Fairfield College - Putting Students 1st




    "Celebrating our Successes"


  MESSAGE FROM THE PRINCIPAL                                                 

Tena koutou e te whaanau

2017 has had many highlights, ranging from improved and outstanding performance on the stage. The performances, on various stages, that were given by the 22 students who I travelled with to China were a special highlight of the year.  We represented our country, our city, our whaanau, and our school with great pride and distinction. Seeing our students walking the stairs of the Great Wall of China and visiting other important sites in China is a special 2017 memory, as is the very successful trip to Australia by our 1st XV. Our stage production of Aotearoa, a NZ Rock musical, and the strengthening of our Kapahaka team were other highlights.

I am excited about the curriculum structure changes that we are putting in place next year and it is affirming to see that the government has stated that they will review the NCEA framework. The new Minister of Education, Mr Chris Hipkins, plans to announce terms of reference for the review before Christmas and hopes it will free up students to learn about each learning area, rather than only what they need to pass NCEA. 

I have posted information about the curriculum innovations that we will be implementing in 2018 on the school website under the tab "Curriculum Innovations 2018" There has been a lot of work done to prepare for these changes and we will be monitoring the impacts of these changes over the next two years to ensure that these changes are delivering the improved outcomes that we are seeking.

I would like to acknowledge our school's Faculty Leaders for their leadership in this area and for supporting me to make the decision to go down this pathway. We are leaders, among traditional secondary schools, in implementing this pathway in 2018.

Consultation of Health Curriculum -

The Board of Trustees are conducting a consultation exercise of the school's current Health curriculum at the Year 9 and Year 10 levels. Information of this consultation has been placed on the school website, under the tab "Health Curriculum Consultation". I encourage all parents to participate in this process so that we are able to respond to the feedback that we receive.

Click on this link to carry out survey -  https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/PH3RCGT

Thank you for your continued support and we look forward to a successful final school term on the 2017 school year.

Ngaa mihi

Richard Crawford


  DIGITAL COMMUNICATION                                                                                                

A letter was sent home on February 27th to inform parents that the school is moving to replace conventional post communications with digital communications.  In doing this Fairfield College is following a similar trend followed by other businesses and organisations because it is a more effective means of communicating important information. Thank you to all parents and caregivers that responded to the request to update their e-mails.  I encourage all parents/caregivers to ensure that the school does have their latest e-mail address.

The Parent/Student Web Portal is an important tool that provides the school with the capacity to publish student information onto the web, for access by both parent and student.  This information includes; calendar, notices, details, timetable, attendance achievement, and Student Reports.  If you have not received a portal username and password for access to this information please e-mail the school at sparksm@faircol.school.nz and this will be sent to you. To access the Parent/Student Portal on the school website please see the left hand side 2nd from top 'Student/Parent/Caregiver Portal' click on Student Managements System Portal, enter username and password. Student Reports are now also accessed through the Parent / Student Portal.

 UPCOMING  EVENTS                                                                                                            

 Thurs 19-20 October   OED200 Mountain Biking
 Fri 20 October  OED Mountain Biking
 Mon 23 October  LABOUR DAY
 Tues 24-28 October  Chinese Cultural Activity
 Tues 24-25 October  Snow Planet Assessment
 Wed 25 October  9:00am STARS Graduation
 Fri 27 October  FFC farewells Ritsumeikan Keisho
 Sat 28 October  Kapa Haka - Hauraki Plains
   Remembering New Zealand Wars
 Tues 31 October  Special Olympics - Athletics
 Wed 1-2 November  First Aid Course
 Wed 1 November  LBS Quad Bike Course
   Final Mountain Assembly
 Fri 3 November  Senior Awards Assembly
 Mon 6 November  Leavers - Marae Noho
   11:35am Senior Prize Giving Rehearsal
   12:30pm SSEP Trip
 Tues 7-8 November  First Aid Course
 Tues 7 November  6:30pm Year 11-13 Prize Giving
 Thurs 9 November  NCEA Exams begin
   6:30pm Leavers Dinner
 Tues 14 -17 November  Sports Excel Camp
 Tues 14 November  12:35pm School early finish
 Wed 22 November  1:30pm Orientation for 2018 Year 9 students
   Higher Learning Testing
 Tues 28 November  12:35pm School early finish
 Wed 29 November  Cultural Festival
 Thurs 30 November  Whaanau Picnic
 Fri 1-3 December  NZSS Athletics & Road Race
 Wed 6 December  Ngaruawahia Day
 Fri 8 December  10.00am Junior Prize Giving
 Fri 8 December   END OF TERM 4

