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TERM 3 WEEK 10 - COLLEGE NEWSLETTER
College Principal - “Light at the End of the Tunnel"
Deputy Principal - "What Have We Learned?"
Special Character - "Thank You"
AP Curriculum - Academic Updates
AP Pastoral - School Summer Uniform
ICT Academy - 2021 BYOD Information
Literacy Centre- Millionaires Club
First Multi-Millionaire for 2020
Outstanding Effort in the Lexile Programme
Green Chair Interview with Mr Brown
8BOE: ASB St John in Schools- Injury & Prevention
9REL: Creation, Co-Creation and De-Creation
Mr Dermot English
"What Have We Learned?”
On the final day of this term it is worth looking back to see what we have learned from this unusual time. It has been different for everyone. For many it depends on how many people they have had to look after during lockdown. If families have young children it can be very difficult to keep them occupied, although sometimes being forced to be together for so long can get the family to a new level of understanding.
For boys as well the experiences have been varied. From a teacher’s point of view I can see the boys who got organised, created some structure and stuck to the programme. Others struggled with motivation and will self-management, but this is the chance to learn. A set structure creates motivation on its own, so you don’t have to decide each day whether to make an effort- just follow the programme. This is much like most people’s experience of going to work, we just do it.
I learned that I could be healthier than I thought, if I just did something each day, as in, every single day. I think I had reinforced what most people did, that our families are by far the most important thing in our lives. This became clearer when people couldn’t go to work. It also brought home to me how great it is to have a job, and to be able to provide for those around me. Finally it became very clear how much both teachers and students prefer to be at school than doing online learning. I think this is making us all enjoy the time that school is actually open.
I hope everyone enjoys some time in the holiday with their families and that when we leave them to go to work, or school, we feel lucky to be able to do so.
Assistant Principal - Mr Phil Doyle
Senior Exam Week 12 – 16 October
A reminder that the first week back in Term 4 is our Senior Exam Week. These exams take on even more importance with all the COVID-19 disruptions this year. Results will also be used if, god forbid, we suffer any further disruptions. Stick the Senior exam timetable up on the fridge or on your wall next to the NZQA timetable. Highlight your exams. STUDY HARD.
All Year 11 – 13 students should make sure that they have worked out how they will get to and from school that week.
Morning exams or workshops require students to be at school at the normal time 8.35 am and finish at 11.50 am. Afternoon exams and workshops require students to be at school at 1.30 pm and finish at 3.50 pm.
Students have Study Leave for the days or times that they don’t have exams. If students have a morning and an afternoon exam they may stay at school and study in the library between exam sessions. Otherwise students must go home straight after exams and not hang around school or out in the community. Study Leave is a privilege which will be removed if students are not complying with instructions.
De La Salle Certificate and NCEA Progress
This week’s Weekly Notes include updates on progress towards the Dela Salle Certificate for Years 7 – 10 and NCEA Updates for students in Year 11 – 13.
For NCEA students we have seen outstanding progress with NCEA Credits- Over now over 90 students Year 11 – 13 students have already achieved NCEA Level 1, 2 or 3. Amazing when we think about the disruptions.
Please note the changes made by NZQA to NCEA for 2020 that includes Extra Learning Recognition credits. These Extra LearningCredits have reduced the total number of credits needed to achieve at each level.
Learning Recognition (LR) credits were introduced this year to recognise the classroom time lost during the nationwide lockdown earlier this year. Extra LR credits are now available to students in Auckland because of the additional COVID disruption in August.
NCEA Level - Total number of credits required from assessment
- Level 1 - 64
- Level 2 - 68 (48 + 20 from another level)
- Level 3 - 68 (48 + 20 from level 2 or higher
These changes apply to all the credits achieved in 2020, including credits earned before the recent lockdown, and cover internal assessment, exams and portfolios. There are also changes to certificate endorsements. Instead of 46 credits, you will now need 44 credits to earn Merit or Excellence Certificate Endorsements.
ICT Academy and Techtorium
There are a group of 12 students attending Techtorium short courses in Newmarket over the holidays. We wish them well.
Assistant Principal - Mr Elton Charles
School Summer Uniform- Term 1 & 4
During Term 4 the expectation is that all students must wear their summer uniform. This expectation extends from Year 7 to Year 13.
