At the time of writing my original address (see below), New Zealand was in a very different place. On the evening of August 11, I was in a meeting room in Rotorua with 200 other high school principals when the news broke of COVID-19 community transition and the plans for a rapid transition to Alert Level 3. I was quickly on the phone. Being far removed from Long Bay College at such time was quite a test. What I witnessed was capacity, capability and talent in abundance as the other members of the Senior Leadership Team worked quickly and effectively to support our teachers and students. The team’s response, as it was last time, has been encouraging, positive and swift. Although our students are once again challenged, I know their resilience and determination to succeed will overcome this latest obstacle.
Look after each other, stay connected and be safe.
We recently hosted our annual Open Evening for prospective students of Long Bay College in 2021. We were overwhelmed with the number of students and whanau who attended and who enjoyed a taste of what we can offer. As always, our values of Care, Respect, Creativity and Community were at the fore, as were hands on opportunities to engage and intrigue our future learners. Feedback from the event has been very positive and encouraging, indicating that demand for places at our school is becoming more and more pressing; a tribute to the hard work and enterprise of our community over the last few years.
We also hosted the students from several Intermediates during our Open Day. Here, the students were able to experience the realities of a full school day; the bells, the timetable, the older students, the activities and learning styles. Again, it was a brilliant occasion and if the student talent on display was anything to go by, the future of our school is in safe hands.
As for current LBC students, they are continuing to gain momentum in pursuit of reaching their goals for 2020. To this point, I am extremely proud of how they have handled this difficult year; demonstrating resilience, motivation and discipline in abundance.
Our school continues to develop, is in good heart and we look forward to the advancements and contributions that our future students and their families will bring.
Mr CJ Healey