From the Principal

By Mr Simon Coleman | Posted: Friday June 29, 2018

Tena koutou,

Our school is one that succeeds in so many areas from academic achievement, to sport, to community connections, to cultural excellence. We have an amazing group of musicians and our school band called Pseudo Sane have for the third year in a row  taken out the regional Rockquest competition. What a fantastic feat!!!

Year 13 students William Holland, Aria Cressy, Felix Finlayson-Hood, Year 11 student Flynn Coskerie and Year 9 student Saskia Finlayson-Hood have shown they are the best in our region. Along with winning musical gear from NZ Rockshops, they have the opportunity to gain selection for the national final in September. Having won regional selection for three years now, we hope that they get this opportunity to perform in the national final on Saturday 22nd September at the Dorothy Winstone Centre in Auckland. We wish them all the very best in preparation for the national final.

Careers Expo - Service Pathway

On Wednesday this week we had our third Pathway Expo which was in the Services Pathway. As many of you will be aware, the Ministry of Education, established the pathways in 2013 in partnership with Industry, Employers and Tertiary groups so that there is relevance to student learning as well as giving direction to students talents and engagement.

The six pathways are Manufacturing and Technology, Construction and Infrastructure, Primary Industries, Social and Community Services, Services Industries and Creative Industries and these contain all jobs that exist in New Zealand.

Our Service Pathway Expo was a great success for all with many comments from the businesses present on how interested and knowledgeable our students are. Our hope is that our students connect to an area that is presented and that it provides the drive and engagement to work towards a career through the choices made at school and commitment to achieve. My thanks to Mrs Anita Body, our Business Liaison who put this fantastic Expo together.

Overseas travel

At our Assembly this week, we heard from a number of our students involved in international travel in the coming weeks. Firstly, we said goodbye to our Swedish exchange student, Astrid Olsson, who has been with us for a year and who travels home at the end of term.

We welcomed our two students from Las Victorious, our sister school in Argentina, Candelaria Baadarallo and Sofia Bobbett who are here for seven weeks. When they return to Argentina, it will be with our two students, Year 13 student Claudia Bolt and Year 11 student Jamie Roberts who then go to their school for seven weeks.

The school also heard about Year 12 student, Karma Gyeltshen who is travelling to a Youth Summit in China these coming holidays and will be accompanied by our Deputy Principal, Miss Cate Knowles. We also have Year 11 student Jana Candish-Kelliher who is travelling to France and Year 11 student Anne Marie Bendsen who is travelling to Japan in the upcoming break. We wish all these students safe travels.

NZ representation

Just recently we heard that Year 12 student Tom Harding has been selected for the Senior Boys NZ Secondary Schools Orienteering team for the Southern Cross Challenge in Australia in September. His brother, Year 10 student Matt, has been selected as a reserve for the Junior Boys team also. Year 10 student Ben Gould, has also qualified for the Parafed Halberg National Games in swimming that will take place later this year. All the best to these students in their future sporting endeavours.

New Staff appointments

We have just recently appointed some new staff to positions in school starting next term. We have 3 new Teacher Aides - Mr Scott Nelson (who will also support OE and holiday property work), Mrs Anne Youngs (3 days a week) and Mrs Paula Flannery.

In the Admin Support areas, we have appointed Mrs Andrea Hornsby in the Arts Coordinator position and administrative support for Outdoor Education, Learning Support and Technology.

We have made Miss Sarah Hamilton, who is a Homeroom Teacher, permanent and Miss Amy Ross will take Mrs Rachael Linklater's position for Terms 3 and 4.

We wish Mrs Linklater all the very best in her next teaching position at Fairlie Primary School and thank her for her passion, energy and care for the students here over the last two and a half years. Her leadership of our Biculturalism aspect of school has been much appreciated and has set us up well for the future.

Tackle Timaru

All of our Year 10 students have been involved in the next challenge, Tackle Timaru over the last few weeks of this term. I have received a number of calls from businesses in Timaru with words such as "delightful, marvellous, stood-out" to describe the students doing this challenge. We have had feedback on the quality of our students and the respect they have shown, which means that our teachers are having an impact on our students' positive attitudes. Well done to all those students who have demonstrated our values out in the community.

With a week to go until the holidays, I wish all of you a wonderful break. It is a time to rest and relax ready for the third term which has a strong academic focus particularly for our senior students.

Tēnā koutou, tēnā koutou, tēnā tātou katoa