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Principal's Comment

posted 13 Nov 2019, 16:14 by Leana Breen

Kia ora Koutou  katoa

 It was again a real privilege to be able to celebrate the successes of our students at Prize giving. Even though we  participate in the work with our students during the year I am always proud of and encouraged by the level and breadth of success of our students. Our Leavers’ Mass was a very special occasion and it was great to see so many parents and family members there to join in the celebration. The shift to the new format of the combined Leavers Mass and end of year Thanksgiving Mass was a real success. It has been great to be able to celebrate the school year 13 leavers as they set out on their journey.  As always they are a talented set of young people that we can be really proud of. It is apparent that in reading through their future destination that we have as a community raised some pretty terrific young people with bright futures.

 The Board have made the decision to opt into the government’s new donations scheme.  There are some fishhooks in the scheme which make it more difficult for schools to manage some current normal processes that support a rich and diverse curriculum. Our decision to opt in still comes with the concern as to whether we will be able to run camps as we have in the past and we will work through that discussion. The positive of the scheme is that from next year parents will not be asked for any donation or recoveries for curriculum expenses by the College. Again camps, sports and some optional extras will continue to be the exception. I will communicate more on this in the near future.

 I appreciate all the support that staff and parents have provided for the delivery of Deep Cove camps which have been again a really great success and thank parents and staff preparing for the year 10 Borland camp in the near future. I would encourage parents if you are interested in attending this camp as a support person to contact the College.

 I would ask that you keep Fr Hook in your prayers.  He has not been so well of late. As we all know he always puts others before himself and is a great example in that respect, but it makes his work load quite taxing.  It would be great if we could send him our best wishes and prayers as he works through recovery from illness and we will hopefully have him fighting fit and back on deck soon.

 

God bless

 

Principal's Comment

posted 20 Oct 2019, 18:29 by Leana Breen

Kio ora Koutou Katoa

We have had a great start to the term at the College. Term 4 is an extremely busy term with a significant number of function’s occurring for our seniors particularly Year 13.  There are only a few weeks until senior NCEA examinations begin and it has been pleasing to see so many of our seniors focused on completing their work on internals and attending tutorials that are offered to support the students with externals standards.  We encourage all students to continue to focus on their revision and work hard towards externals and continue to take advantage of tutorial and study session’s that the staff are generously providing throughout the next month or so.

This year, due to the ongoing changes to the length of our NCEA examinations and the number of students with obligations to work and travel towards the end of the school year we have made some adjustment to the end of year process.  We will be having our   seniors end of year Mass at the Basilica on the 1st November. This occasion will be part of our graduation process prior to prize giving and parents are invited to this occasion and we hope this will be part of a positive tradition going forwards for all students. Students will receive their graduation testimonials at this mass rather than later in the year and parents are welcome to attend this occasion.

 A reminder that there is an expectation to all students to attend senior prize giving , not only if they are receiving an award but also to support the success of their peers and to farewell the Year 13 cohort and other leavers in their final occasion at the College.  Senior prize giving is one of our special occasions that provide a sense of pride for our whole community and it is important that all of our senior students are there for this occasion and the farewell Mass. A number of awards are not announced until the evening so this also provides an important reason for all students to attend in case they have received an award.

 

Students in year 8 and year 10 are preparing for their camps.  The camps are a wonderful experience for all of our students and we are very keen to ensure that all of our students have that opportunity.  The camps are run in a model that provides supported challenges for students and the development of skills they gain while undertaking activities at camp that they otherwise may not have been able to experience.    Students are able to share their skills and knowledge with each other and learn about each other and to help build positive relationships that assist our students developing their peers’ groups and friendships going forward. We have assistance to support students’ attendance with providing correct gear and costs if you would like to discuss this contact Mr Mackay -  jmackay@verdoncollege.school.nz .

God Bless

Jarlath Kelly

 

 

Principal's Comment

posted 26 Sep 2019, 15:34 by Leana Breen

Kia ora Koutou katoa

 We have reached the end of a really positive and productive term at the College.  We have had a great finish to the term with two key celebrations Blues Assembly and House Kapa haka competition.

