Kia Ora Koutou
At Assembly this Wednesday I said the following: ‘COMPASSION, TEND. This is our focus Value, and our focus Mission this week. What I am going to say I hope ties back to these two things.
Compassion for me in a nutshell is kindness. Tend in another nutshell is doing for others, service for and to others.
Mr Sherman-Ball is unwell at the moment, not yet fully recovered from the start of the term so we are working towards tending to the needs of those classes taught by him as we speak, and showing compassion as he mends.
Yesterday Year 10 Music put on a great concert and in doing so you tended our souls and lifted our spirits. And by gum you are a talented bunch. I like how you supported each other and it was heartening to see how your audience supported your performances- so keep up the good work.
In Lockdown what stood out was the community support. We rallied together and because we shared a common goal we as a community made it work, we as a country made it work.
We railed against anyone who was not on the team and doing their bit... because together we were and are stronger. That is us – at St Matt’s there is no doubt that as a collective we are a strength
We also found that Kindness was a massive tonic. Kindness is a tonic everyday. You may not be as smart as the girl next to you. You may not be as great a singer as the girl behind you. You may not have a pair of doc martins in the wardrobe like your friend. But you all have the capacity to be kind equally, and you have the capacity to lend a hand equally. Each and everyone in this room has value and worth so let’s be those people.’
Sport is compulsory in our school. We want everyone to be a part of a team- a summer code, a winter code, or both. Commitment means that all students are expected to show up for practices and games, and to be fair the majority do just that. But showing up is only part of the deal. School rules and values transcend every part of the school involvement.
I wrote above that during Lockdown “ we railed against anyone who was not on the team and doing their bit... because together we were and are stronger.” Some of our students need a reminder about being part of the team and respect for those who give their time to coach and manage their teams because without those people we cannot field those teams. What does this mean? Show up for games and practices, be in correct uniform, listen to your coach and manager, behave appropriately, do not answer back, and be a part of the team- all the things that are expected of them in every part of the school day. Failure to comply will result in being benched, being removed from the team, or a loss of privilege.
That being said sport is about a release of energy, physical fitness, and being together to achieve an end. I watch a lot of sport and when the students here play together they have fun together. This lunchtime I watched the 7s and 8s using the Ki O Rahi field to play a game and just like the origins of the game although there were victors and defeated it was about achieving a peaceful togetherness. The trinity is all about that; we are better together.
Year 10 Music
Congratulations to the Year 10 Music class who delighted us with a lunchtime concert on Tuesday. The group of Mya Anderson, Charlotte Beetham, Ruby Matthews and Lily Gillies also performed for us in Assembly.