Skip to main content
Hail Publication

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

By 9th February 2024February 12th, 2024No Comments

A warm welcome back to a new year school year, especially to our newest members of our community who started last week. We started the new year with the release of our 2023 NCEA results, these are results we are extremely proud particularly our Level 3 and University Entrance results. Below is a table with our results compared to National results for boys.

Image by: Lynley Gibson

We are very proud of the results our students achieved in 2023. It is the reward of a lot of hard work achieved by students and teachers. We also know these outcomes are a direct result of our values and clear focus on connections, relationship, and brotherhood. We know that when young men feel connected to their community, they achieve. While we are very proud of our NCEA results, I am most proud that this does not come at the expense of the holistic development of our young men. This is the result of growth occurred in and outside of the classroom.

I would like to welcome a number of staff who have joined St Thomas at the start of the year:

Carrie Whyte (Leader of Learning Maths) and (Senior Dean)

Bronwyn Fitzpatrick (Maths Teacher)

Joseph Durkin-Gorman (Maths Teacher)

Lucy Flattery (Teacher of Junior Curriculum)

Matt Tod-Smith (PE Teacher)

Chloe Roberts (Sports Co-ordinator)

Yuta Ohata (GAS and Student Support)

We are very privileged to have employed such high quality staff. I look forward to watching their impact on the students at St Thomas as they embed themselves into our community.

I would like to congratulate our Year 13 students, led by our Year 13 student leaders, on their wonderful leading of our community of students. We intentionally empower our Year 13 students to lead the culture of our Brotherhood at St Thomas. This year the student leaders have shared their vision of St Thomas “more than a school”. I wish them all the best in bringing this vision alive. It was well researched that Edmund Rice had the same vision for his very first school he opened on Mount Sion – that it would be more than a school, a place to feed students, clothe students, educate students and connect students. Sounds very familiar!