Tēnā koutou katoua ngā whānau,

Teachers, Staff and Students gathered this Holy Thursday in liturgy to commemorate Christ’s Last Supper. The significance of Christ’s example of service was exemplified through Christ washing the feet of his disciples. Jesus’ message was one of service to others. Throughout our Lenten journey to Easter, we as a Catholic community have reflected on our responsibility to protect the poor and vulnerable in our own local community and across the world. Our learners and staff actively participated in Shave for a Cure throughout this term raising awareness and money to support those families impacted by cancer, this is but one example of the way in which we may reach out to serve and care for others. We thank our College Chaplin Fr Seph Pijfers, staff and students for leading and sharing in our Easter liturgy.

“Christ has no body now but yours. No hands, no feet on earth but yours. Yours are the eyes through which he looks compassion on this world. Yours are the feet with which he walks to do good. Yours are the hands through which he blesses all the world. Yours are the hands, yours are the feet, yours are the eyes, you are his body. Christ has no body now on earth but yours.” Teresa of Ávila

At this time of year we also look forward to commemorating ANZAC day on 25th of May. With ANZAC day falling during the holidays, we took the opportunity this week to remember and pray for our fallen soldiers and reflect on the suffering of those affected by war. Our service provided an opportunity for all to reflect on the peaceful country in which we live and the commitment and service the NZ armed services provide throughout the world toward maintaining peace.

From the start of term two, winter uniforms are to be worn by all students. Students are required to maintain a high standard in the wearing of their uniform. Please take time to gather and prepare winter uniform items during the term break. If for any reason your student is unable to wear the correct uniform, we ask that you provide a note or email message to their whānau teacher. A uniform pass will be issued to a student by the whānau teacher enabling reasonable time to support students and family to achieve uniform requirement.

I would like to take the opportunity to thank parents, caregivers, student leaders, teachers and support staff for all the guidance and encouragement you continue to give our young people. Despite the challenges of Covid-19, we have enjoyed a very successful term overall. I certainly recognise that we are all ready for a well deserved break though! 

Have a restful and refreshing Easter holiday break. I look forward to seeing everyone back safely on Monday 2nd May.

Mā te Atua koe e tiaki – May God be with you

Ngā mihi nui,

 John Maguire

Take a moment

ANZAC Day 25 April – The Ode “They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old; Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn. At the going down of the sun and in the morning We will remember them.” Laurence Binyon