Tēnā koutou katoua ngā whānau,

As our term closes for the holidays, I can say without one doubt, that I am inspired by the commitment and energy of our students at Garin. Students have pushed the boundaries of excellence in their learning, leadership and participation in the Arts, Sport, Culture and Wairua of the College. When we consider the diversity of events and opportunities undertaken this term from Winter Sports, Show Quest, Mahi Toi, Reading Challenge, Geek Week, Matariki, Learning indoors and outdoors, assessments, tutorials, study and social action, it’s fair to say we are all deservedly exhausted, yet proud of our accomplishments. On behalf of the Garin Community I say thank you to our students, parents, Whānau, teachers and staff. We must rest, allow ourselves to slow down, recharge, maintain balance in our lives and nourish ourselves, after all it is now holiday time. 

“The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want. He makes me lie down in green pastures;

He leads me beside quiet waters. He restores my soul…” Psalm 23: 1-3

At the end of this term we have farewelled two long serving Teachers.  Mr David Dewhurst joined Garin in 2004 providing 18.5 years of outstanding and dedicated service to the College since 2004. Teaching Digital and Materials Technology Education, David is well recognised by colleagues, students and parents for his innovation and commitment to advancing student learning  in the ever changing digital world. David’s enthusiasm for sharing his knowledge and love of learning was evidenced in his commitment to learners within and beyond the classroom  through his service in all dimensions of the College. We wish David every success as he takes up his new teaching career in Hobart, Australia. All the best David.

We also farewell Mr Andrew Penman after 11.5 years of Teaching English since 2011. Andrew’s passion for teaching English has empowered his learners toward success throughout the years. The College and Learners have been privileged to have Andrew share his talent and skill in performance music, sound and recording, he has inspired our learners in their journey within the performing arts. Andrew’s passion for football was clearly evident in his many years of dedicated service to sport as coach and manager of Garin Football. Andrew has provided outstanding opportunities for students to engage and succeed in all dimensions of their schooling at Garin. We wish Andrew every success for his future. Thank you Andrew.

Enrolments for Garin College are now open for 2023. Our Students and Staff are looking forward to welcoming the community to our Garin Parent Information Evening to be held at 7.00pm on Wednesday 27 July in our College Gym. Open Day at Garin is being held on Wednesday 3  August 12.00pm to 2.20pm, we invite all students and families considering secondary education enrolment for 2023 to enjoy an introduction to education at Garin and tour of the College.  If you have family or friends considering secondary schooling for their children, please do call in and meet us or contact our school office for enquiry and an application pack.

We wish the Junior 9A and 10A Netball Squads every success representing Garin at the Junior South Island Secondary Schools Tournament in Christchurch during the first week of the holidays. Haere pai atu, hoki pai mai – Travel safely, return safely.

The Triannual Board Elections are being held in September this year. I encourage parents to consider nomination and standing for election to the Garin Board; there are 5 Parent representative positions on the Board. Should you like to discuss or learn more about school board election visit www.schoolboardelections.org.nz or if you wish to learn more about the Garin College Board you may contact the school office or the Board Presiding Member, Mr Chris Ward.

I wish you a peaceful and restful holiday.

Ngā manaakitanga,

John Maguire

Take a moment 

 He aroha whakatō, he aroha puta mai 

If kindness is sown, then kindness you shall receive