COVID-19 Update

This page contains all information shared with parents with regard to the COVID-19 coronavirus. As the situation is changing so fast, the latest information is the most accurate.

 

 

Thursday, 11th November 

Kia ora Year 9 & 10 parents and caregivers

I hope this letter finds you and your family well.

Thank you for supporting the learning of your children through remote lessons. I understand this may have been a stressful time, particularly for those who find learning from home a challenge. Learning face-to face is the best option for students. It’s important for them to connect with their friends and teachers and helps their social, physical and emotional wellbeing. Conversations I have had with senior students have reinforced this view.

I know the Government’s decision to return students to school has brought a range of responses. Some are very excited to be returning to school and others are anxious. However, the expectation is that all Year 9 & 10 students are at school. Students at home will not have the same amount of teacher support as with online learning. There may be some schoolwork posted on Google Classroom but the teachers’ priority is those students at school. If a student is absent through illness or injury please contact the Attendance Officer as per usual.

I have listed below the health and safety measures we will have in place to make it safer for students to return.

Return to School Plan
Year 9 &10 students will return to normal classes on Wednesday, 17 November by 9.45am (normal Wednesday late start). They are to go to their form class wearing a mask and socially distance from other students. The day will begin with an extended form period in which the students will be welcomed back and Health and Safety measures outlined. The rest of the day will have usual Day 3 classes from interval onwards.

Safety measures
We have prepared the school for students by disinfecting all of the classrooms and having hand sanitiser available in every room.  All staff have had a negative Covid test and must be vaccinated before coming on campus and we know our community has a high rate of vaccination.  We have also increased the daily cleaning regime.  We also believe the reduced number of students on campus will help with social distancing as Year 12 and 13 students will be on NCEA study leave.

All students must wear a mask at all times unless eating and drinking.  Any food consumption must take place outside for safety reasons.

Adequate ventilation has been identified as a way of minimising risk.  Windows and doors will be kept open where possible to aid air flow.  Students are advised to bring a school jumper or jacket if the weather looks cold.

Here are some further details about school operations under Level 3:

Hygiene practices
· Any student or staff must stay at home if they are sick, and we will send anyone home immediately if they show any flu-like symptoms
· Students will have hand sanitiser available in all classes
· Masks must be worn on campus and on buses to and from school
· Children at higher risk of severe illness are to remain at home.

Physical distancing guidelines for schools
· Students must not touch each other or be close enough to breathe on one another
· At least 1m distance is recommended
· Schools are exempt from bubble and mass gathering rules but we will not be holding any large gathering events such as assemblies or prizegivings.

Sharing equipment
· Students cannot share personal stationery
· School equipment used by students will be sanitised regularly.

Food
· The tuck shop will be open. Students must social distance when queuing.
· Drinking fountains are closed so students must bring a drink bottle. It may be refilled from the tap below the fountain in the Quad.

Visitors
· Only visitors and contractors with an appointment are allowed on site.

Student support
The counsellors in the Guidance Department are available to support students. Students can make a booking in the usual manner. Deans are also available for more general advice related to all aspects of school life.

Extracurricular Activities
All extra-curricular activities remain on hold.

Important Dates
There have been some changes to the dates calendared for the rest of the year. The NCEA Change Process Teacher Only Day scheduled for Thursday, 25 November has been shifted to Friday, 26 November.

The final day for Year 9 and 10 students has also been changed due to it not being possible to run Junior Prizegiving. The final day will now be Friday, 10 December.

We look forward to seeing our Year 9 and 10 students back in class on Wednesday. Getting used to school routines now will make the return in 2022 easier. We are taking all necessary measures to minimise any health risks. If your child is not vaccinated this is strongly recommended.

Ngā mihi nui
Gordon Robertson (Principal)

 

Friday, 29th October

Kia ora Year 12 & 13 Parents and Caregivers

Thank you for supporting the learning of your children through remote lessons and the recent assessment week. I understand this may have been a stressful time, particularly for those who find learning from home a challenge.

