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

A warm welcome back to Term 3. While it has been extremely wet and cold, I have enjoyed observing the energy and enthusiasm of our students this week. I would like to thank everyone in our community for your patience on Tuesday when we had to close the campus due to flooding.

At assembly on Monday I spoke to our students of the importance of the “academic term”. Term 3 – it is very important our young men work themselves into very good routines and habits as early as possible in the term. All of our senior students have received their predicted grades from the first half of the year. With predicted grades they are an indication based on effort and achievement at a point in time, they are conversation starters that lead to plans and goals being set and reset. I would encourage our families to sit down with your sons and discuss these predictions fully.

Next Thursday our school will be closed for classes, but open all day and into the evening for our parent teacher interviews. These are important in building connections and discussing the academic progress of our students. Details on how to book appointments has already been sent out, the information is also in this newsletter.

Many of our students have been busy over the holidays, achieving at very high levels. I would like to congratulate Joshua Glass, Marcus Quinanola, Sam Amaris, George Warren, and Jack Walls, alongside staff, Mr Andrew Jones and Ms June Chey. This group of students competed in the New Zealand Physics and Mathematics Competition and all were selected as finalists, which places them in the top 1% nationally – a phenomenal achievement.

I would also like to acknowledge and congratulate Ezra Neal and old boy, Matthew Pelenato, who performed as part of the cast for the production of ‘Through my Fathers Eyes’. What a powerful performance, with Ezra as a main role.

On the sporting front, a massive congratulations to our 1st XV and 1st XI who remain at the top of their respective competitions. In particular, the 1st XV who defeated Nelson College for the first time in our rugby history.

Hopefully we can look forward to a dry spell of weather! In the meantime, stay warm and healthy.