From the Deputy Principal's Desk - 17 May 2019

Published on Friday, 17 May 2019, 2:28 p.m. Print Article

Kia ora tatou   One of the highlights of the week for me was the opportunity to visit the Orokonui Ecosanctuary with a group of enthusiastic and adventurous Year 7 GATE students. The trip was an opportunity for them to learn more about our native species and what is being done to protect them. We also had a great opportunity to do a stream study into stream health and water quality while we were there. My thanks to Mel Christian (for organising the trip),Tahu from the ecosanctuary, who has an amazing way of captivating and engaging students, and of course the wonderful students were represented our college so well. Today is of course Pink Shirt Day which we are combining with the wellbeing initiative from our Year 12 health students. It is great to see so many pink and yellow accessories being worn with the school uniform in recognition of the importance of looking after our wellbeing and the wellbeing of others. Obviously bullying has a negative effect on our wellbeing and as a school we are keen to promote the anti-bullying message in order to make our school a safer and more enjoyable place for the whole college community, staff and students alike. I would to also like to acknowledge and thank our Student Council for the work they have done promoting Work Day which is next Thursday, 23 May 2019.  The funds raised from Work Day allow the council, as a group, to invest into projects and resources which are student driven for the benefit of the student body. Another positive benefit of Work Day is that it provided a great opportunity for our Year 9-13 students to gain some valuable work experience. This sometimes leads to opportunities for a future part-time job or full time employment. As a teaching staff we have taken this opportunity do pursue a whole staff Teacher Only Day off site looking at important aspects of pastoral care for our students. As a result there will be no students at school on Thursday 23 May 2019. Finally, we wish David Hunter safe travels as he returns this weekend from his week long leadership conference. We look forward to hearing about his trip and the new insights into leadership that he has gleaned during his time away. Noho ora mai    Brenton Hackfath  DEPUTY PRINCIPAL 

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