Isaac Ellery, one of our fabulous 24/7 youth workers, has worked at our kura for the last four years, supporting a variety of students through 1:1 mentoring as well as small group sessions focusing on personal and social skill development. He is often present at break times to support positive activities and support vulnerable students – this includes running informal clubs (cards groups, craft activities, etc.) and running purpose-driven mentoring opportunities (such as the ‘positive vibes group’ and organising sausage sizzles for the student body)!! Sadly, Isaac has had to make the difficult decision to step away from his youth worker position as he focuses on teacher training at the University of Canterbury. Today was his final day as a youth worker at CSKI, acknowledged by a powerful and emotional haka which was organised and performed by the students themselves. We will all miss Isaac’s positive, thoughtful and supportive presence at South and wish him all the best for his future career.