HBHS Headmaster's Message Friday, 28 January 2022
Kia Ora te whanau
As we reach the end of the official school holiday break, I take this opportunity to welcome you all back to our 2022 school year. I am looking forward very much to the beginning of the year, as we share the excitement and anticipation of each young man as he starts his 2022 school journey.
Over the past two weeks, we have been busy preparing for a positive and effective start. In spite of the latest challenges regarding the presence of Omicron in New Zealand, our goal is to ensure a happy, successful first term for all.
This morning we welcomed our 18 new teaching staff to a preparation day. We are indeed so fortunate to have them join our world, as they will contribute a great deal to the well being and success of our students. And next week we will also welcome over 500 students who are new to the school.
As part of ensuring that we maintain a safe environment for all, we have, as I said last week, created a protocol document for the start of the year, which provides an outline of the strategies we are putting in place to minimise the potential impact of COVID in 2022. These are attached to this email.
One of those protocols relates to students’ attendance if they have been at a place of interest, or who feel unwell with any of the symptoms of Omicron. In light of this, if your son attended the Sound Splash Music festival last weekend, I ask that you monitor his health for any symptoms, and if you have any concerns, that you arrange for him to be tested, and keep him at home until you receive a negative result. We appreciate your support in this, as safety for all who are attending school is our first priority.
A strong recommendation in our list of protocols relates to mask choice. As I am sure you are aware, mask wearing is now compulsory for all students and staff, while they are inside, at all times at school. For staff, Ministry requirements now limits the choice of mask to medical grade only. This includes the popular blue mask. While it is not mandatory for your son to wear a medical grade mask, it is highly recommended, as it provides better protection than the cloth variety. We do have blue disposable masks for sale for your son at the school shop, if required.
We have also reviewed our calendar for Term 1, and unfortunately have made adjustments to some of our planned activities. You can find our adjusted Calendar here.
We are no longer able to hold a full powhiri of welcome for our new whanau on Tuesday. Instead, we will have a haka of welcome for our new students and families outside the school, and then we will move straight to a whakatau for students only, before each young man meets his Tutor teacher, who will take care of him for the rest of the day.
Our new parents are very welcome to attend and be part of the handover of our new students; however, we are sadly not able to invite you into the school. The start of the Year 9 journey is a special rite of passage for our boys who will become men, while they remain in our world, and we cherish this special moment in their lives.
I know that the current situation in which we find ourselves brings a continued set of challenges, but by working together to make our transition back to school safe and secure, by recognising the importance of abiding by the protocols we have established, and by cherishing what we are able to do, we will be able to have a rewarding and very happy term.
I wish you well in these difficult times; have a very special and happy weekend, and celebrate the many wonderful things we have in our world.
Ngaa mihi nui, arohanui
Communication at HBHS
Hamilton Boys' High School communicates with its community in a number of ways. We hope that you find the method that best suits you from the list below.
- Email: Sent to the email addresses provided by parents or caregivers.
- School App: An email will be sent next week with a link to create an account for new families.
- Weekly digital newsletter named "He Matai Whetu": This is emailed to families but is also made available on our social media platforms.
- Monthly digital magazine named "The High Achiever": This is emailed to families but is also made available on our social media platforms.
- School website
- Digital sign: This is located at the Peachgrove Road gate
- Social media: Please click on the links below to like and follow us on Facebook, Instagram, and Linkedin.
A message from BUSIT
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HBHS 2022 Beginning of the Year Information
Please find attached 2022 Beginning of the Year Information.
HBHS Headmaster's Message Monday, 24 January 2022
Dear Parents and Caregivers,
My very best wishes to you and your whanau for a very happy and rewarding year in 2022. I hope that you have all enjoyed the break and that you have been able to cherish the beautiful weather and the freedom we have enjoyed over summer.
I am looking forward to welcoming our students back next week, as we begin the academic year, and settle to what I hope very much will be a positive and successful year for your sons.
Over the break, we have continued to ensure that we can begin the year fully staffed, and I am pleased that we have appointed staff who will add much to our world. Among the new arrivals, we have four old boys joining us as teachers in 2022, which is very special.
As you are no doubt aware, we moved to a red light setting on Sunday night, so the beginning of our year will look a little different from what we had hoped. However, we feel fortunate that we are able to return to a relatively normal start. There will, however, be restrictions which we will outline, as a COVID readiness document, in a separate email later in the week, and any necessary adjustments will be made to the school calendar this week so changes can be forecast as quickly as possible.
Our focus is to move smoothly into our year, so that students have every opportunity to begin their year well, positively, and with the usual sense of excitement and anticipation which the new year brings. We are also very conscious of the need to maintain a safe and healthy environment, which minimises risk for both students and staff. I appreciate your support in ensuring that your son follows all guidelines and that he is aware of the serious situation in which we as a nation find ourselves.
Please read the COVID readiness document, which will be sent out later this week, carefully, and take time to discuss our situation with your son, before he begins the year with us. If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact us this week, as our senior management team and our support staff are all at school each day.
Again, I wish you every happiness for the year ahead, as we face the new challenges together, as the whanau of Hamilton Boys’ High School.