Published on Friday, 3 November 2017, 2:55 p.m. Print Article

Kia ora tatou Tonight, is our Senior Prize Giving.  I look forward to sharing in the successes of our students as they are suitably awarded for their achievements during the year.  I am always inspired by the wide variety and high standard of student attainment.  Congratulations to our prize winners.  We are very proud of you. As with last year, Senior Prize Giving will be held in the Coronation Hall.  The Year 11 Prize Giving will begin at 5.00pm followed by the combined Year 12/13 Prize Giving at 7.00pm.  During our Year 12/13 Prize Giving we are always pushed for space.  In order to accommodate everybody, we do set a video link up in the supper room of Coronation Hall so all parents and caregivers can experience the celebrations.  Whilst it is not ideal, it is the best we can do in the circumstances. On Thursday we celebrated and shared in the wonderful achievements of our Year 7 and 8 Gifted and Talented programme.  The quality of work on display was outstanding and I especially enjoyed reading and listening to the excerpts of creative writing. On Thursday evening four of our international students presented their farewell speeches as they prepare to wrap up their time at Taieri College and return home.  Students from Japan, Syria, Thailand and Chile reflected on their time at Taieri College and how valuable it has been for them.  It is fair to say that we learn as much from our international students as they do from us. Their contribution and the diversity they bring to our college is highly valued. My thanks to Mrs Raewyn Loughrey and Mrs Yvonne Hayes, from our International Department for organising an excellent evening.  During the evening Siale Tunoka was introduced to those present.  Siale begins as our new International Student Director on 13 November 2017.  We welcome Siale to our college community. Finally, good luck to the first of Year 8 camps that begin next week.  I am looking forward to spending next week with them participating in a variety of adventure based activities in the Queenstown and Arrowtown region. Noho ora mai Dave Hunter Principal

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