T4 Week 4 – 11 November 2022

Nov 14, 2022

Term 4 Week 4 Newsletter 2022

Kia ora tatou ngā whānau

This has been an absolutely wonderful week as we prepared for and welcomed our 2023 Year 9 learners to Garin for their Orientation day. The excitement of the learners was clearly evident as they gathered, renewed acquaintances, made new friends and explored Garin College.

It is impressive to see the leadership of our current Year 9 students and the pride they have in our College as they welcomed our new learners. Year 9 Dean, Sarah Rankin and Assistant Principal, Ms Justine Butler had organised an exciting day of activities for all to enjoy. The culmination of the day with our parent, student and teacher Whānau conferences highlight the importance of whānau input and open communication between home, school and learner. When we have this right, we can achieve so much collectively. We look forward to formally welcoming all our new learners to the college at our Powhiri at the start of 2023.

It is great to evidence the positivity and energy of our senior learners as they present and prepare for their NCEA exams.  Access to exam tutorials and support is available for all learners. I thank our teachers and peer tutors for your service in facilitating these opportunities each day. Our Art and Performing Art Scholarship learners have been particularly focused on completing, compiling and submitting their scholarship portfolio submissions to NZQA. I have been impressed with the creativity and expression of all year 11 – 13 expressed within their art and performing art submissions this year; well done to all for your commitment and diligence in what has been a most challenging year. We look forward to receiving all external NCEA assessment results in mid January.

Year 10 learners ventured out on their Te Haerenga Waka (Guardianship) Journey at Marahau this week. Celebrating the great outdoors and their connectedness as a community of shared faith and spirituality, the journey allowed time for learners to slow down, reflect and contemplate their path as young people in our world. I thank our staff, Mhairi Gray, Judith Davies, Mary Brodie, Leanne Reiha, Peter Foster, Sue Kersten, Annie Millard, Anna Lau and Markelle Ward for their leadership and support of our Y10 learners this week.

It is my privilege to announce our elected House Captain’s for the 2023 school year. Leadership as House Captain is fundamental to building the wairua of Garin College within our learners as they share in the fun and excitement of college events and celebrations throughout the year. Our house Captains are our  bridge to our learners exploring the lived spirit and values of each of our house patrons.

Aubert House: Reuben Donnison and Maddie Cornelison 

Barbier House: Jack Hateley and Skyla Kroupa

MacKillop House: Jasmine Barney

McAuley House: Theo Simone and Alisha Maxwell

Congratulations to you all; we look forward to your positive energy to bring out the best in all of us.

As we enter week 2 of NCEA assessment week, we wish our learners every success throughout their exams and in their preparation through tutorials, study and revision throughout the day between their exams. 

Mā te Atua koe e tiaki

Ngā mihi manaakitanga


John Maguire

Take a moment –  Mātauranga Māori
“Now is the time to embrace a far more holistic, abundant and collaborative view of our place in the natural world.
We can learn much from Indigenous Knowledge and for our kids that is Mātauranga Māori.” 

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