WESLEY COLLEGE BOYS RUGBY LEAGUE SUCCESS

FOUR WESLEY COLLEGE STUDENTS HAVE BEEN SELECTED FOR THE
NEW ZEALAND MAORI UNDER 15 RUGBY LEAGUE TEAM.  AWESOME!!!

THE BOYS FROM THE MAORI COUNTIES REPRESENTATIVE UNDER 15 RUGBY LEAGUE TEAM, PARTICIPATED IN THE RANGATAHI TOURNAMENT IN TAUPO. THEY TOOK OUT THE COMPETITION AND WON THE WHOLE CHAMPIONSHIP. MASSIVE ACHIEVEMENT. WELL DONE!!

 

Jeremaiah Tamepo
Year 11
Training with the WARRIORS
Taniela Mapusua-Lotaki
Year 11
Training with the WARRIORS

 

Epafasi Fehoko
Year 11

Rico Taepa Kihi
Year 10

 

 

MANAGING NATIONAL ASSESSMENT (MNA) SUMMARY REPORT – what ERO is saying……..

What Wesley is doing well……..

  • Wesley uses the flexibility of the NCEA model to meet student needs.
  • The school focuses on supporting and enhancing student achievement by promoting positive behaviour for learning as its vision.
  • Teachers meet student needs.
  • Self-review is based on data analysis to support effective course planning.
  • The school engages students through both academic and vocational pathways.
  • Individualised learning programmes and relevant assessment contexts are provided to support student needs.
  • Students interviewed explained that career advice, mentoring and form teacher support helps them achieve their NCEA goals.
  • Those at risk of not achieving are identified and supported. Interventions are provided to assist students as appropriate.
  • Staff could clearly describe the steps they take to complete the internal moderation process.
  • Teachers respond to external moderation feedback and establish action plans with the PN.
  • Staff have made effective changes in practice, seeking new verifiers, rewriting assessment materials, and redesigning courses to better meet student needs.
  • Assessment data is reported to NZQA in a timely manner.
  • HODs analyse results and report annually to the Principal who summarises comparative and longitudinal trends for the BOT.
  • Information on assessment and moderation is effectively communicated to staff, students and whanau through a range of media.
  • The school provides regular updates to students through credit summaries and progress reports to students and whanau.

NCEA AND NEW ZEALAND SCHOLARSHIP REMOVAL OF FEES 2019

NCEA Pre-Budget Announcement
Information for Schools

Background
On 13 May, the Minister of Education made a significant pre-budget announcement around NCEA. The Minister’s pre-budget announcement can be found in full at www.beehive.govt.nz/feature/wellbeing-budget-2019 and had three major parts:

• fees will no longer be charged for participating in NCEA and New Zealand Scholarship, with funding instead to be provided directly to NZQA by Government
• the Government will fund the continued roll out of NCEA Online
• the Minister released the Government’s high-level intentions following the NCEA Review.

Information about what this means for schools and a short Q&A about removing fees is below. If you have any questions about the NCEA Review, these should be directed to the Ministry of Education.

What this means for schools
• Schools should stop collecting fees from New Zealand domestic students, and students from the Cook Islands and Niue, who are entering for NCEA and New Zealand Scholarship
• Schools will be expected to refund any fees already collected from these students for 2019
• Schools should stop processing applications for financial assistance with NCEA and New Zealand Scholarship fees, as these are no longer payable

NCEA and New Zealand Scholarship removal of fees – Q&A
Who does the removal of NCEA and New Zealand Scholarship fees cover?

The removal of NCEA and New Zealand Scholarship fees will apply to all domestic students, and students from the Cook Islands and Niue, enrolled at a secondary school participating in NCEA or New Zealand Scholarship.

Results reported through the tertiary pathway will continue to incur credit fees.

Does this mean NZQA will stop or reduce the Administration payments to schools?

No – the Administration payments will continue at their current level. These payments cover a range of tasks schools perform, with collection of fees for NCEA and New Zealand Scholarship only a small part.

Will fees for 2019 be refunded if they have already been paid to NZQA?

Yes – any fees remitted to NZQA on behalf of students will be returned to schools to be refunded.

How should schools refund fees which have already been paid for 2019?

