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Selwyn Times: November 28, 2017

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22 Wednesday November 29 2017 Latest Christchurch news at www.star.kiwi SELWYN TIMES Ellesmere College Newsletter 2017 Principal’s Message As I look back over the past year I have every reason to be proud of our school and in particular of our students. The talent, commitment, caring and achievement of our students makes Ellesmere College a great place in which to learn and teach. At Ellesmere College we care about the whole person, academically, socially, culturally and with regard to personal wellbeing. We aim to prepare our students for the world beyond high school. I have been thrilled to observe how the vast majority of our students have consistently demonstrated the College ‘RISE’ values of Respect, Integrity, Success and Empathy. During this year it has been a real privilege to see our student leaders at work: Head Students Jess Dunlop, Freddie Gash, Ella McClure and Jack Dudley; our Whanau Prefects, Special Action Group Prefects, School Council members as well as many others who positively influence others. Student initiatives such as the inaugural College Fair were a great success. The core business of schools is learning and often schools are judged by their level of academic success. In this respect we can hold our heads high. Our Level 2 students last year had the highest pass rate (97.1%) for any Decile 8 state school in New Zealand, and the 5th highest overall. At all three NCEA levels we were significantly above the national average. Over the last three years the most dramatic improvement has been at Level 3 with a 26% improvement by female students and 32% improvement by male students. These improving NCEA results have been reflected in a significant increase in NCEA subject endorsements over this time. There have been many exciting student opportunities this year, both in and outside the classroom. These have included the cultural trip to Rarotonga, the World Challenge trip to Nepal, the forthcoming Basketball trip to the United States as well as music, including hosting the Country Schools’ Music Festival. The school has held a junior drama production of ‘Into the Woods’, the special 40 Hour Famine event ‘A Night in Syria’, speech competitions, numerous sporting events, camps, skiing and sailing trips. The college has also hosted school visits from Japan and Australia and, for next year, school trips are being organised to visit the Commonwealth Games in Brisbane, sister schools in Japan and a World Challenge Trip to Myanmar. There is much to celebrate and enjoy at Ellesmere College. Gavin Kidd Ellesmere College Website See www.ellesmere.school.nz for up-to-date information about Ellesmere College Ellesmere College App For alerts, attendance, school notices, calendar and much more, download our school App. Go to your App Store and search for “Ellesmere College”. Ellesmere College Sporting and Cultural Awards Ceremony Ellesmere College celebrated the success of its many talented students at the annual Sporting and Cultural Awards Ceremony in late September. Hosted by Cultural Prefects, Jak Mitchell and Georgia Hague, the evening began with an amazing performance by the Kapa Haka group and featured guest speaker Mark Walton, a musician with an international reputation. The top awards presented were: Blues for Rugby: Bailey Clark and Brad Nairn Bars to Blue Rugby: Skye Taylor and Pip Prendergast Clausen’s Fairplay Trophy: Emily Andrew Atkins’ All Round Sportsperson: Sean Lemon and Paris Nurse Cultural Blue: Megan Dunlop Faass Cup for Drama: Jak Mitchell Dawson Cup for Senior Oral Performance: Fylgia Romero Maori Performing Arts: Reiana Pikari, Waimaria Brown, Kaydence Reihana, Mikayla Lemon, Emily Goodwin, Sam Righton and Keaton Ingham. “Into the Woods” – our Junior School Production Steampunk melded with popup storybooks in the Ellesmere College adaptation of Stephen Sondheim’s and James Lapine’s cockeyed fairy tale which was performed in late November. Into the Woods, featured all of your favourite characters: Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood, Jack (long with his beanstalk) and the Witch in this lyrically rich retelling of classic Brothers Grimm fables. But the tale was very twisted as were the puppets, pop-up sets, and top hats that featured in Ellesmere’s colourful, creative pantomime. Rapunzel sat in a giant clock tower, Jack’s Beanstalk was made of umbrellas, and the Princes had a great Nerf gun battle. Into the Woods played to enthusiastic audiences. The show was produced and directed by Drama teacher, Mrs Christine Cheesman, who was supported by Emma Dunlop from Leeston’s Rhythm and Dance studio. Brie Arnold as Cinderella The cast and crew Olivia Sheen as the Witch Jessica Dalton as the Baker’s Wife Ellesmere College 2018 Head Students Head Students: Fylgia Romero Fylgia has been involved in the leadership of many school activities such as the student council, the student wellbeing team, World Vision, music and public speaking. Outside of school she is very active in the Catholic Youth Group [Youth for Christ]. Born in the Philippines, Fylgia loves Ellesmere College. She is a gifted leader with exceptional public speaking skills. Iain Wright Iain has an outstanding academic record including NCEA Excellence endorsements. He comes to this role with leadership experience that has been developed in his Church’s children’s programme and as a leader on school camps. A keen sportsman, Iain has represented Ellesmere College at Canterbury, South Island and National levels in cross-country and athletics and plays basketball, tennis and indoor football. Deputy Head Students: Matt Riches Matt enjoys public speaking and has had success in speech competitions since Year 4. Through Ellesmere College’s Enhancing Excellence programme he created a booklet to help the transition of Year 7 students into the College and in 2018 he wants to help make this transition as easy as possible. Matt coaches a basketball team and received an Academic Blue for Level 1 NCEA. Pip Prendergast Pip is a very capable student with a keen interest in sport. Her sports include girls’ rugby, cricket and swimming and she wants to encourage other girls to become involved in sport especially girls’ rugby. As a Forward Foundation Sport Ambassador her influence goes far beyond Ellesmere College. Ellesmere College • Leeston Dunsandel Road, Leeston 7656 • Phone 03 324 3369 • www.ellesmere.school.nz

