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

Welcome back to our final term of 2019. It has been great to have all of our students back refreshed
and looking forward to another full term. Our students were given key messages around what
should be their major focus at assembly on Monday, which is most clearly on achieving highly in
our academic areas. It is often easy to focus on farewells, graduations and celebrations at this time
of the year. While these are all very important traditions here at St Thomas’, it is equally important
our senior students focus on finishing the year well. We have been impressed with the effort of our
senior students throughout terms 1, 2 and 3, however, this will count for little if our students lose
focus in the final term of the year. 

I spent the last 13 days with the U15 rugby in Japan. It was a wonderful experience for the students
to develop themselves as young men. They were fantastic ambassadors for our school, their families
and for our country. A big thank you to Hamish McCombie and Hamish Barclay for their leadership in
caring for our students on this overseas experience. 

Over the school holidays, St Thomas’ staff and students led our annual Street Retreat by joining with
St Peters and Liston from Auckland, St Kevin’s in Oamaru, Kavanagh College in Dunedin and Villa
Maria. The Street Retreat is focused on cultivating strong social justice values in our students by
experiencing first-hand the life of those living at the margins of society. I would like to thank our
Edmund Rice Co-Ordinator, Mr Chris Leader, for his leadership in bringing this event together. 

Tonight, the first of our end of year celebrations begin with our sports dinner. I look forward to a fantastic evening celebrating all of the achievements from throughout the year. 

An email has been sent out explaining our move back into the Town Hall for our Prizegiving and
Graduation. It has been 8 years since we last held our Prizegiving at the Town Hall – it is very exciting
to head back to this wonderful facility. To celebrate all the wonderful achievements of our students
and the graduation of our Year 13 students in this wonderful facility will be an event that will be
remembered for all in attendance. This event is regarded as a compulsory school event, therefore
any absence needs to be notified.
Below are all the key dates for the rest of the year, including our major events –  Prizegiving, Graduation Mass,
and the end of school arrangements for senior students.

Tuesday 29 October – Prize Giving – Town Hall – please be seated by 6.15pm

Wednesday 30 October – College Mass (last day for seniors) – 10.00-11.00am approx

Mon 11 – Thurs 14 November – Rite Journey Camp for Year 10 Students

Friday 15 November – CANTERBURY ANNIVERSARY DAY

Monday 18 November – TEACHER ONLY DAY

Wednesday 11 December – Last day of term/Junior Prizegiving – school will finish at                                                                      the conclusion of the Prizegiving