Hillcrest High School
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In this week's newsletter:
  • Principal Points
  • Senior Student Leaders
  • Measure for Measure
  • Junior Girls Futsal - National Champions!
  • Summer Tournament Week
  • Sports Board
  • Senior Course Information Website
  • Supporting Ka'iulani
  • Youth Intact - Support for Students
  • Upcoming Events
Principal Points

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Next term I will be absent from school on a sabbatical. Sabbaticals are an opportunity to refresh, travel and undertake study. I was fortunate to receive a Woolf Fisher Fellowship in term 2 2009, which provided an opportunity to travel extensively overseas, visit schools ...
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Senior Student Leaders
We have been introducing this year's senior student leaders to the wider community through student profiles and photos on our Facebook page. Over the next few weeks we will introduce the remainder of our student leaders to the Hillcrest community by posting their profiles on Facebook.
Measure for Measure

This year's Shakespearean Production, Measure for Measure, had sell-out crowds enthralled throughout the week. With numerous main and sub-plots, the play, often described as one of Shakespeare’s “problem plays”, was first performed around 1604. The production crew was composed of students from across the school and they were ably directed by teacher Elizabeth Pamment. Congratulations to everyone involved in making this annual event one of the highlights of the school calendar!

Junior Girls Futsal - National Champions!
This week was Summer Tournament Week and our futsal teams travelled to Wellington to compete in the New Zealand Secondary Schools Futsal Championships. After a long and tough campaign, our junior girls team ended the competition by being crowned national champions! Libbie Gillard was also recognised for her individual achievements and awarded the Gold Gloves for Best Goalkeeper of the tournament. Despite the Wellington fog delaying their return by over a day and a half, the spirits of the girls was not dampened and we were very proud to welcome them back to school this week!
Summer Tournament Week
This week was Summer Tournament Week, with staff, students and parents travelling across the North Island to compete in a variety of summer codes. Across the week information has been posted on the school's Facebook page as we received updates from staff and parents. 
The Hillcrest High School Sports Board was established in 2015 and consists of a representative from the Senior Leadership Team, and Board of Trustees, the Director of Sport as well as representatives from parents and staff. The Mission Statement of the Sports Board is “To add value to Sports at Hillcrest High School’. The Board is currently raising funds towards the installation of an all – weather turf on the existing courts. We are also creating a Sports Code of Conduct and last year the board designed a sports/extra – curricular hoodie. We are keen to explore initiatives and ideas to strengthen and add value to sport at Hillcrest High School.

We would like to hear from parents/caregivers who are interested in joining our Sports Board. If interested you need to consider the following.
  • Commit to monthly meetings, currently held at 5:30pm at the school
  • Commit to a  minimum 2 year term
  • Become actively involved and contribute in a constructive manner
  • Consider and govern all sports within Hillcrest High School
If you are interested email Keren Priscott – stating your present involvement in Hillcrest High School sport and the contribution you could make to the Sports Board, by Sunday 9th April.

Kelvin Whiting
Senior Course Information Website
This week a Senior Course Information website was launched by the school. Senior students and their parents can now access course outlines, information and assessment calendars for all senior courses in one place. Students can easily add the assessment calendars for each of the subjects to their own Google calendar which will help them manage their time more effectively. There are also links to resources students can use to keep track of their overall achievement. All  senior students were emailed a link to the website earlier this week.
Supporting Ka'iulani
Our fundraising efforts to support 2-year old Ka'iulani Forbes, daughter of Hillcrest High School ex-staff member Moana Forbes, access the medical support she needs continued this week with a staff cake sale on Friday morning raising over $400. Donations to the Hillcrest High School 12hr Ride for Ka'iulani Forbes givealitte page are still being accepted with staff and students taking part in the 12 hour ride event at Les Mills on Saturday 22nd April. This week the Chiefs have joined team mate Liam Messam in his fundraising efforts to support Ka'iulani and there will be donation collections at tonight's Chiefs game against the Bulls. Next Friday there will be a mufti day at Hillcrest High School with all donations going to Ka'iulani.
YouthIntact - Support for Students
Communities face many social issues, one of which is the misuse of alcohol and drugs. As a part of the community, Hillcrest High School is also affected by these issues from time to time. However, the school strongly defends the rights of students and staff to be able to work and learn in a safe and secure alcohol and drug-free environment. Over the past 8 months the school has been working collaboratively with New Zealand Police and YouthIntact (a Waikato DHB and Odyssey House initiative) to develop a process map in order to take a supportive wraparound rather than a traditional punitive approach to dealing with student-related drug issues. Our policies, systems and procedures around search and retention remain unchanged. However, one of the changes we will be making is reporting all drug possession or use while students are under the duty of care of the school to the Police, via the Crime Reporting Line. At this week's assemblies, Constable Amy Bateman, School Community Officer, outlined to students some of the changes we are making to our processes and the impact that drug use can have on students long-term. Constable Bateman has been working with Sarah Hayman, Head of Department (Health) to review drug education at a junior curriculum level and will be working with students to educate them about drugs and the law. We now have a Drug and Alcohol counsellor at school one day a week, supplied for free by YouthIntact, who students can confidentially access should they feel the need. Students can self-refer or be referred by a staff member. Students can also access this support if they have been affected by drug or alcohol use by people around them. You can find more information about this programme on the YouthIntact website.
Upcoming Events
April  3  -  Sports Week
            -  2OE Sea Kayak trip

April 4  -  Yr 9 & Yr 10 Parent Interviews

April 5  -  Whanau Camp
           -  Tauwhare Marae trip 5
           -  P Day

April 6  -  2OE White Water Kayak trip
           -  1JAP Japanese trip
           -  2/3SPA Spanish trip

April 7  -  Mufti Day for Ka'iulani
           -  House Relay 
           -  2TOU Rotorua trip
April 8  -  Regional Shakespeare Festival, Wellington

April 11  -  Cross Country

April 12  -  NZ Plays Performance
             -  Paterson & Burn Art Competition
             -  F Day

April 13  -  National Youth Jazz Festival
             -  Raise Up Event - lunchtime
             -  Thai Water Festival
             -  End of Term 1

April 23  -  Social Studies trip to Vietnam

May 1  -  Start of Term 2

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