31 Jan A message from the Principal
Kia ora tātou,
Nau mai, haere mai! Welcome back to Villa Maria College for 2020. It has been lovely to see the girls return after a refreshing break, and to welcome all our new students for this year.
Once again, we have a full roll to begin the year, and a large group of International Students who have chosen to study with us also. We welcomed all these students in our Mihi Whakatau on Wednesday morning. It was lovely to have so many families who were able to join us to participate in this welcome.
Girls have been in classes and getting their learning underway for the rest of this week. It is good to start establishing positive routines before we disrupt them again with our House Sports Day next week! This is a really fun day for girls and is intended to build community and develop connections with one another and with staff in their Houses. These aspects of College life will long outlive some of the specific classroom lessons and the skills that we are developing will be vital for their whole lives. For all these reasons ensuring girls attend and participate in the day is extremely important. House points provide a further incentive.
We are watching carefully all the advice from the Ministry of Education and the Ministry of Health regarding the potential for the spread of the novel coronavirus. Be assured that your daughter’s safety and health is at the forefront of our planning. We need at the same time to live our values of manaakitanga in trying to make all our new students welcome and feel at home here with us. For any students joining us from China, that will certainly be important. Students arriving from China will work at home until any possible infection period has passed. No students at Villa Maria College are from our sister city of Wuhan, or Hubei Province. Nevertheless, despite the extremely low risk, we are ensuring this is managed to minimise any spread of this virus.
Thank you for your support as we begin our College year. Please let us know any changes of circumstances for your family that could impact on your daughter or how we communicate with you.