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Chanel Honours Marist Bi-Centenary with Totara Trees Chanel College planted five totara trees donated by founding staff member, Dr Claire Hills, to commemorate the bicentenary of the Marist Brothers, founded in France in 1817 by Marcellin Champagnat, who was passionate about the power of education to transform people’s lives. The totara trees represent the five pillars of Marist Spirituality: Presence, Simplicity, Family Spirit, Love of Work and In the Way of Mary.  The totara tree was chosen because it is the most important tree in the Maori world. Not only is it regarded as a chiefly tree....
Technology used innovatively in Social Studies classes As part of a recent Social Studies lesson Miss McKinlay (student teacher) used an app downloaded to students’ cell phones to generate an assessment with a difference.   The students had been studying the Romans as an ancient civilisation. To assess what the students had learnt during the term Miss McKinlay used Aurasma to create a Romans treasure hunt. The students were given the first clue verbally and then had to find the image that matched the clue. The images were scattered all around the quad so the students had to be observant as...
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Secondary Schools Tournament We had two teams travel to New Plymouth to compete in Netball and Football during tournament week. Both teams benefited from the experience with Boys 1st XI Football achieving some very good results: Scotts College drew 2-2 Hamilton Boys HS lost 7-3 Opunake HS win 12-0 Hauraki Plains College 4-2 win Francis Douglas College 9-1 win They finished the tournament a very creditable 9th out of 16. Congratulations to the Football team who have had a very good season having already won the local Secondary Schools Competition. Thank you to the Coaches Kelvin O’Reilly and...
Success for Sian Wheeler at the Netball Sports Wards Congratulations to Sian Wheeler who was named “Primary Player of the Year” at the Wairarapa Netball Sports Awards on Tuesday night at the Copthorne. This is a very fitting accolade for Sian who is a “determined and skillful player whose leadership is evident within her teams.” Among her achievements this year are: Year 8 Wairarapa Representative Co-captain of the Year 8 Representative team Captain of Chanel Intermediate A team Member of Chanel Diamonds (year 9&10 team)   Well done Sian! We are very proud of you and we expect to hear...
On Monday evening our Year 7&8 Hockey Team played in the final of the B grade section of the primary hockey. This is a grade higher than we have played in in recent years, so to make the final is an exceptional achievement. The team played very well in the final winning the game 2-1. Winning the final was made that much more satisfying as they had been well beaten earlier in the season by the same team -  Kahutara. The team has improved during the season and this is would not have been achieved without the support of the Coach and Manager Fluer and Murray Jane. Thank you both....
RUGBY REPRESENTATIVES We have been successful in having a number of students gain representative honours this year and they are ... Sam Siaosi – Hurricanes U20 Team to play in the central region tournament and the Wairarapa Colts Team, Zach Wakefield and Matthew Masoe – U18 Wairarapa Rugby Team and Ryan Mulligan – U16 Wairarapa Rugby Team. Well done. 
Last week the students  form years 7-9 visited Aratoi museum. Two years of preparation work went into preparing for this historic exhibition. Items were gathered together from all over New Zealand and overseas. We thank our tour guides, Diana Cruse and Wayne Pitau for sharing their knowledge and helping us to widen our own. We thank Tranzit for sponsoring the buses which meant that thousands of students from all over the Wairarapa could share this special event. We saw an amazing range of exhibits – from a room full of Gottfried Lindauer paintings of Ngati Kahungnunu ancestors to a...
Over the past few months a group of our Year 10 students have been undertaking a special project for the giraffes at Wellington zoo. Their brief was to construct an enrichment toy that would intrigue the giraffes and challenge them. Our students; Madeline Bayliss, Jack Flynn, James Graham and Logan Tubman-Wallis, together with Mr Harwood created an enrichment toy that would house their mineral block. The zoo keepers were very impressed with the toys from all the schools involved, but we were particularly pleased that our enrichment toy would stay in the giraffe’s house as a permanent fixture...
Year 7/8 Class sizes for 2017 In 2017 we are providing an extra Year 7/8 class which means our average class size will be between 17-19 students. This will ensure that the children receive the individual attention they need to attain personal excellence at this very important stage in their education. When you add this to our accelerated learning programme and the achievement of our current students in Year 7&8, where 85% are either at or above the National Standard, this will further enhance their opportunity to achieve. The small class sizes also ensure that students have much easier...