Kia ora koutou

As you will all be aware there has been a change in our Covid-19 status in New Zealand. Auckland has moved to Alert Level 3, and the rest of New Zealand to Alert Level 2, from midday today, Wednesday 12th August. At Level 2 the virus is contained but the risk of community transmission remains. The initial moves are until midnight on Friday 14 August, at which point they will be reviewed.

The key message for you is that under Alert Level 2 it is safe for boys to be at Shirley Boys’ High School.

At Alert Level 2 it is safe for all students and staff to attend school. There are appropriate precautions in place that support a safe environment for our students and staff.

Hygiene practices

  • Students should regularly wash and dry hands, cough and sneeze into their elbow, and avoid touching their faces.
  • There will be hand sanitiser on entry to the learning areas and students should sanitise hands as they enter.
  • Regular hand washing with soap, and drying hands is essential.
  • There will be increased cleaning of hard surfaces, shared equipment and areas of high use.
  • Boys must not share food or drink bottles.
  • Masks are not required at schools at Alert level 2.

Students should not be at school if sick

  • Please do not send your son to school if he is sick.
  • Please contact the school immediately if your son will not attend. You can email
  • If a sick child comes to school, they will be sent home.

Physical distancing

  • Physical distancing at school is a challenge and we ask that boys manage this carefully.
  • Boys should be far enough away from each other, so they are not breathing on or touching each other.
  • Our ‘keep left’ rule will apply around the school.
  • Entrance and exit points, walkways and stairways will be managed to minimise contact.

As always, it is important to follow the guidelines set out by the government and work hard to protect our community. We will continue to keep you updated as further information becomes available.

Ngā mihi nui

Tim Grocott




11th August 2020

The Prime Minister has announced a move to Alert Level 2 for Christchurch from midday Wednesday until midnight Friday.

We know this will be unsettling news for many, but public health advice is that schools are safe to open at Alert Level 2 to all learners. Therefore, all boys should be attending school unless they are unwell, are in isolation, or are awaiting the result of a Covid-19 test.

We will continue to provide more information throughout the week.

Balance Physiotherapy are able to offer physiotherapy services at alert Level 2.

We have a number of initiatives to continue to stop the spread of Covid-19 and keep everyone safe

Patients will be screened when making face-to-face appointments for any symptoms and asked about travel history and general health to ascertain if they are vulnerable to contracting Covid-19.  If you feel a telehealth appointment may still be appropriate for you, we ask that you
book in for these in the first instance.

Please don’t attend appointments if you are feeling unwell, a telehealth consultation will be arranged for you.  You will receive an email the day prior to your appointment outlining the procedure to follow for your appointment.  There will be signage on your arrival that will remind you of these things.

Other than that, it’s physio as usual and we look forward to seeing you soon.

If you have any queries or concerns or want to book an appointment, please do not hesitate to contact Balance Physiotherapy on 021 742 723.

Thanks from the team at Balance Physiotherapy

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