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18 August, 2016      
From the Principal

Dear Parents

You will be aware from the media that things are hotting up around the issue of funding schools, with the NZEI (Primary Teacher’s Union) and PPTA (Post Primary Teachers' Association) calling a Paid Union Meeting on Friday 9 September. This started out as an almost unanimous cry from schools to end the labelling of schools with a decile rating.
Here is how the Ministry of Education describes deciles:
Deciles are a measure of the socio-economic position of a school’s student community relative to other schools throughout the country. For example, decile 1 schools are the 10% of schools with the highest proportion of students from low socio-economic communities, whereas decile 10 schools are the 10% of schools with the lowest proportion of these students. A school's decile does not indicate the overall socio-economic mix of the school or reflect the quality of education the school provides. Deciles are used to provide funding to state and state-integrated schools to enable them to overcome the barriers to learning faced by students from lower socio-economic communities. The lower the school’s decile, the more funding they receive.
Decile funding is a blunt tool, but it worked in a fashion. Bigger schools tended to miss out a bit in funding, and low socio-economics didn’t account for students needing support, be it for special needs or English second language learners. Our school, being Decile 10, receives some of the lowest school funding in New Zealand.
Problems started to emerge with governmental policy creating a competitive environment for schools. Naïve logic decided that the strong will survive and the weak quietly disappear. But that isn’t real world, and that isn’t what has happened. Instead the inequity between schools has blown out massively, and most unfortunately but not surprisingly, we have a situation where high decile schools are seen by the public and media as good schools, and low decile schools not so. In other words, decile became a pseudo ranking system for schools in New Zealand. I even encounter this overseas when I am on marketing trips. The question of what decile is Long Bay College is of more importance than how well our students are doing.
So the cry went up to take away the decile badge away. And this has now become a debate on funding and the rebirth of the notorious bulk funding concept.
Out of this is coming an investigation into what it actually costs to educate children – to provide schools like Long Bay College. I think the Government is in for a shock, especially if they cost in all the co-curricular hours given for free! 
And that segues beautifully into rich array of happenings and success in our school, something you will see if you follow our Facebook page and read these newsletters. Two things in particular have stood out for me: Bea’s painting and hearing her talk about it, and the Premier Netball team’s comeback from 7 down to draw against Westlake Girls – mature resilience shining through.
All the best for busy weeks ahead.
Russell Brooke
Bea Terreblanche

The creative handiwork of Year 10 student Bea Terreblanche has earned a Long Bay College Art class group a jam-packed weekend away to experience Waitangi and the Bay of Islands.

Bea was one of four winners of the Our Nation’s Children Art Competition, which tasked Year 9 and 10 students to create a piece of art around what the Treaty of Waitangi meant to them. The other three winners were students from Palmerston North Girls High School, Otahuhu College and Campion College. The four winning pieces of art were selected from a total of 75 submitted by schools from around the country with each piece accompanied by an explanation from the artist.

The prize is a trip, worth up to $10,000, including three nights’ accommodation for one class from each of the four winning schools, meals, an educational experience at the Waitangi Treaty Grounds and the Waitangi Museum, and an itinerary planned and booked by the Bay of Islands Education Network. The four winning art works will be exhibited at the new Museum of Waitangi between now and December.

Bea's watercolour painting is entitled Blinded by Ignorance. It is of a Maori chief signing the Treaty of Waitangi, with his ancestors in the background telling him not to. Bea is looking forward to seeing her painting hanging up in the Museum. She says it is only then that she will believe she has won because at the moment it still doesn't quite feel real.

Congratulations Bea! We are incredibly proud of you and hope you, and your fellow Art students have a fantastic trip away.

Scholarship Breakfast
Last week Long Bay College hosted its first Scholarship Breakfast in the staffroom which was attended by 90 scholarship students and staff.

The guest speaker, Sam Bell, spoke to the students on the successes and failures they may encounter when they leave College in a few months time. He also discussed what life has been like on his pathway to becoming a second year medical student at Auckland University.

Staff and students enjoyed a wonderful continental breakfast and were truly inspired by Sam's words of wisdom which they can take with them into their future.
Netball Oz Trip

In the first week of the school holidays Long Bay College sent twenty-one students to Brisbane, Australia to play netball in the High Energy Youth Tournament.  The HEY Tournament (originally known as Southern Skies), is an international tournament open to teams from all over the world. 

