PETER SAWYER ACT­ING PRIN­CI­PAL

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This year has seen a change in lead­er­ship at Christchur­ch Girls’ High School – Te Kura o Hine Waiora. Af­ter five years in the role as Prin­ci­pal, Pauline Duthie left the school to take up a new po­si­tion at Columba Col­lege in Dunedin. Un­til a new Prin­ci­pal was found I had the priv­i­lege of lead­ing the school for nearly two terms.

Early in Term 2 Chris­tine O’Neill was ap­pointed to be the four­teenth Prin­ci­pal of our school and be­gan in the role in Term 3 this year. We are look­ing for­ward to work­ing with Chris­tine as we all be­gin the next chap­ter in our school’s life.

The events of 15 March were dis­turb­ing for all and with the school be­ing less than one kilo­me­tre from the Al Noor Mosque, the tragic events of that af­ter­noon im­pacted greatly on us. Dif­fi­cult times of­ten bring pos­i­tive out­comes and both dur­ing the lock­down and in the sub­se­quent weeks the strengths and pos­i­tive char­ac­ter­is­tics of our school com­mu­nity re­ally showed. I have never been prouder of how our stu­dents re­acted on this day and after­wards in their ef­forts to sup­port the Mus­lim com­mu­nity. I would like to high­light three stu­dents who af­ter wit­ness­ing the ap­palling treat­ment of a Mus­lim stu­dent, did not stand back but went to great lengths to stand up for her and what was right. Our school val­ues of Com­pas­sion – Aroha; Grat­i­tude – Whai Whakaaro; Hon­esty – Pono; and Strength – Kaha were never more ev­i­dent.

I am very pleased to wel­come Chris­tine to her role as Prin­ci­pal and am ex­cited to be part of the fu­ture that awaits Christchur­ch Girls’ High School – Te Kura o Hine Waiora.

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