I know that Government’s decision to return seniors to school has brought a range of responses. Some are very excited to be returning to school and others are anxious. Having some students at school for the assessments may have made the transition back on campus easier. The expectation is that all Year 12 & 13 students are at school. Students at home will not have the same amount of teacher support as with online learning. There may be some schoolwork posted on Google Classroom but the teachers’ priority is those students at school. If a student is absent through illness or injury please contact the relevant Dean.

I have listed below the health and safety measures we will have in place to make it safer for students to return.

Return to School Plan
Year 12 &13 students will return to normal classes on Tuesday, 2 November by 8.45am. They are to go to their form class wearing a mask and socially distance from other students. The day will begin with an extended form period in which the students will be welcomed back and Health and Safety measures outlined. The rest of the day will follow normal Day 4.

Safety Measures
We have prepared the school for students by disinfecting all of the classrooms and having hand sanitiser available in every room. All staff must have a negative Covid test before coming on campus and we know our community has a high rate of vaccination. We have also increased the daily cleaning regime. We also believe the reduced number of students on campus will help with social distancing.

All students must wear a mask at all times unless eating and drinking. Any food consumption must take place outside for safety reasons.

Adequate ventilation has been identified as a way of minimising risk. Windows and doors will be kept open where possible to aid air flow. Students are advised to bring a school jumper or jacket.

Here are some further details about school operations under Level 3:

Hygiene Practices
· Any student or staff must stay at home if they are sick, and we will send anyone home immediately if they show any flu-like symptoms
· Students will have hand sanitiser available in all classes
· Masks must be worn on campus and on buses to and from school
· Children at higher risk of severe illness are to remain at home.

Physical Distancing Guidelines for Schools
· Students must not touch each other or be close enough to breathe on one another
· At least 1m distance is recommended
· Schools are exempt from bubble and mass gathering rules.

Sharing Equipment
· Students cannot share personal stationery
· School equipment used by students will be sanitised regularly.

Food
· The tuck shop will be open. Students must social distance when queuing.
· Drinking fountains are closed so students must bring a drink bottle. It may be refilled from the tap below the fountain in the Quad.

Visitors
· Only visitors and contractors with an appointment are allowed on site.

Student Support
The counsellors in the Guidance Department are available to support students. Students can make a booking in the usual manner. Deans are also available for more general advice related to all aspects of school life.

Extracurricular Activities
All extra-curricular activities remain on hold.

We look forward to seeing our Year 12 and 13 students back in class on Tuesday. There is only limited time before the NCEA exams begin so want to use the time effectively to prepare the students. We are taking all necessary measures to minimise any health risks. If your child is not vaccinated this is strongly recommended.

Ngā mihi nui
Gordon Robertson (Principal)

 

Friday, 22nd October

Kia ora Year 11 Parents and Caregivers

Thank you for supporting the learning of your children through remote lessons. I understand this may have been a stressful time, particularly for those who find learning from home a challenge.

I know that Wednesday’s decision to return seniors to school has brought a range of responses. Some are very excited to be returning to school and others are anxious. We are looking forward to having students back on campus. I have listed below the health and safety measures we will have in place to make it safer for students to return.

Return to School Plan
Year 11 students will return to school on Tuesday, 26 October by 8.45am. Year 11 students are to go to their form class wearing a mask and remain 2m apart from other students. The day will begin with an extended form period in which the students will be welcomed back and Health and Safety measures outlined. The rest of the day will follow normal Day 5.

Year 11 students taking NCEA Level 2 subjects will also receive another communication about the assessment organisation. There may be times when students will be in study rooms rather than timetabled classes.

Safety Measures
We are preparing the school for students by disinfecting all of the classrooms and having hand sanitiser available in every room. All staff must have a negative Covid test before coming on campus and we know our community has a high rate of vaccination. We have also increased the daily cleaning regime. We also believe the reduced number of students on campus will help with social distancing.

