by Jacey Wahi

Kia ora,

It’s has been unusually quiet around school this week with many of our senior students sitting exams, much to the delight of our junior students who get to try on the big shoes for a few days.

I hope those that had fewer exams were able to use the time to catch up with their internals as deadlines are fast approaching as the term draws slowly to an end.

As well as exams we have been celebrating Te Wiki o Te Reo Māori (Māori Language Week), with students supported by Whaea Tina making fried bread at break time on Tuesday and through some activities at Whānau time and through our ongoing Kapa Haka and Mau Rākau lessons that take place every Thursday morning. Staff had the opportunity to learn a bit more about the history of Te Wiki o Te Reo Māori, Māori language, and the 50th anniversary of the Te Reo Māori petition being presented at Parliament.

Next week we have our second Wānanga, which this time will be held at Greymouth High School. It is great to see an ever-increasing number of our students supporting and celebrating their own cultural heritage and whakapapa, or learning more about the heritage of the wonderful country we live in.

We also have a visit planned from Lucy Waller of the West Coast Penguin Trust who is bringing along the Penguin dog Mena to meet our junior students, and our senior Geography students are off to Christchurch on Wednesday to look at the effects of the Christchurch Earthquake at Quake City.

Students will be shown how to access School Point on Wednesday afternoon. This will allow them the opportunity to make their subject selections for 2023, more information below.

The weather is looking pretty good for the weekend, so I hope our seniors can allow themselves a few days off before coming back on Monday full of motivation and enthusiasm to complete those remaining internals.

Ngā mihi nui,