Principal's Comment

posted 2 Sept 2019, 19:50 by

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