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.

 

 

Friday, 20th May 2022

Dear Year 11 Parent/Caregiver/Student

The recent spike in Covid community cases and the beginning of the flu season is impacting both staff and student absences. The increase in the number of staff having to isolate has meant that we will be unable to run classes at all year levels. As a result, Year 11 students are requested to work from home using Google Classroom for online learning on Tuesday, 24 May, Wednesday, 25 May and Thursday, 26 May.  Year 11 students will be able to return to school on Friday, 27 May.

Year 11 students are still able to attend school for any co-curricular activities e.g. music & sports practices and games as well as any school trips they may be involved with.  If it is not possible for students to work from home on the days outlined above, they can undertake supervised online learning at school.  They are required to attend in school uniform and report to the Hall at the start of the day to be directed to their study room.

Thank you for your understanding and support.  We want to ensure learning can continue while meeting the health and safety needs of staff and students.

Ngā mihi nui

 

Tuesday, 17th May 2022

Dear Year 9 Parent/Caregiver/Student

The recent spike in Covid community cases and the beginning of the flu season is impacting both staff and student absences. The increase in the number of staff having to isolate has meant that we will be unable to run classes at all year levels.  As a result, Year 9 students are requested to work from home using Google Classroom for online learning on Thursday, 19 May, Friday, 20 May and Monday, 23 May.  Year 9 students will be able to return to school on Tuesday, 24 May.

Year 9 students are still able to attend school for any co-curricular activities e.g. music & sports practices and games as well as any school trips they may be involved with.  If it is not possible for students to work from home on the days outlined above, they can undertake supervised online learning at school.  They are required to attend in school uniform and report to the Hall at the start of the day to be directed to their study room.

Thank you for your understanding and support.  We want to ensure learning can continue while meeting the health and safety needs of staff and students.

Ngā mihi nui

 

Monday, 16th May 2022

Dear Year 10 Parent/Caregiver/Student

On Thursday, 12 May I emailed you informing you that Year 10 students were requested to work from home on Friday, 13 May. You were also informed that there was the possibility that Year 10 students would have to continue with online learning on Tuesday, 17 May.

Unfortunately, continued staff sickness has meant that we are requesting all Year 10 students work from home using Google Classroom for online learning on Tuesday, 17 May. Students will return to school on Wednesday, 18 May.

Year 10 students are still able to attend school for any co-curricular activities e.g. music & sports practices and games as well as any school trips they may be involved with. If it is not possible for students to work from home on the days outlined above, they can undertake supervised online learning at school. They are required to attend in school uniform and report to the Hall at the start of the day to be directed to their study room.

Thank you for your understanding and support. We want to ensure learning can continue while meeting the health and safety needs of staff and students.

Ngā mihi nui

 

Thursday, 12th May 2022

Dear Year 10 Parent/Caregiver/Student

The recent spike in Covid community cases and the beginning of the flu season is impacting both staff and student absences. The increase in the number of staff having to isolate has meant that we will be unable to run classes at all year levels. As a result, Year 10 students are requested to work from home using Google Classroom for online learning on Friday, 13 May. Monday, 16 May will remain an NCEA Accord Teacher-only Day. At this stage we are unsure whether Year 10 students will be able to return to school on Tuesday, 17 May. We will inform you on Monday morning whether students will return on either Tuesday or Wednesday, 18 May.

Year 10 students are still able to attend school for any co-curricular activities e.g. music & sports practices and games as well as any school trips they may be involved with. If it is not possible for students to work from home on the days outlined above, they can undertake supervised online learning at school. They are required to attend in school uniform and report to the Hall at the start of the day to be directed to their study room.

Thank you for your understanding and support. We want to ensure learning can continue while meeting the health and safety needs of staff and students.

Ngā mihi nui

 

Thursday, 14th April 2022

Moving to Orange: Information for parents

Kia ora koutou

You’ll be aware that Minister of Education Chris Hipkins has announced the move to Orange.

The decision to move to Orange has been made on public health advice and reflects that we are moving past the peak of cases and our health system is able to cope.

I wanted to give you an update on what the move to Orange means for Glendowie College.  

At Orange, face masks are no longer required at school. However public health advice is that masks continue to be strongly encouraged when indoors. Wearing a mask is a key health measure that slows the spread of COVID-19 in indoor settings. For that reason, we ask that visitors to the school, including parents and whānau, wear a mask whenever they are indoors on school grounds.

We also ask that our students continue to bring a mask to school every day. There may be times that we’ll ask them to wear a mask, too – for example, when we are having an assembly in the hall. If there are a high number of cases at school or in the community, we may ask that masks are worn in classrooms for a time.

