Kia ora and Bula vinaka
We are approaching Social Justice Week. This year the focus is on ‘Weaving bonds of belonging: Knowing our neighbours’.
"I wish to insist that love always proves more powerful. Many people… are able to weave bonds of belonging and togetherness which convert overcrowding into an experience of community in which the walls of the ego are torn down and the barriers of selfishness overcome. "
Pope Francis, ‘Laudato Si', 2015
Caritas makes the following observations:
“The relationship between people and a sense of community is an important reflection of the wellbeing and health of a society. Today, although we have more consumer goods, steady economic growth and rapid technological advancements, we still witness the realities of poverty, crime, addiction and hostility in our society.
Pope Francis reflects in his letter Laudato Si, that social cohesion is being threatened in today’s world. We don’t just need economic growth and development, but also the kind of development that can enable all people to participate in society and to cultivate meaningful relationships with each other.
We are born into family, whānau, neighbourhoods and communities. They are not always perfect but God intended that we grow through our interaction with others.
This Social Justice Week, we hope that everyone can take up the challenge set by Pope Francis to take big or small actions to weave bonds of belonging in our local community. In the choices and decisions that we make, we remember that our wellbeing is tied up with the wellbeing of the whole community.”
I had the privilege of attending two days of netball and hockey tournaments this week in Christchurch and Ashburton respectively. There were some very intense and exciting matches and our students were acquitting themselves very well both during and outside of the games. It was very pleasing to see the big number of parents, grandparents and other supporters cheering our teams on. This community support is one of the special things about our school and we truly value the loyalty of our parent and wider school community. Similarly, the 1st XV rugby team enjoyed much support on the sideline last Saturday in Christchurch, with many ex-students, relatives and friends supporting the boys. Thank you to the various coaches, managers and to staff Carolyn Hunter, Kate Pavitt and Brendan Terry who have been away with teams this week.
The Year 8 classes have been away at Deep Cove this week with the last class returning on Sunday. Again, we have been fortunate to have very generous parent support. I do hope that you all enjoyed the camp as much as the children did. We will have a full report and photos in next week’s newsletter.
Congratulations to Dixie-Leigh Burr (Year 7) who was awarded second place in Round 3 (Central & Eastern Area Final) of the Venture Southland Speech Competition in Winton on Wednesday. We wish Dixie-Leigh all the best for the Southland final next Friday.
Teacher Only Day on Monday saw the staff, including our wonderful teachers’ aides, sharing best practice ideas. We had a group of twelve year 7 – 9 students come in on their day off to share their thoughts and experience of digital learning with their teachers. We then spent time in workshops using experts from within our staff to show examples of best practice pedagogy. We are pleased with the progress being made with blended digital learning as we work to provide our students with the digital competencies they will require for the future.
Please keep the conversations going at home about choice of subjects for 2018. To help with this, learning tutors will be holding interviews with senior students and parents at the end of this term to discuss progress so far and potential direction for next year. More information will be out soon.
Wishing you all a good weekend,
Kate Nicholson - Principal