PRINCIPAL’S MESSAGE – ANOTHER 12 DAYS AT ALERT LEVEL 3

Kia Ora Whanau

Many of you will have seen the latest announcement, another 12 days at Level 3. This will take us to looking at being back at school on Thursday 27th August, although this is to be reviewed on the 21st of August by the Govt.

Rest assured, we are well planned and ready to go.

The office will be open on Monday and Tuesday from 9am to 12pm for families to come in to pick up chrome books. Families can come around the quad side to collect chrome books, or a power cord if required.

If you cannot make it to school please let us know and we can arrange delivery.

If you are an essential worker and you require your child to be at school, please advise.

From what we learnt last time on lockdown and from feedback received, we have developed our online learning approach.

 

  1. All subject teachers will post 1 item on Google Classroom on Monday morning to cover learning for the whole week. The post will contain:
    1. Detailed instructions of what to do
    2. Deadlines and what to do if students get stuck.
    3. A means of contacting teachers for extra help
    4. A time, once in the week (in your normal timetabled slots) for some face to face contact where students can ask questions.
  1. Students will ‘project manage’ their week by thinking ahead to consider:
    • Making checklists
    • Set time limits
    • Using a planner or calendar

To do this, they will need to look at all the learning they have on a Monday morning and make a plan for the week using a project management tool. Tools they could use are things like Trello, Mondays, google calendar, sticky notes or a simple planner.

 

  1. Academic mentors will check in with their mentees at least once throughout the week and share their project management platform and how it’s going. Mentors will contact parents if students do not appear to be active.

 

Please stay safe and enjoy the weekend.

Ngā mihi nui

Dr Brian Evans
ONZM
BA, Dip Tch, MEd, PhD
Principal

COLLEGE SPORT AUCKLAND – COVID-19 UPDATE

Kia ora koutou College Sport Auckland Principals,

Following the Government’s update which took place at 1.00PM today, I wish to inform you that all College Sport events and activities scheduled for this weekend will not take place.  Like you, we had hoped that the Ministry of Health may have been in a position to advise us that Auckland would shift back to Alert Level 1 or 2 at midnight tomorrow, however, to date that has not been possible.  Given this, we can but assume that Auckland will remain at Alert Level 3 over the weekend and consequently, school sport would not possible due to the Government’s restrictions on gathering sizes.

Once it is safe to do so we will work to reschedule as many events and activities as is practical.    Rest assured, College Sport Auckland has waited as long as is practical to make this decision.

To reiterate, as we do not have clarity from the Government regarding any extension or upgrade of the current alert level, the most responsible option is for College Sport to make this announcement now, as we respect schools need time to get students organised for weekend sport.  We also understand this would be a more complex exercise to execute while students are not permitted onto your respective campuses.

Along with the seriousness with which you take the well-being of the students in your care, College Sport Auckland also treats the welfare and safety of students representing their schools as a priority. Sadly, on this occasion it means we must postpone all events and activities this weekend.

This information will be posted on our website and social media platforms.

A further update will be sent on Monday.

All College Sport Auckland staff will remain working from working from home.  They can be contacted by email at school.sport@collegesport.co.nz

Ngā mihi,

Mark Barlow
CEO | College Sport Auckland

COVID-19, ALERT LEVEL 3 / PRINCIPAL’S MESSAGE

Morena Whanau

You may be aware that a student at Mt Albert Grammar has tested positive for Covid-19, I advise that our 2nd XV played MAGS last Saturday.

There has been no indication that we are at any particular risk, the Ministry of Health and Ministry of Education through their contract tracing will contact all parties that may be considered high risk.  However, if your child has any flu like symptoms, or you have any concerns please get a test. If there are any further developments, I will let you know.

In terms of distance learning, students should complete any assignments they have already been issued and/or revise work from the past term. Teachers will post work where possible or students can contact their teachers. Once we have a clear picture of the next steps around this lockdown we will respond if required and recommence our distance learning programme.

Please take care and be safe over the next few days, we all hope we will be back to school on Monday.

Ngā mihi nui

Dr Brian Evans
ONZM
BA, Dip Tch, MEd, PhD
Principal

MESSAGE FROM THE PRINCIPAL FOLLOWING PM’S ANNOUNCEMENT TO MOVE TO ALERT LEVEL 3

Kia Ora Whanau

Good morning

Following the Prime Minister’s announcement last night Auckland, including Pukekohe, is on Covid 19 Alert Level 3 lockdown from 12 noon (today) Wednesday until 12 midnight Friday .  As per Level 3 protocols, only students of essential workers can be at school for the next three days, for boarders please contact Mr Chris Field, the Director of Boarding on (021) 1517720  and for day students please contact Mr Chris Bean, the Deputy Principal on (021) 2458887. Staff will be on site to supervise children of essential workers.

