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Congratulations to all our Year 9 and 10 students, who were honoured at Junior Prizegiving earlier this week, including our top scholars and special award winners....

We look forward to welcoming students in 2023. Please see below for important dates regarding the start of the school year. Monday 23 Jan School Office opens for the year, 9.00am – 2.00pm. Tuesday 24 January Year 12 and 13 subject changes, 9.00am – 12.00pm......

Clive Daniels, the Pakuranga College Director of Sport, has been named Coach of the Year at the recent Auckland Hockey Awards....

Last week Earth and Space Science teacher Sandy Collier had the opportunity to visit RocketLab in Auckland and learn about their business, people, and job opportunities coming up over the next decade in the New Zealand space industry....

Want to make a difference? Become a teacher! Pakuranga College has joined an exciting new initiative with a group of Auckland Schools, offering a new way to train to become a secondary school teacher with a scholarship and university fees paid....

The Pakuranga College Kapa Haka rōpu, Te Tai o Pakuranga, is on a mission to bring East Auckland’s Māori culture to the fore, and they started by competing in the prestigious Te Ahurea Tino Rangatiratanga competition for the first time on Saturday 29 October....

Pegasus yearbooks for 2022 can be ordered online now, for $50. We print a limited number of copies each year, so please order early to secure yours....

We are looking for host families for the upcoming 2023 school year. Hosting an international student is a great way to bring the world to your home, create lifelong relationships with people around the world, and earn an extra income....

It was fantastic to be able to celebrate a year of sport at our Sports Awards on Thursday 27 October after many Covid disruptions. Congratulations to all our awardees....

On Tuesday 1 November we held our Year 12 and 13 Prizegiving, a wonderful occasion celebrating student achievements, including the more than $400,000 worth of tertiary scholarship money awarded to our Year 13 leavers....

It doesn’t matter how many years I do this job, every year when I start reviewing the year, our students’ achievements amaze me. They find success in whatever they turn their hand to....

NCEA exams start on Monday 7 November. Check out our video to find out all about the exam period: what students need to do, and where and when they need to be at school...

Mental Health Awareness Week was held from 26 September to 2 October. This year's theme was Reconnect. The past couple of years have been tough and it was easy to feel disconnected from people and places that are important to us.  ...

Pakuranga College whānau, bag yourselves a pre-Christmas bargain and feel extra good because you'll be supporting KidsCanNZ at the same time!...

After impressing in the Group Vocal category of the Stand Up, Stand Out heats up against the likes of choirs and barbershop ensembles, Year 11 students Ingrid Ioka and Jessica Sayer reached the final on Saturday 24 September at the Auckland Town Hall. They were awarded second place, a fantastic achievement!...

The Service Council held the first Blood Day since 2019 at the end of Term 3. There were 47 donations made, which will help save and improve the lives of 141 Kiwis!...

Every year Amnesty International New Zealand holds their annual Freedom Week. The Freedom Week challenge is a chance for rangatahi to stand united and take action against a pressing relevant human rights issue facing us today....

The annual Eastern Zone Speech Competition took place on Thursday 22 September. Six local high schools competed, with three talented students representing Pakuranga College....

The Pakuranga College Fashion Night took place on Thursday 8 September, and allowed our students the opportunity to display a range of assessment garments in a catwalk environment....

13BIO got hands-on with some skulls during their trip to Auckland Zoo for the topic, Trends in Human Evolution. They were able to visit some very cute monkeys too, exploring the connections between primate and early human skulls. ...

Our students continued their successful run at EPro8 with Ahhh and Rocky Road finishing 1st and 3rd respectively in the senior semifinal, while the Grigginators finished 3rd in the junior semifinal!...

Congratulations to students Daniel Kang and Zoe Purvis, who have both received Pat Hanley Creativity Awards for their artworks....

On Wednesday 7 September, Year 13 student Charlotte Tukiri, was one of four local students who attended the Lions Club Young Ambassador Award dinner....

The results for the triennial board election are in and we would like to thank our 14 nominees for putting themselves forward to serve Pakuranga College....

A few weeks ago Whānau Tutor hosted a Whānau Hui in our school library. It was a great opportunity for all of us to gather together with our whānau!...

Former Pakuranga College student and Rocket Lab composite materials specialist, James Hansen, returned to the college last week to speak with Year 10 students about his experience building rocket components for the leading-edge company....

On Monday of this week our current Year 10 students had a Subject Selection assembly. The students received guidance on how to select their subjects for 2023 and each Year 10 student will have a one-to-one interview with a career advisor after they have selected their subjects....

This year, the excitement was doubled as Cultural Night ran over two nights -- as opposed to the usual one. A total of 13 groups performed two sold-out shows, raising over $5,000 for the I Am Hope organisation in support of mental health....

Year 13 Food Technology student, Varick Evangelista, participated in an Australasian Tapas Competition on 22 August. He made traditional Spanish fish croquettas and presented them beautifully in a hand-woven flax basket....

