Kia ora tatou
Part of what we endeavour to model, teach and encourage in our students is inclusion and the acceptance of differences in others. Accepting others and understanding that the variety of personalities, people’s strengths and weaknesses, preferences and opinions is what makes our community and the wider world a richer place. It is hard for us to understand how this lack of acceptance of others can consume people to the point of hatred; I think that is why so many are struggling to understand the massacre this week in Orlando, Florida, and other extremist acts that happen frequently. As we pray for peace in the world and for an end to terrorism, let us remember and emulate the examples of acceptance and inclusion that Jesus gave us. There will be an opportunity to pray and reflect on the Orlando tragedy during an interfaith memorial service to offer prayers for the victims and their families this Saturday, 2pm, at St Andrew’s Presbyterian Church.
I accompanied nearly 120 of our year 7 – 10 students to Dunedin on Wednesday for the annual Catholic Schools’ Junior Sports’ Tournament. Our students competed hard and fairly and, although we were placed 4th overall, there was a real sense of satisfaction that all teams had worked well together and enjoyed the experience of some challenging competition. Thank you to all the parents who took time out of their busy week to accompany, coach and manage teams – I appreciate your commitment to our sporting endeavours.
Our Year 12 students also had a day away from their usual classes on Wednesday when they took part in the ‘Loves Me Not’ programme. This programme was facilitated by the police after being developed by them in association with Lesley Elliot, mother of Sophie Elliot who was killed by her boyfriend. The programme focussed on unhealthy relationships and behaviours that are detrimental to those involved. This is a very important topic and we hope that all our year 12 students gained some valuable information from this day.
I encourage those parents of year 9 and 11 students to check out our new parent portal. Attitude to Learning grades were added last Friday for your child, along with other information that will be valuable. If you haven’t seen this yet, the instructions have again been sent as an attachment with this email. Because this is a trial before we open the parent portal up to all, we would appreciate any comments, positive or negative, so we can refine our processes.
We are pleased to have welcomed our new Sports’ Coordinator into the school. Jenna McPhee has come to us from Cromwell College where she was also working as Sports’ Coordinator. Please make yourself known to Jenna when you are in school. She is quickly getting to know a number of our students, especially as her first job was to organise Wednesday’s sports tournament! We hope you enjoy your time with us, Jenna.
Have a wonderful weekend!