 It is always astounding to see the level and range of achievements celebrated at the Blues Assembly.  Our Blues awards are pinnacle awards recognising students achievements.  Students that receive these have demonstrated outstanding acing achievement over a 3-year period. Similarly, we can as a community be proud of the range of achievements recognised through Colours awards at this assembly. I would like to thank all those teacher coaches, community members and parents that have supported these successes.

 Our kapa haka competition was again a special occasion and I am really proud of the way that all of our students support this kaupapa so positively. Speaking with the adjudicators of the competition they were amazed at the talent of our students and the way they supported each other and got involved as a whole school in this event.  A special feature of this year was the students who stood up to lead their house so well, something they can be very proud of.

 We have completed our enrolment for the College for 2020 and unfortunately have not been able to offer a significant number of students and families positions.  It is positive to have such interest but again it has been a difficult situation to have to turn students away that are keen to be part of the Verdon Community.  We are looking forward to meeting these new students later in the term.

 It has been a long and busy term and I would encourage all students to take time to recharge over the holiday period particularly senior students.  Having a break is important but remembering to keep an eye on requirement of externals as there is only 3 weeks of school for senior students prior to the end of the year and the beginning of external exams.

 I wish all students a restful and enjoyable holiday break ready for the final term of the year.

 

God Bless

 

Jarlath Kelly

Principal's Comment

posted 2 Sep 2019, 19:50 by Leana Breen

Kia ora koutotu kaota

 We continue to have a very busy and successful term at the college. Our Patronal Day - Feast of the Assumption Mass was a really special occasion. Mass was, as people described it, full of joy and not only a celebration of the Mass but also of Verdon College. It was also really great to see students contributing to the celebrations back at school providing BBQ and activities as part of the day.  It has also been special to have about on ongoing lunch time Mass on Friday’s. It is great to see the Eucharist celebrated with Father Hook and our students. It is really positive to see the leadership of a number of students at these Masses ensuring that they run smoothly. 

 Our hosting of the Bishop’s Shield was a great success and although our students did not take home the overall win they represented the college in a very close competition. A big thank you to all the staff, parents and students that were involved in working to make this event such a success.  I was really proud to have so many people from all areas of the community working together to demonstrate to the other schools what is means to experience the hospitality and aroha of Verdon College.

 We have closed our enrolments to the College for 2020. It is a difficult job working through applications for we have again received many more applications than spaces available. It is a really positive situation to have such interest however that is mixed with our disappointment for those that are unable to attend due to our limited places for enrolment. 

 Progress for NCEA in year 11 to 13 is working well towards reaching our targets again this year.  Students have concluded practice examinations and will have received feedback which they should work on so they achieve their final examination goals. Senior subject selection booklets have been published this week.  We ask parents to sit down with your son or daughter and talk though their future and option choices to ensure this process works in finding the correct course for next year and to develop a foundation of future study. Deans and senior pastoral staff are always available to assist in this process.

 We continue to pray for all of those in our community that are dealing with illness and loss of family members and loved one. We ask goods grace and blessing on them at this time.

 God Bless

 

Jarlath Kelly

 

Principal's Comment

posted 11 Aug 2019, 16:07 by Leana Breen

Kia ora koutou katoa

 

We have had a great start to the term with good enthusiasm from students about their studies and sporting and cultural involvement.   I have been really pleased with the success and  the way our students have represented them self in so many areas alongside the academic success that they are achieving.

 

 I would highlight two successes that have epitomized our Verdon values one being our U14 rugby team win the other weekend. It was a great game which the whole

community came out to support our boys.  There was such a great feel at the game and the U14 rugby team have worked so hard for each other this year and have built a great friendship and foundation for future success. The other success was the double header success of our year 7 and year 8 netball girls winning the INC tournament recently.  It’s not just that they won it was the determined united way they played for each other and the way they represented themselves on and of court that makes me very proud.  There are so many other individual and team success happening at the moment each of them special in their own way and each a great tribute to the effort and support of our students, staff and community.

