From the Principal

E te whanau wh?nui o Kaipara, t?n? koutou.

Kaipara College students have returned from the Waka Ama World Championships following an extremely successful week on the Sunshine Coast in Australia. Our crews placed 4th in the World in three events, and made the finals in two other races. Over the course of the week, the paddlers significantly improved their performances and were part of a table topping New Zealand squad. Congratulations to all concerned, and a big thank you to the community for their ongoing support of our teams.

In the Arts, four Kaipara College bands qualified for the Regional Finals of the SmokeFree RockQuest, a fantastic achievement given the disruption to our music facilities in Term 1. Students are busy perfecting their performance for the upcoming Play It Strange songwriting competition and the drama performance of The Importance of Being Earnest.

Ten students undertook The Journey last week, finding their way from Waitangi to Kaipara College by bike, kayak and foot. They were welcomed back to the school with a powhiri in the Whare Ako. Those involved had to dig deep, overcoming many challenges along the way. Our gratitude goes to Ben, Hannah, Amy and Jordan for organising and running this challenge.

This Saturday, 28 May, the annual Careers Expo is being hosted at the ASB Showgrounds, Ellerslie. We would like to encourage parents to take their sons and daughters to this one stop shop for careers and trades advice and information.

Please be aware that a slight adjustment is being made to the Wednesday school timetable. From the 8th of June, the school day will finish at 3:10pm.

Patrick Gale

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