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Scholar Presentations at Parliament
by Bernadette Shaw - Tuesday, 24 May 2016, 12:28 PM

 Emma Richardsons fantastic achievement of gaining Top Scholar for 2015 in Printmaking and Japanese was recognised in Parliament last week.  Emma is now attending The University of Auckland Elam School of Fine Arts where she has embarked on a Bachelor of Fine Art.

Left to right: Mr Bob Tellick (Teacher), Miss Emma Richardson, Prime Minister John Key, Mrs Kazue Richardson

(Edited by Angela Holmes - original submission Tuesday, 24 May 2016, 10:28 AM)

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Pasifika BizNinja Challenge
by Bernadette Shaw - Friday, 20 May 2016, 8:50 AM

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The inaugural Spacpac BizNinga Challenge was held on Tuesday 17th May at Ara (formerly CPIT)

The Pacifica BizNinja Challenge is designed to give important knowledge and skills to support your journey to become an entrepreneur.  It is a competition for teams to brainstorm and find a solution to a current problem.

Students learnt about starting and running a business, business planning processes and business plans.

Burnside entered threes teams with the students in the picture below  coming third.  Congratulations.

Left to right: Faani Tugaga, Manalani-Lotuola Halatanu, Ofa Puleiku and Irene Tugaga

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by Bernadette Shaw - Thursday, 19 May 2016, 8:57 AM

On Monday 16th May the Year 13 Sport Leadership Class completed a charity run to Akaroa.

As a group they ran 469kms averaging a half marathon each with some students running over 30km!  The two chosen charities are The New Zealand Breast Cancer Foundation and Prostrate Cancer Foundation for New Zealand.  They have raised around $2000.00, however fundraising is continuing this term and individual sponsors cash is yet to be tallied.  They ran numerous sausage sizzles on a Saturday and organised a Winnie Bagoes Pizza Night.  Thanks to everyone who supported these students we are very proud of them.

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Careers 2016
by John Creighton - Wednesday, 18 May 2016, 12:54 PM
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by Bernadette Shaw - Tuesday, 17 May 2016, 3:49 PM

A group of English Scholarship students travelled up to Auckland to attend the annual writers festival from 11th - 12th May. Students were treated to talks and workshops by world-renowned writers including John Boyne, author of The Boy in Striped Pyjamas; Michael Grant, author of the Gone series; Slam poets Omar Musa and Maxine Beneba Clarke; and British philosopher Julian Baggini. Students also visited the George Grey Rare Books Collection and saw first editions of Jane Austen, William Blake and Dickens, Medieval Manuscripts, and Shakespeare's First Folio. In the evening the group attended a moving performance of To Kill A Mockingbird at The Civic Theatre.

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Open Evening - Tuesday 17 May
by Marinda van Vuuren - Tuesday, 17 May 2016, 11:46 AM

A reminder to parents, caregivers and students that our Open Evening is being held tonight, Tuesday 17 May.

School will commence at the later time of 9.10 am (Form Time) on Wednesday 18 May.  This is to provide an opportunity for staff to disassemble displays and set up their rooms for teaching.

A warm invitation is extended to all parents and caregivers of prospective students to attend Open Evening from 5.45 - 9.00 pm.

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by John Creighton - Monday, 16 May 2016, 9:33 PM


·         Adrian Clark from Hitlab who does research in altered reality Quivervision,

·         Gaming programmer Keegan Gibson from Digital Confectioners,

·         Jetpack engineer Tim Jessup from Martin Jetpack

·         Microsoft consultant Kate Clode from Intergen

·         Banking Software Developer Hadi Roudaki from FIS

Tech Hub

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Uni101 - Thursday 26 May, Aurora Centre, 7.30pm
by Marinda van Vuuren - Monday, 16 May 2016, 11:37 AM


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by Bernadette Shaw - Thursday, 12 May 2016, 11:53 AM

Christchurch born Hugh McCutcheon was back in Christchurch yesterday.  Hugh has coached the USA Volleyball Mens and Womens teams.  Check out the video link below to see him speak and also our very own Mr Ryburn and ex student Nicki Pio.

Click here to watch the interview in a new window

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by Bernadette Shaw - Wednesday, 11 May 2016, 9:48 AM

The Canterbury Secondary Schools Pasifika Speech Competition was held at Papanui High School on Tuesday May 10th.

A big congratulations to Rosebud Fifita who came second in the Junior Tongan Category and Shelly Loto who came third in the Samoan Senior category.  The topic for the girls speeches was Pacific Leadership.

Congratulations to both girls and their families