Fairfield College - Putting Students 1st





"Celebrating our Successes"

  MESSAGE FROM THE PRINCIPAL                                                                                      

Kia ora Parents/Caregivers

2014 has been a noteworthy year for Fairfield College. It has been a year where we have been able to add to the legacy of achievement that has been part of our school since the Fairfield College gates of learning first opened in 1957.

It has been a year that has further confirmed my views that our college is part of a unique community. We are a college that is grounded in the real world and offers our students a learning experience that prepares them to excel in their post-secondary school lives. 

It is always a highlight of my day when I meet previous Fairfield College students and often in our conversations they reflect on their days as a Fairfield College student and how these days contributed to their present situation in life. These conversations assure me of our school direction and our commitment to provide a supportive environment that enables our students to develop the competencies that they need to succeed in the next phase of their lives; whether it is further tertiary study, apprenticeship, or employment. 

Currently the Board of Trustees are discussing the idea of instituting a type of Fairfield College Centre of Recognition of Excellence to celebrate and recognise the excellent achievement of previous FFC students in such areas as Academia, Sports, Culture and Performing Arts, Community Service, and Business and Entrepreneurship.  We are working to identify areas of recognition and also set the criteria of inducting students into this centre. We have set 2017 the 60th anniversary of FFC as the year to ensure that this idea has become a reality and that the framework has been established for this newly created institution to strengthen the legacy of our School which focuses on improving learning, accelerating progress, and lifting achievement.

As part of this development in 2015 we will reinstitute the practice of having a guest speaker at our senior prize-giving. The criteria that we will use to choose a guest speaker is that they will need to be a high achieving previous student or staff member of Fairfield College – and in time a nominee to be included in the Fairfield College Centre of Recognition of Excellence.

2014 has been a year where we have made encouraging improvements in NCEA Level 1 and NCEA Level 2 achievement. This places the college in a stronger position to meet the national better public service target of 85% of 18 year olds achieving at least NCEA Level 2 by 2017.

Our strengthening trades ‘academy relationship with Wintec in combination with our unrelenting focus to improve our capacity to provide more purposeful learning pathways for all students has been a major lever in accomplishing the improvements. 

Our attendance challenges however have continued to keep our achievement levels below the level that they could be and should be. The students who are acknowledged tonight have great records of attendance but our challenge as a school and a community is to find ways that we can improve overall levels of school attendance. Achievement and attendance have a strong correlation. To further improve our achievement rate it is critical that we explore ideas and implement practices to redress our school attendance challenges.

The strengthening of a vocational approach to our curriculum is, I believe, a key to overcoming this challenge. Creating purpose and connection with a clearer line of sight between what students are doing in the classroom and how this relates to their lives after secondary school is something that we are committed to strengthening.

I thank our staff and the Board of Trustees who possesses the passion, drive, and skills to make Fairfield College the school that it has become and more importantly that it is becoming.

To our students I thank you for the efforts that you have made in 2014 to activate our three Be’s as a more obvious part of the fabric of our school.

To our school leavers I wish you all the best for your post-secondary school lives. Every experience that we have in life contributes to our character. My hope is that you will view your time at Fairfield College as years of significance and that your experiences have enabled the college’s core values of being the best that you can be, being responsible, and being respectful to be foundation values in the continuing development of your character. 

Thank you - Our current year 10s will be our 2017 school leavers and the first national cohort that will be measured against this goal.

Nga mihi

Richard Crawford


  START DATES FOR 2015                                                                                                    

    Friday 23
  Teachers Only Day                     
    Monday 26
  Auckland Anniversary
    Tuesday 27
  Year 12 and Year 13 only
    Wednesday 28
  Year 11 only
    Thursday 29
  Year 9 only
    Friday 30
  Year 10 and Year 9 only
    Monday 2
  All students are back at school

  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
 Kerry Ross
  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


  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.