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Term 2

Term 2 timetable - orange alert level

Kia ora whānau, Talofa lava, Mālō e lelei, Kia orana, Fakalofa lahi atu, Namaste, Bula

Welcome back to Term 2. Our hope is that we do not experience the level of disruption that we had in Term One. We need to have our students at school every day in order to give them the best possible chance to learn and to achieve their national qualifications. I ask that you support your rangatahi by making sure that they attend school every day unless they are sick. Already, many students are having to catch up from school missed last term. We will be following up with Attendance Services for students who have had an extended period of absence from school.

As we are now at the orange traffic light, we will be able to have more 'normal' school events such as assemblies, whānau time and community events. In week 2 we will be holding our student/parent conferences and I hope to see you all in attendance. While you are there, we will be hoping to get your feedback on the skills, knowledge and character traits that you want your children to have when they leave Papakura High School. This is important for us in reviewing our curriculum and making changes to better reflect the community's aspirations.

A reminder that at orange, mask wearing indoors in schools is optional. I would encourage anyone who is anxious about catching covid at school to wear a mask. We will continue to ventilate our classrooms and encourage hygiene and sanitising by students.

Finally, we will no longer be finishing early on a Wednesday this term. This is because we will now be starting later at 9:20am, as on a Wednesday morning our staff will be preparing for changes next year that will require teachers to teach more collaboratively across subject areas. The extra time in the mornings will be used to work together on teaching in different ways.

We will be rotating our assemblies and whānau time on a Thursday every second week. 

I look forward to seeing you at the conferences next week and a positive start to Term Two.

Ngā mihi mahana

Simon Craggs

Tumuaki/Principal

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