Principal's Weekly Update 20 March 2020

Kia ora,


We are all becoming increasingly aware of the impact of Covid-19 nationally.  The very recent decision from the Prime Minister to close our border sends a strong message about containment and slowing the spread of the virus.  As a school we continue to follow the direction of the Ministry of Health, and the Ministry of Education.  It is important that teaching and learning in our school remains our focus during these uncertain times. 


Any decisions about school closures will be made on a case by case basis as directed by the Ministry of Health.   It is important that students continue to come to school (unless they are unwell) so we can support their continued learning. 


While our school remains open, it is important that we support the decisions that reduce the opportunity for the Covid-19 virus to spread.  We have been taking a risk assessment approach for school activities, with Health and Safety being paramount. 


Co-curricular update

Papanui High School prides itself on the extensive co-curricular programme that it provides.  These activities include but are not limited to Sport, Art, Cultural, Music, Drama, Dance, and Leadership.  As you are aware the country’s effort to slow the transmission of Covid-19 has had a significant impact on the co-curricular activities offered by all schools including ourselves.  In line with the advice currently being shared by our government, we have made the difficult decision to suspend/postpone or cancel current co-curricular activities.  We will continue to keep a watching brief on the situation, and will communicate updates as often as possible.  We understand that this will cause short term disappointment but we appreciate everyone's support and patience in managing this difficult situation as best we can.  Please remember this is about taking steps that support the process of slowing possible transmission for our community.


As you can appreciate this is the CURRENT position, and is subject to change at short notice if, and when, we get more direction from the Ministry of Health and/or Ministry of Education.


I am mindful this week has been extremely difficult for all, and I want to assure you that we will continue to support our community in an ongoing manner. We very much appreciate your understanding in these difficult and changing times, and hope that you and your families are safe and well.


Nga mihi nui,                                                                                                                                                    


Jeff Smith