Long Bay College entered an U18 team made up of a combination of Premier and Senior A players as well as an U16 team. The U18 team had a successful trip, winning both the One Day Carina Tigers Regional Schools Tournament and the HEY Three Day Tournament. The U16 team also achieved well, coming 6th in the One Day Tournament and placing 2nd in the cup division for the HEY Three Day Tournament. Sophie Butler (U18) and Megan Noick (U16) were both deservedly named players of the Long Bay College teams by tournament officials. Six of the U18 players were also selected in the Tournament Dream Team; Brittany Allison-Carnie, Sophie Butler, Rosie Dawson, Maddison Moore, Anna Thompson and Anisha Venter. 

As well as an intense week of Australian netball, this trip was a fantastic opportunity for the girls to experience the Brisbane lifestyle and Australian culture, with trips to Dreamworld, Movie World, a cultural show and lots of shopping! On and off the court the girls were exceptional and a real credit to Long Bay College by displaying great team spirit, building connections with other schools throughout the week, as well as playing some fantastic netball. The girls were also able to support Northcross Intermediate School throughout the week who were playing in the U14 tournament.

A special thanks to Naomi Upperton, Lyn Barr, Melissa Ibbett, Nina Baxter, Donald Allison-Carnie and all of the parents for making this trip possible.

Additional Open Evening
Due to huge demand for 2017 enrolments, we are holding an additional Open Evening for Year 8 students on Wednesday 24 August from 4pm to 7pm.

For those families who yet to have their enrolment interview, please contact the School Office on (09) 477 9009 or
Welcome Our New Staff
FROM LEFT TO RIGHT: Elizabeth Bearne (English), Stan Ellis (English/EAP), Te Mahia Millanta (Economics/Business Studies) Brad Simons (Science/Chemistry) 
INSERT: Andrew Rankin (English)
ABSENT:  Jamie Gibson (Media Studies/English), Ken Smith (Physics/Science), Tim Spratt (Mathematics)
Maatangi Whenua

Long Bay College Year 11 Geography teams attended the annual Maatangi Whenua competition at Westlake Girls High School recently. This was the North Shore round of the Year 11 National Competition.

The competition tested the teams geographic knowledge and skills through various challenges including Geography in the News, Quirky Geography Facts and Creativity in Conveying Geographic Concepts.

Both teams enjoyed the night with Ciara Arnet, Summer Davies and Ethan Russell finishing 8th, and Adam Clifford, Blair McIntosh and Brianna Orams finishing 2nd out of 14 teams.

Auckland Geography Quiz

There were 24 senior Geography teams from various Auckland schools that competed in the annual Auckland Geography Quiz Night recently.

Year 13 students Tayla Baxter, Sarah Selman, Calvin Richmond and Josh van Kuyk represented Long Bay College well, finishing 6th overall. Long Bay College was the 2nd placed North Shore team, just behind Rosmini College.

Congratulations to the team of enthusiastic geographers.

KAMAR Workshop
Kamar Parent Portal and Microsoft Office 365 – Parent Workshops

We will be holding a workshop for parents to learn how to navigate the Kamar Parent Portal and Office 365. This workshop will be tailored to best cater to the needs and levels of expertise of those who attend. Further information, including a survey form to gauge need and days of availability will be emailed out to those who respond.

If you are interested in learning more about how to use these applications to engage with your child’s learning, please email by Thursday 25 August.
Parent Support Network
Resiliency Series: Current Issues
Wednesday August 24th, 7-8pm in the Long Bay College Staffroom.

Presenter: John Meeske, MSc Psychology, Counsellor Long Bay College

Continuing our discussion of teenage resiliency, this 1-hour presentation will look at the ‘Resilient Mind’ and its relation to a few pertinent topics: substance use, social media and gaming. What is our response to these issues as parents and as educators?

There will be muffins, tea and coffee provided. Please RSVP for catering purposes by emailing John on: 

It will be wonderful to see you there!

Homestay Families
Do you think you would be a good host for an international student?

Long Bay College appreciates the support it receives from our current homestay families and are seeking more families. 

If you have a spare room and would like the opportunity to learn about other cultures, please contact Irene for further details or an informal chat on 09-477 9009 ext 831 or by email:
Year 9 Flight Unit
Long Bay College students were recently rewarded for Excellence in the Year 9 Flight Unit with an actual flight in one of North Shore Helicopter’s training choppers. Each student had a personalised flight with Rob who was the pilot instructor during North Shore Helicopters Open Day.
Mufti Day

Friday 26 August is Daffodil Day and the Term 3 Mufti Day. To raise money for the Cancer Society’s Daffodil Day appeal, we encourage all students to dress up as their childhood heroes. A gold coin donation is required from all students who participate in the Mufti Day, with all proceeds going towards the Cancer Society.

