Tuesday, 9 December 2008

2008 Leavers

The school year is finally completed for our Year 13s, who attended the Leaver's Mass in the Chapel at the school this evening.
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Wednesday, 3 December 2008

Uniform Shop

The PTA uniform shop will be open on:

Saturday 17th January 2009 from 10.30am to 1.30pm

Wednesday 28th January 2009 from 9.30am to 12 noon

Staff Changes for 2009

Leaving the College         
Robert and Margaret Tait will be retiring.
Sue Maynard has been promoted to AP at St Theresa’s Bluff.
Sue Shaw     

Joining the College         
Keryn Page – Teacher of Middle School 
Karen Hammond– Home Economics 
Megan Van –English and Japanese         
Joyce Campbell – Assistant to the HOLA English   

Internal changes         
Kathryn Miles – DRS and Year 12 Dean          
Richard Haveron – Year 11 Dean   
Colin Kidd- Grounds person  

Otatara Community Nursery

8KM have been helping to plant trays of tussocks at the Otatara Community Nursery. The tussocks will be replanted as part of the College landscaping plan when they are large enough.  Leone Grace has coordinated this environmental action project with Chris Rance who runs the nursery. The class planted over 300 plants which was an excellent effort. Department of Conservation ranger Teresa Jackson helped the students explore the local wetland walk. Thank you to everyone who helped make the day possible.

Pacifika Cultural Evening

Sounds of the Pacific filled the College hall on our first Pacifika Evening. Strong beats, rich harmonies and flowing dances from talented and enthusiastic performers were highlights of the evening. An appreciative audience were given a taste of the many Pacific cultural traditions with in our College. Thank you to the  dedicated team who organised the evening. $770 was raised and donated to the College.    

SIT Careers Day

All year 10 students have had the opportunity to explore careers and courses through SIT at the annual taster day. Thanks to SIT and Mrs More for making the day possible.  

Head Students for 2009

Congratulations to next year’s head students. 
Head Girl                           Antoinette Oudhoff 
Head Boy                           Ben Ward 
Deputy Head Girl             Kayla Geary 
Deputy Head Boy            Matthew Debono

Ben Ward and Kayla Geary with their peer support group on the new entrant orientation day held today. The fine weather gave an excellent opportunity for students to get to know each other and the senior students. 

Director of Religious Studies

The Board of Trustees is pleased to announce the appointment of Mrs Miles as DRS commencing in 2009. Mrs Miles is  currently Year 12 Dean and teacher of senior religious education at the College.  Mrs Miles brings a wealth of teaching experience in history and religious education to the position. Mr Tait, currently DRS, has kindly deferred his retirement and will be close at hand to assure a smooth  transition during the first terms.

Senior Prizegiving

Congratulations to the students who received awards at the senior prizegiving.

The Young Entrepreneur
Lauren Morsink

Theology Distance Education Paper
The following sat and passed the University of Otago Theology paper – CHTX 101 Early Christianity
Rebecca Abey,  Lauren Morsink
Zac Vermeulen,  Hannah Morrison
Amy Radka,   Nicole MacaballugCoby Dowling,  Simon Gourley
Louise Moodie,  Renata Davis

Year 13 Verdon Citizenship
The Golden Family Trophy -In the Way of Dominic, Rosamund More

Year 13 Outstanding Courtesy and Cooperation
The Sunrise Rotary Club Award,  Danielle Thomas

Head Boy’s Award -The Craig & Shaun Campbell Cup Renata Davis
Head Girl’s Award -Deirdre Lynch Cup Katherine Affleck

The Founders’ Award
Alice McDowell

Proxime Accessit 2008  
Alice McDowell
Verdon College Dux 2008
Nicole Macaballug