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It Must Be a Sign

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As Phil Wainwright stepped out of the hall on Monday morning he capture this amazing photograph, a rainbow stretching over our Pohutukawa tree and the Ranganui Block.

Yesterday felt like the beginning of the school year, returning after a summer holiday, refreshed and ready for all the wonder of a new school year. Maybe our rainbow was a sign of a new beginning!  After everything that this year has thrown at us a fresh start seems like the right place to be.

I hope that everyone had a restful holiday and enjoyed their time with family and friends on Waiheke or around our beautiful country.  I find it so easy to appreciate how lucky we are to be in Aotearoa while the rest of the world is still in turmoil from COVID-19.  At Te Huruhi School we have a very diverse community with family and friends all over the world and I hope that your loved ones are safe and well during these difficult times.  I have extended family in Europe and I know that my mother, who once called Holland home,  is particularly worried about her siblings, nieces and nephews.

We are looking forward to a term that is going to be as close as possible to normal.  The move is over and whilst there is continuing demolition and construction work the disruptions will hopefully be minimal. We are fortunate to have a beautiful purpose built school and we are looking forward to the environment supporting our teaching and learning programmes.

Things that I am looking forward to:

  • Seeing tamariki grow and develop as learners and people.
  • Fortnightly School Assemblies.
  • Year 5 and 6 Interschool Sport Competitions Rugby, Football and Netball.
  • New Junior Playground – construction starts 10th August.
  • Completion of school fields – likely by end of Term.
  • Official school opening – likely early term 4.
  • My focus returning to teaching and learning instead of managing property and construction.

We will be emailing your child’s mid year report home on Friday 31st July.  Due to COVID-19 we have had to streamline the reports to ensure we were able to complete them in a timely manner.  Due to this change in timing we are not planning on offering a formal parent interview day / evening.  If upon reading your child’s report you still require further information please contact your child’s kaiako.  At the end of the year we will be providing a normal written report.

I don’t know if you noticed the change when driving down the road yesterday, the removal of the old school is quite striking. With the excitement of the new we forget there is still a tinge of sadness with the loss of history and memories attached to the old school buildings.  The demolition company have done an outstanding job during the school holiday period managing to safely demo all but one of the buildings.  The last building will be removed during the weekends.  With the removal of the buildings you realty get a sense of the space – and it will certainly make a beautiful play and recreation space.

l am looking forward to a wonderful term.