Kia ora koutou katoa
We have come to an end of another exciting and very busy term.
I was very proud of the way our students represented themselves and the College at the recent senior Catholic schools tournament. It was very special to witness the comradery and friendships between students from all schools at the tournament. This event has gone from strength to strength and while it is very much a competitive environment it is clear that all students enjoy and appreciate being at a tournament with like-minded people. It was very special to be able to celebrate our Catholic character at the Mass on the Sunday night of the tournament. The Mass and the tournament overall was a great reminder to students that we are part of something much bigger than just our own community.
I was also very proud to be able to congratulate so many of our students on their achievements at our recent Colours Assembly. Again, the number of students achieving Colours Awards has increased in both number and variety. As outlined at the Assembly this continued success is very much about our students being aspirational for themselves. I also spoke about the support positive thinking provides in enabling students to take risk towards achieving success.
We have taken some time to work with a number of students over their safety on the internet and have had a speaker from “Attitude” come into school to talk with our students about how to interact safely in this environment. I cannot stress enough, particularly if you have students in year 7-10, that you as parents/caregivers take the time to talk with your sons and daughter about staying safe online. This applies both to receiving information but also to what they are posting on line. As parents please take some time to sit down with your children and review their online profiles and openly discuss their interaction on online platforms as part of the modern parenting discussion.
It has been a very busy and successful term at the College and I wish all staff, students and families a restful and relaxing holiday breaks.