Looking Ahead to Semester 2

Kia ora tātou, Laidlaw whānau, 

As Semester 1 comes to a close, we are cheering you to the finish line. We are thankful to all our students for the grace and perseverance you have shown these past months, and hope you are able to find time to rest in the coming weeks.

I’ve been speaking at a small gathering of Christian leaders these past two days, and we opened our time together this morning by reading Psalm 121 – a timely reminder of God’s faithfulness:

I lift up my eyes to the mountains— where does my help come from? My help comes from the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth.

Coming back to campus

We look forward to welcoming many of you back to campus for the beginning of Semester 2 as we anticipate a return to on-campus classes. Some of you will be excited to gather again in person and some of you will be more cautious. We want to acknowledge that everyone in the Laidlaw community will experience the return to on-campus and in person learning a bit differently, and are committed to working with you whatever your situation.

If you are vulnerable or have vulnerable family members and are concerned at all about studying on campus, or if your situation has changed in other ways that make it hard for you to return to on-campus learning, please discuss this with our Student Support team to look at your options for study. 

We continue to offer a suite of online courses in many of our programmes, and some of you may want to mix on-campus with online learning if it fits your programme of study.


What should I expect in my classes?

Once back in your classes, you may notice some differences between pre-lockdown course delivery and our plans for Semester 2. You can expect some enhancements as we make the most from what we’ve learned over lockdown. We’re also making sure that we can move from on-campus to online learning with agility if necessary.


Semester 2 course selection

Have you enrolled for Semester 2? If not, be sure to complete your course selection by contacting your Student Support Advisor ASAP. 


What will returning to campus life look like?

We’re planning a Re-Orientation week focused on re-connecting and celebrating God’s goodness and provision together before classes begin so plan to come and join us on campus from 20-24 July.  This is for all new, returning, and distance learning students who are able to join. Watch the website, Facebook, and your email for more information. 

May the God who has faithfully watched over and sustained His people for thousands of years continue to be your shelter and encourager – as we continue to seek to grow together in wisdom and courage for the renewal of the world.

The Lord will watch over your coming and going both now and forevermore.


Ngā mihi,