Traditional welcome begins school year
New teachers and students were welcomed at Marlborough Boys' College and Queen Charlotte College yesterday by staff and students with powhiri followed by school assemblies.
Marlborough Boys' College year 13 students and year 12 leadership group, led by the prefect team, welcomed the students on the front field with a haka.
Marlborough Boys' College principal Wayne Hegarty said it was refreshing seeing all the new students.
"The new students have started their journey at the boys' college and been introduced to some of our traditions, like entering the school through the John Stewart Building entrance for the only time until they leave us in year 13," he said.
Students usually use other doors to enter the school.
The students spent the day getting to know their form teachers and head students.
"We want the students to know there is support for them as they become a part of the larger college. We have students from Australia, Japan, Germany and Thailand starting today and it is important for us that they are introduced to classmates and settle in before all the other students start next week," Mr Hegarty said.
Year 13 student Logan Douglas said being in the front row at the powhiri was a new experience and something he would not forget.
"It was great seeing all their young faces and I hope we succeeded in letting them know we are here to support them," he said.
At Queen Charlotte College all the students returned today for their first day of 2014. Queen Charlotte College head boy Leon Bristow felt the same way seeing all the excited young faces in front of him.
"I suddenly realised looking at them that today was my last ‘first day' at this school and their first - it's a bit daunting. It is one of our most important duties to help them start their journey and set an example," he said.
Queen Charlotte College head girl Tamsin Woolf looked forward to the year ahead and hoped to make a positive change at the school.
"It's going to be a great year with a lot of hard work and fun," she said.
The Marlborough Express