18 March 2020

COVID-19 Update

Tēnā koutou katoa

I want to thank you, our College community for your prayers and support as we and the rest of Aotearoa New Zealand grapple with the rapid evolving nature of Corona Virus. Our priority is the health and wellbeing of your son, your family and all our staff. We continue to receive regular updates from the Ministry of Health and the Ministry of Education to help us manage this difficult situation. Thank you for your patience and understanding. These are challenging times for us all and I encourage all of us to act with love and support for each other. I ask of you to pray each day for our community, our land of Aotearoa New Zealand and our world.

Hygiene
We continue to reinforce the message to all staff and students from the Ministry of Health in what we need to do to minimise risk in preventing the spread by following the basic rule of hygiene:

  • Washing hands with soap and water for 20 seconds and drying thoroughly – before and after eating as well as after attending the toilet.
  • Covering coughs and sneezes with clean tissues or with an elbow.
  • Putting used tissues in the bin.

I strongly urge parents to ensure that if your son is feeling unwell that he stay at home.

Preparation for online learning
The College is currently developing the online processes and procedures required for us to continue to deliver our education programmes in the event of a school closure.

As part of that planning, it is important that we have accurate information in relation to your internet connectivity at home.  In order to assist this process, could you please advise your son’s Tutor Teacher by this Friday 20 March if either of the following apply:

  1. you have no internet access at home
  2. your son does not have a laptop or device.

SPC Sport and assembly
In line with the New Zealand Governments recommendation for events that include 500 or more people the latest news from School Sport New Zealand. The following national tournaments have been cancelled or suspended.

  • Athletics:         North Island Secondary School champs, cancelled
  • Floorball:         Nationals, cancelled
  • Futsal:              Nationals, cancelled
  • Rowing:           Maadi Cup, cancelled
  • Volleyball:       Nationals, suspended
  • Water polo:    North Island Secondary School champs and New Zealand Secondary School champs, suspended

The following controls are also in place across our sports programme.

Local:

  1. Our college teams will continue to trial, train and play.
  2. College Sport Wellington weekly competitions are proceeding, although Futsal is under review because of the large crowd numbers on Monday and Friday nights at ASB Sports Centre.
  3. The Hunt Cup Twenty20 cricket tournament has been cancelled.

Pre-season games at Premier level:

  • Football: Pre-season 1st XI tournament with Palmerston North BHS and New Plymouth BHS scheduled for this Sunday is cancelled.
  • Rugby: 1st XV pre-season match against Auckland’s Botany Downs, scheduled for April 4 is cancelled.
  • SPC Basketball Classic on April 24-25 is cancelled.

If you have any questions, please email our Director of Sport – jonathan.millmow@stpats.school.nz

Wednesdays
The school will no longer hold its regular whole school assembly on Wednesday. The day will have normal one hour periods from 9.10am. We continue to expect all students to wear formal uniform each Wednesday.

Overseas Travel – Self Isolation Requirements
There is now a 14 day self-isolation requirement for anyone arriving in New Zealand from other countries (with the exception of some areas of the Pacific).  If you are planning to travel overseas during the April holidays please consider the recommendations of the Ministry of Health. We respectfully ask you to consider postponing these trips if at all possible.

Wellbeing and support
The whole situation with COVID-19 can be a difficult and stressful time for some people. If your son is feeling stressed and/or anxious I encourage that either your son or yourself, the parent/caregiver contact your son’s Tutor Teacher or House Leader. We also have Mr. Fouhy, the College Guidance Counsellor on hand for support. Your son’s health and wellbeing are important to us.

Ngā mihi nui

Mike Savali
TUMUAKI