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Rector's Assembly Address

Prefects' Assembly // Friday 2 August 2019

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Ngā mihi nui, kia koutou katoa, nau mai, haere mai.

Ko te tumanako, ka noho tatou, i runga i te rangimarie me te manaakitanga
No reira tena koutou, tena koutou, tena koutou katoa.

A today’s International assembly I welcome you all and especially honour our students and staff who have put today’s programme together and who share some of their own unique culture and identity. A special welcome to our guests, Christchurch City Councillor Mr Jimmy Chen, the 76th Otaki Scholar from Robert Gordon’s College in Aberdeen, Scotland, Rohan Mudkavi. Both Jimmy and Rohan will address the assembly a little later. Also welcome to parents, and guardians who have joined us this morning.

Our StAC tradition of hosting an International assembly every year is an important way of reminding ourselves and each other that celebrating our differences and diversity is an important way of recognising our shared humanity. As the boundaries between our countries and cultures have become easier to transcend, and as modern technology and transport options have made it possible to travel and experience other cultures and countries first hand, we had come to recognize and understand the important of being inclusive.

Indeed this year we have added inclusivity as one of our 5 guiding StAC values. At this assembly I want to challenge you to question your attitude towards being inclusive. How much effort do you make to embrace or understand cultures, languages, customs, beliefs that are different from our own?

At StAC we identify as belonging to 26 different ethnicities. Where we come from is deeply important to each and every one of us. We are largely defined by our food, beliefs, values, families, cultural interests and language. I would like to think that today we all value this opportunity to understand and demonstrate our support for everyone in our school, city and country.

In the spirit of Manaakitanga “Waiho i te toipoto kaua i te toiroa”.
Let us keep close together, not far apart.
No reira, tena koutou
Tena koutou, tena tatou katoa.


Christine Leighton

Prefects' Assembly // Friday 2 August 2019

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