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We've Made it to Level One!

posted 11 Jun 2020, 17:17 by Debbie Stevens
Kia ora koutou
What wonderful news that we currently have no active cases of COVID-19 and have now moved to Alert Level 1.   This is recognition of the efforts by all New Zealanders to keep each other safe.
But as the Prime Minister pointed out - while this is a very important milestone, the job is not done. We need to continue to be vigilant – wash and dry hands, and recall where we have been so that we can contact trace if required.

There are key public health measures - Golden Rules - for everyone in New Zealand to follow. For schools this means:
  • If people are sick, they should stay home (phone Healthline or their GP and get tested if they have cold or flu symptoms).
  • Continue to regularly wash and dry hands, sneeze and cough into elbows.
  • Soap, water and the ability to dry hands provided in bathrooms.
  • Regularly disinfect shared surfaces.
  • Stringent self-isolation of those who display relevant symptoms of COVID-19, test positive for COVID-19, have been in close contact with someone who tests positive for COVID-19, or have been overseas in the last 14 days – Ministry of Health information for self-isolation.
  • Any educational facilities connected to a confirmed or probable case of COVID-19 must close on an individual or group basis for 72 hours to allow contact tracing, and then potentially for a further 14 days.
For us, there will be no major changes to what we are doing and our school continues to be safe to attend, including any staff and students who are considered more vulnerable to COVID. We have a good cleaning routine in place, people who are sick are staying at home and we continue to encourage good hygiene practices.

We are supporting contact tracing by having QR code posters at our entrances – so if you haven’t already downloaded the NZ COVID Tracer app the Ministry of Health’s NZ-COVID Tracer app page has information to help you do that. 

The Martin Street gate is now open from 6.00 am to 8.00 pm Monday to Friday. River Road is also open but will remain closed at 8.00 am - 
9.00 am and 3.00 pm - 4.00 pm. Students must not be dropped off or collected from this entrance unless they are being collected from the Wellness Centre during the day.

School transport services are now back to normal. Good hygiene practices are still a priority and buses will continue to be cleaned regularly in accordance with the Ministry of Health guidance. No physical distancing is required on Hamilton buses, school buses, or public transport services. 

What is changing is that we can now look forward to whole-school gatherings, school singing, inter-school and community sport, cultural events and performances and to welcoming all of our school community on-site for these activities.  Just some of the school events and gatherings coming up in the next few weeks and next term include: 
  • 15 and 17 June - Year 13 Solo Drama Performances
  • 26 June - House Singing Battle (onsite)
  • 23 July -  Dio Science Fair
  • 29 July -  Learning Conferences - Years 11, 12, 13
  • 4 and 5 August - Dance Showcase
  • 7 August - Learning Conferences - Years 11, 12, 13
  • 12 August - STAFF ONLY DAY
  • 12 August - He Tai Ohinga Maro Kapa Haka Festival
  • 19 August - Senior Ball (previously May Ball)
  • 24 August - Dio Exchange with Auckland Diocesan (home)
  • 25 and 26 August - Year 10 Enterprise
  • 26 August - Dio Cross-country (competitors only)
  • 26 August - High Achievers Concert
  • 27 August - Photolife group photo day #1
  • 28 August - Father/Daughter Breakfast
  • 28 August - ITM Waikato Band and Orchestra Festival
  • 28, 29. 30 August - Waikato Choir Festival
  • 31 August to 5 September - Winter Tournament Week
  • 24 September - Dio Arts Showcase
  • Friday 25 Photolife group photo day #2
Click here to view our school calendars.

A new COVID-19 government website Kia Kotahi mō te WHAIORANGA | Unite for the RECOVERY replaces the previous ‘Unite against COVID-19’ website. Its three key sections are:
  • COVID-19 – Learn about the virus and what we all need to do.
  • Wellbeing – You’re not alone. Find the support you need.
  • Jobs and Training – Get careers, training and upskilling help.
I look forward to seeing many of you again on the sidelines and in the audience supporting your daughters and their class/teammates.

Ngā mihi

Mary Curran