At Orange, students aged 12 and above are still required to wear a face mask on school or public transport.

We will continue to keep all the other health measures in place at school that we know reduce the spread of COVID-19. These include ensuring our indoor spaces are well-ventilated, maintaining good hand hygiene and cough and sneeze etiquette, appropriate physical distancing whenever we can and, most importantly, staying home if we are sick. 

We are looking forward to a few less restrictions and returning to school life that is a bit closer to normal.

Enjoy the holiday break and we look forward to seeing our students back next term.

Ngā mihi

 

Friday, 11th March 2022

Dear Parents/Caregivers

The purpose of this letter is to inform you of changes to the length of time those who have tested positive for Covid-19 and those who are household contacts have to isolate.  The period of isolation has changed from ten to seven days.

If you or someone in your whānau tests positive for Covid 19

  • If you or your child receive a positive test result the household must isolate for seven days.
  • Household contacts must test on Day 3 and Day 7.

Returning to school after COVID-19

  • Students who test positive for COVID-19 are not required to self-isolate past seven days, but they shouldn’t return to school if they are still feeling unwell.
  • Many children will have long lasting runny nose and cough after viral infections.  If it is over 10 days since the onset of the COVID infection and they are no longer feeling unwell, they are unlikely to be transmitting any active COVID infection and can return to school.  However, if they are continuing to feel unwell or their symptoms are worsening after 10 days then GP review is recommended.

 Symptoms of COVID-19

  • A new or worsening cough.
  • Sneezing and runny nose.
  • A fever.
  • Temporary loss of smell or altered sense of taste.
  • Sore throat.
  • Shortness of breath.

Less common symptoms include diarrhoea, headache, muscle aches, nausea, vomiting, malaise, chest pain, abdominal pain, joint pain, or confusion/irritability. For more information, please go to the Unite Against COVID-19 website.

Our priority as a college is to keep our students and staff safe and to minimise the risk of infection.  We want to have students at school as much as possible rather than online learning from home.

Have an enjoyable weekend and keep safe.

Ngā mihi nui

 

Wednesday, 9th March 2022

Dear Year 10 Parent/Caregiver/Student

The continuing rise in Covid community cases is impacting both staff and student absences.  The increase in the number of staff having to isolate has meant that we will be unable to run classes at all year levels.  As a result, Year 10 students are requested to work from home using Google Classroom for online learning from Thursday, 10 March until Monday, 14 March.  They will be able to return to school on Tuesday, 15 March unless there are unforeseen circumstances stopping this.

Year 10 students are still able to attend school for any co-curricular activities e.g. music & sports practices and games as well as any school trips they may be involved with.  If it is not possible for students to work from home on the days outlined above, they can undertake supervised online learning at school.  They are required to attend in school uniform and report to the Hall at the start of the day to be directed to their study room.

Thank you for your understanding and support.  We want to ensure learning can continue while meeting the health and safety needs of staff and students.

Ngā mihi nui

 

Monday, 7th March 2022

Kia ora Parents/Caregivers

It can be difficult keeping up to date with Covid requirements particularly concerning the length of period of isolation and who needs to isolate at home. Parents have contacted the school regarding their child(ren) returning to school prior to the end of their 10-day isolation period. This is not possible. To minimise the risk to all staff and students, we ask all parents/caregivers to follow the Ministry of Health isolation requirements.

There is also some confusion about whether children in shared custody arrangements need to isolate. The Ministry of Health specifies the following.

If you live with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 (a case), then you are likely to hear from them that you are a Household Contact*.

*The case normally shares a residence with the contacts (permanent or part time, e.g. shared custody) and the contact has spent at least one night or day (more than 8 hours) in that residence while the case was infectious.

So, if a student has been in a household where someone is Covid positive, they must isolate for 10 days even if they move to another household with no positive cases.

Clarification from the Ministry website is on this link Ministry of Health COVID-19  The information was last updated on 4 March. I have also included below two diagrams that set out the requirements as well as summary information.

     


Positive cases

  • The isolation period for COVID-19 cases in the community is 10 days. If you are still sick, stay home.
  • Start counting the 10 days from day zero (0). Day 0 is the day that your symptoms started or that you received a positive test result (if you do not have any symptoms).
  • Your household members will need to remain in isolation with you until your 10 days from Day 0 are complete.
  • If another member of your household tests positive, the rest of your household can still end their isolation when you do. However, the second positive case will need to restart their 10 days from their Day 0.

 

What does it mean if I am a Household Contact?

