Kia ora koutou
As you’ll have seen yesterday afternoon, Auckland will continue to stay in Alert Level 4 until 11:59pm Tuesday 31 August, while the rest New Zealand will stay in Alert Level 4 until 11.59pm on Friday 27 August. Further decisions will be made on Friday afternoon for the rest of New Zealand and Monday afternoon for Auckland.
A huge thanks to Tim and Lauren Fox for distributing devices over the weekend. Please do not hesitate to email Tim if you still need a device. (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Also, special thanks for the leadership of deans, heads of department and teachers in getting the school up and running to work remotely yet again. Just a reminder our learning from home programme focuses on prioritising staff and student wellbeing, and for that reason is flexible in nature. The programme gives students the opportunity to to develop self management skills with the support of their teacher and whenever possible their family. The programme acknowledges that many of our teachers are also parents of primary school aged children and that we are all managing different circumstances in our homes.
Students have been sent remote learning guidelines. You can expect that:
- Work will be posted for students on Google Classroom once a week. Teachers will continue to check in and provide feedback during the course of the week.
- Students will have a minimum of one Google Meet (video conference) per week for each subject class.
- Students will have a Mentor Class catch-up on Wednesday at the usual mentor time.
- Students are asked to check their school emails daily.
Student Wellbeing Survey
As with our mouldy weathertightness remote learning for Y12 &Y13 we will be sending out a student wellbeing survey at regular intervals. This survey will go to all students. It gives all students an opportunity to let us know how they are feeling and what additional support they may require. The survey has been emailed to students - but here is the link again. Link to survey.
Friday and Monday’s Mid-Term Break - Cancelled
Friday 27th August and Monday 30th August was originally designated to be a mid-term break. In light of the extension of the lockdown, our plan is to now treat this as a normal school day (either on campus or learning from home).
National Winter Sports Tournaments - A Message from School Sport NZ
School Sport NZ, in conjunction with its sport partners, regretfully announce the cancellation of all sanctioned events on its calendar through to Monday 6th September 2021. This includes all events scheduled within the Winter Tournament Week window. School Sport NZ will review the viability of future events on the School Sport NZ calendar on Wednesday 1st September, or as appropriate with changes to alert level protocols. School Sport NZ is acutely aware of the impact this decision will have on many rangatahi, particularly those senior students who face the possibility of having events cancelled for a second successive year. Prioritising a safe return to sport and recreation must be our collective goal. Sport and physical recreation will play a significant role in supporting the wellbeing of rangatahi through this difficult period the entire country finds itself in. This will be more readily achieved at a local and regional level, rather than at a national level. School Sport NZ will work collaboratively with schools, school sport offices, National Sport Organisations, Regional Sport Trusts, and Sport NZ, to ensure young people can re-engage with sport as soon as possible.
Year 13 Graduation Ball
We will follow alert levels closely and make a decision closer to the time Mr Fox is investigating the back-up date, if by chance our September 18th date can not happen. Year 13 - please read your emails for more information.
I would like to congratulate Fiona Pearson and Grace Wright on their recent appointments as Deputy Principals. I am delighted that they are joining the Senior Leadership Team on a permanent basis.
Just a reminder that support is available if you need it. Mentor Teachers, Deans, Heads of Learning Area (HOLA) and our Guidance Counselling team continue to be available to support students and families. Please don’t hesitate to contact any of us if you have any concerns or we can help you in any way. Sensitive issues can be raised anonymously through our online reporting form. Queries about the lockdown and our remote learning prgoramme can be emailed to email@example.com (devices) or firstname.lastname@example.org (NCEA) or email@example.com.(general queries).
With positive cases now confirmed in Wellington, please keep an eye on the locations of interest which are likely to emerge over the next few days, and follow Ministry of Health advice if you have visited any of these places at the specified times.
I will be back in touch on Saturday after the Government’s Alert Level review announcement. In the meantime, let’s stay home, stay safe, trust the science, wear a mask and keep washing our hands!