Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Welcome to SKC ERO

This week our Year 10 students welcomed staff from the Education Review Office to St Kevin's on behalf of our College Community.  The ERO team will be with us for the week.

Friday, August 26, 2016

Principal's Comment

Kia ora Kevinians and Supporters of the College

This week we have hosted His Excellency Mr Maris Sangiampongsa, Ambassador of Thailand. His Excellency was welcomed with the College Haka followed by speeches in the Auditorium. The Ambassador had a strong message promoting global citizenship and invited students to apply for the exchange programme that Holly Malcolm was selected for previously.
We also continued to have students, and staff from Gong'an No.1 Senior Middle School exploring the Kiwi way in our classes. Thank you to the hostel students who have acted as buddies to the group. Exchanges of this type, challenge us to reflect on our own culture and practice, and I am sure that all the students involved have grown in both understanding of each others customs and language. Thank you to the staff who have generously helped with evening activities. These have included cooking, horse riding and archery. We wish the group safe travel as they return home on Sunday.
At assembly this week we awarded Spark Cards. These recognise students who uphold the FIRE Values of our College. I am honoured to be able to award these to so many of our students.

May God bless you
PaulOlsen, Principal

The First Of Our Earnest Cast

Introducing the beginning of a great cast of Oscar Wilde thespians! GypsyMae Harihona-Harrison as Algernon Moncrieff, Mark Whittet as John Worthing and Josh Cunningham as the formidable Lady Bracknell (Thursday evening performance)

The Importance of Being Earnest - Home & School Fundraiser

The Home & School are proud to be teaming up with the Senior Drama class to bring to you The Importance of being Earnest - A Supper Theatre.  Directed by Ms Jo Walshe, "Earnest" is a timeless Oscar Wilde classic.  Farcical and witty, be sure to get a group together and book an elegant evening of theatre.

Tickets are $25.00 per person and available at the school office (this is an exclusive 2 shows only season so book now to avoid disappointment!)

North Otago Rugby Lineup

Lining up for North Otago in the opening round of the Heartland Championship competition are some familiar Kevinian faces!  Y13 student Simon Lilicama will run out with HOF PE Craig Smith, as well as past pupils Robbie Smith, Filipo Veamathau, Mathew Vocea and Sione Misiloi.  Hostel staff member Joe Pickett is also hitting the field!  Their first game is against Mid Canterbury in Ashburton.  Good luck to all of the North Otago boys!

High Performance Programme

The Olympics may have been and gone but the glory of the athletes who competed for New Zealand will shine on for a bit longer!  This week the first resources redeemed using our ANZ Olympic School points arrived at the College and some of the students in the Junior High Performance programme were keen to try them out.  Fitbits and medicine balls were given a quick test run before a class fitness test for those students who were not with specialist coaches for a sport specific skills lesson.

The High Performance Class has been rolled out in our Y10 class this term and will continue on into Level 1, 2 and 3.  It aims to develop our elite sports people and give them the physical, mental and emotional skills to perform at a high level.  We are grateful for the support of local sporting development officers who have come on board the programme to give sport specific coaching sessions.
As a registered ANZ Olympic School you can still provide the College with additional resources when you choose ANZ for your next home or business loan of $50,000 or over, simply by letting bank staff know that St Kevin's College is an ANZ Olympic School.  By collecting points (similar to Fly Buys or Air Points) we can redeem them for a great choice of items - CLICK HERE to see just some of things on offer!