Keep up to date with Long Bay College news, announcements, sports reports and photos on the Long Bay College Facebook page.

If you have any photos or success to share on the Facebook page, please send them to
Bring Us Your Old Phone!
Long Bay College is proud to participate in the Mobile Phone Appeal this year. We want to help promote and educate people about the importance of protecting New Zealand's coastline, through being involved in an environmentally responsible recycling scheme. The scheme involves parents and students donating their old and unwanted mobile phones to be recycled for re-usable materials in order to make other products, rather than being sent to the landfill where they would otherwise pose a risk to our environment. 

By recycling old mobile phones we are helping to reduce contamination in our water ways and coastlines as well as raising awareness for Sustainable Coastlines. There are also rewards on offer for our school for supporting the Sustainable Coastlines charity, which makes it all the more exciting. So how does this work? It's very simple. Students, parents and teachers bring in any unwanted mobile phones and place them into a collection box either at the Reception, Student Centre or the Library before the 26th August. For more information, please visit
- Harry Pearce and Josiah Mathew, Year 13
School Show
Beauty and the Beast
Come join the frivolity, the daring heroes, the clockwork creatures, the inventions, the dancing cutlery, the singing. 

Beauty and the Beast - The Steampunk Edition will be held at the Long Bay College Auditorium at 7pm on 26/27/29/31st August and 2nd/3rd September. Tickets are available from Reception and cost $20 for adults and $15 for students.

It will be a wonderful night out, come be our guest ;)
Enrolments 2017
Over 500 Northcross Intermediate School and Murrays Bay Intermediate School students visited Long Bay College this month to see some of the incredible facilities we have to offer.

After a spine tingling powhiri, the students visited different faculties around the school. It was great to see so many excited faces and we look forward to seeing them all here as Year 9 students next year!

If you would like to book a school tour, or find out more about Long Bay College, please email the School Office or phone (09) 477 9009.
Senior Art Exhibition
Come along to the ‘Preview’ Senior Art Exhibition next week on Thursday 25th August in the Art Faculty (V-block). Students, families and staff are all welcome!

This will be the opportunity to see a ‘preview’ of Year 11 – 13 Art, Design, Photography, Painting and Sculpture portfolio work in progress.
Art Show & Gallery Trip

Students attended a fantastic day out in the city recently, first attending the Top Art Show hosted by Elam Art School and then Dieneke Jensen’s exhibition at AUT’s St Paul Street Gallery and Contemporary NZ Art exhibits at the Gow Langsford.

The Top Art show is a national touring exhibition showcasing the top Excellence portfolios from 2015 candidates.  It was great to see former Long Bay College student Elliot Bromfield’s sculpture work on display as part of this top selection. Students had the opportunity to view and discuss how they could see evidence of the Achievement Standard Excellence criteria in the Design, Painting, Photography and Sculpture work and they gained a deeper understanding of the critical and evaluative thinking skills that are required to reach this very high level. Elam staff also gave us the opportunity to tour around some of their studio spaces on campus and did a presentation showing a range of graduate work.

Following lunch in Albert Park we headed to Dieneke Jensen’s exhibition titled ‘Dwelling on the Stoep’. We were privileged to have the artist herself speak to us about the ideas behind her moving and still photographic imagery, which poses questions about architecture failures around the world, the idea of community and what it means to dwell. Students were challenged to consider the purpose of art in a broader sense beyond the concept of ‘making’ and came away from the experience realising that art really is about ideas, about posing questions and making people think. Whilst at AUT we also had the opportunity to look at some of the studio spaces and have a brief presentation on AUT’s Visual Arts and Design course options.

We then finished off the day visiting the Gow Langsford galleries viewing a wide range of contemporary New Zealand art and learning about how dealer galleries operate. Students were astounded at the hefty price tags of some of the works, but were reminded that yes, artist also need to eat!

