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Nau mai, haere mai, talofa lava, malo e lelei, bula vinaka, kia orana, warm greetings

A warm welcome back to this term, we have had a very “pandemic” normal start in that nothing has been straight forward! I thank everyone in our community for your patience as we work through the end of the year arrangements. All of our decisions are based on advice and are in the best interests of keeping our staff and students as safe as possible.

You will have received an email today asking to fill in a form that we are required to store regarding your son’s vaccination status. We thank you in advance for your cooperation.

We have been very pleased with the academic progress of our senior students. They are well placed to finish the year well, as long as they continue with a positive work ethic right to the end of the year.

I have had our Year 13 year group in my thoughts a lot as they bring their secondary schooling to an end. As a year group their journey through school has been anything but normal. As Year 3-4 students they endured one of Christchurch’s largest earthquakes, they then spent the next 3-5 years in and out of homes as many houses were repaired. When they were Year 10, they sat in classrooms during a four hour lock down as we witnessed a horrific terrorist attack. These young men now finish their schooling amidst a global pandemic. I admire these boys so much for their resilience and their ability to make good in tough situations. I believe this generation are going to be innovative and creative learners and thinkers in ways we have never seen before.

The constant feeling of anxiety that many in our community feel due to the ongoing effects of Covid just highlight how important our faith and human connections are, our ability to be in relationships with each other is critical in moments like we are currently experiencing. Checking in with those that may be more isolated and “being there” for each other is critical. I am fortunate to see this on a daily basis when I walk through the school and I see our young men enjoying each other’s company and supporting each other.

I hope you are all looking after yourselves, remembering to fill your own cup first so we can be present for each other.

Take care.