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Principal’s Panui – 05 May 2023

Kia ora te whanau o te kotuku

Parent/Student/Teacher Conferences

Thank you to all the parents and caregivers who braved the blustery wet weather last night to meet with subject teachers. We were pleased with the number of bookings made over a range of year levels. Teachers enjoy the face-to-face meetings and the opportunity to discuss progress, achievement or suggest improvements or extension for your son or daughter. It is always a valuable and meaningful exercise for all parties.  Our next opportunity for conferences is Term 3, but if you have any concerns prior to that date they can be directed to your son or daughter’s tutor teacher in the first instance, or to the Dean of the Year level if you need to discuss matters further.

Front and Back Gates

This is another reminder that our gates will be operational soon. This means  the gates will be closed during the school day. Gates will be open after 3.30pm for sport and community education. Access will only be granted by reception staff. We request you not enter the grounds to drop off or pick up your son or daughter at any time, it is a hazard having multiple cars entering and exiting during times when there is a high volume of pedestrian traffic. The church on Old Te Atatu Road is agreeable to parents waiting there in the carpark for pick up and drop off of any students. This is preferable and safer for you and your son or daughter. Pedestrian access is always available at the front gate all day and the back gate will have pedestrian access before and after school for students. Once inside the grounds the gates will automatically release when any vehicle is exiting the driveway.

Property Update

The C Block toilets are nearly ready for use. The plan was to have them operational at the beginning of Term 2, however we have experienced some unexpected delays to the project. They should be operational within the next two weeks hopefully. Once they have been finalized we will be moving on to upgrading D Block toilets.

PPTA Strike Action

Rostering home continues next week. Year 12 is rostered home on Tuesday May 9. All other students attend classes as normal. If you want your Y12 son or daughter to attend, please complete our registration form to ensure we have appropriate supervision available for them. Some of you have already done this. Thank you for your continued support.

Thursday 11 May is a national strike day for Auckland. This means there will be no scheduled classes for any year level. Again, if you want your son or daughter to come to school that day, please complete the registration form. Note: students will be supervised, they will not be having any structured lessons.

Rostering home continues on these dates.

  • 16 May – Year 9
  • 17 May – Year 10
  • 25 May – Year 11
  • 30 May – Year 13
  • 01 June – Year 12
  • 06 June – Year 10
  • 08 June – Year 9


Year 9 students and Y12 Peer mentors will be at STARS camp between 15-19 May.

15-17 May – 9AR, 9BM, 9BN, 9CT, 9HY attend
17-19 May – 9BW, 9EL, 9MK, 9MN, 9SC, 9VA attend

STARS camp is not affected by the strike action and will proceed as planned.

Pink Shirt Day
Friday 19 May is Pink Shirt Day to raise awareness and show support for anti-bullying. Students wear mufti and something pink that day. We are asking for a gold coin donation with all funds raised being donated to organisations that support anti-bullying.

Upcoming events:

5 June – King’s Birthday
6 June – International/Cultural week
15 – 16 Art Show – This event has been cancelled for Term 2.
19 – 23 June LUV Music
27 – 28 June Drama Show
29 June – School Ball and last day of term

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Kia kaha

Judy Farrar



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