Kia ora RVS
I hope you have had a great time with family and friends over the two long weekends. We managed some time in the Queen Charlotte Sound, boy we live in a beautiful part of the world.
Speaking of landscapes, the COVID horizon continues to shift and we have been working through the education mandate lately. The implications for the RVS community are wide reaching but not insurmountable, difficult but we will find a way through. There may well be cancellations of activities as we struggle to staff different areas, we apologise in advance. I know for certain that there are many in our RVS community praying for the situation we find ourselves in and we are incredibly grateful.
We have been advised by the Ministry of Education that they still wish us to avoid all gatherings for the foreseeable future, particularly under Level 2. For this reason, amongst others, the Board of Trustees has made the decision to cancel prize giving for 2021. This is done with a heavy heart as it is one of our favourite, God glorifying, positive celebrations as a community. We will still be awarding students but will use the new school magazine as a forum to present these award winners to the community. Every family will receive a copy of this magazine in the last week of term.
A big thank you to Mrs. Rebecca Silva for organising the 2021 Run for Bibles. Also to those who worked hard to raise funds for the Bible League. A magnificent effort providing 235 bible packs for others who need them. See more about the Bible League here.
Thank you to all who filled in the recent Special Character Survey. The proprietors will collate these and use them to help guide planning in the future. You are a wonderful, busy community and the fact that so many took the time is appreciated.
The Special Character Review initiated by our proprietor Elim and facilitated by Mr. Mark Larson has been an incredibly positive experience. He spoke with many stakeholders, collected the community response and spoke with the BoT last week. He will provide feedback to the proprietor via a report. I will share a summary of the community survey when it is made available.
COVID has caused quite a delay to the beginning of the next building project here at RVS. ‘F’ Block was planned to begin in October but will hopefully begin soon. ‘F’ Block is a northern extension off the Art/Tech room completing that block. It will be used predominantly by Y11-13 students and features:
With the continued growth of the school, we continue to experience need for more room, particularly at the junior end of the school. We had been looking at re-arranging the current staff-room/office area but could not meet the needs we have which are:
Building for this will start ASAP allowing our new entrant students to use this area early next year to release space for our Y12 students until ‘F’ Block is completed. God is good. I thank Doug Clark & Glenroy Housing for their consistent work behind the scenes to keep the ball rolling.
Here is an image of the new Kea block.
We will be starting back next year on Thursday the 3rd of February. Other 2022 Term dates can be found here - Term Dates 2022
So there is still much happening at RVS, even though it may sometimes feel like things have slowed or succumbed to the events around us. We talk often as staff about the importance of each day, hour even minute when working with young people and schools are a place with so much life in them. Stay in touch and God bless,
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