Nga mihi nui kia koutou (Greetings to everyone)
As we bring Te Wiki o te Maori (Maori Language Week) to a close, I reflect upon how far we have come as a school in terms of our knowledge and association with our cultural heritage. This week as I'm out and about around the school, I find senior students teaching juniors a new waiata - without the instruction of staff - because they are excited and passionate about things Maori within the school. Some of these same students also led a 50 strong Kapa Haka group who performed at the Polyfest celebration in Invercargill recently, and in doing so stunned the audience with a Fijian Haka and a Fijian hymn that was later used as a backing track and advertisement for all the schools in Southland who took part. I also had the privilege of sitting in on an excited group of Filipino students who have great plans for the start of 2020 and passing on some of their precious cultural heritage to other students in the school. We are so blessed to have the diverse cultural community we have at St Peter's and I congratulate all of those students and their families who have taken such a large role in promoting this here at school. Kia ora whanau, tino pai.
Other things happening this week have been our annual Year 10 'Real Game' days where students spend time working on their strengths and learning possible future directions after school. Mr Sanson leads this and it is run off site. It sounds like it has been another huge success this year, so well done everyone.
Lastly, don't forget to pick up your tickets now for the our very own production 'High School Musical' showing on the last Thursday and Friday of term, at the SBS St James Theatre. Having walked past the many late night rehearsals in the gym this week, I can assure you we are in for a real treat, so don't miss out!
Kia Manaaki atua koutou (may God bless you)