Tēnā koutou katoua ngā whānau,

Garin has been a hive of activity over the first two weeks of this term as we have welcomed many learners and parents to our Open Days and Parent Information Evening. The positive energy and inquiry we have experienced throughout these events is very encouraging. I thank our learners and staff for the welcome they have extended to all our visitors. New entrant enrolments for 2023 close on 26 August. This is an exciting time for students as they plan their secondary education pathway. If you have family or friends considering secondary schooling for their children, please encourage them to contact our College office for an application pack and an opportunity for a tour. Scholarship information is also on our College website.

Garin College Triannual Board Election

Congratulations to our five newly elected parent representatives to the Garin Board. Garin Triannual Board Election candidate nominations closed last Wednesday, with five parent representative nominations received, the Election Returning Officer declared; Parent Representatives – Brent Goddard, Nadia Hay, Craig Maxwell, Natalie Ogden-Bell and Angela Osborne duly elected to the Garin board. Along with the five parent representatives, the Garin College Board is made up of; four Proprietors Representatives – Matt McTague, Fr Seph Pijfers, Linda Hay, Ros Allen-Hall, one Student Representative – Jesse Sherlock, one Staff Representative – Roman Birch ( until 14 Sept) and Principal John Maguire. The new Garin College board takes office on 10 August 2022. The next Board meeting is 5.30pm, 30 August. Immediately prior to this meeting we will acknowledge and thank our five parent representatives who are stepping down from the Board, Chris Ward (Presiding Board Member), Selwyn Mason, Dave Ashcroft, Katrina Taylor and Iain Hall for their commitment and service in Governance to ensure student learning outcomes remained attuned to the Garin Vision, Mission and Graduate Learner Profile.

Year 9-12 Learner Course Selection

We are now preparing for our year 9 – 12 learners to get underway with their course selection for 2023. I encourage Parents and Caregivers to engage in conversations with your student about their career goals and the subject choices they are to make for 2023. Learners will receive course information and have access to subject teachers, year level Deans and our Careers Advisor throughout the course selection period. Parents, Caregivers and Whānau are invited to attend our Course Selection Evening this week, Wednesday, 10th August. This is an opportunity for learners, parents and whānau to meet with our Deans, Careers advisors, Gateway & Trade advisors and college staff in charge of transition.

Thank you for your support in encouraging your student to be wearing a face mask on bus transport and in all indoor settings at College to help reduce the risk of Covid-19 and winter illnesses transmission. Unless exempt, students should bring masks from home. If students cannot bring masks, there will be a limited supply of masks available from our school office and within many classrooms for students who are unable to bring one from home.

God bless,

Ngā manaakitanga,

John Maguire

Take a moment – 

” It is not what we do but how much love we put into it. 

Love is a fruit in season at all times and within reach of every hand.”

Saint Teresa of Calcutta