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Principal’s Weekly Update

Term 1 – Week 4, 2024 Principal Comment

Tēnā koutou katoa ngā whānau,  As our Year 9’s return from their Journey camp, they are prepared and excited for the adventures that lie ahead. The week allowed for the formation of new friendships and the building of relationships, setting the stage for a promising...

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Term 1 – 9 February 2024 Principal Comment

Tēnā koutou katoa ngā whānau,  This week I have visited every classroom and many classes, I have enjoyed all interactions with teachers and students. While each class is unique, there certainly is a common theme of manaakitanga evident in all classes. Positive, caring...

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Welcome – Whānau Update 30 January 2024

Kia ora koutou Parents, Caregivers and Whānau, Welcome to Garin College 2024; we look forward with excitement to a year of student learning, engagement and fun.  Welcoming our new and returning learners and staff is always a highlight in our school year. This year we...

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Term 4 – 13 Oct 2023 Principal Comment

Kia ora tatou ngā whānau Term 4 has arrived and is bringing the beautiful signs of spring with our cherry blossoms looking amazing in the school courtyard. I hope that students and families had some time to relax over the break and enjoy some of the blessings that...

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T3/T4 – 5 Oct 2023 Principal Comment

5 October 2023 Kia ora tatou ngā whānau, parents and caregivers, We look forward to welcoming all learners for term 4, Monday 9 October.  I trust the well deserved school holidays have been a positive and restful time for all. It is pleasing to be experiencing the...

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T3 – Week 9, 15 Sept 2023 Principal Comment

Newsletter -  T3 Week 9 2023 Kia ora tatou ngā whānau,  As I write my message to you all this afternoon, I feel somewhat exhausted when reflecting on the significant web of dimensions that make up schooling. Of course learner at the centre is key and drives all we do...

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T3 – Week 6, 25 Aug 2023 Principal Comment

Kia ora tatou ngā whānau,  Thank you to all for sharing with us the Mass of the Assumption of Mary and Father Antoine Garin in the College Gym on Tuesday 15 August. We particularly thank Father Cirilo Barlis, our musicians, readers, eucharistic ministers and all...

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T3 – Week 4, 11 Aug 2023 Principal Comment

Kia ora tatou ngā whānau,  With great joy we extend a warm welcome to all whānau and our community to celebrate with us the Mass of the Assumption of Mary and Father Antoine Garin in the College Gym this coming Tuesday, 15 August at 11.40am.  “Blessed rather are those...

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T3 – Week 1, 21 July 2023 Principal Comment

Kia ora tatou ngā whānau,  We are thrilled to share with you the wonderful Matariki Hangi hosted by our Māori Whānau and celebrated at lunchtime on Friday.  Whānau gathered on Thursday evening and worked tirelessly to prepare delicious kai, dig the hangi pit, and set...

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T2 Week 9 May 2023 Principal Comment

Kia ora tatou ngā whānau,  Te Wairua o ngā Mahi Toi (the Spirit of the Arts) is alive and well at Garin! It is with huge admiration and respect that I reflect on the energy, talent and creativity displayed by our ākonga throughout Mahi Toi celebrations last Friday....

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T2 Week 6 May 2023 Principal Comment

Tēnā koutou katoa ngā whānau, As we come to the end of another school week, I enjoy the late afternoon sun filtered through a tree bare of leaves, casting dappled light on my desk and warning of the cooler months to come. For some we love winter and all it brings, for...

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T2 Week 5 May 2023 Principal Comment

Tēnā koutou katoa ngā whānau, Again, we have enjoyed a week of learning, creativity, expression, and activity. Learning at Garin is certainly not limited to the classroom. In recent weeks, we have experienced significant success and engagement in our very rich...

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