Tn Koutou Katoa

By Nick Leith | Posted: Wednesday June 15, 2022

More opportunities to connect as a community and our contributing school visits and open days on the horizon.

Kia ora koutou,

We held our second full school assembly this week - you can watch it here if you have a child who received a badge or love watching school assemblies. In assembly we talked about our approach with facemasks for the remainder of the term. Our students are great at managing these and whilst it will be time to do away with them at some stage we will be hanging in there with masks for the rest of the term. A number of schools in Canterbury who had earlier removed face masks from their Covid response have had to bring them back. Those of you with older children in High Schools will have experienced first hand the staffing shortages they have been dealing with. We feel we're in a pretty good spot at present so continuing to look out for each other with face masks makes good sense. 

We begin hosting our local primary schools next week with 'Experiencing Casebrook' days - this is a really important step in the beginning of our transition process as a community of schools (we host students from outside our contributing five schools later in the year).  We have also announced our open day schedule for early August. Please let any friends, neighbours or whānau know about this as they are great opportunities for families to see life at Casebrook first hand, meet with the leadership team, and ask any specific questions. After a couple of years where schools have had to ask parents/caregivers to keep their distance due to Covid those relationships are vital in ensuring a great transition from Primary School, into the Intermediate School environment. Plus it's always nice to see first hand that the staff at your child's next school are all great people!

On the subject of welcoming whānau into school, we'd love to see as many of you that can make it to our Matariki and Kai evening next Wednesday. Expect some inspired performances from our Kapa Haka and Pasifika groups as well as a great free feed (chicken, sausages, salads and rolls and Casebrooks world famous Sapasui). All you need to do is register so we can cater enough kai for everyone. This invite is not just for parents or whānau with children in our cultural groups.

Finally, in this newsletter is further info about our John Parsons cyber safety and Internet wellness workshop for parents of young adolescents. A must for any parent or caregiver trying to navigate the complex world of social media, devices and mental health online. Please register for the online workshop that you can attend from the comfort of your own home - maybe have a glass of wine handy!

Thanks for your support with our early finish today, and have a great weekend when it arrives.

Ngā mihi nui,

Nick Leith