Week Ahead: Week 5, Term 1
Monday 27 February – Sunday 5 March
I hope this letter finds you and your family safe and well in the aftermath of the recent cyclone event. I know that this has been a difficult time for us all, and I want to start by acknowledging the challenges that we have faced. We have seen loss, destruction, and pain. We have experienced fear, uncertainty, and disruption. But in the face of all this, we have also seen incredible acts of courage, resilience, and compassion.
First and foremost, I want to assure you that our school is committed to doing everything we can to support our students, families, and the wider community. As we work together to rebuild and recover, we want to emphasise the importance of a collective effort. I encourage you to reach out to us if you need any assistance or support. The school has already started the process of collecting information from families to determine the level of need and where we might be able to help.
In the coming weeks and months, we will be working closely with the Ministry of Education local authorities and other community organisations to facilitate the recovery process. We will keep you updated on any developments, and we welcome your input and feedback as we move forward.
A plan is in place to ensure that our students can continue their education and achieve academic success despite the disruption caused by the cyclone. Learning programmes will be adapted and extra time and support provided to help students catch up on lost learning. We will work closely with NZQA and the Ministry of Education for guidance and assurance that students will not be disadvantaged due to time away.
Today we welcomed back our boys, so excited to see them here, although some were looking a little dishevelled, perhaps out of practice from early starts. As I watched them arrive, it reminded me of the importance of personal wellbeing and supporting one another during this time. It is crucial that we take care of ourselves and each other, both physically and emotionally.
Thank you for your continued support and cooperation. Together, we can navigate this challenging time and emerge stronger on the other side.
Thursday 2 March – Yr 9 Meet the Teacher 6:30pm
Friday 3 March – Yr 9 Ladder to Manhood
Remember that we are here to help through this challenging time. As mentioned in earlier communication, our support team can be accessed if the need arises. Rob Silver can be contacted on 021 1094820, or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org . Also, this is a reminder that the 1737 call-line is available 24/7 if anyone in our wider community needs to talk to a trained counsellor.
Y9 Meet the Teacher
Thursday, 02 March 6:30 – 7:45pm
The purpose of the evening is for Y9 parents / caregivers to meet their son’s core subject teachers. The teachers provide an overview of their subject, course and expectations. The evening begins in the Napier Boys’ High School Henderson Hall.
Y9 Ladder to Manhood
Friday 03 March
This day involves team-building activities, haka and thinking about what it means to be a ‘good man’. Students are to come to school in PE gear, wearing sports shoes. They will have classes Pd1 & 2. The boys are to bring morning tea and lunch. We will run a sausage sizzle in the afternoon.
SchoolBridge and SchoolPoint
The school has launched SchoolBridge and SchoolPoint to our school community. We would like to thank those who have joined this platform with us. This will be an essential tool for all our school community moving forward.
There is both a web based version and an app for both iOS and Android. The tools available through these applications will improve our ability to communicate to you and for you to access information.https://nbhs.bridge.school.nz/Android App https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.inboxdesign.SchoolBridgeAppApple App: https://apps.apple.com/us/app/schoolbridge/id1563090571\We highly encourage all parents/caregivers to download the app to their phone and/or use the web based version. Web Version:
We would like parents/whānau to use the app to report all absences, wherever possible.It is a very secure way to report an absence, as not only do we see that it comes from the parents/whānau’s login but it will send you confirmation of the report to your email. It also keeps a log of all absences reported by you so you can check at any time which absences have been reported through your device/login. Direct Links SchoolBridge will be set up to link to the KAMAR Parent Portal to access you will need to use your KAMAR username and password to login to the KAMAR parent portal. Calendar View the school calendar for all up and coming school dates and events. Notifications You will receive push notifications from the school related to your son and other school wide information. Parent Teacher Interviews (Conferences) We will be using the App for SchoolBridge and its partner SchoolPoint (which you access through the SchoolBridge app) to book our teacher Interviews. Permission Slips We will be using permission slips for certain trips and other forms students and caregivers are required to complete by having them available online on Schoolbridge.