We would like to remind our students with your help as parents to make sure that the uniform expectation is respected.
All of these items (except shoes) are available at our uniform shop. We also recommend and encourage all students to wear sandals during summer.
If for any reason during the term a student is unable to wear the correct uniform item, then we expect the student to bring a note to school to explain this.
Your co-operation regarding our school uniform policy is appreciated. Here is the website link for more information of our school uniform and prices.
The Uniform shop will be open on Friday 9 October in the second week of the school holidays for any uniform purchases.
Uniform Shop Hours- Monday to Friday
2021 BYOD Information
All students can participate in the School’s BYOD Programme with approval from their parents. Device specifications needed to connect to the School’s Computer Network are listed below.
- 11-inch screen ideally touch screen
- 4GB RAM memory ideally 8GB
- 128 GB Hard Drive Ideally Solid State (SSD) to reduce risk of damage
- Wi-Fi: 802.11n ideally 802.11ac
- Keyboard and trackpad (mouse)
- Battery capable of running 6 hours
- AC Power adapter/ charger
- 2 USB Ports
- Audio out
- Upgrade to 2-year warranty to include battery replacement
- Carry bag / protective case will help with daily use
- USB Pen Drive / Headphone
Other considerations Insure the device either household contents policy or a new separate policy.
Recommended Device The School’s recommended device for 2021 is Acer Travelmate B311 Spin and can be purchased at a discounted price from Harvey Norman’s Manukau branch
LITERACY CENTRE: MILLIONAIRES CLUB
“Boys Who Read Achieve”
Report by Amanda Chapman, Kristina Ah Ta and Angela Barry
As we get closer to the end of the year we are getting more and more millionaires indicted into Literacy Centre’s Millionaire Club.
The Millionaire Competition closes on the last Sunday of the Term 3 holidays. This week we are pleased to announce that we have another six millionaires in the Literacy Centre’s Millionaire Club.
To become a member of the Millionaires Club, students need to read one million words or more in the Lexile Reading Programme before the end of the Term 3 holidays. Every student in Year 7 and 8 is expected to read Lexile books for at east 20 minutes a day. In order to achieve one million words read, students need to be disciplined and self-motivated in other words a "Man of Excellence". This competition is held each year for Year 7, 8 and 9 students. Students might like to make it their goal for next year.
There are some students very close to achieving a million words and we encourage them to keep going; they can do this! All students should continue to read as Term 4 will see lots of exams at school and independent reading will help them succeed.
Congratulations to Elijah Hunt and Samuela Alatini 8OLI, Siosifa Havili 8BOE; Dayton Wong 8ABR; Evander Su'a and Francisco Fidow both from 7TUF.
This is a great academic achievement and students are usually acknowledged in a whole school assembly, receiving a certificate and an academic badge. Due to the Level 2.5 Lockdown for Covid 19 Mr Hogarty kindly acknowledged the students’ achievement in the Literacy Centre. These millionaires will have their names added to the Millionaires Honours Board on display in the Literacy Centre.
First Multi-Millionaire for 2020
We are pleased to announce that Jimone Lasalo, 7AND is our first multi-millionaire for 2020. Jimone has read over two million words this year. Congratulations.
Outstanding Effort in the Lexile Programme
The following students have made a fantastic effort in the Lexile Programme. Combined they have passed over 1100 book quizzes. Each of these students have received a certificate and a De La Salle pen. Congratulations, David Feki, Immanuel Siu and Seuga Tulai-Gago from 7STW; Nashawn Laumatia, 7KUR; and Khadaphius Saufua-Jansen, 8OLI.
Green Chair Interview with Mr Brown
An occasional article where Year 8 students interview people with an association to our school. Interviews are carried out in the Literacy Centre with the interviewee seated in the “Green Chair”. Monday 21 September we interview Mr Anthony Brown, homeroom teacher of 8ABR.
The interviewers were Manaia Iakimo and Aisea Niuafe, cameraman – Dayton Wong, all students in Mr Brown’s homeroom.
- What are your hobbies outside of school? Currently, because lockdown has limited my normal sports and exercise, I have taken up bike riding. I’m not a serious “Tour de France” type cyclist but I cycle all over Auckland.
