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

We have enjoyed a very settled week, as we head into the start of spring. This week we welcomed back seven sports teams from a variety of winter tournament week activities. At assembly I congratulated our young men on the way they represented us both on and off the sports arenas. I also thanked our staff for their commitment to enable our young men the wonderful opportunities they have experienced, whether this was through time away from families or staff covering extra classes for staff who were away with teams.

Today we all awoke to the news of the passing of Queen Elizabeth II. Today, as a school community, we flew our flag at half mast and gathered together to acknowledge our longest serving monarch. Mr Kennedy led us in prayer and reflection as we remembered a pillar of society who lived a life of service.

The focus for our senior students is clearly on finishing strongly to ensure they are achieving their academic goals. I challenged our students to ensure they clearly know what their progress is and to seek assistance when required. We have many mechanisms for our students to monitor progress. I would strongly ask for our parent community to connect with their sons in discussion around their progress.

I would also like to highlight the upcoming senior formal. This is wonderful night of celebration for our senior students – the success of the event is highly dependent on a high number of parents attending. I would strongly encourage our parent community to join us in celebrating all that our young men have achieved this year.