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ROOF FOR TITIRANGI TODDLERS An art auction and an evening of entertainment promises big names and lots of fun to raise funds to complete the local Rudolf Steiner playgroup’s building so it meets Education Department compliance. Leading artists contributing pieces for the auction include Dean Buchanan, Daniel Blanshard, Tracey Tawhiao, Ann Crane, her daughter Philippa Crane, Neeltje Prior-Bollen and Mandy Patmore. The event’s supported by former Waitakere mayor Bob Harvey, who’s donated a life-size Peter Hacket painting of Olympic great, Sir Peter Snell, who has signed the work. The auction is not just for artworks. Actor Beth Allen has offered a

guided tour of the Shortland Street set, there’s a VIP guest experience at the NZ Music Awards, a film-making workshop for 8-12 year-olds and a ‘fairy’ house made by film/tv modelmaker Fil Stokes. Music to boogie to will be provided by “cabaret punk” big band Macombee and the Absolute Truth, and local band Giddyup led by ex- Pudding member Pete Force. The event’s to be styled by Robin Rawstorne, who has designed for

NZ Opera, the NZ Music Awards and Splore. MC for the night is Fair Go presenter Phil Vine. There’ll also be something for craft devotees, and raffles of designer

clothing, a massage and yoga packages. Supper is included in the ticket price and there’ll be a cash bar.

Tickets cost $35 and the fundraiser is on August 13 from 7:30-11pm at Titirangi War Memorial Hall. Phone 817 6221 for more details.

Waitakere College 5th in Auckland; 2nd state school

Top Ten list for raised student levels NCEA Level 1 Metro magazine NCEA rankings July-August 2011

Open Evening for Year 9 for 1012 Thursday 4 August 2011 7.00pm


Some vacancies exist for Years 11-13

Out of zone enrolments welcome

Saturday 6 & 13 August 10.00am – 2.00pm

Tuesday to Thursday 9–11 and 16–18 August 3.30pm – 6.00pm

Then every Wednesday 3.30pm – 6pm

Phone: (09) 836 7890 Fax: (09) 836 7892 Waitakere College,

42 Rathgar Road, Henderson

Freija Evans, Jessica Bonkovich, Haili Evans and Tyla Price master the art of cooking a healthy breakfast at Lynnmall’s Kids Cook workshops. The Kids Cook workshops were run every day of the July school holidays and aimed at teaching primary and intermediate school children to cook several basic, healthy recipes whilst educating them on the benefits of having heathy breakfast habits. Mentors from the Foundation for Youth Development Waitakere were on hand to help the kids become masters in the kitchen, with all proceeds from the workshops going to the Foundation.


highest local ranking Waitakere College has ranked higher than any other West Auckland school and second among all state schools on the list in Metro magazine’s 2011 ratings for NCEA results at Level 1. The school was rated 5th of 72 Auckland schools for the average proportion of students in Year 11 who gained a merit or excellence endorsement in Level 1 exams, 2007-10. This year Metro split out its analysis into ‘Top 10’ lists looking at

different aspects of NCEA. Waitakere College featured fifth in the Top 10 list for NCEA :Raised Student Levels : “Schools that did the most to improve their students’ chances of passing NCEA Level 1 with a merit or excellence endorsement, 2007-2010,” the magazine stated. “A good school will be good for everyone, not just a few. By looking

at Year 11, we have been able to see how well each student does when it has a full cohort of students, before they start to leave.” This is the most robust of the Metro measures since it is based on

the average for each school over four years. It also focuses only on the Merit and Excellence endorsements, which can only be achieved in the more challenging Achievement Standards. Waitakere College Principal Mark Shanahan says that the findings

are well supported by the school’s own analysis, which shows students have consistently exceeded national means for merit and excellence endorsements at some or all levels over the last four years. “The College attributes this partly to the success of its Shine programme for gifted and talented students and the school-wide focus on the explicit teaching of thinking skills for all students,” he says. At the top end of schooling, is the challenging NCEA Scholarships

exam for the most academically able. Metro did not include all schools in their table of results for Scholarship, but Waitakere College was acknowledged in a note to the table as offering “strong Scholarship programmes.” In recent years Waitakere College has been able to celebrate scholarships in subjects as diverse as English, Physics, Calculus, Drama and Media and one of its 2010 Scholarship winners was a Year 12 graduate of the Shine programme, Meherzad Lakadia.

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