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Rector's Assembly Address

End of Term 3 Assembly // Friday 24 September 2021

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Kia ora koutou katoa

Beautiful day to imagine being at the beach. Good to think of you out there in your tutor groups in your colourful beach gear. But we’re not quite at the end of term yet.

This morning we find ourselves in an unusual assembly – a virtual assembly – and in my 40 years of education, this is a first. Thanks to the advances of technology, we are able to deliver a sense of community to you, not the same as being all together in Gym 1, but hopefully a reasonable experience.

While there are a number of things we have had to forgo this term, and there have certainly been disappointments for most of you in the cancellation of a number of events, there is much to be grateful for.

This morning we reflect upon a number of very impressive achievements and pay tribute to you all for the way you have coped with a disrupted term. There is still some uncertainty around how next term will play out, but we can hold on to the hope that after a three week break, we will return to less disruption in Term 4. 

Our last assembly, Cultural Assembly, was six weeks ago, and even with a three week lockdown period, there has been time to fit in a number of co-curricular activities.

Congratulations to the many sports teams who have played in semi-finals and finals over the last couple of weeks. Teams who won their finals in the top grades of their sports championships were; the Senior A girls’ badminton, First XI girls’ football, and 10A netball. A number of other teams also won their grades.

Some finals are still pending: girls’ and boys’ Senior A basketball (boys’ after a thrilling win on Tuesday night), and ice hockey will play finals over the next week.

I do want to mention the Senior A netball who played the SuperNet final against St Margaret’s College on Wednesday. Despite playing an exceptional game and the result being contested right to the last minute, the final score of 32–30 didn’t go our way.

However, the team showed outstanding commitment, resilience, determination and sportsmanship, despite their disappointment. We all know that failure is part of sport and life. I recall that ex-Head Boy, Luca Vinnell, at this year’s Academic Assembly spoke about not achieving your goals.

His message was that when you know you have given it your all, and have no regrets, you can be at peace with the result, even if the outcome is not what you wanted. An ongoing life lesson for us all.

Cultural Awards also continue with impressive results from our debaters. Last week, our top teams competed in the Canterbury finals with the Senior A team of Oscar Bloom, Thomas Forsey and Thomas Kamo taking out the Canterbury Secondary Schools’ title; winning the final against Burnside by a margin of half a point!

In the impromptu competition last weekend, the two-person team of Oscar Bloom and Tom Edwards won over the team of Thomas Forsey and Liam Hackston in a StAC-on-StAC final. What a great year for our debaters.

Our cultural activities are busy getting ready for end of year performances and the Year 9 and 10 production rehearsals for CURTAINS are in full swing for showtime during Week 3 of next term.

So, as we look forward to the next three weeks of term break, we feel grateful for the things we have enjoyed and achieved in recent weeks. Of course, as always, we remember and thank our teachers, staff, coaches and managers who support all these great activities.

We think of our colleagues, friends, fellow students, and family in Auckland still doing the mahi in Alert Level 3 lockdown, and hope that we will return in Term 4 to a great end to 2021.

Best wishes to you all for a wonderful term break. Enjoy some time to relax and re-energise for Term 4, and remember the guidelines to stay safe.

The following whakatauki is especially for our senior students, who come back to prelim exams at the start of next term. 

E tata tapahi,
e roa whakatū
“Procrastination is the thief of time”.

No reira, tena koutou, tena koutou, tena tatou katoa. 


Christine Leighton

End of Term 3 Assembly // Friday 24 September 2021

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