Electrical
Petone Foot Clinic
RS Lane Ltd
Safeguard Alarms Ltd
Topline Clothing
Whiting Financial
Auction Item/Prize Donations
Alistair's Music Shop
Armstrong Audi
Beautiful Nails
Black Gates Meek & Dong
Brackenbridge Country Retreat &
Brew'd Boulcott Lower Hutt
Caravan Homewares Ltd
Careme Cooking Class
Comfort Inn Cascades Lake Taupo
Cory Jane
Cottages on St Andrews
Cycle Science
Jolly Pub
DK Golf Indoor Centre
Honest Coffee
Huka Falls River Cruise
Ian & Maria Klinac
JBM Auto Electrical Ltd
Joico New Zealand
Les Mills, Lower Hutt
Lighthouse Petone
Lisa Law
LNA Cladding Services Ltd
Mega Mitre 10
Moores Valley Garden Centre
Mornington Golf Club
Murdoch James Estate
New World Supermarket - Lower
New World Supermarket - Railway
New World Supermarket - Stokes
Pak n Save Petone
Paul Nydam & Gas Plumbing
PDC New Zealand
Petone Frameworks
Premier Beehive
Prolife Foods
Schoc Chocs
Sercombe & Matheson
Shandon Golf Course
Speights Ale House, Petone
St Oran's College
Taupo Cossie Club
Taupo Golf Club
The Eastbourne Herald
The Petone Chronicle
The Salon
The Sports Den, Lower Hutt
Trentham Racing Club
Unichem, High Street Lower Hutt
Westfield Queensgate
Z Energy