Kia Ora parents, caregivers and the wider community,
As Principal I'm excited and most optimistic about this year at school. This is not because it will be easy or that there won't be challenges to work through. It's because I see the work of staff and students, I hear of the amazing programmes and initiatives being developed on our campuses, I hear the worship band call the school to worship, I hear of senior students helping those younger than themselves, I observe the wonderful way the scriptures are woven into lessons and I see the pastoral care and attention given to students. I could fill this website with amazing stories. As I said I'm optimistic but I'm also a realist. So if the wheels fall off for you concerning school this year, please come and see us and we will listen. I have had the privilege of sitting in meetings this year where this has been the case, we will always look for a positive outcome and it is an integral part of what we do.
I add my congratulations again to Aaron Keesing (Y13) in being awarded an 'Outstanding Scholarship'. He received a letter from the Minister of Education this week and in it the Hon Hekia Parata said, "The 2013 New Zealand Scholarship Outstanding Scholar Award is a testament to your hard work throughout the school year. You are one of the best of the best and that is reflected in this result." Those words are superb and well deserved by Aaron. I also congratulate all Aaron's teachers who have combined to give him every opportunity to achieve such a stellar award. The Minister referred to this in her letter when she said, "I also acknowledge Elim Christian College and your family for all the support they gave you to help you succeed." How wonderful is that?
Murray Burton MNZM