All students must wear a mask at all times unless eating and drinking. Any food consumption must take place outside for safety reasons.

Adequate ventilation has been identified as a way of minimising risk. Windows and doors will be kept open where possible to aid air flow. Students are advised to bring a school jumper or jacket.

Here are some further details about school operations under Level 3:

Hygiene Practices
· Any student or staff must stay at home if they are sick, and we will send anyone home immediately if they show any flu-like symptoms
· Students will have hand sanitiser available in all classes
· Masks must be worn on campus and on buses to and from school
· Children at higher risk of severe illness are to remain at home.

Physical Distancing Guidelines for Schools
· Students must not touch each other or be close enough to breathe on one another
· A 1m distance is recommended
· Schools are exempt from bubble and mass gathering rules.

Sharing Equipment
· Students cannot share personal stationery
· School equipment used by students will be sanitised regularly.

Food
· The tuck shop is closed
· Drinking fountains are closed so students must bring a drink bottle. It may be refilled from the tap below the fountain in the Quad.

Visitors
· Only visitors and contractors with an appointment are allowed on site.

Student Support
The counsellors in the Guidance Department are available to support students. Students can make a booking in the usual manner. Deans are also available for more general advice related to all aspects of school life.

Extracurricular Activities
All extra-curricular activities remain on hold.

We look forward to seeing our Year 11 students on Tuesday. We are taking all necessary measures to minimise any health risks. If your child is not vaccinated this is strongly recommended.

Ngā mihi nui
Gordon Robertson (Principal)

 

Uniform Shop

Until we receive further guidance from the Ministry of Education, under Level 3 the Uniform Shop will remain closed. 
Queries/requests should be directed to uniformshop@gdc.school.nz
 

 

Wednesday, 20th October

Dear Parents, Caregivers and Students

The latest government announcement that students in Year 11-13 will return to school from Tuesday, 26 October in Auckland, has come as a surprise.

The Senior Leadership Team met this afternoon and below is a summary of the intended plan for the return of Year 11, 12 and 13 students next week. While this is not complete, the purpose is to give some clarity particularly for Year 12 and 13 students undertaking assessments.

  • Masks must be worn by all people on site including students. The exception for students would be outside for food and drink.
  • Year 9 & 10 will be at home until advised otherwise. They will be following their usual timetable.
  • Year 11 will be in normal classes on timetable from Tuesday, 26 October. Year 11 will start with an extended form class on Tuesday, followed by shortened period 1 & 2.
  • Year 12 & 13 students are required to attend school for the scheduled derived grade assessments only and be able to go home after the assessments. There will be some study spaces available for those who remain.
  • The assessments will be on-line as indicated in the communication home earlier this week. Students will need to have earbuds/earphones to follow any verbal instructions.
  • Students unable to attend school for health reasons will be still able to undertake the assessment at home.
  • The school must be notified of any absences.
  • The school will ensure appropriate social distancing will be in place for all classes and assessments. A priority will be adequate ventilation.
  • The canteen will not be open. Students are to bring their own lunch to school and water bottles. The drinking fountains will not be able to be used.
  • For Year 11, Thursday will follow a non-Thursday timetable.

As stated above further information will be forthcoming as we have yet to receive advice from the Ministry. Normal school rules will apply to all students attending school and all students are required to be in correct school uniform. They may wish to bring a jersey or jacket because of the emphasis on adequate ventilation.

The Government has given a clear indication that senior students need to be back at school and preparing for the NCEA exams. Like you, we want our students to be as well prepared as possible and to be safe in their return to school. If your child has not been vaccinated can you please make this a priority so that the risks to all the school community are minimised.

Ngā mihi nui

Gordon Robertson (Principal)

 

Tuesday, 12th October

Term 4 – Continuation of Level 3

Kia ora,

The Government has kept with their cautious approach when responding to COVID-19, and as a result, we will stay at Alert Level 3 for a bit longer.

