Ka mahi te tawa uho kit e riri
(Well done, tawa kernel fighting away.)
Ngā mihi mahana ki a koutou katoa
The last three weeks have been an exciting time as we have celebrated the successes that our students have achieved this year. In addition, we have also been able to hold some significant events, such as the Ball, which had been postponed from earlier in the year.
The first week back we held the NOSCARS, now in its 16th year. Having sold 650 tickets on the first day it was always going to be a sell-out. The quality of the films did not disappoint, and one of the films, That’s a Wrap which won the “Best Director’s Award” for Dillian Thiagarajah and Sarah Meyer, tracked another group making their films. It gave us a wonderful insight into the time and effort that the students made to get their entries completed.
The school ball, also held in the first week was once again a great success. Held at Te Papa, which is a fabulous venue, the students went “all out” to have a good time and they certainly did. After two attempts earlier in the year, I was extremely thankful that we were eventually able to hold, what is, a highlight of the school calendar.
(Year 13 with their Dean, Ben Broadbent).
In the second week was also had some special events. The Spring Serenade showcased the Music Students NCEA performances, and they were joined by other musical groups such as the Choir, the Ukalele Orchestra, and the Jazz Band. There were 19 performances in all and I felt that they all did extremely well. I know it is an old-fashioned word, but somehow “joyful” kept coming to mind.
Last Thursday we had the opportunity to celebrate our sporting successes throughout the year. Being a COVID-19 year though, it was an unusual season. Some codes did not get to play, some got part way through their season, some had truncated seasons and the opportunity for students to gain representative honours was diminished. However, we still found plenty to celebrate and for the first time we live streamed the evening. Some significant achievers on the night were:
Sports Person of the Year Award – Female: Ella Betty
Sports Person of the Year Award – Male: Dillian Thiagarajah and Aaron Fawkes
Junior Sports Person of the Year Award: Grace Fruean and Bayley Puha-Harris
Team of the Year: 1st XI Girls Football – winner of Premier 2.
AWD Sports Person of the Year – Tiffany Natta
Another exciting event that our students have been participating in is EPRO-8. This involves students using a variety of equipment to solve technological challenges. We have a new team of young students who have acquitted themselves extremely well and have made the Wellington Finals.
The last major awards evening that we have had this term was the Arts Awards this Wednesday night. Despite having a number of significant events with an Arts focus that did not occur because of COVID-19, e.g. the school production we were still able to celebrate some significant achievements. Some of these included:
Arts Captain Ben Clarke
Creative Writer of the Year Avni Lahbsetwar
Kapa Haka Junior Boy of the Year Bailey Puha-Harris
Kapa Haka Senior Girl of the Year Emma Chang
Kapa Haka Person of the year Zion Godwin
Polyclub Person of the Year Taupou Tauāfiafi-Muagututi’a
Musician of the Year Rose Aldridge and Laura Stone
Actor of the Year Russell Gill
Contribution to Visual Arts Vishek Kumar
Next week is the final week for the seniors. On Wednesday 4th November we will be having a series of Year Level assemblies to farewell the students before they begin NCEA examinations on Monday 16th November. However, we will be running tutorials between these dates to support the student’s examination preparation.
Thursday 5th November will be our senior prize giving, which will be held in the hall. This event is to acknowledge our top academic achievers and they and their whānau/families have been notified individually.
Our Juniors still have a full programme ahead of them, Year 10 examinations will start on Monday 9th November and Three Day Discovery will be the following week.
A reminder that Tuesday 17th November is a Teacher-only-Day that has been mandated and organised by the Ministry of Education.
Ngā mihi nui