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Dear Parents / Family / Whanau

At the time of writing our senior students will all have sat their practice external examinations.  It is important that students take the time to reflect on their results in order that they can learn where they need to make changes.  These changes may be in the amount of time spent revising, or in how they have answered specific questions so that they are able to learn from these examinations and apply these learnings to the end of year exams where it counts.  If you have any concerns I would urge students to raise these concerns with their teachers.  To facilitate this we will be running a senior parent teacher interviews on 22 September from 4-6pm.

For your information secondary teachers have an entitlement to a paid union meeting to discuss their conditions of service each year.  All of the local NZPPTA school branches including Mount Maunganui College will be holding their meeting on Wednesday 14 September 2016 at 9am.  Accordingly Mount Maunganui College will not be open for instruction until 11:45 am.  

Russell Gordon


My name is Tegan Lynch and I am conducting an online study as part of my PhD research at Victoria University of Wellington, under the direct supervision of Professor Vanessa Green with secondary supervision provided by Professor Paul Jose.
In this study, I am asking parents and caregivers about social peer situations involving their children, their experiences of these, and will then ask parents if they experienced anything similar when they were growing up. Most of the questions will be concerned with negative peer experiences.
Participants in this study need to be a parent or caregiver (this can include grandparents, aunt/uncles, or anyone else who acts as a main caregiver or guardian) who has at least one school-aged child. Participation in this survey is voluntary and anonymous.
To acknowledge participants’ time spent on the survey, there will be an opportunity to go into a draw to win one of 100 $20 New World vouchers/gift cards.
I have made a website at where potential participants can learn more about the overall research project and from there they are linked to the questionnaire.
Thank you for any help you are able to provide.


Mount Maunganganui College swept the dance floor at the Tauranga regional competition of DanceNZmade at Baycourt Theatre last Monday night!
The Mount Maunganui College Open team were crowned Champions, and the Year 11-13 team and Year 9/10 teams both came second. Charlotte Drabble, Tilly Hayden-Taylor, and Henderson Biares won their solo age groups while Amelia Cox and Adriahn Bain came second in theirs. Reanna Flanagan received a special student leadership award for choreographing the Mount Maunganui Intermediate team who came first in the Year 7/8 division and Madi Gorman and Henderson Biares received a special leadership award for choreographing the Tahatai Coast team who came first in the Year 3-6 division. Henderson also won the Excellence in choreography award.
The Open team, Year 9-10 team and Henderson Biares have all been invited to compete at the Nationals at The Regent on Broadway Theatre in Palmerston North on Saturday 17 September.
YIA - Young Innovator’s Award
Mount Maunganui College had a number of entries for YIA 2016. Students had to come up with an innovative idea for a product or service. In the junior category Sam Sheaff came first with his innovative Gel-Shel idea. This is a container for cycling competitors to put their gel packaging into rather than throwing the packaging on the ground once the energy gel has been used. Sam came up with this idea after noticing gel packaging left behind after a cycling event in the Redwood forests in Rotorua.
Second in the junior category were Louis Donovan, Phoenix Morris, Jonathan Tomlinson, and Jacob Tinning, with their coding app, Terminal, created to help beginners with computer coding. It is designed to help people develop the essential skill of coding in an age of automation.
The finalists in the competition also attended a breakfast where they listened to four inspirational New Zealand innovators talk about their career pathways and what they do for jobs in today’s ever-changing work environment.
Congratulations to the winners of YIA 2016 and well done to all those students who gave it a go.


Parent Support Group (previously known as PTA)

Next Meeting:        5 September 2016 - 7pm

College Staffroom in the Administration Building



Addressing the safety of local students in and around Bayfair Shopping Centres' carparks.

Recently, it has been noticed an increasing number of students congregating in the centre's carparks and in general hanging around in high traffic areas reserved for vehicles and in stairwells that access the upper level of the carpark.  This behaviour puts the students at risk and there are concerns for their safety in areas that are purely designed for parking and accessing vehicles.

As the safety of everyone who visits the centre is of paramount importance, we are, contacting schools to ask that they assist with addressing these concerns and help us share this community safety message.


The Level 3 Outdoor Education class planned and implemented a two day place responsive haerenga based at Lake Tarawera on 8 and 9 August. The first day of the haerenga included a tramp along the beautiful Tarawera Trail to Te Rata Bay, and a shared thermal hangi for dinner. After a chilly night in their tents, the students kayaked from Te Rata Bay to the Landing then onto their  mountain bikes for a ride through the Whakarewarewa Forest. The students presented on the history and geology of the Tarawera eruption, Rotomahana and the Pink and White terraces, the environmental impacts of introduced species and Māori legends of the area at significant points along the journey. 



Uniform items may be purchased from our approved supplier:
NZ Uniforms
371 Cameron Road
Phone:  985 6213


Please check that your child has a correct school jersey or jacket.  Non uniform items will not be allowed.
  • Year 9, Year 10, Year 11 and Year 13 and any new students to Mount Maunganui College - new uniform.  
  • Year 12 old school uniform.  If Year 12 need to purchase uniform then we would request that they purchase the new uniform.
  • All foot wear must be plain black, polishable and below the ankle.  
  • Boots of any kind, coloured stitching, non-polishing shoes are not allowed.  
  • Roman sandals may be worn all year round.  
  • Shoes and regulation socks may be worn all year round.  
  • Boys to wear regulation socks available from NZ Uniforms
  • Girls - either black or white ankle socks or black opaque tights.


Student absences longer than three days must be notified in writing to the Principal by emailing any other absences can be reported by telephoning 575 3096 ext 828 or emailing

It is important to remember the college’s requirement that students have a 90% justified attendance and 85% assessment completion record to graduate to the next level.  Because of the need to ensure validity in assessments, it may not be possible to reschedule assessments that may be missed during a student's absence.


If you would like to pay your fees off throughout the year, please email:

For online banking please use the following details:

Reference:  Student ID and what the payment is for (ie Fees, netball)
Account Number:

2016 Term Dates

2016 Holidays

Term 1
Tuesday 2 February
Year 9  /13 Only
Wednesday 3 February
Whole School
to Friday 15 April

Term 2
Monday 2 May
to Friday 8 July

Term 3
Monday 25 July
to 23 September

Term 4
Monday 10 October
to Friday 9 December
25 March
Good Friday

28 March
Easter Monday

29 March
Easter Tuesday

25 April
Anzac Day

6 June
Queen’s Birthday

29 August
Teacher Only Day

24 October
Labour Day


August 2016

  3    Open Evening
29    Teacher Only Day
30    Career Pathway Evening

September 2016

14   Dance Night
16   DanceNZMade
19   Senior Reports Issued
22   Parent Interviews - 4pm - 6pm
23   Last Day Term 3

October 2016

First Day Term 4   10
Sports Awards   19
Performing Arts Awards   26

November 2016

 2   Senior Prizegiving (7pm)
 9   NZQA Assessment (9 Nov to 2 Dec)

December 2016

Year 13 Graduation    7
Deans Prizegiving    8
Junior Report Issued    8
Junior Prizegiving    9
Last Day Term 4    9

January 2017

30   Auckland Anniversary
31   Year 9 and Year 13 ONLY Start of Term 1

February 2017

Whole School   1
Waitangi Day   6
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