Tēnā koutou katoa e te whānau o Craighead –
Alert Level One
Like everyone we were very pleased and relieved to hear the Prime Minister announce that the country was moving to Alert Level One as of midnight on Monday. While this did not mean major changes for the way school was running it does now mean that we are able to run full school assemblies without the constraint of social distancing. I can assure you that Craighead remains a safe environment for all students and staff. We have robust cleaning routines in place and we continue to promote deliberate hygiene practices.
From Wednesday, students will be able to serve themselves in the dining room again although we will insist that they use hand sanitiser and only use kitchen utensils when using the salad bar. QR codes will continue to be used by students signing in and out of school through the office or when they are logging attendance at study groups. At Alert Level One interschool, community sports, cultural events and performances can resume. Therefore our school Cross Country will be held on the afternoon of June 19. On the afternoon of June 25 the House Choir competition will take place and the following day, Friday June 26, Learning Conferences will be held. Alongside all of this we are eagerly awaiting the beginning of the winter sports season which begins with Friday night basketball starting on June 19. And of course, there is great excitement amongst the senior students at the prospect of the School Ball which will be held on July 31 – the first school ball to be held in our region!
This is all positive news. Of course we must still insist that anyone in the immediate school community who is unwell stays away from school. We thank you for your ongoing support around these processes and protocols.
Last Friday, many of our students assembled together on the dining room lawn at lunchtime in order to raise awareness of the “Black Lives Matter” movement following the death of Mr George Floyd at the hands of the US Police in Minneapolis last week. This movement is now a global one, having moved through America across to Europe and to other continents. With the theme “Be Bold” for 2020, the Year 13’s encouraged our students to recognise discrimination and racism, which is clearly still evident in New Zealand today. They invited us to be brave enough to call out racism, to be conscious of what we do and say, and to have uncomfortable conversations with family and friends – to ‘be the change’ they wish to see. As a school, we are committed to treating all people equally, fairly and with respect, valuing inclusivity and diversity, and embracing different perspectives. Students are encouraged to have a voice, but to always do this respectfully, using the right channels for communication if they wish to speak up about a perceived injustice. I am proud of the actions of our students and staff, which are in keeping with our special character and our ongoing commitment to social justice.
God Bless – E te atua manaaki – Lindy Graham