26 March 2021
Ngā mihi mahana ki a koutou katoa
“Kua hinga te Totara
I te wao nui a Tane”
(The Totora has fallen in the forest of Tane)
I have chosen the above whakatauki as I used it as part of the eulogy I delivered at the funeral of Kevin Hatley. Kevin was a long serving member of our staff and was the Head of our Learning Support Faculty from 1989 – 2012. During that time, Kevin worked extremely hard for many students who faced disadvantages and he made a significant impact on their learning and lives in general. Kevin passed after a long illness; he was only 67!
The end of term is almost upon us and there are only 12 teaching days to go. We have managed to achieve a lot so far, and there are many highlights. Some of these include:
- New Year 9 students Cyrus Dahl received a Wellys award for philanthropy from the Nikau Foundation. Cyrus raised over $43 000 so that students with disabilities could access to the swings at Tawhai Raunui Play Area in Woodridge. Cyrus did this by appearing on morning television, and setting up a give a little page after the WCC said they had no funding available.