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

This week we start the beginning of Lent. Normally we receive ashes on our forehead during a liturgy. This year however, we were unable to observe Lent in our traditional way, due to our Alert level 2 guidelines. While we may have started Lent in a different manner this year the importance remains, Lent is a time of reflection as we prepare for Easter. When I reflect on Lent, it takes me back to my memories as a young man of fasting and abstaining learning to serve in the same way as Jesus. In 2021, I would like our young men to focus on making a difference during Lent by focusing on ways to be present for others, of giving, of participating, of serving.

On March 4th, we will hold our first mentoring day of the year. This day is a very important start to our year whereby teachers, students and families can come together to set some goals for our young men and build stronger connections as a community. Our whanau school relationships are very important to us as we seek to educate hearts and minds. If you haven’t already had an opportunity to make an appointment, communicate via your son’s mentor teacher.

As we navigate unsettled times again due to COVID responses, I have been very impressed by the settled nature of our students this week. The work ethic and commitment of our students early in the year has been very commendable.