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Fergus Chinnery & Gemma Thorp          Head Boy and Girl 2017
Photo by Caitlin Lemon

Principal's Comment

Neil Harray —

Kia Ora Parents and Friends of Katikati College,

It is great to see that we have had a number of successes across a large number of areas in recent weeks. While the winter term is most definitely settling in with very unsettled and challenging weather, our students continue to shine. We were lucky in recent assemblies to have our Pasifika students perform their Pasifika by Nature Performances and they were really well received by the student body. We have also had the Excel Performing Arts Group showcase music and drama to our students during lunchtime. Again, this is another inspirational event to help our students not only enjoy themselves during the break but also provide further inspiration for their own individual pursuits.

While it is hard for most people to see, our new Technology Block is proceeding along quite nicely. It is obviously very challenging given the weather, however our contractors are working hard to have the project completed by  the end of Term Two. This new space will certainly be far more modern and easy to work in and will benefit our students in the Hard Materials area.

I would like to congratulate everyone who was involved in the cross country, especially Mr Quin and the staff from the Physical Education Faculty for the fantastic organisation of the event. My thanks also to the staff who supervised on what was a chilly afternoon. One of the things that stood out for me this year was the supportive nature of all of our students. While some students obviously thoroughly enjoy the event I know others find it challenging. It was nice to see the support from all students as they participated and the excellent behaviour that our students displayed during the afternoon. Many thanks to the parents who came to cheer on their children – it is fantastic that you came along and supported our school community.

This week in assemblies I spoke about the difficulty in making hard decisions. Our students are faced with a number of decisions on a daily basis and the need for them to make very wise, considered decisions. The vast majority of our students are doing exceedingly well and showing great achievement in their courses and their maturity as they progress through the school. There are a few however that do cause concern and we want all of our students to achieve to the very best of their potential.

I look forward to the next series of events coming up, especially Divas and Divos being held next Monday evening as well as the Community Music Festival that is happening early June. These are both wonderful events and a real showcase of the talent at Katikati College.

Nga mihi

Mr Neil Harray | Principal