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End of Term Message and Correction to House Chapel Service

posted 2 Jul 2020, 19:07 by Debbie Stevens

Kia ora koutou

As this term comes to an end, I want to express my sincere thanks and appreciation to all our students, staff, and whaanau for all you have contributed to this community over the course of the past unpredictable few months.  Thank you also for the messages of thanks to the staff. They are valued.

COVID-19 has brought the importance of supporting happy, healthy and connected learners into even sharper focus. It has impacted on the wellbeing of many of our learners and their families.
In response, the Government today announced a further $66 million in new wellbeing funding to support the immediate wellbeing of our learners and educators in the wake of COVID-19. These announcements are part of an integrated package of Budget 2020 wellbeing supports. More announcements will be made soon.
Today’s package consists of: 
  • $50 million, in 2020/21, for an Urgent Response Fund. This immediate support to centre-based early learning services, schools and kura to improve attendance, is to help manage any learning, social, emotional, mental, or other wellbeing needs directly related to COVID-19. Ministry regional offices will work with providers to fund local initiatives.
  • $16 million for Educator wellbeing. Funding will provide access to support services for an additional 10,000 employees of publically funded early learning services, kōhanga reo, schools and kura, and their families.
These new supports for curriculum wellbeing teaching, along with the latest package addressing the immediate needs of learners and educators resulting from COVID-19 will be welcomed by all education providers, and by many parents and whānau.

Waikato Diocesan School for Girls is committed to supporting our students as they navigate the final two terms of 2020. It is through the combined efforts of staff, students, boards, and all of you, along with the support of our community at large, that we continue to thrive and succeed. I look forward to working with you in Term 3 as we embrace new opportunities and tackle new challenges.

On a final note, please note a correction to the DioNews issue six. The House Service on 26 July is for Blake, Hillary, and Ross (NOT Shackleton, Scott, Wilson as stated). And a reminder to diarise Sunday 6 December for our whole school Chapel/Carol Service.

My very best wishes to you and your loved ones for this term break.

Ngā mihi

Mary Curran