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An Important Message for our Dio Community

posted 18 Mar 2020, 18:36 by Debbie Stevens
Dear Dio Whānau
 
As you are well aware, the World Health Organisation has declared COVID-19 a pandemic and the situation continues to evolve quickly with an increasing number of countries having sustained community transmission. As of today, New Zealand has 28 cases, including two in the Waikato.
 
We are working closely with the Ministry of Education and the Ministry of Health to ensure we have access to the latest advice on how to keep our students, staff, and community safe.
 
Schools are a critical service and our advice from health authorities and the Ministry of Education at this time is that schools should remain open. We're aiming to maintain as much of a sense of normality as possible under these challenging circumstances. 
 
Social distancing and flattening the COVID-19 curve are current priorities for us all as a nation and we are having to take some drastic measures to keep our school community safe.
 
We have reviewed Dio's co-curricular sports and arts practices and rehearsals and communication regarding these will follow in a separate notification.
 
As instructed by Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, our challenge is to minimise the number of students and community members coming together in large groups. 
 
You will have received the notification from Sport NZ regarding the cancellation and postponement of many regional and national sporting events, including the Summer Tournament. Sport Waikato has also cancelled or postponed many of their local competitions. Please click here to view information about upcoming competitions and events.
 
In addition, the Boards have agreed on the following measures for some of our upcoming major events:
 
Calendar events cancelled:
  • World Vision Challenge 
  • Business Challenge
  • Year 9 Grandparents’ Day
  • House Singing
  • Year 11 Camp
  • Year 12 Camp
The Fieldays (supervised Teacher Only Day) has also now been cancelled and this will be a normal school day.
 
Calendar events postponed:
  • Lord of the Flies Production
  • Auckland Dio Exchange
  • Tai Ohinga Maro Kapa Haka Festival
  • St Paul’s Year 9 Social 
  • May Ball
  • Europe Sports Tour (now in 2022). The information evening scheduled for Monday 23 March has been cancelled.
New dates will be communicated as soon as it is possible for us to do so. We will inform you about other events on a case-by-case basis. 
 
We will also be changing the way we run Chapel and Assembly with one House attending at a time with students seated 1.5 metres apart. We aim to put chapels and assemblies online so students can continue to participate in these important gatherings. 
 
While the cancellation of these events will obviously be disappointing for all who are involved, the health and wellbeing of our students and the wider community must be our first priority. Again our school values of Empathy and Resilience have never been more important.
 
Alongside this, we also have a big focus on hygiene. We are hearing that students are taking those hygiene messages back home too, which is great to hear.
 
I want to thank all our school staff who really are at the frontline, working with students and parents during these unprecedented times. You are doing incredible work at a time when nationally we must all do our bit to help secure the health and wellbeing of New Zealanders.
 
The situation is evolving quickly and we will continue to respond to the advice from the central government as we receive it. In the meantime, our schools provide an important service that enables essential workers in our community to fulfill their roles.
 
Please remember that we rise by lifting others. Be kind to yourself and each other. Look after those who are most vulnerable and continue to make The Dio Difference.
 
Blessings and Aroha to you all.

Mary Curran
PRINCIPAL 

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