Tēnā koutou whānau, parents and friends of TGC
With a shortage of relievers and staff away due to general sickness, isolating due to being pinged via Bluetooth and for other reasons, we have struggled to have our qualified, knowledgeable, resourceful teachers in front of every class in the usual manner. This is why we sent a notice to all parents and whānau of the need to move into a hybrid model of learning and with senior students remote learning this week. All Year 9 and 10 students remain for onsite learning unless unwell. If unwell, their work will be in the google classroom. Year 11-13 are at home and learning remotely. Their teachers have placed meaningful work for them in Google Classroom. As of Wednesday 2 March, all students will be back at school for onsite learning.
As you are all very aware, Omicron is in Tauranga as it is in most other parts of NZ. If your young person is unwell, keep them at home and if they have COVID-19 symptoms, then get them tested. Rapid Antigen Tests are now the primary tool being used at testing stations. PCR tests are for those that are most vulnerable or immunocompromised.
With the new changes announced on Thursday 24 February, close contacts are only those who have a household member who tests positive for COVID-19. Further details of the changes can be found on our website, in your email and on Facebook.
As a result of the changes, we are looking forward to having our staff who were pinged as a close contact and who are symptom free, returning to onsite work again.
We had an outstanding Scholarship Year in 2021. Congratulations to all of our Year 12 and 13 students who gained a NZQA Scholarship pass. 20 Scholarships were awarded, up nine on the previous year. Special mention goes to our Dux Annabel Robinson on her four and to Olivia Simmonds who gained three scholarship passes but two were at the highest ‘Outstanding’ level of attainment. See our Facebook page for more details.
Unfortunately, many of our codes have received the disappointing news that many of the planned summer tournament sports events have been canceled due to the Omicron outbreak. What I can say is that the volleyball nets have been up outside at school and there is certainly fun to be had during break times at TGC. Not all is lost and thank you to our student leaders and Whaea Nia who continue to come up with innovative ways to support events at school. Congratulations also to our athletic champs, a scaled down event but still held at the Wharepai Domain last week.
Kia kaha to our TGC community including our alumni who have recently left for tertiary study