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Message from the Principal
Kia ora te whānau
Congratulations to the cast, crew and production team for a truly remarkable performance of Miss Saigon. Audience members were ‘blown away’ by the quality of the show, stunned that school students could deliver such a professional performance. A musical production of that calibre reflects the hard work and talent of the staff and students involved. A big thank you must also be given to the parents who supported their sons and daughters through many late nights and long days of rehearsals.
The whānau house system is a key feature of our school and plays a major role in developing important values and attitudes in our students. Each whānau supports a charity for which students give time and raise money. As an example, a large group of Te Kanawa staff and students recently travelled to Ronald McDonald House at Starship Hospital to entertain the children and prepare dinner for the patients and their families. This act of service is to be congratulated.
It was a pleasure to acknowledge at school assembly a good deed of Year 12 Rutherford student Ashley Faulkner. Ashley came across a member of the public who had fallen and was injured. Ashley calmed the lady, called for help and remained at the scene until the situation was safely resolved.
Three of our brightest scholars were recognised at an awards ceremony at Parliament earlier this month. Ben Zhang and Janice Ho were presented Premier Scholar Awards for being in the top ten students in New Zealand in the 2017 NZQA Scholarship examinations. Jessica Kwong was presented a Top Scholar Award for being top in New Zealand for Japanese. Ben also earned a Top Scholar Award for being top in Chemistry.
Congratulations to Yang Fan Yun and Joyce Chan on their selection to the New Zealand Biology Olympiad team. Selection in the team followed rigorous testing at Auckland and Massey Universities. The two students are travelling to Malawi and Tanzania in July to take part in a research project.
You may be aware, the second season of “13 Reasons Why” was released May 18 on Netflix and all episodes are available for viewing.
This show was widely watched by teenagers last year. Themes of suicide, sexual assault, consent, bullying and other issues made some viewers feel distressed and in need of support. Similar and equally confronting themes are present in season two.
Young people feel the show represents the issues they face. Our advice is that restricting young people from watching the series is unhelpful, as they may hide their distress from adults. Where a young person is already in a vulnerable place, it may be wise to suggest they delay watching the series or watch it with an adult to allow ongoing-shared conversation around the topics in the series.
The issues raised in the series are significant and offer an opportunity to talk to young people about these difficult life events – but it is important that those conversations are safe ones.
The Mental Health Foundation has a resource hub https://www.mentalhealth.org.nz/get-help/13-reasons-why/ which includes information on where to go for assistance.
“13 Reasons Why” is not the only challenging series young people are watching but it is one of the most talked about. The Office of Film and Literature Classification has released a guide for parents: Talking with young people about what they are watching https://www.classificationoffice.govt.nz/news/latest-news/challenging-media/.
If you need further information on helping people in times of crisis the Mental Health Foundation have a list of contacts https://www.mentalhealth.org.nz/get-help/in-crisis/ you may also contact the school Counselling team [email protected] or your child’s House leader.
Senior examinations take place in Week 5, followed by junior examinations in week 6. Study advice is available from subject teachers and through the House Tutoring system.
We have developed a new premier sports uniform, which is already being worn by the 1st XV rugby team, the boys’ and girls’ 1st XI hockey teams and the boys’ and girls’ 1st XI football teams.
The remaining premier teams will be issued with the new uniforms as they are delivered to us. The redesign of the sports kit is to bring a consistent and unique look to all of our teams, rather than the broad range of outfits it has become over the years. The junior and grade team uniforms will also be redesigned to align with the premier kit. These uniforms will be rolled out next year.
Steven Hargreaves
2019 Enrolments will be open from Wednesday 6 June.
Please follow this link to view the enrolment forms from 6 June, when the process begins .
Parent ONLY Information Evening (for parents new to Macleans College in 2019) - Wednesday 25 July 2018 at 7.00 pm in Upham House.
Parent / Student Open Day - Saturday 11 August 2018 from 9.0 0am to 12.00 noon.
Closing date for Out of Zone Ballot – Wednesday 5 September 2018 at 3.30 pm
Mid Year Examinations, Reports, and Interviews
Senior mid-year examinations run during week 5 and Junior Examinations in week 6. Good luck to all students. Make sure you are prepared.
Mid-year reports will be on the parent portal for seniors on the 25 June and for juniors on the 2 July.
Parent interviews will be held for seniors on 3 July and for juniors on 26 July.
Parents will be able to book interviews from the day of the reports being issued.
Parent Portal
We strongly encourage all parents/caregivers and students to use the parent portal. You can track your child’s attendance, NCEA results, key dates and view all school reports.
Careers Night
Careers Night will be held on 12 June. All students are welcome but is essential for years 12 and 13. Parents and caregivers are welcome.
It is a wonderful opportunity to hear first-hand from all New Zealand universities and polytechnics and to learn about course structures and entry requirements. We have a wide range of representatives from many career pathways.
Full details and the programme will be available on our website soon.
Uniform Shop
Due to Queen's Birthday weekend the Uniform Shop will be closed on Saturday 2 June, but will open on Saturday 9 June instead.
Latest News

Model United Nations Assembly

Twelve senior students from Macleans College recently attended the Rotary Model United Nations Assembly held at Auckland Girls’ Grammar School ... more

Early Season Success Leads to NZ Fencing Selection

During the May school holidays, five Macleans Students attended the New Zealand U15 and Cadet (U17) Fencing Nationals in Wellington ... more

Senior Spanish Camp in Hawke’s Bay

From the 18th to 20th May, 16 senior Macleans College students of Spanish had the opportunity to immerse themselves into Spanish language, culture and cuisine ... more

Top Basketballer receives National Recognition

Harrison Smith (Year 11 Snell House) has been selected in the New Zealand Under 15 age group ... more

Macleans Events
PPTA Stop Work Meeting, 29 May
Early Finish to the School Day, 1 June
Senior and Junior Mid-Year Exams
Uniform Shop - June Opening Hours
MyTuition - Tutoring Services
Bell Times 2018 (pdf)
Voluntary School Donation 2018
Sports Draws and Results
Diligence Grades - Guide for Parents and Students
Traffic Information for Parents
Term Dates 2018
Homestay Families Required
Community Notices
28 May - 1 June
Senior mid-year exams
29 May
ICAS Science

PPTA stop work meeting
1 June
2.15 pm finish
4 June
Queen's Birthday holiday
5 - 8 June
Junior mid-year exams
For more news and events please visit www.macleans.school.nz
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