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Our News

This section highlights up to date news items and features important events/stories that have occurred in the last 6 months at Mana College. Below are some of the items that we are particularly proud of.

Simply contact the school principal to discuss any of these items.


Our Recent Achievements

PB4L (Positive Behaviour for Learning School-Wide


Many of you will have seen the school notice board on Titahi Bay main road with the statement “Mana College is a PB4L-SW school” and may have been intrigued as to what PB4L-SW is and how it could make a difference to the school experience of your child.

What is it?

The Positive Behaviour for Learning School-Wide (PB4L School-Wide) framework helps schools to develop a social culture that supports learning and positive behaviour.


What are the principles behind PB4L?

Positive Behaviour for Learning believes:

  • Positive behaviour can be learnt and difficult and disruptive behaviour can be unlearnt
  • Individual children are not a ‘problem’ – we need to change the environment around them to support positive behaviour
  • Punishing and isolating children doesn’t bring about long-term and sustainable changes in behaviour
  • We need to concentrate on a small number of evidence-based programmes and frameworks that we know work
  • There are no quick fixes. Behaviour change takes time.
  • Children and young people will be more engaged and will achieve at school.
  • Teachers and leaders will spend more time teaching and be less stressed.
  • Educators will keep more children and young people at school, will feel confident, and will feel supported in addressing behaviour problems.
  • Parents and whānau will have more positive relationships with their children and home life will be more positive and harmonious.
  • School leaders and Boards will celebrate the learning and achievement of all of their students.

What difference will PB4L make to our school?

To find out more visit the following website links:-

PB4L on the Ministry of Education Website


Aurecon Bridge Building Competition


Two Mana College students recently won a $500 prize for their entry in the Aurecon bridge-building competition. This is an annual competition held between schools all over Australia and New Zealand. Our team consisted of two year 9 students, Hung Tien Ly and Francis Ly. Their bridge model was selected as the most innovative design in the Wellington round of the competition, when 37 teams met at Te Papa to have their bridges tested by engineers


Smokefree Pasifica Beats


Jayjay Busby recently won two awards at the Smokefree Pasifica Beats.

1. Australasian Performing Rights Association (APRA) Award for Singer/ Songwriter

2. 2nd Overall Award

Both awards have a monetary value and he is now awaiting to see if he will be selected to partake in the Nationals in Auckland. 


Chamber Group Contest Entry

Manasseh Fenike, Jobe Kaiawe, Tawera Timoti, Waiora Paul-Uteria - all took part in the Chamber Group Contest on Sunday 8th June. We had a great write up from the
Adjudicator: "Much to enjoy in your music making whichh was well projected and strongly rhythmic. The bass and rhythm guitars felt the pulse as one which allowed the solo guitar to project freely."

Rheumatic Fever Technology Challenge Winners

We submitted two entries for the Rheumatic Fever Technology Challenge and won the first and second prizes. According to Garry Szeto of Taeaomanino Trust, “The two submissions received by Mana College were of outstanding quality, with the right messaging. Mana College has been allocated first and second prizes therefore now is the beneficiary of $5,000 to buy technology equipment to benefit student learning.”

Both winning entries can be viewd by clicking on the links below.

Health Alert

It all starts with a sore throat

Microsoft IT Academy students at Parliament

Seven of our students were presented with Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) Certificate by the Minister of Education Hon. Hekia Parata at the parliament. Krystal Bishop, Tautahi Johnstone, Jayden Charteris, Karina Kinvig, Chelsea Hawkins, Asilika Tuiwainunu and Carlos Graham. Congratulations to these students for their success.












Service academy turns life around

John Coombe says seeing his son standing tall, in his New Zealand Army uniform, makes his chest swell with pride. owen

Armed: Owen Coombe is loving the discipline that comes with life in the army.

The Waitangirua man got to see his son Owen graduate from the army’s basic training recently and said he was doing well.

‘‘Owen absolutely loves the army,’’ he said.

‘‘After a few days back here in Porirua he said, ‘Dad, I want to go home’.

‘‘The army’s his home now. It’s made him a man and I respect that. I’m so proud of him.’’

Before joining the Mana College Services Academy, Coombe said Owen was hanging with people who just wanted to drink alcohol and get in trouble.

Having no job and being a drifter on the dole was a real possibility for Owen, he said.

The discipline and direction Owen received from David Prosser and Tom Katu, who run the academy, was one of the reasons he turned his life around, Coombe said.

‘‘The opportunity changed his life. He has met so many people and got incredible life skills as well as practical ones. I can’t thank the instructors at Mana enough; what an inspiration.’’

Mana Services Academy has been operating since 2009. Students can do NCEA studies alongside military- focused programmes. They have to parade each morning before going into the classroom.