Students came away from the day buzzing about the work they had seen and the places they had visited. Not only was their understanding of Level 3 Excellence criteria strengthened, but their ideas and thinking about art were broadened, which should translate into a more conceptual approach to their portfolio work. Students also came away excited about future options available to them in the creative fields beyond school, a very successful trip indeed!
- Mrs Liese Strong, HOF Visual Arts

L1A History Trip
Term 3 started with our annual L1A trip to Kelly Tarlton’s sea life aquarium. This is part of our short unit entitled ‘Antarctica and its significance to NZ’. The main focus of the trip is for students to visit the replica Scott Hut Exhibition as part of their research assessment, but of course there was plenty of time to see the penguins, sharks and fish. A key aim of this trip is to encourage the appreciation that historical research involves the use of primary material, not just the use of books and the internet. As always, the students were delightful, focused and a credit to the school.
- Ms Catrin Vickers, Head of History
APO Visit

As part of our partnership with the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra, some of our senior composers were recently chosen to have their compositions and arrangements workshopped by members of the Jade String Quartet – comprising of four of Auckland’s finest string players.
The quartet came to Long Bay College and workshopped the ‘works in progress’, recording and discussing the music with the students. Students learned more about effective writing for the instruments and discovered where to go next with their music.
This was a fantastic opportunity for the students to be writing for professional musicians and to hear their music played live at a very high level. The quartet will return later this term to record the completed compositions and arrangements.

LBC Music Academy

The Long Bay College Music Academy offers private, one-to-one lessons in piano, guitar, drums, flute, violin, clarinet, saxophone, bassoon, recorder and the ukulele. Students of any musical capability, aged from 4-18 are welcome.

In addition to the private lessons, students will have the opportunity to get involved in groups, events and competitions (both in-house and external). Students will be encouraged to sit the ABRSM and Trinity graded international examinations, but these are not compulsory.

Prices vary form $22-$36 per half-hour lesson, $37-$66 per hour lesson. All lessons occur after school hours including some in weekends. To enrol or express an interest, please visit

Senior Dance Show
Nederlands Dans Theatre
On Saturday 2nd July a group of dance enthusiasts from Long Bay College attended the ‘Nederlands Dans Theatre’ performance at the Civic Theatre. This programme, made of four works, was the first time the company had performed outside of the Nederlands and was a triumph and showcase of strength and beauty.

For the opening work ‘Safe as Houses’, a block wall was attached in the centre of the stage rotating and picking up speed. Seamless transitions of dancers coming on and off stage made the piece joyfully never-ending, with people appearing behind the wall as it rotates. This piece was a magnificent introduction to the rest of the works and set up Nederlands Dans Theatre as dancers with a stealth-like lightness yet a solid grounding also.

‘Woke Up Blind’ was the second piece was about love. It had a simple set and lighting was a plain black wall having a handful of stars shining out. It began with one man wearing black pants performing movements that evoked laughter and confusion in the audience and then the other dancers travelling across the stage wearing red velvet pants. 

The third piece “The Statement’ was very different to the others, in a corporate setting with two men and two women dressed in business suits.

‘Farewell’ and ‘Transformation’ were the themes of the final dance “Stop Motion’. This dance was a very gripping piece with an amazing set, it was the climax of the show as an awe-inspiring dance creation. As part of the finale the wings were opened to reveal backstage and the lighting grid lowered to strip away the illusion and atmosphere that was created throughout the show. This brought the audience back to reality or included them in the background and making of the show as the dancers walked towards the audience and the curtain lowered on the spectacular Nederlands Dans Theatre.
-Emma Turton, Year 13
Where Are We From?

Each newsletter we introduce a member of staff at Long Bay College to show the diverse backgrounds we have at the school. In this newsletter we meet Deputy Principal Mrs Thea Kilian.

Mrs Thea Kilian
Born: Boksburg, South Africa

Arrived in NZ: 1999 

My husband and I loved New Zealand from the moment we stepped off the plane. The main difference for us was the respect people have for each other and for their environment. Taking long walks on Long Bay beach, we definitely did not miss the bared windows nor the snaring Rottweilers behind large metal gates. We did however miss the food! The mince just didn’t taste the same, nor the cheese!!  

I found teaching in New Zealand quite a challenge to start with because of the structure of the day. In South Africa we had 30 minute periods. The students came in, you taught your lesson, they left. I had no idea what to do with a Maths class for an entire hour!   

Looking back, I loved South Arica and still do. I am now however proud to also call myself a Kiwi.

Thea Killian老师(女)

Mevrou Thea Kilian
Gebore: Boksburg, Suid Afrika
In NZ aangekom: 1999 

Ek en my man was verlief op Nieu Seeland van die oomblik wat ons van die vliegtuig getree het. Die grootste verskil vir ons is die respek wat die mense vir mekaar en vir hul omgewing betoon. Wandels langs Long Bay Strand het verseker dat ons nie die diefwering of knorrende Rottweilers agter groot metaal hekke mis nie. Maar ons het na die kos verlang! Die maalvleis en kaas het net nie dieselfde geproe nie.  