 

Our open day was a great success and we had a large turnout as usual despite the extra challenge, or treat, of a snow fall. It was great to see all of the prospective new families and new members of current families turn out to look around the school. Again there is a lot of interest in enrolment at the College and we will again be limiting the roll at year 7 to around 104 students for the four year 7 classes that we are planning to have in 2020. There is some limited space at year 9 and some other levels but all applications will need to be completed correctly and

submitted by the due date of Friday 30 August as late applications will not be processed.  It is therefore important for family members of prospective students ensure that they get their application in as soon as possible to avoid disappointment

 

We pray for all those in our community dealing with illness or loss of family members at this time we pray for God’s Grace to be with them and their extended families.

 

God Bless

 

Jarlath Kelly

 

 

 

Principal Comment

posted 4 Jul 2019, 18:12 by Leana Breen   [ updated 4 Jul 2019, 18:13 ]

Kia ora koutou

 It has been another extremely successful term at the College with so many successes for our students and community. It was wonderful to see the talent celebrated in our Music Festival again. We have so many students involved that we have had to split the competition into junior and senior sections. It was also wonderful to get so much positive feedback about the talent and I would encourage parents and community members to come along to see the talents of our students at this event. A big thank you to Mrs Jarman, staff and students for their work in organising this event.

 All students will have received mid-year reports and having read these I can see some really positive progress being made. As always, our staff have provided students with advice about next steps in learning for students and I encourage parents to sit with students and read through those reports with a view to seeing where they can build on areas of learning for the second half of the year.

 Our enrolment season for students begin next term with our prospectus being sent to primary school in the first week of term.  Once again there will be limited entry to the College due to our roll being at a maximum.  I would really encourage all those families seeking enrolment of students in year 7 and year 9 in particular, to ensure enrolment processes are completed and applications submitted by the 30th August 2019.  Places will be allocated based on applications reviewed at the closing date and late applications are not able to be considered. We look forward to meeting new members of the Verdon family as we move through this process.

 Finally I would wish you all a restful holiday break and time with family ready to be energised to start term 3.

Principal's Comment

posted 10 Jun 2019, 14:50 by Karyn Dykes   [ updated 10 Jun 2019, 14:51 ]

Kia ora koutou katoa

It has been a really busy and positive few weeks at the College.  Our production was an outstanding success and I was so proud to receive all of the really positive feedback about the talents that our students displayed in their performances. I want to congratulate the students on stage, performing music in the band, involved with lighting sound and stage crew for their outstanding work.  I would also like to thank the staff involved for all of their hard work in assisting our students to deliver these performances.

Our College Ball was a wonderful event and again it is so pleasing to see our students enjoying this event and the togetherness and fun that they experience as they dance the night away.  It is so pleasing to see the efforts that students go to prior to the Ball, learning at  the ballroom dancing lessons.  These dance moves play such a feature of the evening before the students break into their freestyle later in the night. Again a big thank you to the Ball committee, staff and parents that make this night such a success.

 We had a wonderful Junior Quadrangular Tournament in Dunedin again this year with Verdon College winning the overall competition trophy this year. Our teams represented themselves extremely well both on and off the court. It is really pleasing to hear the positive feedback from the staff and community members as to how well our students conduct themselves and their friendly nature on this tournament.  Thank you to all the staff, senior coaches and referees that contributed to this event.

 Please keep in your prayer all those families in our community that are struggling with illness and difficult circumstances at this time.  

 

God Bless

 

Jarlath Kelly

 

Principal's Comment

posted 23 May 2019, 19:50 by Karyn Dykes

Kia ora koutou katoa

 It has been great to be out and about over the past few weekends watching the College sporting teams. It is always really noticeable the camaraderie and spirit with which our teams play and treat each other.  I am also really thankful for the high level of positive support of whanau that are always there to support our students’ endeavours.  We continue to have an impressive involvement in school sports which I believe is so important to the development of students of the College in so many ways.  The lessons learned about being a good teammate and dealing with the ups and downs of sporting success help teach and prepare our students for challenges that they may come across. 

