2020 INTERVIEWS FOR ADMISSION HAVE COMMENCED

2020 INTERVIEWS – Interviews for Admission have commenced.
Download an application form here: 
https://www.wesley.school.nz/enrolments/enrolment-application/

or alternatively contact the school office on:
Phone:  (09) 2370224
Fax:  (09) 2383582
Email: barbaran@wesley.school.nz

2020 ENROLMENT – Wesley College is an integrated Christian multi-cultural school with a Methodist character.
Located at Paerata 7 Km North of Pukekohe.
Boys are enrolled in Years 9 – 13
Girls are enrolled in Years 9 – 13
There are very limited places available.

TANGATA BEATS – WE’RE THROUGH TO QUALIFYING FOR THE NATIONAL FINALS

 

CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR YEAR 13 STUDENTS – Fotu Fisiiahi, Taua Vaka, Junior Lemalu, Loni Tongotongo, Marcus Tuiasosopo, Gabrielle Togiatama, Xelestial Tangi and Rhys Gabriel …….. WHO HAVE MADE IT THROUGH TO QUALIFY FOR THE NATIONAL FINALS!
EXCELLENT ACHIEVEMENT!!

Thanks to everyone who voted for us. Our students did extremely well in a very tough competition showing the crowd that for a wee school we are just as good as the other schools. Tribe801 won people’s choice award and move onto qualifying for the national finals through submitting and creating a music video.
GO TRIBE801!!!

 

Tangata Beats – New Zealand Pacifica Music Competition
Webpage : http://sftb.nz/auckland/

WE’RE THROUGH TO THE TANGATA BEATS REGIONAL FINALS!!

CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR YEAR 13 STUDENTS – Fotu Fisiiahi, Taua Vaka, Junior Lemalu, Loni Tongotongo, Marcus Tuiasosopo, Gabrielle Togiatama, Xelestial Tangi and Rhys Gabriel. They performed so well in a tough competition (with all the talent around Auckland). They made the top 12 and will compete this coming Saturday 22nd June 2019 in the regional finals for a place in the national finals.

You’ll be able to help us by voting for peoples choice – please text Tribe801 to 959 please!
Texts cost 20c.

Thank you!!

Tangata Beats – New Zealand Pacifica Music Competition
Webpage : http://sftb.nz/auckland/

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.