From the Principal

By Mr Simon Coleman | Posted: Saturday June 22, 2019

Tena koutou,

We now have less than two weeks left until the end of our winter term and the conditions in the morning have been crisp but generally turning to clear, blue skies. It is also the time when our students start to get tired from a busy term. Please be mindful of this and help your son or daughter to be organised for school, eating and sleeping well over the last few days.

Matariki Week

Matariki provides an opportunity for us all to explore the values of diversity and biculturalism, community and participation, as well as respect for self and others.

  • Matariki is more than just a celebration, it is also about acknowledging those who have passed away within the year.

  • Matariki is also about preparing for the year ahead: preparing the soil for planting; planning your personal goals, keeping in mind your aspirations.

My thanks to our Bicultural committee and in particular our Rangitahi Leader, Aleisha Martin, who has done a wonderful job coordinating our Matariki week with events such as Star crafts Kahoot and a Poi class over our lunchtimes.

Student Leadership and Involvement

Getting involved at Geraldine High School is what our staff love to see. There have been two examples of students getting involved over the last week I want to share.

On Saturday, I watched three of our Rugby teams playing both at our school and the Geraldine Rugby grounds. All the boys in these teams were very committed to playing to their very best for their team and supported each other throughout these games. Our U14 1/2 Rugby team had a great game and ended up coming from behind to beat Roncalli College, who were the top team in this competition grade.

Year 11 student Alex Hayes and Year 13 student Michael Livingstone were involved in playing in the UC Roncalli Aoraki Combined Rugby team against Shirley Boys High School - and if you saw both these players - they were totally committed to their team with great attacking runs and strong tackling.

The second example of getting involved was our School Social last week where so many of our students, too many to name, were involved in the set up, organising and running of this event from photographers, to selling food, through to playing the music. Well done to all of those involved. This is what school is about - getting involved, being a part of our school team or group that adds to the culture and well-being of our students.

Mr Harvey - new Assistant Principal

We have had some changes with our Senior Leadership Team with Mr Rogers and Mr Hayward leaving over the last few months. We have advertised widely for an Assistant Principal and are pleased to have appointed Mr Richard Harvey. Mr Harvey started with us yesterday and already has commented on how friendly and welcoming our students are. He has previously worked in Wellington at Onslow College and has returned to New Zealand after 8 years at the Bangkok International School. Welcome to Mr Harvey and I am sure many of you will get to meet with him over the coming months.

Tēnā koutou, tēnā koutou, tēnā tātou katoa