Regulus Address // Combined Issue 2 and 3 // November 2020
Travel restrictions have kept us at home, yet it is here that we have found the comfort and joy we need as we build on our resilience to weather this latest challenge.
In late September, I found myself perched in a corner of my son Tom’s student flat in Wellington, trying desperately to get a decent WiFi signal to live stream our 1st XV turn a 20 point deficit in the UC Championship final into a convincing 35–26 victory. This was the College’s first time in the final and maiden title.
At any time this would be a great victory. In 2020, it is not only a great victory but also testimony to the mental strength and resilience of the team, coaches and management. The 1st XV showcased these attributes on the field for all to see. They are attributes I see and hear about every day amongst our students, teachers, and College leadership.
I am proud that as New Zealand headed into the lockdown, the College seamlessly moved to online learning. We were well prepared, teachers knew how to facilitate learning online, and our students were familiar with what was required and were quick to adjust. Not only that, in part perhaps due to the lockdown and there being not much else to do, they embraced the structure and discipline that online learning offered. Their teachers are confident they head into the external examination season well prepared.
While many co-curricular activities were disrupted by the lockdown, there have been impressive achievements across the board. This success, like the 1st XV, is a tribute to the commitment, strength and resilience. And like the 1st XV, it is a result of a commitment made by the College six years ago to boost co-curricular resources. Our young people have the talent and with strong leadership, clear strategy, effective systems and programmes, and skilled coaches and tutors, we are increasingly seeing the full potential of this talent realised.
The College is in good heart as we near the end of this tumultuous year. We have collectively focused on what we do, and we have done it well. In 2021, we will begin the year with an additional Year 9 class and waiting lists in all year groups.
The COVID-19 disruption has challenged us all. On behalf of the Board, I wish to acknowledge the College leadership, all teachers, and staff who have met those challenges with courage, inventiveness and spirit. They have shown a dedication to quality teaching, learning and care for our students that has enabled our young people to get the best out of their education in disruptive circumstances.
For many of us, the impact of COVID-19 has reached into our personal lives and the lives of our family and friends. It has been tough and could well get tougher in the months ahead. What we know for sure is that our College community is resilient. After a summer break that has never been more deserved, we will meet 2021 with the strength and kindness that has seen us prevail through 2020.
Waiho i te toipoto, kaua i te toiroa
Let us keep close together, not far apart.
On behalf of the Board of Governors