Dear Parents and Caregivers, Please see below a message from Group Captain Andy Scott, Base Commander of RNZAF Base Auckland following today’s events. Added to Andy’s message, a heartfelt thank you to you all for your understanding and support this afternoon, in what we know was a very difficult situation. As always, your children were amazing and took the afternoon in their stride. We are so proud of them all. Kind regards, Jo Kia Ora Whenuapai Parents Thank you for your patience and understanding as we worked through the incident at Whenuapai Air Base on Friday afternoon. I appreciate that it was troubling to receive the messages of lockdown of the school and to be asked to stay away as the event unfolded, so I wanted to provide you some background as to what occurs if we have an incident on Base. The priority for us is always the safety of our people and for us at RNZAF Base Auckland we treat the school as a part of our Base given how close we are. In incidents like this we prioritise getting hold of the school to inform them what is going on and to make sure the children are safe and at the start we may not always have the full picture. As we get more information about the nature of the issue and risks, we work with the school and emergency services to see what is the best course of action for our children. Sometimes that maybe to stay in lockdown or it could be to evacuate, but each situation is different and so we always need to make sure we put the safety of our children first. As we saw on Friday afternoon that saw both the lockdown and then a new pick up routine worked through where the Base staff supported the school to move children safely to alternate pickup sites. I know you will all join me in thanking the teachers, the support staff and our amazing kids on doing such an awesome job on Friday. They did us all proud as it was certainly not the end to term we envisaged but it was great to see everyone pulling together in an strange situation. Thank you all again for your support and understanding. Kind regards Andy Base Commander RNZAF Base Auckland.
Dear Parents, Caregivers and Whānau, We are moving down to Alert Level 2 from 11.59pm tonight and therefore school be fully open from tomorrow. The Team is excited about reconnecting with you all. Please see attached letter with more information about Alert Level 2 and what this means for you
‘Living is Striving’
Kia Ora and Welcome! My name is Raewyn Matthys-Morris and I am proud to be the Principal of Whenuapai School. As Principal, it is an absolute privilege to be the professional leader of such an amazing team who provide the best possible learning opportunities for our children.
Our school works in partnership with our community to ensure our students receive the best education possible. We encourage our students to be active and motivated about their learning. We are committed to opening the doors for everyone and meeting the unique needs of each student. To achieve this, we provide high quality teaching and learning programmes and numerous opportunities for students to experience and excel in academic, sporting, cultural and leadership activities.
At Whenuapai School we pride ourselves on doing the very best that we can for all our students, all of the time. Our staff are committed to their own professional learning thus ensuring we offer a motivating, engaging and challenging learning environment for all learners. Our promise to our children is that we will work alongside them, we will provide guidance and support during their educational journey with us.
We believe that the partnership between home and school is a critical component of our children’s successes. We therefore welcome and encourage parents, caregivers and whanau into our school and ask you to remain connected with us throughout your child’s educational journey.
We look forward to welcoming you and your family to Whenuapai School.