SELWYN TIMES Latest Christchurch news at www.star.kiwi Wednesday November 29 2017 23 Ellesmere College Newsletter 2017 2017 Ellesmere College Dux and Proxime Accessit to Dux Jessica Dunlop - Ellesmere College 2017 Dux Jessica was Head Girl in 2017 and has a wide range of interests in music and sport including piano [Grade 8 with distinction] and captain of the Ellesmere Netball Club’s A team. Jessica has an amazing academic record including NCEA Excellence endorsements. At the Prize Giving she was awarded the Leaders of Tomorrow Scholarship to a value of $15,000 and the Otago University Dux Scholarship for 2017 to a value of up to $6000. In 2018 Jessica plans to do Health Sciences at Otago University with the aim of studying medicine. Elsie Wadie - Ellesmere College Proxime Accessit Elsie has an excellent academic record including NCEA Excellence endorsements. She is a trained lifeguard and loves sport. While Basketball is her main sport she is also a Level 2 Netball umpire. In 2018 Elsie plans to go Canterbury University and study Chemical Process Engineering. Ellesmere World Challenge trip to Nepal Ellesmere College has been working with World Challenge for several years and has sent groups of students to Vietnam and Cambodia [summer of 2014/2015], Nepal [summer of 2016/2017] and is planning a trip to Myanmar in 2018/2019. The Nepal trip involved eight Ellesmere College students together with teacher, Mr Dayle Stoliker, and World Challenge leader, Megan Butler. They spent 28 days in Nepal, trekking, helping in a school, enjoying white water rafting on the Trisuli River and viewing rare animals in the Chitwan National Park. While gaining extremely valuable memories, the students were not only able to help the children of the school but now see the world through very different eyes. Within three days of arrival, together with their trekking guide, they set off on a seven-day walk to Annapurna. Following this the team began their project work at a school just on the outskirts of Pokhara: this involved painting two rooms and rebuilding part of the entrance. A friendly game of football with the local boys always followed each day’s work. White-water rafting, a visit to the Chitwan National Park and a couple of days in Kathmandu completed the trip of a lifetime. Dux - Jessica Dunlop. Po Whakangahau Dux and Proximate - Elsie and Jessica. In September ten Kapa Haka groups from schools in the Selwyn District gathered for a festival of Maori Culture at Ellesmere College that filled the Riki Ellison Memorial Hall. Preceded by a Hangi, the event was compered by the very amusing Matua Ra. Ellesmere College Cultural Trip to Rarotonga Early in July a group of twelve students from the Kapa Haka group and senior Maori classes travelled to Rarotonga under the leadership of Ellesmere College teacher Matua Miru McLean. The purpose of of the trip was to share culture and trace their heritage. For student, Katelyn Twiss the highlights of the trip were: • Helping move a Waka Ama and being rewarded by going out on a Waka Ama to visit an old shipwreck at sea. • Going to Tereora College, one of the local schools, during their cultural day, enjoying a shared lunch, watching them perform and performing to them. • Venturing around the island with one of the teachers from the College who showed cultural landmarks. • Paddle boarding around the beautiful Muri Lagoon and jumping off the wharf. Arrival at Rarotonga airport - very exciting. • Shopping day at the Punanga Nui Markets. • Going to a traditional church service on Sunday morning was an awesome experience especially listening to the passionate singing. • The Koka lagoon cruise and snorkelling in a marine reserve. • Attending a cultural performance where the passion for tradition and culture was clearly evident. The programme began with a Powhiri by Ellesmere’s Junior Group and finished with a performance by the Senior Kapa Haka group. Ellesmere College’s Matua Miru McLean had written a Haka for the unknown warrior that was brought back to New Zealand in 2014. This was performed by the Ellesmere College Kapa Haka group. Ellesmere College Junior Kapa Haka. Ellesmere College Supports the World Vision 40-Hour Famine Living in the Selwyn District it is very hard to imagine what life must be like in war torn countries like Syria: 6 years of conflict, 400,000 people killed, 1.9 million wounded and 13 million people forced to flee their homes. The Ellesmere College World Vision 40-hour Famine team held a 20 hour long camp in June with the purpose of simulating the harsh living conditions. This enabled them to experience on a small scale what the refugees have to endure on a daily basis. The students experienced the unrelenting boredom of being stuck in a refugee camp with no entertainment complete with a surprise simulated bomb raid and terrorist attack late at night. Other activities included a race to pack a bag in seconds before escaping the conflict. There was also a blindfolded obstacle course where family members had to lead each other (to represent the blinding terror of being separated from family during evacuation), building a shelter out of cardboard and tape, and simulating the struggles of migrating to a refugee friendly country. The 40 Hour Famine team raised $1607.90 for the World Vision refugee fund. Tarly Slade and Melissa Chapman. Tulaniu Sikaleti. 2018 TERm DATES Term 1: Tuesday 30th January to Friday 13th April Term 2: Monday 30th April to Friday 6th July Term 3: Monday 23rd July to Friday 28th September Term 4: Monday 15th October to Thursday 13th December Ellesmere College • Leeston Dunsandel Road, Leeston 7656 • Phone 03 324 3369 • www.ellesmere.school.nz