Ski Academy - 2016

From the Principal

Tena koutou,

This week we have certainly felt the winter weather upon us with very cold, frosty mornings which bodes well for the upcoming ski season. We have a new initiative in 2017 with our Outdoor Education programmes delivering a Year 13 Ski Programme which will see the class skiing at the Mt Dobson Ski Area every Thursday. This will involve the students getting coaching which will lead some to sitting the Ski Instructors examination. It will also give them the opportunities to be involved in Ski Patrol, Ski Engineering, Management and Hospitality which all encompass the possibilities within the ski industry.

Geraldine High School students along with other students in our Geraldine-wide community also have the opportunity to be part of the Geraldine Ski Academy which is in its second year. Students will be involved in this every Sunday once the ski season starts. It is a great opportunity to gain snow experience as it is right on our doorstep. Should any families be interested in this please contact the School Office for details.

Resilience from Deputy Head Boy Callum Patrick

This week we had Callum Patrick speak to the school about his journey which has been full of challenges, hard work and resilience. Callum was involved in a serious car accident in 2010. It was a powerful message which you can read more about later in this newsletter. My thanks to Callum for the courage to share his experience. It is a great example of resilience in meeting challenges head on with a never-give-up attitude. I hope that every student in the Hall reflected on their own attitudes to the challenges they face and take on the attitude and approach we saw from Callum. 

Senior Quad Success

On Thursday we had our annual Senior Quad exchange with Darfield High School, Mt Hutt College and Ellesmere College. It was a great day with a high level of skill and fair play in the Rugby, Netball and Football games with lots of support from our students, staff, parents and visitors who accompanied the schools.

Following on from our Year 9 and 10 Quad success, we were 1st equal with Darfield High School which demonstrates the quality of sports teams we now have as we have a concentrated focus on sport as one of our five strategic goals which were established last year. My thanks to Mr Mark Romans, Mrs Kim Andrews, our staff and the many parent volunteers who assisted to make the day a successful one.

Primary Industries Academy

Last weekend, our Year 11 Primary Industries Academy class was assessed by AgriLearn for their fencing skills. The assessors feedback was that the standard displayed was exceptional and that this group was the ‘best fencing group’ ever assessed in the last 8 years. This level doesn’t just happen without a great deal of hard work and guidance from Mrs Sarah Foley Smith.


Over the last few weeks, our seniors students have had the options of attending career days in Timaru, travel to the Otago University Open Days, or meet with liaison officers from a range of tertiary institutes. These are valuable opportunities to give our students a greater understanding of these places as well the chance to ask questions. I encourage all parents and students from Year 10 to 13 to keep exploring the possibilities for your son or daughter and make appointments to see our Career Dean, Mr Mark Romans so that you get clarity on choices made for future pathways.

Student Academic Focus

As we near the end of Term 2, we expect to see our seniors taking a focused approach to their subjects as internal assessments start to finish. Our senior students need to give their work their very best effort and seek help when it is needed. It is also important that they keep healthy by eating well, sleeping well and exercising. This will help them to manage their stress levels. All of our staff and the deans in particular are available to support the students when it is required, so please encourage your son or daughter to seek this assistance.

Have a good weekend and enjoy the blue sky days we have been having with your son or daughter.

Tena koutou, Tena koutou, tena tartoe katoa.