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J O Mathewson, Principal

Term 2 Issue 1 6 May 2016

Monday 9 May is Day 1

We do hope you all had some positive

family time over the holidays.

This Term we welcome a number of

students, including Internationals from

Germany, China, Japan and Vietnam.

During Term 2 there will be Board

elections, Shrek - our musical

production, student academic reports

and ongoing property development.

Our gym and library are complete, and the science block

is on time to be completed at the end of Term.

Our Board I would like to acknowledge the

quality of our present Board and thank

them for overseeing one of the most

successful eras in the schools history.

They are a skilled, quality team, led by

Mr Dobbin whose experience in

education and his wisdom makes such

a difference. They are incredibly loyal

to this school and its students, and have

overseen outstanding ERO reviews and

the strongest academic results our students have achieved.

At the same time music, art, drama and sport are


You will know them:

Mr Dobbin (Chair), Mr Cox (Dep. Chair), Mr Tawhai,

Mr Ashcroft, Mr Shaw, Mrs Sturny, Mr Pageau (Staff

Rep.), Rebecca Percy (Student Rep.).

Information about the elections will be posted to all

families this week.

Anzac Day

Three of our students were invited to participate in the

Anzac Day Service at the Birkenhead War Memorial

this year. Rebecca Percy (Head Girl) read a prayer,

Naua Manavahetau (Deputy Head Boy) laid a

wreath on behalf of the College and Gisela Theunissen

gave a very moving speech. Gisela spoke about the

meaning of Anzac day and the effects of war and how

important it is for us to remember and honour those

who have fought on our behalf.

Ex student Jake Howe (2005) has finished his PhD at Kings College, Cambridge university (which

was funded by a Rutherford Scholarship) and

graduated on 23rd April. His

Mum travelled from New

Zealand, his brother from

Australia and one of his sisters

from Leamington Spa. Jakes

chemistry teacher from BC,

Mrs Frith, was invited to

attend and says It was an

absolute delight for me to

receive an invitation to the

graduation ceremony, followed

by lunch at the college with

Jake, his family and his

supervisor. It was a fantastic day, a ceremony that I

will always remember (although it was conducted in

Latin) and absolutely wonderful to see a student who

has worked so hard going so far.


OPEN EVENING 7pm Thursday 19 May

Talk with Teachers and Students.

Tour our facilities.

Come and see our College in action

Rebecca, Naua & Gisela

Orienteering (April 2016)

Auckland Secondary School Relay Champs and

North Island Secondary School Champs

BC had three teams compete at the Auckland Relay Champs, Ambury Park on 7th April and four Senior boys

travelled to Hawks Bay to compete at the NISS Champs 27-29 April.

Results Auckland SS Relay Champs: Junior boys

B team made up of William Hawkins (24:33), Austin

Melville (32:46) and Connor Thomson (24:06)

placed 8th and Junior Boys A made up of; Luc

Davenport (21:32), Luke Sale (50:40), Reece

Pratley (35:41) placed 14th.

Senior Boys team of Ethan Groom (30:59), Little

Alex (28:00), Matt Cox were mid field,

unfortunately a timing malfunction meant results

were unavailable.

Results NISS Champs: Day 1 Sprints 3.1km in Napier : Winners time was

15.34 minutes. Matt Cox placed 16th in 19 minutes,

Andrew Bycroft 31st in 22.15 minutes, Alex Little

32nd in 22.23 minutes and Ethan Groom 35th in 23.54

minutes. (first Sprint Race Ethan had competed in).

Day 2 Individual Long Distance 4.5km (230m climb) :

Quite a short course for long distance but very steep and hilly so

was very tough. Most of the top 10 senior boys are part of NZ teams

so pretty hard competition. Winning time was 41.59 minutes. Matt

Cox 17th in 1 hour 21.55 minutes, Andrew Bycroft in 1 hour 59.00


Day 3 Relays Te Awanga: Winning time 1 hour 17.26 minutes.

Birkenhead was 5th out of 16 teams. Individual results: Ethan

Groom 38.20 minutes, Alex Little 45.25 minutes, Matt Cox 30.52

minutes (3rd fastest runner in his leg).

Well done boys and a special thank you to David Cox who travelled with the team to the NISS Champs and is

always supportive of BC sport..

Relay Photo (L-R): Austin Melville, William Hawkins, Connor

Thomson, Alex Little, Matt, Cox, Ethan Groom, Reece Pratley,

Luke Sale, Luke Davenport

Sen Boys Photo: (L-R): Alex Little, Ethan

Groom, Matt Cox, Andrew Bycroft

Careers Corner

Important dates for your diary for Term 2:

Year 11, 12 & 13 students who may be considering

university study are recommended to attend

presentations which give a general outline of

programmes available, entry requirements,

scholarships and fees:

All careers talks are in T4 at lunchtime. Try to get

there for a prompt start, bring your lunch with you.

10 May Psychology talk


26 May Canterbury University

2 June Defence Forces NZ

9 June University applications C6

16 June University applications C6

Massey University Information Evenings

Two information evenings for prospective students

and their parents, covering degree programmes and

the application process will be held at the Massey

University, Albany campus on 17th & 18th May

starting at 6pm. No registration required and free

parking. Go to for

details or contact Mrs Morris.

CV writing workshops

The following workshops are open to any students

who are looking to write a CV towards part-time or

full-time work. They are held in C6 at lunchtime

Thursday 23 June CV writing / cover letters

Thursday 30 June CV writing / cover letters

Netball : Hartley Cup

On Wednesday night Team 1 Netball challenged

Northcote for the Hartley Cup. 2013 was the last

time the cup was up for contention. With a

relatively new BC team this was going to be a

challenge, a challenge the girls were ready to

embrace!! The first whistle went and our girls

were outstanding, the score was 5-1 to BC and

we were going strong. Unfortunately Northcote

found their feet and the lead slipped away from

us. The girls fought hard but the final result saw

Northcote retaining the cup. I was so proud of our girls with the way they conducted themselves on and off

the court, they played with heart and passion and never gave up. The defensive duo of the two Graces, Grace

Tawhai and Grace Wichman was outstanding. They worked so hard contesting every ball that came

their way. The midcourt was led by Becca Percy and the shooting circle saw captain Hadassah Moreton sink

some wonderful shots along with sidekick Amy Brooksbank. Northcote were a lovely team to play against.

Both teams were passionate and demonstrated outstanding sportsmanship. Their second game of the evening

saw them come away with a great win against Orewa, well done girls. Ms Mexted

Parent Portal Logins

We are pleased that so many parents are now

using the KAMAR parent portal on our website to

check on their childs absences, their assessment

grades or even just to read the school notices.

During the holidays, the technicians changed

some of the logins to just the student ID number

(a five digit unique code).

If you are having difficulties accessing the portal,

please try just your childs student ID to login,

together with your usual password. If you cannot

get on, or would like your details sent again,

please email Kate Fuller

[email protected]


Last weekend Birkenhead College hosted our

first pre-season Blitz basketball

tournament. It was a full-on day of

basketball that gave all the teams a chance to

play several short games in preparation for

the up-coming season.

Four teams came to the tournament including

Bethlehem College from Tauranga, Pinehurst

School and Long Bay College.

The Birkenhead Senior A boys team ended

up playing Bethlehem College in the final,

this was each teams 4th game of the day! It

was a dominant performance from our boys

and we won the game 102-53. It was an

excellent team effort with every player filling their individual rolls to perfection.

It was the perfect end to a pre-season tournament for the team that included 10 games, and a record of 7 wins

and 3 losses. The team now looks forward to their first official game against Whangaparaoa on Friday at



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