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2016 Tamaki College Services Academy completed the year with a graduation parade at Mt Smart Number 2, where Ripeka Tepana was awarded Top Student and Maria Vakauta was Most Improved.  Well done ladies, both students were awarded G Shock watches for their efforts.


Tamaki College's 2017 Services Academy Induction Camp is the foundation course for our calendar year.  And its with much delight that our community provided 16 motivated students who displayed our schools RISE (Respect, Integrity, Success and Responsibility) values while under the instruction of the Youth Life Skills (YLS) Unit of the New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF).  This year the Camp was once again conducted at the NZ Army's Military Camp in Waiouru in the Central North Island.  The greatest aspect of this camp was our pupils were living and breathing alongside full time NZ Army Officers and Soldiers.  Our students witnessed real time military training and their way of life, not what you get behind your PS4 or Xbox 360 at home.  Another highlight throughout the camp was the visitation by Principals and Senior Officers.  Our 2017 Academy are the 2nd students in seven years to have the opportunity in obtaining 23 credits while now being on NZDF lead Camps.  In conclusion we would like to thank Youth Development Unit of the New Zealand Defence Force, our Services Academy Ministry of Education Representative Allan Steele, Senior NZDF Officers and Elaine Webb (NCEA Developer) for attending part of our Induction Camp from Mon 27 Feb - Fri 10 March 2017.

 ANZAC Day 2015

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Basic Leadership Course
09-13 April 2018

Advanced Leadership Course
6- 10 August 2018  

Top & Most Improved Students for Induction Camp 2017

Well done Tino Malolo for Top Student and Tupou Finepolo for Most Improved Student

Financial Literacy 

The is the SAS class will commence some financial classes and each student will be encouraged to start a saving plan.  Most students will have some form of income but don't really have a savings plan in place.  They will be encouraged to open a Saving Account where funds are automatically transferred to start building a deposit towards an investment property.   

Bush Craft Camp

The Academy will conduct their Bushcraft Camp from Mon 28 May to Friday 01 June 2018.
Even though the weather will probably be testing our students need to keep their moral, teamwork and fortitude up.  The students will need to demonstrate determination over the four day period.  Student will learn the importance of layering their clothes, packing a pack, basic navigation skills (timing/bearings), setting traps, harbouring up, gathering water and making an improvised shelters.


The Academy has been in operation since February 2010 now with further Government funding for this unique programme has been extended for you.  We invite you to challenge yourself become a member of our Academy in 2018 and experience the services way of life, New Zealand Defence Force, NZ Customs, Fire Service and NZ Police.  Conduct base visitations and undergo the confidence course.  Learn our ethos; The Tamaki Way RISE, Respect, Integrity, Success and Responsibility.
A past student who we are very proud of is Kafele Ababa who joined the RNZN on Sun 18 May 2014 as a Combat System Specialist, and is enjoying serving in the Navy.

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SAS 2018 students will be encouraged to conduct their own fitness training outside the Academy hours.
2012 Academy WINNERS of the DRILL Trophy
In the Main Control Room on-board HMNZS Canterbury 

2018 Service Academy will look to conduct some community service during Term 3.



The Northern Region Service Academies will have their graduation parade on Saturday 04 November 2017 at Mt Smart No 2 Field.  Our Academy would like to invite you to this event.


100th ANZAC Day Ceremony
2018 Academy Programme

The 2018 SAS class will commence in February 2018 and the Academy had a planned parent evening during that month and will conclude with light refreshments in the staff room.
The Academy's focus during Term 2 will be on its Bushcraft Camp and 1st Aid qualification.  

Navigation Skills

The SAS class will commence their Bush-craft in Term 2 of 2018  


                                                                                                    The SAS will visit an HMNZ Ship during 2017.
Targeted Resume
SAS will commence a number of US throughout the year and will identify the differences between; knowledge, qualifications and experience. 
Matt Manu (Tokoroa Service Academy Director), VC Sir Willie Apiata and Lyle Cairns (Tamaki College Service Academy Director)



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It was with great pride and respect that I had the honour to witness the passing out of Chevez Tafuna'i and Kevin Ioane from their Basic Common Training with the Royal New Zealand Navy in Dec 2013.  Well done men!

All SAS students are encouraged to eat healthy during the week and especially over the weekend.  

SAS Class will complete 2.4, 3, 5, and 10km runs throughout 2017.

2017 Polo's looks awesome thanks to Creative Embroidery.

A number of SAS 2016 students have the opportunity to work for Red Badge security.

2018 Students will have weekly interviews with Staff Cairns.

Goal setting will be completed in Term 1 week 2 of 2018, and their Financial Goal Setting and Drill booklets will be completed by Term 1.

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During Term 1 of 2018 students will be briefed on healthy eating over ones lifetime and to exercise regularly.  Weekly weigh ins will commence in 2018, and some students will lose up to 5-10 kgs  by the end of Term 1.


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