  2017 TERM DATES                                                                                                            

  TERM 3
 Monday 24th July - Friday 29th September
  TERM 4
 Monday 16th October - Friday 8th December


  2018 TERM DATES                                                                                                              

 1 February to 13 April 2018
          1 February 2018 - Year 11 & 12
          2 February 2018 - Year 9 & 13
          5 February 2018 - Year 9 & 10
          6 February - Waitangi Day 
          7 February - ALL Year Levels
 30 April to 6 July 2018
 23 July to 28 September 2018
 15 October - to be confirmed 2018




  Year 9
 Julie Wright
867  wrightj@faircol.school.nz
  Year 10
 Kiran Gibbard
  Year 11
 Kris Sainsbury
  Year 12
 Andrea Rodgers 875  rodgersa@faircol.school.nz
  Year 13
 Braden MacPherson
824  macphersonb@faircol.school.nz
  Deans Secretary
 Sally Winchester

  BELL SCHEDULE                                                                                                                 

  P1  Whanau   P2  Lunch  1 P3  P4  Lunch 2 P5 Students Depart
Mon/Tues/Thurs/Fri  8:40am   9:40am 10:00am   11:00am   11:35am 12:35pm  1:35pm 2:10pm 3:10pm
  P1  P2   Lunch   1 P3  Assembly P4  Lunch 2 P5 Students Depart
Wednesday 9:00am*  9:50am**   10:45am  11:20am 12:15pm  12:45pm  1:40pm 2:15pm 3:10pm

*    Year 9 and Year 10 only start 9:00am Wednesdays
**   Year 11-13 start at 9:50am Wednesdays
      School finishes 3:10pm every day for all year levels

  DOCTORS SCHEDULE                                                                                                        

TUESDAYS           10:00am - 11:00am                              Dr Arvind Narayan
THURSDAYS          9:00AM - 11:00AM                               Dr Lydia Sulima-Rogaczewski

  NZQA STUDENT APP                                          FFC IS NOW ON FACEBOOK             




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 STUDENT PARENT PORTAL                                                                                                

The Student Parent Portal is available through the school website www.faircol.school.nz
This portal enables you to check your child's attendance, and academic results.  Other information regarding your child will become available as the year progresses.

  REPORTING STUDENT ABSENCE                                                                                    

Attendance is a key indicator of achievement and we have set a school goal of 92%.  Please report student absences by either one of the methods below:
  1. By telephone: call 853 5660 extn: 837.  Please record the full name of student, their whanau class and the reason for their absence.
  2. By email: absentees@faircol.school.nz   Please record the full name of the student, their whanau class and the reason for their absence.

  MOBILE APP CALLED "NCEA GUIDE"                                                                             

NZQA has launched an App called "NCEA Guide" written for parents, whanau and employers.

The App will provide quick and easy access to key information about NCEA and makes practical information about NCEA more easily accessible.  Parents and whanau will be able to access simple content about how NCEA works and how they can support family members studying in NCEA (no individual student result or progress information is available).
The App also supports employers seeking to understand and evaluate NCEA graduates and their qualification.  Content can be viewed in English and Te Reo Maori.
The NCEA Guide App will be free to download from the Apple App store and Google Play Store from early in the week of 26 May.
Information will be added to the NZQA website to promote the App and on launch day there will be social messages sent out about how to download it.
If you have any questions about the App or would like further information please contact Phillipa Smith, Principals Nominee.