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End of Year 9 Video

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Congratulations to the Year 9 students of Newlands College 2017 for a fantastic year. I hope this video serves as a reminder of some of the amazing things we've done this year. Have a great break, and I'll see you all in 2018!!   - Mr Lander Thanks to Toby Harding (9BU) for the hard work you put in to making this video.

Arts Awards 2017

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The Newlands College Arts Awards 2017 were held earlier this term, and it was a fantastic time to celebrate student achievements in the Arts this year.

It was fantastic to see such a large number of Year 9 students being acknowledged for their contributions to the Arts this year. And, just like the Sports Awards, our Year 9 is punching above it's weight!

Special acknowledgement to the following students:
Laura Stone (9SO) - Winner of the Newlands College Poetry Prize. Laura has had work accepted for publication in the forthcoming NZ Poetry Society anthology.Matua-Kore Ratana (9BU) - Kapa Haka Junior Boy of the YearTui-Aroha Fransen (9MW) - Kapa Haka Junior Girl of the YearToby Harding (9BU) - Newlands College Media Person of the YeatLaura Stone (9SO) & Emma Downey (9BU) - Junior Musician of the Year (Joint recipients) Teran Abeydeera (9SO) - Winner of the Year 9 Speech Competition
Well done to all the recipients of awards, and well done to all Year 9s involved in the Arts this …

Celebration of Sport 2017

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I had the pleasure of attending the 2017 Newlands College Celebration of Sport last week, and I was delighted to see so many Year 9 students being recognised for their achievements in sport this year. In fact, with well over fifty Year 9 students receiving awards, our year level was punching well above our weight!

Co-curricular activities are an important part of the secondary school experience, and it's fantastic to know that so many students in Year 9
are getting involved.

Well done to all the recipients of awards, and well done to all Year 9s involved in sport this year! For a full list of Year 9 recipients, click on this link.

- Mr Lander

Pictured: Tui-Aroha Fransen (9MW), winner of the PE Department Trophy for Junior Sportsperson of the Year

Activities - Tech Challenge, Netball

Two Year 9 students give reports on activities they have been involved with recently.
Technology Challenge - Kimberley Zhu 9TW On Thursday (the week before last week) Reagan, Jake, Katie and I went to Hutt Valley High School to compete in the Epro 8 competition. The competition was based around engineering and problem solving. We were given 5 problems and  in the problems were smaller challenges that gave you points. To win, we had to try and earn the most points. One of the challenges was about making a bed. We managed to complete a few of the tasks in it - like building the structure of the bed and making a light using solar panels. We were even able to reuse the bed’s structure to help us make a miniature fire truck(which was another task). We were able to complete around 3 out of  5 of the problems and came 3rd out of, around about, 10 schools. So, we will be going to the grand final at Onslow college in 2 weeks time. 
Netball - Shannon Rangi 9TW
I just finished with my netball team a…

Year 9 Writing Week

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A couple of weeks ago, all of the year 9 English classes had to write a story and then put them into a display referencing a genre of writing or a movie/book. Now these had to be created in complete secrecy, none of the other classes knew what the other classes were doing unless you had spies who went and asked friends what they were doing or looking through cracks in blocked up windows. Anyways the English teacher picked two people to be presenters. What their job was to do was be there at lunch and describe to the judges what your display was about and those presenters had to be there that same night to present to parents and read out two pieces of writing. At the moment all the displays are in the library to look at.

By Ryan Charman 9ST
Here are the displays the different classes came up with: 9BU: Expectation vs Reality
9MW: Fright Night
9SO: High School Stereotypes
9ST: What's lurking in your cupboard?
9SY: The Enchanted Enemy
9TW: Death Sentence
9WI: Journey through Dreamland

Hospital Trip

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Paige Keating (9WI) talks about the recent a recent opportunity for our Māoristudents to learn about the health industry by visiting Wellington Hospital.

A couple of weeks ago there was an amazing event held at Wellington Hospital for Māoristudents. Basically, the day started with a speech about what this event was mainly about. The purpose of the day was to encourage more Māori students to work in the health industry when they are older. This was a really cool experience and we got to meet lots of cool people. We learned heaps of different things from how to give someone anaesthetics to reading X-Rays. But my favourite part of the day was when we went into a surgery theatre and got to practice on a dummy that was worth $500,000. The dummy could breathe, talk, had a pulse, and even blinked. This experience definitely made me more interested in the health industry and was overall a very cool day.  






Western Zone Sports Day.

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Amongst the 18 Newlands College students who attended the Western Zone Athletics were five Year 9 students, Tui-Aroha Fransen 9MW, Samantha Smith 9SO, Georgia Lincoln 9MW, Heta Mako 9TW, and Coren Lockhart 9WI.

Below, Tui-Aroha Fransen shares her impressions of the day:

At the beginning, I was feeling a bit nervous but, pumped for what the day had in store. I was filled with adrenalin!

Western Zones is all about being humble, supportive of others, having fun, being competitive and giving it your all! It is also a great opportunity to see how you compare to other athletes from different schools.

While competing in your events and going hundies is the main focus of the day, you also meet new people and have a blast! You’ll be surprised of how many links, bonds and friendships you make throughout the day:-)

At Western Zones, I was grateful enough to come 1st in high jump, long jump and placed in the 200m sprints. Due to my performance, I went through to Regionals then North Islands at the end…