Kia ora

Kia ora,

Another week has sailed by and we find ourselves at the end of Week 9!

I hope you are experiencing God’s peace and presence as He works in and through you this week.   Here at school, amidst the busyness that each day brings it is a treasure to know that God is here, guiding and strengthening staff and students alike.

The Year 11-13 students and some staff are still in a bit of a heightened state following the incredible success of our school ball. I hardly recognised our students as they presented their glamorous selves at Flames Hotel on Saturday night- what a transformation, as you’ll be able to see from the photos on the front page. A great big thanks to the Ball Committee who worked tirelessly to create an amazing night. Thank you to Minette Hanekom for the beautiful photos, and to Jojo for being an awesome DJ. 

Here a few more details of the activities and events from the last few days:

As mentioned in last week’s newsletter, staff have prepared mid year reports for their

students. Your child’s report will be sent home with them on Wednesday next week (July 3rd). Please ask them to give it to you when they get home from school. 

Parent, Teacher & Student conferences are being held on Thursday 25th July (first week back next term). An email that contains a link to the booking website was sent out on Wednesday. Please follow the link to book a time to meet with your child’s teacher. This is a valuable opportunity where you and your child can meet with the teacher to discuss their progress and next learning steps. You may want to bring your child’s mid- year report with you to guide your discussion.

Thursday and Friday next week are Teacher Only Days. The school will be closed, so please remember to arrange alternative care for your child. Over the Thursday and Friday Staff will be attending a NZACS conference (NZ Association of Christian Schools) in Tauranga. Please pray for us as we travel and that each staff member would receive refreshment and encouragement at the conference.

Here is an opportunity for you: Whangarei Christian Education Trust are very keen to talk with parents or extended family members in the Excellere College community that would be interested in joining their board. Also known as WCET, the trust  owns the land and school buildings. Not only do they do an amazing job developing the school site but they are also responsible for maintaining and developing the Special Christian Character of our school. If you love our school, have a heart for Christian education and would like to have the opportunity to serve on the WCET board, please contact the school office. 

 As this is my last newsletter caption I would like to take this opportunity to express my thanks to the students, staff, parents, Board of Trustees that have supported me this term.  I have felt your prayers and have so appreciated your kind words of encouragement. It has been a privilege to lead and serve the school this term and I am so grateful to have had the opportunity.

 I have definitely been on a learning journey this term and it has been a typical learning experience too: sometimes fun, sometimes interesting, sometimes jolly hard work and sometimes scary. It has made me appreciate what our students face daily and it has made me totally appreciate what Mr Whitehead does all the time.   A special thank you to Mrs Mary-Lynne Steel for taking such awesome care of my students in Room 5 this term. I’m sure that she has enjoyed teaching them as much as I do.   

    Manaakitia koe katoa, Bless you all Nicole

The LORD bless you and keep you; The LORD make His face shine upon you,

And be gracious to you; The LORD lift up His countenance upon you,

And give you peace.  Numbers 6:24-26

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