Welcome to Mairehau High School

Mairehau High School is a school with a strong community focus where every student has the chance to shine. We pride ourselves on our innovative and caring staff, and value individuality and difference. Our small size means that teachers get to know all students as individuals and are committed to going the extra mile for all learners to help them reach their full potential. Our students are our priority.

Important Message for our parents, students and school community

COMMUNITY

Monday 18th March 2019.

Kia ora All

This week, Mairehau High School will focus on the values of Compassion and Respect.

We wake up to the dawn of a new school day, a different New Zealand, a stronger nation. Our students and staff returned to their school for the first time after the tragic events of 15th March. Our staff had a special briefing outlining our support for students, staff and community.

Our school assembly focussed on compassion, respect and the acknowledgement of people: students, staff, parents, NZ Police, Ministry of Education, Ambulance and Medical service, and all who have helped over the last few days.

Thank you, to our wonderful professional caring staff, our fantastic parents and our thoughtful, respectful students. We have in place systems of support. If you are aware of someone who is feeling particularly vulnerable, we want to help.

It is important that the well-being of our students is supported. We understand that trauma can manifest in many different ways and can affect anyone, whether directly affected or not. The well-being of our learners and staff is our absolute priority. Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have concerns for your child.

We will show our solidarity in supporting all cultures in New Zealand, particularly, our Muslim community. As a school community, we will show our support for others, Kia Kaha tatou katoa.

Today, our students and our student leaders were able to meet in each of their Year Levels, to chat, discuss and dialogue about what has happened. Our students were given the opportunity to have a voice and develop next steps, in what we should be doing next. Students talked about messages of support, compassion, respect for others; they talked about their ideas on how to support each other, and how to show support for the Muslim community, more importantly, the need for to all to respect everyone. Each Year Level was given an opportunity to share their ideas and thoughts with other students. Senior student leaders are developing a plan for our school with ideas from Year 9 to Year 13 students which will acknowledge and demonstrate our support, compassion and respect for others.

I take this opportunity to acknowledge the whanau/ families that were affected by the events of recent days, many of us will have close connections to people who were tragically involved, our wishes and aroha go out to all.

I trust you and your family are safe and well.

The New Zealand flag will be at half-mast this week.

Although we are dealing with a tragic sensitive event, it will not deter us as a school, community or nation. It is important that we bring a sense of normality for our students. We all have a responsibility as teachers and leaders to model the values of compassion, respect and aroha for our fellow New Zealander. We can not let the cold face of terrorism or fear rule our communities. We will be stronger and better; we are known as a country for our Aroha and Manakitanga. These are the values that we expect of our students. We will lead the way for our students and bring a sense of coherence and stability for Mairehau High School and our community.

I am proud to be the Principal of a Christchurch School working with caring, compassionate, and respectful students, staff and community.

Thank you, for being a wonderfully supportive community, you are fantastic. Take Care.

Harry Romana

Principal

Tips for parents and educators

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ENROLMENT SCHEME

Mairehau High School is undertaking consultation on implementing a new Enrolment scheme. There are seven co-educational state secondary schools proposing new schemes or amendments to existing schemes, so we are co-ordinating consultation so that communities are well-informed and have an opportunity to see what is proposed across Christchurch.

More information on this process and an online survey to gather feedback can be found at www.shapingeducation.govt.nz/secondary

If you do not have internet access, you can access the internet in our school Library.

There are also public meetings to gather feedback, including a meeting at 6:30 pm, Thursday 4th April 2019, in the school Hall. If you wish to attend a meeting but this time does not suit you, there are details of further meetings on the above link. Similar material will be covered at all meetings, so you do not need to attend the meeting at our school if another day and time suit you better.

If you have questions about how the scheme could affect you, please refer to the Frequently Asked Questions on the above link. If your question is not covered in these FAQs, you may contact our school Principal, Harry Romana. If you wish to give feedback on the scheme, please do this via the online survey or at one of the public meetings."

Naku noa,

Harry Romana

Principal

03 385 3145

027 462 8822

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The app syncs with our school events calendar, and the daily notices that can be checked by parents and students alike. Maps, term dates, sporting information and newsletters also have their own sections and are simple to access. In addition, one of the app icons will enable the user to link easily to our website, the Mairehau High School Facebook page, an app user guide, bus route information and media. We can also add links to events happening now, such as school interview bookings and fundraisers.

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