COVID Phase 3 - email to parents 08 March

Kia ora koutou

I want to update you on the current situation with COVID in our school.

Like all schools, we are seeing increasing numbers of students and staff either confirming they have tested positive for COVID or are isolating at home as a household contact. We have 16 staff who are currently away with COVID or isolating, along with several other staff whom we are covering for other reasons, and we have over 60 students who are COVID-confirmed. We have large numbers of students absent from school, and we estimate that, of the current Year 9-11 classes that are onsite, most classes have 30% missing, and many have up to 50% missing.

Currently, our Year 12 and 13 students are learning independently at home, and they return to school on Monday 14 March. From that day on, our Year 10 and 11 students will learn independently at home, and they will return to school on Monday 21 March. However, in order to manage the expected further increase in the number of students and staff away from school, we may need to implement some / all of the following actions over the coming weeks:

 -- further Year levels to continue their learning independently at home (Year 9 will not be considered for learning at home)

 -- combining of classes at school

 -- changes in what is taught at school

 -- changes in the learning required at home.

These last two actions reflect our wish to ensure, as much as possible, that students who are at school with different teachers, isolating at home, or sick with COVID, are not disadvantaged in their learning. 

Finally, could I ask that you:

 -- keep your child at home if they are unwell and show signs of COVID. Ring Healthline for advice about testing

 -- contact the school Office if your child has a positive COVID test, or is a household contact and therefore isolating (email [email protected], phone 04 527 8749)

Thank you for support, kind words to our staff and your understanding of this situation. We are certainly looking forward to getting through this and back to normal!


Ngā mihi nui


Judith Taylor