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I am pleased to announce the appointment of Margaret Robertson, our Head of Music, to a part-time position as a Deputy Principal here at WSC.  This position has been created following the appointment of Paul Alford as the leader of our Community of Learning – a two day a week position.  Margaret has a long and distinguished career here at Springs and it is wonderful to see her promoted to Deputy Principal. Her area of interest is the junior school curriculum and accelerating and recognizing learning and achievement in the junior school.  I know you will all join me in wishing Margaret well as she takes on this demanding portfolio.

The pace of change on the site as our re-build progresses is quite astonishing.  Shortly the steelwork for the whare ako, a two storey teaching block at Waiorea will start appearing above the security fencing.  The precast concrete panels for this are in place now. Similarly the new gymnasium pre cast panels will be lifted in during the holidays and the steel work for this part of the main teaching block will start to appear too.

Our technology block (F block) will be demolished these holidays to make way for the development of the paved pedestrian walkway and ‘great lawn’ central feature of the new build.  This component will be ready by the end of January 2019. The transformation of our old library into a new student cafeteria also begins during these holidays with the removal of the late 1990’s extension (leaky building) and the construction of a large deck and verandah roof.  This is a very exciting time for the school and I am keen to share this excitement with the school community. We are planning an information meeting in early August, so do keep your eye out for communications about this.

Our school ball at the Cordis Hotel at the end of June was a marvelous event.  Our students ‘did us all proud’, looking magnificent, behaving impeccably and really enjoying what I am billing as “one of the best school balls” I have ever attended…and I have attended a fair few!

Breaking news: Nga Puna O Waiorea kapa haka, attending the Nationals in Palmerston North, have made the finals of this prestigious championship.  One of the “top 9” selected to perform today Waiorea are going all out to improve on their second place from two years ago at Napier. Watch the performance live on Maori TV at 3.00 pm today (Friday July 6th).

Best wishes for the term two holidays everyone.  Be safe and return refreshed and ready for a full-on term 3!!!

Ivan Davis

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