Tena koutou katoa
What a great term this has been. When I review all of the activities and events that the students have been involved in this term it is hard to see how we managed to fit all of these events in let alone undertake them so successfully. Congratulations to all of those students that competed in the two most recent house competition events, our Music Festival and Swimming Sports. It was great to see so many whanau members at the Music Festival and I think all those present would agree that the talent on show was impressive.
In the last few months I have been visited by a number of people in the educational sector wanting to discuss what we are doing to deliver the positive outcomes for our students, both in relation to NCEA and the success of all of our students. It is great to see that the work that our students and staff are doing is being recognised outside of the College community. I spoke at Assembly about this and told the students that the answer to a lot of the questions that people ask me about our high level of achievement and inclusiveness, is simply that we are a Catholic school. We are bound by our values to support all students to reach their full potential. Students, by living their values, will not only work hard to achieve their potential but also support others to do the same. I am proud that the College is being recognised for our academic achievement but am even more pleased that we are being recognised in education circles as an inclusive school. Much of the reason for our success in this area is the attitude of the students and how they celebrate each other’s difference and accept their classmates for who they are seeing the strengths in each other rather than weaknesses.
I would like to say the biggest thank you to the PTA for their marathon effort in making cheese rolls last weekend. Thank you also to all those parents, students and family members that rallied to the call making over 4000 dozen cheese rolls and raising almost $13,000 for the College. The funds from this event will be used to purchase tablets for the year 7 and 8 area. Thank you all so much.
I wish you all a restful and safe holiday period.