Kia ora koutou
I hope and trust that you and your whanau are doing well in these challenging times. As we end our tenth day in lockdown, I am conscious of the pressures of living 24 hours a day in a household for all of us, staff, students and parents alike. It is important that we reach out to others to keep our sense of connectedness with our community and friends. Everyone’s experience will be different so let’s look after each other as well as we can.
The government has just announced that we will move to Alert Level 3 on Tuesday 31 August at 11:59pm. The key message for you is that if you can, you should continue to keep your children at home whilst we are at Alert Level 3. Online learning in its current format will continue for all Y11-13 students and for the vast majority of students in Y9-10 whilst we are at Alert Level 3.
I have been impressed with the way in which our staff and students have engaged with learning on-line, and for the better part of our planning, understand the decisions we have had to make have not been easy, but always with the students best interests at heart. The change in our assessment and learning calendar involved consultation with our curriculum leaders, and was based on a rigorous analysis of student achievement to date and our student wellbeing survey.
As a school, we continue to invest heavily in your daughter’s online learning. I give you our assurance that this will continue throughout Alert Level 3 for all students. We will of course keep you posted with any new information as and when it becomes available.
Whilst school will be opening in a very limited capacity to accommodate Y9 and 10 students of essential workers who need to be here from Wednesday 1 September, you should only physically send your child to school if you need to, not because you want to. If your child has a health condition that means they are at a greater risk of a severe illness you must keep them at home regardless. The same applies if there is an individual who identifies as high-risk in your bubble. A summary of the key details as to how education operates at Level 3 can be found here.
If you are an essential worker and have no other option but to send your daughter to school it is essential that you complete this Survey by 5pm on Monday so that we are able to plan student supervision accordingly.
We acknowledge and appreciate your continued support through these challenging times, we do recognise that so many changes can cause stress and anxiety for our young women so please do not hesitate to get in touch with your daughter’s dean if you have specific concerns or queries.