Update for Thursday 21 March

Thank you to parents and whānau for your ongoing support of your children and our school.  

We are continuing with the settling, safety and support philosophy, and for many of our students school routines are having a positive influence on their wellbeing.

Friday- the school will be participating in the Canterbury wide “Colour your day” mufti day in support of the Muslim community.  We appreciate that many people have donated to this cause. The school council will be collecting donations during interval and lunchtime in the main quad, should students like to contribute.  

National Two minutes of Silence.  We will be observing this tomorrow, and anticipate this will take place early afternoon at a time yet to be confirmed by the Prime Minister.  We will hold a full school assembly at this time.

Paper chain of love This has been placed at the memorial on Rolleston Ave. Thank you to the staff and students who took time to take this there today and those that contributed messages.  

Netsafe Advisory. Netsafe has received a number of reports of online content relating to the attacks in Christchurch. Footage of the Christchurch attacks has been deemed objectionable under New Zealand law which means that possessing or distributing the footage is an offence.

Anyone who finds footage of the attacks online should report it to Netsafe at netsafe.org.nz/report but they should not keep copies or share it.

If students have viewed the video and are struggling with what they have seen it’s likely they will require additional support. Agencies which can provide free support include Youthline, Need to Talk and Kidsline.

Further information is available at netsafe.org.nz/upsetting-content If parents have questions relating to this incident or other distressing online content they can contact Netsafe for free and confidential advice at netsafe.org.nz or call 0508 NETSAFE.

Support for your students. The student support team are working with our students. If you have concerns please contact your child’s Dean or the student support team to share your concerns.  

Please remember there are external providers as well that you may be able to access.

  • Your GP.  General Practitioner.  Please contact them if you are concerned about your young person.  

  • 1737 is a text line for this incident.  

  • There is a free national helpline for children and teenagers called 0800 WHATS UP. There's a phone line and a webchat, and also a website with resources. It's run by professional counselors. www.whatsup.co.nz    


The Senior Leadership Team

Papanui High School