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

 

 

 

 

 

MESSAGE FROM THE PRINCIPAL – RETURN TO SCHOOL

Kia Ora Whanau

We are excited and prepared for school returning next week! We can assure you that many precautions and protocols are in place to maintain a very high level of safety for your children.

Key points as we prepare to return to school:

  • Monday, 18 May: Boarders return after 3 pm Monday (there will be a detailed letter sent out to boarders shortly)
  • Tuesday, 19 May: Day students return for Chapel (in Rec) 8.35am.

    The Papakura Day Student bus will depart Papakura at 7.50am. Students must be on time.

  • The school has an updated health and safety plan in place, which includes extra and intensive cleaning services several times a day.
  • Social distancing will take place in a modified way and we have designed some changes around the dining room and dorms etc.
  • If your child is sick at all they should remain at home and continue with online learning – please inform the school if this is the case.
  • Anyone needing to come to the school must report to the office and register.

    I would like to thank all whanau for your support during this time, allowing us the time to develop our online learning and giving us feedback that helped us to adapt as we went into lockdown. There has also been quite of volume of information coming through to you so we appreciate you taking the time to read and ask any questions you may have had.

    In the next week or so We will be taking time to reintegrate our students into school life. Their health and well-being is paramount first and foremost, and we will assess where they are at with their learning. We will plan accordingly and decide on what needs to be done for their continued success.

    The mid-term break of Friday May 29th and Queens Birthday Monday June 1st is designed so students and staff can have a little bit of the holiday they missed out on around Easter and the term holidays, visiting the pools, parks, socialising, movies etc are now all open to be enjoyed. It is hoped after that everyone will be well settled back into routines and we can make some real progress with our teaching and learning. Sports and extra curricula will also hopefully be back in place by then.

    As we transition back into onsite learning and start to develop our ‘new normal’, we will hold and display our faith and school values of family, respect, responsibility and excellence at the forefront of our endeavours.

    Ngā mihi nui
    Dr Brian Evans
    ONZM
    BA, Dip Tch, MEd, PhD
    Principal

 

MESSAGE FROM THE PRINCIPAL – ALERT LEVEL 2 – WESLEY COLLEGE REOPENING

Kia Ora whanau

 

Following the Prime Minister’s announcement yesterday confirming we will be moving to Alert Level 2, Wesley College will reopen on Monday, 18 May

 This means:

  • Monday, May 18:
    Hostels open – boarders return after 3pm     –      Teacher only day
  • Tuesday, May 19:
    Full school recommences – day students return to school before 8.20am.
    Chapel will be in te whare Angitu (Rec centre) at 8.35am

We look forward to welcoming all our students and staff and, you can be assured that we are well prepared for your return. In time we will provide as much information as possible to hopefully answer any questions you may have.

In the meantime, there is some basic guidelines particularly around how the hostels will operate.

Important: If your child has a school or Ministry of Education device, these are to be handed in on your child’s return to the school along with the charger.

Please note, due to the unprecedented times we have been in there are some changes to our term dates.

  • Mid-term Exeat – Queens Birthday 29 May – 1 June:

Thursday, May 28: Students may leave for the long weekend after school.

Monday, 1 June: Hostels open, boarders return after 3pm.

Tuesday, 2 June: Full school recommences, day students return by 8.20am.

  • Friday, July 3 – last day of Term 3:

Academic Mentoring conferences will take place as postponed from end of term 1.

NO Teacher Only Day as planned.

Returning to school

 Unlike Level 3, there are no longer ‘bubbles’ and staff are able to work between groups of students within public health guidelines.

The public health guidelines that must be implemented include:

If you are sick at all, stay at home

  • Parents, whanau and caregivers will not be able to send their child to the boarding hostel or to school if day students, if they are sick
  • If they are onsite already, we will isolate the student or staff member and seek medical advice. Students/staff will remain in isolation until it is deemed safe by medical professionals to exit.
  • Students and staff should be far enough away from each other so that they are not breathing on or touching each other, coupled with good hygiene practices and regular cleaning of commonly touched surfaces. There does not need to be a specific measurement but where practicable 1 metre should be used as a guide, particularly between adults.
  • Hand sanitiser will be in all common spaces.  Soap, water and the ability to dry hands must be provided in bathrooms.
  • Where practicable we need to ensure that students and staff regularly wash and dry hands, cough and sneeze into their elbow, and try to avoid touching their face.
  • Recreational activities can include access to sports equipment but hygiene practice should be observed before and after playing with equipment.
  • Contact tracing registers must be set up and identify which students and adults are on site. This includes recording visitors to the site, including parents.

 Providing a safe boarding environment

Our Hostel is a safe environment for students and staff. Additional public health control measures will be in place to prevent the spread of the disease and to support contact tracing. The hostel is not considered a place of mass gathering as we are a controlled environment. The only exception to this is where people from outside the boarding house may be attending a function or event.

