Principal's Weekly Review 21 October 2022

Kia ora,

Welcome to Term 4 

This term, and in particular, the first three weeks are incredibly busy for our school community, as we have moved into the full swing of our celebratory events.  We are very grateful that there are no restrictions on attending, and this week’s event were incredibly well supported.  They included our Dance and Drama Awards on Tuesday, the Service Celebration on Wednesday, and the Sports Awards on Thursday.  Next week we have our Senior Prize Giving on Tuesday, Zonta Awards on Thursday, and Arts Awards and Pappies on Friday.  The following week we hold our Māori and Pasifika Awards.  These events showcase our exceptionally talented students, and showcase how success can be demonstrated across a broad spectrum of curricular and co-curricular spheres. 

One of the real pleasures at this time of year is being able to see and acknowledge student success.  Often this is done through formal events.  But it is equally important to recognize and understand that a student’s success on an individual level doesn’t necessarily mean a ‘first place’. For any student, their achievement is measured on a personal level, and is a result of having high expectation to do their best, and take responsibility for their own outcomes.  In understanding and acknowledging this, students position themselves for a positive outlook on life that is both full of possibilities and rewards. 

Another key feature of this term is the first formal introduction, the Year 8 Transition evening, for our new Year 9 students in 2023, this is held on Tuesday 2nd November, which is also the last day for our seniors students as they go on external examination leave. 

Our Service Council will continue its very important work of supporting others this week by engaging our school in their annual Food Bank collection for the City Mission.  This starts next Wednesday until Wednesday 2nd November. We are very grateful for the contributions to this cause.

As part of our Health and Safety Emergency Procedures programme, the school will take part in the ‘Shake Out’  nation-wide earthquake and tsunami drill on Thursday 27th October at form time.

If you are out and about this long weekend, you may like to check out the Papanui High School Big Band. We are one of very few school groups that have been asked to take part in this great festival.  

Sunday 23rd Riverside Market 12.00 

Sunday 23rd A Rolling Stone 579 Colombo Street 4.30 

Monday 24th Botanic Gardens, Stage 1 by the Peacock Fountain 12.00


In closing, we look forward to celebrating the Senior Prize Giving and Year 13 Graduation on Tuesday 25th October,  and I invite all family and whānau to join us at 7.00pm at the Christchurch Town Hall in Kilmore Street.


Ngā mihi nui 

Jeff Smith


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