I hope this newsletter finds you well. We are in the midst of Production here at school as we race towards the conclusion of 2021. Lets all hope that the summer to come is one which allows us to connect and recharge.
The first news I have to share today is of change. Chris Cowman will be leaving Maungaraki School at the end of 2021. Chris is heading to a position at Waterloo School which begins next year. Waterloo is also Chris's local school, meaning he will be able to teach at the school his children will attend, fun times ahead.
Chris has been a massive part of our school here for a number of years. He is someone who I know many will miss. I have certainly appreciated his support of the school and community since I arrived here. His passion for sports, people and positive relationships have been a hallmark over his time here at Maungaraki, Chris leaves a wonderful legacy in these areas. I am sure you will join me on wishing Chris the best for his next step. We will have more news to share on our School Structure for 2022 in our next newsletter.
On Thursday this week we had a team who participated in the Hutt Valley School Gymnastics Festival. Our team which was trained and organised by Fern students Casey and Sian. These leaders did an incredible job making this opportunity a possibility for others.
Our team had a wonderful time and should be extremely proud of their efforts. They competed well and were supportive of all who attended. These areas shone through so mush so that they were the winners of the Hutt Valley Gymnastics Sportsmanship Trophy. This was a selection by the judges on the day - what a way to show our Maungaraki School HEART values. A big thank you to Jasmine and Kylie for transport and helping the children, and a congratulations to Casey and Sian for organising the team, great stuff.
Our Koru team have been away on camp this week at El Rancho Camp on the Kapiti Coast. The children have been having an incredible time and have been able to take part in some really neat options. Yesterday I travelled up to see the camp and spend some time with the team. It was such a treat to join in on this special experience. Your children really did do you proud as they stretched themselves taking on new challenges.
A huge thanks to our special staff and parents that gave up so much time to make this camp so enjoyable for our children. They really have done an outstanding job organising and running an event like this despite the barriers.
Stay safe out there, Nga Mihi Nui,