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23 March 2020


23 March 2020

Dear Parents, Caregivers, Students and Staff,

We are aware that this is an unsettling time for everyone as New Zealand’s response to COVID-19 continues to rapidly evolve. We want to thank you for your ongoing support of our school community as we collectively navigate these events.

The Board and our Principal Cameron Lockie receive daily updates from the Ministry of Education and the New Zealand School Trustees Association. We are closely following recommendations via these official channels and Cameron is working closely with his leadership team to ensure a proactive and responsive approach to the changing situation.     

We wish to reiterate everything that our Principal Cameron Lockie has implemented into our school. The school will:

  • Continue to follow official Ministry of Education and Ministry of Health advice
  • Engage in continuous risk assessment for all school activities and events
  • Keep the school community updated via the website, school app and emails
  • Promptly advise of any changes to advice from the Ministry of Education
  • Remind staff and children regarding hand washing and hygiene practices
  • Respond to any issues with soap in bathrooms as soon as they become known

The official advice continues to be:

  • Stay home if you are not well
  • Wash hands thoroughly
  • Cover your mouth and nose if coughing or sneezing (using your elbow or tissue that you dispose of)
  • No hugs, hongi or handshakes  
  • Avoid touching your face

Please help us in following and reminding your children of these guidelines. There are some excellent resources which Cameron has already referred to developed by Dr Michelle Dickinson (aka Nanogirl).

Keeping informed and up to date – please see the below websites for up to date information:

Other business

At our first meeting in February the Board of Trustees delegated to our Principal Cameron Lockie the following:

  • The day-to-day curriculum and resource management of the school.
  • The achievement of the Government’s key achievement areas and requirements as specified in official educational policy documents.
  • The implementation of any other requirements specified by Act of Parliament, the Secretary of Education, any other permanent head of a Government department, including for individual and collective employment contracts.
  • Approval of any orders for goods and services provided such an order will not exceed the Board approved budget allocation for the expenditure item involved.
  • Communication with parents, officials, representatives of educational organisations and other firms and organisations with whom the Principal deals with as part of their curriculum and resource management responsibilities.
  • Delegation in writing to specified staff positions of responsibilities.
  • Development of procedures within the School Policy framework.

Board of Trustees for 2020

Board Chair – Alison Gilchrist

Deputy Chairperson – Steven McCleery

Finance – Hayley Thow

Personnel – Chairperson

Communication, Minutes Secretary – Nicola Kayes

Property, Health and Safety subcommittee – Megan Catterall, Chairperson and Deputy Chairperson

Staff Trustee – Mark Ralston

Principal – Cameron Lockie

It is at times like these when communities need to pull together. We are fortunate to have a school community that are known for pulling together and sharing kindness at times like these and we would like to thank you for your ongoing support. We would also like to acknowledge our staff for everything they do, and are doing, for our school and our young people in these extraordinary times.

Please take care of yourselves.

Noho ora mai,

Silverdale School Board of Trustees

Cameron Lockie




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