T1 Week 4 – 24 Feb 2023 Principal Comment

Feb 24, 2023

Tēnā koutou katoua ngā whānau,

We are pleased to present the 2022 NCEA Provisional Achievement data for Level 1, 2, 3 and University Entrance (UE).  Garin learners have attained an outstanding level of achievement in NCEA in 2022, as demonstrated in the tables below.

  • Garin student Achievement in NCEA across levels 1,2,3 and University Entrance sits well above National Decile 8 Data.
  • Garin NCEA Certificate Endorsement with Excellence Levels 1,2 & 3 sits well above National Decile 8 Data.
  • Male NCEA Achievement Level 1,3 & UE sits well above National Decile 8 Data.
  • Female NCEA Achievement Level 1,2,3 & UE sits well above National Decile 8 Data.
  • Literacy and Numeracy NCEA Level 1,2,3 achievement sits well above National Decile 8 Data.
  • NCEA Scholarship was attained by 6 students

We congratulate and thank each and every learner for their commitment and diligence to their learning and NCEA assessment throughout the 2022 college year. We look forward to our Annual Colours Assembly on Wednesday 15 March where we will celebrate learners receiving Maroon and Gold Colours for outstanding academic achievement.

On Wednesday this week, we marked the beginning of the Lenten season with our Ash Wednesday Liturgies celebrated with learners and staff. The theme for this year’s Lenten season is  ‘Ko ahua te whakamārama o te ao’ (‘I am the light of the world’ John 8;12). Our journey through Lent centres on the life of Jesus and his call for us to draw closer to God and look to be love and light to others.

The devastation caused by Cyclone Gabrielle and the impact on our communities and whānau throughout the North Island has been in the forefront of our prayers and intentions this week. Students and staff joined the Catholic Bishops Flood Relief Appeal through ‘Caring Foundation’ and raised $910.20 through our Mufti Day held on Friday this week. Thank you to all students, staff and whānau for your generosity and support.

On Friday last week principal’s, priests, teachers and staff travelled to St Peter Chanel Parish Church in Motueka for the Archdiocese of Wellington Catholic Schools Commissioning Mass for 2023. We celebrated whanaungatanga, and all who serve within each of our Catholic School and College communities were commissioned and blessed in their ministries. We are deeply grateful to Cardinal John Dew for his presence and spiritual leadership within our school communities and parishes.

It was my privilege to travel out and spend time with our new Year 9 students at their Journey “Base Camp” at Whenua Iti Outdoors on Wednesday. Our students experienced raft building, kayaking, high ropes, and trapeze all blended with exploration of faith through personal and group challenges and reflections. Following this successful Journey, our students are well prepared for the year ahead having developed and built new friendships and relationships as a year level. Thank you to our staff Mary Brodie, Sharlene Belcher, Sue Kersten, Leanne Reiha, Shaz Murray, Annie Millard, Michelle Hay and Ange Thomsen who travelled to camp and walked alongside and supported our students throughout their journey.  I also thank Markelle Ward for her outstanding planning and leadership of our Journey programmes.

We look forward to Year 9 Parent evening next week, Wednesday, 1 March at 5.30pm. This evening is to give all Year 9 Whānau the opportunity to hear key messages relevant to their child settling into learning and life in Garin, and messages that will support you in how to use the parent portal, how to view our three weekly Te Aho reports and why these are significant to tracking progress of your student. Most importantly, it gives us some time to experience kanohi ki te kanohi – face to face connection with class teachers to hear the expectations in each subject area, to see the classrooms where your child attends each day. Teachers will outline the mahi they are doing with each class. We look forward to this and know from previous meetings that parents find it a great opportunity to meet other parents but also to feel like they really know what is happening for their child at Garin.

I wish you a restful weekend.

Mā te Atua koe e tiaki,

John Maguire


Take a moment 

Whāia te mātauranga hei oranga mō koutou

If you follow the path of learning, the world will be your oyster.





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