COVID - Email to parents 4 April

Kia ora parents and caregivers

As much as we are trying to minimise disruptions and keep as many students in school as possible, we continue to be affected by staff absences from COVID, other illnesses and regular student activities. While the numbers of COVID cases nationally appear to be dropping every day, it feels like we are having as many students and staff testing positive, or isolating as household contacts, as we have had for the last few weeks. You may also be finding what we are – that the recovery from COVID does not always fit within the 7-day isolation period, and that returning to school too soon can mean symptoms linger, and an ongoing sense of feeling unwell. 

It is after much discussion, that the decision has been made to further extend the time at home for several year groups. The NEW schedule is as follows:

Tuesday 5 April

At Home – Year 13

In School – Year 9, 10, 11, 12


Wednesday 6 April

At Home – Year 10, 13

In School – Year 9, 11, 12


Thursday 7 April & Friday 8 April

At Home – Year 10, 12

In School – Year 9, 11, 13


Monday 11 April and Tuesday 12 April

At Home – Year 11, 13

In School – Year 9, 10, 12


Wednesday 13 April

At Home – Year 12

In School – Year 9, 10, 11, 13


Thursday 14 April

At Home – Year 10

In School – Year 9, 11, 12, 13

Friday 15 April – Good Friday

Start of School holidays, returning to school Monday 2 May.

I recognise that this is yet another change in what we are doing, but we are trying to be responsive and responsible in balancing the needs of students to have teachers in classes and the wellbeing of our staff. It is not easy, and I thank you again, for your understanding and patience. 

Finally, Wednesday 6 April is our Wear Your House Colours Day, where all students are encouraged to wear their House colours (Blake – red, Hillary – yellow, Jackson – green, Te Kanawa – blue) to school. This is a non-uniform day where Year 9-11 students will be involved in a House Tabloid sports event during Period 5. Students wishing to wear non-uniform will need to make a gold coin donation which will go to the Red Cross, who are helping refugee families settle in NZ.

It’s been a term devoid of many of our traditional activities, so having this Day allows our student leaders to hone their organisational skills and reminds us that we still have to have time for some fun. Let’s hope the weather gives us a great day!


Ngā mihi nui

Judith Taylor