Message from the Executive Principal

Dear Parents and Caregivers,

Thank you for your generosity and support of the ‘Jammies in June’ event last Friday. The response was overwhelming with 876 donations in total. That consisted of 516 pyjamas sets, 256 pairs of socks or slippers, 64 blankets and 43 robes or onesies. All of your donations were given to the Papakura Marae to be given to people in need in the local community.

I hope your sons and daughters have enjoyed the past nine weeks of school. It is the shortest term of the year but undoubtedly the busiest with so many events, activities and sports fixtures squeezed into the past 43 days. With 229 hours of classroom learning, interhouse competitions, book week, pink shirt mufti, wearable arts showcase, languages week, pyjama mufti, tress for survival planting day, grandparents’ day, the school production and weekly sports fixtures, there has been much to celebrate with numerous individual and team achievements across the campus.

The cast and crew of ‘Into the Woods’ deserve a special mention for their efforts in bringing this incredible production to life. If you were lucky enough to have watched one of their three performances, you will appreciate just how technical the music, singing and dancing was for this magical production. A show of this magnitude necessitates dedication, commitment, teamwork and literally hundreds of hours of rehearsals. Balancing the demands of the production with schoolwork and commitments at home is a significant achievement and I’m sure everyone involved would have been proud of what they achieved with their performances at the Hawkins Theatre.

Our college sports teams have had an impressive term with some excellent results across a range of sports. The Year 7 and 8 teams cleaned up across a range of sports at the North Counties Winter Sports Day, the Fast Five Hockey team won their final of the Counties Competition on Tuesday night, our boys basketball teams are having their most competitive season in a long time, the boys first XI hockey team have only lost one game, the equestrian team won the development class competition last weekend and both the boys and girls 1st XI football teams are still undefeated this year. There have also been impressive wins by our netball, hockey and badminton teams along with individual students doing well in Trampolining, Gymnastics, Fencing and Equestrian.

As is tradition in the final week of term, we present the Principal’s Awards. Students in the Primary School and College were nominated by their teachers based on their strong work ethic and attitude to learning throughout the term. The students that received these awards at their respective assemblies this week are celebrated in this newsletter, and they should be congratulated on their success.

I’d like to acknowledge and thank four teachers that will be leaving Strathallan at the end of term. On behalf of the staff and students here at Strathallan, I would like to thank Mr. Banda, Mrs. Sima, Ms. Lin and Ms. Ayliffe for their hard work and dedication to the school.

I wish you all an enjoyable break with your sons and daughters over the next three weeks.

Warm regards,

Danny O’Connor

Executive Principal