Message from the Headmaster, Monday 31 January 2022

Dear parents/caregivers

I write this afternoon, to wish you and your sons every success and happiness as we begin the year tomorrow, and, most importantly, to take a few moments to recognise the challenging times we face together.

As a school family, we all rely on each one of us taking genuine care during the current outbreak of the Omicron variant of COVID. Our main task, as we face this reality in the days and weeks ahead, is to begin the school year well, and to keep our community safe. 

The only way in which we can realise these goals, is for every one of us to do the right thing, and to do the right thing, every time, for the right reasons.

Last week, I wrote asking that you remain vigilant if your son attended the Sound Splash music event; now, as the weekend has passed, we must remain vigilant and recognise the reality that close contacts of those who attended should be watchful as well.

A lovely quote by Frank O’Hara reminds us of the truth which I speak of, that we must continue, at all times, to do the right thing, for the right reasons, as it is by acting because our heart understands the necessity, as well as our head, that we will win through.

“In times of crisis, we must all decide, again and again, who it is that we love.”

We maintain a vigilant approach, we do all that we can to maintain a safe, healthy world, and we adopt a very precautionary stance, because we care, because we make these decisions for those we love. 

Every decision must be made with our students, with your sons, and with the whole school whanau, at the centre of our thoughts. 

So I ask, once again, on behalf of our community, as we begin the year, that we all show the same courage, in doing things well, in complying with our protocols, in  taking every care of each other, and in staying away if unwell. 

We must do it for those we love, in our family of Hamilton Boys’ High School, and in the many families who, together, make our world so special.

I look forward to welcoming your sons back to the 2022 year, in the days ahead. I hope very much that it is untroubled and positive.

Ngā mihi nui

Susan Hassall