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News from the Desk of the Principal

13 April 2018

Kia Ora Tatou

Term 1 has now drawn to a close. Given the weather that we have had this week it feels like a good introduction to what we can expect next term, which I think of as the winter term.

Next term is full on with the winter sports season starting in earnest. By week 2 all the teams will have begun their programmes and for most, this will carry on to the first week of September. Alongside this the school production, Catch Me If You Can will be brought to the stage with the season running from May 29th to June 1st. With a cast of some 80 students this will be a must see and tickets will sell out quickly. The school ball on 9 June will also be a highlight of the term and our recent fashion parade at assembly promoting ball dresses, suits and ties suggests that some serious planning is already underway.

During Term 1 you would have been receiving engagements reports every two weeks on the portal. With the end of the term now completed´╝îexpanded subject comments are now being written and will be appearing on the portal next term. They will detail the progress that each student has made so far, and areas of improvement to be worked on. The fortnightly engagement report will continue to be provided.

During the holidays we have two groups who are travelling overseas. A group of our Maori students will be travelling up to Rarotonga and will be exploring the connections that exist between the two countries particularly through language, culture, place names and the like that link the original wakas back to the Pacific Islands. The second group are students who are studying French and they will be travelling to France to immerse in the local culture and language. I am sure that both trips will be immensely beneficial to all the student's learning.
As mentioned earlier I will be on sabbatical from 6 August 6th to 15 November. The Board of Trustees has appointed Ms Deb King, Deputy Principal, to cover my absence during this time.

I hope that the student's all have a restful break and I look forward to another good term.

Nga Mihi Nui

Grant Jones

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