Principal's Comment - 9 June

Nau mai, Haere Mai

Welcome to our first day at Alert Level 1. Thanks for the part you played in getting Aotearoa New Zealand and HVHS to this point.

The guiding advice for us all going forward is as follows:

  • Stay vigilant. There is still a global pandemic going on.
  • Wash your hands. Wash your hands. Wash your hands.
  • Sneeze and cough into your elbow.
  • If you’re sick, stay home. Don’t come to school. If you have cold or flu symptoms call your doctor or Healthline and make sure you get tested.
  • Keep track of where you’ve been and who you’ve seen to help contact tracing if needed. Use the NZ COVID Tracer app as a handy way of doing this.

People will have had different experiences over the last couple of months. Whatever you’re feeling — it’s okay. Be kind to others. Be kind to yourself - look after the people near you. A group of Year 13 leaders are planning the school’s 3rd Te Awakairangi March for Mental Health. This march is to raise awareness of the support available to help all people enjoy positive mental health and wellbeing. These have been challenging times and we all have mental health to look after. The march itself is open to Year 12 and 13 students. More information will be shared by our student leaders soon.

The big event that should have happened this week was our Open Evening. This is when we have the school open for visitors to tour to see whether we are the right place for their future education. Due to Alert Level 2 restrictions we chose to create an online virtual tour. Thanks to the many students and staff who contributed photos and video for this. Also thanks to Kahurangi Hingston-Mill who edited and put together the final version. It is amazing what one can do during lockdown, while based in different venues and using various online modes of communication.

And I think that it is timely to remind ourselves of one of our core values.

We are Welcoming - we celebrate culture, difference and each individual. 

At a time when major protests for Black Lives Matter are being held all over the world, we should also reflect on the opportunities we have here in our beautifully diverse school to listen and learn; and be brave enough to make the changes necessary to be truly inclusive and kind to all our students. 

He waka eke noa

We are all in this together

Ngā mihi nui

Denise Johnson
Acting Principal