Principal’s Blog

  • COVID update 28 Feb 2021 (2/28/2021)

    Following the PM announcement that Auckland is at alert level 3 for the week starting Monday 1 March, please note that, as before, the school is closed until further notice except for students of parents of “essential” services. If your child/ren need/s supervision at school please notify the relevant Whānau Leader before 5 pm today so arrangements can be made.
    These students are to report directly to the library and have lunch, charged device and other learning equipment with them. Masks are recommended but not compulsory.
    The rest of the school will kick into distance learning and further information will be sent to students via the Whānau Leaders.
    While this is frustrating it is necessary and we thank you once again for your patience and support.
    Kia kaha
    Ian Morrison


  • COVID update Tuesday 23 February, 8.30 pm (2/23/2021)
    Latest COVID update contains the following information following a positive test of a worker at Kmart Botany who is related to the Papatoetoe cluster.
    Please contact your child’s Whānau Leader if he/she will be away from school tomorrow following the advice received below:
    “If you were at Kmart Botany between 4pm and 10pm on Friday February 19 and Saturday February 20 you are considered a casual plus contact.
    If you are a casual plus contact, you are advised to immediately isolate at home and call Healthline on 0800 358 5453 for advice on isolation timeframes and testing requirements.”
    Ian Morrison
  • 10th anniversary of the Christchurch Earthquake (2/22/2021)
    I am sure our community will join me in pausing a moment at 12.51 to remember and reflect on this traumatic event.
    We reach out to the survivors, emergency response workers and families of those who died or were injured and who still carry the physical and mental scars. And we also acknowledge the amazing resilience and determination of a community which has rebuilt a shattered city.
    Kia kaha
  • Update Saturday 20 February (2/20/2021)
    I am aware that rumours started to circulate in the community that one of our students may have contracted COVID 19. These rumours are false, however a student did go home yesterday (Friday) after lunch as he was feeling sick and as a precaution went for a test which returned negative today.
    School resumes as normal on Monday and I reinforce the well known safety tips which will keep us all safe:
    – stay home if you are unwell
    – sneeze or cough into your elbow (should you be at school……?)
    – wash your hands
    – minimise contact with other people and do not share personal items
    The Ministry of Health has reminded us that face masks may be worn at school but are not required.
    Nga mihi
    Ian Morrison
  • Transition (2/2/2021)

    SPECIAL REPORT: Starting Year 7

    Starting Year 7 poses many new challenges, but also offers exciting opportunities. It comes with a number of mixed feelings. Unfortunately for many Year 6 students, 2020 was marred with school closures and remote learning due to the pandemic and the overall impact of this is still unknown.

    For many students regular orientation activities at the end of 2020 were less than ideal. Therefore, many students may be feeling a little bit more anxious than usual about their expectations of starting Year 7. Grasping new skills and establishing new study practices can quickly become daunting and overwhelming.

    During this time of transition, parents and carers need to be supportive, but also realistic in their expectations. This is an important milestone in your child’s life. There will be feelings of exhilaration, but also the fear of the unknown. Therefore it will be important for parents and carers to be vigilant in monitoring their child’s mood and mental health during this time. They could easily become overly anxious or even depressed.

    In this Special Report, there are a number of strategies offered that can make this transition period smoother and start things off on the right foot! We hope you take time to reflect on the information offered in this Special Report, and as always, we welcome your feedback.

    If you do have any concerns about the wellbeing of your child, please contact the school for further information or seek medical or professional help.

    Here is the link to your special report

  • Happy Anniversary Day! (2/1/2021)

    What a beautiful weekend to enjoy our place Auckland/Tāmaki Makaurau. 

  • Welcome back! (1/28/2021)

    Kia ora

    Just a brief welcome message from me to our new and returning staff and students. I trust this year will be a fulfilling one for you all as you continue your journey of growing your greatness.

    Hopefully we will be able to follow a normal start up to the year with Admin Day on Tuesday 2nd February. Should the lockdown levels change, owing to COVID, I will inform you as soon as possible by email, web site and facebook.

    This message from the Ministry of Education is particularly relevant as we must remain vigilant and follow the regular reminders we received last year:

    We continue to have a large amount of control over how we can prevent the spread of COVID.

    For our school we will:

    display QR code posters for the NZ COVID Tracer App

    keep our visitor register, attendance register and timetables up to date

    be monitoring for illness and asking anyone who is unwell to remain at home, or to go home

    encourage people with relevant symptoms to seek medical advice through Health Line or their GP and get tested for COVID if recommended to do so

    reinforce the importance of good hand washing and drying

    reinforce good cough and sneeze etiquette

    we will continue to regularly clean all parts of our school.

    Best wishes to you all.

    Nga mihi

    Ian Morrison


  • Holidays! (12/13/2020)

    Wishing everyone a Happy Christmas, relaxing holiday and safe return for 2021!

  • Happy Diwali! (11/13/2020)
  • This month on SchoolTV – Raising Boys (10/23/2020)

    Many parents will attest to the fact that many boys are active, loud, rambunctious and prone to rough play, but this should not affect how a parent acts towards their son. Be careful not to pigeon-hole your son into gender specific behaviours or gender roles. The male brain is distinctly differently in its development. A boy’s physical maturity is often at odds with his mental and brain development.

    Societal beliefs about how to raise boys can sometimes influence their adult carers. Although we are not determined by our biology, it is a factor. It is important to support boys in their natural tendencies and nurture their strengths and abilities. Teach them the skills they need for their future and to develop a healthy identity. It is important for boys to have a role model they can connect with and acknowledge who they are. One of the most important determinants for a boy’s development is how secure they feel growing up.

    In this edition of SchoolTV, adult carers will gain a better understanding into some of the more complex issues relating to raising boys. We hope you take time to reflect on the information offered in this month’s edition, and we always welcome your feedback.

    If you do have any concerns about the wellbeing of your child, please contact the school for further information or seek medical or professional help.

    Here is the link to this month’s edition

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