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Nau mai, haere mai, talofa lava, malo e lelei, bula vinaka, kia orana, warm greetings

This week I have had the pleasure of spending three days with the Student Leaders for 2019 in Methven. Our Student Leaders, ably led by Cameron Brewitt, our College Captain, have some fantastic plans for our community next year. They are a fine group of young men, I look forward to watching their goals and dreams come to fruition in 2019.

Throughout the last month as a staff we have been collaborating to construct our school wide annual plan, and two aspirational and specific goals for 2019. This year we have included our student voice from our Student Leaders and sample groups from our junior students. Some fantastic ideas have come forward that will help drive our school forward next year. Community feedback via our parents and caregivers has also been included in formulating our 2019 goals. This has been in the form of surveys throughout the year, our parent elected Board members, face to face interviews with parents via the external Principal Appraisal, and the many hundreds of conversations I have had with parents in both formal and informal situations. If you have specific ideas or information that you would like to be considered, please don’t hesitate to contact me.

I had the opportunity to watch our evolocity team participate at the Nationals two weeks ago. They have created a sustainable vehicle that held it’s own at a national level, it was great to see the engagement of our young men, and the passion they demonstrated. I would like to thank our staff, Mr Shane Reddy and Mr Andrew Jones, for providing our young men with this wonderful opportunity. A special mention to Henry Thomson, who was acknowledged at the presentations by Auckland University for his electrical creation in the vehicle.

Last week we had a big week of sporting activities as part of the National Summer tournament week. Congratulations to our athletes who travelled to Dunedin – Josh Price, Alex McCorkindale, Liam O’Donnell, and Mark Loh.

I would also like to congratulate the Rugby Sevens team that competed at the National Condor Sevens last weekend. The team competed well and were rewarded with Cormack Tarrant being selected in the tournament team. Well done to coaches, Mr Hamish Barclay and Mr Chris Leader, and Manager, Mr Brendan Biggs.

I would like to acknowledge the outstanding result of our 1st XI cricket team who won their final on Saturday and now have earned the right to play in the championship section of 1st XI cricket in 2019. Well done to all involved, Mr Paul McCarthy, Mr Brendan Fitzgerald and captain, Conor Fitzgerald.

My prayer for us in this holy time of advent is to keep getting ready. In the hustle and bustle of the Christmas season, let’s keep Christ in Christmas. In our shopping and baking, let’s remember to purchase and prepare something for the poor. When we clean our homes, let’s distribute some of our possessions to those who lack many things. While we are decorating our homes, let’s not forget to prepare a peaceful place in our hearts wherein our Saviour may come to dwell.