This week we have come together for a number of important transition events for our Year 7 and 8 ākonga / students and also to bring together those ākonga / students who are the only ones moving to St Ignatius from their current school.
We recognise how difficult it can be to make the move to a new school, especially as a foundation student and so events like these are important to help everyone connect and build relationships.
Melissa Bell, Year 8 Manutaki/Dean reflects on her experience:
What an exciting opportunity we had to hold the Solo Ākonga Meet and Greet, as well as the Year 7 and 8 Transition Evenings. It was a time of connecting, networking, and coming together as a St Ignatius community. It was a blessing and pleasure to be able to meet so many ākonga and their whānau, it was a great turn out!Ākonga were able to build the relationships between their peers as they participated in the fun activities the staff ran. Ākonga would hopefully have connected with one other person in their year level that will be a familiar face for them next year.I look forward to next year as we begin our journey together as a whole kura.
Lauren Hartland (year 8 2024) writes:
I was excited to be asked with some other students to help welcome students to the transition events which were held this week. My job was to help give out the name tags so everyone could learn each other names. I was really excited when I saw the tent outside with the St Ignatius Shield on it because I am ready to start at St Ignatius. The Manutaki/Deans were really friendly and fun. We got to play games with our future teachers and classmates. When we were outside playing, the parents were inside listening to some important information about the start of term from the leadership team. The parents got a cool coffee cup and keyring and we got a pencil case and pen. After the games we had delicious pies, desserts and drinks. I know everyone went home excited. It was a great night and I can't wait for next year!