If you are considered a Household Contact, you must follow these steps (whether you are vaccinated against COVID-19 or not):

  • Self-isolate from the day that the first person in your household receives their positive test result, until they complete their 10 days of self-isolation and are released.
  • When the first case in your house gets to days 3 and 10 of their isolation, you need to get tested using a Rapid Antigen Test (RAT).
  • If symptoms develop at any stage, you need to get tested using a RAT.
  • Avoid or minimise contact with the person with COVID-19 as much as possible during your isolation period.
  • You can end your self-isolation on the same day as the first ‘case’ in the household, provided you have no new or worsening symptoms and your tests were negative.

 

Assessments

Isolating whether as a household contact or as a positive case may impact on assessments particularly for senior students. We are mindful of this and ask students to contact their teachers in the first instance.

Teachers will be able to discuss alternatives with regard to how the assessment can be undertaken and submitted e.g. online or possible deferment of the due date.

We know this is not ideal, but we will try to be flexible to meet individual circumstances.

Ngā mihi nui

 

Friday, 4th March 2022

Dear Year 11 Parent/Caregiver/Student

The continuing rise in Covid community cases is impacting both staff and student absences.  The increase in the number of staff having to isolate has meant that we will be unable to run classes at all year levels.  As a result, Year 11 students are requested to work from home using Google Classroom for online learning from Monday, 7 March until Wednesday, 9 March.  They will be able to return to school on Thursday, 10 March unless there are unforeseen circumstances stopping this.

Year 11 students are still able to attend school for any co-curricular activities e.g. music & sports practices and games as well as any school trips they may be involved with.  Students who have yet to have their individual ID photo taken are requested to come to the Hall period one on Monday to have it taken.  Otherwise students should be working from home.

If it is not possible for students to work from home on the days outlined above, they can undertake supervised online learning at school.  They are required to attend in school uniform and report to the Hall at the start of the day to be directed to their study room.

Thank you for your understanding and support.  We want to ensure learning can continue while meeting the health and safety needs of staff and students.

Ngā mihi nui

 

Tuesday, 1st March 2022

Dear Year 13 Parent/Caregiver/Student

The continuing rise in Covid community cases is impacting both staff and student absences.  The increase in the number of staff having to isolate has meant that we will be unable to run classes at all year levels.  As a result, Year 13 students are requested to work from home using Google Classroom for online learning from tomorrow, Wednesday, 2 March until Friday, 4 March.  They will be able to return to school on Monday, 7 March unless there are unforeseen circumstances stopping this.

Year 13 students involved with the Year 9 House Activity Days this week are asked to come to school on their particular House’s day as planned to support the activities.

If it is not possible for students to work from home on the days outlined above, they can undertake supervised online learning at school.  They are required to attend in school uniform and report to the Hall at the start of the day to be directed to their study room.

Thank you for your understanding and support.  We want to ensure learning can continue while meeting the health and safety needs of staff and students.

Ngā mihi nui

 

Friday, 25th February 2022

Kia ora koutou Parents and Caregivers

New Zealand’s COVID-19 response continues amid much larger numbers of daily cases.

You may well have seen the headlines in the media about the numbers of cases being seen in schools. Please don’t be alarmed by this. It is only natural as cases in our community increase, they will appear in our school. We have really good systems in place to respond to this and to keep any spread of the virus – should it appear – to a minimum.

You may have seen Dr Jin Russell in the media noting research from New South Wales about their recent Omicron outbreak showing that spread within the school setting is very low (less than 4% of cases at school infected someone else when at school). We have seen that in New Zealand too.

This is why we remain open at Red. It’s great for a child’s wellbeing and learning to be at school with their friends and school staff, and we have very good systems in place to keep everyone as safe as possible.

Your job remains the same, too: please continue to keep a really close watch of your whānau for anyone with symptoms. If unwell, please stay at home and get advice about getting a COVID-19 test.

With Phase 3 of the Omicron response, the key change is that it is only confirmed cases and their household contacts who need to self-isolate. Everyone else, including those who may have had close contact with the case but aren’t in the household, must continue to monitor really closely for any symptoms of COVID-19. Below is a diagram explaining actions to take if you or your child has been in contact with someone with Covid-19.

 


Rapid antigen tests (RATs) are now being used to diagnose COVID-19 as well as PCR tests. This means that you will get an almost immediate test result back if a RAT is used.

If anyone in your family is confirmed as having COVID-19, you will be asked to notify your close contacts yourself. Please get in touch with us as soon as you can if your child has tested positive for COVID-19.

