Tēnā koutou katoua ngā whānau,

We are in a challenging time as we make every effort to maintain our health during the Covid-19 Pandemic. I thank you for your support and encouragement that you are providing our learners each day in relation to maintaining their hygiene practices and mask wearing. Again we have been blessed with warm weather this week that has allowed doors and windows to be open in all classrooms and offices providing excellent ventilation. We are recording a continual increase in the number of students isolating and Covid positive, however these numbers are comparatively low compared to other schools. Throughout the next week, I am anticipating these numbers to rise more rapidly as the virus continues to take hold in the wider community. We are continuing to use the public health measures to reduce the risk, please refer to our latest Whānau Update for further information (see our website homepage and the email sent to you today).

We look forward to celebrating our Annual Colours Awards Assembly on Monday morning next week. Our Colours awards celebrate the success of our students from 2021 in Level 1,2,3 NCEA who gained Maroon Colours and Gold Endorsed Colours for their outstanding academic achievement. Congratulations to all students who have achieved Academic Colours this year – you have done so in a year that was full of challenge, uncertainty and a Covid lock down for part of the year. You set yourselves goals and worked so hard to fulfil them. 

We have our Teacher Only Day next Friday 18 March, the College will be closed on this day. We will be aligning our Garin Graduate Profile, and our Model for Wellbeing where our commitment to lived Garin Values and restorative practice form the basis of our relationship with our learners. Building capacity in restorative practice is key to our learning.

“Let us pray for one another so that, by sharing in the victory of Christ, we may open our doors to the weak and poor. Then we will be able to experience and share to the full the joy of Easter.” Pope Francis

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

Ngā manaakitanga,

John Maguire

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Peace cannot be kept by force; it can only be achieved by understanding.” Albert Einstein