News From The Principal's Desk

5 December 2019

‘He iti te kōpara ka rērere i te puhi o te kahikatea’

(Though the bellbird is small, it can reach the crown of the kahikatea)

Kia Ora Tatou

We have now reached the end of our school year.  The seniors have finished their NCEA examinations and can expect their results in the third week of January.  Since the seniors left our Year 9 and 10 students have had their own school assessments and their results and report comments are now available on the portal. The juniors have also been involved in their own comprehensive programme which included three-day discovery. Students had the opportunity to try a wide range of different experiences which included: being tourists in Rotorua, tramping in the Queen Charlotte Sounds, learning to surf, gathering kai and learning how to cook it, ethnic cuisine, clay sculptures, sports at the ASB centre and soap making.  There was something for everyone.


We recently held our junior prize giving for our premier award winners.  Many students also received recognition for their efforts and contribution to the school at several other events held earlier. Our main academic award winners for this year were:

Top Academic Achiever Year 9: Ella Pan

Year 9  Runner Up: Abby Sangwine and Nayomi Thiagarajah

Top Academic Achiever Year 10: Rosie Meyer

Year 10 Runner Up: Anush Goel and Molly Zhou

At the end of year prize giving we also farewelled several staff members.

Ms King, our Deputy Principal and member of staff since 2000 has accepted the position of Deputy Principal at Wellington Girls College.  We wish her all the very best in this new roll.

Ms McDiarmid, our Head of Social Sciences has been promoted to Deputy Principal to replace Ms King.  Our congratulations to her.

Ms Ryan, who has also been with us for 19 years has been appointed Head of English at Bishop Viard College.

Other leavers include: Ms Wilson, Mr Cameron, Ms McGuire and Dr Molloy.

I would like to thank them all for their contribution to our College.

Start of Year Programme 2020Our start dates for next year can be found here.

2019: A Retrospective

This will give you the opportunity to reminisce on the year that was by browsing through, term by term highlights including video, photos and write-ups, all in one handy location.

2019: A Retrospective

I hope that you all have a good break. Next year we look forward to welcoming our new Year 9s, our biggest group ever at over 260 students and all of you who are returning.

Ngā mihi nui

Grant Jones

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