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MC Term1 Newsletter

A word from the

A word from the Principal (continued from p1) New students and staff were welcomed into the school at the start of term with our traditional powhiri. We have both 13 new teachers this year who have brought a variety of skills and experience to the staffroom and the largest Year 9 cohort in a number of years. Our new Student Leaders have done a great job in helping to settle the Year 9s into school. I want to congratulate all students who were involved in Polyfest for another year of excellent results. Our students always perform with pride and represent themselves, their culture and the school very well. I want to particularly mention the Cook Islands Group who won their division for the second year in a row and won almost all of their different sections. I also want to congratulate all students from last year on another year of improving NCEA results. We have seen an increase in our results over the past four years and we aim to maintain this improvement in 2018. See more about our NCEA results below. Tom Webb Principal of Mangere College .0 .0 NCEA Results: (Roll Based) 80.0 70.0 60.0 NCEA L1 NCEA L1 NCEA L2 NCEA L3 L2 NCEA L3 NCEA Results - Roll Based NCEA Results - Roll Based 50.0 .0 .0 .0 .0 40.0 30.0 20.0 10.0 0.0 2013 2013 2014 2014 2015 2015 2016 2016 2017 2017 Our NCEA results have been improving over the past four years and this year we had our best ever NCEA Level 3 and NCEA Level 1 results. We aim to continue this improvement in 2018. Student leaders Back Row L-R: Isaak Samoa, Levi Teleiai, Mathew John, Mark Leleifi, Sili Tongotongo, Izadine Ahmat Abdallah. Front Row L-R: Hannah Pio, Jane Malauulu, Jacinta Ringi, Mary Maea, Jasmine Strickland, Edna Mann Absent: Cee-Jay Maitai, Paul Lesoa .0 MC Term 1 Newsletter - 2

Farewell to Staff Jocelyn Maitland Jocelyn Maitland has been the mainstay of the Mangere College office for almost 40 years. In that time she has worked alongside five principals, including the founding principal, Ivan Armstrong, and supported countless staff members and students. They have all benefitted from her dedication and diligence. Jocelyn’s responsibilities have been many and varied – performing secretarial duties for the principal and others, as well as making sure that students were outfitted in the MC uniform, operating the school stationery shop, managing the piles of photocopying staff required, completing administrative tasks for the Board, collecting money for various activities, organising the management of the school vans - the list could go on and on. Jocelyn has been essential to the smooth running of the office and the school. Her superb organisational skills and super efficiency have meant that she is always one step ahead of us and those who haven’t followed proper procedures know that Jocelyn will always catch us out. Efficient she may be but Jocelyn has a lighter side as well. When there are gales of laughter emanating from the office we know that she is probably the instigator of the hilarity. Jocelyn is also the fount of knowledge of just about every sport you could mention and Melbourne Cup Day would not have been the same without her. When Jocelyn retires at the end of this term she will be greatly missed. It will be the end of an era for Mangere College. We thank her most sincerely for her dedication and commitment to the college, its staff and students. erica wilson After a wide variety of teaching experiences including that of visiting teacher, Erica Wilson joined the staff at Mangere College in 1997 as Guidance Counsellor. In 1999 she was instrumental in setting up the Achievement Centre at Mangere College, one of few Alternative Education Centres that operate from within a school setting and which has since been held up as a model for other such ventures in the community. It is due to Erica’s vision and leadership as Manager of the Achievement Centre that many young people have been able to re-enter mainstream education and realise their potential. She has created a welcoming and safe environment there where students can work independently as well as take part in scheduled classes for their year level. The centre epitomises the concept of the MC family. Not only have students benefitted from Erica’s care and expertise but also staff, who have valued her support, wise advice and good humour. We thank Erica and offer her our best wishes as she leaves MC and look forward to hearing about her travels and adventures. walter browne For 19 years, Walter Brown served our school as the Community Liaison Officer. He helped bridge the gap between school and home for students and parents alike. If not seen, one could hear Walter playing his Cook Island drums either in the staffroom or in his office. He was such a valued member of staff that he was allowed to have his very own carpark space, complete with bright orange cones. Mr Brown is now happily enjoying his retirement kathryn barclay Kathryn Barclay left Mangere College during Term One – she has been the school guidance counsellor and lead the Student Services team for the last 11 years. Kathryn was instrumental in setting up the It’s Not OK – saying no to family violence campaign that the school has been involved with over the last five years. She has supported many of our students during her time here. Kathryn has moved to a lecturing position in the counselling degree at the Manukau Institute of Technology. rowena o’neil Rowena O’Neil finished as our Operations Manager in February to move to Canterbury to be closer to her family. Despite only being in the role for a short time Rowena made a significant contribution to the school, helping with the day to day running and improving systems to make it easier for teachers to do their jobs. MC Term 1 Newsletter - 3

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