By Kate Nicholson | Posted: Monday May 17, 2021
Kia ora tātou, Talofa lava, Malo e lelei
Thank you to Fr Vaughan, Mrs O’Kane and Matua Tili who, along with the special character leaders, organised the Pentecost Mass for the college. Students finished Mass with a piece of birthday cake with icing the colour of their house (thank you Ms Stevens!) and we are thrilled that students felt comfortable to wear mufti showing their culture and identity. Pentecost was the beginning of the early Christian Church (and therefore the symbolism of the birthday cake) and the sense of inclusiveness and belonging experienced by the early Christians was also evident yesterday at school.
Tomorrow is another day of inclusiveness and belonging and we will have a visual reminder in pink shirt day mufti, that everyone deserves respect and building up, not tearing down. We all understand that teenage years are about navigating social boundaries and respectful relationship and friendship strategies. Young people make mistakes (as do adults!) and learn from reflecting on their impact, being forgiven and being given the chance to make things right (our restorative process). However, behaviours become completely unacceptable when they are negative, ongoing or repeated and have a power imbalance. What is getting harder to monitor and therefore to intervene in, is online bullying. Please continue to talk openly with your children about living your family values, and the college values, in both the online and the physical world.
Congratulations to our current staff, students and ex students involved in Les Misérables on such a wonderful show. It was a wonderful display of skill and talent by our music staff Michael Grant (Musical Director), Georgie Watts (percussion), Hermione Sparks (Little Cosette and Eponine) and ex students Kieran Kelly and Sophie Whibley.
‘Loving God, we believe that everyone is a gift and belongs to your family for we are made in your image and likeness. As a community of believers rooted in Christ, may we always celebrate your presence with us and appreciate both the gifts and responsibilities of belonging to this community of faith. Amen’
Let’s keep living our college values and striving to be the best versions of ourselves. Kia Kaha.