3 topics: the coronavirus, Yr 12-13 course confirmation, mihi whakatau

Ngā mihi nui o te tau hou; best wishes for the new year

Kia ora koutou. Talofa. Kia Orana. Malo e lelei. Bula. Fakaalofa atu. Namaste. Kumusta. Warm greetings to the Linwood community. Haere mai to LCŌ.

This is an initial message to our community with these three specific items. I will be following up with a more expansive article next week.

Coronavirus:   As you will have seen in the media the situation is rapidly evolving internationally concerning the coronavirus.

This is a new virus and its specific nature is currently unclear, however it appears that you can have the virus at an early stage and not be showing any symptoms. This incubation period is currently considered to be 14 days.                       

Children and young people are currently returning to classrooms. The health of students and staff is a priority for all. As always anyone who is unwell should not be at school. 

If you or your child could be high risk of exposure because you have recently been to China or have been in close contact with someone confirmed with the virus, please delay the start of the school year for 14 days (from the date of your return to New Zealand or the contact) and voluntarily stay away.

If you have a particular concern about your child’s health, please contact Healthline at 0800 611 116 or your GP for medical advice.

Year 12-13 course confirmation: All Yr 12 and 13 students must come to school to confirm their course for 2020 either this Thursday 30 January 9am-12pm or Friday 31 January 10.30am -12.30pm. This is required before they can start classes on Monday.

Mihi Whakatau: All new students and whānau-family are invited to the mihi whakatau – the welcome to Linwood College at Ōtākaro – this Friday 31 January 8.45am for a 9am start. This will have concluded by 10.30am.

Ngā mihi nui

Richard Edmundson Tumuaki-Principal