Deb's Message - 14 August


Please don’t underestimate the toll of the COVID-19 experience this year has had on us all. We have all weathered this extraordinary experience over many months, staying positive, being kind and getting through. We have now been thrown back to Alert Level 2, with the uncertainty of how this will play out over the coming days, weeks and months. We are ‘COVID-weary’; outwardly putting on the energetic, brave face in front of our families, workmates and friends. Underneath we are weary, and a certain amount of anxiety is bubbling beneath the surface. Digging deep is harder than it was. So again, be kind to yourself and be aware we are all feeling this in our own way. Humans are fragile and a little TLC goes a long way right now.

As we head into the weekend, I'd like to leave you with some highlights of the week: On Monday we welcomed our new New Entrant families and other new starters to our school at our Term 3 Powhiri. It's great to have you join our school community and we look forward to getting to know you!

On Wednesday a number of our students represented us in a Chess Tournament at Berhampore School. Well done to all of you! See below for results and photos.

A major focus of the week was the Student-Led Conferences. It was a pleasure to see our children proudly sharing their learning with their parents and teachers. You have all worked really hard in what has been a challenging year to date, and we are proud of the school values that you have shown.

Finally we'd also like to thank all our parents for bearing with us in what has been a challenging communications week. Not only has our system upgraded, but there has also been a lot of information going out regarding the upgrade, our SLCs and of course the move to Alert Level 2.

Thank you all for your cooperation and patience.

Fingers crossed you don't hear from me again today!

Nga mihi

Deborah Fenton

Island Bay School Principal

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