Message from the Headmaster, Wednesday 10 November 2021

Dear Parents/Caregivers

We have had a rewarding and very positive few days this week, recognising the achievements of our young men of the Senior school, in outside ceremonies managed under strict conditions. It has been very special, having this opportunity to express our gratitude and pride, for the many ways in which our young men have made us stronger and better through the challenging year we have shared.
 
And tomorrow, we recognise our top academic scholars, and we present the Special awards to some amazing young men. It is disappointing that we are unable to have a full prize giving and graduation this year, and I am sorry that we are unable to share these moments with parents and family. 
 
However, we are fortunate to have had time with the Senior school in past weeks, and fortunate to have this opportunity to congratulate our prize winners. Thank you so much for all of your support through this time, as we farewell our seniors tomorrow. It is a moment of sadness as we say goodbye to our Year 13s, but we also share their excitement and joy as they begin the next part of their journey.
 
Our prize giving ceremonies will conclude by approximately 12.40-12.50pm tomorrow, and at that stage students are able to depart for Study leave for the year. However, students can return by arrangement with staff for tutorials over next week. We will also have our Advanced Learning Year 10 students who are studying NCEA, in regular classes for the whole of next week.
 
I remind you of the fact that Year 9 and 10 online learning will not occur both tomorrow, as we have Senior prize giving, and on Friday, as we are holding our Ministry of Education prescribed teacher only day on this date, to reduce disruption when our Junior school returns. This date is a change from our original diary.
 
We are excited, too, to be able to welcome our Year 9 and 10 students back next Wednesday, 17th November. I look forward very much to their return. As we have them for three weeks, it is a wonderful opportunity to settle quickly back into routines, and to ensure that the academic year ends well for each student.
 
If you have any questions or concerns, or any positive stories you would like to share relating to your Year 9 or 10 son’s efforts in lockdown, please do not hesitate to contact me.
 
Thank you again for your support and care, and for your understanding as we work through the unusual times in which we find ourselves.
 
Ngaa mihi nui, arohanui
Susan Hassall