The South Otago schools with Secondary Students have been working together to decide how Prizegivings will function this year, given the COVID-19 restrictions set out by the Ministry of Health.
We’d like to give the community a ‘heads-up’, well in advance of the event(s).
The date we have indicated as our 2020 Prizegiving is November 10th. Our decisions and preparations will be based upon the current Alert Level on Friday, November 6th to allow for appropriate planning time for a change of venue/style.
- If November 6th is in Alert Level 1 - The full school Prizegiving will go ahead as planned at the Community Hall on the evening of November 10th. There will be contact tracing systems in place and an expectation of social distancing and hand sanitising where possible. Audience members will be seated in specified seats with no late entry to the event or standing audience members. There will be no supper after the event.
- If November 6th is in Alert Level 2 - There will be an in-school Prizegiving for Year 7-13 students on November 10th in the afternoon. This will be held in the gym with social distancing and hygiene measures in place. The event will be filmed/live-streamed. There will be no external visitors or audience members. There will be an in-school Prizegiving for Year 1-6 students in the last week of school (week beginning 7th December) - full details to be confirmed nearer the time. If the last week of school is in Level 1 visitors and audience members are welcome, if it is in Level 2 the event will be filmed/live-streamed with no visitors or audience members present.
- If November 6th is above Alert Level 2 - Certificates / Prizes / Trophies would be distributed by mail in late 2020 or by hand in 2021, depending on the bulkiness of the award(s). A full list of recipients will be published in the school newsletter on the 20th of November.
As I’m sure you appreciate, a vast amount of planning and preparation goes into our Prizegiving Ceremony. It is important that we are clear in our decisions around the event(s) as we cannot move between different styles of ceremonies at late notice.