Fairfield College - Putting Students 1st





"Celebrating our Successes"

 MESSAGE FROM THE PRINCIPAL                                                                                      

Dear Parents and Caregivers

The purpose of this letter is to inform you of some important school events that will be happening in the last four weeks of Term 3, 2015.

2016 Subject Selection Choices

Next week, the school commences the 2016 subject selection process for our current year 10 to year 12 students. Students will receive a copy of the 2016 Senior Subject Choices Book on Monday, 31 August. This booklet will then be made available on the school website from Tuesday, 1 September.

Subject Selection Evening for Parents

A subject selection information evening will be held in the Fairfield College library at 7:00pm on Wednesday, 2 September. I encourage parents to attend as this will enable them to gain a clearer understanding of the secondary school learning pathways that need to be followed to place students in the strongest position to pursue their preferred post-secondary school pathway.

Subject Selection Day for Students

Subject selection activities will continue on Thursday, 3 September with all year 10, year 11, and year 12 students. Students at these levels will be required to meet individually with faculty leaders for learning to discuss and confirm their proposed 2016 learning programmes.

To enable the personalised support and coaching that is planned for this day, we respectfully request that year 9, year 13, year 14 and adult students do not attend school on this day. This enables us to work extensively with year 10, year 11, and year 12 students regarding their 2016 subject and learning pathways selections.

Senior Student Reports

Year 11 to Year 13 subject reports are in the process of being written and will be mailed on September 14 and September 15. These reports will be followed up with student-parent-teacher conferences for senior students on Wednesday 23 September, 4:00pm – 6:00pm. To maximise the quality of the learning and achievement discussions that will take place I encourage both student and parent/caregiver to attend these conferences. On this day, school will finish at the earlier time of 2:45pm. Year 9 and Year 10 reports will be distributed in term 4.

NZQA Fees Payment

By now all New Zealand Qualification fees should have been paid. These fees are compulsory for students to access their achievement records. Please contact the school as soon as possible if these fees have not yet been paid.

Assessment Week

We will be holding our senior assessment week in from 7 – 11 September. Details of this week are outlined in the table on the next page. Please note the change of start times for Monday, Wednesday and Friday.


1. All classes on Monday, Wednesday and Friday, will be in two hour blocks. For example, on

Monday, 7th September they will attend their Monday period 1 and 2 classes. These blocks will be
two hours in length. This format will apply to Wednesday, 9th September and Friday, 11th

September. This is outlined in more detail in the schedule below.

2. The seniors will have study leave on Tuesday and Thursday. Teachers in different faculties may
run special programmes for the senior students in their courses, e.g. year 12 Biology Field Trip on
Tuesday and Thursday. These teachers will organise their own programmes with the students in

their courses.

3. Junior classes will run on their normal timetable for Tuesday and Thursday.

4. The timetable for Monday, Wednesday and Friday will be as follows:

Monday 7th September
  • 9:00 – 9:25am Whānau time
  • 9:30 – 11:30am Monday Period 1 class
  • 11:30am – 12:30pm Lunch
  • 12:30pm – 2:30pm Monday Period 2 class
  • 2:30pm End of school day
Wednesday 9th September
  • 9:00 – 9:25am Whānau time
  • 9:30 – 11:30am Monday Period 3 class
  • 11:30am – 12:30pm Lunch
  • 12:30pm – 2:30pm Monday Period 4 class
  • 2:30pm End of school day
Friday 11th September
  • 9:00 – 9:25am Whānau time
  • 9:30 – 11:30am Monday Period 5 class
  • 11:30am – 12:30pm Lunch
  • 12:30pm – 2:30pm Tuesday Period 1 class
  • 2:30pm End of school day
An A3 timetable will be in each classroom showing when students are having exams in the hall.
Students need to be outside the hall 10 minutes before the start of each of their exams. The
teachers will inform the students who do not have an exam in the hall, what their programme will be

for the classes they have on Monday, Wednesday and Friday.

Ngā mihi

Richard Crawford

  FAREWELL TO OUR HEAD GIRL                                                                                         

We are sad to farewell our Head Girl Manaia Timson along with her sister Rongomai Timpson who are heading to the United States on a Basketball scholarship. The sisters have made such a great contribution to life here at Fairfield College, they will be missed by teachers, students and coaches. At the same time we are so excited for the adventures in front of them. They have both worked so hard over the years and deserve this exciting opportunity.


 TERM 2 UPCOMING EVENTS                                                                                               

 Monday 31 August-Friday 4 Sept
 Tournament Week

 ISA200 Camp
 Tuesday 1 September  PPTA Meeting
 Wednesday 2 September
 Subject Choices Evening 7:00pm
   Year 10 Vision Testing
 Thursday 3 Sept
 Subject Choice Day (Year 9 - 12)
 Monday 7 Sept - Friday 11 Sept
 Assessment Week                                                   
 Tuesday 8 Sept - Wednesday 9 Sept
 12/13 ISA First Aid
 Thursday 10 Sept
 Year 10 Vision Testing
   Year 10 Ski Trip
 Friday 11 Sept
 Subject Choices Day
 Monday 14 Sept - Thursday 17 Sept
 12/13 ISA Camp
 Tuesday 15 Sept
 Reports posted home
 Tuesday 15 Sept - Wednesday 16 Sept
 11 OED Pirongia Camp
 Thursday 17 Sept
 Sports Awards
 Monday 21 Sept - Tuesday 22 Sept
 APE Snow Trip
 Wednesday 23 Sept
 11 OED Rock Climbing
   Senior Parent/Teacher Conferences 4:00pm - 6:00pm                    
 Thursday 24 Sept
 Year 9 Speech Final
   Sports Photos
   End of Term 3
 Monday 12 Oct
 Beginning of Term 4

  BELL TIMES                                                                                                                         

 P2  Lunch1  P3  P4 Lunch2
Students Depart
 12:35pm 1:35pm
   P1  P2 Lunch 1
 P3  Assembly  P4 Lunch 2
 P5  Students Depart
 9:00am*  9:50am**  10:45am  11:20am  12:15pm  12:45pm 

*Year 9 and 10 only start 9:00am Wednesdays

**Years 11-13 start at 9:50am Wednesdays

School finishes 3:10pm every day for all year levels


  Year 9
 Shon Robbins
867  robbinss@faircol.school.nz
  Year 10
 Andrea Kingi
  Year 11
 Braden MacPherson
  Year 12
 Kris Sainsbury
  Year 13
 Andrea Rodgers
  Deans Secretary
 Sally Winchester

  DOCTORS SCHEDULE                                                                                                         

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

  HEAD STUDENTS FOR 2015                                                                                               

Manaia Timson
Aidan Sami
Kate Turley
Callum MacDonald


 NZQA STUDENT APP                                             FFC IS NOW ON FACEBOOK                




Check out the official

Fairfield College Facebook page 


 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 three 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.
  3. By texting: The number parents text to is 3255.  Please include the following information:
    • When you text you MUST start your text message with the following keyword "faircol"
    • After this code you MUST put a space then any message you want to send.
    • When parents send in a text, they will automatically get the following response: "Thank you for your reply Fairfield College"

  NEW MOBILE APP CALLED "NCEA GUIDE"                                                                      

NZQA is launching a new mobile 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 Gill Hancock, Principals Nominee.