Transmission of COVID-19 is still most likely to happen in your home – so please keep doing all those good things to keep your whānau safe. Wash your hands, get lots of fresh air, cover any coughs and sneezes, clean surfaces regularly, and seek advice if anyone is not feeling well. And please wear a mask when you are out and about. There is information online to help your family prepare to isolate if you need to.

The most important advice we can give to keep your whānau safe is to act as if you have COVID-19. More than a third of people who have COVID-19 will not have any symptoms if they have had three doses of the vaccine. Please think about who you visit and what health measures you can put in place to keep everyone as safe as possible.

Getting three doses of the vaccine will really help you to do that. Research has shown that compared with being unvaccinated, three doses of the vaccine will mean you are 67% less likely to be infected with Omicron and 97% less likely to get Delta. If you can’t get COVID, you can’t pass it on.

Finally, we know how hard the impacts on COVID-19 have been for many families in New Zealand. If you know of a family in your community who is struggling, please encourage them to reach out for support for example to access food, medicine, or access financial support: Help is available – COVID-19 Health Hub.

If you have any concerns about sending your child to school, please do get in touch with your child’s Dean in the first instance. We are here to help.

Aku mihi

 

Wednesday, 23rd February 2022

Kia ora Parents and Caregivers,

At present, the impact of the Omicron virus on the college is not as great as some other schools. We are able to run classes as usual and post work on Google classroom for those students away.

However, this situation may change and the school would revert to online learning for students asked to be at home and also those remaining at school.

Some of the decisions we will have to make will depend on circumstances and may be at short notice. Changes will be emailed to those affected.

Information on how learning will be organised and the support available if we move to a hybrid model of learning may be downloaded here.

Thank you for your understanding.

Ngā mihi nui

 

Wednesday, 26th January 2022

Welcome back to Glendowie College. I hope it was a relaxing summer break. I know that Government’s decision to return to the red traffic light status and the presence of Omicron has brought a range of responses concerning students starting a new year.  Some are very excited to be starting a new school and others are anxious.

Omicron and Testing

We have all seen the very large numbers of cases overseas and we will very likely see much larger numbers of cases in Aotearoa than we have previously experienced in the last two years. While Omicron is more transmissible than previous strains, most people who get COVID-19 will have a mild to moderate illness and will fully recover in their own home.

However, some of our community who are immune compromised, are ill or have other vulnerabilities, even when they are fully vaccinated, could be more affected by Omicron.  So, we all need to continue to play our part to minimise the spread of the virus.
I have listed below the health and safety measures we will have in place to ease some concerns you may have.

Return to School Plan

Year 9 students start school on Wednesday 2 February at 8.45am.  They will be directed to the field where they will assemble in Houses to be informed of their form class.  Students are to wear a mask and socially distance from other students.  Parents are requested not to come onto the school site.  The Orientation Day is designed to support the students’ transition into college.  A peer support programme led by Year 12 and 13 students will take place which will include a virtual pōwhiri welcome, school Covid requirements, a school tour and various activities to help familiarise students with the college and their form class.  We are conscious of the health and safety requirements while conducting these activities.

Year 10 - 13 students will return to school on Thursday 3 February at 8.45am. They are to go to their form class. Students are expected to wear 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. For most students their form class and teacher will be the same as last year, but students can check on the portal from Wednesday 2 February.

Please click here for the updated ‘Start of Year Arrangements for 2022’.

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 are double vaccinated and are encouraged to get the booster when eligible.  We have also increased the daily cleaning regime.
All students must wear a mask indoors at all times.  Any food consumption must take place outside for safety reasons.  Students may take their masks off outside, but our recommendation is that they stay on.  Public health advice is that an appropriate face covering will fit snugly and seal well around facial contours. This can include single use, disposable masks (medical masks) and re-usable fabric masks with three layers.
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 it is a cooler day.

Events and Activities

Large gatherings especially when indoors continue to be one of the riskier activities we can undertake.  We have therefore reviewed all our events and activities for the upcoming term to ensure we meet the health guidance for Red.

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 until College Sport determine what activities can be undertaken.

Managing Cases in Our School

We have a good contact tracing system in place, so that if there is a confirmed case who has been at school while infectious, we can quickly identify who was a close contact of that person.  We will then quickly advise those contacts of what they need to do.  Parents/caregivers will be notified.
Only if the Ministry of Health or the Ministry of Education advises to do so, would we consider closing a physical onsite school and moving to distance learning for everyone.  At Red, we will keep everyone learning onsite for as long as we can.

Please make sure your contact details we have on file are up to date, so we can get in touch with you if needed.

We look forward to seeing our students return to school.  We are taking all necessary measures to minimise any health risks.  If your child is not vaccinated, this is strongly recommended.

 

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 z
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