Fun Yak Day by Mr Hayden Nelson

From the Principal

Tena koutou,

This is our last newsletter for the year.  The last two weeks have been extremely busy for our staff and students with reports being written, sports competitions, a large range of activities with trips to Hanmer Springs, Abel Tasman, Mt Somers and Spencer Park along with many day activities. Alongside this we have jobs vacancies for the start of next year (Assistant Principal and two Homeroom positions) and  a variety of building projects that are underway.

Currently we are finalising our start of year with the following dates that students need to come in:

  • Student Executive Camp - 27th - 29th January at Peel Forest
  • Year 13 Training Day - 30th January from 9am - 3pm at the Geraldine Oavilion
  • Year 7 Day - 31st January at school
  • Year 12 & 13 Conferencing - 28th - 30th January 
  • Full School Start Day - 1st February

Year 10 Challenge Evening and Leaver's Dinner

Last week, I had the privilege of attending and speaking at our Year 10 Challenge Evening and our Year 13 Leavers Dinner. What struck home to me was the importance of these events in maintaining our strong whanau connections for all. The students value the parents and wider families along with many of our staff being present whether that is to acknowledge their accomplishments in the Challenge programme or the finish of the 7 years of opportunities and achievements.

At the Challenge evening, we had a full hall and a wonderful speaker, Laura Sadler, who is a past student of Geraldine High School who is now very involved in the Outdoor Tourism Industry in Queenstown. Year 10 students Sam Morrison, Libby Patrick, Nadia Houston, Georgia Dennison, Emma Rowley, Jessica Wells and Gabriella Rusbridge spoke about each of the challenge days and they did a wonderful job as they spoke articulately and with enthusiasm. My thanks to the tremendous effort from the staff involved - Mrs Kerri Doy, Mr Haden Powell, Mrs Kate McKeown, Ms Adele Quinn, Mrs Andy Morrison and Mr Hayden Titchener, as it required a great deal of planning to make this such a successful programme.

Our Leavers Dinner last Wednesday evening was what gives parents and staff tremendous pride as we get to celebrate with all our Year 13 Leavers, the end of their 7 years of High School the accomplishments they have had along with friendships made and competencies needed for their futures. My thanks to everyone who attended and Mr Michael Meadowcroft for the organisation of this event.

Student Executive

Following on from the Leaver's Dinner, I would like to do a special thank you to our Student Executive for this year who have been a wonderful group to work with and we have seen their leadership skills develop over the year. This group have led very important areas of our school and most importantly of all, have created the school culture and values that make Geraldine High School the successful school it is.


Last week I attended the last PTA meeting for this year and I would like to thank this group for their hard work, dedication and support with any event that we had this year. They are wonderful parents who do so much and provide fundraising money for many different aspects of our school that supports our students. It would be wonderful if we have any parents who would like to join this group and I am sure that Mrs Jane Stack and the committee would appreciate the extra help. Please contact the school office for contact details if you are interested.

Senior Leadership Team

With Mr Grant Rogers taking up his role as Principal of Westmount School in Nelson we have had to make changes while we advertise for an Assistant Principal. Miss Cate Knowles will be our Deputy Principal, Ms Maria Heikonig will continue in her Assistant Principal position and Mr Billy Cosgriff will be our Acting Assistant Principal for Term 1 and 2 of 2019. With Mr Cosgriff taking up this new position, Mrs Sarah Harrison will be the Acting HOD Social Sciences for Term 1.

School Strategic Plan 2019 - 2021

As a staff we have been reviewing our School Vision, Values and Goals that we have had for the last 3 years. We have looked at what possible changes we may need along with whether our school goals need to change based on some being accomplished or what we feel are the most important foci we need looking to the next three years. Early next year we will be asking for feedback from students and parents as we consult with our community, which will then form the basis of a Board of Trustees day to set the Strategic direction for 2019.

As we look to 2019, our school focus will be on continuing the emerging areas of collaboration across different curriculum areas that will enable greater student engagement in real life contexts; more innovative curriculum approaches which will be enhanced with our BYOD approach for next year; and on a review of our school and curriculum structures in response to the needs we have for our students along with aligning to current and future skills, knowledge and attributes beyond school.

On behalf of the staff of Geraldine High School, I wish you all a very enjoyable Christmas break with family and friends and thank you for your support of the Geraldine High School Community this year.

Tēnā koutou, tēnā koutou, tēnā tātou katoa