This is always an exciting time of year for our students as we celebrate Sports Day and Polyfest. At Polyfest our three groups did well, Kahurangi Ki Uta came 6th Overall in its Division of 28 schools and came second at Kaakahu Tane and third in both Mau Rakau and Whakawatea. The Samoan group also was exceptional with Francis Malakai and Papauta Mailata winning the speech competitions for their age groups. The Tongan group came 2nd at Hiko.
On the Sports Field three of our girls; Marcella Nielsen, Johna Rawiri-Rudman and Doreen Tuialii were selected for Counties Manukau Womens’ Sevens Team and Katie Mailata attended a Black Ferns Development Squad training session.
Several of our students have been involved in painting a mural at Ray’s Gym in town and Diamond and Angel Kingi were featured in the Courier for their Art Work.
Our Hospitality Section has also been busy catering for an Indian wedding as well as our Sixtieth Reunion. This event was attended by nearly 70 foundation students who had afternoon tea, school photos and a tour. They were welcomed back by our Kapa Haka group and it was interesting to reflect on the $250,000 price tag to build our original school- all of which is still in use!
By the time you read this we will have had Pio Terei in school who presented his Parenting Road Show. I hope that many of you were able to make this and found his presentation useful.
We also have parent consultations coming up with our Maori and Pasifika parents. The Fono on 25th March will focus on NCEA achievement and the Hui will be looking at the future of our wharenui.
As you are aware we have submitted plans for a rebuild to the Ministry and if our concept plans are approved we can move into a community consultation. We are not able to do so earlier as we cannot pre-empt a Cabinet announcement. Nevertheless in the first instance concept plans have to be put in to start the process- these are not final, and in particular, as our wharenui is so important we will be listening to the thoughts of our Maori community.
Next week we will be welcoming our Thai students for the first of the year’s two visits. This always gives our students an opportunity to make new friends.