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T4 Week 8 – 9 December 2022

Dec 9, 2022

Term 4 Week 8 Newsletter 2022

Tēnā Koutou Katoa ngā Whānau, 

Thank you to our teachers, support staff, parents, whānau and community for gathering to celebrate the achievements and successes of our students at Prize Giving last Friday evening. As the school year draws to a close, our learners once again shine as they are recognised for their commitment to excellence, hard work and service. Congratulations to all who crossed the stage, be pleased and thank God for all you have achieved and gained throughout the year.  We congratulate Grace Robson winner of the Sir Patrick and Lady Hilary Goodman Trophy for Outstanding Achievement as Dux of the school. Grace achieved Distinction in English, Distinction in Biology, Distinction in Statistics, Distinction in Spanish. We also congratulate Vianne Wessels, winner of the John and Suellen Boyce Proxime Accessit Trophy on her achievement of Distinction in Economics, Distinction in Biology, Distinction in Religious Education, Distinction in Statistics and Excellence in Science. We were privileged to have Matua Moeke Paaka present these awards following his farewell from our region to be with whānau in Rotorua. We wish Moeke safe travels knowing we have been blessed to have him in our community for over 20 years, Aroha Atu Aroha Mai Moeke! 

It gives me great pleasure to announce our Deans for 2023. Year 9 Dean Mrs Angela Thomson, Year 10 Dean Mrs Katrina Eggers, Year 11 Dean Ms Mhairi Gray, Year 12 Dean Mr Henry Kersten, Year 13 Dean Mrs Lou Maguire, Māori Dean Matua Tom Speers. I wish to particularly thank each of our Deans for their commitment to serve and support all our students throughout 2022. Stepping down from Dean at the end of this year is Mrs Sarah Rankin; I thank Sarah for her outstanding dedication to the role and the care and support she has provided our learners as Y9 Dean since 2016. I congratulate Sarah on her promotion to Assistant Principal and wish her well in her leadership role at Garin.

Garin is well served by our dedicated Board, I acknowledge the leadership of our Presiding Member Mr Matthew McTague and thank all members for their commitment and service throughout 2023. I particularly wish to thank and acknowledge the professionalism and dedication of our Teachers and Staff. Student success permeates from the engaging relationship established between students and staff, quality teaching, inclusiveness and service are evidenced from our teachers and staff every day in the life of the College.

This Friday I will travel to Ōtaki to attend the Young Catholic Leaders (YCL) Conference along with our Senior student leaders for 2023. With up to 80 students from across the Wellington diocese in attendance, our Garin leaders will meet new friends and develop their leadership capacity to support them in their leadership roles next year. I particularly thank our Y12 Dean Mrs Lou Maguire for also travelling to YCL for the first half of the week and supporting our students.

Thank you one and all for your prayers and gift of service to our Garin Community throughout the 2022 College year. It is through your partnership that we can achieve great outcomes for our  Rangatahi. We look forward to a restful holiday and gathering as Staff and returning learners on 1 February 2023 to welcome our new learners at our Powhiri.

We pray that this advent will be a time of true spiritual awakening and renewal for you as you prepare to celebrate the birth of the Savior of the World! 

Hari Kirihimete

John Maguire


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