We live in interesting times.
Buoyed by record NCEA results for our senior cohorts in 2020, we returned to start the school year, welcoming the greatest number of new students to the College than we have had in recent times, and potentially more than ever before.
Our seniors have led the school magnificently and our junior cohorts are settling into the rhythm and routines of high school very well. Events such as the Valentines Day, Relay for Life and the whole school Athletics Day have epitomised the care and culture of our school.
The smooth start to the year has very much been hindered by COVID-19 interuptions but the response from our school community has been brilliant. We learnt a lot in 2020 about delivering our curriculum remotely, not least of all that we are still able to support our learners towards personal levels of excellence. With some minor improvements, we have been able to efficiently and effectively action online learning once again, even with 400 new Year 9 students. A special thank you and congratulations to all those involved. Although it is only a short time away from physical school, we are confident that our solution to lockdown more than meets the needs of our community.
It was interesting to talk to many of our students on their return to school after our first 2021 lockdown and to hear that they were delighted to be back. The stop-start nature of the last 12 months has indeed had an unsettling effect on our teenagers. Please remember that as a school we have our Guidance and Youth Work teams in place, supported by your children’s Atawhai Leaders and Deans. Please contact us if you feel we can better support your child at this time.
An exciting school wide project this year has been the launch of our House System. We were excited to host our whole school Athletics Day last Friday where house points were up for grabs. As always, I strongly encourage you to support your children, our students to get involved in school activities, whether that be Academia, the Arts, Culture, Service, Sports or indeed all of these.
It’s great to be in New Zealand and at Long Bay College. Here’s to a successful 2021.
Mr CJ Healey