Update for Friday 22 March 

Kia ora 

As this week has drawn to a close, I want to thank you for your support and understanding in what has been a most difficult and challenging week. 

We maintained our focus on Settling, Safety, and Support to try and give both students and staff a sense of comfort, that the school is a place of familiarity, care, and belonging.

Staff and students have been promoting positive messages of humanity, goodwill, harmony, and peace in response to the tragic events of last Friday. Responses have been taking a number of forms, such as commemorations, moments of silence and reflection, ways to express solidarity, and ways to help and give back to communities.  Our mufti day raised a further $2,400 on top of the already generous donations that have been made in various ways throughout the week. 

On Friday afternoon the school held an assembly to observe the two minutes of silence.  Through this, we showed our respect and support of the Muslim community and all those affected by Friday’s events.  A number of students performed the school Haka, and the assembly was closed off by acknowledging how well the staff and students had done this week, and how proud we are of them all.  Next week will see a continuation of settling back into school routines, including a number of activities and trips that are scheduled.

There is considerable conversation in the media about the review processes that will need to take place.  We can assure you that Papanui High School will review what has taken place in line with appropriate parties and organisations.  

We are mindful this week has been extremely difficult for all, and we want to assure you that we will continue to support our community in an ongoing manner.

The student support team continue to work 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 child.  

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