TUESDAY 3rd DECEMBER 2013
KIA ORA, MALO E LELEI, TALOFA LAVA,
FAKAALOFA LAHI ATU,
KIA ORANA,NAMASTE, NI HAO,
Greetings, everyone – as we get closer to a ‘WELL DESERVED’ holiday break for everyone (13th July to 28th July), here is some of the latest news from your school.
Our last chance to discuss your child’s learning year, and to report on progress, will be next week on Tuesday 10th and Thursday 12th. You can make your appointment to come along from 1:45pm to 6:00pm on either day. We are looking forward to this last opportunity to reflect on each child’s learning, and to set some goals for 2014 with you.
We say goodbye at the end of this year to 4 teachers who are all heading off in different directions in their lives and careers:-
- Ms. Dickinson-Cole – has been with us for 2 years, taking music with all classes in the school. We have enjoyed her enthusiasm for music, and wish her well in the new year.
- Ms. Deacon – has been with us for 4 years, teaching in the junior school area. We wish her luck in her studies next year.
- Ms Amiss – has been with us for 3 years, teaching at all levels in the school. We wish her luck in her studies next year.
- Ms. Charles – has been teaching with us for 13 years after arriving from England. Ms Charles has been an important part of Viscount Learning Community through enormous changes which have led us to becoming the school that we are today! Ms. Charles also played a strong role as staff representative on the B.O.T. for 8/9 years, working alongside many board members very successfully. We all wish her well in her quest to take the next jump to a leadership position in another school.
We are very pleased that we have been able to recruit one new teacher for 2014 (still 1 to find!) – we look forward to working alongside Mr. Cody Taogaga, an ex-student who left us in 2002, went onto Kings College, and is now coming back to Viscount!
ENROLLING IN YEAR 9 FOR 2014
It is good to see that almost all our Year 8 students are enrolled at the college of their choice for next year. If you still have not done this, and need some help, please come along to school and we will help you.
We remind all families that Viscount does have a school uniform, and that it is important that students wear their uniform proudly every day. It makes sense that uniforms are washed on the weekend so that they can be worn during the week. You can buy new uniform items online at:
www.argyleonline.co.nzand they will deliver to your house. If you are getting assistance from WINZ, Argyle will deal directly with them.
Recently we have dealt with several students who have been making some poor decisions in and out of school. On digging deeper it is obvious that many of those students are active on FACEBOOK, and the conversations they are having with other people are clearly inappropriate. Students are using language that most parents would not approve of, and the results of these activities are often leading to troubles.
We remind you all that it is illegal for anyone under the age of 14 to use FACEBOOK; as parents, you are responsible for the activities of your children. All students know that you are not allowed to use our school technology to go to FACEBOOK – the site cannot be opened!
Our B.O.T. has discussed this issue, and feel that it is important that we try to help parents understand the dangers of children using FACEBOOK. Early in 2014 we intend to run some evening courses at school to help parents understand FACEBOOK so that they can monitor their children more closely.
This year we have become increasingly worried at the numbers of children who do not go home at 3pm each day. Many children seem to wait for a long time to be picked up – ‘hanging around’ for so long often gives children time to get into trouble.
Although many of our staff look after children well after school, sometimes for a long time, we are not a babysitting service! Please make sure that your children go home straight after school every day.
- CRICKET – Our Year 7/8 Girls Team again came very close to getting to the N.Z. Finals in Palmerston North. A few weeks ago we played St. Cuthberts in the Auckland Semi-Finals, winning easily by more than 100 runs, and earning a place in the Auckland Final against Takapuna Int. Unfortunately the final didn’t go our way, and we lost narrowly in the last over by one run. Our girls have played in every Auckland Final since competitions began in 1999 (barring 2012 when we missed out) – a record to be proud of!!
- VOLLEYBALL – Our year 7/8 Girls and Boys teams again competed strongly this term. The girls went down to Kedgley in the South Zone Final, and Kedgley went onto win the Auckland Title. The boys won the South Zone Final, then went onto win their way to the Auckland Final, going down to Pakuranga Int. by 2 points in extra time. Well done to our volleyballers and coach Ms. Su’a.
- TOUCH – Our Year 7/8 Mixed and Boys teams competed very well at the South Zone day. The Mixed team lost the final narrowly to Sth. Cross Campus, and the Boys team won the zone title. The boys went onto play strongly at Auckland Champs, coming 5th – well done to players and coaches, Ms. Edwards and Mr. Leniu.
- ATHLETICS – Viscount has a proud record in Athletics – we field 2 teams every year:-
PRIMARY TEAM – This year our team competed very successfully against all the other Mangere-Otahuhu schools, winning the new combined TROPHY, which is now living in our trophy cabinet for the next year. Viscount has won the teams trophy every year since 2000 (except for last year) – something to be very proud of!
YEAR 7/8 TEAM – Last week our Y.7/8 athletes took part in the South Zone Championships with 19 athletes winning their way to this week’s Auckland Championships (on Thursday 5th, Mt Smart). We are particularly proud of the performances by all 4 of our Relay teams -
- 1st Year 7 Girls – Regina Purcell, Sasa Lelenoa, Elyza Poihipi, Karen Tangi
- 2nd Year 7 Boys – Ethan Purcell, Isikeli Filimoehala, Tinirau Rairi, Pita Orika
- 1st Year 8 Boys – Tevita Pita, Sesili Tongotongo, Millenium Sanerivi, Jarell Lokenitama
- 2nd Year 8 Girls – Hetary Aimasi, Jireh Malo, Chryss Viliko, Ruth Dean.
We also did extremely well in Field Events:-
|Discus-||1st Yr 8 Boys||Isa’ako Enosa|
| ||1st Yr 8 Girls||Chryss Viliko|
| ||1st Yr 7 Boys||Pita Orika|
|Shot Put||1st Yr 8 Girls||Mele Afu|
| ||3rd Yr 7 Boys||Pita Orika|
|High Jump||2nd Yr 8 Boys||Isa’ako Enosa|
| ||2nd Yr 7 Boys||Pita Orika|
|Long Jump||1st Yr 8 Girls||Ruth Dean|
| ||3rd Yr 8 Boys||Isa’ako Enosa|
| ||2nd Yr 7 Boys||Pita Orika|
We are always very proud of ex-Viscount students that pop up in the news because of their achievements e.g. Charles Piutau (All Black), Hendrik Tui (Japan Rugby Team), Siositina Hakeai (N.Z. Discus Champion) etc etc etc. Here’s some really impressive news about our Dux of 2009, Leueta Mulipola. Leuete is currently a year 12 student at McAuley High, and this year she was part of a team of 5 students who won a N.Z. wide Community Problem Solving competition. Their INQUIRY was based around supporting Pasifika learners to achieve excellence in N.C.E.A. Next year this team gets to travel to Iowa University in U.S.A. to compete in the International Finals!! This is the kind of success that drives us on at Viscount, knowing that our ex-students are making a real difference in their worlds.
Tereena Noomaara, Hinemoa Finau, Caylah Tongotea, Vivien Raega, Leueta Mulipola
PRIZEGIVING ASSEMBLIES - As usual, it is great to see lots of parents coming along to our end-of-year assemblies – here is this year’s schedule:-
- YEARS 1/2/3/4
- YEARS 5/6
- YEARS 7/8
- Tuesday 17th December
- Wednesday 18th December
- Thursday 19th December
- Last day for students 2013 – Thursday 19th December
- First day for students 2014 – Tuesday 4th February[Teacher Only Day - Monday 3rd February]