Greetings to you all
We are now at the close of our first week back at school under Alert Level 2; and it has gone superbly. We have been able to welcome all of our young people back and it is fantastic to see their smiles, hear their laughter, and engage in their “rahui/lockdown” stories.
Our young people are remarkable.
We have all had the same experiences of lockdown (being away from our friends, loved ones) and our young people have come back incredibly positive, engaged in our KAURI expectations and living in the space of working positively with everyone – with Tolerance, with Patience and with Kindness.
It is really special to be part of our kura – the culture that permeates everywhere is
remarkable. Thank you all as parents/caregivers/friends/families for doing what you have done to keep our young people buoyant and uplifted in this time.
The hygiene requirements and social distancing expectations we have put in place are all going well – and your encouragement around these protocols is really helpful. The young people are doing really well, as are our staff.
We have taken a deliberate stand to ease back into schooling and it is working well.
Wednesday we were all back on site – 1000 students and 100 staff – it was fantastic. I have two timelines in my mind – the first is working toward Queens’ Birthday weekend (so we can all have a family break); and the second phase is the five weeks of June which will take us through to the July school holidays (Friday 3 July is the last day of term 2). We will all be ready for the break by then.
A confirmation – our school will be open for instruction on Friday 29 May, 2020 – I had published on our fridge magnets that we had planned for a teacher only day for that day but this is no longer going to go ahead. “School as usual” on 29 May, 2020
Changes in our Office
Last Friday was the final day for Mrs Dallas Hunt – Office Manager. Dallas has been in our kura for over 20 years in a variety of roles – from our gardener, through to Office Assistant and then Office Manager. Dallas has been an incredible supporter of our kura in all her years with us and has made a great contribution. We wish Dallas and Bryce all the very best in this next phase of their journey. We will certainly miss Dallas – it has been great to have had her on board all these years.
Our new office Administrators are Ms Karin Farrelly and Ms Sarah-Jane Laing. They have made a great start in our really busy office and we welcome them along to our wider kura whanau.
So… as we travel into our second school week at Alert Level 2, we are aiming to practice just what we have this week – an easing into learning; a focus on tolerance, patience and kindness; having our young people here on time, in uniform and fully engaged in their learning.