From The Principal’s Desk

Week 2, Term 4, 2019

Kia Ora, Talofa Lava and warm greetings,

Welcome to this first newsletter for Term 4.  The term has begun well, with the children, for the most part, to be pleased to be back at school.

The good news about term 4, there is plenty on offer for all students. There are numerous outdoor events planned for this term with all Year 8 classes attending camp at various spots around the South Island and all Year 7 classes will complete a sailing day. Already this week a number of students have been involved at the indoor tournament at various locations across Canterbury. Let’s hope we get some consistency with the weather to help with the planned events.

Again this year our athletics sports has been impacted by the weather. Miss Lawton and Miss Ross have done their best to get through some of the competitive events and we will have another catch up again tomorrow. We have a really short window of time in our school calendar to complete our athletics due to other commitments like the Science Roadshow, Year 8 camps and other school excursions. A week like this makes it very challenging.

Please ensure that your child has their sunhat at school each day. We have received a new batch of sunhats for those who need to purchase a hats from the office. Thank you for your support with sunhats.

The Ministry of Education are currently reviewing their overall strategy for education and would like your feedback to help shape a stronger education system. To help address the issues in education and improve outcomes for all, the Minister of Education has developed 9 national education and learning priorities (NELP) for the New Zealand education system. Moving forward these new NELP priorities will be used by Boards of Trustees to help guide them with the overall aim to improve education for all students.

The Board of Trustees will be making a submission and we strongly encourage you to do the same. Please follow the link to express your views.

I wish all the students and families travelling to Dunedin this weekend for the South Island Water Polo Champs all the best. Our dedicated water polo players have been playing since the beginning of the year, with morning practices and late night games. This weekend’s tournament is the culmination of plenty of hard work for our students and we wish both teams well in their respective grades. Thanks to the band of supportive parents and to our coaches Laura and Mr Ripley for their hard work and time.

Just some dates for the diary – Year 8 Prizegiving is being held on Monday 16 December at Christchurch Boys’ High School Hall at 7 pm. This is the last day of school for Year 8 students. The Year 7 prizegiving will be held in the Cobham Hall at 11 am on Tuesday 17 December. School closes for Year 7 students at 12.20 pm this day.

The Year 8 Formal will be held on the evening of Thursday 12 December in the school hall. Big Day Out for Year 7 students is on Thursday 12 December and for Year 8 students is Friday 13 December.

Thank you to those parents who have settled accounts to date. We appreciate accounts being settled before end of year events like the formal and Big Day Outs. If you have any questions regarding school accounts please contact Jo McGregor at

Go the All Blacks and enjoy the upcoming long weekend.