Tena Koutou whanau
Schools are amazing places, especially at this time of the year. One would think that, with the seniors away on exam leave, staff would have lots of time and space, however quite the reverse seems to be true. With the end of the year just around the corner, staff use this time to plan, assess and offer those opportunities for learning that they could not fit in earlier in the year.
The big event this week has of course been the Year 10 Borland camp. Ronnie Kotkamp and the other staff and parents provide an amazing experience full of excitement and drama, laughs and shrieks, that often form the corner stone of school memories that last a lifetime. I had the opportunity for a fleeting visit to the camp on Wednesday and was so disappointed I could not stay longer. The over-riding comment from parents was “what an amazing group of students!” They commented on how polite, inclusive and appreciative they were and what a pleasure to take away. I too noticed in the few moments of down time they had, a real 'vibe' amongst everyone. Everyone was part of things, everyone included and just enjoying their time together sharing the wonderful experience. I have included some photos from the caving trip I took with a group on my way out on Wednesday night. Thank you so much to Ronnie and the staff who every year put so much time and energy into making this such a special time.
I was very proud this week to attend the Rotary Young Achievers Awards. Congratulations to Molly Gray, Samantha Marsh and Connor Sharp on being recognised for your efforts.
We are excitedly looking forward to, that being our first ever 'Exhibition Night' for the years 8 - 10 Project Based Learning. This promises to be a fantastic event so keep the 4th of December free on your calendar and come and help celebrate the things our students have been working on with such excitement and passion over the past 2 terms.
Mo tatou a mo ka uri a muri ake nei
(For us and our children after us)
Haumi e, hui e, taiki e!
(Unified, Connected and Blessed)
Nga mihi nui
Take care and God bless