Principal's Pen

Dear Parents, Caregivers and friends of the school,

Tena Koutou Katoa Nga mihi nui Ki a Koutou Katoa,

We farewelled our much loved and admired colleague, Janine O’Hearn on Tuesday afternoon. Janine touched the lives of so many students, both domestic and international, parents, staff members and the wider community. She has left, and will continue to leave, a deep hole in the lives of all those who knew her. Janine’s personal connections with our staff and students were two of her many strengths. Her empathy for people, kindness, care and attention to the needs of everyone around her was evident every day in our environment. She will be missed but never forgotten. My sincere thanks to the school community for supporting us with the early finish which allowed our staff to attend Janine’s service.

Our expanding roll means that in 2020 we will begin the year with 11 classes in Year 7 and 10 in Year 8. Our school roll will start 2020 at approximately 620 students. This is the largest number in our history. Our decision to open a class in Room 21 is in the best interests of our students. It is being newly furnished over the summer holidays and will be equipped with exactly the same resources as the other 20 classrooms.

As is customary at this time of the year, we are looking forward to acknowledging and thanking all in our school community who have contributed to school life this year. If you have assisted our school in any way, you are most welcome to attend our annual Parent Helpers’ function tonight at 7pm in the staffroom. If you intend to come, and haven’t done so already, please email for catering purposes.
Moving to staffing news, I would like to inform you that Mr David Nichol will joining our staff in 2020. David is currently the Deputy Principal of a British International School in Phuket, Thailand. Prior to this appointment he was a Dean at Kristin School. David will lead Team Motutapu next year, while Mrs Tyler will continue to perform her Assistant Principal role. Lauren will be taking maternity leave in terms 2 and 3 next year.

If you are a current Year 7 parent or caregiver and you have changed your contact details, including your email address, during the year but have not informed us, please email the school office (please state student’s name and current room number in your email).

Our school prizegiving will be held on Wednesday, 18 December at the Harbourside Church, Esmonde Road, Takapuna. This is an opportunity to celebrate our 2019 successes and farewell our Year 8 students as they head off to high school. Prizegiving is a formal occasion with a range of cultural performances and presentations. We welcome parents and caregivers to come along and join in with the celebrations of our students. The prizegiving commences at 9.30am and finishes around 11:15am, we would love it if you are able to join us.

Finally, congratulations to those who received Principal’s Certificates this week; Charlotte Walton, Tomer Hirschauge, Lachie Anderson, Lewis Campbell, Zachary Yousaf, Amalea Mitchell, Oscar Cordner, Annabelle Murray, Sage Austin, Jude Leonard, Raiha Jeory-Reynolds, Sasha Riechelmann, Kaia Schneebeli, Irene Fan, Mia Brodie, Shona Clelland, Yolanda Chai and Seamus Leathley.

Enjoy your weekend

Nga mihi nui

Nick Hill