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Principal’s Panui 14 February 2022

Kia ora te whanau o te kotuku

Covid continues to throw a few curve balls our way but in true Rutherford fashion, we adapt and make the best of the situation.

Timetable Changes
We have had to complete some changes to the timetable over the weekend. Since the start of the year, we have experienced an increase of in-zone enrolments at all year levels that necessitated the need to balance class sizes. As a result of these changes, students started today in their Tutor Class to enable time for them to receive a new timetable. Not every student will be affected by the changes.

Athletics Day
Due to the recent surge in Omicron cases, we have taken the difficult decision to cancel the scheduled Athletics Day due to take place on Wednesday, 16 February. The intention to gather up to 1300+ students and staff albeit outside for five or so hours is not one we are comfortable with.

We are working on a backup plan so that we can still identify the top athletes in individual events and also the top three at each of the junior, intermediate and senior categories.

Paid Union Meeting (PUM) – Early finish
On Tuesday, 22 February the PPTA has advised they will be holding a Paid Union Meeting for members. As this meeting involves a large percentage of our teachers, students will finish school at the end of Period 3 at 12:25pm. Buses will depart at 12:30pm except for the 013 that will leave at its normal time.

Swimming Sports
To coincide with the PUM, this year’s Swimming Sports will be held on Tuesday, 22 February from 1pm until approximately 3.30 pm. This will be for competitive swimmers only and entries will be taken through the sports department. There can be no outside spectators at this event.

Mask Wearing
The expectation continues to be that masks are worn at all times other than when eating or taking a mask break.

Scholars Assembly
Our annual Scholars Assembly will take place this Friday, 18 February with a modified process to accommodate Red Light restrictions. It is important to us that students who have endorsed at Level 1 and Level 2 with Excellence can be acknowledged for their hard work and achievement throughout 2021.  The event will be held in two parts – we will firstly acknowledge last year’s NCEA Level 1 endorsed students and then a second ceremony where Level 2 candidates from 2021 will be acknowledged. Other than prizewinners and a select number of staff, no other students or whanau will be in attendance. We will video this event as we did with last year’s end-of-year ceremonies to share with whanau.

In the novel, the bone people, the Kaumatua said.  “Hold on to the precious things, and wait, and hope”.  This spirit of optimism grows best through our public attitudes and actions, based on our personal values and beliefs.  Those things closest to our hearts give the most strength when they are not publicly paraded but when they shape our lives.

Nga mihi nui

Gary Moore

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