The only other services academy in the region is at Naenae College. There are 24 academies around New Zealand.

Prosser said the minimum priority was NCEA level 1, especially in mathematics and English, and other credits were earned by completing outdoor education, physical training and other units.

Some academy students are already beyond usual college age.

‘‘ It might be kids that are possibly disengaging in the mainstream and might have an interest in the armed forces,’’ he said.

‘‘We offer a different approach and it seems to be working. The students really respond to what we’re doing.’’

Prosser said the support from Mana College principal Mike Webster and senior management was pivotal.

Owen’s younger brother would also likely join Mana College’s service academy, Coombe said.


Mana College a Microsoft IT Academy

Mana College has been named one of ten schools nationwide selected by the Ministry of Education to implement the Microsoft IT Academy Program and make internationally recognised certifications available to all students.  itacademy

On 29th of August, Microsoft NZ's Education Sector Lead, Evan Blackman, travelled to the school to mark the occasion.

The program is a joint initiative from the Ministry of Education, Microsoft and is supported by Microsoft’s Academy Service Partner IC Central.

“We have full access to the enormous online resources of Microsoft which includes training and certification in a number of Microsoft products, such as Word, Excel, Access and PowerPoint, as well as advanced topics, including programming, Web development and database development,” said Mr Webster.

“We are also an accredited examining centre for internationally recognised qualifications,” he said. “The learning process involves students deeply in authentic learning. Experienced elsewhere suggests it becomes almost addictive in seeking to improve and spills over into other learning.”

“These qualifications are a significant point of difference to employers and allows successful students to stand out from the crowd,” he added.

The HOD IT, Sarb Kaur said more and more students are getting engaged in the Microsoft IT Academy work which they find challenging and rewarding at the same time. Some students spend their lunch times and study periods doing the Academy work. Mana College’s first Microsoft Office Specialist will receive a 32GB Microsoft Surface RT tablet.

Anyone interested in enrolling or getting further information on the Microsoft IT Academy can email the school:

Services Academy

academy-marchingWe are fortunate to have this full time course at our College. It caters for up to 20 students ranging in age from approaching 16 to beyond 19.  It is ideally suited for students who want to enter the New Zealand Defence Force or similar occupations. It also offers students the opportunity to engage with and grow in a climate that instils personal discipline and a high regard for others. Students will develop both teamwork and leadership skills, and a determination to master physical and mental challenges, preparing them for an independent thinking future. Places are limited.

Increasing opportunity

At Mana College we recognise that being a small school gives us the ability to personalise learning and give each of our academic pathway students a personal mentor.girl-mathsclass

As a truly innovative school we question whether it is necessary to assess this group of students at Level 2 as they are all aiming at Level 3. We believe it is a  waste of precious learning time to assess some students for what will be a redundant qualification the following year. So this year we combined our Year 12 and 13 students together in a couple of subjects studying just level 3.

Essentially this means that students have 2 years to reach Level 3 and that the courses are built in two year long modules that combine to make a whole course at the end of the second year. One interesting by product of this is the fact that because class sizes increased there was more robust class debate, discussion and argument all of which augment learning. This innovative approach to learning has already shown encouraging results so from 2015 we will be able to widen the choice of subjects for students following this academic pathway.

Junior College widens choice

At Mana College we are constantly looking at ways to make improvements for our students and our community.handsup

In the last two years we have increased the choice of subjects for Junior College students. All students at years 9 and 10 now have a choice of two optional subjects and these now include languages and performing arts.

Our bilingual programme,  "e tipu e rea" has also been strengthened. This programme is now taughtas a whanau class made up of year 9 and 10 students and seems to be a roaring success building learning around the tuakana/teina relationship. Currently we are considering how this solution could be applied to the options for all year 9 and 10 students. Essentially this would mean students would have almost twice as many subjects to choose from 2014.

Tech Ready!

Mana College is fully equipped to meet the information explosion and harness all its powers for our "new generation" of

We have three computer rooms providing 24  desktops, 24 powerful All-in-one computers and 24 of the latest laptops between them. We also have 7 pods of 10 netbooks situated in almost every block. These resources will soon be boosted with 35 more brand new machines comprising a mix of net books, i-pads and laptops. We are wireless enabled and fully fibre cabled to take maximum advantage of ultrafast broadband.

All staff have completed a 3 year programme entitled Information Communication Technology Professional Development (ICTPD). It means that all our staff are able to use and give access to the new learning available through using the tools provided by the internet.

Our commitment to technology has seen us become just one of four schools to receive Microsoft IT Academy Accreditation – further demonstration of the progressive change occurring at Mana College.





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