Principal’s Message – 23 February, 2024



Dear Parents

We had lovely school prayers this morning, which saw us welcome our new students and families. Each of the new children received their welcome certificate, with the support of their family. The school then blessed them and sang our welcome song.

Thank you to the many families who were able to come along to the whanau (family) picnic on Friday evening. It was an awesome evening that saw families catching up with each and meeting new families. The water slide was highly successful, along with the food trucks. Thank you for supporting this special school event.

Over the break, the new basketball hoops were installed. Today the replacement sails over the junior playground were erected. These two projects were made possible thanks to the fundraising efforts of the PTFA. The PTFA are a parent group who support the school by fundraising for school projects, and they also lead social events for parents and students. If you are interested in joining the PTFA, you are welcome to come along to the first meeting for the new year: Monday, 26th March at 7.15 pm. The meeting will take place in the staffroom. Come along for a glass of wine, and join our chat about the events which are happening this year.

Have a lovely weekend!

Take care

Ka manaakitia e te Atua

Alister Bridgman


The Principal’s Message Will Cover the Following Topics:

  • New Basketball Hoops/Replacement Playground Sails
  • Synod on Syondality 2021-2024
  • First PTFA Meeting This Monday
  • Shore-to-Shore Fun Run
  • Football Festival
  • Carmel College Pre-Enrolment Evening
  • Kidz Can Music Company
  • sKids
  • Community Notices



“Synodality starts with hearing from the whole People of God. A Church that teaches must be firstly a Church that listens. Consulting all members of the Church is vital because, as the Second Vatican Council reminded us, the faithful as a whole are anointed by the Holy Spirit…”
– Pope Francis

Archbishop of Wellington Paul Martin, SM, Wairarapa Parish Priest Fr Dennis Nacorda, and Auckland Vicar for Māori Manuel Beazley have shared their experiences of the Holy Father’s Synod on Synodality in Rome last October. This YouTube video is a recording of a Zoom session they held with a live audience on Thursday, 15th February, 2024.

Watch it here:


Our first PTFA meeting of the year is this Monday, February 26th. We would love for you to join us – all welcome!


Harcourts Cooper and Co Shore to Shore is North Shore’s favourite 5km fun run/ walk, with approximately 5,000 participants entering every year.

The event starts at Takapuna Grammar School, heads along both the picturesque Takapuna and Milford beaches and ends at Milford Reserve and brings together the North Shore community to support local schools by providing them with an opportunity to raise funds for much-needed sports gear.

A great opportunity for Friends, Parents, Aunties, Uncles and Grandparents to get together, dress up, and join us for the fun!

2024 promises to be another great event with plenty of awesome costumes and spot prizes up for grabs!!

Registration process…

  • Click this link to get onto the website
  • Check your Email for the order confirmation
  • Your race packs will be sent to your school in the week of the event
  • Turn up on the day and have fun!!!

Further information and FAQ’s can be found on the Harcourts Cooper & Co Shore to Shore website.


North Shore United are holding a football tournament later this month which is a 7-a-side format at Stanley Bay Park.

The dates are:

Monday 18th March – Years 3 & 4 and Years 5 & 6 Girls Football Festival
– Wednesday 2oth March – Years 3 & 4 and Years 5 & 6 Boys Football Festival

If your child is interested in taking part please email with the following details:

  • Name
  • HG
  • Any medical conditions we need to know about
  • Whether you are able to transport/supervise/coach on the day

Please note we will only be able to register teams based on the level of interest, we need at least 10 players per team. Registrations close on 8 March 2024.


Pre-enrolment Evening for Years 7 to 9 in 2025
Families of prospective students for Years 7 to 9 in 2025 are invited to attend the pre-enrolment evening.

We encourage any prospective families to attend this evening as it is an excellent opportunity to learn about our school, look around the campus and receive information on the enrolment process.

Date: Thursday, 14 March 2024
Venue: College Hall
4.00pm – presentation by staff and students
4.30-5.30pm – tours of the school




Please check out the latest community notices  which you can find on our school website.

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