Friday, March 23, 2018

Acting Principal's Message

Kia ora Kevinians and Supporters of the College

This week we have been following our rowers as they compete at the Maadi Cup.  Conditions have been challenging on days but it has been very exciting to see both crews and individuals advance through the stages.  It seems timely to stop and acknowledge all of the parents and staff who regularly volunteer their time and energy, through coaching, managing, transporting etc, to support our students and enable them to be successful in whatever endeavours they pursue.  Like I said last week of those who have opened their homes to host our visiting students from Tokyo, Japan, it is this generosity that makes our College Community so special.

This coming Monday our visiting students from Tokyo will head home, but before they go the girls shared a great performance with us at assembly on Wednesday and played a fun 'international' against our students during 6th period to finish off the week today.  They have thoroughly enjoyed their stay here and I would like to thank our junior students in particular who have displayed our FIRE Value of Family, buddied up with them during class time and welcomed the girls into their friendship groups.

Finally, please remember about the new system for parent teacher interviews.  These will now be formatted around a student lead conference, along with whanau teachers.  Students have begun looking at what they need to include in their conference and information was both emailed and posted home for parents and caregivers.  If you didn't get a copy in the post, we have spare ones in the school office.

May God bless you all
Kerry Ryan, Acting Principal

Hostel Happenings

Last Saturday Mr Rawson, Greg and Jule took a bus load of hostel students down to Dunedin to watch the Highlanders play the Crusaders. A great night was had by all and a number of the students were able to meet some of their favourite players.

Hostel Closed at Easter
Please note that the hostel will be closed on Thursday afternoon for Easter and reopen on the Tuesday after Easter at 2pm.

1st XV Trial Game

The 1st XV met up with the boys from Roncalli College last weekend for a pre-season trial game.  Thank you Marie Claire Kay for taking some great action shots to share.

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Sharing Cultural Experiences

Our visiting students from Nihon University Buzan Girls' Senior and Junior High School were presented with certificates at assembly today. They also took the opportunity to perform for the College and shared two songs, Cosmos and Kikyuu ni notte dokomademo (Wherever riding in a balloon), and a Koi dance.  We wish them safe travels when they return home after the long weekend.

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

South Island 7's

Winding down, post game! 
The U15 Boys have started the South Island 7's tournament with a bruising come from behind win over Nelson College 24-20.  Sebastian scoring after the final hooter from 60m out.   Keep it up team!

Monday, March 19, 2018

Multiple Ribbons At The Palmerston Show

The Palmerston Show was on at the weekend and a few of our equestrian riders took the opportunity to compete.  Although not representing the school, as you can see, there were so many ribbons they almost wouldn't fit around the horses' necks.  Well done girls!!  Results were:

Kayleigh Gill - 2nd Turnout, 2nd Best Rider, 1st Best Paced, 1st Open Hack, 2nd Best Maiden Hack, and Champion Overall.

Nikita Sewhoy - Reserve Champion in the Standardbred Class, 2nd Best Rider, 3rd Best Presented, 3rd Best Pony Club Mount, 4th Best Paced, 4th Best Mannered, Clear 50cm Jumping Round, Clear 60cm Jumping Round.

Anna Wallis - 1st Best Rider, 1st Best Mannered Pony, 2nd Best Matched Pairs, 3rd Open Show Pony, 3rd Turnout, 4th Best Paced Pony, 4th Maiden Pony, 5th Best Pony Club Pony.

Lucy Hellewell - 2nd in Best Mannered and 4th in.Best Rider riding a horse at its first outing.

Visitors Settle In

The girls from Nihon University Buzan Girls' Senior and Junior High School have settled into the College and are having a great time making new friends.  They are only here for a short time, but we thank the families who have been hosting the girls during their stay. 

