Medbury Prep Fixture
Congratulations to all boys involved on the way you have represented the School. The Medbury boys, parents and staff were most appreciative of the warm welcome extended to them. Thank you to our boys who acted as hosts and our parents who billeted the boys. Thank you also to Mr Lincoln Doull; the Firsts Coaches, Mr Paul Unwin, Mr Neil McCorkell and Mr Tom Hill; the referees for each game; and Mr Paolo Pancotti and the Kitchen Staff for their efforts to ensure a most successful Prep fixture that was thoroughly enjoyed by all.
Founders Day – A Most Important Occasion
Founders’ Day this week represented an important occasion in the life of the School.
Several activities were conducted over the course of the day to remember the Founders of the school and to value their legacy. The story of Hereworth is also the story of two other schools: Heretaunga, founded in Hastings in 1882 before moving to our current site in 1913; and Hurworth, founded in Wanganui in 1901. These two schools merged in 1927 to form Hereworth. We are indebted to the Founders, Staff and Board Directors for their vision. We are also indebted to those who have contributed to the leadership of the school and education of boys since that time. The excellent education for which the school has become known would not have happened without the foresight of the Founders of the school. They set out with the express intention of developing a school which would provide a well-rounded education for boys – a school of academic excellence, of quality pastoral care, of exceptional co-curricular opportunities; a school where relationships are an essential part of creating a strong sense of community; a school where every boy can become the best that he can be, irrespective of his varied gifts and talents; a school underpinned by a strong Christian ethos that fosters within each boy a willingness to act ethically, compassionately, with wisdom, and with a desire to serve others. We owe these people a debt of gratitude – without them this fine school simply would not exist – and this is why we honour them on Founders’ Day each year.
From those early years, Hereworth has prevailed, flourished, evolved and thrived, staying true to its original aims.
It is a privilege to be a part of such a special day to acknowledge our great School’s history, the importance of which I am sure is appreciated by every member of our School community.
Hereworth is a special place. It continues to do much to shape a positive future for boys. Our exceptional and committed staff inspire learning that transforms and empowers young lives allowing our boys to develop the skills and attributes for an ever changing world and for life beyond those formative primary and intermediate years.
It was a pleasure to be able to welcome back three former Old Boys from the Year 8 class of 2014 who are now in Year 13 and are the captains of their respective schools – Steven Black from Lindisfarne College; Ben Vautier from Havelock North High School; and Sol Cerson from Napier Boys High. It was most enjoyable and satisfying to hear of their fond and at times humorous reflections of their years at Hereworth: of the impact of the School in their intellectual and character development and of their journeys since leaving. Most importantly, we could see that Hereworth has assisted in shaping young men of conscience, courage, compassion and integrity, who are challenged to make a difference to the community and the world.
Thank you to all staff and parents involved – the day came together very successfully. I particularly acknowledge the efforts of Mrs Tor Hamilton, our Director of the Foundation, for her stewardship of the day.
Founders’ Day was a perfect opportunity to showcase the present and the future, against the backdrop of the past.