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Across the Principal's Desk

Sarah Davis —

Welcome back to the last few weeks of a ‘COVID’ affected Term 3.

Without warning, we were plunged back into a Level 4 Lockdown on 17th August. At this time we were two nights from the opening night of ‘Once on this Island’; two and a half weeks from our Senior Netball, Basketball and Hockey teams going to New Zealand Secondary Schools’ Winter Tournament week; and it seemed like we had plenty of time ahead to maintain a good progress towards NCEA qualifications and other academic goals.

But as with the rest of the country, the Delta variant of COVID became a significant factor in the safety of our community, and rightly we were asked as a nation to isolate, stay safe and be kind.

For many whānau this lockdown would have again meant supervising school work, managing multiple family needs (often all at once), trying to stay active, listening to the 1pm Press Conference, at the same time juggling working from home, dealing with financial constraints and missing regular contact with other friends and families.

We as a kura very much appreciate everything you did to support your daughter’s learning in the seventeen school days was closed for normal onsite learning.

NCEA external examinations have been pushed back to now start on November 22nd. Early in Term 4 we will send home an update on how your daughter is progressing with her academic progress in Years 11 to 13. Contained in this information will be reminder on how to contact your daughter’s teacher should there be anything you wish to know.

Please do not hesitate to be in touch.

At this time, we are still operating at Level 2 in our community. We appreciate that the vast majority of students are back at school. I hope that we have an ‘interruption’ free Term 4. 

 Please note we have changed a number of dates for Term 4. All of this information is on our website and is enclosed in this newsletter.

Whāia ko te mātauranga (Seek ye from the fountain of knowledge)

Sarah Davis