News from the Principal's Desk

6th December 2018

Kia Ora Tatou

The school year has now come to an end. NCEA and scholarship examinations finished last week and they went extremely smoothly except, perhaps for the discussion around whether Year 13 history students should know the word “trivial” or not. We celebrated the academic successes of our senior students earlier in the term and we were delighted to acknowledge:

Dux Litterarum: Shine Wu

Proximae Accessit:Emily Hollis and Chelsea Jane Kah

Wesley Broughton Award (Top year 12 Academic Achiever): Amber Zhu

Year 12 Runner-Up: Gabbi Conway

Top Academic Achiever Year 11: Brandon Ru

 Year 11 Runner-Up: Ray Wu


After the seniors left the junior students participated in a comprehensive programme which included their own examinations, and three day discovery. This year, the examinations included some of the Year 9 and Year 10 examinations being successfully completed on-line. This will be good practice for the students as all NCEA examinations will be on-line by 2020.

The three day discovery provided some excellent opportunities to try out a whole range of different activities.  Some students headed up to Rotorua and were tourists for three days, some got involved in robotics, others made a variety of soaps, interesting international food was cooked and there was an extremely large participation in golf and geocaching.  Those who went tramping in Queen Charlotte Sounds had a wonderful experience, especially with the challenges of the rain. Overall it was an excellent experience for the students.

We also celebrated our students' success at the Junior Prizegiving. This year the top awards went to:

Top Academic Achiever Year 9: Rosie Meyer

Year 9  Runner Up: Jasmine Devery

Top Academic Achiever Year 10: Laura Stone

Year 10 Runner Up: Kimberley Zhu


I would like to take this opportunity to farewell the following staff who are leaving for a number of reasons, including promotion, retirement and leaving the area. My thanks to: David Staite, Catherine Symonds, Maria Swanson, Morag Featherstone, and Julie McKay.  I would also like to welcome back our former staff member Cornelios Floratos who is our new Deputy Principal.

Start of Year Programme 2019

Our start dates for next year can be found here.

2018: A Retrospective

Reminisce on the year that was by browsing through term by term highlights including video, photos and write-ups, all in one handy location.

2018: A Retrospective

I hope that you all have a good break, we look forward to welcoming our new Year 9s, and all of you who are returning in the New Year.

Nga mihi nui

Grant Jones
Principal

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