It certainly was a big week at the KBB Music Festival, and a very successful one, with all three of our bands collecting Bronze awards. ...

Three Year 10 students, William Leader, Devaansh Gupta, and David Toman formed their own working group in Term 2, with a view to entering the Robocup Junior Online Competition 2022. They combined their talents in the fields of electronics, programming, and 3D modelling to create, from scratch, a self-driving car....

On 9 August eleven Science students (also from the Environment Council), with Miss de Roo, went down to Eastern Beach with the goal to find as many organisms and species as we could on the beach and the rocks....

On Thursday 4 August, 80 students and staff from our senior PE classes competed in the annual Mud Run held out at Kumeu....

Our Classics students explored the Ancients Greeks exhibition at Auckland Museum on 10 August, an experience captured in a slam poem by Year 13 Cornelius Douw Nel....

On Wednesday 3 and Friday 5 August we had two small groups of students perform in Stand Up Stand Out, an Auckland wide high school music competition. Despite the small delegation of just two entries on each day all the Pakuranga College performers stood out to the judges....

Mrs Hayter and Miss Bass took three Year 11 Geography students to the annual Geography quiz Maatangi Whenua. Students Mia Bankier, Julian Ling, and Kate Ginn demonstrated great teamwork and collaboration to solve some difficult questions....

On 29-30 July, a delegation of Pakuranga College students attended the Rotary sponsored Model United Nations. These students are members of our school’s UN Youth and Amnesty International groups....

There are some changes to NCEA for 2022, to account for the disruption Covid has caused this year. These measures are a safety net only and students need to continue working and striving for their best results.  ...

Wednesday 3 August marked the launch of a new mentoring programme at the college. A for student, by student programme, Va'a is available to all Māori and Pasifika students who require additional academic support....

It was a little wet and a little dark, but the dawn blessing of Whānau Tutor mural, Ka puta ki te whaiao ki Te Ao Mārama, on the last day of Term 2 was beautiful....

Pakuranga College was selected as one of just seven schools nationwide to compete in the Toi Digital National Final senior category last Friday, where Liam Gore was named one of the Top 10 National Finalists!...

In the final week of Term 2 we had four teams compete in the EPro8 Challenge senior category heats, with three of them progressing to the semi-finals, plus four junior teams tying for 1st place!...

In 2023, Pakuranga College has expanded the subject choices for Year 11 and 12 students....

Over the course of two days, 33 lucky Year 10 students got to start developing our own leadership skills. For the first time ever we had a Year 10 leadership camp at Camp Adair! ...

Head Student Charlotte Tukiri (left above) swept the awards at the recent Ngā Manu Kōrero competition, winning Best Prepared Speech, Best Impromptu Speech, and Best Speaker Overall in the Senior English category. ...

At the end of June Mr Duncan, Mr Lyall, and Mrs Bigwood accompanied 12ECO on a trip to the capital. Students were privileged to see the inner workings of institutions that impact New Zealand's economic standing day-to-day, including the Reserve Bank, Parliament, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, and our biggest bank, ANZ. ...

There has been creative excitement after school this term in the Ceramics Club run by Mr Woodward....

We've had some fantastic sports results since our last issue of The Bulletin, read more for highlights....

In the late hours of June 30th, 60 of the finest entrepreneurs from around New Zealand traveled to Wellington for a jam-packed weekend of brutal business challenges, and student Eric Irani had the privilege of being one of them!...

For the past year the Pakuranga College Environmental Council has been working to grow and nurture native plants. Last week that hard work finally paid off. A team of 22 went off to Brookby, and alongside other schools, we are looking to plant a total of 10,000 trees to improve and restore Aotearoa....

Winter sport is in full-swing and our teams are achieving some great results, not to mention our students who have been selected at representative levels....

On Friday 10 June, 14 very brave students and two supportive staff members shaved their heads for a cure, with all proceeds going to Leukaemia and Blood Cancer New Zealand....

Last Friday evening, 13 students from three college rock bands - Blossom, Kornered, and The Monoliths - performed in the Smokefree Rockquest Manukau heats....

Our Year 13 Young Enterprise businesses travelled to AUT in the city to compete in challenge two of the Young Enterprise competition, 'The Pitch'. Students had only two weeks in which to put together a 5-minute business pitch that they would present to judges....

Our main goal for Samoan Language Week was to get everyone to see and experience the beautiful traditions of our culture. Samoan is also the third most spoken language in Aotearoa, and we wanted to showcase to everyone that Samoa is more than just a language, but also an island with people who value knowing your roots....

On Thursday 2 June, 11 Year 12 businesses set up shop in the Hall at lunch and to sell their products to fellow students. Student stalls were swamped with potential customers from start to finish with some groups generating sales into the $200 - $300 range....

On 2 June the Level 2 History and Level 1 Te Reo class completed a day trip exploring key sites from the Waikato War 1863-4. The largest of the New Zealand Wars, the Waikato War began on the outskirts of Auckland and our students followed the path of the conflict via the Mangatāwhiri stream, Rangiriri, Rangiaowhia, and eventually Ōrākau....

