From the Principal

By Mr Simon Coleman, Principal | Posted: Friday August 30, 2019

Tena koutou

We have now passed the mid-point of Term 3, it is a time for a concerted effort and self management of our students in meeting NCEA  and Unit work deadlines in class. As parents and caregivers, I encourage you to work with your son or daughter to give their best efforts to these areas.

Enrolment /Open Day

Last Monday week we had our Open Day which was very well attended with more than 80 students and also a large group of parents wanting to see the school in action, and to ask any pertinent questions around attending Geraldine High School. A number of queries were about the enrolment zone that has recently been in the newspapers and on our facebook page. The BoT has contacted all schools that are impacted by this so they can share the map of the zone with their own communities.

The outcome of the community submissions along with the Board’s proposals on increasing the zone has resulted in Hinds area included for Years 9 - 13 as  a shared zone with Ashburton College.

The Rangitata Island area will be shared with Opihi College if they go to an enrolment zone.

We intend to continue working with the Ministry to focus on areas such as Mayfield, Winchester and Pleasant Point. Please see the link to the website around the criteria process and details of the boundaries.

Enrolment Zone

Cultural and Arts success

Over the last few weeks we have seen a number of successes for our students in the Arts and Cultural field with the highlight being the ‘Choice’ evening. This showcased the wide range of talents that our students have and the strong House Spirit that exists in our school. My thanks to Mr Steven McNulty, Head of Music and our Cultural Leader, Bella Kircher and her team for their organising and coordinating of this special event in our calendar.


We have also had recent success in the visual arts field with four out of six of our students gaining awards in the annual South Canterbury Artarama Student Exhibition. Congratulations to Anne-Marie Bendsen for winning the special award from the South Canterbury Art Society for Painting. Thank you to our Head of Art, Rebecca Thomson, for creating this opportunity for our students.

Board of Trustees

Our new Board of Trustees has been in place for the last two months and for our new members it has been an opportunity to learn more about the school from a range of perspectives in the role of governing Geraldine High School.

As members of the Board each of them are involved in aspects of our schools essential areas. These are in Property, Finance, Health and Safety, PB4L, Policies and Procedures, International, Learning Support - Te Whare Ako, HR and Discipline. In the next newsletter, I will share which Board member is involved in each area so that you have the opportunity to see the appropriate person should you need to.

Winter Sports Tournament

As I write this newsletter article, many of our students are getting organised for Winter Tournament which begins next week. We have teams in hockey, football, rugby and netball competing throughout the South Island. Being able to attend these tournaments requires a commitment from our staff, our parents and the wider community to create opportunities in sport at this high level. I wish all the students the very best in their tournament and I am sure they will Geraldine High School with pride and passion.

Tēnā koutou, tēnā koutou, tēnā tātou katoa