Message from the Headmaster, Saturday 28 August 2021

I hope that you are finding some time to relax together over the weekend, as we prepare for the changes which moving to Alert Level 3 will bring.
 
For us as a school, the move brings only a minor change to the way in which we work at present. Beginning on Wednesday, we will open only for Year 9 and 10 students whose parents are essential workers and who are not able to remain at home. If you are a parent/caregiver of a Year 9 or 10 student, you would have received a link to a Google Form, which I urge you to complete if your son is one of these students. This form needs to be completed by 11.00am on Monday, 30th August.
 
For those students who do return, learning will still occur on-line, under the supervision of members of our Executive team. Students will be expected to attend in school uniform, and we will follow normal start and finish times each day.
 
For most students, we will continue to teach through the distance learning structure which we have established over the past two weeks. We will continue, too, to have a Wellbeing Wednesday this week, to enable staff and students uninterrupted, quality time, to catch up on work and to develop a structure for the days ahead. We will also be providing a template, and advice for students to use, to support them in the organisation of their programme. This will be sent early in the week, and I ask that you work with your son to ensure that he has clarity in knowing what he needs to complete through the week ahead.
 
By the end of next week, we will also be able to send a revised calendar for Term 4, which takes account of the changes announced by NCEA late last week. The move to Lockdown, at this busy time of year, is definitely not ideal, and the longer we remain in either Level 3 or 4, the greater the impact. However, we can feel very proud of our community, as we work together to minimise the disadvantage for our young men, and as we maximise the opportunities for each student to grow as a learner, through the more independent approach which lockdown necessitates.
 
I wish you well, as we move into our third week; please continue to keep in touch if there is anything more we can do for your son, through this most challenging of times.
 
Warmest regards
Susan Hassall