From the Principal

By Mr Simon Coleman | Posted: Friday September 23, 2016

Tena Koutou Katoa,

As we head into our last week and I reflect on this term, it is one that has been full of amazing highlights, group and individual achievements across a range of learning environments, as well as the compassion and work our students have done for the community.

Community Focus

We have seen the student body raise over $1,000 towards the Nepal re-build and also go into our community to do work for a number of people in Geraldine as part of Work Day which raised more than $9,000. Some students did incredibly well and they are mentioned later in this newsletter.

Student Achievements

In the last few weeks we have seen a number of our students gain recognition locally and internationally for their efforts and talents.

Year 10 student Karma Gyeltshen has been recognised as the South Canterbury Young Player of the Year in Football. Karma has got this award through years of hard work and never losing the passion for this sport.

At assembly this week we had Year 10 student Dylan Watkins and Max Paterson [home schooled in Geraldine] speak about the film they made with Year 10 student Gabriella Kircher called ‘Addressed Confusion’. It won the Heavyweight section of the Film Fights International U.S.Film Competition.  Click on the link below to view.

This week we have again seen the amazingly talented and creative students from Year 7 to 13 [as well as some of our staff!] in the Geraldine High School Lip Sync. The efforts that all these students have put into their routines is to be commended as the shows were very professional and great entertainment for the Geraldine community. The queue for tickets last week and the packed Hall are testament to how good this show is and my thanks to the many staff that were involved in this particularly Mrs Shirley Lindroos and Mr Jason Shaw.

New Student Representative on the Board of Trustees

Last week our student body voted for the next representative on the Board of Trustees. We have had Year 13 student Levi Wilton in this vital role and he has brought a maturity, confidence and voice for the student body that has been highly valued by the Board. We had 5 students put their names forward to this role and Year 11 student Mark Cardeno will be our Student Representative for the rest of this year and through to September 2017.

Geraldine Ski Academy

This opportunity for students from Year 5 up from Geraldine this winter has been very successful and finished last weekend. It provided an opportunity every Sunday at Mt Dobson for students to improve their skiing at whatever level and gain skills towards being able to race, instruct or gain knowledge of the snow sport industry. The students involved, which included a number from our school, made great progress and many are already talking about this for next winter. Our thanks to Mt Dobson Ski Area, the Ski Shack and Mr Adam Cuff the ski school director for helping this to be so successful in its first year.

Holiday Building Upgrades

These holidays we will be having upgrades with the school pool being cleaned and painted, the Gym roof being replaced and a solar heat system being installed to heat the pool. This is stage one of the Gym upgrade that will occur over the next few years.

Las Victorias Exchange to Argentina

The school run an exchange programme with our sister school, Las Victorias in Argentina.   Currently Year 10 student Amelia Houston is on a 6 week exchange at Las Victorias through this programme.  Any student from Year 10 upwards can apply and applications are currently being sought for 2017.  Please see Mrs Doy or Miss Knowles for more details. 

Year 13 student Annabel Mulligan spent time at Las Victorias in 2014 and shared a small piece of her experience with us at assembly recently.  Please click on the video link below to view.  

Appointments and Staff Leaving

Recently we received the resignations of long serving teacher, Mrs Penny Burrows who has been an asset over many years in the ICT and ESOL areas. Mrs Gaynor Patterson who has been invaluable with her assistance across many areas of our school will be leaving at the end of this year after 30 years at Geraldine High School.

Currently we are in the process of interviewing for 4 positions - English/Social Studies, Science/Maths and 2 Homeroom positions [due to roll growth in Year 7 for 2017]. Geraldine High School is fortunate to  have received high quality fields for these positions, this is due to the good reputation that the school has. I will be able to share the successful candidates with you in the next newsletter.

Finally, I wish everyone a well-deserved Holiday break from a very busy Term 3. For our senior students, it is not long until the start of the NCEA exams so use the holidays wisely with a good balance of study and rest time.

Nga mihi nui