From the Principal

By Mr Simon Coleman, Principal | Posted: Friday February 24, 2017

The first term seems to be going very quickly and it is great to see classes well underway with a range of teaching and learning programmes and seeing our students establishing good routines so that they are making the most of every day at school. We have had a number of students arriving late, often with no valid reason so please help us ensure that students get into good habits regarding their punctuality. Students that arrive late, create work and interruption to our office staff, teachers and the class in general when they arrive into class and most importantly they miss out on valuable teaching time.


I ask that you talk to your son or daughter about wearing their uniform with pride and correctly as we have some students arriving at and leaving from school with shirts hanging out, socks down and letting the rest of the school down in how they are wearing our uniform.

A big thank you for your patience as we wait for Blazers to be fitted and our PE tops to be manufactured which we hope will all be sorted by the end of Term 1.

Swimming Sports

Term 1 makes use of the late summer weather to run our Swimming Sports and Athletics Sports. These are opportunities for students to participate as well as learn about working together as a team to raise house points and house spirits.

This week we have had the first of our major school sports events with our Swimming Sports. It was one of the best I have seen in terms of student participation and support of those doing races. Our School’s House Leaders and their committees were instrumental in this and I am sure this will continue into the Athletic Sports next week.

In the Swimming Finals we had some outstanding achievements with a number of school records being broken:  

  • Daniel Gould broke the Year 7 Boys 50m Backstroke and 100m Backstroke records.
  • Emily Coleman broke the Year 7 Girls records for 50m Backstroke, 50m Butterfly and 100m Backstroke records.
  • Rafael Johnson broke the Year 8 Boys 50m Breaststroke, 50m Backstroke and 100m Backstroke records.
  • Caleb Orange broke the Year 8 Boys 100m Breaststroke record.
  • Bede Fisher broke the Year 8 Boys 25m Freestyle record.
  • Conor Foley-Smith broke the Year 9 boys 50m Freestyle, 50m Backstroke, 50m Butterfly, 100m Freestyle, 100m Butterfly and 100 IM records.
  • Marcus Furrer broke the Year 9 Boys 50m Breaststroke and 100m Breaststroke records.
  • Gabriella Rusbridge broke the Year 9 Girls 25m Breaststroke record.

Full results will be published in the next newsletter.

Don’t forget that parents are very welcome next Tuesday afternoon and Wednesday to our school Athletic Sports.

Student led Assemblies

This year, every Wednesday from 8.40am to 9.00am we have our student led assemblies. It is an opportunity for our Year 13 students to contribute as a group and decide on the content of these assemblies. The first 2 have been a great start with inspirational videos, awards, performance from Colla Voca - our School Choir, and talking to the student body about our theme ‘resilience’ and value of relationships for this term.

Radio show

This week we had Stephen Harding, one of our sports Leaders, and Annabel Smith, our Cox House Leader getting recorded on the radio about some of the events in our school. This is played on the Edge Radio Station on Thursday's between 5pm-6pm and Port FM Radio Station on the same day between 4pm-5pm.  Again this is another valuable experience for those who are asked to speak on the radio and develop the skills to do this well.

Year 10 Challenge

Our Year 10 Challenge is a very worthwhile project that we run each year. The project has been launched for 2017 and we are presently running the first challenge by giving our Year 10 classes a taste of the Ropes Course. This is a challenge between classes as opposed to later on in the year when the challenges become individual.

“Seussical” the Musical

Rehearsals, involving 20 students from Year 8 and older are underway for this year’s musical. There has been hours and hours committed to this not only from students but also members of staff - Mrs Shirley Lindroos and Mr Jason Shaw, as well as Mrs Jude Romans. “Seussical” promises to be a great show and will run in the April holidays.

As mentioned in the first newsletter, we hope that your son or daughter has settled well into the start of the year, but if you have any concerns or worries, please let us know straight away so that we can do our best to rectify the situation. Ideally if they can contact the Homeroom teacher or Dean in the first instance. 

I look forward to seeing many of you at our athletic sports next week.