Kia ora koutou katoa

And like lightening, another busy week at JPII flashes by! It is great to see our new students settling in well and being ably assisted by our ‘old hands’ to make them feel welcome. The school feels very much alive despite the dismal weather these past two weeks.

Last week I spoke to our rangitahi about the Great Blondin who crossed Niagara Falls on a tightrope, and a member of the crowd who he challenged to “get in the wheelbarrow” if they had so much faith in his ability to cross successfully. For our students “getting in the wheelbarrow” means making deliberate choices to get involved with school life and do things that make them feel proud of themselves. Little things like wearing the uniform with pride, showing aroha and respect to their peers, giving your very best effort in the classroom, and getting involved at school all contribute to a sense of pride and belonging.

At this morning’s Powhiri, I talked about our student leaders who have taken the challenge and exemplify the values of faith, integrity, and service, and embodying our Kaupapa at JPII. I encourage all our students, both old and new, to fully live all aspects of school life so they can be truly proud of who they are. First and foremost, our accomplishments at school are measured by our positive contributions not our grades. 

It was a privilege to invite Olivia Johansen to join the Student Leadership Team as our Pūmanawa - our chosen ambassador for Māori students and tikanga Māori at JPII. It is a pleasure to welcome you into the team, Olivia! We introduced our new House Leaders. We welcomed our new students and staff to our whanau of 190 strong. We love this school and know you will too.