College – Issue 31

DIRECTOR OF STUDIES Welcoming Joe Eccleton

Rain may have forced a change of location from the quad to the gym, but nothing could detract from the fond farewell given and warm welcome extended at the powhiri for new Director of Studies Joe Eccleton at the beginning of Term 2.

Wearing Cashmere High School’s treasured feathered korowai, Joe was accompanied by his wife Shelley and daughters Sophie and Millie, as well as a large contingent of Cashmere High School staff and students. The group was called into College by a karakia from College parent Puamiria Parata-Goodall and a resounding haka led by Deputy Head Prefect Ngane Punivai.

Teacher Steve Everingham led the whai korero (formal speeches), followed by Schola Cantorum singing Wairua Tapu, before Executive Principal Garth Wynne welcomed Joe to our community. He thanked Cashmere for their grace in handing over their “leader, colleague and friend” and promised College would now care for Joe and nurture his career, adding he hoped Joe was

“undaunted by the challenges and excited by the opportunities” his move to College would bring. Schola Cantorum sang Ka Waiata, before Cashmere High School Principal Mark Wilson replied. In reference to the rain, Mark said he thought it was Rangi shedding some tears for the loss of Joe from the Cashmere community. He described


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