As we continue to move back towards a greater sense of normality it is worth reflecting back on the last several weeks. One aspect that stands out is the strong resilience and strength of character that Senior School students have shown throughout this time. While there has been significant disappointment at the various cancellations, the way in which students have processed this has been commendable. Mr Budler asked students to come up with some potential ideas for alternatives and they have already submitted some creative and valuable ideas.
We are also extremely thankful to teachers who have shown such perseverance throughout this time. It has not been easy planning for 2020, then re-planning under lock-down and finally readjusting programs for life back at school. However, it has been encouraging to see teachers walk through this with patience and a positive attitude.
Dance Festival is coming up on 1st July in an evening show. While the actual physical seats are sold out under Alert Level 2, we are currently looking at two options moving forward. Firstly, dependent on the numbers associated with larger gatherings at Level 1, there could be more tickets available. As more tickets are available Claire Trebilco will contact families directly or information will be posted on our KingsWay Facebook Page. Alternatively, the show will be live-streamed if we are unable to allow a larger audience.
In preparation for Dance Festival, the Level 1,2 and 3 dance classes have begun two weeks of lessons with Northern School of Performing Arts which has a studio based up here on the Hibiscus Coast. We are so blessed to live in an area where our students have access to this level of professionalism in many different genres. If you’re interested in finding out more see their website below or contact Claire Trebilco.
Applied Science Marine
It is exciting to see that the Level 2 Applied Science Marine class have been able to go ahead with their Dive program under the current circumstances. Photos should be available in the next update.
We are also looking to implement a ‘catch-up’ week for some practical subjects in Week 11 and 12 of this term. Work is being finalised on the logistics of each day and we will inform students of this soon. Students will be scheduled extended time on a given day to catch up on missed practical assessments, trips or other learning needs that could not be done during the lockdown. There are obviously implications on learning time that will be missed in other subjects so we will be asking students to be diligent in managing their time and workloads.
Some of you may have seen the recent announcement from NZQA about allowances for NCEA students this year. It is good to see these changes come in for 2020 in recognition of the challenge’s students have faced this year. As a school we will be processing this and will relay any related information to you as required.
Head of Senior School