- Do you have any hidden talents? No, sorry, no hidden talents.
- Do you have any memorable sports moments? As a coach, my most recent memorable moments would be winning the 2C’s Grand final (Rugby) in 2018 and coaching the Under 18 South Auckland Girls Rugby Team Champions in 2017. Really, the majority of the De La Salle teams I’ve coached, watching them progress over the season.
- As a teacher what makes you proud about De La Salle College? The fact that we punch above our stereo-type weight. Statistically, our school as a decile 1 predominately Pasifika school in South Auckland we shouldn’t be achieving as well as we do and that makes me proud. We have potential to do even better.
- What is your favourite sports team? My favourite sports teams are, for NRL it would have to be NSW and the Warriors, obviously the All Blacks, the Black Ferns and the De La Salle teams I get coach every year.
- Why did you choose education as a career? I used to do very manual labouring-type work but then I had a back injury. While I was recovering I felt like I needed a change, I need to try something else. Then I saw an advertisement asking for Pasifika males to become teachers and I thought I would try that. The funny thing was, it was Mr Raukura in the ad. I’ve been teaching now since 2003.
- Did you learn anything new during the lockdowns? What I found interesting and new during the lockdowns was getting to know my students more through Teams, their personalities and their banter.
- What is your favourite book? When I was a kid I didn’t really have a favourite author, more favourite genres. I really liked Greek mythology, comic books, superhero-type genres. I guess one of my favourite authors as a child was Enid Blyton, the author of the Famous Five detective books. I like history books and always have done.
ASB st john in schools- injury & prevention
by Year 8 class- 8BOE
8BOE had the privilege along with the rest of the intermediate to learn from St John's about injury and prevention.
We believe the course was extremely beneficial as it taught us how to look after ourselves. It was a fun and interactive way for us to learn important life skills. We learnt about how people get injured when playing sports and what we could do to prevent theses from happening. It was interesting for us to learn that although we wear protective gear when playing sport, does not mean we will not get hurt. There is still plenty of opportunities for us to still get injured, however, the gear can prevent it from happening or minimize the damage or injuries done.
We learnt about the importance of warming up and cooling down. There was also a segment on nutrition and the benefits of eating healthy. Eating huge amounts of sugar is not good for us as many foods already have the required amount of sugar that our bodies need to function. This linked in well with what we have been learning for Health in the classroom.
Thank you so much Sue from St John’s for coming in share important lessons with us about keeping our bodies healthy and safe. We really appreciate you giving us a FREE first aid kit for the intermediate teachers to use.
CREATION, CO-CREATION AND DE-CREATION
by 9REL with Mr Tutaka
The students learnt about the significance of Creation, Co-creation and De-creation. Creation is the sacred act of God who created and is still creating the universe. Co-creation is the ability for humans to be part of God’s sacred act of creating and therefore using intellect, reason and morality, humans are able to create.
We realised that everything we see in the world, plastic, metals and medicine all originate from something created by God.
Year 9 Religious Education class were asked to create sculptures out of cardboard to show how humans are co-creators and here they display their creations.
ABSENT from photo is Lucius Yandall. Holding his creation of the Fale on his behalf is Troy Sanday
MADD ( Music, Art, Drama, Dynamic Learning) messenger programme has 20yrs plus experience in running life-skills development training in schools, workplaces and community.
As we transition through life phases and milestones, the learning continues. A selected group of Year 13 young men are currently participating in the MADD 10 week workshop programme which delivers and develops learning opportunities that inspire, upskills and enables people to move towards their goals and aspirations.
Ambition is to "Inspire a one degree mindset shift, engage supports to grow that mindsets and opportunity to grow leaders".
De La Salle College
A Catholic School for Boys Year 7-13 in the Lasallian tradition
Creating great men of Faith - Service - Community - Excellence
- Strong Catholic Character and Lasallian traditions
- Dynamic teaching staff
- Strong academic achievements
- High expectations of every student
- Caring and Supportive Pastoral Care team
- Extensive co-curricular activities
For enrolment enquiries contact Mrs Bianca Leau
Phone: +649 276 4319 ext 816
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