TUESDAY 19th MAY 2015
KIA ORA, MALO E LELEI, TALOFA LAVA,
FAKAALOFA LAHI ATU,
KIA ORANA, NAMASTE, NI HAO!
Greetings everyone –as winter kicks in, the rains come and heaters go on, here’s some recent news and things to ponder on from your school.
KELLY TARLTON’S TRIP
Last week all our Y.5/6 students enjoyed an overnight trip to Kelly Tarlton’s. Lots of new learning and exciting experiences for everyone! Great thanks to the many parent helpers who came along to support our students, and of course to our teachers who put the effort into organizing the trip.
It is very pleasing to see how students are proudly wearing their uniforms to school each day – especially pleasing to see the leadership being set by Y.7/8 students with their high standards this term!
To Ms. Sanford (Rm. 25) who recently won a 3 week scholarship to travel to Beijing University in China to further her language studies in Mandarin.
As you can all see our new building is progressing well, and is on track to be completed in mid-August. When we get to that stage we will be moving 4 teachers (and student groups) into the new learning environment to start a very exciting learning journey. We look forward to being able to show you through the new building once we are settled in and working.
Over the last 2 years or so our school has not been growing at all, and has in fact declined a little. We can clearly see two main reasons for this:-
- Families moving to Australia over the last 3 years has meant that more than 100 students have disappeared.
- The ‘Enrolment Zone’ that we had to accept in 2010 is now having an impact on our total student numbers throughout the school.
Our roll is now 635 (today) and this means that we have to ‘downsize’ our staff numbers in order to operate within our smaller budget.
NATIONAL STANDARDS DATA
As you all know, we take great pride in our Reading Programme at Viscount. We are very focussed on providing the best opportunities for our students to excel in their reading, therefore putting them in a strong position to go on to college confidently. New Zealand statistics show how well Viscount students compare to all students in the country in READING:-
|STUDENTS READING AT OR ABOVE NATIONAL STANDARDS|
|ALL STUDENTS IN N.Z.2013||ALL STUDENTS IN N.Z.2014||ALL STUDENTS ATVISCOUNT - 2014|
We are especially pleased that 84.0% of our Y.7/8 students were reading AT or ABOVE National Standards in 2014. This shows that our students move onto colleges in strong positions to keep learning successfully.
TERM 1 – Our students finished the term off very successfully:-
- Y.7/8 Girls Cricket – 1st in Auckland Blitz Competition
- Y.7/8 Boys Cricket – 1st in Auckland Blitz Competition
- Y.5/6 Mixed Cricket – 3rd in Auckland Blitz Competition
- Y.5/6 Girls Softball – 1st in Mangere Schools Competition
- Y.5/6 Girls Cricket – 2nd in Mangere Schools Competition
TERM 2 – We have started the term with a 100% record:-
- Y.7/8 Girls Seven’s Rugby – 1st in Auckland East Zone Competition
- Y.7/8 Boys Seven’s Rugby – 1st in Auckland East Zone Competition
- Y.7/8 Girls Soccer at Centre Park – 19th May
- Y.7/8 Boys Soccer at Centre Park – 26th May
- Y.7/8 Girls Sth Zone Rugby tournament – 12th June
Let's acknowledge the sporting successes of some ex-Viscount students:
- Vaovai Aiono – playing professional volleyball in Canada
- Gloria Aiono – chosen for N.Z. women’s volleyball team in 2014
- Hendrik Tui – in Japan nation rugby team for 3 years
- Charles Piutau – in All Blacks for last 2 years
- Taivalu Enosa – in U.S.A. national rugby teams (played at 2011 World Cup)
- Sione Lea – in Tongan national rugby team last year
- Uini Atonio – in French national rugby team this year
- Rawinia Everitt – Black Fern & N.Z. player of the year 2012/2013
- Siositina Hakeai – N.Z. Women’s discus champion last 3 years – Commonwealth Games 4th place 2014
- Siliva Ahio – playing professional rugby in Japan
- Tevita Lepolo – playing professional rugby in Japan
- T.J. Faiane – N.Z. Under 20 All Black 2014/2015 N.Z. Secondary School Player of the Year 2013
- Melani Vai – playing on wing for Auckland Blues
- Ngataua Hukatai – N.Z. Secondary School rugby rep. – Counties N.P.C. 2015
- Antonio Ripata – current captain of Auckland Grammar rugby team
- Wiseguy Faiane – current 1st 5/8 of Auckland Grammar rugby team
- Sesimani Tupou – current member of St. Kents rugby team
- Fa’amana Lafaele – current member of St. Kents rugby team
- Millenium Sanerivi – current member of Kings College rugby team (only Year 10)
- Ruth Dean – current N.Z./Australian Tae Kwondo Champion – Olympics soon!
REMEMBER:SUCCESS IS NOT AN ACCIDENT. SUCCESS IS A CHOICE!
HERE ARE SOME MORE EX-STUDENTS' SUCCESS STORIES:
- Lauie Sila – leads his own Theatre Company, ‘Black Friars’, and can regularly be seen in productions and on TV.
- Leueta Mulipola – leader in the McAuley College ‘Problem Solving’ team that won the World Championships in U.S.A. last year – currently studying for medical degree at Auckland University.
- Poloma Iosefo – member of well-known Dance group, ‘Dee-Licious’, and has performed throughout the country and further
Let us know about the achievements of other ex-Viscount students – we have much to be proud of in our community.