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Southwell School welcomes their new Headmaster

Welcome to Southwell Mr Jason Speedy!

On Monday morning this week, Southwell School welcomed their new Headmaster, Mr Jason Speedy, along with his family (wife Janine, daughter Jessie and son Judd) in a special pōwhiri and service of Commissioning.  The whole school stood round Southwell's famous Oval as the pōwhiri took place in its centre.  Representatives from the local community, including Southwell's Board, and MPs David Bennett and Tim Macindoe received Jason and his family who were accompanied by members of the St Peter's, Cambridge community.  They were joined by the Principals and Chaplains from St Paul's Collegiate and Waikato Diocesan School for Girls.  Mr Speedy was previously an Assistant Principal at St Peter's.  Southwell Chaplain, Canon Neale Troon began the pōwhiri with karakia.  Following the pōwhiri, the gathered crowd moved into the School auditorium for the Commissioning Service.  The reading came from John's Gospel, 15.12-17, and Bishop Helen-Ann gave an address which reflected on the importance of love, joy, perseverance and hope in leadership, giving thanks that God had called Mr Speedy to Southwell to be its new Headmaster.

Following the service, morning tea was served in the dining hall, and before they departed, the St Peter's kapa haka group perfomed some final songs.  

Bishop Helen-Ann returned to Southwell for her usual Tuesday morning Morning Prayer, and at that service, Mr Speedy was installed into his seat in All Hallow's Chapel by the Head Boy and Head Girl.  

The new school term is now underway for all our schools, and we wish all the staff and students, particularly those preparing for exams, prayers and best wishes!  We pray too for Mr Speedy and his family and they settle into their new home.

Story Published: 11th of October - 2016

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