Principal's comment 1 November

Dear Parents and Caregivers

So much can happen in the space of a week. Our principal Ross Sinclair has a new heart valve and is now at home recuperating. Ross and his family thank you for all your kind wishes. Annabelle has been collating them so that Ross can have a read of them when he is ready.

On Tuesday we held the 6th Hotuwaipara Māori Achievement Awards. The evening is one of celebration with whanau of Te Ao Māori within the kura. Our students are simply stunning. Every year there is a special story of  discovery and awakening by a student who discovers and embraces their Māori heritage. Some students enter kura without any understanding of their whakapapa and if they choose, they can leave here with a comprehensive understanding of it. Next year we implement a Year 9 Tikanga programme that will introduce all students to basic Te Reo, Tikanga and the Treaty of Waitangi.

The premier prizewinner at these wards were:

Aronga Matauranga Tau 13 (the top Year 13 academic award) - Ariana Ruck and Korban Gell

Te Whanau a Hotuwaipara Teina awards - Diana Galloway and Logan Curtis

Te Whanau a Hotuwaipara Tuakana awards - Ollie Pickering and Jhansi Hawkins

Today, Friday, we had the final assemblies for Year 11 and 12. We farewelled Year 13 off to study leave last Friday. For most there is a week of study and preparation for NCEA examinations that begin on Friday 8 November. Our wonderful teaching staff are continuing to support and help students prepare for examinations or complete internally assessed work, even though official classes are over. Please contact the year level Dean if you are at all concerned about your student’s progress.

We are delighted for the students listed later in the newsletter who have gained an academic award or scholarship.  There are likely to be further awards as we are notified by the universities. If students have received advice of an award that has not been mentioned to date, please let us know.

We are also excited to be told that the school has 10 finalists for this weekend’s College Sport Wellington Sportsperson of the Year Awards. They are listed to the right:

Today at 3.30 pm we announce the senior leaders for 2020. Names will be posted on the website, school facebook page and a list is placed in the school front window. Thank you to everyone who volunteered to lead in 2020. We were seriously impressed with the calibre of applicant, the number of applicants and the desire to make a difference in our community. The final selection process has been very hard. Congratulations to our 2020 leaders. I look forward to meeting with you later this year. I do hope that the students who do not get named in a formal leadership or a Liaison Leader position will still feel that they can contribute in a positive way. There is room for all students to be leaders, role models and contributors - badge or no badge.


Denise Johnson
Acting Principal