Where is the year disappearing to? We are now in the latter part of term three and a number of our senior students are counting down the number of school days left until NCEA exams. No doubt they are also considering – as are their teachers – how much work is yet to happen to fully prepare for these!
I spent two very fruitful days last week at a planning session for the Eastern Southland Community of Learning (COL). Principals, staff and board members from the thirteen schools in the ‘community’ along with other key people who work alongside and in the schools, spent time collaborating on our vision and values for the COL. It is exciting to be a part of this group and I anticipate some great things to eventuate for the benefit of our students. We are very pleased to have Annie Nelson (Principal of St Mary’s) as our establishment COL Principal and she is doing a wonderful job of directing and encouraging this large group of schools.
Next week is Winter Tournament Week. We wish our three teams all the very best for their respective tournaments – SISS Netball in Christchurch, Boys’ Football in Dunedin and the Mixed Hockey Tournament in Ashburton. At the same time, our Year 8 Deep Cove camp begins with three separate groups over the course of the next ten days. Please keep all the staff, parents and students in your prayers, that they may have a safe and successful time away.
It was good to see an excellent turnout for the Year 9-13 conferencing last Thursday. It appears that some very valuable conversations were being had about both this year’s progress and next year’s options. Please remember to discuss the 2018 subject choices with your son or daughter and contact the office if you wish to speak to any staff member for more details. Thank you for attending the conferencing and for being a very important part of the three way conferencing. We are working hard to keep the home school relationship strong – thank you for playing your part.
After a very tight win against Dunstan High School last weekend, the 1st XV travel to Christchurch today as Highlanders Region Co-Ed School winners. They will play St Andrew’s College tomorrow with the winning team earning the right to attend the Co-Ed Top 4 Rugby Finals in Palmerston North next weekend. It has been an exciting and successful season for this team and I know they will give their absolute best tomorrow. Updates will be posted on our Facebook page. Good luck boys!
This may be a fitting prayer to finish this week –
Lord, instil in me a new spirit so I may be encouraged to persevere. Give me the confidence I need to approach every event in my life with fearlessness. As the path gets tougher help me adapt so I can get through even the most difficult situations. Give me the encouragement I so desperately need. Lord, hear my prayer.
Kate Nicholson - Principal