I hope everyone had a relaxing and refreshing Easter break. A warm welcome to the new students and their families who have joined us this term and we hope that you will quickly feel part of our warm school community.
Easter is a time of new life. The resurrection of Jesus symbolises the chance to ‘start again’ and begin anew with God as our guide. Let us consider this as we begin a new term, make new promises, and renew our relationship with Jesus and one another.
Lord, the resurrection of Your Son
has given us new life and renewed hope.
Help us to live as new people
in pursuit of the Christian ideal.
Grant us wisdom to know what we must do,
the will to want to do it,
the courage to undertake it,
the perseverance to continue to do it,
and the strength to complete it.
This term will need everyone’s full focus and perseverance. We expect a solid work ethic from all our students whether this be in the classroom, in sports’ teams, production practice and Eisteddfod preparation, or at home in regular homework and study. I encourage parents and students to all attend the conferencing afternoon this coming Wednesday. School will finish at lunchtime after period 4 to accommodate these conferences with teachers. Please check your emails at home for instructions on booking conference times. We are at an important stage of the year where face to face conversations can help set up learning goals and success for the rest of the term.
We have been very fortunate to secure a morning with Nathan Mikaere Wallis this Tuesday. Students in years 10 - 13 and their parents are warmly welcomed to breakfast in the Hall from 7.30am until 9am. Nathan will be speaking to us about teenage brains and the effects of drugs and alcohol. Having heard Nathan twice before, I strongly recommend this to all our parents. He is an engaging and very knowledgeable speaker and I guarantee that everyone who attends will take home new and important information. Nathan will then stay on in the school to speak to our year 7 – 9 students during Period 1 about brain development and relationships.
Cross country will be held this Thursday. This year, students will wear house colours when they compete and I am sure that the staff who are also going to take part would welcome any parents to run or walk the course with us!
The Easter holidays were a busy time for a number of people. Further in this newsletter you can read of the Australian Netball Tour, the Vietnam History Tour, the students who attended a week at the National Youth Drama School; and many of you will have heard of the wonderful evening spent with Lisa Carrington, Tori Peeters, Mike Puru and Jason Kerrison as a fundraiser for the North American Rugby Tour in July. Our students are incredibly fortunate to be supported by such a committed group of parents and staff who continue to work hard to offer them these opportunities. Thank you to all of those involved in these ventures.
Stay safe over duck shooting weekend, and I look forward to seeing as many of you as possible at breakfast on Tuesday and conferencing on Wednesday – and maybe as part of the cross country on Thursday!
Ma te wa,
Kate Nicholson - Principal