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Important Notifications for Term 3

posted 17 Jul 2019, 21:19 by Debbie Stevens   [ updated 17 Jul 2019, 21:25 ]

We hope that you have all been enjoying some relaxation over the break and we look forward to seeing many of you next week. We ask that you please read the following important notices regarding next term.

Resignation of Year 10 Dean

We regret to inform you that Mr Mark Bellham will take up a position at St Peter’s School Cambridge from the beginning of next term. Mr Bellham has been a great friend of Waikato Diocesan School for Girls and we wish him all the best for his future endeavors.

The following outlines the procedures and programmes that we have put in place to ensure the least amount of disruption to student learning and wellbeing, given the changes that Mr Bellham's departure creates.

  • Year 10 Dean – Mrs Theresa Miller (D.P. Wellbeing) will oversee this role for the first two weeks of term until we have advertised, interviewed and appointed an internal candidate.
  •  Advanced Learning – Ms Jackie Smith (D.P. Reporting and Priority Learners) will oversee this role for Term 3. An internal candidate will be appointed for the beginning of Term 4
  • Year 10 DVC class – Mr Alistair Hutcheson
  • Year 10 Social Studies class – Mr Caleb Watson
We will notify you of the permanent appointments as soon as they have been made.

Please don’t hesitate to get in touch with Mrs Mary Curran, Principal, or any of the outlined staff (detailed above) if you have any concerns.

Early Finish for Years 11, 12 and 13 Learning Conferences

To accommodate a large number of boarding parents that will attend our senior Learning Conferences (Parent/Teacher Interviews), the school will close early at 2.30 pm on Friday 9 August 2019.

The Te Awamutu bus runs will arrive early to transport our students but, unfortunately, the Cambridge buses will run at the usual time. Students who need to remain at school after 2.30 pm can use the library and will be supervised by staff.

We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.

Monitor now at School Shop

From the start of next term, the Monitor system will be able to be used by students purchasing stationery/event tickets from the school shop. 
Monitor allows parents to load funds on to their daughter’s student identity card, which can then be used to pay for certain items at school.  Each identity card will hold a canteen account, shop account, and a photocopying account. 
*Please note that uniform items can still be charged against the student’s account

If you have any questions regarding Monitor, please contact Mrs Rae Francis or Mrs Sara Kimpton in the school finance office -  phone (07) 855 2038.

    Understanding the Changes to NCEA – MoE Workshops – August 2019 

      In May, the Minister of Education announced the changes to NCEA that will strengthen the qualification for all our young people. The Ministry is running 26 regional hui that are open to anyone wanting to learn more about the changes: 
      • What did we hear from New Zealanders last year that led to the changes? 
      • Key things you need to know about the changes 
      • How will the changes impact and benefit students, teachers and kaiako, parents and whānau, and the wider community? 
      • When will the changes happen? 
        The workshops will run from 6.30-8.30pm and catering will be provided. All ages welcome. 
          Register now to an event in your region. 

          The seven changes are: 
            1.  Make NCEA more accessible 
            2. Mana ōrite mō te mātauranga Māori 
            3. Strengthen literacy and numeracy requirements 
            4. Have fewer, larger standards 
            5. Simplify NCEA’s structure 
            6. Show clearer pathways to further education and employment 
            7. Keep NCEA Level 1 as an optional level. 
                                    For more information about the changes visit the Education Conversation | Kōrero Mātauranga website
                                      Any questions please email