Kia ora tatou
Welcome to the last newsletter of the term – where has the time gone?
I am sure that those of you who attended our Eisteddfod Concert last night were, as I was, feeling that every year it seems to get better and better. The students who performed were true professionals showing great attitude and skill. We are very fortunate to have these gifts and talents in our school community, and congratulations to the parents of these students who have encouraged and fostered these talented students. One group that works hard behind the scenes, to make sure all goes smoothly is Mr Peter Moir and his student tech team. Along with Mr Brendan Terry as stage manager, we are fortunate to have this hard working and talented group in our midst.
Thanks must also go to our Cultural leaders, Bliss B Legayo and Mackenzie Nicholson, Arts’ Coordinator Nikki Cunningham, Prue Scorgie and all their helpers. Organising three days of cultural activities for all students followed by a high quality concert is no mean feat – thank you.
I would like to congratulate Mr Brad Lamb on his promotion to Head of Maths at Gore High School. Brad has only been with us for two terms teaching Maths and Agriculture and has been a real asset to our college. We wish you all the best for your new position. Mrs Zella Horrell will continue with Mr Lamb’s classes for the rest of the year from week 3.
We also farewell Mrs Lydia Benge this week as she goes on maternity leave. Lydia has been with us as a teacher’s aide since the beginning of 2015 and will be greatly missed by the students she works closely with. We look forward to seeing Lydia back in the school at some stage so we can meet the new addition to her family. In Lydia’s place we welcome back Mrs Kathryn Pinckney (our recent Sports’ Coordinator) who we will enjoy having back on our staff.
The Boys’ Breakfast was a success apparently (I was not allowed near, of course!). Thanks to Mr Darren Jack who coordinated this event and it was great to have an ex-student able to return and share his life experiences and some messages with the boys
As we go into the holidays anticipating a time of refreshment, let us not lose sight of those who could benefit from our company during the holidays. I encourage all our students to think about others during their holiday and make a small effort to visit with or contact somebody who would value some friendship and company during the next two weeks. Winter can be a lonely and quiet time for some in our community.
Lord, thank you for this time away from school and we pray that this will be a time of great refreshment and renewal and a special time when we draw even closer to you. Amen
Take care during the holidays and I look forward to seeing everyone refreshed and ready to learn again at the start of Term 3.
Kate Nicolson - Principal
Year 10 - 13 Boys enjoying breakfast together.