By Tim Lucas | Posted: Thursday June 18, 2020


Tēnā koutou katoa - Greetings everyone

Service (Whakamahi) is one of our core values and I would like to acknowledge some of the Year 7s who have been wonderful ambassadors for Kavanagh College this week.

On Tuesday we visited St Bernadette's School and it was almost like a homecoming for some of our Year 7s. Hugs and huge smiles to our students from former teachers and siblings when we entered classrooms made for a very special visit indeed. Duties included being their awesome selves and reading stories. At morning tea our students were outside in the sunshine playing and interacting with pupils from all year levels. St Bernadette's is a school with a big heart and the staff there are highly committed. A huge thank you to Louis Bresanello, William Jarvie, Mata Taua, Shalia Kelekolio, Daniel Thompson, Saira Eldho, Honey Henare, Molly-Jane Gallagher and Harry Nai for being such excellent emissaries for Kavanagh College.

A visit to senior rooms Hoiho and Tōroa at St Joseph's Cathedral School yesterday was also a memorable occasion. Last year's Albatrosses Harry Lodge, Esther Koudayah, Bronny Wilson, Te Manawa Exeter-Bachop, Cole Skipper, Isaac McIlvanney, Charlotte Innes, Aaron Chinula, Jack Waterworth, Cameron Adnitt and Annie Duncan returned back to the colony in fine style after being at sea for almost six months. Our students spent over an hour reading stories and answering questions from the Year 5 and 6 students. Principal Jo Stanley said "it was amazing to see everyone again and couldn't believe how much they had all grown!" Again, my thanks to these students for their wonderful contribution at St Joseph's.

Week 11 is another busy week with a visit to St Peter Chanel School on Tuesday. On Wednesday, Kavanagh College is hosting the first of ten on-site events. Year 5 and 6 students from our Catholic Kāhui Ako primary schools will be spending the entire school day at the college. The Big Day Out / Te Rā Nui Ki Waho incorporates digital technology, te reo māori, health and physical education and science which will be delivered by college staff in a fun and engaging way. St Francis Xavier School is the first school to visit and Principal Carmel Jolly says the kids "can't wait!" Hei a tērā wiki (Until next week)...

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