 I continue to be really impressed with the hard work and preparation going into the Production “All Shook Up” and the work that went into the Stage Quest performance recently.  Again the students rise to the challenge of putting themselves out there and working as a team to deliver outstanding performances.  The bonds and friendship that are forged through these activities are really important for students and will underpin some great memories long after they leave school.

A big thank you to the staff and parents that supported the year 7 camps we really appreciate the time people put into supporting this event. I have had so much positive feedback about the students and the camps despite the challenging weather.

Please continue to keep in your prayers those in our community that are ill at the moment or have family challenged with illness. We pray for their recovery and that they feel the Grace of God at this time

 

God Bless

Jarlath Kelly

 

Principal's Comment

posted 5 May 2019, 22:48 by Karyn Dykes

Kia ora koutou katoa

 

We have had a really positive start to the term and I am really pleased with the focus and positive mood of students as they begin another busy term at the College. 

 I spoke at Assembly this week about taking the time to recognise the success that we are achieving individually and as a community in our academic endeavours, NCEA examinations and so many extra-curricular areas. At times, we take that success for granted and often fail to take the time to acknowledge the positive progress we are making individually or as a community. It is important that all students understand that our success occurs, because at every level of the College students continue to work hard, believe they can achieve, work through those time when it is not easy and support and encourage each other to succeed

 I have been very pleased to see the positive number of students signing up to play winter sport and the effort going into trainings. Sport plays an important part of students’ well-being, both in terms of physical well-being but also in terms of their social connection and in building resilience.  I wish all those sports teams all the best for their season and continue to encourage students to get involved, if they haven’t to date.

 There has been a lot of success in the cultural side of the College and that is continuing as preparations for production and showquest continue.  Again, I have been really impressed with the work that both students and staff are putting into the planning and preparation for these events.  We are very much looking forward to seeing these performances and the fruits of their labour later this term.

 This will be another busy but exciting term for students at all levels of the College and I look forward to sharing that success with the community as it occurs throughout the term.

 Please keep in your prayers all those in our community dealing with illness of family members. We ask God to assist in the full recovery of those that are ill and to provide solace and strength for family members at this time.

 

God Bless

 Jarlath Kelly

 

Principal's Comment

posted 10 Apr 2019, 20:18 by Karyn Dykes

Kia ora koutou katoa

 We are at the end of a wonderfully busy and successful term at the College.  It has been very special to finish the term with a couple of big occasions the Senior Catholic Schools’ Tournament and the Colours  Assembly.                     

The Catholic Schools’ Tournament is a really special event and is a great opportunity for the students of Catholic schools in the Diocese to catch up and spend some time together in the context of sporting competition and friendly rivalry.  Our teams acquitted themselves really well in all of their games but I would like to make a special mention of the boys’ hockey team who won their  competition at the tournament. The very special thing about this tournament was the way our students conducted themselves and the positive time that our students spent with each other building relationships over the two days of the tournament.

Our Colours Assembly was a great celebration of the academic success of our students in last year’s NCEA Qualifications, as well as sporting and cultural success that has occurred over the past six months.  Again, we can be so proud of our students for their achievements in so many academic, sporting and cultural areas. We can rightly feel proud as a community, in our roles as teachers, coaches, managers and parents, of our efforts in supporting these successes. Without the ongoing support of our community this outstanding achievements would not be possible.

 As you will all be aware Easter is occurring within the holiday break this year. I would encourage all students and families to support the liturgical activities in your local parishes. Easter is an extremely important part of our year as Catholics and a very special opportunity for us to express our faith and belief in the resurrection.

 Please take time to have a good break over the holiday’s period and have a happy and Holy Easter.

 

God Bless

 Jarlath Kelly

 

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