A Message from the Headmaster
By Craig Bassingthwaighte, Headmaster
We wish our Somerset community a happy and healthy holiday and a wonderful Easter. View a message from our Headmaster, Craig Bassingthwaighte below.
Craig Bassingthwaighte, Headmaster
Welcome back! I trust you have all had a restful and refreshing break and are ready for the demands that go with the fourth and final term of the year, the absolutely final term for the Class of 2016! I’m sure you will join me in welcoming the nine new students who commenced at the College this term.
With regret I have accepted the resignation of the following members of staff:
I am delighted to announce that
I am sure you will make both Ms Goodsell and Mrs Hodge welcome when they commence next year.
With Mrs Fisher resigning her position, I have taken the opportunity to look at restructuring the Departments of Music and Theatre Arts to have a similar structure to other Departments in the Senior School.
I am delighted that Mrs Sue Roberts has accepted my offer to become the Head of Department – Performing Arts. Mrs Roberts’ experience, success and work ethic makes this appointment both well-deserved and logical. As the Head of Department – Performing Arts, Mrs Roberts will oversee all things previously under the Music and Theatre Arts banners. Mrs Roberts deservedly enjoys the confidence of so many students, parents and staff at the College. I’m sure you’ll join me in congratulating Mrs Roberts on her appointment.
We commenced advertising for the new roles of Assistant Head of Department – Performing Arts and Administrative Assistant – Performing Arts on Saturday.
Sheryl Burns, our Head Coach of Netball, was inducted into the New Zealand Surf Life Saving Hall of Fame last weekend. This honour has only been bestowed upon 34 athletes in the 106 years of the sport in New Zealand and is recognition of outstanding success as a competitor, both nationally and internationally. We congratulate Sheryl on this amazing achievement in recognition of her passion, skill and commitment to this sport.
Most importantly we welcome back those staff and students who ventured away from the College on supervised excursions; State Rowing, Skiing, Thailand and USA. We are indebted to my colleagues who readily give up their own holidays to provide opportunities for our students. In the busyness of a Somerset year, we are entitled to ask why anyone would do this? It is what we do here at Somerset. The improvement of student outcomes in all areas is a focus for our decision making, resourcing, and, yes, even our generosity.
The last term of the year has started with the intensity that we knew was imminent. We are delighted with the renewed commitment of our students as they endeavour to finish as strongly as they can. This perseverance is a hallmark of success. If someone falters we are reassured that someone will be waiting to lend a helping hand.« Back to IndexNext article in this edition »