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

I have spent the last two weeks interviewing our prospective new enrollments for 2019. It has been a very humbling experience meeting each family and hearing of their desire to have their son’s educated at St Thomas’. We have seen a large demand for places for 2019, and currently have a waiting list in place. If any siblings of current students are intending on enrolling for 2019, it is crucial you contact us urgently.

We have had a great response from our mentoring interviews. We strongly encourage our families to continue conversations around academic goals and NCEA achievement as the term continues. On Monday, I spoke to our senior students about the importance of having a clear plan for their academic learning in Term 3. It is crucial that our students have a clear understanding of where they are at now and what their next steps are. If your son is in need of further guidance, please don’t hesitate to contact your son’s mentor teacher or his Dean.

I share an excerpt from the Christchurch Diocese Facebook page congratulating our school, in conjunction with Villa Maria, for the organisation of the Justice and Mercy Dinner held last week. “Congratulations to St Thomas of Canterbury College and Villa Maria College, Christchurch, on holding a Justice and Mercy Dinner to fundraise for the Tongan Takuilau College and the Pacific Community after suffering from extensive damage during Cyclone Gita in February 2018.

Villa Maria College’s sister school, Takuilau College was extensively damaged by the Cyclone tearing off the roof of the main buildings and destroyed the school’s computer labs. Since the cyclone, the students are being educated in tents and the college’s hall while the school is in the process of repairing the damage.

The two Christchurch schools combined to run the dinner had two keynote speakers, Phil Glendenning of the Edmund Rice Centre in Sydney, Australia and Chris Harris of the Holocaust Centre of New Zealand (HCNZ).”

On Wednesday, I joined principals and teaching staff from our Catholic network in Christchurch for our annual commissioning mass. We celebrated together, led by Bishop Paul Martin, the teaching vocation and the leadership that we all share in developing faith in our young people. It is a role I feel very honoured to have and there isn’t a day that goes past where I don’t feel truly blessed that our community is bound by our Catholic Faith.