From the Principal

By Mr Simon Coleman | Posted: Friday August 16, 2019

Tena koutou,

I do hope that many of you took advantage of the very informative evenings last week on Subject, NCEA and Career Pathways, Information and Conferencing where you had the chance to discuss how your son or daughter is going but also spend some time looking at where they are heading.

The time and effort from our staff to be able to share this information along with advice for each student they saw was considerable. Thank you to those who attended and I am sure you have come away with more knowledge of both NCEA and Careers for your child. Those who were unable to attend, I really do hope that you can make these events in the future as they are crucial for your child’s education and the value you place on it.

Our staff are amazing and freely give time to individual students, so if you can arrange a time to see your child’s Vertical Form Teacher (if in Year 10, 11 or 12) to discuss what we did last week, then please do so.

Open Day

Next Monday is our Open Day where we provide the opportunity for anyone thinking of attending Geraldine High School to have a tour of our school and see our students learning, hear from students in Year 7, 8 and our Student Leaders on being a member of our school, and ask any questions that you may have.

Over the last 4 years, we have seen an increase in the numbers that attend and feedback is that it is always a valuable time. If you have younger siblings coming to our school next year, then please take up this event and hear what is happening in our school.

Many families have asked about enrolments for 2020 with the enrolment zone still in progress and not knowing what to do. As of this time, we have no enrolment zone so can take any application to attend Geraldine High School subject to the MoE's decision. We are awaiting the Ministry of Education's response to the submissions as this will determine what are the school’s next steps around who we can and can’t accept. I understand that this is very frustrating for some in our wider community but I can assure you that when we are informed we will publicise this through as many avenues as we can.

Student Success - past and present

We have had some wonderful successes across a range of areas in the last 2 weeks, from current and past students. I am fortunate to often hear about people who went through Geraldine High School and have gone on to be leaders in a variety of areas from volunteer and community work, sports and cultural areas, business sectors and so on.

One such person is 22 years old Lucy Polson, whose flair and talent in the textiles world is gaining worldwide recognition. She is featured in the recent Latitude magazine, so read about her achievements with the link here:

https://www.latitudemagazine.co.nz/sustainable-design-new-zealand-lucy-polson/

Below are our current students who have achieved success in the last few weeks.

  • Alex Hayes (Year 11) and Michael Livingstone (Year 13) who play in the Roncalli Aoraki Combined Rugby Team which plays in the elite UC 1st XV competition have achieved caps for playing a minimum of 10 games.

  • Two teams of our Year 8 students competed in the regional Aoraki Maths Competition last week. The team of Harrison Taylor, Phoebe Wilson, Alana Berry and Adrian Serrano came second; and the team of Georgia Coles, Riley Spijkerbosch, Rachel Croft and Bailey Fletcher-Young placed fifth. These are outstanding results against many schools in our region.

  • Brooke Dwyer (Year 12) recently finished in a lead role for the Ashburton Variety Theatre’s production of ‘Sister Act’. Brooke is now part of a group heading to London with their Timaru singing teacher. They are currently holding exciting events to help fundraise. Brooke also recently placed 1st in four different sections in a Timaru singing competition. She has also just applied for the Christchurch International Music Theatre Summer School and is waiting to hear whether or not she has been accepted.

  • In other Drama news, ex GHS student Mark Cardeno has just returned from London after he was selected for the YSC (Young Shakespeare Company). Bella Kircher (Year 13) has also been offered a place at the top Performing Arts School in Singapore after she was noticed in Wellington.

  • Kiarn Prentice Year 12 has been Captain for the U18 South Canterbury Rep softball and named in the New Zealand team to go to Australia in September.

Mr Michael Meadowcroft

Mathematics teacher, Mr Michael Meadowcroft, has been an invaluable member of staff for the last 32 years and leaves us at the end of this year to Christchurch and closer to his family. Mr Meadowcroft has given so much to our school that is beyond the Maths classroom. Every event that we have at school whether it be a school production through to an evening event such as Choice, he has always been there to lend a hand or support others which has been appreciated. 

In terms of Mathematics, Mr Meadowcroft, is well known nationally as he has been very involved in NCEA Marking and running panel teams for a number of years. In the local Aoraki region, he has been supportive for any new Maths teachers in our high schools along with running events such as Aoraki Maths Competition. In our school, he has held a range of positions from Acting HOD, Staff Relief Coordinator, NCEA Data for staff which have all been invaluable in the function of our school. He has helped with the organising of our Senior Dinner and has participated and helped organise many staff Lip Sync items.

Even though we still have the remainder of the year with his expertise, we thank him for his long and committed service to our school. We have appointed a replacement for 2020 with Mr Graham Bock, currently Assistant Head of Maths at Ashburton College taking the role.

Finally, in the coming weeks and weekends, we have a number of our winter sports teams playing in finals, so I do hope both our students and local community will be able to support our teams in their various codes.

Tēnā koutou, tēnā koutou, tēnā tātou katoa