A warm welcome back to Term 2.
We welcomed back every year level with a liturgy and an explanation of the Health and Safety plan we have in place. I gave a strong message to all year levels, that the staff anticipated that a number of students will have found the distance learning difficult. I reassured the students that the teachers will ensure that students who need additional support to get back on track, will get it.
I am proud of the way the staff responded to the challenges of the lockdown and I am confident that they will ensure that students receive the help and support they need.
My overall thinking as we return to school, is that we need to strike a balance between maintaining the routines we had before lockdown, while we need to have new routines to meet the requirements of Alert Level 2.
While we can have assemblies with no restrictions on numbers, my Senior Leadership Team has agreed that for the immediate future, we ill not have school assemblies. We will, however, have digital assemblies.
One refinement is that we need a 100% accurate roll of students at school. This is for contact tracing purposes, but it is also a good practice for parents to let us know if their son is going to be absent. This can be done via the School App, phone the absentee line 09 837 9807 or email.
Remember: If your son is sick, he needs to stay home. Parents will be contacted to take home their son if he comes to school unwell or becomes unwell during the day.
We have a number of students who are currently absent due to being immuno-compromised or remaining at home as a precaution during Level 2. We will ensure that all these students will be able to continue distance learning as we did during lockdown.
If you have any concerns about your son’s learning or wellbeing, please contact his Dean in the first instance.
We are reviewing the positive aspects of distance learning from both staff and students and will review how we can make the best use of this experience.
I thank you for your support and patience during the lockdown period and going forward.
Chris Rooney, Principal