It’s been another busy term with a lot happening in the last few weeks. The school Cross Country was held last week, congratulations to all who took part. This was the first time in three years that we have been able to run this as a full school event. Well done to the individual champions and to Ohau House who won the House competition.
I also congratulate the students who have so ably represented the school on the sports field.
In particular I’d like to mention our Girls Soccer team, over the last few weeks their excellent attitude towards the teams they have played have caused the opposing team’s officials to contact us to praise the way the team have conducted themselves. It’s always a pleasure to hear this type of message and I encourage all of you to make sure you do things the Waiopehu way when representing the College. Our recent sporting exchange with Te Paepae o Aotea was another example where the school’s mana was upheld by the teams involved. Upcoming exchanges include Inglewood and Naenae Colleges, not to mention the Annuals against Horowhenua which are scheduled for later in Term 3.
Our recent Cultural day once again saw the College celebrate the diversity of cultures within the school. After the flag parade we were treated to a fantastic concert displaying the talents of some of our students. Lunch was also a highlight of the day, where the members of the Student Executive assisted the Waiopehu Kai Crew to create a choice of four meals, Hangi, Sapasui, Fettuccine and Butter Chicken.
Congratulations to Mr Shirrifs and the school Choir and Barbershop groups who recently competed in regional competitions. Both have made it through to National finals. Mr Shirriffs deserves special mention for being awarded the best conductor at the Big Sing in Palmerston North.
My thanks to Mrs Davies for her work organising funding from Creatives New Zealand, this allowed the Ballet Collective Aotearoa to work with our dance students over the last two terms. Their performance of the dance choreographed based on local stories was a treat for all who attended.
As we are now in the depths of Winter it’s timely to remind all students of our uniform requirements. Plain black waterproof jackets are allowed, but this does not mean you can wear any plain black hoodie. If you are unsure please contact us to seek further clarification. Again I remind you that School Jackets are available from the school office, and that the various Sports Hoodies and sweatshirts available are, like all sports uniforms, only to be worn to sporting events.
Wishing you all a happy holiday. The academic year for our Senior students is now over half way through. Take a well earned break in the holidays, but bear in mind that term three will see more emphasis on academic achievement. I urge the Seniors to look at upcoming assessments and be aware of the School Derived Grade Exams that are scheduled for week 9 of next term.
I look forward to seeing you all on the 17th of July for the start of term 3.