What a contrast! The magnificent weather we have enjoyed this week has provided ideal conditions for a range of activities culminating today in a very successful Pet Day for the junior children and for the Year 7/8 boys the Annual Formal this evening. While the pets were being put through their paces and judged, an intrepid group of mothers were hard at work transforming the hall into a splendid venue for this evening’s occasion. Thank you to all involved with the planning and preparation and on the day organisation of these events, especially Roark Zachary and his senior helpers and Kate Howard and her team. And, thank you to all our parents for making arrangements for your boys to participate.
Lisa Lee had her last day at Hereworth today. Known as the face of the school to so many on their first encounter with Hereworth, Lisa has endeared herself to all members of the Hereworth community. After 21½ years of sterling service, she has accepted the challenge of a new role and we wish her all the best on her new journey as the Principal’s PA at Te Aute College.
Lisa has been outstanding in her role and I have valued her immensely. She possesses enormous institutional knowledge, is highly organised, totally dependable and can be relied on to complete what is required to a high level of accuracy in a timely manner. Above all this, she makes people feel at ease no matter who they are and what the situation.
We do wish Lisa all the best and I am sure I speak for everybody when we say, thank you for a job extremely well done!
However, we must look forward, and I am very happy to advise that Nicola Pentelow who has been working alongside Lisa for 2½ years in her Marketing role, has accepted a secondment into the EA’s role. Nicola will combine aspects of her current work and much of Lisa’s work into a modified position and we can look forward to a smooth transition. Please note that all email communications should be directed to email@example.com
Cybersafety is a real concern and sadly our older boys, and some not so old, are not immune from this. As I indicated in my last newsletter, we have been dealing with concerns at school and we are fully aware of our responsibilities to ensure boys are kept safe. However, despite policies and procedures and your expectations, there is no guarantee.
Last week, Detective Sergeant Mark Moorhouse, Head of the Hawkes’s Bay Police Child Protection Team, spoke to the staff. His presentation was eye-opening in terms of the realities that exist and the challenges faced by our young people. His empathy was clearly evident as was commitment to dealing with issues and educating those who have the responsibility to care for our children. He will be invited to speak to our parent and friend community and I hope we can bring a date to you in the Term 4 Calendar. In the meantime, we will continue our work on our policies and procedures.
For your advice and guidance as you are speaking to your sons and older children, it is as well to inform them that there are clear legal obligations regarding the use of social media. These are stated as the Ten Communication Principles in the Harmful Digital Communications Act. Essentially, it is stated that while it is not illegal to receive harmful or objectionable communications, it is illegal to store and or transmit such information. Any person needs to accept the responsibility to remove such information should they be in the unfortunate position of receiving it. I implore boys who come across this sort of material to show their parents and discuss any matters of concern with you.
Conversely, if tempted to send such information, ask your sons to ask themselves one question first and think carefully – Will they feel better about themselves after pushing the send button? Best to delay, think and then make a rational decision rather than act on impulse. It is just so easy to make a serious mistake and regret the decision. There is no control over where things end up or what the damage may be.
Having the courage to make the right decision and not being drawn into temptation can be a real test of character.