Kia ora koutou katoa
Last Friday was the feast of St Marcellin the founder of the Marist Brothers. His story of contribution and faith is an inspirational one that continues to inspire us today. The Marist Pillars, Presence, Simplicity, Family Spirit, Love of Work and In the Way of Mary are part of our Verdon V8 values. We espouse that we are supported or guided by our V8 values, however Marcellin's example asks of us, or requires us, to do more than consider these values. We need to act in an everyday manner that brings life and in a way that serves our Catholic faith and benefit those around us. It is also timely to consider and reflect on these pillars and to consider ourselves how we are living these values and what we are doing as members of the Verdon Community to live these values in our everyday lives.
I have been pleased to see the very large numbers of students achieving positive results in our fortnightly reports system along with good progress in NCEA assessments in the senior school. We have been asking our senior students to continue to develop their study and to continue to challenge themselves to achieve to the highest level possible aiming for subject endorsement along with overall certificate endorsement. I would encourage each and every student to continue their hard work in the pursuit of their academic goals at this stage of the year.
I have managed to get around a number of games in the last few weeks and have been very pleased to see the team work displayed by students. It is great to see so many of our students involved in so many sporting activities that we have to offer through the College.
Finally, please keep in your prayers all those members of our community that are dealing with illness at this time and we pray for their full recovery.