Schools should arrange for the timely refund of fees. Where a school has already remitted fees to NZQA these should be refunded in a timely manner once they have been returned by NZQA.

What can we tell students who have unpaid fees from previous years??

Unpaid fees from previous years no longer need to be paid, and over the next few weeks NZQA will award credits and qualifications earned in previous years where fees were not paid.
If students have an urgent requirement, they can phone 0800 697 296 or email our Data Management and Learner Records team DMLR@nzqa.govt.nz at NZQA to arrange for the award.

Will NZQA or schools be expected to refund fees paid for 2018 or previous years?

No.

Will schools still need to collect fees from international students?

Yes – the removal of NCEA and New Zealand Scholarship fees only applies to New Zealand domestic students, and students from the Cook Islands and Niue.

WESLEY COLLEGE 2018 NCEA AND UE RESULTS

GREAT ACADEMIC SUCCESS!!

Official NCEA and UE results for 2018 were recently released. Our results (below) are some of the best in the entire country and have set the bar high! It is now our duty to ensure we continue to raise the expectation that every student at Wesley will succeed. All results, including UE, are well above national averages for decile 1 – 3 schools, however we prefer to measure ourselves
against ALL students in New Zealand and national averages!

MOE SUPPORT INFORMATION from Auckland Director of Education and follow up support

In response to Fridays horrific and sad events the MOE has issued the following SUPPORT INFORMATION.

EAP – Identifying and minimising the impact of Stress

EAP Identifying and minimising the impact of Stress on yourself and your Team Members

MOE – Tips for Parents and Educators

 

Follow up – Support Information from Auckland Director of Education

Kia ora koutou,

Recent events in Christchurch have increased parents’ concerns for the safety of their children and whanau, and Police are working directly with a number of schools. Please contact Police directly on 0800 115 019 if you have security-related questions.

Netsafe has received a number of reports of online content relating to the attacks in Christchurch. Footage of the attacks has been deemed objectionable under New Zealand law which means that possessing or distributing the footage is an offence. Anyone who finds footage of the attacks online should report it to Netsafe at netsafe.org.nz/report but they should not keep copies or share it. Netsafe encourages schools to speak with students about what to do if they come across the footage and about the fact that sharing the footage with this classification is against the law.

The footage of the Christchurch attacks is disturbing and will be harmful for people to see. If students have viewed the video and are struggling with what they have seen it’s likely they will require additional support. Agencies which can provide free support include Youthline, Need to Talk and Kidsline

While the content is online there is some risk that children or young people may come across it. Netsafe encourages schools and parents to proactively discuss with young people what they should do if they come across distressing content online. Further information is available at netsafe.org.nz/upsetting-content

If parents or schools have questions relating to this incident or other distressing online content they can contact Netsafe for free and confidential advice at netsafe.org.nz or call 0508 NETSAFE.

We would like to remind you to please contact our Traumatic Incident team at any time if you need advice or guidance around supporting your school community, remembering that as well as those directly impacted by this event, those who have experienced trauma in the past can experience increased distress after an event like this.

The contact number for the Traumatic Incidents service is 0800 848 326.

Higher levels of stress and anxiety may have led to some children thinking that school is not a safe place at the moment.

If there are children not attending school or early learning this week, we recommend that you contact the parents and provide reassurance that schools and early learning services are safe places. Contact us on 0800 848 326 if you need further support with this.

The Ministry of Health have created advice specific to this incident which is being translated into a number of languages. This can be accessed at
https://www.health.govt.nz/our-work/mental-health-and-addictions/mental-health/mental-health-advice-coping-after-traumatic-event

I have copied below some advice that we have been provided regarding cultural awareness for working with Muslim communities that you may find helpful.

Aroha atu,

Isabel

Cultural Awareness for working with Muslim communities

Islam is the name of the religion and Muslims are the followers of this religion.

