We note with great sadness the death of Owen Lewis, who was the second Principal of Selwyn College from 1966 – 1979.
Owen Lewis was attracted to Selwyn because of
“the more friendly and civilised atmosphere of the coeducational college, a more liberal approach to the arts and the recognition of the individuality and integrity of the students”.
During his Principalship, he sought to realise his belief that,
“The task of the school is to unlock enthusiasm, to fire the imagination, to show the excitement of learning, to equip young minds to apply knowledge in the pursuit of the goals desired. Hence it follows that a school should be a creative and exciting place, where a diversity of new and exciting experiences can be found….”
We are proud that this philosophy still underpins the way Selwyn is today.
With the advance of technology impacting on teaching, Mr Lewis made sure that Selwyn was one of the best equipped schools in the country. The Library was remodelled into a comprehensive resource and audio-visual centre and was renamed the Lewis Centre following his retirement.
Mr Lewis made a wonderful contribution to Selwyn and to development of secondary education in New Zealand. He is admired and remembered by many.
Selwyn Kapa Haka feature on Television
Our wonderful Kapa Haka group featured in the Te Kaea Programme on maori TV last week in an feature about their preparations for next week’s Polyfest at the Orakei marae. We are delighted to share the link with our community and to wish the group all the very best for their performance this coming week.