Message from the Headmaster, Friday October 15 2021

Kia ora koutou

I write this today with a sense of genuine disappointment, that we are not able to welcome our students back on Monday, to this very special final term of the year. 
However, we must begin the term optimistic that we will be able to return to our normal teaching and learning world before too long.
 
When we do return to school, it will be wonderful to be able to welcome our students from Auckland who were unable to return last term. The Ministry has now agreed to allow their return, under strict conditions, and it is with much relief that we will be able to have the whole school back together.
 
Unfortunately, we have had to consider adjustments to our calendar due to the expectation that we will revert to Alert Level 2, at best, in the weeks ahead. We are committed to continuing with our celebrations and awards evenings, but we may find ourselves involving only our students, rather than opening our events to our community. We will keep you informed of changes as we confirm them, depending on Ministry advice. 
 
Our modified term calendar will be available on the school website and on our Google calendar by Tuesday, after we meet with our Senior staff in a zoom meeting on Monday.
 
At present, in an Alert Level 3 environment, only Year 9 and 10 students of essential workers are able to attend school. If you wish to add your son to those who have been involved in the past, please contact Mr Baker jbaker@hbhs.school.nz to inform him.
 
We also have dispensation to continue with our Cambridge examinations next week, under very strict conditions. For those of you whose sons are involved in these, I thank you for your support in ensuring that your son follows all rules established by the Ministry. I offer my thanks to Mr Basel, for all of the work he has done to enable these examinations to go ahead, and to our staff who have volunteered to supervise all of the bubbles of students who are involved.
 
I will continue to update you as I receive further information from the Ministry. In the meantime, if we remain at Alert Level 3, we will begin on-line teaching on Tuesday
 
We appreciate your very real support in ensuring that your son begins the term well, engaging in lessons and committing himself to his studies from the start. At this point of the year, there is absolutely no room for prevarication - the hard work must start now, if our students wish to enjoy the success they are capable of. We are here to help in every way possible, but our students must also make every effort to support their teachers, and their peers, in making this work for us all. 
 
It is indeed unfortunate that some of our students remain in danger of failure this year, purely because they have not continued to engage through these times of on-line teaching.
 
Fortunately, we remain impressed by the huge majority of our wonderful young men, who have worked so hard and so consistently through these difficult times. Thank you, again, for the many ways in which you have made a difference to your son, and to the school, through all of these challenges.
 
I wish all of our school whanau all of the very best over the days ahead. Our priority is to remain focussed on the needs of our students, as we enter the final weeks of the academic year for our Senior school, and as we maintain our high expectations for our Year 9 and 10s. 
 
Ngā mihi nui
Susan Hassall