From the Principal
He mihi maioha, Faa-talofa atu, Greetings,
Next Friday is a milestone for Marian College as it is 40 years since Marian was officially opened on 25 March 1982. We will be acknowledging the day and will continue to celebrate during this year, as we reflect on how far we have come and the prospect of a new school in 2023. If you are a past pupil or staff member and would like to keep in touch, please reconnect with our Rauru group. This is particularly for students and whānau from St Mary’s, McKillop and Marian Colleges and we would love to hear from you. Over this 40th year, we will share images, photos, stories, and memories.
We are a family school and we talk a lot about our Marian magic, which is the special quality of our school that makes us unique. A great example of our magic is the relationships between staff and students. Whilst we have made practical changes to our teaching and learning due to the current pandemic, those important connections remain. My favourite moment this week was watching three separate classes on the field at the same time, all enjoying being outside and at school. The Music group was performing and being recorded, the Physical Education class was having a great time in a highly complex and noisy game and a senior Science class was testing the speed of sound in a group task spread across the field.
We are managing the challenges of Covid as the peak approaches and are glad to be at school. We are very fortunate that only a very small number of staff have been impacted so far and we have relief teachers available. Thank you to our parents and whānau for keeping us informed very promptly about student absences for Covid-related reasons. I will continue my Wednesday updates as usual, as we expect the peak in Canterbury to be from now on, followed by a plateau of about two weeks. I hope you and your families are well and please contact us if we can be of help.
With faith in our future,
Mary-Lou Davidson (Mrs)