Tena Koutou Katoa
It has been a very special fortnight for the students of the College with a number of key events being held, our noho marae visit, our Catholic Schools Day and of course our school production, Oklahoma!.
Verdon College was proud to have a role in the organisation of Catholic Schools celebrations. Our participation in the combined schools Mass was a great experience for our students. The Mass was a very special celebration of our Catholic character and I hope, a start to an ongoing tradition. I was also particularly proud of our students and their contribution to the day, from the student leaders role in the Mass to those students involved in running activities for pupils of the contributing Catholic primary schools our students really demonstrated what Catholic character is all about.
I would like to congratulate the cast and crew of Oklahoma! for delivering an outstanding production and such an entertaining performance for all those that attended. I am sure that all who went to Oklahoma! would agree that the talent on display was something to behold. The production has again been an outstanding opportunity for the students of the College and their development and growth from this opportunity has been a pleasure to witness. I would like to thank all those staff, parents and community members who have contributed so much to ensure the success of the show. I would particularly like to acknowledge and thank Mrs Catherine Fabre, Mr Alan Menzies and Mrs Fran Sutherland for their leadership of the production and the countless hours that they have put in to ensure its success.
I would also like to thank all those rangitahi, staff and whanau involved in the three day noho marae experience for our rangitahi at the Te Rau Aroha Marae. It was a pleasure to see the enthusiasm of the students from both Dunstan High School and Verdon College towards this cultural experience. Special thanks to Whaea Stephanie and Matua Dayle for your mahi in ensuring this experience was a success.