Kia Ora Whanau,
This is the last hail for 2020. This has been a tough year for everyone but in my 30 plus years in education this is a year where I learned so much. As a country we have been forced to face our abundant strengths as a nation but also our weaknesses. Our strengths are our people our weaknesses are our systems. It showed us that we need to have our most vulnerable people in our communities at the heart of our decisions.
I am enormously proud of our students and staff. They have been outstanding. We refused to let COVID 19 steal our education and outcomes. We did all we could to mitigate the loss of time at school. Our Board of Trustees stood right beside us and were a continual source of aroha and tautoko.
I must also thank our fabulous parents and caregivers. You were terrific in making sure work was completed and handed in on time and you kept our kids going. We couldn’t have achieved anything without your support.
To our students that are leaving us; we will miss you very much. You go with our love and support. This will always be your home and we want you to come back and see us and tell us about your adventures and what you are up to. Remember always use your superpowers for good and always come from the most vulnerable person in your community. Your voice is important and you must vote in local body elections and general elections.
No one else defines you but you. Your perseverance and your tenacity is what people will remember. What other people think of you is never as important as what you think of yourself.
You are the next generation it is up to you how you want the World to be shaped. Nobody can tell you anymore that you should be waiting your turn, nobody can tell you anymore that this is how it’s always been done. More than ever this is your moment, your generation’s world to shape.
However, remember It’s not about you. You're going to be happiest, in my opinion, when you try to be selfless. You should be proud of your achievements, and I hope you're eager to get to work so that decades from now you can take a look around you and say you left things a little bit better than you found them.
We will always be on this journey with you and we are here when you need us. Now the hard work begins.
Ngā mihi o te wā ki a koe