Our plan was to re-open for lessons on Wednesday, September 8th, but in the end, we decided to remain closed all this week to give stressed staff the opportunity to deal with the effects of the earthquake on their own homes and families, and because it is obviously taking a few days for the centre of Christchurch City to get back to normal. However, it’s important to note that the NZ Government and the local authorities in Christchurch have done an amazing job of getting basic services operating as quickly as possible: electricity and telecommunications, health services, water and sewerage and public transport are all operating normally again in Christchurch. It’s worth remembering that the media do tend to focus on the most shocking aspects of events like this and therefore may present a distorted picture of what’s really happening.

So, to repeat: the school itself is fine (inspected and passed twice by a structural engineer, and looking unchanged, as you can see from the picture taken yesterday), staff and current students are safe and well, and most of our wonderful homestay families are ready and willing to welcome guests. Our student residence provider, Living Space, is also undamaged and operating normally. Send us an email at info@languages.ac.nz if you’d like any more information.