By Mr Simon Coleman | Posted: Saturday September 8, 2018
We have had two recent events which have made me reflect on what are some of the special aspects of Geraldine High School and what opportunities the students at our school have.
The first of these two events was the ‘Choice’ show we had last week, over two days. It was wonderful to see the wide range of talents our students have, not only from the performers but also all of the students involved in the planning, set up and behind the scenes. My family and I thoroughly enjoyed the evening show and it was exciting to see the special talents that our students from Year 7-13 have. My thanks to the many staff and students involved in the success of this event and particularly Ms Rebecca Thomson, Mr Stephen McNulty and Cultural Leader, Aria Cressy, who did an amazing job in getting such a polished event together.
The second events were the Secondary Schools Winter Tournaments that have been held this week. We have had teams competing around the South Island in Hockey, both Girls and Boys, Football, Rugby and Netball. What a wonderful opportunity this is to travel away, enjoy the camaraderie of the team and coaches and compete against the best teams around the South Island. For our students to attend these tournaments requires staff willing to go away for up to five days and that is a special aspect of our staff here at GHS.
These events along with many others that occur for our students made me reflect on the special aspects of Geraldine High School which I have shared below:
Our environment - one of the best grounds and settings that you will find throughout New Zealand.
Outstanding Support for individuals - we are focussed on giving each student the pathway that is best for them with support from pastoral, academic and career perspectives.
Our Values that are so important in everything we do - Respect, Relationships, Responsibility and Achievement. These values that are so important in life beyond school for our students.
The community - you - our parents, businesses and community groups want to be part of our school, to help out where possible, and we as a school want to assist our wider community too.
The innovations and opportunities that exist - we have courses that are recognised as the best in the country such as our Outdoor Education and Science programmes that utilise our local environments and this is building in other areas also.
Our students here are amazing - mature, friendly, interested and wanting to learn and to help others.
The staff - we have some of the best teachers in the country, we have examiners and writers for NCEA, we have teachers who do many things after school for our students, and the most important of all - teachers who care about our students.
Our facilities - we have developed a number of our buildings so that they meet our teaching needs and are currently in the process of redeveloping our Gym which will be a wonderful asset for not only us but the Geraldine community.
These are areas that we can be very proud of as a school and Geraldine community.
Last week, I had the privilege of being one of the judges at our annual speech competition. In the four years that I have attended these, I still feel extremely proud to see both the courage of our students to speak in front of a large audience and the confidence of every participant. The effort that each student puts into these speeches from the research, planning, structure and delivery is to be applauded.
It is not easy for anyone to do a speech but every one of these students have added to the skill sets and attributes required beyond school by doing this. In fact one of the key skills required from many employers now is the confidence to speak in front of others and we are conscious of this in our school activities to ensure we provide many opportunities to our students to try this.
My congratulations to our section winners - Taylor Gallagher, Abbie Collins and Blair Proudman.
Top Rugby Player
Many of you may remember Hamish Prattley who was at school last year and played in the Roncalli Aoraki Combined Rugby team in the Crusaders competition. Hamish was a product of our commitment to raising our sports profile four years ago as we worked on providing the pathway and support within school for Hamish’s passion for Rugby. This has paid off recently with Hamish being named for the NZ Heartland U19 Rugby Team which is a high honour indeed. We will keep watch on his progress in Rugby in the coming years. Well done Hamish.
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