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    "Celebrating our Successes"

  

  MESSAGE FROM THE PRINCIPAL                                                 

Tena koutou e te whaanau

Today we concluded a very full and eventful term three for the Fairfield College 2017 school year. The newsletter profiles many of these events and on reflection I cannot help but take a deep breath and ask myself did we really do all of this in term three?

On Wednesday 23rd August we held our annual Pasifika Achievement Celebration Evening. It was a special evening as students, staff and Whaanau came together to share a delicious shared kai and to celebrate in our student's successes. Highlights of the evening include the stories shared by our guest speaker Clive Bourne, and the first performance by our FFC cultural group who looked amazing and danced a beautiful number.

On Thursday 14th September we held our annual Maaori Achievement Awards evening. We would like to acknowledge all the students and whaanau who attended in celebrating the success of our Maaori students here at Fairfield College. An evening like this can only be successful because of whaanau participation in attending our kura and supporting your tamariki. Congratulations to all prize recipients.

On Thursday 28th September Fairfield College held their annual sports prize-giving. It was a great occasion and the school was able to acknowledge excellence in performance in the sporting arena, as well as acknowledging our coaches and managers whose volunteer efforts enable our students to participate in sports. Congratulations to all of those who were recognised at the event and I also thank all those that attended the prize-giving.

On Friday 29th September we had the privilege of hosting Fairfield College "foundation students" who returned to our school to present a special gift to commemorate Fairfield College's 60th anniversary. I thank our foundation students for making this special tribute and for returning to make this event so special and meaningful.

I continue to be impressed by the calibre of the majority of our students who are great ambassadors of our core values of being respectful, being responsible, and being the best that they can be. Their willingness to optimise their development is demonstrated by the events that are profiled in the newsletter.

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

PRINCIPAL

  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 brownl@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                                                                                                            

 OCTOBER
 Thurs 19-20 October   OED200 Mountain Biking
 Fri 20 October  OED Mountain Biking
 Mon 23 October  LABOUR DAY
 Tues 24-28 October  Chinese Cultural Actibity
 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
 NOVEMBER
 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
 Thurs 14 -17 November  Sports Excel Camp
 Thurs 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
 DECEMBER
 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

  DEANERY                                                                                                                             

YEAR LEVEL
 DEAN  EXTN #
 EMAIL
  Year 9
 Julie Wright
867  wrightj@faircol.school.nz
  Year 10
 Kiran Gibbard
836
 gibbardk@faircol.school.nz
  Year 11
 Kris Sainsbury
 865 
 sainsburyk@faircol.school.nz
  Year 12
 Andrea Rodgers 875  rodgersa@faircol.school.nz
  Year 13
 Braden MacPherson
824  macphersonb@faircol.school.nz
  Deans Secretary
 Sally Winchester
879
 winchesters@faircol.school.nz

  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.