Thanks so much for your patience at the emergency drill. It is good to have this kind of a practice, because one thing we have learned over recently years and happenings in New Zealand, is that these things do happen and we need to be ready. The more practiced we are, hopefully, the calmer we will be in an actual emergency. I want to thank Urs for her faithfulness in ensuring that we regularly carry out a range of emergency practices - at least once every term - and, as a result, we are continually improving what we do, and making sure that new students know what to do.
As we head to the end of the term, it is timely to let you know a couple of personnel things related to next term. As you already know, Michael and Chrissy are leaving us to teach in an international school in Yangon, Myanmar, and we will farewell them at the end of term learning celebration. However, we are very pleased to let you know that Georgia (from Harakeke Hub) will take over Michael's teaching and team leadership role in Koru Hub. She will share Koru Hub's team leadership with Amaria. This is Georgia's first foray into middle leadership of this sort and we are very excited to see her grow and develop in this role. This is the obvious next career step for her. We know that the students and parents in Harakeke Hub will be very sad to see her move to Koru but we have employed Michelle, a very experienced teacher and senior leader from South Africa, to take her place in Harakeke Hub.
We are also excited to let you know that we have appointed Zelda, another experienced teacher from South Africa, to replace Alexis next term when she goes on maternity leave.
Another couple of really nice bits of good news - Sonali's mum, Regina Singh, will begin teaching at Amesbury School next term. She will bring lots of teaching experience with her and a range of amazing capabilities, including being a great curry cook! We are looking forward to tasting the evidence of this. She will be our library-based teacher and she will take responsibility for the celebration of our school's cultural diversity.
Finally, those of you who were at the school a couple of years ago will remember Stephanie, a lovely beginning teacher in Koru, who went to the UK with her partner. Well, we are very excited, because Stephanie is coming back and she is going to work for us again. Stephanie is a wonderful teacher and we were incredibly sad when she left. So, as you can imagine, we are thrilled with this news. She will be replacing Hazel who is going on maternity leave early in term 4.
I think that is all the news for now.
Nga mihi mahana (warm greetings)