A planned open day at a local school has been swapped for a virtual tour while students learn at home.

Taranaki Diocesan School for Girls principal Matt Coleman says Covid-19 restrictions have meant the cancellation of two planned open days over the past 18 months.

“We generally run an autumn open day in March and a spring one in September each year. Last year, the March event had to be cancelled because of the 2020 lockdown and now the one planned for Wednesday, September 1, has had to be cancelled as well.”

Going by previous numbers, Matt says about 40 families would probably have attended the event this week, with a similar number attending each of the past open days the school has held.

While this week’s open day isn’t going ahead, over 100 people have already toured the school in the past week, with that number increasing daily, says Matt.

Instead of physically walking through the school, they have been experiencing all Taranaki Diocesan has to offer from the comfort of their own homes, with a virtual tour loaded on the school’s website and Facebook page.

“This virtual tour was created as a result of the 2020 lockdown when we had to cancel our autumn open day. A number of other learning institutes such as universities had created one and we felt this was a great way to continue to showcase our school at a time when having visitors on site was impractical.”

Virtual Tour

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