What to expect at the Paraparaumu College Pōwhiri for Year 9 and new students tomorrow:
New students and any whānau who wish to attend will gather at the front of the school in the crescent shaped parking area in front of Te Manawa (the main office). Boys should be at the back, girls at the front. Non-binary or gender diverse folks should be in the middle. There will be an adult to speak on behalf of the group - this year it will be Bruce McDonald, principal of Kenakena School.
A karanga (woman's voice) from the auditorium will signal the start of the pōwhiri. The karanga will go for a long time as everyone walks in. It is a welcoming message.
There will also be a haka in the auditorium from the Paraparaumu College kapa haka as the year 9s and others walk in. This will go for the time taken for everyone to enter the auditorium.
As the group enters Mr McDonald and about 4 pre-arranged new Year 9 students will hongi the PC paepae.
Once inside the parents and whānau should stand at the sides or back of the auditorium. Students should find a seat and stand in front of it. Girls can go to the far side of the auditorium and back rows, boys should be in the front and on the side closest to the door. Please remain standing. Once everyone is inside Matua Brooking, rangatira Māori from Paraparaumu College who is running things, will say a karakia and invite everyone to sit down. Some students might have to sit on the floor if it's crowded.
Next will be speeches - starting in te reo Māori, but with some English later on. The first speeches will be from the college side. A kaumātua from Te Ātiawa ki Whakarongotai, the iwi most closely associated with the college, will speak. After the speeches the college teachers and students will sing the school waiata.
Next a speaker from the new student side will speak. This will be Bruce McDonald. When he finishes all the students will sing the waiata Te Aroha.
Next the principal of Paraparaumu College, Craig Steed will speak. He will start in te reo Māori then speak in English. When he finishes some of the teachers and students from Paraparaumu College will do a haka.
After this Matua Brooking will close the proceedings. The parents and whānau are invited to come up to the pavilion for a karakia and some shared kai.
Year 9 students will stay in the auditorium to find out their form classes and where they have to go. They will go to classes for the rest of the day. They will learn about the school, meet each other and get a chance to set up their devices, wifi access etc, and meet many of their teachers for the year.
NOTE: If it’s raining we might get everyone into the auditorium first to stay dry, and then kick things off with a haka pōwhiri before starting on the speeches.
Volleyball Term 1 Season 2020 - Trial Dates
Senior Boys - 6-7.30pm Monday 3rd February (PC gym)
Senior Girls 7-8.30am Tuesday 4th and Wednesday 5th February (PC gym)
Junior Girls + Junior Boys 3.30-5pm Tues 4th and Wed 5th February (Both gyms)
It is important that players are available to attend all trials for their level.
Games are played on Wednesdays for Juniors (Yrs 9+10) starting on 12th February and Fridays for Seniors (Yrs 11-13) staring 14th February.
The games are played after school both at PC and at other Colleges from Otaki through to Tawa.
All students are requested to wear suitable clothing for the trials to enable them to play volleyball, non-marking sports shoes and to bring a water bottle.
Any questions please feel able to speak to Mrs Lorcet in the PE Office or Mrs Weijers in E1.
NCEA results were released earlier today. Students can access their results by logging into the NZQA website or by accessing their school kamar portal. We wish all students all the best for their results.
We currently have a group of students participating in a World Challenge event in South Africa. Accompanying teacher Brenda McKenzie has sent through a few pics. The students have been horse tracking to Lesotho and were involved in a community project there. They have horse trekked back to Khotso where they prepare for the next part of their amazing adventure.
Great article, I hope the National Sporting organisations do more than just "talk" about the changes they have signed up to!
A Sporting Chance: The seismic shift happening in youth sports https://t.co/nUnMpanM4N