From the Principal

Tena koutou katoa. Nga mihi nui atawhai.

‘Time apart for Kiwi workers and bosses during lockdown has had some surprising benefits, according to a nationwide survey of more than 20,000 New Zealanders working from home. It found bosses are more trusting, teams are working better together, people feel more empowered to perform well, and despite swapping the meeting room for video calls, workplace communication has improved.’

This is the initial finding from a survey, the first in a series that will track how workplaces are supporting Kiwis over the next 12 months, making it the largest study of its kind in New Zealand. It is being conducted by AskYourTeam, a Hawke’s Bay-based workplace productivity and leadership effectiveness consultancy.

So, there may be some benefits in these different ways of working.

This same company has sent you all a survey today (I am writing this on Wednesday evening, the day before the PM makes her announcement about what Alert L2 might look like in this new world that we find ourselves in). We want to know what we can learn from this extraordinary experience and if there are some of these benefits that we have found in working online that can be translated back into our physical classroom spaces.

So, I urge you to complete this survey and we can all continue to learn together and take some positives from this lockdown.

One thing that we have learned together is the power of connection through technology. The student leadership team made an ‘appreciation’ video to share with all the staff to show their gratitude for how the teachers are going the extra mile with the students – and I have received many emails from staff, several of whom have been moved to tears by this wonderful gesture.

Thank you to you all.