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Latest Message from our International Director:
What an interesting world we live in, things seem to change so rapidly.
As I write this piece from my desk in beautiful Auckland, New Zealand, I see that the World Health Organisation (WHO) have declared coronavirus COVID-19 a pandemic. In New Zealand we are a bit isolated from much of the intensity of the virus. I guess living on an island in the middle of the pacific has another advantage. However, I am very aware that we are lucky and many of you are in an environment of heightened anxiety and I want to send our best wishes and offer any support to you and your colleagues at this time of challenge. Please ask for help if there is anything we can do to assist you.
On a positive note. We are super proud of the start of this year. We adapted the orientation for the start of the year and it concluded with a walk around our beautiful regional park Shakespear and a swim at the beach. It really allowed many of our students to mix on levels that were greater than previously. Another highlight was attending the year 13 camp. 15 of our international students attended the weather was immaculate and the camp challenging on a physical nature. Completing the world famous Tongariro crossing in 30 degree heat was challenging but the views of the north island were epic and it gave those that attended an amazing start to their time at our school and an understanding of the physical environment that we have at our doorstep in New Zealand.
Lastly I want to celebrate Tranh Phoung Bin Vu (Sam) one of our year 13 students who has been chosen as a school prefect (leader) for the year. I look forward to supporting her in her passion of making our school even better and identifying even more positive things for our international students to be involved with.
I am looking forward to catching up with many of our Chilean, Brazillian, Columbian and Mexican friends as I travel to South America with Lisa White (Deputy Principal) over the next few weeks and apologise to those who we can’t get to.
Remember we are all in this together and if you need any support just let us know.
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