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posted 10 Jun 2018, 16:19 by Karyn Dykes

Kia ora Koutou Katoa

The year seems to be flying by as this really positive and busy term unfolds.  Our production was an outstanding event and I was really impressed by the efforts of students and staff. Even though I know how special our students are I am always amazed at the outstanding level of delivery and talent on show at our production. It was great to see so many students involved onstage, playing in the band, behind the scenes and operating sound and lighting. This was an amazing team effort and I am really proud that so many students with such a range of talents were involved in the show. The outstanding efforts of the production alongside other achievements at the Gold Guitars, Sheilah Winn and the Chamber Music competition successes it has been an amazing few months for our students in the cultural space.  A massive thank you to all those staff that put so much time and effort into supporting these  students in their endeavours. 

 As a school community we are about ensuring that while we are working hard to support our students we also take time to have a bit of a laugh and some fun.  To that end the PTA have organised a parents fun night out social - Back to 80s.  This is a great opportunity to support the PTA by getting along to a fun night out with other parents and friends of the College.  There will be some auctions and fundraising on the night but the major focus is having a parent’s get together and a fun night out.  It would be great if parents could support this event. Live updates will be on Back to 80s Facebook page leading up to the event.

I would like to draw your attention to the upcoming John Parson's presentation for parents and students. John has taken a lead in educating parents and students on being safe on social media.  More than ever this is an important topic and while social media is now a fact of our everyday lives there is more and more research about the impact of social media on students’ lives and the increasingly unsafe space that this represents for our young people at times.  I would encourage all parents to check in with your children to have a chat and find out about their use of social media and how you can work with them to ensure they are always in the most positive space while using social media.

As outlined in this newsletter Sports Hoodies are now available for purchase.  No hoodies including the sports hoodie are part of the day to day uniform of the college.  These Verdon hoodies are available for teams to purchase or parents and supporters so we can all stay warm while participating or watching our favourite sport while maintaining a consistent look for our teams.


God Bless

 Jarlath Kelly