Kia ora tatou
Welcome back to a fully packed learning term! It was wonderful to see all our students return safely, refreshed and ready to get straight into their learning. With increased pressure this term for seniors in their NCEA studies and for all our students, as winter sports begin and the Eisteddfod preparations begin, along with preparation for our senior production, it is important that they prioritise their time carefully during the next few weeks. Please take time to discuss the importance of time management, healthy eating, exercise and plenty of sleep with your students as these habits will be very important in their ‘life after school’ too. Our students value the opportunity to play in sports teams for school. The skills learned through sport and cultural competitions - in terms of commitment, effort, sportsmanship and team communication, as well as learning to be gracious in both winning and defeat - are invaluable. Many of our students are putting the equivalent time and effort into preparing for the Eisteddfod and other cultural events they are currently involved with. These opportunities build community and commitment along with compassion for those they are working closely beside. There is always an open invitation for our wider school and parish community to attend these events. We will do our best to have an up to date sports draw in the newsletter weekly, so you can attend games and support our students.
Our school Cross Country was held yesterday in brilliant weather conditions! Congratulations to those students who showed true commitment to giving their best in this event, no matter what their placing was. It was very pleasing to see a wonderful attitude and determination showing through. Nine of our staff also took part in the cross country this year and, although some of us are moving a little more slowly today, it was a great opportunity to support this full school event. Maybe we will invite some parents to join us next year!
I would like to remind parents and ex-students about the Foundation Dinner at the James Cumming Wing next Saturday night. Although registrations have closed there are still some tickets available. Please check the school website for more information. We will be launching the 'new-look' Foundation and are aiming to reconnect with as many of our ex-students and families as possible. This area of our work is important to us because our school community is not just the current one that comes through our gate every day. We often have ex-students pop into school and I enjoyed the chance to meet the Year 13's of 1996 who had a reunion at ANZAC weekend and enjoyed looking around the school and catching up on how things have changed.
During the holidays Mackenzie Nicholson travelled to Tamworth as the inaugural exchangee of the new ANZAC exchange set up by the Gore District Council. We also look forward to the return of our Year 9 and 10 students who are nearing the end of their time in Italy and England. Watch out for our newsletter next week which will report back on what happened during these trips away.Mary, Mother of God, you are the woman who is always there. You celebrate with us the Bethlehems and Nazareths of our daily family living. You stand by us in our Calvarys and are with us at Pentecost. Whatever our need or wherever we are, Mother of all seasons you are there. Amen
Happy Mother’s Day to all our mothers.
Take care of each other and may God bless you and keep you,