Ek het onderwys in Nieu Seeland nogals uitdagend gevind omdat die struktuur van die dag so verskil het. In Suid Afrika was my periodes 30 minute lank. Die student het ingekom, ek het my les gegee, hulle het geloop. Ek het nie geweet wat om met my Wiskunde klas te doen vir ‘n volle uur nie.  

Ek is nogsteeds life vir Suid Afrika, maar ek is nou ook trots om myself ‘n Kiwi te kan noem.

Mrs Thea Kilian 
출생: 남아프리카, 복스버그(Boksburg)
뉴질랜드 도착: 1999년
나와 남편은 뉴질랜드 공항에 첫발을 내디딘 순간부터 뉴질랜드를 사랑하게 되었다. 뉴질랜드에서 느꼈던 큰 차이점은 사람들이 서로서로를 존중하고, 환경을 존중한다는 것이었다. 롱베이 해변으로의 오랜 산책후에 결국 우리는 노출된 창문도, 큰 금속문 뒤에서 짐승을 잡는 로트와일러도 그리워하지 않게 되었다. 그러나 우리는 음식을 많이 그리워했다. 뉴질랜드에서 먹는 고기는 고국에서 먹던 것과 같은 맛이 아니었고, 치즈 또한 고국에서 먹던 맛이 아니었다.
또 뉴질랜드 학교의 수업구조가 고국과 다르기 때문에 뉴질랜드에서 가르치는 것이 처음에는 상당히 힘들었다. 남아프리카에서는 수업시간이 30분이다. 학생들이 들어오고, 수업을 하고, 학생들은 나간다. 그때 나는 수학수업에서 그 시간을 채우기 위해 무엇을 해야할지 몰랐다.
되돌아보면, 나는 남아프리카를 사랑했다. 지금도 그렇고. 하지만, 지금 나는 나 자신을 키위라고 부르는 것 또한 자랑스럽다.

Years 12 & 13 Update
Term 3 is the penultimate term for our senior students, the time when good time management and appropriate preparation is essential.  Ideally students should be making a study plan and have key dates and timelines clearly visible in some form of a term planner. I have been speaking to many students over the last few weeks, and am at times concerned with the lack of awareness of the importance of these remaining weeks. Students who are performing well, have prioritised their work, are aware of due dates and have appropriate plans in place. They are calm and getting on with the task in hand.

With our pastoral system, students have a large amount of support.  The structure now involves Teachers, their Faculty Deans and myself all working together to ensure a calm, reassuring and supportive environment for their learning. Students also have additional workshops in the majority of subjects and have a homework express tutor system for additional help. It is essential for students who feel they are struggling, are stressed or feel overwhelmed to let the staff know and make appropriate use of the additional help available.

In Term 2 we held a Student Academic Tracking session to ensure each student knew where they were in regards to their NCEA qualification and clarify any misunderstandings regarding the qualification system. This process will be repeated mid-Term 3, when student can check their progress and re-evaluate what their goals are.  In a recent senior assembly, Mrs Thomas, our Careers Advisor clarified what was required to gain Level 2 and 3 NCEA, what was meant by University Entrance and gave students a guided tour of our extensive Careers page.

There is a wealth of information on this site; current vacancies, apprenticeships, University requirements, a diary of when visiting speakers are coming to school and much more. Students are encouraged to visit this site on a regular basis.

It is now time for our senior students to take control, be aware of what is required and put their own appropriate plan in place.  They should use all the resources available to them to make the remaining weeks productive and successful.
-Dawn Ross, Director of Learning, Years 12 & 13
China 2017
We are offering an awesome opportunity to our current Year 10 & 11 students – a trip to China in April 2017 for students who also wish to develop their leadership skills.

Students will gain an invaluable cultural experience in three very different Chinese cities: Beijing, Shanghai and Ningbo, where we also have our sister school. At the same time, we will develop students’ leadership capacity with a wide range of planned activities and a community project. They will also learn basic Chinese in preparation for the trip. Further details to follow shortly via email.
Information Workshop


  • 长湾中学关于英语课的规章
  • 新西兰教育系统
  • NCEA



We will be holding an Information Workshop for all new Chinese-speaking families in the Staffroom from 10am to 11.30am on Saturday 20th August.

The main topics will include:

  • English provision at Long Bay College
  • The New Zealand school system
  • NCEA

It will also be a great opportunity for you to meet other Chinese families who have moved to this area of New Zealand.

Please just come along – everyone is welcome! 

Student Volunteers
Each month Harbour Sport asks a different school to nominate a Student Volunteer and it was Long Bay College’s turn this month.

