Kaipara korero | From the Kaipara College Principal’s Desk:

Recently I attended a public meeting regarding the Kaipara College Centenary celebrations. The meeting was a small but perfectly formed group comprising some old boys and girls, local principals and organisers. What struck me was the energy, enthusiasm and aroha the old boys and girls had and still have for their school. I was treated to many stories of how school used to be, the excited voices exclaiming, “Do you remember…”, and “I wonder what happened to….”. It also made me nervous, feeling the deep level of investment and expectation these people had for the upcoming centenary celebration. Luckily for Kaipara College we have a heavily invested and dedicated organising committee who understand the importance of this event for the school and the community it lies within.

What also struck me while listening to the banter at the meeting was although many things have changed over the years, the importance of having strong values as the basis for school endures across the ages and remains critical to producing good humans, then and now. Please get involved in making the Kaipara College Centenary weekend a memorable and fabulous event that will bring young and old members of the Kaipara College community together. For more information, and to sign up to our mailing list, visit our Centenary web page under News & Events at kaipara.school.nz or email Erin at centenary@kaipara.school.nz.

On another note, this week is Summer Sports Tournament Week where secondary school students have the opportunity to play summer sports against other schools. Events happen all over New Zealand and our Kaipara College competitors relish this opportunity and the tough competition it provides. This year we have students away competing at Waka Ama Nationals in Rotorua, the 3x3 basketball tournament in Takanini and the North Island Mountain Bike Championships in Rotorua. While we eagerly await news of their progress, I know they will be exemplary representatives of Kaipara College, displaying our  WAKA values at all times, making us proud.

These events cannot happen without the many volunteer coaches, managers, helpers and supporters from our community who freely give their expertise, time, energy and commitment to our young people. A huge thank you to all these wonderful people.

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