This means that we will be continuing with online learning using the same structure as last term.

On-line Learning

  • Teachers will be posting work on Google Classroom from 9.00am Monday (18/10) morning depending upon when they have each class that day. Monday will be Day 6.
  • Teachers have been advised on the quantity of work to be set to make it manageable for students.
  • Teachers will request Zoom meetings with students. There should be 1-2 per subject each week. These will be during usual class time. Students must attend.
  • Updated information will be posted on the college website. College Instagram and Facebook accounts will also have updates.

Year 12 and 13 Exams

The delay and uncertainty in returning to school this term has impacted on the planned Year 12 and 13 exams scheduled for Friday, 22 October to Friday, 29 October. These will no longer take place. However, as these exams were being used in some subjects / standards for derived grade purposes in case the NCEA external exams can not take place there will be assessments for those specific standards / subjects. Subject teachers will inform the classes affected early next week of the nature of the assessment. In the meantime, Year 12 and 13 students should continue studying in the expectation that the external NCEA exams will take place as scheduled.

This uncertainty can be stressful especially when academic qualifications are involved. Be assured staff are working hard to ensure students will not be disadvantaged. As this is an Auckland-wide problem NZQA are engaged in finding a workable solution.

Students at School in Level 3

At full Alert Level 3 you legally must stay within your household bubble unless for essential personal movement, including going to work and going to school. We are therefore open once more on Monday for only the small number of children who need to attend. All our usual safety precautions for Alert Level 3 will be in place which include all the recommendations from the public health experts.

While we know how difficult it is trying to work from home as well as support your child’s learning, please keep your child at home if there is an appropriate carer available or if your child is unwell. For those of you with no other option, we will look forward to seeing your child at school.

  • School will be open only to Year 9 & 10 children of essential workers who have no alternative care arrangements.
  • If your child is to attend school under Level 3 please phone or email Reception before Monday so that we organise appropriate supervision. When contacting the college please inform us of the vaccination status of your child.
  • Students are to report to Reception at 8.45am.
  • The wearing of face masks is compulsory.
  • All learning will be online distance learning.

Please note that face coverings are now required to be worn on school transport for students in years 9 – 13 in addition to being worn when at school.

Vaccination Requirements

Our staff on-site will have been tested for COVID-19 before they get back to work and we are moving toward having 100 percent of our staff vaccinated – so we are all playing our part in keeping our community safe.

It is now legally required that we hold a COVID-19 vaccination register for all eligible students and staff.

If we were to have a case of COVID-19 in our school, public health authorities will want to know if we are a school with a high vaccination rate. This information will then be used as part of the local health authority’s risk assessment. The more highly vaccinated we are (staff and eligible students), the less likely it will be that we will have to close down for a long period of time, or we might not need to close at all.

We will therefore need to know if your child has had their first or second vaccine dose or is exempted from being vaccinated. This information will be held by us in accordance with the Privacy Act and will only be shared with public health authorities.

We are therefore getting our data collection system in place and will get in touch with you again very soon.

Please continue to follow all the alert level requirements including staying at home and getting tested for COVID-19 if you are feeling unwell, and for your own sake and for the health of your whānau, please get vaccinated. I have included some information about vaccinations to support decision making.

Thank you for your consideration and support. We have the same goal which is to educate our children while keeping them safe.

Ngā mihi,

Gordon Robertson (Principal)

 

Wednesday, 29th September

Transition Back to School Tips

Tips for students transitioning back to school after lockdown may be downloaded here.

 

Tuesday, 21st September

Alert Level Restrictions: Tips for Parents from Dr Hinemoa Elder and Nathan Wallis

We have heard that many parents and whānau are feeling anxious about their children’s behaviour and routine changes through alert level changes and extended alert level restrictions.

Thank you for sharing these concerns – in response, we asked Dr Hinemoa Elder (child adolescent psychiatrist) and Nathan Wallis (neuroscience educator) for some tips and advice.
 
