Tena Koutou whanau
What an exciting and busy week with many events and celebrations for our students.
It was a privilege to acknowledge the Year 12 and 13 students who had excelled in their chosen sporting and cultural pursuits at Tuesday’s Blues Assembly. I would like to take this opportunity to thank our guest speaker, Anna Langford, who gave an encouraging and inspirational speech about making the most of every opportunity and giving it 100%, all the time. The range of opportunities that our students choose to take up is nothing short of staggering and only serves to reinforce the fact that attending a small school is no barrier to success and recognition; in fact it may be an advantage. Thank you to the parents, grandparents and supporters who came along to help celebrate the achievements of our students at this very special ceremony.
The Youthmark Awards were held in Invercargill this week. Congratulations to Ryan Watkins and Freya Bools who were this years recipients. Your hard work and dedication has paid off. You can read about their achievements later in the news items.
We continued our celebrations with the Southland Secondary Schools’ Sports Awards in Invercargill last night and our nominees this year were Sophie Shallard and Taylah Friend. Congratulations on your nominations.
I would like to acknowledge all the students who have been nominated for a Gore Community Award at this Friday’s event; Joshua Kotkamp, Maggie Nicholson, Thomas McKenzie, Grace Turipa, Lucy Swain, Trelise Wadsworth and also our Kapa Haka teacher, Vanessa Whangapirita. Congratulations on your nominations, which are thoroughly deserved for dedication and talent in your respective areas of talent.
Today we farewelled our Year 13’s at our final School Mass. We wish all the 2019 leavers the very best for their upcoming NCEA exams and the next step in your journeys in life. May God Bless you all!
As you can see we have had a very busy week of celebrations and I know that many families will also experience this as we move into the festive season. Let us remember to take time to celebrate those things that are important and appreciate those around us.
E te Atua Manaki mai, E te Atua Awhina mai, E te Atua Aroha mai, Amene
May God guide us, may God support us, may God love us, Amen