Published on Friday, 11 May 2018, 1:03 p.m. Print Article

The Music Department has been a hive of activity this week as fifteen Taieri College bands make final preparations for the 2018 Rockquest competition. Our musicians will be heading to the Kavanagh College auditorium on Saturday to perform and attempt to progress into the regional finals.  Good luck to everyone involved.  I am sure all your practise and hard work will pay off. On Monday our Year 13 students attended the Otago University and Polytechnic Open Day.  It was an important day for our prospective tertiary students to explore the opportunities available to them should they choose to complete their further education in Dunedin.  It is worth noting that one of the messages received was the importance of good Level 2 NCEA marks, as these are often used by the University as entrance prerequisites for specific courses. Next week we are conducting a school wide “Spirit Week” culminating in Pink Shirt Day on Friday.  Celebrated annually around the globe, Pink Shirt Day began in Canada in 2007 when two students, David Shepherd and Travis Price, took a stand against homophobic bullying after a new Year 10 student was harassed and threatened for wearing pink.  David and Travis bought dozens of pink shirts and distributed them to their male classmates to wear the next day.  The word got out online and hundreds of students showed up wearing pink, some from head-to-toe, to stand together against bullying.  We have been celebrating Pink Shirt Day in New Zealand since 2009 and the campaign grows stronger and larger every year. Pink Shirt Day is led by the Mental Health Foundation, with support from: The Peace Foundation, RainbowYOUTH, InsideOUT, New Zealand Post Primary Teachers’ Association, Youthline and Family Works. Several activities are being organised by senior health class students to promote social inclusion and spread the anti-bullying message.  We encourage everyone to take part in these activities and reflect on the underlying messages behind the fun. Finally, I would like to acknowledge the work of our Student Council in their promotion of Work Day next Wednesday.  The funds work day generates allow them as a group to invest into projects and resources which are student driven. Nga mihi Dave Hunter PRINCIPAL

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