While it feels in many ways like a long year, the end is now approaching extremely quickly. For our senior students their academic year is over and we have now moved into full time preparation for the upcoming NCEA examinations, which begin next week. We wish all of our students the very best of luck, although luck is no substitute for preparation!
Our Year 13 students celebrated both their last formal day at Long Bay College on November 5 and on November 8 they had a great night at Eden Park at the school ball. It was the third attempt to host the ball due to COVID-19 restrictions. It went extremely well. The students were a credit to the Long Bay College community as they revelled in the activities and did so demonstrating great care and respect and no small amount of creativity.
Recent weeks have seen our groups gathering together for award evenings to celebrate successes within the breadth of activities we offer. Despite all of the disruptions this year, the stop-start nature of seasons and the curtailing of the best laid plans, our students and staff can be extremely proud of what they have achieved.
Our attention must now turn to the most important arm of our school, namely academics. We were rightly proud of the way our community accepted the challenge of nine weeks of digital, remote learning. From this, we can draw great confidence, but there is still work to be done. With additional credits available to all of our senior students, the temptation may be to relax before the finish line. The reality is, many of our students have rallied to face this situation and the opportunity to take full advantage and maximise success with personal levels of excellence is very real.
The quantity and quality of preparation in the days ahead will directly translate into the quantity and quality of NCEA credits achieved. There may not be long left but there is still much to be gained.