I have just returned from a trip to Asia as part of the Education Southland collective which is a group of six Southland schools that organises international marketing with the help of Venture Southland. The collective was visiting education agencies and running seminars for parents wishing to have their child educated in a Southland school. Travelling through parts of Asia where the huge gulf between the haves and the have-nots is so obvious, made me appreciate the very special part of the world in which we live. Living in the comparably small community of Gore and its surrounds, we often become complacent and assume all is well within our own community because we don’t see the many signs of visible poverty which are so obvious in large cities. Poverty exists in many forms and many in our own community are struggling with poverty – time poverty, relationship poverty, employment poverty, health poverty as well as the more commonly recognised financial poverty. Lent is the time in which we put more emphasis on remembering Jesus’ command to feed the hungry, clothe the naked, give water to the thirsty and of course, love one another as Jesus loves us. Over the next couple of weeks at school there will be opportunities for our whole school community to ‘put our money where our mouth is’ and financially support the Catholic Aid Agency, Caritas, during our Work Day and during the Caritas Challenge on Tuesday. This week’s quote at the top of the page is from the Caritas website. It is from Nelson Mandela and certainly struck a chord with me. I hope and pray that the idealisms of teenagers will give way to action in this generation that will change the world. As parents and mentors we need to encourage them to do this.
We have had fantastic feedback about our Junior and Senior newsletters. Because of this, we have decided to give them their own time in the sun rather than being an adjunct to the main school newsletter. Therefore you will receive the students’ newsletters on alternate weeks to the main school newsletter. Look out for the next edition of the Junior Newsletter next Friday.
On Friday, 28th March, our attitude reporting for Years 7 – 10 will take place. It is well proven that a strong relationship between home and school, with the student at the centre, increases the engagement and achievement of our young people. With this in mind I encourage all of you to spend some time next week discussing your child’s progress with their teachers.
I hope to see you all then.
Ka kite ano
Nga mihi nui ki a koutou katoa
Kate Nicholson - Principal