Kia ora,   

We continue to keep a watching brief in relation to Covid-19/Omicron with updates being posted on our website as required. We are currently working on a range of plans for curriculum delivery to support the on-going learning of our students given the potential disruption forecasted ahead.  We will start the process of informing our students what this will look like through our zoom assemblies from next week.

It was wonderful to see the whole school back into fully timetabled classes this week.  Since the new school year started we have continued to have additional in-zone enrolments which on may levels is very pleasing for us as a school, however, it does come with some need to adjust and balance class sizes.  We are working through this as quickly as possible, with the aim to minimalise disruption and change.  However, in saying that, some changes and compromises may still need to happen.

MEET AND GREET EVENING —17th February— Cancelled.  Normally this would be a face to face opportunity for parents/whānau of Years 10 — 13 students to meet subject teachers, and get an insight into the teaching, learning, and assessment programme for the year. Given our current circumstances we have had to reconsider how we will structure this event.  As it is not possible to have parents/whānau onsite, we will be sending you the relevant information.   

Towards the end of February the New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA) will confirm our NCEA results for 2021, and I look forward to sharing that with you.

PAID UNION MEETING—on Thursday 24th February, Papanui High School  teachers will be attending a paid union meeting.  The right to hold a meeting of this nature is contained in the Secondary Teachers’ Collective Employment Agreement.  All Union members are expected to attend.

Accordingly, on Thursday 24th February the school day will finish at the end of Period 4: 12.25pm

If you wish to have your son/daughter supervised during afternoon school hours please register with the school office (phone: 352 6119) 

Having had a short week with Monday’s public holiday for Waitangi Day now behind us, we look forward to our first full week, with everyone back at school, and settling into a busy and exciting term ahead.


Ngā mihi nui

Jeff Smith