HBHS Headmaster's Message Wednesday, 16 March 2022

Tena koutou katoa e te whanau

Thank you for your support in allowing the staff to have a Staff Development Day on Monday. We took the time to reflect upon the challenges and the opportunities of the year, and to use the occasion to have some enthusiastic and positive conversations about how best to continue to support your sons through the weeks and terms ahead. It has been such a busy start to the year, so this day, without students, provided the critically important space we needed to spend together.

In my recent email, I undertook to inform you of our decision regarding the continuation of the rostering home of year levels in a weekly cycle.

At this point, numbers of staff COVID related absences will have reduced by Thursday. Of course we can never be certain that the situation will not change again very quickly. However, our focus is on ensuring that students miss as little academic time as possible. 

Because of this, and in spite of the uncertainty of the days ahead, we have decided to move back to full school attendance, beginning on Thursday, 17th March.

If the situation does change, we may have to go back to the situation of rostering home. But every day we can have the whole school attend is a bonus. We will give as much notice as possible, should we be unfortunate enough to have more teachers affected by COVID over the next few weeks, necessitating a need to return to daily rostering home.

Thus, we will expect our Year 12 students to attend on Thursday, and our Year 13s on Friday, as we revert to the normal expectation of attendance by all year levels from now on.

We do still have significant numbers of students away this week, so do continue to contact me if you have any concerns or questions relating to their situation. 

Our priority is to make the transition back to school as smooth as possible for these young men, and the “triangle of success”, which I often speak of, of the importance of the school, the parents, and the student himself all working together to ensure he is able to fully realise his potential, has never been more important than in these disrupted times.

So thank you for your support, for your son, and for us. Do keep in touch.

Ngaa mihi nui

Susan