At this stage, boarders who can’t get home, or day students who have to be at school, will be placed in small group bubbles for Level 3 lockdown.

We will reinitiate the same distance learning systems we utilised in our previous Level 3 lockdown.

We have done this well in the past and we have every confidence in our ability to get it done for the students in our care.

Whilst there will be some emerging anxiety, our school and community is resilient and sensible, is prepared and is going to be fine.

I will update you regularly over the next 24 hours as information and guidance comes to hand.

God bless you all and be safe.

Kind regards
Dr Brian Evans
Principal
Wesley College

 

 

AUCKLAND SCHOOLS TO CLOSE FROM TOMORROW – FOLLOWING PM’S ALERT LEVEL 3 ANNOUNCEMENT

Following the Prime Minister’s announcement tonight Auckland has been placed in Covid 19 Alert level 3.
This means all Auckland schools will be closed from tomorrow (Wednesday) to midnight on Friday pending further information.
Day students are to remain home tomorrow, boarders are to be picked up by 12noon.

Please advise us if you are an essential worker.
Distance learning plans will follow.
Thank you for assisting us and keep safe.

SGCNZ UNIVERSITY OF OTAGO SHEILAH WINN SHAKESPEARE FESTIVAL – WESLEY COLLEGE RECEIVES AWARDS

Wesley College Year 12 and 13 Drama students entered the Auckland South and East SGCNZ University of Otago Sheilah Winn Shakespeare Festival. Each year, SGCNZ holds 24 festivals nationwide, in which secondary-age students from 11-19 years old, perform 5 and 15 minute scenes from Shakespeare’s plays, set in any time, place, dress-though definitely in Shakespeare’s words.

Our Year 12’s performed a 5 minute scene from Romeo and Juliet, while the Year 13’s performed a 15 minute scene from the same play. The Year 13’s production differed in that their scene was performed in both English and Tongan. The students translated sections of Shakespeare’s words with the support of Mr Siosiua Tu’uhoko Pole, the HOD of Maths. The bilingual approach was an extra challenge on top of learning Shakespeare’s language, selecting excerpts that felt appropriate to perform in Tongan, and especially for the students, ensuring that their Tongan was correct.

Other Auckland South and East schools included Baradene, Botany, Howick and Macleans.

Wesley College received three awards.

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Sione Teutau was awarded the Auckland South and East SGCNZ Best Actor award. This award gives him direct entry to the SGCNZ National Shakespeare Schools Production. 46 Students chosen from around the country spend one week in Wellington participating in workshops with high calibre tutors, and then rehearsing for a Shakespeare play which is performed to the public. From the 46 students, 24 are selected for the SGCNZ young Shakespeare Company. The company travels to London where they participate in workshops and perform a scene in Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre.

We are extremely proud of our student’s work, especially as this was produced three weeks into term 2, post lock down. Students were practicing and rehearsing their lines while in lock down. We even held Zoom rehearsals!

We send our congratulations to the Teutau family for Sione’s special award and selection for the SGCNZ National Shakespeare Schools Production.

http://www.sgcnz.org.nz/programmes/sgcnz-university-of-otago-sheilah-winn-shakespeare-festival

SGCNZ University of Otago Sheilah Winn Shakespeare Festival :: Shakespeare Globe Centre NZ

SGCNZ University of Otago Sheilah Winn Shakespeare Festival SGCNZ UOSWSF 2020. SGCNZ COVID-19 University of Otago Sheilah Winn Shakespeare Festivals STOP PRESS! So exciting – at last!! With the announcement of the move to Level 2 confirmed to take effect from Monday 18 May, we will do as promised and give you an extra week to get the films in …

www.sgcnz.org.nz

MATANGITONGA / TONGA’S LEADING NEWS WEBSITE:   Read the Full Article

 

Desiree Pole, Wesley College Dance and Drama.

 

MESSAGE FROM THE PRINCIPAL – ALERT LEVEL 1

Dear Parents and Caregivers

I am sure you were as pleased as I was to hear the Prime Minister’s announcement about moving to Alert Level 1. For us, there will be no major changes to what we are doing and our school continues to be safe to attend, including any staff and children who are considered more vulnerable to COVID. We have a good cleaning routine in place, people who are sick are staying at home and we continue to encourage good hygiene practices.

What is changing is we can now look forward to inter-school and community sport, cultural events and performances and to welcoming all of our school community on site for these activities. A number of field trips and other excursions can also now be planned safely.

A reminder for the Student Led Conferences that will take place on the last Friday of this term. This is a chance for you to meet your son/daughter’s Academic Mentor, and see how they are progressing academically this year. Details will be out shortly.

