Principal's Comment

posted 16 Aug 2020, 18:08 by

Kia ora koutou katoa

 The students are really getting back into the swing of things at the College this term.  There are so many activities that students are involved in at the moment from winter sports to House Drama and Choir.  It was great to be part of the Dunedin Diocese Catholic Schools’ Quadrangular tournament and it was really pleasing to see so many of our senior students involved as coaches, managers and referees for the various sports. The Junior Quadrangular Tournament is a great bonding experience for the school and for the relationship between our Catholic schools.  Once again Verdon College came away with the trophy but sport and friendship were definitely the winners on the day. A very big thank you to all those involved in the organisation and running this special event.

Our senior students continue to do well in their progress towards NCEA.  Our upcoming assessment week this year, will be a little different than it has been in the past given the reshuffling of our programs during lockdown. Some subjects will be running assessment sessions rather than exams as we have moved internal assessment towards the start of the year and our external examination to the second half of the year.

 Acknowledging the recent move to Alert Level 2 I would outline that the College will be operating as per normal albeit with some adjustment to tracking processes and increased focus on hygiene practices. It is important to understand that Level 2 is a precautionary level and is focused on tracking and tracing readiness. We understand that students may have some anxiety with this situation but would remind students and parents that we will be acting on the latest accurate information from the Ministry of Health and Education and we will have processes in place to support every student as we continue our year.

Our enrollments for 2020 close on the 28th August and we would ask you to remind any friends or family to get applications in as soon as possible prior to the closing date to avoid disappointment.

 God Bless

 Jarlath Kelly