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Principal's Message

Sue Cattell —

Tena koutou katoa. Thank you so much for the positive messages coming through about the way the teachers have planned and communicated the distance learning over these past weeks. While it’s not always plain sailing, we are navigating the ebbs and flows together and it is heartwarming to get these messages.

As we await further developments on when, and if, schools will return this year, and indeed what this may look like, we will continue to take each week as it comes and celebrate the “wins”. For me, whether these wins are to do with seeing the joy on the faces of children as I pop into their zoom meeting, or having my son visit for a socially distanced outdoor picnic last weekend (first time I have been able to see him in person since early July even though he lives in Auckland), I am practising the resilience aspects of GEM - Gratitude, Empathy and Mindfulness. I say practice as it does take practice to remember these and to think about them each day.

Each year, we review what we do as a school and this review helps us with our strategic planning for the following year. One of the aspects we are most proud of is the range of opportunities our students have access to. Opportunities that come from having specialist teachers in Music, STEM and PE are invaluable, and we also offer other co curricula opportunities such as Garden to Table, Waterwise etc. As part of this year’s review, we would like to gather some feedback on some of these opportunities and will be collecting staff, student and parent feedback. This feedback will help us decide whether we retain all or some of these going forward and if there are any changes needed. Teachers will be asking the students for their thoughts, and I ask any parents who would like to give feedback to do so via this link. Your feedback is really valued and important to our decision-making.

Take care everyone.

Kia pai tō rā whakatā (have a nice weekend)