Kia Ora Tatou
He taonga rongonui te aroha ki te tangata
Goodwill towards others is a precious treasure
While the events of Christchurch occurred several weeks ago and things are slowly returning to normal, I firmly believe that New Zealand/Aotearoa has had to pause and have a good look at itself. The things that we hold dear to us, our values and beliefs have been well tested, and if there is to be any good that comes from this tragic event, then our reflections and how we act upon them is extremely important.
Our College recognised and supported its students and those in Christchurch. Messages of goodwill were sent to the local mosque via a message board, we visited the mosque to share our thoughts and condolences, a mufti day raised over $4000 dollars for the victims and we published a large message made by the students and the Newlands Intermediate students on our facebook page.
As we move on however, we will always be mindful of these events and how they brought us closely together as a school.
For several years now, the College has been working with the Ministry of Education regarding some of the buildings in the school that have water tightness issues. These include: the library, two science labs, three classrooms, a science technician room, the staff room and storage in the Technology Block. I am pleased to announce that the Ministry of Education is going to address these issues and replace these buildings at a cost of $10 million. There will be 12 months of consultation and planning then 22 months of building. The projects will be staged to make things more manageable and the end result will be well worth the inconvenience.
There is one more week of school left and then the break will be upon us. During this week we have our students leaving on the Humanities Trip. They will spend 19 days travelling to the UK, Belgium, France and Italy. While the itinerary is “full on”, I have no doubts that the students will find the experience extremely rewarding.
Our 1st X1 cricket team has had an excellent season. This year they have played Premier 2 and in the final match of the season they played Rongotai College for the title. It was a close match but the boys were victorious, and they are now the Premier 2 champions. An outstanding effort.
Another piece of exciting news for us is our last year’s Dux, Shine Wu has won a Robertson Scholarship. This will enable Shine to study at Duke University (currently ranked 8th) in the United States of America and the Scholarship will provide $100 000 for each of 4 years’ study to cover his costs. Well done to Shine!
At the end of this term we will farewell Ms Anna Stewart from our Learning Support Centre. Ms Stewart has decided to return to Christchurch to support her family. We would like to thank her and wish her all the best.
Term 2 will begin on Monday April 29th. Term 2 is always a “full on” term with so much happening. The following immediately comes to mind: Production Camp, Beauty and the Beast, the winter sports season, the school ball, Kapahaka regionals as well as a significant amount of assessment work. This combined with winter presents the students with a variety of challenges and tests their resilience. However, once the students are through this, our experience is that the end of the year comes much more quickly than they expected.
I would like to wish everyone a good end to the term and a restful break.
Ngā Mihi Nui