On Friday 10 July we hosted a mid-winter alumni gathering here at Matahui School. In attendance, we had families whose children had recently left the school to transition into secondary education and a number whose children had long since passed through the school. In both instances however, what was significant, was the fact that they all had wonderful memories of the time they spent here as part of the community.
What was also obvious was the enthusiasm with which our alumni recalled experiences they shared, many of which pertained to aspects of the outdoor education programme the school has developed and received national recognition for in 2012. “Mission Impossible” was a constant source of discussion during which specific moments were vividly rekindled.
As I listened to the conversations evolve it was absolutely apparent that our alumni feel a strong and tangible connection to their school. It was equally apparent that they were well-balanced individuals who had strong self-esteem, were confident, capable, interesting individuals able to engage easily with anyone.
So many of the students who leave Matahui School demonstrate a level of resilience, optimism and motivation to reach their goals and this results in a diverse range of accomplishments. What we would appreciate is hearing more from you all as to what you are currently doing. We would like to continue to celebrate your successes and accomplishments by featuring you on our web site and Facebook. As far as we are concerned you are all shining stars.
On that note, you may be interested to learn that Toby Cunliffe-Steel recently won a silver medal in the lightweight single sculls at the World University Games. If you would like to read more please access the following link. You will be inspired.
We would also like to showcase both our existing and past parents on the website and Facebook. Many of you have successes that highlight the level of entreprenurialism and creativity that thrives in our community. Don’t hesitate to contact us so that we can share your achievements globally.
Our thanks to Helga Campbell and Kate Bruning for the extra personal time they put into organizing the alumni evening. To those families who brought along food and drink – our thanks. Most importantly, thank you for maintaining your connection to the school. You will always be part of our whanau.