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From the principal: 2021 Week 2, Term 4

Mrs Samantha Mortimer —

Tēnā koutou katoa

Ngā mihi nui ki a koutou

Welcome to Week 2. We are getting into the swing of things at the end of the year. Thanks to all of our staff who are putting in the hard yards to work with our rangatahi so they can be successful in their goals.

Inter school sports

We are sorry to tell you that we are not going to do any inter school sports in Term 4. We are really sad about this as we know how much our students love it! We also know how much work Maddy Crawford, our wonderful sports coordinator, has put into organising these events. However, we have been working with Maddy and she is going to organise some intramural games for our juniors this term instead. Thank you Maddy.

End of year events

We will get back to you next week about our plans for the end of the year. Thank you for your patience. We especially want to make it a special time for our year 13s.

West Coast Trade Academy Interviews

Tania Washer, Kayla Hibbs and Kiri Russell have been very hard at work interviewing those who applied to join West Coast Trades Academy next year. Thank you so much for taking the time to talk to the students, the parents and our deans to ensure that everyone is making the right decision for their future.


This week we remember Alistair Bromley, a Greymouth High School student who was tragically killed in 2008. It is so important to remember this as all of our students are important to us at Greymouth High School.


We are opening up our school café in week 3. Unfortunately there is no Eftpos yet so please bring cash if you want to purchase any food or drinks.

Covid vaccination registrations for staff and students

We have already begun to create a register for our staff about their vaccination status. Early next week we will be sending out information to create a register for our students. If your child has been vaccinated we will be asking you to provide proof of vaccination so we can add it to our register.

The following information is from the Ministry:

The response by New Zealanders to this latest outbreak has been strong, with high rates of testing and more and more people getting vaccinated.

If we were to have a case of COVID-19 in our school, public health authorities will want to know if we are a school with a high vaccination rate. This information will then be used as part of the local health authority’s risk assessment. The more highly vaccinated we are (staff and eligible students), the less likely it will be that we will have to close down for a long period of time, or we might not need to close at all. We are also doing our part by working toward all our staff being vaccinated.

We will therefore need to know if your child has had their first or second vaccine dose or is exempted from being vaccinated. This information will be held by us in accordance with the Privacy Act and will only be shared with public health authorities.

You will receive more information from us next week

“Whāea te iti kahurangi - strive for success”

Ngā mihi nui

Samantha Mortimer