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

It has been another very full week, I have been very impressed with the focus I am seeing in our classrooms. Our staff have set high expectations and it is pleasing to see our students aiming high.

Next week we signal the start of Lent with Ash Wednesday. Lent starts with Ash Wednesday and ends on Holy Saturday (the day before Easter Sunday). Lent is 40 days. (The number ’40’ also means change/great event in Hebrew… hence why Noah’s rainy flood lasted 40 days and nights, why Moses was in the desert for 40 years and why Jesus was on retreat in the wilderness for 40 days and nights). We will be teaching our students throughout Lent the importance of making changes in their lives to help them become better men.

I have included a letter from the Ministry of Education regarding the well-publicised Student Strike for Climate Change. The clear message is that this is a parental decision and if students are to attend it is with parental permission. Any students who are absent without parental permission will be treated as unjustified absence and our usual attendance system will be in place.

Each day after school I walk around the school grounds I am often amazed at the huge numbers of staff and students working hard alongside each other in a variety of sporting and cultural activities. It is fantastic to see the growth on our young men at this time.

Next week we have our Year 9 students on camp. They will have an amazing and challenging experience. It is often these activities alongside our extra-curricular activities that help develop the whole student. I am forever thankful of the commitment our staff demonstrate towards the development of our young men by continuing to support these important opportunities by giving up freely time away from their own families. We are all very grateful to be part of this giving community.

I will finish by making you aware of the different ways we communicate this are listed below;

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Website www.stc.school.nz

Mobile phone app “schoolapps” search playstore for STC