Issue 13


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12 May 2017

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Friday 12th May 2017 — Issue 12 Tena Koutou Katoa Our Principal Visits Schools in Germany Over the last four weeks our Principal Sheryll Ofner has been visiting schools in Europe as part of her Woolf Fisher Fellowship. One of the schools that has stood out for her is the Humboldt Gymnasium in Potsdam, Germany. This school won the award for the best school in Germany in 2016. Sheryll tells us that this school had a lot in common with Selwyn including their cultures, mentoring systems and their emphasis on developing the all round potential of every individual. The photo shows Sheryll with the Principal Carola Gnadt. Both Principals shared ideas that will further enrich their schools. Westpac Women in Tech presents: TechGirl To me, being in the Tech field seemed like a boring job in which you would be sat at a computer, constantly writing nothing but code for the majority of the day. It also seemed like an area that was somewhat unwelcoming to women - IT and technology related areas stereotypically being seen as male-oriented field of work. However, by the end of Westpac’s “Techgirl” event, these ideas were proven to be quite wrong. Although we did learn some rather startling facts about the gender imbalance in the workplace, such as how it is more likely to find a CEO named John as opposed to a CEO who is female. We also learnt about the temporary nature of jobs as a product of technological advancements. Overall the day was filled with inspiring words from guest speakers, as well as many fun and innovative group activities, interactive booths, and a very impressive line up of pastries, cupcakes and sushi for lunch. Coming away from the event, I have learnt two Michaela experiencing virtual reality things; Technology is not a man’s field and it certainly isn’t as boring as the stereotypes make it out to be. Although coding is significant, overall technology is about making improvements and creating new ideas to change the world for the better. By Julia Burton Front row l to r: Michaela Ceniza, Cleo Kirton, Pagan Klein, Back row l to r: Marian Han, Jane Findlay, Arunima Sahu, Julia Burton and Tory Alberts


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Selwyn’s New Lacrosse Team’s Soars! Selwyn College fielded its first ever Lacrosse team on Thursday afternoon. We played Mt Roskill in the inter school competition and had an amazing 9-3 win in our first ever game. Auckland Lacrosse ran an 'introduction to Lacrosse' programme for schools last term which was hosted by Selwyn College. From there we staged a recruitment drive within the school, and found girls who were keen to play. It has been a steep learning curve and although our team have not had much coaching they fielded a team and performed honourably to take out our first ever win in this sport. Well done girls! Advance Notice Parent/Subject Teacher/Student Interviews—Friday 26 1.10pm—6.20pm Senior Ball Date—Saturday 17 June—7.00pm Support Sought for the Quiz Night Our PTA would really appreciate your support making the Quiz Night a success. Donations of items or vouchers for the auction or raffle, food donations or monetary sponsorship would be greatly appreciated. There are also table sponsorships available at $100 per table. All companies or individuals who donate will be mentioned on the night and in the Auction programme. Please get in contact by email to or call Mary Anne on 521 9610 ext 680 if you are able to help. Selwyn Community Education Courses Starting Soon Effective Planting for your Garden Public Speaking and Speech Making for Beginners Secrets of Italian Architecture 15 May 15 May 16 May ESOL—English Conversation Pre-Intermediate Level 2 16 May How to Master Saving and Budgeting 16 May The Art of Conversation Japanese for Travellers (Beginners) Planning a Financial Future Sewing—Next Steps 16 May 17 May 17 May 17 May The Great Italian Artists Digital Photography—DSLR Cameras Creative Salsa and Bachata Dancing for Beginners 17 May 22 May 23 May See our website for details and enrolling or phone 521 9623



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