Kia ora e te whanau
Perseverance has been a strength that I am sure we can all relate to and remember times when we have needed this quality. There are circumstances that we face every day that bring out this strength in each one of us. How we approach these circumstances says a lot about our innermost strength and our faith. We often rely on our own strength and are under the impression that we must solve everything with this strength of ours without seeking assistance from our family, friends or spiritual guidance. In times of difficulty, we are called to persevere and not be afraid of what lies ahead knowing that we are guided and upheld by the Good Lord in our daily lives. Romans 5:3-5 says, Not only so, but we also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance, character, and hope. And hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us.
The last couple of weeks have not been easy but I am pleased with the resolve shown by our young people in adapting to each new situation and working with enthusiasm. They are, on the whole, following health and safety guidance and protocols that can keep them, their teachers and family safe and I am proud of their approach.
As we progress through this year, I encourage our community to be positive and work together with us at St Peter’s College to ensure that every young person builds on their future. Your encouragement and presence in the lives of each of our students is important in building on their perseverance and the outcomes that come from this perseverance. It allows them to not be easily discouraged by set-backs but to endure and seek and achieve the goals that they have set themselves. This will continue to grow their confidence and strength of character, knowing that they are supported well by you and all of us at school.
You will aware that today at 11:59pm the required period of isolation for positive cases of COVID-19 and their household contacts is being reduced from 10 days to seven days. Office staff are keeping a spreadsheet of dates of infection, positive test results etc and will inform you of the date a student can return to school. Thank you very much to all of you who have been so vigilant in keeping your child at home if they have cold and flu symptoms and informing us of positive case results in your households. This information is treated with confidentiality. Day 0 is the day symptoms began or the day the test was taken (whichever came first). Cases will isolate for a full seven days and are free to return to normal activities on Day 8, if they are not symptomatic. Please only return your child to school if they have had no symptoms for at least 48 hours.
We have done really well so far at not spreading Covid in our school. I post daily updates on Facebook of cases and attendance for those of you who are interested: https://www.facebook.com/stpetersgorenz