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Friday, 16th August 2019
Tēnā koutou kātoa,
Congratulations to all students involved in the various arts programmes over the last few weeks. I went along to a performance by some of our drama students of Shakespeare’s ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’, and also attended part of the Spring Gala concert. It was great to see our students on stage and enjoying themselves. As well, we have had various concert bands and groups performing at the KBB festival, in theatre sports and have a dance evening coming up shortly.
My many thanks to our energetic Arts faculty who make these wonderful opportunities possible for our students.
Thankfully we have had no instances of measles at Glendowie College, and I hope it stays that way.
You may have seen in the media that other schools across Auckland have had multiple cases of measles, and have had to quarantine students and staff to minimise the risk of transmission.
To ensure that we are prepared, I have asked our Senior Leadership team to check the records of all students and staff with regard to whether they are vaccinated or not. This will be straight-forward in the majority of cases, however, we may need to contact some families for evidence of vaccination if we do not have it on file. If this is you, I ask for your assistance in advance.
Please note, we are not insisting that people are vaccinated. We are insisting that we know whether or not they are vaccinated. In this matter, we are following the guidelines of the Auckland Regional Public Health Service (ARPHS).
If there is an instance of measles at a school, the ARPHS are requiring all people who may have been in contact with the infected person (during the infectious period) to be quarantined at home for up to 2 weeks. At some schools, this has meant over a hundred students at home, and 10 or more staff also quarantined. As we move closer to senior exams, the repercussions of this grow.
I hope that our planning will be unnecessary. If you would like more information about measles and/or vaccinations, please contact your GP.
Thank you in advance for your support.
Ngā mihi nui,
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