From the Principal

By Mr Simon Coleman | Posted: Friday August 11, 2017

Tena koutou

It was a privilege to be a small part in the School Ball last Saturday evening and to see our senior students looking so good in their ball gowns and suits and arriving in such a wide variety of vehicles to start what was a fantastic evening. Our students showed such a large degree of maturity and friendliness to all involved which is a reflection of the values and expectations that is part of our school's ethos. A sign of a Ball that is successful is when many are wanting to stay on longer which was the case for many at this one.

Ms Mel Pile, Ms Eliza Williams and the Ball Committee of Magenta Cunningham-Lucas, Nina Cosgriff, Lily MacMillan and Imogen Youngs did a fantastic job which took many hours of hard work. Our Geraldine High School staff are so giving of their time as was seen with many of them providing help with a number of jobs over the evening. My thanks to all those involved in such a successful celebration of our senior students.

Open Day

We are only a few days away from our Open Day being held on Wednesday 16th August starting at 10.30am. Hopefully you have heard the ads on Port FM and the Edge radio over the last few days advertising this through our students talking about the opportunities that we provide. This is our day when any parents and students in the community can look around the school while classes are on as well as hear from the key staff and students. It is a great opportunity for those wanting to enrol at our school. This is open to students of all ages who would like to see what Geraldine High School offers.

Science Lab Opening

On Friday 25th August at 10.05am we have the opening of our recently refurbished Science Labs which have already provided a fantastic learning environment for our students. We will have a number of dignitaries, past Science teachers and Ministry of Education staff who will join us for this. Any members of the community including you - our parents, are welcome to attend this Opening.

Sport Representatives - Rugby

We head into the last few weeks of our winter sports with a number of our teams making it into the semi-finals stages of their competitions. See the details later in the newsletter.

A number of Representative teams will be named over the coming months and I congratulate the following in making these honours in Rugby for South Canterbury.

Under 14 - Alex Hayes, Connor Foley-Smith and Bede Fisher

Under 18 - Hamish Prattley and Eric Bolt (a former student)

Our under 14 ½ Rugby team have qualified top of the table after the round robin and have a home semi-final this weekend at the Geraldine Rugby Grounds against Timaru Boys High School at 10.45am. I am sure the boys and Coach Mr Kieran Blogg would appreciate any support in this important game.

Student Reports

You should have received your child's report electronically this week which should give you good information about the progress that is being made in their subjects. For our Year 10-13 students, the upcoming Parent-Teacher Conference Day will be valuable in next steps in their learning pathway.

Pathways Assembly

This week we had the first of many Pathway assemblies for our students where they hear from a motivational speaker from a business that relates to one of the six career pathways:

  • Manufacturing & Technology

  • Construction & Infrastructure

  • Creative Industries

  • Primary Industries

  • Service Industries

  • Social & Community Services

We had Anna Bolland, owner of the Running Duck Cafe, speak on her career journey. She had lots of good advice for our students. This is a valuable opportunity to allow our students to learn of the many opportunities that exist but also to raise awareness of careers that they know little about.

I look forward to seeing many of you at our upcoming events - our Open Day, Conference Day, Careers/Course evening, Science Lab Opening or our Lip Sync Concert over the next month.

Tēnā koutou, Tēnā koutou, tēnā tātou katoa.