Director's Blog

The end of another school year and, as always, a time to reflect upon the successes and challenges of the preceding 12 months. For me, it is also a time to give thanks. Thanks for the school, the students, the staff, the parents – for their unfailing devotion to this community, its students and their continued welfare. The staff, who go above and beyond any paid expectations to ensure students are given every opportunity to realise their goals; the parents, who support not only the school but also the teachers, and help us maintain the same values and standards at home; the students, for their energy, passion, commitment and zest for life. You help to drive this school into the future. 

I would suggest also that if you hear your children saying they are bored over the break, don’t rush to provide them with stimulus. Let them find something themselves because many of the world’s greatest inventions and break-throughs have arisen because of so-called boredom! It might also be useful to remember the three gates I referred to in my prize giving speech and the dangers of rushing to speak or comment or text or email or tweet without careful forethought. Three useful reminders:-

Winston Churchill, ‘A vocabulary of truth and simplicity will be of service throughout your life.’

Mark Twain, ‘It is better to keep your mouth closed and let people think you are a fool, than to open it and remove all doubt.’ 

The Dalai Lama, ‘Be kind, whenever possible. It’s always possible’.

He aroha whakatō, he aroha puta mai.
If kindness is sown, then kindness you shall receive.