Maadi 2018 Underway

Maadi 2018 is underway and the team looked very smart as they lined up for the parade yesterday.  Logan Docherty has had a solid start with a 2nd place in his heat in the U17 Boys Single Sculls and you can follow the whole team at

Friday, March 16, 2018

Acting Principal's Message

Kia ora Kevinians and Supporters of the College

This week we welcomed a group from Nihon University Buzan Girls' Senior and Junior High School to St Kevin's.  They are already embracing being part of the College and I would like to acknowledge and thank all of the families who have opened their homes to host the girls during their stay.  It is this generosity that makes our College Community so special.

At assembly on Wednesday students were introduced to the new system of parent interviews that we will be using this year.  These will be with whanau teachers, with students leading the conference (interview).  Information and answers to questions have been emailed home today and a physical copy of the letter/information will be posted home next week.  Keep an eye out for it and please contact whanau teachers if you have any additional questions.

Mr Olsen is overseas for the next couple of weeks with a group from Outdoor Education NZ.  He has been showcasing the College and the wider Waitaki District, but he is still keeping an eye on his Year 9 IT class with a Skype call yesterday from Germany!

May God bless you all
Kerry Ryan, Acting Principal

The Growing Field Of Genetics

Last night Mrs Sutton and four students attended a Genetics Otago open lecture at Otago University. The speaker was Dr Laura Boykin, a senior TED fellow and winner of the International Gifted Citizen Prize in 2017. Laura heads the Cassava virus action project, in Eastern Africa. This is a network of researchers, farmers and industry people, collaborating to use a pocket DNA sequencer to improve the management of cassava viruses in east Africa.

This really opened their eyes to see both how science and technology can combine to solve a huge humanitarian problem. They were very lucky that afterwards Laura took considerable time to talk to our students and inspire them to see what can be possible.​

ProMed NZ First Aid

The Gateway students were learning about First Aid and achieving NCEA credits yesterday through a First Aid course with ProMed NZ. Simba was offering her assistance!

Thursday, March 15, 2018

Aoraki Record Smashed

The Aoraki Athletics team headed up to Timaru yesterday and had an outstanding day!  Of note was the efforts of Max Yanzick who not only came first in both the U16 Boys 1500m and 3000m but smash the Aoraki record in the latter by 9 seconds (also taking 22 seconds off his PB).  Other Aoraki titles went to Hamish Coutts in the U14 Boys 800m, Peleki Tangifolau in the U15 Boys Javelin and Breidy Johnston in the U16 Girls 100m. 

Other top 10 finishes came from:
Jasmine Emery (U14 Girls) - 100m 5th, 200m 2nd, Long Jump 3rd
Harriet Heaphy (U14 Girls) - 400m 4th, 800m 4th
Peta Katoa (U14 Girls) - Discus 3rd
Jed Jabagat (U14 Boys) - 100m 2nd, 200m 4th, High Jump 2nd
Dodge Lofranco (U14 Boys) - 400m 3rd, Long Jump 2nd
Liam Prouting-Gardener (U14 Boys) - 3000m 2nd
Johanna Alegado (U15 Girls) - 100m 2nd, 200m 3rd, High Jump 4th
Aria Packer (U15 Girls) - Long Jump 5th
Krystalee Sheehy (U15 Girls) - 400m 5th, 800m 5th
Elisha Carter (U15 Girls) - Javelin 2nd
Peleki Tangifolau (U15 Boys) - Shot Put 4th
Breidy Johnston (U16 Girls) - 200m 2nd
Jaimee Trainor (U16 Girls) - Javelin 4th, Shot Put 3rd
Amy Coutts (U16 Girls) - 1500m 4th, 3000m 2nd
Cameron Yeoman (U16 Boys - Discus 4th
Caitlin Middlemiss (Senior Girls) - Long Jump 4th
Amber Cunningham (Senior Girls) - Shot Put 2nd, Discus 2nd
Laura O'Brien (Senior Girls) - Shot Put 3rd
Cameron Dodd (Senior Boys) - Javelin 2nd
Samuela Babiau (Senior Boys) - Shot Put 5th, Discus 3rd
Thanusha Podiappuhami (Senior Boys) - Triple Jump 4th