In the video we’ve made, they describe what parents can do if they have concerns.
 
If parents are still concerned their tamariki aren’t coping, it’s important to remind them to reach out and talk with a health professional. There’s lot of support, information and help available.
 
Ministry of Education

 

 

Monday, 20th September

Return to School at Alert Level 3

Kia ora,

The quick move to Alert Level 4, high volumes of testing for COVID in the community, extensive wastewater testing, huge numbers of New Zealanders being vaccinated (more than 2.8 million people have now received their first dose) and an amazing response by Aucklanders to follow the rules at Alert level 4, has given Government confidence that we might move to Alert Level 3 on Wednesday. Until then, we remain at Alert Level 4.

When we do move to Alert Level 3, you legally must stay within your household bubble unless for essential personal movement, including going to work and going to school.

All going well, we will be open on Wednesday, for only the small number of children who need to attend. As you imagine, it will not be school as we know it under Alert Level 2 or 1. All our usual safety precautions for Alert Level 3 will be in place which include following all the recommendations from the public health experts.

This means we will regularly clean and disinfect high-touch surfaces, encourage everyone to frequently wash their hands and cover their coughs and sneezes, and keep everyone physically distanced from others as much as possible (one metre inside and two metres outside). We will also keep school bubbles to no more than 10 students. These bubbles will not mix with other bubbles.

Our contact tracing systems will be in place, which includes our attendance register and visitor register, and we will be limiting staff onsite with the majority of our team working from home. You can also assist everyone’s safety by keeping your child at home if they are feeling unwell and please do contact your GP or Healthline, to seek advice about getting tested.

We will continue to support all children who remain learning from home, through our distance learning programme.

While we know how difficult it is trying to work from home as well as support your child’s learning, please keep your child at home if there is an appropriate carer available. For those of you with no other option, we will look forward to seeing your child at school.

  • School will be open only to Year 9 & 10 children of essential workers who have no alternative care arrangements.
  • If your child is to attend school under Level 3 please phone or email Reception before Wednesday so that we organise appropriate supervision.
  • Students are to report to Reception at 8.45am.
  • The wearing of face masks is compulsory.
  • All learning will be online distance learning.

We should be proud of how we have responded to this outbreak, but the mahi isn’t yet done. As you have been doing, please continue to follow all the alert level requirements at Alert Level 4 and stay at home. It is the best tool we have to keep our whānau and community safe.

Ngā mihi,

Gordon Robertson (Principal)

 

Tuesday 14th September

2022 Student Enrolments

The deadline for 2022 out of zone enrolments has been extended to Wednesday 29 September. The ballot will now take place on Friday 1 October. If in-zone and out of zone enrolments are able to be submitted electronically can this please be undertaken as soon as possible.

 

 

Friday 3rd September

Changes to NCEA for 2021

Because being in COVID-19 lockdown has affected learning and assessment, changes have been made to NCEA, NZ Scholarship and University Entrance. These changes help give students a fair opportunity to gain the qualification they are aiming for.

These changes affect all schools that are in Alert Level 3 or 4 for a total of 20 or more school days this year.

What does this mean for students?

The more credits you achieve the more you are entitled to.

  • For every 5 credits you achieve through internal or external assessment, you are entitled to 1 extra credit. These extra credits are called Learning Recognition Credits (LRCs)
    • Up to 10 of your LRC’s earned this year can be used towards the 80 you need for NCEA Level 1.
    • Up to 8 LRC’s earned this year can be used towards the 60 you need at Level 2 and Level 3.

Endorsements are still achievable.

  • To get a certificate endorsement you will need 46 credits at Merit or Excellence level, instead of the usual 50.
  • To get a course endorsement you will need 12 credits at Achieved or Merit or Excellence level in a course, rather than 14. You still need to achieve at least 3 credits in externals and 3 in internals.
  • Your LRCs don’t come with Merit or Excellence, so they can’t count towards an endorsement.

