Term 2 - A Message from the Board

April 9, 2020

Kia ora koutou

There is no question that COVID-19 has had a significant impact on our city and country.  Many members of our school community are essential workers.  We thank you for your commitment and service to our wider community. The Board is aware that there are also families within our school community who have been impacted through loss of income and uncertainty around jobs and businesses. Many of us are anxious about the health and well-being of friends and family members both at home and throughout the world.  Our thoughts are with everyone at this difficult time.

While we do not know how long the Government imposed lock-down will last, it seems clear that Term 2 2020 will be unlike any other in the recent history of Wellington College.  For the start of the term at least, students and staff will be learning and working from home.  This brings challenges for everyone as we establish new routines and develop new forms of communication.  We are grateful for the work which the Wellington College staff team have done in recent weeks to prepare us for this new environment.  The Board believes that despite our physical distance from each other, Wellington College is very well placed to continue to be a strong and connected community focused on the learning and well-being of our students over the coming weeks.

For many students and their parents, Wellington College's extensive extra-curricular programme is the context for the highlights of any school year.  We are aware of the disappointment that many are feeling as a result of the cancellation or postponement of arts and sports events.  We hope that some of these will be able to resume or be rescheduled or reformatted, but we acknowledge and share the very real disappointment that you are feeling.  Our thoughts are especially with our Year 13 students who have been anticipating and planning for these events for a very long time.

Many of our students and parents will also be concerned about the impact of the disruption to schools on achievement for national qualifications.  While we may need to lower some of our expectations about the highest levels of achievement, we are fortunate that the NCEA is a flexible qualification.  The leadership and staff are committed to doing everything they can to enable all students to gain the qualifications they need to gain entry to the programmes and courses students are working towards for 2021.

Thank you for your ongoing support of Wellington College at this time.

Ngā mihi

Paul Retimanu

(Board Chair)