Principal's Weekly Review 25th September 2020

Kia ora,

Term 3 has now come to an end.  It has been busy term and the move back to Alert Level 2 in early August presented the school with a number of challenges, and meant many events were either cancelled, or postponed.   I am very proud of the way the students and staff have faced these challenges, and I am sure everyone will appreciate the opportunities that a return to Alert Level 1 brings.   

To close out the term the School Council held its traditional ‘Extravaganza Week’ with interval and lunchtime activities including dance performances, lipsynch, Jump Jam, and a bake sale, ending with Carnival Day on Friday, with an extended lunchtime and inflatables on the field, student bands, and food trucks..  Money raised from the week goes to a variety of local charities helping young people in Canterbury – Plunket, Ronald McDonald House, Big Brother/Big Sister, and Cholmondeley House.

This week also had highlights such as: the Junior Speech finals, showcasing our incredibly talented Year 9 and 10 speakers, the Year 12 Physical Education and Kimi Ora students’ combined camp, and the Senior Boys’ 1st XI competing in the Christchurch Schools’ Premier Senior Football final, unfortunately losing in a highly entertaining and skilful match 2 - 1 to Cashmere.

On behalf of the student body election process we formally congratulate Anish Kadariya who has been elected to the position of student representative on the Board of Trustees for 2021.

As we move in to the holiday period, it is a timely reminder to senior students of the importance of maintaining a sense of balance over the break.  This means time should be set aside specifically for revision, and ensuring internal assessments are up-to-date, while also ensuring they take time to rest, relax, and enjoy some time away from school.   

I am looking forward to Term 4, where we will be able to enjoy the many occasions that allow us to celebrate students’ success, and I encourage everybody to keep applying themselves to their learning to the best of their ability, and to continue to positively reflect our school’s PRIDE values. 

Ngā mihi nui 


Jeff Smith



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