Message from the Headmaster, Tuesday October 26 2021

Kia ora,

This morning we welcomed our Year 11, 12, and 13 students back to school, as we return to face-to-face teaching for our senior school. I take this opportunity to thank our staff, for the very professional and committed response to the need to be COVID tested, for the smooth transition back to classroom teaching for our senior students, and for working hard to ensure that the school is as safe as possible.

I thank you, also, for your support of the school and of your son. Once again, I am so proud of our families, who have met all expectations, and of our students, who have returned with enthusiasm, adjusting quickly to the rules surrounding mask-wearing and physical distancing. As we have so few days left with our senior students, it has been reassuring, as I have walked around the school this morning, to see classes settled and industrious, and happy.

On Sunday, we were notified by the Ministry of Education of a change to the rules regarding students who currently live in an Alert Level 2 area. From today, these students are able to cross the alert level boundary to attend school. The rationale for this change is that the school environment, with current restrictions in place, is low risk. Thus we are now able to have all students in the senior school attend, with the exception of those who are immunocompromised or live with someone in this situation.

The Ministry of Education also informed schools on Sunday that Year 10 students taking NCEA L1 subjects are likewise now eligible to return to school in order to prepare for external examinations. To manage this return safely, and ensure that we have appropriate staffing in place onsite, we have decided that this group of students will return to face-to-face teaching at school from next Monday, 1 November. Separate communication, with details of this process, will be sent to this group of ALP students on Thursday. We feel very fortunate to be in this position; I look forward to welcoming all our other Year 9 and 10 students back as quickly as possible, too.

All the very best in the days ahead, as we work, together, to ensure that our very special young men can finish their academic year positively, and with pride in their achievements.

Ngā mihi nui,

Susan Hassall