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Specialist Classroom teacher Newsletter Oct 2015
by Todd Malcolm - Monday, 12 October 2015, 2:17 PM

Lots of interesting stuff in this month's edition

Regards J Gordon (SCT)

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BYOD device specifications for 2016
by Todd Malcolm - Friday, 25 September 2015, 9:40 AM

BYOD 2016 device specs

Y9 and Y10

We are a Microsoft School - Student are required to have a device that is/has:

*NOT Android or Chromebook

*Windows 8/10 or OS Mac

*(Microsoft Office 365 will be available free for college students to download)

*Has a tough outer shell (especially for boys!) and a good protective case/bag

*Keyboard attached

*Minimum 11inch screen

*Has at least 6-8 hours battery life

*4GB of Ram minimum

*Internal Hard drive greater than 80GB

*Touch screen and stylus an optional extra

Do not activate your new device online with an email address.. skip that step when you first get device.

We will assist students to download the following software

AVG or AVIRA anti virus software at start of year

Malware Bytes to scan for Spyware ( free )

Microsoft Office 365 and full office package for their device ( free )


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Study and exams... The key to success
by Todd Malcolm - Monday, 21 September 2015, 11:59 AM

Exams are coming..... here are 11 great tips for you.

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Bullying and Social Media
by Todd Malcolm - Wednesday, 16 September 2015, 1:18 PM


Principal's Message

I spoke recently with the editor of our local paper who was doing a feature article about bullying among young people and in particular the use of phones, texting and social media as bullying tools. It was an interesting conversation reflecting both the feedback and community contact he has had, along with the experiences that we have as a college in dealing with the same issues that impact on our students at school. We both agreed that the use of technology by our young people has happened so rapidly that many of our parents are unaware of, and struggling to keep up with, the on line communication that our teenagers are involved in.

In the past...

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Tearaway; The voice of NZ Youth
by Todd Malcolm - Monday, 29 June 2015, 11:16 AM

Welcome to Tearaway Magazine, New Zealand's longest running and widely respected youth medium! You can read the magazine and find out about relevant topics and hear the opinions of your peers or, even  better, you can become a part of the voice of New Zealand's youth! How do you do this? Open the attached page for full details on how to become a reader and/or a contributor to Tearaway Magazine.

Alternatively, ask your English teacher about how to be involved today.

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MS Office 365 and ETV streaming for free
by Todd Malcolm - Thursday, 25 June 2015, 2:47 PM

ETV media video streaming

As of last week all Y9-13 students have access to ETV content (not any R18 content e.g. Game of thrones)

You will not be able to request or book programmes for our online library.

You access ETV through your school email account: where ETV have sent you a password to connect.

Students can access their outlook school email account via Moodle/student services/outlook email.

Microsoft office 365 free

You are also welcome/ entitled to activate a Microsoft 365 account ( free online word/PP/excel ) if you wish by going through Moodle/ student services/ 365 and downloading it. ( this download is best done at home or after school ) 

Any questions? please visit your student IT help desk in the IHUB 

( 1st office on the right through main doors )

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Well Being Apps for students
by Todd Malcolm - Thursday, 18 June 2015, 2:18 PM

Here are a couple apps that students and family can use to help with well being and managing stress.

Smiling Mind (free)

Smiling Mind is modern meditation for young people. It is a unique web and App-based program, designed to help bring balance to young lives.

Headspace (introduction course free)

Headspace is a gym membership for the mind. A course of guided meditation, delivered via an app or online.

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Staff House competition close
by Todd Malcolm - Wednesday, 10 June 2015, 11:48 AM

Check out the Staff Competition graph!  It is getting tight, (points have been awarded and updated from Staff Relay race, Chess Comp, and Colour Run) 

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Pavement Art
by Leonie Cook - Tuesday, 9 June 2015, 4:36 PM

Congratulations to Alex, North, Emma and Claire who won 1st place in the Pavement Art Competition. House Results later in the week.Pavement art 2015 Winner

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Cultural Week Colour Run
by Leonie Cook - Tuesday, 9 June 2015, 4:12 PM

The teacher's emerging from the colour cloud. well done to everyone who participated and the Services Academy for a great event.