MESSAGE FROM THE PRINCIPAL – RETURN TO SCHOOL

Kia Ora Whanau

We are excited and prepared for school returning next week! We can assure you that many precautions and protocols are in place to maintain a very high level of safety for your children.

Key points as we prepare to return to school:

  • Monday, 18 May: Boarders return after 3 pm Monday (there will be a detailed letter sent out to boarders shortly)
  • Tuesday, 19 May: Day students return for Chapel (in Rec) 8.35am.

    The Papakura Day Student bus will depart Papakura at 7.50am. Students must be on time.

  • The school has an updated health and safety plan in place, which includes extra and intensive cleaning services several times a day.
  • Social distancing will take place in a modified way and we have designed some changes around the dining room and dorms etc.
  • If your child is sick at all they should remain at home and continue with online learning – please inform the school if this is the case.
  • Anyone needing to come to the school must report to the office and register.

    I would like to thank all whanau for your support during this time, allowing us the time to develop our online learning and giving us feedback that helped us to adapt as we went into lockdown. There has also been quite of volume of information coming through to you so we appreciate you taking the time to read and ask any questions you may have had.

    In the next week or so We will be taking time to reintegrate our students into school life. Their health and well-being is paramount first and foremost, and we will assess where they are at with their learning. We will plan accordingly and decide on what needs to be done for their continued success.

    The mid-term break of Friday May 29th and Queens Birthday Monday June 1st is designed so students and staff can have a little bit of the holiday they missed out on around Easter and the term holidays, visiting the pools, parks, socialising, movies etc are now all open to be enjoyed. It is hoped after that everyone will be well settled back into routines and we can make some real progress with our teaching and learning. Sports and extra curricula will also hopefully be back in place by then.

    As we transition back into onsite learning and start to develop our ‘new normal’, we will hold and display our faith and school values of family, respect, responsibility and excellence at the forefront of our endeavours.

    Ngā mihi nui
    Dr Brian Evans
    ONZM
    BA, Dip Tch, MEd, PhD
    Principal

 

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