Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Samsung Scholarship for Manaiakalani students entering Tamaki College in 2015

It was a very exciting assembly at Tamaki College today. Parents and friends were gathered in the auditorium for the presentations of the Samsung Scholarships to our lucky Year 9 students. We were delighted to have Mr Dan Dale there from Samsung to make the presentations.

Here is the background to the scholarships :-

As part of its partnership with the Manaiakalani Education Trust,  Samsung NZ has offered a scholarship to leadership students from Manaiakalani primary schools who are entering Tamaki College in 2015. The Scholarship purpose is to encourage and support highly successful students from Manaiakalani primary schools to choose Tamaki College, their local Manaiakalani high school, for their secondary education. The scholarship equips each student with their uniform, a Samsung learning device and robust carry bag, and  has a value of up to $1000.

We are delighted that this opportunity has attracted 13 leading students from seven schools to enter the College’s year 9 cohort. A number of these young people were almost certainly headed to an alternative school however were impressed by the profile given to the College as a result of the scholarship process.

Each school undertook communication activities with parents and students to promote the opportunity. This included parent evenings, prizegiving profile, direct discussions between principals and parents, and presentations from current College students to year 8 students, accompanied by the excellent promotional DVD produced with Samsung to highlight the benefits of the College.

The desire to reinforce the prestige of the scholarship meant that only designated students were eligible. While this disappointed some families and students, the key driver of attracting top students by setting the bar high was integral to the approach. The successful applicants will have been one of the following in Year 8:
  • School leader, prefect or house captain
  • Winner of the top sports person’s (boy and girl) award at the end of year prize giving
  • Winner  (first or second) of their school’s top academic award at the end of year prize giving

In 2015, the College has had 127 students entering in year nine. This is above ministry predictions for 2015. The number of students with strong leadership, excellent sporting and or academic  strengths has increased this year.

Scholarship winners

Leadership role (2014)
Panmure Bridge School
Puke Rapata-Mohi  

Tyler Topia-Valepo
School ambassador and learning leader
Pt England School
Gloria Tuitupou
Dux and Prefect

Auri Kamo
Top Sportsman, House Captain

Mele Lavaka

Rocky Vea

Wyatt Parsons
Glen Innes School
Enosi Falekaono

Autymn Kanuta William
St Pius X Catholic School
Vaitolose Manuha'apai
House captain
Glenbrae School
Danielle Mailata
School leader
Tamaki Primary School
Taylor Takilai
Ruapotaka School
Talita 'Aho
Prefect; sports award.

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Science Trip to the Stardome for International Women's Day

Report written by Vanila

On the 9th of March 2015 , a selected amount of year 10 and 11 students were invited to Stardome to participate in an event organised by AWIS as part of International Womens day. While we were there, we were offered breakfast and enjoyed the company of other students from One Tree Hill, Takapuna Grammar and Auckland Girls Grammar school. Our main focus for going was to experience “science” from someone else’s view.

We started our session off by being introduced to three scientists, very successful ladies who of course were passionate about their job! They each did a 15 minute presentation where they had the chance to let us know all about them, the work they do & what got them into science in the first place. Two from three of these scientists were from America and it was a real privilege getting to see them speak to us personally, and give us advice about pursuing our dreams!

There were 3 things that I learnt that morning from these awesome scientists . The first was On completion of jobs “ Done is better than perfect” - This influenced me because I tend to start things and never finish them . This quote has taught me that it is better to start things and get it done , instead of  trying to be perfect ! Quote 2 was : “ its a jungle gym , not a ladder” - This quote stood out to me because I knew for sure it was true. That life is not like a ladder. You will never always be successful and go straight up. There will be obstacles, kinda like a jungle gym  that will test your faith. But if you remain positive mentally and physically, you will become more successful than you ever could imagine! what I also got out from this talk was “ to not be afraid of being the first , the first women to be successful ! and yes , life will get hard , criticism will be thrown at you but if you stand staunch and keep going , life will flow just as you plan. But overall, like the Scientists said “ Take opportunities as they present themselves; make your own opportunities”.


Photo (left): Tamaki College students are pictured with Dr. Cather Simpson (third from left) who is appointed jointly to the School of Chemical Sciences and Department of Physics, is Associate Director of the Dan Walls Centre for Pure and Applied Optics and the Director of the Photon Factory, a modern multi-user laser facility at the University of Auckland.

Friday, March 6, 2015

Act is on Stage this Year

ACT (Acting Club of Tamaki) is heading into new territory this year. Welcome to all the new students who have joined us, it's great to have you aboard. We've changed our meeting day to Monday 3-5 pm in B1. We are going to see an Auckland Arts Festival performance of 'The Book of Everything'. We fund-raised with our first Bake Sale AND we are prepping for auditions at the end of the term. It's an exciting time to ACT! See you on stage! Ms Wethey and Ms Emery.

Level 1 Geography Trip to Cornwall Park

The Level 1 Geography class travelled to Cornwall Park this week to conduct research into the different uses of the park. They conducted surveys of people, observed the different ways people use the park, drew field sketches, and learnt about the ways Maori traditionally used the land, which they call Maungakiekie.

Monday, February 23, 2015

Athletics 2015 - The March Ons

Athletics 2015 - Puriri

Athletics 2015 - Kowhai

Athletics 2015 - Rata

Athletics 2015 - Totara

Athletics 2015 - The 1500 metre Start

Here is the start of the mixed 1500 metre races....

Athletics 2015 - The Photos ...

It was a fun day here at Tamaki College.
The student leaders and prefects have been working hard to get the rest of the students ready for athletics day.
They came on in their whanau groups, chanting and performing into the first points of the the day.
There was races, gum boot throwing, high jumps and the shot put to keep the crowd happy and everyone joined in and enjoyed themselves.

Here are some photos of the day ...

Thursday, February 5, 2015

Powhiri 2015

We had a lovely morning here at Tamaki College. The whole school was assembled on the Marae so we could welcome our Year 9 students and our new students and staff to the school.
It was a lovely morning and the senior students and school leaders and prefects put on a great welcome.

Here is a video of the start of the powhiri ...

Here are photos of the event ...

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Year 9 Team Building

It is the start of a new year here at Tamaki College and our new Year 9 students are into their second day. They have seen around the school, met their tutors and the rest of their tutor groups and seen what their time tables are like. Now it was time for team building today, so it was out on the field with the Year 13 prefects and student leaders.
There was tug of war competitions between houses and them pyramid building.