COVID-19 Information

Message from Dale Burden - Principal

To our St Peter’s Community

I would like to thank the many parents who sent messages of encouragement and support for the work that teachers and leaders have done, and will continue to do over the next few weeks. It is heart-warming to know that we have the support and understanding of our parents at this time.

Head of Science Oliver Alini, had this to say during his Year 9 period - This is fantastic – I currently have all our Year 9 students working on individual tasks that I can monitor and give feedback on, all are simultaneously on Hangouts, so I can give them prompts and move on to the next task. This is almost better than in a real classroom. Will definitely change teaching practice for the better.”

Our team are working hard to ensure all students remain engaged and that is the reason we chose to continue learning, rather than closing for an extended school holiday break. 

Y13 Francesca Pollock taking her drama lesson remotely from Mrs O'Sullivan

Unfortunately New Zealand State Schools have been forced to go into holiday mode due to the very rapid shift in the government’s response to Covid-19.  The holidays being brought forward means that a large percentage of children without devices or the ability to learn on line can be provided for, and the schools unable to prepare thus far, can now have time to do so.

Engaging students in online learning after a 2 week break is not desirable and would not be the first choice of any school.   Fortunately we are organised, have all students with devices and are Independent. This means we can do what is best for the learning of our students. 

Thank you for your continued support and please contact any member of the Senior Leadership Team or House Deans during this time.  Their contact emails can be found here

Dale Burden - Executive Principal 


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