by ANGELA LITTLE
On April 29, Sacred Heart College staff and students and invited guests witnessed a moving pōwhiri to welcome the school’s new principal Stephen Dooley.
The pōwhiri was led by the school’s senior Kapa Haka boys, who laid down the challenge to Mr Dooley.
A rousing haka was followed by speeches from SHC board chair Kelsen Butler, Mātua Wiremu Ngatipa and the headmaster of St Peter’s College, James Bentley, Stephen Dooley, Sacred Heart acting principal Rob Pepping, Br Richard Dunleavy, FMS, and, lastly, head prefect Millar Rewi read a closing prayer.
What made this pōwhiri so stirring was the heart-felt farewell song and haka to Mr Dooley by members of the St Peter’s Kapa Haka group.
Sacred Heart College extends a very warm welcome to Mr Dooley and his family and looks forward to them becoming
part of the school community.