Our goal is to open within a structure that:

  • promotes safety for all within Ministry of Education and Ministry of Health guidelines
  • ensures all public health measures are in place, and
  • allows for the safe return for all students and staff

The overriding principles for Alert Level 2 are:

  • to minimise the risk that someone gets infected in the first place
  • and to ensure we can identify and contact anyone who has been in close contact with a person, if someone in our boarding and day school is infected.

The key controls for our boarding school are:

  • ensure people/students with COVID-19 symptoms or who are generally sick, stay away from the hostel if they are due to return. If they already in the hostel strict isolation measures must be implemented.
  • maintain physical distancing (this means children, young people, and staff maintaining a physical distance so that they are not breathing on or touching each other)
  • ensure good hygiene practices
  • keep track of people that enter our hostels/school
  • boarders will not be allowed off the premises until after June 1st other than for scheduled activity or approved leave.
  • weekend leave is permitted but we ask that students taking leave only do so to their home or caregivers.
  • there are no visits from parents/caregivers/whanau allowed to the hostels until at least after June 1st.

 

Ngā mihi nui

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

ALERT LEVEL 2 – PRINCIPAL’S MESSAGE FOLLOWING PM’S ANNOUNCEMENT

Kia ora koutou

Like me, I am sure you have followed with interest the announcements made by the Prime Minister.

It is reassuring to hear how well our country has done at minimising the impacts of COVID-19. Alert Levels 4 and 3 have not been easy and I thank you for your ongoing support for the work we are doing.

Today, the Prime Minister advised that in Alert Level 2 schools are safe environments for children, young people and staff and that additional public health control measures are in place to prevent the spread of disease and to support contact tracing.

The good news is that when we are able to, we will be ready to welcome all students and staff back to our school site.

The key Public Health approach is to minimise the risk that someone gets infected in the first place, and second to ensure we can identify and contact anyone who has been in close contact with a person, if someone in a school is infected.

As we have done in Alert Level 3, you can be assured that in Alert Level 2 we will know who is at school, who our staff and students have been in close contact with and take appropriate measures to keep everyone safe.

Physical distancing is a good precaution to prevent the spread of disease. We do however know it is challenging in schools, so good hygiene practices and regular cleaning are even more important here. This includes staff and students coughing into their elbows, handwashing and drying and regular cleaning of commonly touched surfaces.

Under Alert Level 2, we advise any students and staff to stay at home if they are sick, and we will send anyone home immediately if they show any symptoms.

Our school has safe and sensible practices to maintain the health and safety of everyone on the school site. As described by Dr Payinda in his NZ Herald article, “Covid’s not measles or chickenpox, it doesn’t hang in the air for hours waiting to infect passers-by. It travels on invisible drops of spit. You don’t have to cross the street to avoid anyone. Just avoid getting in their ‘moist breath’ zone”. We all just need to remember to have some breathing space at Alert Level 2!

It’s important however that not just at school but at home, safe hygiene habits are practised by everyone, as this is essential to minimise the risk that someone gets infected with Covid-19.

For more information about the public health measures at Alert Level 2, you can visit the covid19.govt.nz website: https://covid19.govt.nz/

If you have any questions about our health and safety plan, or have a child who might be vulnerable to serious illness and would like to discuss a plan for them, please contact me.

We will be in touch again soon to update you on our plans.

Ngā mihi nui

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

PRINCIPAL’S MESSAGE – CONSIDERING ALERT LEVEL 2

Kia Ora Whanau

I hope you are all well.

We are currently awaiting guidance for Alert Level 2.

The Prime Minister has said that the Level 3 Alert level will be reviewed and a decision made about next steps on Monday, 11 May. One of the options is that we move at some point after the 11th into Alert Level 2.

So thinking has begun about what we need to put together here at school when we arrive at this point. I can assure every step will be taken to ensure a safe site, but also a return to routines and a more ‘normal’ life for our students as much as possible.

There will be a lot to consider including:

  • Managing health and safety for staff and students and clearly understanding requirements under Alert Level 2.
  • Curriculum, teaching and learning – where are our students at?
  • Managing school transport.
  • School hostels and how they will operate under Alert Level 2.

There will also be a lot of things for us as a teaching and hostel staff to discuss, particularly around the well-being of students. Things such as possibly no sport, school ball, ‘normal’ chapel time together, even simple social interactions etc, will have to be considered and we will see what alternatives we can put in place.

As soon as we have a clear picture we will send out the details to you.

In the meantime we hope the distance learning is going well for all students. If you have any concerns please do not hesitate to contact subject teachers or deans. It is important during this challenging time that all students also look after themselves mentally and physically.

Take care and enjoy your day.

Ngā mihi nui

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