Funerals
The body is buried as soon as possible after death, usually within 24 hours, to free the soul from the body. Death is considered as one of the most important stages in a person’s journey to God therefore the process of burial is hastened for this important meeting.
Preparing the body before Burial
The body is bathed and covered in white cotton. Women are prepared women for funeral and men prepared by men. Muslim funerals generally do not have a viewing but after the body is prepared, close family members say their good byes and recite the Quran before it is taken for burial. The body is turned to face towards Mecca, the holy centre of Islam.
What happens during funeral Service
A Muslim funeral generally takes place in a mosque or a family member’s home, People sitting next to the body read from the Qu’ran. An Imam (an Islamic leader) presides over the service. The body only stays in the house after the prep for a few minutes for families to say their good byes and it is done by close family members only. The body is then carried to the graveyard by men. A procession of friends and relatives follow. In the Islamic tradition, only men are allowed to attend the burial, although some Muslim communities also allow women to be present.
What happens at the graveyard
Following the completion of the funeral prayers, the congregation will line up in rows and pass the coffin from shoulder to shoulder towards the gravesite for burial. Non-Muslim mourners should keep at a respectful distance to allow the coffin to be carried. No discussion takes place at the time of burial, but all guests pray for the soul of the departed. (Please note: how the body is carried to the burial ground is different in different cultures, not everyone uses a coffin)
What happens after a Muslim funeral?
After the body is buried, all guests go to the house of the family of the deceased. During this time, the family members congregate to pray for the deceased and console family members. Usually the community provides food for the bereaved for the first three days after the funeral. Under Islamic funeral customs, the mourning period for a relative is typically 3 days. In some cultures the mourning occurs for 40 days but can often vary depending on the family.
Muslim funeral etiquette for non-Muslims
Both men and women are expected to dress modestly. Also be aware that shoes must be removed to enter the prayer hall of a mosque. Therefore you may want to wear presentable socks, tights or stockings. If arriving late, guests should simply join in. Guests should not take photos or use recording devices unless permission is given by family members. White is the Islamic colour of mourning but this is not a strict requirement. Guests of the same sex should greet each other with a handshake and hug.
Dealing with Muslim Community affected during a crisis
Welcoming back a child or young person into the school community

Try and use the greeting in the language of the person where possible. As-salāmu ʿalaykum is a greeting in Arabic that means “Peace be upon you” or use Salaam which is commonly used by all. You will treat the child or young person like any other child affected by this kind of trauma. Give them space and time to talk about it at their own time. They might feel more comfortable talking about it with someone from their own community where possible. It is also important that families are consulted before any discussion takes place.

 

WESLEY COLLEGE LOOKING AHEAD – DISTRICTS POST – 5TH MARCH 2019

Congratulations to the following students who were appointed 2019 Prefects.

Senior Prefect: D’Cody Mortensen
Head Boy: Keenan Rush
Head Girl: Gabrielle Togiatama

Prefects:
Tevita Ofa, Thor Manase, Nathanael Tu’uta, Fotu Fisi’i’ahi, Seruwaia Matairavula, Wharekauri Ormsby, Unaloto Puamau, Soana Aholelei, Jone Seniceva

Gabrielle Togiatama, Keenan Rush and D’Cody Mortensen. 

ARTICLE FROM THE DISTRICTS POST – TUESDAY, 5TH MARCH 2019

Wesley College looking ahead

By Yana O’Gorman yana@districtspost.media 

Wesley College is renowned for their efforts on the sportsfield, but now, they’re also coming up the ranks in education achievement and it is something this year’s head students are extremely proud of. 

Senior prefect D’Cody Mortensen, head boy Keenan Rush and head girl Gabrielle Togiatama, all aged 17, are enjoying their roles, just five weeks in. 

“We didn’t find out our roles until they announced it at school. It was a big surprise,” said Keenan. 

Keenan who loves his sports and leads in those areas said, “We get to do big things with this school.” 

D’Cody added that Wesley College has great heritage and history. 

“Our school is the oldest in New Zealand. It’s a cool record to hold, no-one beats us at that. The school has changed over time. We are known for our rugby success, but our NCEA achievement is going up too,” he said.

Keenan said, “We’ve all played a part academically. Last year, we had the highest level 2 pass rate which is quite an achievement.” 

Head girl Gabrielle said she would love to see more than the academics. “We want to strive for excellence, but also see more bonding between the year groups.”

The school has around 380 students, many of whom are boarders. 