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Action Packed Assembly

Assembly was action packed this week.  Thomas, Max, Mark and GypsyMae presented the liturgy with the theme of respect, honesty and leadership.  In their short, animated play seeds wouldn't grow because they had been boiled, and whilst others swapped seeds to ensure success Thomas' character kept the same seed - staying honest.  It seems timely with the 2017 leadership positions applications opening soon!!
As it was their final assembly, our Gong'an students and their teachers were invited onto the stage and presented with a small momento from the College.  There was a lovely opportunity for one last photo together on the assembly stage.
And to complete the triple, Spark Certificates were awarded this week.  These acknowledge Academic, Cultural or Sporting Endeavour, the Demonstration of FIRE Values, OR Service to the School, Hostel or Community.  Students are nominated for the awards by College staff.  Congratulations to:  Cody Haynes,Emily McCoy, Roshan Khatri, Millie Coutts, Theo Van de Klundert, Lucy Hellewell, Faraz Hussain, Frano Flannery, Rata McMullan, Caleb Jopson, Rose McCarthy, Kate Nally, Sean O'Brien, Molly Kay, Briar Swanson, Madeleine Harrop, Sarah Dodd, Makeyla Massey, Rylee Bell, Rebecca Whittet, Taine Lanauze, Shannon McEwan, Alex Gibbons, Kaleb Frew, Froukje Edzes, Jenna Stuart, James Caldwell, Imogen Brew, Ami Wallis, Holly Malcolm, Harriet Hanning, Nadia Kerr, Amy Hunter, Ellie Monk, Taylah Byrne, Jarred Hardy and Simon Lilicama

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Thai/New Zealand Language and Cultural Exchange

Today we were delighted to welcome His Excellency Mr Maris Sangiampongsa, Ambassador of Thailand, who was here to speak to our younger students about the Thai/New Zealand Language and Cultural Exchange programme. The delegation was greeted with the College haka and then welcomed by Head Girl GypsyMae Harihona-Harrison. Mr Olsen then introduced Ambassador Marris who addressed students, talking about Thailand and the ASEAN community, as well as the Embassy's student exchange programme and it's aims, encouraging students to put their names forward for this incredible cultural opportunity. As one of the seven students nationwide who took part in the programme for 2016, Y12 student Holly Malcolm thanked the Ambassador for travelling to the College, before joining the Thai delegation, Senior Management and our Top Six students for a morning tea in the Redcastle.

The Thai/New Zeland Language and Cultural Exchange programme aims to promote the cultural exchange of ideas and experiences, and to also immerse Thai students in conversational English through the presence of the exchange students in their schools and communities. If you would like more information please see Holly.

Gong'an Presentation

At our Admin Assembly this week, the visiting students from Gong'an No1 Middle School were presented with certificates from the College.  Thank you to Diane Vidallon for helping us with the presentation.

Friday, August 19, 2016

Deputy Principal's Message

Kia ora Kevinians and Supporters of the College

With Mr Olsen away at the Aoraki Principals Meeting it is my pleasure to address you this week. I must say that it has been a week that epitomises what it means to be a Kevinian and to live our FIRE Values every day.

Last weekend we opened the College for the Bishop's Shield, to share our St Kevin's College Family with the visiting competitors and staff.  Thank you to all of the students who competed, the families who opened their homes and to the army of student and staff volunteers who made the weekend so successful.  
Well done to our sporting teams who have achieved so much over the winter sporting season, showing Integrity on and off the sports field.  Thank you to all of the coaches, managers and supporter who volunteer countless hours to bring out the sporting best in our students.  With Tournament week approaching I am always very proud of the Respect that our students display for the competition whilst wearing the St Kevin's College crest and all of the tradition that it stands for.

Yesterday Ms Walshe joined Riley Chandler, Max Stewart and their families at the Class Act Awards Ceremony in Dunedin.  Their all around Excellence makes them worthy recipients and I congratulate them on their many achievements during their time at St Kevin's.
Finally I would like to thank parents and caregivers for their support with our request to keep students who are unwell at home.  With winter colds and flu like symptoms holding on to the last of the winter days, along with tummy bugs and gastro illness, student health is important as we lead into the work end of the school year.

May God bless you
Kerry Ryan, Deputy Principal

Welcome Gong'an No.1 Middle School

As we bade farewell to our Obirin friends, we welcomed to our College Community a group of students from Gong'an No.1 Middle School in Wuhan, China, to St Kevin's.  During their stay in Oamaru they will be hosted by the College Hostel and take in a number of educational points of interest as well as joining their St Kevin's "buddies" in a number of regular classes.  They were welcomed on Wednesday morning with a powhiri from our Y10 students.

Making A Mark

Anna Craig (Y11) is making her mark in the trapshooting scene!  Last weekend at the Aoraki Secondary Schools competition she placed first in the Girls Single Rise and also the Girls Point Score, and took third in the Girls Single Barrel event.  However, the boys were not about to let her take all of the College glory and placed second in the team event!  Well done everyone and thank you to the parents and coaches who support and travel with the students.