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March 10, 2016

posted 9 Mar 2016, 22:59 by Julie Shawcross   [ updated 9 Mar 2016, 23:14 ]

School Reopening

I am very pleased to announce that we are now in a position to inform you that the school will be opening next week. The exact day is subject to a council inspection. If everything goes to plan the arrangements will be as follows: 

Tomorrow (Friday 11th March)

The teaching will continue in the offsite venues as planned.

Next week (week beginning 14th March)

Monday (Whole School):

  • 09:00 am There will be an assembly at the Regent Theatre for the whole school.
  • 10:00 am There will be a theatre performance by the Ugly Shakespeare group until 11:00 am – 11:30 am

Monday (Years 7 & 8 including JTeReo class)

  • All year 7&8 students will attend for assembly and the Ugly Shakespeare Group activity.
  • After these activities year 7&8 students will return to their normal offsite venues (Hokitika Primary School or St Mary’s School).
  • Lessons will finish at 2:45 pm.

Monday (Middle School and Senior Students)

  • All middle school and senior students will attend for assembly and the Ugly Shakespeare Group activity.
  • After these activities senior and middle school students will be allowed home to do private study unless they are involved in the performing arts workshop.
  • Students who cannot get home or stay with friends will be supervised at an offsite venue (most likely West’s)

Monday (Students from Te Whare Atawhai)

  • Students from Te Whare Atawhai will attend for assembly and the Ugly Shakespeare Group activity.
  • After these activities students from Te Whare Atawhai will return to their normal offsite venue (The Scout Den) or Te Whare Atawhai if circumstances allow.
  • Lessons will finish as previously arranged.

Tuesday (All students):

  • Teacher only day. School will be closed for all students.

Wednesday (All students):

  • School opens at the normal time. Students expected to wear school uniform.
  • Period 1 will be a whanau class. Period 2 onwards – normal lessons.

Other Issues:

  • General: The school will have been made safe but there will still be repairs going on while students are onsite, for example telephone systems, internet access and tidying up of the site.
  • School Reception: The school reception and administration will be based in the library. Students will have access to the library for books but it will not be used as a learning room. The entrance to the library will initially be through the back door.
  • Communication: The school can be contacted using the normal telephone number and all usual email addresses will be in use.
  • Asbestos: Asbestos tests have been run during the demolition and removal and all results have been negligible in comparison to national minimal standards with all but two readings being zero.
  • Construction zones: Some areas will be off limits to all staff, students and public. These will be clearly signposted and securely fenced off.
  • Visitors to the school: All visitors to the school will have to sign in at reception and will be given health and safety guidance which they must comply with.
  • School uniform: All students will be expected to wear their full school uniform. (Some students will have their uniform delivered to them in the next couple of days.)
  • Information: Please keep checking the school website and Facebook page for further updates.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank the staff at the school for their amazing efforts to keep the school functioning under very challenging circumstances, the parents and caregivers for their patience and understanding, the wider community for their fantastic support and for our students for responding so magnificently and showing real resilience when faced with significant challenges and change.

I look forward to working with the community to create our vision of what the Westland High School should be as we start the rebuild.

Nga mihi nui,

Trevor Jones