Tēnā koutou, e te whānau o Long Bay College,
It is with great sadness that since the writing of the last newsletter, we have lost our Kaumatua, Rawiri Wharemate, after a short battle with illness. Rawiri was an extremely passionate and gifted man, a great source of knowledge and wisdom and a huge loss to our community. Our thoughts are with the Wharemate whanau.
It is great to have all hands back on deck following the recent term break and as always Term 3 is a critical term in the life of a school, particularly around the pillar of academia.
The message to our students is quite simple, now is the time to throw themselves at their studies to ensure that the academic outcomes at the end of the year are those that they are capable of achieving. It is never too late to focus, nor is too early to start so with 12 weeks left of school for our senior studies, there is still time to be rewarded through hard work, dedication and commitment.
The second half of the year appears to be exciting with many of our sports teams and individuals on the right side of the ledger and in the reckoning for honours. We are also extremely excited to be refining our production “We Will Rock You” and honoured to be the first New Zealand school to be performing this show. We have our Matariki festival to look forward to, where we will host all of our Kahui Ako partner schools in a kapa haka festival and our school will focus on Daffodil Day and the Cancer Society as a community initiative to support. The 5 pillars of our school, Academia, Arts, Culture, Sport and Service are very healthy indeed.
We are excited to soon be moving into our refurbished Administration Block, which will now become an entry point and gateway to the heart of our school which is reflective of the people and community that make our school outstanding. It is also fantastic to see our student body using the new seating and sheltered areas provided for them in inclement weather, facilities that were long overdue.
We recently hosted prospective 2020 Year 9 students and their families at our Open Evening. Whilst a huge undertaking, it is also a great source of pride to demonstrate to our community and beyond, the very essence of who we are and I am very appreciative of the 500 students and many staff who gave up their time to deliver a wonderful occasion.
Here’s to a fantastic Term 3