HBHS Headmaster's Message Thursday 9 April 2020
Dear Parents and Caregivers,
I hope that you have had the opportunity to enjoy some special time with your sons during their holiday break, in spite of the challenging experiences we are sharing.
The need for an immediate lock down brought its own difficulties for us all, but we have been strengthened through this abrupt change, by the very positive response of our young men, and through your very real support.
As we prepare for the beginning of Term Two next Wednesday, I wish to take this opportunity to thank our teachers and support staff, who have worked very hard to ensure that our students can begin their distance learning classes with the confidence that lessons will enable them to make progress in their subjects.
While this can never be as effective as face to face teaching, every effort is being made to ensure that genuine learning can continue. To ensure that this can occur, I ask for your commitment, in insisting that your son is fully involved, as much as is possible.
We hope very much that the current situation lasts only for a short time, and that we are able to move towards a sense of greater normalcy. But at the same time, we must begin the term, together, with a shared determination to make every day matter, for the wonderful young men in our world.
I will send regular updates next week, as the situation becomes clearer, and we can make provision for the weeks ahead, whatever they may bring. Until then, I wish each young man, and each family, a very happy Easter. Basil Hume stated, simply, that “The great gift of Easter is hope”, and it is with hope that we celebrate Easter, and we start the new term together.
I finish with the words of the wonderful country and western singer, John Prine, who died yesterday, of Covid-19. The final words of his song, “All the best”, are so appropriate as we spend Easter with our families, and as we begin the term together.
I wish you love
I wish you happiness
I wish you love
I wish you happiness
I guess I wish you
All the best
With my warmest regards and very best wishes to you all
HBHS Headmaster's Message Friday 27 March 2020
Awesome Chess Fun over lock-down!
HBHS Guidance Counsellors
Kia ora tatou
In these unsettled times, we would like you to know that the guidance counsellors are available for support for students, staff and the school community.
If needed, please email us both with your telephone number and we will make contact with you over the phone.
Local adolescent mental health services are still contactable, as is Oranga Tamariki. Also, the national 1737 free phone/text line is available.
The counselling department has set up a google classroom with information to help manage possible stress of being in lockdown. You can access the page at classroom.google.com with the classroom code being ux2zbdt.
We acknowledge our situations are all unique and ask that you please take care of yourselves and others.
Ngaa mihi nui
HBHS Esports Registration
It is a hard time for all at the moment. A lot of sports and extra-curricular activities have been suspended along with the new restrictions the Covid-19 Virus has imposed on the country. As you will be aware, we have a huge co-curricular programme at our school and the boys are hopeful that we will be able to kick off our winter season at some point next term.
In the meantime, a new opportunity has arisen, for those who would still like to be socially or competitively involved with one another. The school is looking to establish an Esports activity and team with the ultimate goal of being able to compete in organised events. Esport is a form of sport competition using video games. It is an internationally recognised sport, with the number of spectators and competitors growing dramatically in recent years.
There is no fee associated with this sport and everyone is welcome to participate, regardless of skill level.
Follow the link below if you would like to register your son(s)' interest in HBHS Esports.
Registrations of interest will close on Tuesday the 31st of March.