University Entrance has been adjusted.

You’ve got more time to study.

  • The examination period has been shifted by two weeks. It is now scheduled for Monday 22 November until Tuesday 14 December.
  • Most portfolio due dates and exams for NCEA and Scholarship have been moved later, to give more time for students to learn and prepare. Please check with your teacher for your new submission dates. 
  • The Mathematics Common Assessment Task has moved from 14 September to 28 September.
  • Visual Arts portfolio submission dates are now due on 3 November (Level 2) and 16 November (Level 3). 

What do I need to do?

Keep working to make sure that you achieve as many standards as you can. Your teachers will help you to track your progress.

You don’t need to do anything else to get your LRCs. NZQA will do the calculations before you get your results.

Make sure that you know when your portfolios are due, and double check the new exam timetable.

If you need any more information, talk to your Dean or Mr Worsnop or ring NZQA on 0800 697 296.

 

Wednesday 1st September

Visual Arts Portfolio Submission Dates

Level 2: Due Wednesday 3rd November
Level 3: Due Tuesday 16th November 
 

 

Thursday 26th August

2022 Student Enrolments

The deadline for 2022 out of zone enrolments has been extended to Wednesday 22 September. The ballot will now take place on Wednesday 29 September. If in-zone and out of zone enrolments are able to be submitted electronically can this please be undertaken as soon as possible.
 

2021 NCEA Exams

NZQA have postponed NCEA examinations by two weeks. These will now take place between Monday 22 November and Tuesday 14 December.  Some portfolio due dates may be also be changed as a result of this shift and we will publish dates when they are available.
 

Mathematics Common Assessment Task (MCAT)

This assessment for Year 11 Mathematics students has also been delayed two weeks. Mathematics teachers will advise students of the new date once this has been finalised by the college.
 

 

Wednesday 25th August

2022 Student Enrolments

Due to the continuation of Covid 19 Level 4 restrictions the closing date for 2022 Glendowie College out of zone enrolments will be extended. The Glendowie College Board will meet tonight (Wednesday 25 August) to set the new date. This will be shared tomorrow.
 

 

Monday 23rd August

Winter Tournament Week Cancelled

We have been informed by Sport New Zealand that Winter Tournament Week has been cancelled.  This affects hockey, football, netball, cycling, skiing and underwater hockey teams from the college. I understand how disappointing this will be for the students affected, especially those in Year 13, as this is a highlight of the school year.
 

2022 Student Enrolments

There has been some chat on community Facebook groups about the difficulty of being able to submit 2022 enrolment applications if the current lockdown levels continue. Under Level 4 restrictions the college is closed.
 
In-zone Applications
The deadline for these applications set by the college is 28th August. If this deadline can not be met, in-zone applications will still be accepted as students are guaranteed a place at the college. If applications can be submitted by email please send them in. Due to circumstances the statutory declaration signed by a solicitor or Justice of Peace will not be required. However, proof of residence is still required e.g rates notice, tenancy agreement, power bill.
We would like as many in-zone applications as possible to ascertain out of zone numbers.
 
Out of zone Applications
The deadline for out of zone applications is currently 1st September. If lockdowns continue this will have to be extended as we do not want anyone disadvantaged by circumstances beyond our control. The college has contacted the Ministry of Education seeking further clarification and will inform the community when this is received. In the meantime the college will continue to receive out of zone applications sent by email.
 

 

Wednesday 18th August

Online learning will commence from Thursday, 19 August.  The online learning plan may be downloaded here.

 

Tuesday 17th August

Dear Parents/Caregivers

You should have heard that Auckland has gone into Level 4 lockdown, so students are expected to stay home from school. Online learning will commence from Thursday, 19 August. A document will be sent out tomorrow which outlines how this will be organised. The website will also provide the latest information.

