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Principal's Report

Robin Sutton —

Kia ora koutou. We hope that Term 2 and our distance learning programme has been a success for you so far. We know there will have been any number of challenges for you to deal with but we have been getting some great feedback about the learning that is happening and thank you for all your support.

On Monday the Government decided that we will move into Alert Level 3 on 28 April. That means we will be open to receive some students from the 29 April. We will start to prepare our site from tomorrow.

The key messages for you are:

  • You should keep your child at home if at all possible.

  • Only send your child/children to school if you need to.

  • If child's health is compromised, keep her/him at home.

  • If your child is sick keep her/him at home

  • COVID-19 Level 3 Health and Safety conditions will be strictly enforced.

In order to ensure the safety of those children and our staff who do come to school, we will be strictly adhering to health and safety measures.

I want to assure you that we will continue to support your child’s learning at home. In fact all learning will still take place remotely, even if your child physically attends school. There is also a lot of work going on both within school and across the country on how we will manage NCEA assessment. There will be additional information in the newsletter that we hope will reassure you in this regard.

We need to find out whether you can keep your child learning from home, or need your child to attend in person. Please click on this link and answer the survey questions. This needs to be completed by midday Thursday 23 April.


The Ministry of Education has advised that they are working closely with Health to develop clear guidance that will support schools to safely re-open their premises to students and staff. This will help us work through the public health requirements that we all need to meet. As you will be doing, we want to be sure that what we do will keep our community as safe as possible.

For now, we will continue to support your child’s learning by distance while we progress our planning for what Alert Level 3 will mean for you and for our school. We will be in touch again soon with more information. As you have been doing, please keep connecting with your teachers with any questions you might have.

Robin Sutton
Te Huruhuru Ao o Horomaka Hornby High School