We look forward to seeing you very soon.

Ngā mihi nui

Dr Brian Evans
ONZM
BA, Dip Tch, MEd, PhD
Principal

2020 NCEA INFORMATION & NCEA UNIVERSITY ENTRANCE INFORMATION IN RESPONSE TO COVID-19

NCEA INFORMATION

The following changes are being made to NCEA and University Entrance (UE)
requirements for this year:
–  Students working towards an NCEA can gain additional credits, based on the
number of credits they achieve during the 2020 school year……

READ MORE:   NCEA INFORMATION

 


NCEA AND UNIVERSITY (UE) 2020 COVID-19 RESPONSE

NZQA knows that it was hard for students during the lockdown and that some assessments couldn’t happen. These changes are to help you gain the qualification you were aiming to achieve this year……

READ MORE:   NCEA AND UNIVERSITY (UE) 2020 COVID-19 RESPONSE

 

 

PRINCIPAL’S MESSAGE: QUEEN’S BIRTHDAY WEEKEND, REBATE ON BOARDING/DAY COSTS, 2021 YEAR 9 ENROLMENTS

Queen’s Birthday Weekend:

A reminder that students may leave for Queen’s Birthday weekend after school Thursday, 28 May 2020.

Boarders return after 3pm Monday, 1 June 2020.  Day students return 8.20am Tuesday, 2 June 2020.


Boarding and Day Costs Rebate:

Following the Covid-19 Alert Level 4 lockdown the Wesley College Trust Board has agreed to provide families a 13% rebate on boarding and day costs this year. This rebate has already been applied to your account.

Please restart your automatic payments if you stopped making payments during the lockdown period.


2021 Year 9 Enrolment Applications:

Please be advised we have received a high number of enrolment applications for Year 9 students starting in 2021.

As spaces are very limited the roll will close quickly, I therefore encourage you to make an application as soon as possible if you have younger children who will be in Year 9 next year

MESSAGES TO FAMILIES – DROPPING OFF/PICKING UP STUDENTS FROM SCHOOL AND BOARDER INFORMATION

 

Dropping off/picking up students from school

Dear Parents/Caregivers

Please remain in your car when you drop off and collect your son/daughter from school.

If you get out of the car, or you are asked to get out of the car you are required to come to the office to register your details for contact tracing.

You must not wander around the school site.

 

Boarder Information:

Dear Parents/Caregivers

I hope this letter finds you all in good health.

With the Governments move to Alert Level 2 the school will recommence Tuesday, 19 May 2020.  This means boarders return Monday, 18 May 2020 from 3pm onwards.

Please note the school is taking precautions as outlined by the Schools Hostel Boarding Association.

We ask that:

  • One parent to bring your son/daughter to school/hostel.
  • Wait in your vehicle unless a hostel parent asks you to come out.
  • The hostel parent will direct the student to the sign in area and issue parents/caregivers with an information sheet.
  • Parents can unload their child’s belongings but will not be able to enter the dormitories.
  • Student’s will sign in and take their belongings to their room.
  • It is essential that your child bring soap and sanitizer for their use (if available).
  • It is imperative that students stay in their own rooms and do not share anything with their friends. (Please encourage your child to keep to this guideline. Failure to follow guidelines may result in disciplinary action.)

A reminder:

  • To name all of your son/daughters belongings. With winter coming please pack warmer clothing.
  • Winter uniform is to be worn. Please ensure that your child/ren have black lace-up shoes for winter, jumper or school jacket. NO SANDALS, NO TUPENU’S (for boys) or jackets that are not School issue.
  • Have required necessities for grooming and hygiene e.g. shavers for boys; moisturisers, shampoo/conditioner, soap and hand sanitizer if available.
  • Warm bedding: change of sheets, pillows, pillow- cases.
  • Bring back school equipment e.g the school loan lap top, Ministry of Education lap top, Bible, stationary; resource books ‘Ready to learn’
  • There is a long weekend coming up the school will not be open for instruction on Friday, 29 May 2020. Hostels will re-open again Monday, 1 June from 3pm for students to return.

Other matters: 

  • Weekend leave is permitted provided students go home to their own bubble. They will have to note who is at home for contact tracing.
  • Parents are not to come to school during the week. Please ring the hostel and speak with the hostel parent if it is imperative for you to come.
  • Hostels will be supplying students with disposable cups and plates so that we can reduce cross-contamination.

We look forward to seeing our students back at hostel.

If you have any concerns or queries, please do not hesitate to contact myself or Mr Field.

Yours sincerely

Mrs C Pereira – DP Well-being/Boarding   /  Mr C Field – Director Boarding