From the Principal

By Mr Simon Coleman, Principal | Posted: Thursday June 14, 2018

Tena koutou,

With only three weeks of the term to go we are well over halfway through our school year and it is a good time, with recent Parent/Student/Teacher conferences, along with school reports due to be emailed out on Wednesday 4th July, to talk with your son or daughter about goals set, what progress has been made and what discoveries has your child had so far this year.

Our role as teachers is always to use the skills, knowledge and connections we have to give every student at our school the best opportunities and to prepare them for a successful and fulfilling life. This journey has its ups and downs but all our teachers want to make a difference and your support as parents helps ensure great outcomes for the students of Geraldine High School.

National Success in Drama

An example of teacher passion, student engagement and creating opportunities that results in great outcomes is the recent 2018 National University of Otago Sheilah Winn Shakespeare Festival held in Wellington last week.

Our student group of Bella Kircher, Nerissa Murphy, Mark Cardeno, Kaylem Herbert and Angel Danford competed against 49 other school teams and travelled along with teachers, Ms Eliza Williams and Mrs Trudy Sanders and won a School award and a Director's award.

Year 13 student, Mark Cardeno, was 1 of 24 to be selected, from the over 700 students in Wellington, for the National Shakespeare Schools Production. This is being held in Dunedin this year with the opportunity to be selected for the final London Globe tour!!! This is the top honour of the festival and to have someone selected from our team on the first ever time we have entered this competition is quite a feat. Well done Mark and my thanks to Ms Eliza Williams for all the work with this group and Mrs Trudy Sanders for accompanying the group to Wellington.

Teachers and Business

Two weeks ago on our Teacher Only day, all our teachers spent the day visiting some of the large companies and businesses around our region. For us it was a valuable day as we met and discussed with these businesses what they do, what opportunities exist and what we can do from our position at school to ready them for the workforce. My thanks to Mrs Anita Body, our Careers Dean, and Ms Cate Knowles, our Deputy Principal for the organising of this day and growing the awareness for our staff.

Maori MOE Liaison visit

This week we have been fortunate to have a day with Mrs Jo Houston, Strategic Adviser of Maori for the Ministry of Education.  She worked with staff and our Rangitahi Student Leaders on how we can better engage with our Maori Whanau, who make up around 11% of our student body.

I encourage you to read all the articles in this newsletter as we have had a range of events and opportunities that our students have taken up recently with some exciting outcomes.

Tēnā koutou, tēnā koutou, tēnā tātou katoa.