Principal's Weekly Review 26 July 2019

Kia Ora,

Welcome to Term 3.

I hope that the holiday period provided an opportunity to enjoy some down time with family and friends.

On Friday a group of staff, two head students, and members of our Kapa Haka group formally ‘handed over’ Mr Mike Vannoort to his new school, Middleton Grange.  This was a wonderful occasion, featuring a mihi whakatau and assembly with the full Middleton Grange School community.  Mr Vannoort expressed his fond memories of his time at Papanui High School, and how he was looking forward to this new chapter leading his new school. 


We are very pleased to announce the appointment of Ms Jo Hunnikin, (Deputy Principal), and who has been Acting Principal at Hillmorton High School during Term 2, to the position of Associate Principal.  She will take up this position at the beginning of Term 4.  In the meantime Mr Tim Kirby has been appointed to Acting Associate Principal.

Term 3 has had a busy start for our staff, especially with Senior Report Evening coming up next Tuesday the 30th from 6.00pm – 9.00pm.  Staff have been busy updating their real time reports for our senior students, and we would encourage parents to check these via the Parental Portal.  We would strongly encourage parents of senior students, where possible, to make bookings via the School Interviews website for the Senior Report Evening next Tuesday.  If you are unable to attend, but would like to discuss your child’s progress, please feel free to contact your child’s subject teacher.

Plans are already well underway for 2020, as we are receiving Year 9 enrolments up to the end of this week.  Further to this, senior students will be making course choices for 2020 over the coming weeks.  The Senior Course booklet will soon be available to students on-line.  It is very important that students look at this information, and engage in discussions about this with parents/caregivers, their form teacher, and subject teachers, to ensure they make informed decisions about subject choices for next year.  Please note the Careers Department is also a very valuable source of information and support for this process.

Some special features throughout the term to look forward to include:  Jazz Quest, Kapa Haka regional competitions, Southern Jam, Senior Course Evening, Infinite Dance show, Tournament Week, the evening for next year’s Year 9’s, the Soiree, Arts and Cultural Excellence Awards (ACES) evening, and the return of daylight saving.


Jeff Smith