Covid-19 Update 1-21 / Welcome to 2021

Dear Parents, Caregivers and Whanau

COVID – 19 (Coronavirus) Update 1-21

29 January 2021

Dear Parents, Caregivers and Whanau

Welcome to 2021 and a new school year.  We are looking forward to welcoming your children/tamariki to school for the start of Term 1.  I hope and pray you have had a blessed Christmas/New Year season and an enjoyable time of holidays.

Please check our school website for back-to-school information for 2021.

As you may know, New Zealand remains at Alert level 1 and everyone is doing their best to prevent the spread of COVID-19, so we’re pleased to say for us as a school – it’s business as usual.

With over 100,000 people coming back to New Zealand through managed isolation facilities, our very low number of community cases is a reflection of the quality of work by the managed isolation staff and health authorities.  Overall, 1.5 million people in New Zealand have now been tested.

Unfortunately, we have to expect COVID cases to emerge, but we can be reassured by the speed, breadth and depth of the health response.  As noted by Minister Hipkins, New Zealand is top equal with Australia in the world as having the highest rates of testing per positive case. We know that the approaches being taken in the MIQ are at a very tight forensic level.

According to the Lowy Institute, New Zealand has been ranked the best at responding to the COVID-19 outbreak out of nearly 100 countries.

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 Healthline 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

I can reassure you that we will continue to regularly clean all parts of our school.

As a school, we wish you and your children the Lords richest blessing for the year ahead, as we partner with you in educating your children by equipping them with the knowledge and skills necessary to engage in contemporary society, and by God’s grace enabling them to grow in their personal relationship with Jesus Christ.

Character, Excellence, Service for the Glory of God.

Ngā mihi nui


Mike Vannoort