From the Principal

By Mr Simon Coleman, Principal | Posted: Friday July 8, 2016

Tena Koutou Katoa,

Welcome to the last newsletter for the term and all our staff and students need a well-deserved break to rest, catch up on things and spend more time with families and friends. This term has been very hectic but especially the last few weeks and particularly Wednesday and Thursday this week with the evening production of ‘Oliver’.

What amazing talent we have in our school!!!

I attended the ‘Oliver’ show on Thursday night and it was hard to believe that these are high school students. It was a very professional performance and it is wonderful to see the range of ages that were part of this opportunity. My thanks to the incredible staff we have who were involved in all aspects of this show from makeup to set painting through to sound and lighting. This is what sets our school apart from others in that everyone supports all the events we have at school. I have been flooded by emails and phone calls from the community on how fantastic this show was and as many have said ‘one of the best’.

Maori Language Week

This week has had a range of activities for Maori Language week and a highlight was the impressive performance from our ‘Kapa Haka’ group at Assembly. This is part of our Strategic plan to be a school that recognises the bicultural commitment we have as as a country to provide opportunities for all to be engaged in maori activities and events. The kapa haka group has only started this year thanks to the support of Ms Jordyn Te Rahui Hobbs and Ms Eliza Williams and we look forward to seeing this continue to develop over the coming years.

School Rugby Committee

Later in this newsletter is an invitation to our parent community to be part of a school Rugby committee that we are forming. This is due to our Annual Goal this year of developing an increased presence in our regional sports competition and continue the growth of competitive sports teams and individuals. We have worked with the Geraldine Rugby Club this year to bring the U13’s to play out of our school with the support of the club which means training at lunchtimes and playing games on our school grounds. It is proving very successful and laying a strong foundation for future growth of Rugby in our community.

Geraldine Ski Academy

A reminder that this opportunity exists for anyone wanting to learn how to ski as well as the future opportunity to race and gain a Ski Instructors qualification is available every Sunday starting in Term 3 at Mt Dobson. Should you want more information or have any queries, please contact me over the holidays on [email protected]

Property Work

Over the upcoming holidays we will be working on our school toilets to improve them as we have been approached by Anna-Kay Cressy of the Student Council to look at these. We are also working towards re-roofing the School Gym and putting Solar Heating for the pool on the roof also in the September holidays. We are making good progress thanks to the work of Mr Grant Rogers, Mrs Doreen Callow and Mr Mike Stephens for starting the Science Labs redevelopment in Term 4. Thanks to the PTA we are getting sun shades sails for the Yr 7 and 8 area which will be a welcomed addition to this area for our next summer.


We have been incredibly fortunate to have people in our community who are able to cover staff who take leave or sabbaticals during the year. I would like to thank Mr Steve Ludwig who has ably replaced Mr Mike Deavoll in the Art department over this term and Ms Jan Hellyer who has been our Guidance Counsellor for Term 2 as Mr Mark Hayward is on sabbatical. These two have stepped into these positions extremely well and have done an incredible job of continuing the work needed in these areas. I wish them all the best for the future and no doubt we will see them again around our school.

My thanks also to Ms Adele Quinn who has been in the Acting Deputy Principal role since Mrs Jo Nicolson’s passing and has fulfilled this role with all it’s new challenges with her unflappable nature and focus always on doing what is best for our students. Ms Quinn will move to the role of Assistant Principal for the remainder of the year as we welcome Ms Cate Knowles to Geraldine high School for the start of term 3 as our Deputy Principal with oversight of our Senior School. Details about Ms Knowles later in the newsletter.

Open Day

Our Open Day last week was a successful morning with over 170 people attending and approximately 90 students which is one of the largest we have had for a number of years. It is always a great opportunity to see the school in action and the facilities and opportunities that we offer. My thanks to all our students and staff involved in this particularly our Head Students and selection of Yr 7 students who spoke to these groups.

As we come to the end of a term that had so much variety and opportunities for our students, I wish everyone a safe holiday with time to get rest and spend time with family and friends. It is a good opportunity for senior students to ensure they are up-to-date with all assignments and assessments so that they are well prepared for the last 12 weeks of school. To our staff, have a well-deserved break as the commitment to our school this term has been immense and shows the passion they have for offering the very best for our students.

Nga mihi.