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This Sunday, we celebrate Palm Sunday. This is the beginning of Holy Week which begins with Jesus’ triumphal entry into Jerusalem on a donkey. Holy Week has significant events in the church calendar that include the washing of the disciple’s feet, the first Eucharist, the arrest, trial and death of Jesus.
When Jesus entered Jerusalem the people paid him homage by laying down their cloaks in front of him as he walked by, waving palm branches and praising him with the words ‘Hosanna’.
Each of these things symbolise something of significance. The donkey represents peace and humility. Jesus arrived in the city to bring peace to the people. The laying down of cloaks represents the people acknowledging Jesus as their king. The palms symbolise joy and triumph. The word hosanna means blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Lord. In essence, the people recognised Jesus as the Messiah, the anointed one chosen by God.
Manaakitanga: We respect, support and care for one another as Mary did.
I hope this week all our students have applied manaakitanga in their daily life in thoughts, words and actions. That our students recognise the inherent dignity of each person they encounter. When our students are in public spaces such as waiting in public areas, on the bus or train, wearing face coverings, being considerate towards those around them and how they interact with members of the public including students from other schools or colleges.
With Mary, the Mother of God as our model let us all respect, support and care for one another as she did.
Curriculum Review Update
Multiple factors affect the direction we head in with the delivery of our school curriculum. Some of these include exponential growth and capability of technology, student needs, the skills employers demand and future job opportunities. Last year, the College started to review our junior curriculum. The Curriculum Review group is called Te Ohu Rapu Ora (Te O.R.O.). The aim of this group is to review our curriculum, and to design a connected, critical, culturally sustaining and future-focused, fit-for-purpose curriculum that equips students with skills for the future, fosters students’ identity, language and culture, and prepares students to participate as successful citizens in the 21st century. A group of teachers have been working on the review which has included visiting other schools. Staff are considering possible options and looking at the direction that this review may lead to. During this process we are seeking opinion and feedback from all parties concerned. Please find a link to a survey which we ask you to complete.
Home-School Partnership Meeting for Pasifika Families
Talofa lava, Kia orana, Malo ni, Malo e lelei. All Pacific Island families are warmly invited to attend our first Home-School Partnership for 2021 on Wednesday 31 March at 6.00pm in our hall. 2020 brought some pleasing improvement in NCEA results for our Pasifika boys. It is not only the work of your son’s teachers that contribute to these achievements but the support from home and attending our Home-School Partnership sessions.
Parents will have the opportunity to meet their son’s House Leader and Tutor teacher and understand the roles they have in helping your sons reach their academic, spiritual, sporting and cultural goals for the year. We look forward to seeing you on 31 March.
Advance Notice re Progress Conference Day
All students and their caregivers are strongly encouraged to attend a 20-minute in-depth discussion with the student’s Tutor Teacher (or another teacher allocated accordingly). Parent-Teacher-Student interviews will be conducted on Wednesday 14 April from 8.30 to 9.50am, 10.00am to 11.00am, 11.30am to 1.10pm, and 2.00pm to 3.40pm. Students only need to come into school for the duration of their appointment and do not need to wear uniform. There are no classes that day. All Year 9 – 12 students will have an interview with their Tutor Teacher.
Interviews will be of 20 minutes’ duration. Students must attend as well. Year 13 students will not have an interview on this day. They will have their mentoring session with their Tutor Teacher on Wednesday 7 April.
For these interviews we are using an internet-based booking system called Parent Teacher On-Line (PTO). It will save time for parents, staff and students! Using this system, you will be able to book the interview times that suit you best from any internet-connected computer. This will be available from next Wednesday 31 March. An email will be sent on Monday 29 March providing all the relevant information. A computer will be available in the front office during school hours if you do not have internet access at home or elsewhere. Information about how to log-on can be found on the College website.
Dates to diary for next week
The College is closed for the Easter holidays on Friday 2 April, Monday 5 April and Tuesday 6 April.
Ngā mihi nui
Kia u ki te Ariki, whakatinanahia. Keep the faith, do the MAHI.
TUMUAKI | RECTOR