On Tuesday 24 May, a group of Year 12 and 13 Māori and Pasifika women attended the Dream Girl 2022 conference. The event brought together schools from all corners of Tāmaki Makaurau, with young women uniting in the name of sisterhood and cultural connection. ...

On Friday 3 June, Mr Breed took 13 students up to Uxbridge Theatre in Howick to put on a one-hour lunchtime concert for the locals. The audience was very complimentary and enjoyed the wide-ranging program....

Pink Shirt Day was an extremely successful event, where students could do their part in spreading kindness while raising awareness about bullying. The Rae deck was filled with students wearing pink attire, each participating in the array of activities that had been organised by students involved in the Service Council, Safe School Council, or the Diversity Council....

During this semester in our 10PDT class, we have designed and made indoor game units. This is an amazing class where we have learnt many practical skills such as how to use the workshop equipment including the bandsaw, the scroll saw, the drill press, and all the different types of sanders (there are so many sanders)....

Pasifika Tutor is up and running, working to nurture the academic and leadership goals of students who identify as Pasifika....

Former Pakuranga College student and Top Scholar in Design and Visual Communication for 2021, Yujie Wen, was formally acknowledged in a ceremony at Parliament on 11 May....

Our Year 12 PEO students have just completed a 4-day tramp in the beautiful New Zealand bush at Whirinaki. The hike included 34kms of hills and valleys, over 80 different river crossings, and braving -1 degree temperatures! ...

Our Eth-letes represented the college with humility and respect and received honourable mentions by the judges....

Year 10 student Mia Davis has had her beautiful artwork published in the young writer's and artist's journal, Toitoi....

Recently, Pakuranga College’s very own Cultural Council hosted its first big event of the year, the Cultural Expo! With the support from our many cultural groups, we were able to successfully pull together a showcase to highlight the beautiful cultures we have here at our school!...

We were fortunate enough to have a youth ambassador from World Vision visit recently to guide the Interact executive team through a workshop that will help us prepare for the big event.  Jemiah (World Vision Youth Ambassador) provided the team with useful information and amazing resources to give us the best chance of reaching our goals for this term's fundraisers....

Our Year 13 Drama class took part in a stage combat workshop with one of New Zealand's top fight choreographers, Alexander Holloway....

Our Year 13 Earth and Space Science students explored some Auckland volcanoes this week, gathering evidence to help them determine when these volcanoes erupted....

Pakuranga College’s own open water swimming prodigy, Year 13 student, Ella Crowe, has capped an exceptional season with victory in all three of her events at the New Zealand Swimming Secondary Schools competition, held at Mt Maunganui at the end of Term 1....

Awakening early to a frosty morning, we all dressed in warm clothes and headed straight to the Tongariro Crossing and began our walk. Using our geographic equipment, which included an anemometer and a thermometer to measure soil temperature, we began recording our data at different points along the crossing....

Our Year 12 Outdoor Education students stepped out of their comfort zones during a recent three-day trip to Rotorua. After first learning white water rafting techniques at Wero Whitewater Park in Manukau, these were put into practice at Kaituna Cascades on their Grade 5 river rapids, just outside of Rotorua....

This term in Whānau Tutor we have been working hard on a beautiful mural that will be displayed on Rae Block near the Student Centre. We spent two days researching and preparing for the mural with artist Eliza Donald, figuring out what should go where, and long hours disagreeing on the placement of everything, but it was all worth it in the end....

Year 9 Product Design Technology students have used their creative thinking and problem-solving skills to research, trial, and develop wooden toys over the course of Term 1....

Te Whare Tapa Wha reminds us to take care of all the different aspects of our lives to support our wellbeing. I learned that amongst our peers there are growing levels of anxiety and stress over Covid, keeping up with school and the new way of learning, and coping with looking after our personal self, our family, and friends....

After Kauri's winning result in the Girls' Swimming Sports two days earlier, the Kauri boys could be forgiven for feeling a little pressure. Not only to match the girls' golden result, but to keep their own winning streak alive with a third consecutive Boys' Swimming Sports title....

Recently, the Science Council has been interested in sources of sustainable fuels. To aid our investigation, we explored the differences in the energy of two alcohols: Methanol and Ethanol....

Group Conferences will be held on Thursday 24 March, between 8:40am – 8:00pm. You can select a 20-minute appointment convenient to you throughout this time slot....

After a string of second place finishes in the Girls' Swimming Sports, Kauri finally made it to the top of the podium in a tightly contested event, which saw them finish just six points ahead of last year's victors, Totara....

Last week Matai, Nikau, Pohutukawa, and Totara Houses went out on their one-day Peer Support camps. This was a chance for Year 9s to continue building friendships and settling into college life, as they challenged themselves with new activities....

Year 13 Earth and Space Science students had the chance to interview three radio astronomers at Warkworth Observatory!...

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