Briefly the following is planned:

  • Teachers will be posting work on Google Classroom from 9.00am Thursday (19/8) morning.
  • Teachers have been advised that the quantity of work should be equivalent to the usual contact time with the students.
  • Teachers will request Zoom meetings with students. There should be 1-2 per subject each week. These will be during usual class time. Students must attend.
  • Updated information will be posted on the college website. College Instagram and Facebook accounts will also have updates.

If there are any concerns about access to online learning, please contact your child's Dean. The document tomorrow has a list of contacts for other concerns.

Look after yourselves.

 

 

Friday 5th March

Kia ora koutou parents/caregivers and students
 
On Friday 5 March we were informed that schools will be open for instruction from Monday 8 March. Our move down alert levels provides all of us with certainty that it is safe for all children and young people to physically attend school. Your children’s learning, health and wellbeing is important to us – it will be good for them to get back into the school routine.

I assure you we will continue to follow all appropriate health measures at school including maintaining cleaning and disinfecting practices and encouraging good hygiene standards. We will also continue to remind people to stay home if they are unwell and to seek medical advice.

Students are expected to be at school on Monday. Monday will be Day 2. We will inform students of the requirements to minimise any risk of infection and also of any changes to routines.

The remainder of this message has been provided by the Ministry of Education. It provides clarification about different levels of contact as well as ways to keep ourselves safe.

It has been great to see several days with no new community cases. However, as Dr Bloomfield has clearly stated, new cases are still possible and we need to continue to act with caution and do the right thing to keep our community safe.
 
This document provides information on where you can go to get help, including financial support, as well as details about the different categories of contacts.
 
With new variants and changed requirements for contacts of cases, New Zealand’s COVID response seems to be more complex and sometimes it isn’t clear what “the right thing” actually is.
 
The basics still work
We have a large amount of control over how we can prevent the spread of COVID-19. Even with the new variants of the virus, the most important things we can do remain the same:
 
For our school we will:
  • display QR code posters for the NZ COVID Tracer app
  • keep our visitor register, attendance register and timetables up to date to help with contact tracing if needed
  • be monitoring for illness and asking anyone who is unwell to remain at home, or to go home
  • encourage people with relevant symptoms to seek medical advice through Healthline (0800 358 5453) or their GP and get tested for COVID if recommended to do so
  • reinforce the importance of good hand washing and drying
  • reinforce good cough and sneeze etiquette
  • clean and disinfect high-touch surfaces regularly
Your whānau will also have good practices to follow to keep yourselves safe:
  • check in using the NZ COVID Tracer app everywhere you go (the sooner you get notified that you were at a location of interest, the easier it will be to keep yourself and your whānau safe)
  • switch on the Bluetooth function on the app (go to the dashboard in the app to do this)
  • always stay home if you are unwell and seek advice from Healthline (0800 358 5453) or your GP
  • get tested if recommended to do so. Testing is free to everyone in New Zealand!
  • wash and dry hands thoroughly and frequently
  • practise good cough and sneeze etiquette
  • regularly clean and disinfect high-touch surfaces in your home
  • wear face coverings on public transport
  • for those of you who think you might have been at a location of interest at the specified time, follow the instructions on the Ministry of Health website or if you are unsure what to do, contact Healthline (0800 358 5453) for advice about getting tested
Get your information from good sources
  • The Ministry of Education provides us with specific advice for what needs to happen in schools and early learning services. Some of the rules are different for schools, early learning services and workplaces than the rules you need to follow when we are out and about with people you don’t know. The main one is we have different physical distancing requirements than the general public. That is because we have good systems in place to prevent spread of COVID.
  • The Ministry of Education also has information for parents, caregivers and whānau.
  • The Government’s Unite against COVID-19 website is the main website to go to get great advice.
Āraia te kino and protect yourself, your whānau and your whakapapa.

 

 

Sunday 28th February

Kia ora koutou, Talofa lava
 
With further cases confirmed yesterday, the Government announced that the whole of Auckland will move from Alert Level 1 to Alert Level 3 for 7 days hours from 6am this morning.

