From the Principal

By Mr Ryan Wilson | Posted: Wednesday April 14, 2021

Kia ora koutou,

As the term draws to a close I would like to thank all the students and staff that have worked hard to bring our school theme of Kotahitanga alive. Throughout this term we have showcased teamwork and unity in many different ways. As well as developing these skills in the classroom, our students have taken part in a range of events that see them representing GHS in the Arts, Sports and Cultural arenas. I am proud of the way that our students display our values of Respect, Responsibility, Relationships and Achievement when they are representing GHS.

Stepping in for Simon Coleman while he has been away on sabbatical, has been a rewarding experience that has helped me better understand what a great school and community we have here in Geraldine. I would like to say a special thanks to the Senior Leadership Team for their hard work and support this Term, as well as the guidance and governance from the Board of Trustees.

Term 1 has been full of learning inside and outside the classroom, where just recently all of our Year 7 and 9 students have participated in camps at Mt Hutt Retreat and Peel Forest respectively. The aim of these camps are to help our students learn valuable real world problem solving skills and build stronger relationships with their peers. Our Year 10 students have kicked off the Year 10 Challenge with a day of high ropes, designed to create unity through challenging outdoor activities.

Our student leaders have impressed me so far this year with the way they have embraced our school theme of Kotahitanga, and how they support each other to improve our GHS culture. Our head students, house leaders, committees and student council are all working hard to make GHS a better place to be. Our peer support leaders have also done a great job this term of helping our Year 7 students settle into a new school environment.

Next term we are looking forward to welcoming Simon Coleman back to the helm with new ideas and energy. Other things to note, are that we’ll be seeking nominations for our new Board of Trustees and by early July we will appoint our own BoT. Also a breakfast club will be starting up to provide students with the opportunity to start their day with some kai and korero.

Term 2 is a great opportunity for our students to build strong learning routines without the same number of disruptions to timetabled classes as Term 1. It is the time to create the habits that will help you achieve your goals throughout the year.

Kia pai to hararei