Term 1 – Week 4, 2024 Principal Comment

Feb 26, 2024

Tēnā koutou katoa ngā whānau, 

As our Year 9’s return from their Journey camp, they are prepared and excited for the adventures that lie ahead. The week allowed for the formation of new friendships and the building of relationships, setting the stage for a promising year. Here’s to the power of growth and camaraderie! We invite you to join us for a moment of gratitude and praise at our Garin Opening Mass this Wednesday, February 28, at 11:40 am. Let’s come together as the Garin College community to share in prayer and eucharist. Through our encounter with Christ, we aim to grow in wisdom, faith, and our commitment to serving others. Parents, caregivers, whānau, and all members of our community – your presence will make this celebration even more special. Please join us afterward for light refreshments in the College Library – all are welcome!

Calling all Year 9 Whānau! Save the date for our Year 9 Parent evening this Wednesday, February 28, at 5:30 pm. This evening promises essential insights to help your child settle into the vibrant learning and life at Garin. Discover the functionality of the parent portal, gain an understanding of our three-weekly Te Aho reports, and recognise why these are valuable tools for tracking your student’s progress. Most importantly, this evening provides a wonderful opportunity for face-to-face connection. Meet the class teachers, explore the classrooms, and learn about the expectations for each subject area. Our teachers are eager to share the exciting work they’re doing with each class. We hope you can join us for an evening of connection, insight, and perhaps a few surprises! I look forward to seeing you there!

Ehara taku toa i te toa takitahi, engari he toa takitini. 

Success is not the work of an individual, but the work of many.

Welcome to our Student Leadership Team 2024

L-R: Sport Leaders: Amy Oliver and Kurt Berry; Catholic Character Leaders: Bridget Ogden-Bell and Finn Campbell; Learning Leaders: Caitlin Lloyd and Rónán Moorhead; Art Leaders: Ellen Theobald and William Haywood; Ngā Rōpū Amorangi: Head Boy William Haywood, Bella Goomes, Head Girl Sophie Richardson, Riley Houia; Pasifika Leader: Reagan Hannah. We look forward to an exciting year of student leadership and growth. On Thursday this week,  all of our year 13 leaders who hold leadership responsibilities will be attending their Young Catholic Leaders formation day at St Peter Chanel Parish in Motueka. I wish them every success and look forward to introducing these leaders to you next week.


Attendance Matters!

Garin College Attendance Target 90% 

 Students attending a minimum of 9 days out of 10 days each fortnight

 Thank you for encouraging and supporting your student in school attendance, your energy, effort and commitment is making a significant difference in their lives. 

The evidence shows that attendance is directly related to how well learners achieve.The more learners attend, the higher their achievement.”

ERO Attendance Report

“Missing school leads to lost opportunities to learn, which impacts on achievement, even if learners have good engagement”

ERO Attendance Report


The Lenten season provides an opportunity each year to deepen our understanding of our faith by reflecting on the Gospels.  During Lent we are called both to turn away from those things that encumber our faith journey and to turn towards God. Lent is a wonderful opportunity to open ourselves to changes that God wants to make in us, so that we can truly flourish.

“Here is a good resolution for Lent: Let us cultivate open outlooks and become “seekers of light,” searching for

the light of Jesus in prayer and other people.”

Pope Francis

Ngā manaakitanga 

John Maguire



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