Students and teachers will be getting some Friday feeling today, as the first week back for schools draws to a close.
Attendance across the country on the first day was around 80 percent, although according to the Principals Federation, some schools were reporting as low as 30 percent.
Corin Dann spoke to Glen Denham, the Principal of Massey High School in West Auckland.
He said he was optimistic about students’ academic success, despite the lockdown setbacks – and they were glad to be back in the classroom.
“I’ve been in touch with a number of principals around Auckland and New Zealand and everybody’s saying how happy the kids are to be back at school,” he said.
He said children had been “incredibly mindful” about social distancing rules.
However, some students were staying away – Massey High usually had an attendance rate of 93 percent, but this had dropped to 78 percent.
Some older students would not return to school, as they were now working to support their families, he said.