By Mr Simon Coleman | Posted: Wednesday May 13, 2020
Many of you are probably wondering what the next level of Covid-19 will look like and for ourselves in the Education sector, we are considering this also. The last 6 weeks that we have been in Level 4 and Level 3 have highlighted many great things about our school community.
In this newsletter, I would like to recognise so many positives from the difficult situation that we are in.
Before I do this, I would like to reiterate the information that we have received from the Ministries of Health and Education which we must follow as we move to this new level. Below is key information from these Ministries.
The most important things you can do are keep washing your hands, cough safely, and keep surfaces clean, just as you have been at Levels 3 and 4.
[Sourced from the Managing health and safety in schools at Alert Level 2 from the MOE]
I want to assure everyone in our Geraldine High School community that we are following all the steps required and beyond in many cases so that the Health, Wellbeing and Safety of our entire school is our priority. You will see more on this in this newsletter but also through ongoing communication through our emails, Facebook and Website.
Should any parents/caregivers have concerns for their child returning to school on Monday, please contact the main office by either email [email protected] or call 03 693 0017.
TIMELINE for Level 2
In relation to COVID-19 but more so the events and actions that have occurred during this, I want to acknowledge how wonderful many groups have been.
Our High School Students - I have been so impressed with the many comments from staff along with students I have talked to online with how they have adapted to the online school. Yes - some have found this difficult at different times but have been willing to reach out and get help from the teachers or amongst themselves. So well done and now look forward to taking these learnings and experiences and bring those back into our school which can but only be a great positive.
Student Executive - this group have become leaders of our school at a very fast pace because they had to in the circumstances that they have faced. And every one of them has done themselves and us proud with the enthusiasm, energy, and creative ideas they have put together to keep the culture of our school alive and well. The skills you have shown over this time will be invaluable for your lives beyond Geraldine High School.
Dedicated Staff - our Teachers have been absolutely AMAZING over these weeks and I have such admiration for their attitude and commitment to do everything in their capacity to support the learning for our students over this time. That is what makes Geraldine High School such a great environment to be in because our staff care so much for our students, your children, and their colleagues who they support each day through this once in a lifetime event.
The Support Staff have been fantastic from the management of school property, to working with our Te Whare Ako students, to ensuring our school is at the highest level of hygiene, to managing the office through to dealing with all the added extras around what COVID-19 has brought to us.
Senior Leadership Team - I need to acknowledge the superb Senior Leadership team that we have this year who have put the needs of the students and staff before anything else over this period. They have been a team in the true sense of the word by working together on numerous areas that have arisen, creating process and structures, supporting departments, analysing data and Ministry documents, creating options for students and being there for all our staff and parents who have needed help or guidance. For my role as Principal, Mr Ryan Wilson, Ms Rae Coburn, Mr Richard Harvey and Ms Suzanne Pidduck have given me the confidence and assurity with what we have done over the last several weeks as we have faced this pandemic in our school context.
Committed and Supportive Board of Trustees - without the direction and support of this very capable Board of Trustees over this time, we would have found many of the aspects asked of us difficult to achieve. They have all been available when needed as well as ensuring what needed to be done was done in a timely way which is much appreciated.
I look with excitement that we can all reconnect on Monday as we effectively start the year again given this Virtual School has been in place as long as our Christmas holidays. I do hope you all enjoy these last few days with your son or daughter and talk with them about the change for them that lies ahead so that they are well prepared for our school term.
Tēnā koutou, tēnā koutou, tēnā tātou katoa