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Principal’s Panui – 23 September 2022

Kia ora te whanau o te kotuku

I share this particular story because sometimes we are surrounded by fog (tiredness) and can be blindly holding fast to a destination or way of doing things when there might be a better alternative.

Facing up to the truth

Sometimes the truth is staring us in the face but we cannot see it.  When our assumptions are challenged, we need to face reality and, if necessary, adapt to the way things really are instead of trying to hide from the truth.  We have to change when change is inevitable.

There is a story about a battleship that had been at sea on manoeuvres in foggy weather.  Visibility was very poor and, shortly after dark, the look-out reported a light flashing on the starboard bow.  The light was steady meaning the battleship was on a collision course.

The captain of the battleship sent a signal:  “We are on a collision course.  Change course 20 degrees.”  Back came the signal.  “Advisable for you to change course 20 degrees.”  The captain sent another signal.  “I’m a captain.  Change course 20 degrees.”  “I’m a seaman second class,” came the reply.  “You had better change course 20 degrees.”  By this time the captain was furious.  He signalled, “Change course now.  I’m a battleship.”  Back came the flashing light.  “I’m a lighthouse.”

The battleship changed course.

Filming at School

On Tuesday, September 27 we will have a film crew from Newshub at the school who will be interviewing one of our students and head-boy, Andre Fa’aoso, about his involvement as a member of the Netsafe Youth Action Squad as part of Mental Health Awareness Week.

The story will be airing on Wednesday night on Newshub Late at approximately 10.40pm.

It is possible your child might be in a background shot while Andre is being filmed – please let us know if you have any issues with this. Contact Mr Simpson.

For any students that are captured in the background, we will have a team provide them with a talent release form to get signed on the day prior to the piece going live.

Keep up to date with the latest Rutherford News here.

Enjoy the long weekend.

Kia Kaha

Gary Moore


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