Feb 21st 2020 Newsletter

Kia ora and Greetings,

The year has started well, with a positive and settled tone around the school.

The aim of our newsletters is to keep you up to date with key events happening in and around the school. Sometimes we will issue a special newsletter, but the most important information (e.g. how much it effects families) will always be at the top of a newsletter.

If you have any questions, or would like more information about anything in a newsletter, on our website or Facebook page, please contact our school office.

Classes Finish Early on Thursday 27th February (Next Week)

The teachers’ union (PPTA) is holding a paid union meeting for all its members on Thursday afternoon, 27th February. Most of our Teachers will be attending this meeting.

This means that normal classes will stop at the end of period 4, 1:20pm. There will not be any timetabled classes after lunch that day. Courses and trips already arranged for that day will continue as planned.

Students have the choice of either:

  • Leaving school for the day at 1:20pm, OR
  • Remaining at School, where we will be running an alternative programme for the rest of the day.

If you want your child to stay at school until the normal end of the school day (3pm) on Thursday, please let the school know as soon as possible.

You can do this by emailing us ( or phoning us (09 268 3950) and telling us the name of your child/ren.

Please also use the same email or phone numbers if you have any questions.

Thank you for your understanding and cooperation

Focus on Our Standards

Our two main focus areas in which we would really appreciate your help, is to ensure your child comes to school on time and in correct uniform please. These are our two key focus areas in our school, for 2020.

JCHS Athletics Day – Friday Last Week

Well done to all those who participated in the Athletics Day last Friday. There were many students who competed in multiple events with some outstanding results.

Additionally, every student who participated, earned house points for every event they participated in. So, our House Competition is off to a fine start.

Congratulations to those who have qualified for Counties-Manukau Athletics next Wednesday, 26th at Massey Park.

House results from Athletics Day are as follows:

1st Tane Mahuta 356 points
2nd Ruaumoko 326 points
3rd Tawhirimatea 306 points
4th Tangaroa 287 points

Thank you to our House Leaders, Head Students, Staff and our amazing DJ, who all contributed to making the day a success for all involved. With a special thanks to all our students who got into the spirit of the day.

JCHS Prefects

Last Thursday, 22 of our 24 Prefects spent a day with Janine Love, Prefect Co-ordinator, and myself on Rangitoto Island.

This was a great opportunity for the students to get to know each other better, to share and learn more about what being a Prefect means, and to start planning for the year ahead.

I was greatly impressed by the calibre of these fine young people and the qualities that they share across a wonderfully diverse set of backgrounds and experiences. I am very confident that our senior student leaders will contribute well this year to our school and community.


This year we have eight groups performing at PolyFest, on the following ‘stages’: Māori; Samoan, Tongan, Cook Islands, Niuean, and Diversity.

There are about 300 students and dozens of adults, including tutors, whanau members, and staff involved in this event.

PolyFest will be at the Manukau Sports Bowl from Wednesday 18th to Saturday 21st March.

Blood Donor Service Visit

On Tuesday 10th March, from 9am to 2pm, NZ Blood Te Ratonga Toto O Aotearoa, will be in the LCR for Blood Donations from new and current donors.

There is more information on their website about being a donor:

Ngā mihi nui, Kind regards,

Grant McMillan
Tumuaki Principal

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