Term 2 is done and dusted, and what a busy and productive one it has been! It is always a highlight to end this winter term with our consistently high-quality Eisteddfod Concert at the St James Theatre and last night continued this tradition of polished performance. Thank you to all those involved behind the scenes and out front on stage. Congratulations to our three Eisteddfod Champions – Samantha Marsh (Junior), Seba Metzler (Intermediate) and Grace Turipa (Senior) and Rosmini House who took out the honours for highest points during the Eisteddfod. Today we will be finishing a great term with a sausage sizzle for lunch and the annual staff-student netball game at the stadium.
Our Open Night will be held on Tuesday 30th July. Many of our students volunteer to help with this evening and show off their school by taking tours. Please note this date on your calendar and encourage any friends and neighbours to pop along for a look. Many people enjoy the opportunity to have a tour around our college and meet with staff and students even if their children are not yet in year 6.
Next term we launch project-based learning for our year 8-10 students. This exciting new initiative is the culmination of nearly two years work by staff and has the financial backing of the Ministry of Education through the Teacher Led Innovation Fund. We have many excited students ready to move into more student driven learning and we are looking forward to the skills and capabilities that this will develop for them. There is an email being sent to all families of year 8, 9 and 10 students that will give you more information about the process.
Good luck to our students who are involved in various activities and tournaments over the holiday period, along with the 1st XV who compete in the local derby against Gore High School tomorrow on home ground – I know they would really appreciate your support and encouragement.
Everyone is well ready for a holiday, but I am also aware that there have been happenings in Gore of late that is making families more aware of security and safety for property and for their families. With this in mind, we intend to run a parent education evening in term 3 particularly in terms of drug education. There will be more information sent out to families in due course. In the meantime, stay safe and enjoy the special family time that the school holidays offer, and we look forward to seeing everyone back safe and sound on July 22nd.