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Nau mai, haere mai ki Te Kura o Whaiora ki te Tonga 2023

Welcome to 2023!

Welcome to all our new and returning students and whanau.

Last week our teachers from around the South Island came together in Christchurch for professional development. We spoke about the strengths and experience that they all bring and by coming together we can share and grow so that our students can achieve success. I used the following whakataukī to illustrate this.

Nā to rourou, nā taku rourou, ka ora ai te iwi 
With your food basket and my food basket, the people will thrive.

I came across this definition of the whakataukī: while working in isolation might result in survival, working together can take people beyond survival and onto prosperity.

Schools run on whanaungatanga - relationships. Relationships, and in particular for schools, learning-focussed relationships, are everything. Successful schools develop positive partnerships and have strong circles of relationships. Students, whānau, staff, regular schools, health professionals and the wider community all work together for success.

We look forward to working together with you and wish you well for the year ahead.

Ngā mihi
Helen Mantell