Kylie MacGrigor from Harbour Sport visited us last Friday to present the award to Scott Burfoot, 2016 Sports Captain. Harbour Sport also acknowledged two other students who give their time to coach sports teams (both at Long Bay College and Northcross Intermediate School) and who are always willing to help out in the Sports Office with a smile whenever needed - Ai Shan Cheng and Jessica MacGee.
Congratulations to you all.
Congrulations to Madeleine Houston and Brendan Bekker who have been selected to represent New Zealand at the Indo Pacific Trampoline Championships in Napier later this year. The event will be hosted and run by GymSports New Zealand.

This is a fantastic achievement for these students. They also both competed at the NZSS Trampoline Championships recently and both placed 4th in their Elite Grades - well done to you both!
Byron Buys
Well done to Year 12 student Byron Buys who was part of the North Harbour U18 regional team that won silver at Nationals during the school holidays.

A great result as the level of hockey at this tournament is incredible and the feeding ground for the future Black Sticks. Well done!
Earlier this month, the Long Bay College Girls Squash Team consisting of Lauren Crowhurst, Lana Handley, Sophie de Jong, Rebecca Le Maitre and Kylie Lin travelled to Palmerston North to compete in the 2016 National Secondary Schools Competition. The team went into the competition seeded 13th out of 21 teams. The aim was to beat this seeding whilst enjoying what would be the last time representing the school in Squash for most of the girls.

The weekend was jam packed with squash, with the team’s first game being against Palmerston North Girls High School B team on Friday morning followed by Napier Girls High School in the evening. The next morning the team managed to pull it out of the bag and beat their long term rivals Westlake Girls High School with an end result of three matches to two. This outstanding performance was followed up by another game later on in the day against Epsom Girls Grammar.

To finish off the weekend the girl’s final match was played against Waikato Diocesan before heading home. Overall the team played extremely well under the management of Ms Mo Unsworth and with the helpful guidance of coaches Mr Grant Crowhurst and Mr Frank de Jong to have a final placement of 12th, beating the teams original seeding by one.
The team showed extreme support for one another over the weekend and maintained a positive attitude no matter what the score of the game. This year the turn out was one of the largest in terms of teams entered, making for an exiting atmosphere for both competitors and spectators. It was a trip to remember.
- Rebecca Le Maitre & Lauren Crowhurst, Year 13
Lawn Bowls

This week 34 Long Bay College students competed in the North Harbour Lawn Bowls Championships at Hobsonville.

After the first competition was cancelled due to bad weather we were lucky to have a beautiful sunny day to compete.

The majority of our players had never played before but by the end of the day we saw some real skill and determination. Long Bay College entered 12 Boys Pairs and 7 Girls Pairs with some great results and the top four teams will go through to play the Finals in a few weeks.

Congratulations to everyone who attended and to all the parents who volunteered their assistance on the day.

Water Polo

A number of Long Bay College club water polo players attended the 2015 Pan Pacific Youth Water polo Tournament held in Auckland over the holidays. Teams from all around New Zealand, Australia, USA and South Africa participated in this international event. Well done to all of you who played hard and gained valuable experience playing against international teams.

North Harbour Club
Tessa de Jong-Gordon, Britney Picard, Azaria Court, Ella de Jong-Gordon, Frankie Myers, Krista Barnaby, Brandon Matthews and Tayne Morgan

Hibiscus Coast Club
Aleysha Ingram, Lauren Davey, Jarrod Matthews, Dante Becker, Branden Terry and Blair McIntosh

Mountford Park Club
Ashleigh Terry

Congratulations to Brandon Matthews who was selected by the coaches of New Zealand Water Polo NZ 2000 squad to attend the New Zealand vs Australia series, 20 July – Saturday 23 July. This involvement included training sessions throughout the day and games in the evening. To be recognised by the New Zealand selectors is a huge achievement, after his performance, intense trainings, dedication and commitment to Water Polo. Well done!


Long Bay College competed at the New Zealand Secondary School Orienteering championships recently. Year 12 student Daniel Monckton won the Intermediate Boys Sprint Race which is a fantastic effort and a great reward for all his hard work.

