As we approach the end of Term 2, the Board of Trustees would like to give an update on what we have been working on recently, and also what lies ahead in Term 3. This year has been like no other, and we would like to thank Stuart and all the staff for their adaptability, commitment and hard work which saw the implementation of a successful Distance Learning programme in response to the COVID-19 lockdown. Parents, staff and students were asked for feedback on the programme following the return to school. We are pleased to say the responses were very positive and a reflection on the quality of our teaching staff, and the amount of effort put into the programme to ensure its success.
As has been mentioned in previous newsletters, Halswell School has qualified for $400,000 of funding as part of the School Investment Package announced by the Ministry of Education last year. The Board have been working on determining the most suitable projects, and this is progressing quickly with the first pieces of work to commence in the upcoming school holidays. We are excited to have this opportunity to improve the facilities at the school, particularly with the installation of the new astroturf court adjoining the field. This space will be a valuable community asset, and one our children will benefit from all year round.
As a Board we are also looking forward to the community consultation on the Halswell School Vision for Teaching and Learning and Strategic Plan. This process will take place in Term 3, and we would encourage all parents to get involved in this consultation. This is our opportunity to set the direction of our school for the next few years, and to ensure our plan and vision truly represents the school and wider community. There will be more communication on this nearer the time.