This decision was taken for two reasons – first it is not immediately clear how the latest person to test positive got infected and second, that person has visited several large sites while potentially infectious and it will take some time to identify and track down what could be a large number of people.  

Level 3 means stay home to protect your household bubble and if you do have to go out, keep a 2-metre distance from people you don’t know. Where possible you should keep your children home from school for this period. The lockdown has meant that Year 9 camps haven't been able to go ahead at this time. I know this will be disappointing but we will look at what can be undertaken at a future date. All students will be provided lessons on Google Classroom by 9.00am tomorrow.
 
We will be open for those of you who have no other options but to send your children to school and we will have safety precautions in place to look after them.
 
We will activate our online learning plan, please click here to download this. Our priority is to stay connected to you and your children. We will do everything we need to for your children and your whānau.

For all of our community, we need to keep ourselves, family and whānau safe. It’s important we follow the rules.

If you aren’t sure if you have been to a place where someone with COVID has visited – please go to the Ministry of Health website for the ‘Locations of Interest’. Check the date and time of each location listed in the table and if you were there at the same time, go to the right column on the right to see what you need to do.

Look after yourselves. We will endeavour to keep you updated through this medium.

Ngā mihi nui

 

 

Wednesday 17th February (pm)

As you may have heard in the 4.30pm announcement the Covid response level will be reduced in Auckland to Level 2 from midnight tonight and schools will be open for all students from tomorrow (Thursday 18th February).  Thank you for your ongoing support as we continue to unite against COVID-19. 

Our move down alert levels provides all of us with certainty that it is safe for all children and young people to physically attend school. Your children’s learning, health and wellbeing is important to us – it will be good for them to get back into the school routine.

I assure you we will continue to follow all appropriate health measures at school including maintaining cleaning and disinfecting practices and encouraging good hygiene standards. We will also continue to remind people to stay home if they are unwell and to seek medical advice.

Students are expected to be at school tomorrow. We will inform them of the requirements to minimise any risk of infection and also of any changes to routines.

For your information, tomorrow (Thursday) will be Day 4.  Friday will also be Day 4 because Athletic Sports has had to be postponed.  The college will follow non-Thursday bell times tomorrow as we will not run assemblies. Parent/Form Teacher/Student conferencing and the Year 9 Parent Evening have been postponed.  We will let you know when alternative meetings will take place.

Hopefully disruption to learning has been minimised through online learning.  We look forward to the students returning.

 

 

Wednesday 17th February (am)

Mōrena

As the college is informed of changes to lockdown levels at the same time as the general public we are unable to clarify when students will be able to return to school.  We will post information about either returning to school or the organisation for continued online learning as soon as practicable after the 4.30pm briefing today.  If the alert level is reduced to Level 2 the college will be open from the first day advised in the announcement.

 

Monday 15th February

Mōrena

To ensure learning can continue for our students the following has been put in place for the next three days:
  • Teachers will be posting work on Google Classroom starting from today. Students need to check their school emails regularly to see the work posted.
  • Teachers have been advised that the quantity of work should be the usual amount to be covered in that time frame.
  • Teachers are requested to have a Zoom meeting with their subject classes on either Tuesday or Wednesday. This will be at the time they normally see the class.
  • There will be a form class Zoom meeting at 9.45am on Tuesday morning. Students need to attend.
  • More information will be posted on the website, Instagram and Facebook when more is known about the duration of the lockdown. Hopefully it is only for three days but we need to plan for all eventualities.
The following school events have been postponed - Year 9 Parents Evening (Thursday 18 February), Parents' Association meeting (Thursday 18 February), Athletics (Friday 19 February), Parent/Student/Form Teacher Conferencing (Tuesday & Wednesday 23 & 24 February). At the moment Year 9 Camps are going ahead.
 
If there are any concerns about access to online learning please contact your child's Dean.
Look after yourselves.

 

 

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