Principal's Weekly Review 28th September 2018

Term 3 has now come to an end.  It has been a busy term, and there have been a number of occasions requiring staff and parents/caregivers to attend report and course selection evenings.  I would like to thank you for supporting these events, and sharing in the responsibility of guiding our students through their schooling.


Following on from our very successful Soiree two weeks ago, the Arts and Cultural awards (ACES) which were held last Tuesday started the school’s formal ‘celebration season’.  It was a wonderful evening, very well supported by students, family/whanau and staff.  Our students have performed exceedingly well this year and the evening provided an opportunity to showcase some of the talent and acknowledge success.  In Term 4 we will continue the celebrations with the Maori and Pasifika Achievement awards, the Media Awards (Pappies), the Sports Awards, the Senior Art Exhibition, the International students’ farewell, and Senior Prize Giving.


In the last week of term, the School Council held its traditional ‘Extravaganza Week’.  A key feature of this week is fundraising for our schoolwide project of supporting Ronald McDonald House. It culminated last Friday with a Carnival lunch and beautiful warm weather (a report follows).


On the first Monday of the holidays, the school is once again hosting the Positive Ageing Expo.  We are proud to be able to support this, and particularly enjoy the opportunity of collaboration both from a community aspect, and from the involvement of our students.


As we move in to the holiday period, it is a timely reminder to senior students, in particular, that this time should be used for revision, and ensuring internal assessments are up-to-date.  Maintaining a sense of balance is also important, so this time should include some rest and relaxation. 


I am looking forward to Term 4, as we continue to focus on all students achieving to the best of their ability, and enjoy the many opportunities to celebrate students’ success through to the end of the year.


Jeff Smith