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Friday, 11th May 2018
Kia ora tātou
Welcome back to term 2.
Last Wednesday, I had the pleasure of attending the Prime Minister’s Top Scholar Awards. This ceremony recognises students who come top in their subject across New Zealand, or who get three or more outstanding scholarships.
In 2017, Cameron Kelso came top in the Media Studies scholarship exam and so received an award from the Minister of Education – Mr Chris Hipkins. This is a well-deserved honour for Cameron, and his family who also attended the ceremony. Below is a photo of Cameron and his family with our local MP, Simon O’Connor, who also attended to celebrate Cameron’s success.
Over the holidays, four of our students spoke on behalf of the college at two ANZAC ceremonies. Deanna Louis and Azita Nafissi spoke at St Heliers Bay, and Samuel Cogger and Harry Copeland spoke at St Andrews Village.
We received a lot of positive feedback from members of the public about how well the students spoke, including requests for copies of their speeches. The speech from Deanna and Azita is included in the later part of the newsletter. It is great to see our students serve their community and do so to a high standard. Congratulations to all four students.
This week we recognised the years 12 and 13 students who gained an excellence endorsement for their NCEA in 2017. As the numbers were so high, we had to extend the senior assembly. Congratulations to the students who were recognised, and to all students who achieved their goals for 2017.
Winter sports started last week. Thank you to the many volunteers who support our students to coach or manage these teams. Your contribution makes a huge and positive difference to our school and students. I know our 1st XI Girl’s football team won their first game against Diocesan, and that the Premier netball team are going well in their grading games.
Good luck to all of our students playing this season. I look forward to seeing the students and their families courtside and field-side through the term
Ngā mihi nui,
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