News from the Principal's Desk

8 March 2019

Whāia te iti kahurangi ki te tūohu koe me he maunga teitei

Seek the treasure you value most dearly: if you bow your head, let it be to a lofty mountain.


Kia Ora Tatou

In the last “Message from the Principal’s Desk” I shared with you some of our NCEA results.  Since then we were very pleased to learn that last year’s Year 13 student Emily Hollis gained the Top Scholarship Award for Media Studies. This means that Emily came first in New Zealand which is an outstanding effort and we are very proud of her. Congratulations to Mr Mortensen, her teacher who worked extremely hard with Emily to help her.

We have now elected our Student Executive. The process involves the students voting (weighted according to the year level), voting by the staff and an interview. This year we also have a new position on our Executive of Wellbeing Captain. This role includes promoting, identifying and supporting students through a focus of being positive, healthy and well supported in our school environment.

Our Executive for 2019 is:

Head Girl

Te Aratu Maihi

Head Boy

Isaac Andrews

Academic Captain

Amber Zhu

Arts Captain

Senuka Sudusinghe

Sports Captain

Isabella Gates

Wellbeing Captain

Panatswa Dindingwe

Kowhai House Captain

Maximo Morrone

Matai House Captain

Dillan Thiagarajah

Rimu House Captain

Lucas Aukuso

Totara House Captain

Sean Baker

Komiti Māori

Tiana Edmonds

Komiti Pasifika

Sarai Fruean

International Student Representative

Chom Chaokongjak

BOT Representative

Benjamin Clark

We were very pleased to follow the announcement of our Executive with the presentation of badges at our assembly, and our parents were able to join us. Congratulations to all the students.


As many of you will be aware Wellington hosted Te Matatini ki te Ao which proved itself to be one of the most significant cultural events in Aotearoa as more than 60,000 people attended the four-day event at Westpac Stadium. We were able to take a bus load of students down to the festival as we wanted to support one of our teachers Matua Kealyn (Marshall) who was performing with his group, Te Reanga Morehu o Ratana. They are one of the oldest performing groups and while they were not placed, we thought that they made an outstanding effort. The following link shows much of their journey.


One of the highlights of the school year is tabloids. Tabloids over the years has morphed into something that is a cross between games, athletics, fancy dress and the sevens. It is keenly contested. This year we were threatened by the weather, which finally turned to rain in the afternoon, however we were able to complete the event. This year our victors were Totara House, congratulations to them.


A reminder that the learning conferences are coming up on March 13th and 19th. By now you should have received a booking form by e-mail. These will run from 2-5 pm each day and school will close at lunchtime. Buses will not be running, and LSC will be advised of their alternative arrangements. We look forward to having conversations with you about your son or daughter.


Nga mihi nui


Grant Jones

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Wellington 6037
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