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T4 Week 5 – 18 November 2022

Nov 21, 2022

T4 Week 5 – 18 November 2022

Term 4 Week 5 Newsletter, 18 November 2022

Kia ora tatou ngā whānau

It is with great excitement and optimism that significant property development is scheduled to get underway due to sustained and ongoing student roll growth at Garin College. 

Garin College Property Development 2023/2024

The Catholic Archdiocese of Wellington (ADW) have confirmed property development funding for Garin College to a total of $5.6 million to fund the final property development at our College site. This property development includes classrooms, resource space and multipurpose space, to bring our final campus facility to completion in preparation for us reaching our final roll size of 670 students. It is important to clarify that the money provided by the ADW is fully funded through parent attendance dues paid to date and borrowings achieved based on future dues payments. Therefore, we would like to say a heartfelt thank you to all parents who pay their attendance dues and also ask for parents to continue paying their attendance dues to allow our build to successfully come to completion. Planning of development is underway and we are hoping to begin construction in late 2023. The basis of our planning will be informed by the feedback we received from property surveys sent out to staff, students and our community in 2021. We look forward to the significant property development ahead of us in the near future and the positive impact of the property developments on student learning and schooling. As design and building get underway, we will keep you informed of progress.


Garin College Evening Prizegiving – 2 December 2022 

All students to be seated by 6.45 pm sharp, in formal uniform for 7.00pm start. 

Along with parents, caregivers, whānau and community, we look forward to celebrating the success of our year 9 – 13 learners and farewelling our graduates at our annual prize giving.

Due to the significant number of students receiving awards and anticipated whānau attending, we anticipate that maximum seating capacity of the College Gym (Sneddon Centre) will be exceeded.

The following arrangements have been made to enable all to participate in the celebration and enjoyable this wonderful occasion. 

Year 9, 12 and 13 Parents and Caregivers and Whānau are invited to attend the prize giving in the Gym

Year 10 and 11 Parents and Caregivers and Whānau are invited to join the prizegiving celebration live streamed in the College Library with drinks and nibbles. At the conclusion of the prizegiving we invite you to move across to the Gym and welcome all prize winners as they exit the Gym and enjoy gathering with students and community immediately following.

Prizegiving Live Stream Link – may be viewed from home and shared with Whānau across the globe. 

Following Prizegiving – Parents, caregivers and staff are invited back to the Library for light refreshments and farewell gathering.


New Garin Uniform Supplier

Garin has a new uniform supplier, NZ Uniforms, who are opening today, Monday 21 November, supplying all Garin College uniform items. If you have already ordered your uniform via our Uniform Shop, you will still receive your order.

  • Open now at 8/38 Estuary Place, Richmond
  • Hours: 
    • Mon – Fri: 9am – 5pm
    • Sat: 9am – 4pm
  • Phone: 03 928 0757

As one year is concluding and we plan for the year ahead, I would like to acknowledge the ongoing work of our Careers Advisor Brenda Helliwell and our teaching staff, for their support of our student applications for tertiary scholarships and university halls of residence. I am pleased to announce that our graduate learners have received study scholarships in excess of $170,000 in university and polytechnic scholarships to support them in their tertiary studies.  There have been many hours of hard work and dedication to the futures of our students in completing all this work. I know we have much to celebrate in the success of these applications and look forward to sharing more on this at our Prizegiving. Brenda remains available for students through this study leave period. 

Year 9 learners venture out on their ‘Base Camp’ Journey to the theme ‘belonging’ this week and will be based at Whenua Iti Outdoors Centre . Celebrating the great outdoors and their connectedness as a community of shared faith and spirituality. The spiritual and reflective aspects of the camp are at the heart of why we have a ‘Journey’ programme. They directly support and teach our Special Character. We wish our year 9 every success for the week ahead.

As we enter week 3 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 & Mana Ōrite
Tungia te Ururua, kia tupu Whakaritorito te tupu O te harakeke 
Clear the undergrowth so that the new shoots of the flax will grow. 


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