by Mount Aspiring College


Principal Nicola Jacobsen shares her thoughts.

Kia ora

All the very best to our rowers who head off to the Maadi Cup this weekend, and to the 500+ students participating and competing in the MAC Swim Sports today, I hope you have a great day at this event. I would like to acknowledge the efforts of our Sports Hub staff, in organising many events for students to participate in. Thanks to all the staff and our parents who give their time to coach, manage, and volunteer their help to make so many opportunities possible for us. Last year I collected some data on the number of groups and events our students participated in - 186, which does not include whole school events like athletics, cross county and other House competitions.

This week senior and junior students had the opportunity to listen to Voices of Hope, three guest speakers each of whom shared their story about the journey through adolescence into adulthood, the challenges and wins along the way, and the help they received to navigate their journey. One of the speakers, Jazz Thorton, had an excellent message; “asking for help isn’t weak, it is wise.” Two of the speakers, Genevieve Mora and Jazz Thornton, have released books about their stories, which we will have available in the library soon.

For senior students, the first NCEA assessments for the year are starting, and many of them will be due before the end of this term. I wish them all the very best with these assessments.

Toitū te whenua, toitū te tangata.

The land is strong, the people are fulfilled.

Ngā mihi

Nicola Jacobsen