Other results are as follows:
Euan Pike - Intermediate Boys 14th
Liam Watkins Starrs - Intermediate Boys 12th
Yannick Lange - Junior Boys 18th
Angela Knoester - Junior Girls 25th
Alessandra Mayo  - Junior Girls 31st

In the Long event some pleasing top 20 results.
Daniel Monckton - Intermediate Boys 5th
Euan Pike - Intermediate Boys 25th
Liam Watkins Starrs - Intermediate Boys 16th
Yannick Lange - Junior Boys 27th
Angela Knoester - Junior Girls 30th
Alessandra Mayo - Junior Girls 28th
Tayla Baxter - Senior Girls 14th

Gateway 2016
Gateway is a work experience programme for our senior students.  It involves up to 10 days work experience in an area of interest to the student.  The placement is a mix of practical and theory work, in order that the student gets an overall picture of their chosen industry.  Placements over the years have included: teaching, building, health, hospitality, veterinary, product design, pilot, excavating, fitness instructors, aeronautical engineering, all areas of engineering, automotive, customer service, banking,  electrical, plumbing, youth work, height compliance,  nursing, baking, automotive and early childhood teaching. Applications for Gateway 2017 are now open until September 8th 2016.  Please come to the Careers Department if you would like a form.
For my Gateway placement I was put in a company called Bravura Solutions. This company deals in creating wealth management software. For the five weeks that I was there I was taken through the jobs of the developers, architecture developers, business analysts and consultants, customer service advisors, and quality assurance testers. I also got to attend a workshop of how the company works with clients to implement new features. Overall I found this experience very enjoyable as it really helped me understand the process software development more and opened my eyes on how crucial teamwork is in the software engineering field.
I went to Torbay Primary School for my Gateway placement. I was placed in a Year 3 class to gain experience and knowledge in teaching. I had the best time there, it was very informative and solidified my decision to go into teaching in the future. I enjoyed being able to connect with the students and help them learn. I gained some amazing experience in what it’s like to teach children and how children learn. I believe Gateway has helped me a lot in deciding my career path and given me experience I know will be extremely valuable for my future. Going to my placement made my week and I would never trade this experience for anything.
I experienced first-hand the job of a Veterinarian and Vet Nurse at Dairy Flat Vets. This was an invaluable opportunity that allowed me to learn about the real everyday job of a vet. The job is tough, tiring and inspiring. I was able to gather knowledge from the staff about their experiences in University and gain advice before pursuing this career. I was able to observe surgeries, the farriers, dentistry, large to small animal consultations and go on practical call-outs to farms/lifestyle blocks.
If you have a career you are interested in, go to Gateway. This will help you figure out whether it is a career you really want and a job in which you will flourish. I feel as though I am more ready to become a part of the workforce as a result of this experience. I am ready to follow my dream with the knowledge that I can handle all of its challenges. I will never forget all that I have learnt and encourage anyone thinking about a possible career to apply to Gateway.
During my Gateway experience I did work experience in building and boat building/boat maintenance. I used a lot of tools like nail guns, sabre saws, drop saw, and a skill saw to carry out many different tasks. For the boat building work experience I helped make a teak decking boarding platform for a massive super yacht. I also did sanding on the inside of a power-cat after there was a diesel leak in the hull. Throughout my Gateway experience I enjoyed working around new people who I wouldn't usually be around and luckily I didn't dislike anything. I feel that I have gained many skills throughout Gateway and would recommend for anyone to apply for this experience.
Gateway was such an amazing experience for me. In the beginning, I didn’t know what to expect but as soon as I got stuck in, it was great. My Gateway placement was at Torbay Primary School. The main sector I wanted to work in was ESOL but due to the generosity of the wonderful teachers there, they also allowed me to experience their Rainbow Reading Program and one on one reading with international students. I visited the Primary School every Tuesday for the course of 5 weeks. The kids there were amazing. They were so welcoming and it was so nice to be able to work closely with them. Most of my work involved speaking, playing a range of games with them, reading and writing. If anyone is considering ESOL teaching, primary teaching or something similar in the future, I would 100% recommend that you take part in Gateway. It was an experience that I will never forget and the skills and qualifications you gain are so helpful.
In Term 1 this year, I was lucky enough to do a Gateway placement with Paul Troake Construction LTD. Working on a site on County Road, the project had just started before I began working there one day a week, for ten weeks.  Because of this I was able to see most of the buildings progress whilst I did my placement there. Tasks set to me by my other co-workers were all relevant for the project which I liked as at the end of a day’s work, I was able to see what I had done and how I had contributed to the project. I am taking up the offer of an apprenticeship from Paul starting next year.  Over the 10 week period I was also given hand tools and a belt to keep and paid work during the holidays this year.  The experience working with Paul's company confirmed to me that building was the career path that I want to take. This experience was great and I would recommend to anyone wanting to choose a trade as their career path to apply for the Gateway programme.
What's Coming Up?
Tuesday 16 August-Friday 18 August – KBB Festival
Friday 19 August - School Tours from 9am-10am
Monday 22 August – School Tours from 9am-10am
Monday 22 August-Friday 2 September - Year 9 Subject Selection
Tuesday 23 August-Wednesday 24 August – Level 3 Accounting and Economics Trip to Wellington
Friday 26 August – Mufti Day
Friday 26 August-Saturday 3 September – Beauty and the Beast, The Steampunk Edition
Saturday 27 August – Walk the Line Fashion Show
Monday 29 August-Friday 2 September – Winter Tournament Week
Friday 9 September-Friday 16 September – Level 1B Senior Exams
Monday 18 September – Level 2PED Leadership Camp
Tuesday 20 September – Original Composition Music Concert
Wednesday 21 September and Friday 23 September – Level 1A Geography Tiritiri Matangi Trip
Thursday 22 September - Best of the Best Music Concert
Friday 23 September – End of Term 3
Monday 10 October – Term 4 begins
8月16日,星期二-8月18日,星期五 - KBB音乐节
8月19日,星期五 - 上午9:00-10:00校内访问
8月22日,星期一 - 上午9:00-10:00校内访问
8月22日,星期一,9月2日,星期五 - 九年级选课
8月23日,星期二-8月24日,星期三 - 外出学习:L3会计和经济,至惠灵顿
8月26日,星期五 - 无校服日
8月26日,星期五-9月3日,星期六 -  美女与野兽,蒸汽朋克版
8月27日,星期六 - Walk the Line时装秀
8月29日,星期一-9月2日,星期五 - 冬季锦标赛周
9月9日,星期五-9月16日,星期五 -  L1B高年级生考试
9月18日,星期一 - L2体育领袖野营
9月20日,星期二 - 原创音乐节
9月21日,星期三-9月23日,星期五 - 外出学习:L1A地理,至Tiritiri Matangi
9月22日,星期四 -  精英音乐会
9月23日,星期五 - 第三学期结束
10月10日,星期一 - 第四学期开始

