Kia ora koutou
Term 1 has been a test of our resilience with mother nature and other events having an impact on our start to the year. Despite this our leaders and staff have made every effort to minimise the disruption and ensure as smooth a start to the year as possible. My thanks to the community is expressed in this memo and I trust we will experience calmer waters for the rest of the year!
Cyclone Gabrielle and floods
The school site coped extremely well with the extreme weather we experienced earlier this term. Thanks to the property team and their work over the years we had minimal damage, only a small leak which has been fixed. Indeed we were thrilled with two compliments, the first from Jon Sofo the architect who designed the school and who was very complimentary with the condition of the school during a recent visit. And the Ministry of Education has completed an inspection of the site as part of our next property plan. Again, minor work is required to ensure we comply with Health and Safety requirements which will enable us to devote most of the funds to modifying our teaching and administration spaces. This will enhance the educational opportunities and service we can provide our community.
Teacher national strike
I realise that this has put added pressure on parents and caregivers who needed to provide supervision for their child/ren. Thank you for your support and we trust that the negotiations between the PPTA and Ministry of Education are resolved as soon as possible to avoid further disruption.
Thank you also to all parents/caregivers who have either paid in full or entered into payment plans for the various activities we need to charge for. Those with long memories will recall that we no longer request a donation which helps to free up some household income during what we know to be tough economic times for many members of our community. Early payment really helps us with our budgets and enables us to carry out the exciting plans we have for our students so your contributions have been appreciated. If you are experiencing any difficulties, please reach out to your child/ren’s Whānau Leaders who will be most understanding – communication is the key.
While not requested, parents/caregivers may pay a voluntary donation to the school which is tax deductible. So if you are considering a “worthy cause” please consider MHJC!
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Last week our Student Executive Council helped to raise $1200 for the Red Cross and their cyclone relief efforts. Thanks to everyone who supported this important community outreach project.
Traffic congestion – school starts at 8.15 am
If I had a magic wand it would be to ensure all our students arrive at school safely by 8.15 am. Thanks again to the vast majority of our parents and caregivers who are teaching their children good habits by getting to school on time. I understand that there may be an odd occasion which may cause us to be late and we are compassionate if that is the case. Many parents will have seen me on Valderama Drive at or around 8.30 and I am still amazed at how many students arrive in the ten minutes between 8.25 and 8.35 with many parents adding to the problem by breaking traffic rules to drop their children as close to the entrance as possible. When questioned, often the excuse is that traffic was heavy or students did not wake up early enough. This puts pressure on our stopping area near the school and is a source of great stress for teachers and our neighbouring community.
I repeat our expectation that parents aim to have their children at school by 8.15. If you miss that mark you will still avoid the congestion at 8.25. The congestion can cause an accident and breaking traffic rules is a bad example to our students.
Finally a big thanks to all parents and caregivers who are able to support us on Friday 24th March. The whole school will be shifting from a planting to kaitiakitanga or guardianship focus to protect the almost 20000 native trees which surround the bike track and extend our neighbouring forest. This is a major effort and we thank Mr Gardi and his Enviro Council for their efforts.
Tena koutou katoua