Kia ora,    

It‘s been good to settle into a full week of teaching and learning.  We are still needing to make adjustments to a small number of classes, as enrolments continue to flow into the school.  We will hopefully have finalised these by the end of next week.  

The Year 13 Peer Support leaders continue to support the Year 9’s integration into their new school, and are doing a wonderful job.  It is important that school culture and values are clearly articulated to our new students so that we can build upon our growing reputation as a school that supports individual achievement through high expectations, positive work ethic, and a strong sense of social responsibility.

With the cancellation of the ‘Meet & Greet’ evening this week, parents of Year 10-13 students will instead receive communication which directs parents to the ‘portal’ where the contact emails of teachers connected to students has been placed.

The first PTA meeting of 2022 will be held on Monday 21st February. More information can be found can be found on the following page. 

REMINDER:  PAID UNION MEETING - 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)

COVID update: As we are aware the Omicron variant Covid-19 has surfaced in Christchurch, and infection rates have started to increase.  As a school we will support the ongoing learning of our students, whether it be through the normal school programme, a mix of at school/at home, or learning from home.  The students are currently being prepared for more self-directed learning as the need arises.  Parents/whānau are being sent the access and explanatory information to the on-line learning platforms.   Should a case be detected at school, we will follow the protocols which have been put in place by the Ministry of Health and the Ministry of Education.  This includes such things as contact tracing, identifying close contacts, and the current status of our school with our community.  Our aim is to keep our physical school open to support the teaching/learning and wellbeing of our staff and students.  We would potentially only close if directed to.   

Ngā mihi nui

Jeff Smith