Principal's Weekly Review 5 November 2021

Kia ora,   

This week again focussed on student achievement. 

Wednesday saw our ‘Celebration of Service’ led by the school’s Service Council to acknowledge students who had signed up for the Student Volunteer Army Service awards.  Our students have contributed over 6,000 hours of service this year.  This is supported by our staff, who as we know, also contribute significantly through service to others.  Those present enjoyed a morning tea, and were acknowledged and thanked for their contribution to the school and wider community.  I would like to thank staff and members of the Service Council, and congratulate them on their success.  The Service Council’s annual City Mission ‘Can Collection’ has been running this week and will continue until next Thursday.

On Thursday evening we celebrated our Māori and Pasifika Achievement awards via live stream.  These awards hold a special place in our school as we acknowledge our students who take pride in their culture, language, and identity.  I would like to acknowledge the hard work and dedication of our aiga, whānau,  and wider staff for their role in supporting the ongoing achievement of the students.

Congratulations to our Concert Band who received a silver award at the Concert Band Festival last weekend.  Our Music awards will be the next celebratory event. (late on Friday).

Senior Prize giving, Tuesday 9th November from 6.30pm

After exploring many possibilities to enable us to have an audience present, while meeting the MOH’s gathering criteria at our Senior Prize giving, the difficult decision was finally made to run the evening live streamed from the school’s hall.  The evening will be held in three parts starting at 6.30pm with the Year 11 Awards, followed by the Year 12 Awards, Year 13 Awards and Graduation Ceremony, culminating with the Supreme Awards.  Detailed information will be sent to families via a Kamar letter with the programme, and indicative timings.


PPTA Accord Day - Thursday 25th November

The final PPTA Accord Day for 2021 will be held on Thursday 25th November.  The school will be closed for instruction but NCEA exams will continue as usual.

Re-build link

As mentioned last week, we are now able to share with you a 3D fly-through link, that gives a fairly reasonable representation of the new buildings,  with some softening of the internal floor and wall colourings, and potential landscaping.  


Public Health Order

As of 11.59pm on Monday 25th October, the Covid-19 Public Health Response Order for mandatory vaccinations for Education came into effect which the school must comply with.  Please click the link below for more information:


Find the COVID-19 Public Health Response (Vaccinations) Amendment Order (No 3) 2021 here.



Congratulations to our Associate Principal Jo Hunnikin, who has just been appointed to the position of Principal at Waimate High School.  She will be leaving at the end of Term 4 to take up the role at the beginning of the 2022 school year.  This will be an exciting new venture for her, as a school we are very proud that she has been recognised and appointed to this role.

 Ngā mihi nui

Jeff Smith



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