COVID-19 16th February Newsletter


Kia ora and Greetings,

Like many of you, myself and staff have been closely watching the daily news briefing, and like you we are also happy to hear that no more positive tests have been found amongst the thousands of tests collected yesterday.

Our thoughts are also with the staff, students and whanau of Papatoetoe High School.

Looking Ahead

Like many of the other teams and groups in our school, our Senior Leadership Team are meeting each day using Zoom.

We are already looking ahead and putting contingency plans in place. So we can quickly adapt to whatever decision is made next about the current Level 3 lockdown.

Essential Workers

If you are an essential worker and you need your child to be at school tomorrow, please call or text me on 021 336 328 this evening, tonight or before 7:30am tomorrow morning.

We will have staff on-site for your child/ren and we will be providing masks etc to keep them safe.

Returning to School

We are also planning ahead for re-opening our school. Which could be under Level 2 or Level 1 conditions. Depending on what the Government decides.

Both lockdowns last year were disruptive to learning for all of our students. But some students had even more disruption to their learning because they didn’t come straight back to class. Sadly, some students stayed away for several weeks more.

I absolutely appreciate and understand whanau being cautious and wanting to make sure that things are safe. Our school, our staff and I are equally cautious and very determined that everyone on-site should be safe and cared for.

I can absolutely assure you that when our school reopens our school will be one of the safest places in our community.

We already have plentiful stocks of masks, hand-cleaner, tissues and wipes.

More information will be published in a future newsletter when we know what is happening next.

Free Internet (wifi) Connection at Home

Last year we worked closely with Spark and in December we negotiated a Free internet connection for any family that needs it.

Spark was able to do this with help from international partner businesses, and we were able to extend this to include other local secondary schools.

All a family needs is a good cellphone signal (reception) at home. There is no cost, no credit card or bank details are asked for, and there is a simple agreement (not a contact) to sign.

We were about to start the roll-out of these when the lockdown was declared. We wil restart this as soon as we can.

Please make sure that your child asks for one of these, or contact the school if this will give your family an internet connection so you child/ren can work from home in the future.


We are doing our best to keep our facebook page and website up to date each evening.

If you have any questions please ask us via our Facebook page, email (, or our landline 09 268 3958.

Stay well and stay safe.


Grant McMillan