Final Pānui for 2022.
On Thursday we said farewell to our Year 9 and 10 students, bringing the curtain down on what has been a challenging year for all.
Before they left they took part in our junior prize-giving ceremonies, which proved a fitting end for our junior students. Whilst not every student crossed the stage, it was made clear that success looks different for everyone, and that all students should reflect on how they have reached personal goals or milestones.
Both year levels have been outstanding this year, adapting to disruption and growing into the ways of Massey High School. They are well prepared for the opportunities that 2023 will provide.
For the first time in several years our staff were able to gather at the Te Pai Netball Centre for a celebratory lunch (many thanks to our Board of Trustees), it also enabled us to acknowledge the long service of three retiring staff members – Alan Birch, Jenni Douglas, and Raewyn Moore – we wish them all the very best for their retirements and thank them for their service to our school.
Our staff (teaching and non-teaching alike) have been immense this year. They have risen to the challenge of COVID enforced disruptions and continued to support our students in every endeavour. I have been at Massey High School since I began my teaching career in 2006, and have had the privilege of working alongside many of our current staff since then – you would be hard pressed to find staff anywhere that give more to the personal and academic growth of their students than ours.
For myself, my first three terms as Principal have flown by. It is sometimes hard to believe that the best part of a year has gone so quick. It is three terms that would have been far more difficult if it were not for the support of our students, staff, and community and I’d like to express my thanks to all. There are exciting developments ahead for Massey High School and our new intake of Year 9 students in 2023 will further enrich our school.
There is much happening on the grounds over the break, with a number of old classroom buildings being demolished, construction of the new music block continuing, accessibility works expanding, and the new covered netball court being completed. In the past week we were successful in obtaining funding for new sound equipment in the Bruce Ritchie Performing Arts Centre. I ask that any visitors to the school over that time be mindful of the areas where work is taking place.
To all our students, parents, and caregivers we hope that you all have a wonderful Summer break, one which provides you all with the chance to spend time with friends and family, and to celebrate the festive season.
From all staff at Massey High School, we wish you all the best for Christmas, a Happy New Year, and we look forward to seeing you all in 2023.