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

It has been fantastic to see our students fully engaged in activities both inside and outside the classroom. It was wonderful to see our community come together once again on Saturday as part of a rugby pre-season gala day. I thoroughly enjoyed re-connecting with many of our parents who were present throughout the day.

We are coming to the end of a very long and trying term that has included both remote learning and onsite learning, as well as a variety of changes based on different alert levels. We can clearly see the effects of a very trying period of school life, we are noticing the students are tired and “emotionally saturated” whereby small interactions that are normally easily navigated are becoming more difficult for our young people to handle as they become more and more tired and fatigued. In this time plenty of sleep, a good diet, and high levels of conversation around the dinner table to allow young people to “offload” will certainly aid in helping them navigate the next two weeks. We are hearing this trend occurring throughout the network and also across a variety of different sectors that I am sure you are all part of and experiencing.

I spoke to our students at assembly on Monday around being kind and compassionate to each other, and for our students to look out for each other, especially their mental and emotional wellbeing. This was in relation to an assembly focused on diversity and inclusivity, our student leaders spoke passionately about this topic. I am sure our students gained a lot of understanding from this presentation.

We are having ongoing issues after school with students being picked up by parents who park on yellow lines or over drive ways. Could we please ask parents to pick students up on either Craven Street or further up Middlepark Rd, north of the roundabout. We have 650 students departing at 2.30pm and the area becomes very congested. We reminded our students at assembly on Monday of the importance of using the pedestrian crossing or the traffic lights to cross Main South Road. If your son travels home via Main South Road, could you also remind him about good decisions when crossing roads.

This is the first week of most winter sports codes starting the new season. We wish all of our students and our coaches the best, represent our college with pride, spirit and plenty of Manawa.