A Welcome Worthy of our Students

February 02, 2023 at 2:17 PM

In an unprecedented week for many in Auckland, the first day back at College was a warm welcome with familiar streams of students happily making their way to the gymnasium upon arrival, fresh-faced and chirpy from a well-deserved summer break. Returnee students fit in a quick catch-up or wave across the gym to their friends before the Pipes and Drums signalled the start of the Pōwhiri. 

New students and staff were led into the gymnasium by the Kaikaranga, filing to face the tangata whenua as they performed a haka pōwhiri. The haka chosen speaks of hauling a waka to its resting place, metaphorically representing the new people onto the marae. A beautiful waiata and welcome from the Kaikōrero followed the haka.

This occasion was the first Pōwhiri to welcome new students and staff in Saint Kentigern College’s history. Welcoming staff and students to the 2023 school year, new College Principal Damon Emtage addressed the first full assembly for the year by reminding all present of the tremendous privilege of being a part of this school.

To close, College Chaplain Reverend David Smith led the congregation in prayer, blessing the year ahead. As one, the school bowed their heads and recited the words of the Saint Kentigern prayer. The students then spilled out into the grassy fields and off to their tutor classes to begin the day.

We are thankful to be commencing the year after much uncertainty. We look forward to another amazing year ahead.

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