HBHS Headmaster's Message Wednesday 13 May

Dear Parents

As a school community, we must recognise how fortunate we are, to be in the position of preparing for our return to physical teaching. The move to Alert Level 2 means, as I am sure you are aware, that we will return to the school and our classrooms. In accordance with MOE recommendation, we have made the decision to open the school, for all students, on Monday, 18th May. Thus, all students will be expected at their normal Tutor Group Registration at 8.45am on Monday.

We recognise the difficulty of all students having appropriate haircuts before Monday, so we are willing to give a week's grace, if absolutely necessary, before insisting on regulation cuts. However, all other aspects of our presentation expectations, including being clean shaven and in the correct uniform, worn well, will be in place immediately. As we state often, high expectations ensure high performance!

Over the next few days, we will be sharing information with you, about best practice in terms of maintaining a safe, healthy environment, a focus on both hygiene, and physical distancing, throughout our time in Level 2, and about our expectations for students, as they transition back to the world of the school. 

The sudden move to on-line learning in March created a sense of uncertainty and anxiety, and I appreciate your support in ensuring that your son has used the opportunities of this time wisely. I anticipate that the return to school will be more straightforward; however, any transition brings a certain level of stress for all. Please do not hesitate to contact us, if we can help make this next transition as positive as possible for your son.

As we make the shift back to school, we value your understanding of the priority, for us, to ensure that each young man settles quickly back into routine, and that he makes the commitment necessary for his continued academic success. Our focus for the remainder of the term is unequivocally on this academic success, for all. Please support your son in his use of the final days of this week, to prepare for his return. 

The school remains open through the remainder of the week for those Year 9 and 10 students who enrolled in our Alert Level 3 programme. It has been a pleasure speaking with students in our "bubble" classes over past weeks; I have been impressed by their efforts and approach.

Once again, I take this opportunity to thank our staff on behalf of our community; they are a very special group, who have worked very hard to make this challenging time as successful as possible.

And I thank everyone in our school family, for the truth is that we stand and grow stronger together, through these difficult times, as much as during our times of celebration.

I wish everyone continued good health, and all the very best, through our time in Level 2. I look forward, very much, to welcoming all students back to school on Monday.

Ngaa mihi nui