As well as having goals for the school, the head leaders have goals for their futures. Keenan hopes to pursue rugby, but also has university on the cards. “The main reason I came here was for rugby, but if it’s going good, then I’ll pursue it. Uni is my second option, but I’d like to get into physiotherapy. It’s my back up plan in tune with sports.”

D’Cody said he is also interested in pursuing sport, but will have a fall back plan with university, or start an apprenticeship. 

For Gabrielle, she is passionate about music and would follow that pathway, or study Communications. 

The three students are passionate about their school and the highlights it has brought them. 

Gabrielle said a highlight has been the love she has learnt. “Without it sounding cliche,” she said, “I’ve learnt to be more patient and loving to others and myself.” 

Keenan said rugby has been a highlight. From travelling 12 hours to Wellington, to winning the Chiefs Cup against Rotorua Boys High School for the first time, and being the curtain raiser for the Chiefs. 

D’Cody said, “There’s something about this school where we just have great camaraderie. The brotherhood and sisterhood is strong. We’re family.” He said the faith aspect is another thing he values about the school. “We’re one of the few schools that is still centred around God. We have chapel. It gives us great faith and great school pride, which means even though we’re small, we’re capable of competing on a higher level.”

All three leaders are excited to work together in 2019, alongside the wider student leadership, and look forward to seeing Wesley College students excel in all areas of their education. 

“I’d like people to remember us as head leaders. That we would be a change for the good,” D’Cody said. 

 

 

2019 BOARD OF TRUSTEES – PARENT TRUSTEE ELECTIONS

School profile number: 0104
Nominations are invited for the election of five (5) parent representatives to the board of trustees.
NOMINATION FORM – https://www.wesley.school.nz/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/Standard-Election-Nomination-Form-1.pdf
The nomination form is to enable you to put your name forward as a candidate in the forthcoming board of trustees election, or to nominate someone else as a candidate.
Complete the nomination form, including the necessary signatures. Complete the candidate’s contact details including address and telephone/s (home and mobile), post or hand deliver to the returning officer at the
address shown below.
Nominations close at 12 noon Friday, 24 May 2019.
CANDIDATE STATEMENT
As a candidate you are invited to submit a brief (up to 400 words) statement.
NOTE: The returning officer may omit or abridge any part of the candidate’s statement where it exceeds 400 words, or is offensive or defamatory.
It is the candidate’s responsibility to ensure the signed candidate’s statement is received by the returning
officer. If the statement is not received by 12 noon Friday, 24 May 2019 your statement can not be sent to voters with the voting papers.
VOTING ROLL
A copy of the voting roll is available for inspection at the school office during normal school hours.
ELIGIBILITY
Anyone, other than those ineligible under S103 and 103A of the Education Act 1989, may stand for election for the board of trustees; however, if you are not on the voting roll, you must be nominated by a person who is.
SCRUTINEERS
A candidate may appoint a scrutineer to observe the vote count. Pease advise the returning officer of the
Scrutineer’s name and contact details in writing before the Election Day.
VOTING AND RESULTS OF THE ELECTION
If there are more nominations than vacancies for parent representatives, eligible voters will be posted a
voting paper and candidates’ statements (where provided) on or before Wednesday, 29 May 2019.
The poll closes at 12 noon Friday, 7 June 2019. The highest polling candidates will be elected to the board of trustees. The results will be made available at the school and also published in a local newspaper.
Nomination forms are available in Te Reo Māori. Please contact the returning officer if these are required.
Post or hand deliver to Mrs Janet Wheatley, Returning Officer: Postal: Wesley College, PO Box 58,
Pukekohe 2340 or Delivery: Wesley College, State Highway 22, Paerata.

Mrs Janet Wheatley
RETURNING OFFICER
(09) 2327855 or (027) 2808833

TOUCH NEW ZEALAND – UNDER 16 MIXED (BLACK) 2019

Congratulations to Liam Prisk, Year 12, who has been selected to attend the Touch New Zealand 2019 Development Tour.

The Under 16 Mixed teams will travel to the Gold Coast in Australia on 7th-14th September 2019. The aim of the tour is to give like-minded and skilled players with potential to pathway into the elite touch environment.  It is also an opportunity to experience a different style of game in another country where they will work with experienced High Performance coaches and mentors, as well as identiifed provincial coaches whom are also following the pathways programme.