Published on Friday, 15 September 2017, 2:26 p.m. Print Article

Kia ora tatou Today we had the pleasure of Jacinda Adern visiting Taieri College.  After being welcomed by our TK students, Jacinda spoke at an assembly in front of students from Years 9-13.  It was a wonderful opportunity for our students to hear first-hand from someone who has been at the forefront of mass media since taking over the leadership of the Labour Party.  We see Jacinda as an excellent role model for our students and we thank those involved for providing this unique opportunity, particularly when we are so close to the general election. I enjoyed watching our junior and senior Kapa Haka groups perform at the 2017 Polyfest that was held this week at the Edgar Centre.  Both groups brought prodigious mana to Taieri College with the high-quality performance they delivered. My congratulations to everyone who was involved. Several TK students participated in our annual winter sports exchange against Longford Intermediate from Gore.  After a rousing Mihi Whakatau from both schools the games commenced.  Taieri College turned the tables from last year and dominated the exchange on the scoreboard.  As well as producing excellent performances the exchange was also memorable for the sportsmanship displayed by both schools. Finally, from me some clarification on a tragic incident that occurred in Anzac Park on Tuesday. The following is a statement that the NZ Police have asked to be shared with our community. “We understand that it is understood by some students that there was a suspected self-inflicted death near the school on Tuesday. That is not the case. A woman in her eighties collapsed and died in Anzac Park on 12 September 2017 as a consequence of a pre-existing medical condition. A post mortem examination confirms that her death was due to natural causes.” – NZ Police. This incident really highlighted the dangers and perils of social media.  Rumours circulated across Mosgiel very quickly that quite simply were not true.  We have no idea who started them and no way of finding out where they originated from.  As a college we were in no position to make public comment as the sudden death was out of our jurisdiction and subject to a coronal investigation. Our thoughts and sympathies are with the family of the deceased lady. Noho ora mai Dave Hunter  

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