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A thank you from ACG Sunderland as we celebrate ten years

As ACG Sunderland wraps up its ten year celebrations we’d like to thank the families, staff, and supporters around us for the role you have played in helping us develop into the small but strong community we are today.

Months of planning and preparation culminated this month in a weekend of celebration that saw students, alumni and staff past and present come together in two key events to celebrate the decennial.

‘Celebrating West Auckland Artists’ was an art exhibition and auction featuring the work of talented students alongside paintings, sculpture, pottery and jewellery of prominent local artists. Wine flowed, jazz played and art was purchased, raising funds for both the artists and the school.

Supporters came together once again the following evening for a dinner at the impressive Whoa! Studio in Henderson, an enterprise devised and developed by David Sutherland, a former ACG Sunderland parent.

Principal Nathan Villars told guests the story of Sunderland’s beginnings and progress – opening in 2007 with just 66 students, five of whom remain at the school today, the school has grown to incorporate a preschool, gain a new gym, achieve world-best results in Cambridge and, in 2012 see its first graduates head to university. In 2010, Sunderland became part of ACG Education, one of a group of five high-performing ACG schools in New Zealand.

“Great schools always have their foundation stones set in values, high expectation, traditions and culture,” Mr Villars said as he marked the strides made by the school over the last decade.

As celebrations come to an end, we thank, once again, all who have been a part of our journey so far.