Kia ora koutou
It was heartening to see so many students taking part in our ‘Pink Shirt Day’ today to show their support for stopping bullying. We continue to work with our students in different ways to encourage positive social skills and, of course, we link the Gospel values of compassion and love to all of these actions. In assemblies recently we have been enjoying some very thoughtful prayer by the year 7 & 8 classes. These reflections focus on the previous Sunday’s gospel reading and the students present their ideas on how we can put Jesus’ messages into practice. Thank you to the teachers of these classes who have helped prepare their classes to present these messages to the rest of the school.
E te Atua - As we pray for all life, may respect and love light our way. May our hearts be filled with compassion for others and for ourselves. May peace increase on earth and may it begin with me. Amene. (Adapted from a Tibetan Wind Horse Prayer)
The Student Council is in full swing and so far they have sought student opinion on a ‘rewards’ system for students and classes that consistently live up to school expectations. They have also brought forward a uniform suggestion; the council members are currently surveying fellow students about their ideas and they will then follow process regarding parent and Board consultation should this ‘referendum’ gain traction. The Student Council will have a monthly report in the school newsletter so you can follow their progress. Now that the Year 7 students are well settled into their new school, they will soon be asked to vote in two representatives to sit on the council for the remainder of the year.
A new initiative we are trialing from this term, is Junior House Leaders. This is for year 10 students to have the opportunity to experience leadership and to support the Year 13 House leaders with their responsibilities throughout the year. I am thrilled that a big number of students have taken away application forms and I look forward to receiving them by the end of school on Monday. The Year 13 House Leaders and some staff will then appoint two junior leaders per House. These students will be announced in the next newsletter.
Next Friday is Work Day for all students. Your children should have brought home the relevant information by now. In keeping with our ethos of community and compassion, unlike most schools, the majority of the money raised will be given to those who need it more than us. Global and local agencies that work to feed and support some of our most needy will benefit from your help. Please work with us to make this our most successful work day yet. Let’s use this opportunity to emphasise the idea of giving rather than receiving.
We now have a number of parents on our ‘vetted’ database. Thank you to all those who have already filled out the paperwork for this. Due to the Vulnerable Children’s legislation, best practice now states that any adult who spends time with children and young people should be police vetted. Therefore we are asking all parents and other adults who drive students to events, attend camps, coach or manage sports teams, help with productions and so on, to be police vetted. From July 1st, this service will cost the school $8.50 per vet. This money will come out of our operational funding which we would prefer to spend on your children and their learning. Therefore, we would appreciate if any parents who wish to be vetted for future involvement in school activities could do so prior to July 1st while this service is still free. An application form is being emailed home with this newsletter so you can fill this in and deliver or email it back to school with your Drivers License or Passport. All vets are kept completely confidential.
Next weekend will see a number of our students compete in the Gold Guitars. We wish you all the very best as you prepare for this important annual event for singers. We also wish good luck to Sol Wyatt, Mitchell Popplewell and Ben Wyatt who, along with Brianna Hedley, are entered in the Southland Rockquest next week.
Kate Nicholson - Principal