Tuesday 22 March

Re: COVID-19 Update

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Many of you will have seen the Prime Minister’s announcement on Saturday regarding COVID-19. In response the school leadership held an extraordinary meeting on Sunday. This included the Board of Trustees Chairperson and members, the Chair of the Board of Proprietors, a representative from the Senate of the Society of Mary, the Senior Leadership Team (SLT) and staff. The focus of the meeting was to establish the impact of the announcement on the College as well as planning and preparation for the week ahead.

School remains OPEN. We are taking the necessary precautions. Classes are continuing. I want to reassure the community that the SLT and the staff’s top priority continues to be the wellbeing of your son.

As of today, we would like all students to bring a water bottle to have during the course of the school day. We are asking students to refrain from using the water fountains and instead use the fill-up water stations on-site.

Our staff will continue to deliver the curriculum working alongside him. The SLT are currently working to ensure we have processes in place in case there is a need to do online learning. We are also following the procedures as advised by the Ministry of Health, Ministry of Education, and the national COVID-19 website. https://covid19.govt.nz/

As a College community and as a nation there is a heightened sense of uncertainty. We must all play our part to ensure the health and wellbeing of all in our local and wider community. Please ensure we all do the simple steps to help stop the spread of diseases like COVID-19:

  • Avoid close contact with people with cold or flu-like illnesses.
  • Cover coughs and sneezes with disposable tissues or clothing.
  • Wash hands for at least 20 seconds with water and soap and dry them thoroughly:
  • before eating or handling food
  • after using the toilet
  • after coughing, sneezing, blowing your nose.

I want to reiterate the importance of having your son remain at home if he is feeling unwell. Have your son email his subject teachers requesting for work.

These are challenging times for us all. Please remember that there is support available for you. Whether that be from staff, whānau or friends. As advertised last week this website https://www.mentalhealth.org.nz/ includes wellbeing during COVID-19. The other service available is the 1737 help line that is available 24/7.

I ask that you continue to pray for our community, pray for Aotearoa New Zealand and our world. That we seek strength from each other and ask for God’s love and grace during this time.

Sectare Fidem

Mike Savali
TUMUAKI