Dinsdag 16 Augustus – Vrydag 18 Augustus – KBB Fees
Vrydag 19 Augustus – Skool Toere van 9am-10am
Maandag 22 Augustus – Skool Toere van 9am-10am
Maandag 22 Augustus – Vrydag 2 September – Jaar 9 Vakkeuses
Dinsdag 23 Augustus – Woensdag 24 Augustus – L3 Rekeningkunde en Ekonomie Uitstappie na Wellington
Vrydag 26 Augustus – Civvie Dag
Vrydag 26 Augustus – Saterdag 3 September – Skoonlief en die Ondier: Die Steampunk Weergawe
Saterdag 27 Augustus – Loop die Lyn Mode Parade
Maandag 29 Augustus – Vrydag 2 September – Winter Toernooi Week
Vrydag 9 September – Vrydag 16 September – L1B Senior Eksamens
Maandag 18 September – L2 PED Leierskamp
Dinsdag 20 September – Oorspronklike Musiek Komposisie Konsert
Woensdag 21 September en Vrydag 23 September – L1A Aardrykskunde Tiritiri Matangi Uitstappie
Donderdag 22 September – Beste van die Beste Musiek Konsert
Vrydag 23 September – Einde van Kwartaal 3
Maandag 10 Oktober – Kwartaal 4 Begin

8월16일(화)~8월 18일(금) – KBB 페스티벌
8월19일(금) – 학교 투어 (오전 9시~오전10시)
8월22일(월) – 학교 투어 (오전 9시~오전10시)
8월22일(월)~9월 2일(금) – 9학년 과목 선택
8월23일(화)~8월 24일(수) – Level 3 회계 & 경제학 웰링턴 현장학습
8월 26일(금) – 사복입는 날
8월26일(금)~9월 3일(토) – 미녀와 야수, 스팀펑크 에디션
8월 27일(토) – 워크 더 라인 패션 쇼(Walk the Line Fashion Show)
8월29일(월)~9월 2일(금) – 겨울 토너먼트 주간
9월9일(금)~9월 16일(금) – Level 1B 상급생 시험
9월18일(월) – Level 2 PED 리더십캠프
9월20일(화) – 오리지널 작곡 콘서트
9월21일(수) & 9월23일(금) – Level 1A 지리학Tiritiri Matangi 현장학습
9월22일(목) – 베스트 오브 더베스트 음악콘서트
9월23일(금) – 3학기 종료
10월10일(월) – 4학기 시작

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