Principal's Message

By Steve Read | Posted: Wednesday August 21, 2019

Core Value – Respect

Greetings, Kia ora, Talofa, Mālō e lelei

I spoke briefly to the junior assembly yesterday about one of our Core Values - Respect. I suggested to them that Respect is the glue that holds their relationships together. Respect means that you accept somebody for who they are, even when they’re different from you or you don’t agree with them. Respect in your relationships builds feelings of trust, safety and wellbeing. Respect doesn’t have to come naturally – it is something you learn.

What do respectful relationships look like?

· you feel safe being around each other

· You know it’s ok for both of you to express who you are

· When you disagree, you listen to each other and be patient

· You don’t yell or talk over the top of each other

· Neither of you are controlling the other person’s choices

· You both talk openly about your needs and wants

· You both allow the other person space if they need it

· You can both admit when you’ve made a mistake

Don’t forget to have respect for yourself too!

Being respectful toward others is one part of the puzzle. It’s also important to have respect for yourself. What you think and feel is just as important as what somebody else thinks and feels.

I also reminded them that ending a relationship that isn’t respectful is a way of respecting yourself.

Choosing subjects for 2020

Students in Years 10- 12 will be attending our Head of Departments Seminar next Wednesday in the Hall. This is an opportunity for students to receive course planning information and ask any questions about subjects for 2020. I remind students and parents about the Course Advice & Career Planning Meeting in the Kavanagh College Auditorium next Thursday 29th August at 7:30pm.

God Bless
Steve Read
Acting Principal