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  • Principal’s Address 24th May 2019

    24th May 2019

    Dear Parents/Caregivers

    Kia Ora Tatou

    The last week seems to have passed in a blur and it is amazing to think that this time next week we will be half way through the term. Following the postponement of the school cross country event last week we managed to complete the event on Thursday afternoon. As promised I did run and noted the very positive atmosphere and support and encouragement the students gave to those that completed the competitive run. It was a really positive atmosphere and I will be congratulating all the students who ran and jogged their way round the course.

    Senior Night Of The Ball (SNOB)

    The big event is finally upon us. I have met with the senior students who will be attending and I have been very clear about the expectations for all who attend. As this is a school event all school rules apply. I am looking forward to a positive event where students will have a great time.

    I encourage parents and members of our community to come down and see the students arrive from 7pm at the Memorial Hall. It is quite a spectacle and students will no doubt be looking very smart.

    To be clear the school has responsibility until students leave the event when they return to the responsibility and care of their parents/ caregivers. I have encouraged students to look after each other, especially those that may be going onto other events over the weekend.

    Industrial action

    On Thursday a letter was sent home to advise the school will be closed on Wednesday 29 May due to industrial action. Students who are on the Building Course at Big River Homes are expected to attend as normal.

    We will endeavour to communicate any further industrial action as soon as we have notification so that family/ whanau have adequate time to make suitable arrangements.

    I would hope that a solution to the negotiations for pay and conditions can be found quickly. As a principal it is essential that something is done to encourage young people into the profession and to ensure that we can retain them.

    Finally

    Thank you to the staff who came out to support students for the cross country and marshall on the course. The willingness of teachers to be out encouraging students contributes to the positive atmosphere about the school. Worthy of special note is Mr Douglas who was frustrated not be out walking the course but still managed to get out to cheer students on despite having a broken leg!

    Have a good weekend

    Ka kite ano

    Mr Mike Wright

    Principal