Kia ora and welcome to the New Year. One week in already. What with the bad weather and only four days due to Waitangi Day, it was gone before we knew it. Belatedly, we would like to welcome back everyone and a special welcome to those who are new. It is great to see all the children in their uniforms, faces smiling ready to get on with some exciting learning this year.

We also welcome some new teachers and teachers who have returned after being away having family.

Mr Calder Gray (Room 6), Mr Rob Williamson (Room 9) and Mrs Joanne Stephens (Room 7) are new to the school this year. They have appreciated everyone’s warm Southland welcome and are looking forward to getting to know our school community over this year.

We are welcoming back Mrs Laurie Goad, Mrs Emma Thomas, Mrs Emma Clarke and Mrs Hailey Cundall who will be teaching specialist aspects of the learning areas of PE, music, drama and art while the teachers are on their classroom release time.

We are looking for an exciting year and can’t wait to catch up with you if we haven’t already.

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