Kia Ora Whanau

After taking advice from the Ministry of Education, it has been decided to cancel the Student Led Conferences planned for Friday, 25 September, the last day of the school term.

Whilst Auckland is on Alert Level 2.5 it is not viable, and although there is another announcement set for Monday, 21 September, we don’t believe this gives our parents/caregivers enough time to change work plans and make appointments.

School will finish on Friday, 25 September for the school holidays. Day students may leave at 1.30pm and boarders are free to be picked up.

Our aim will be that every academic mentor will contact you over the following weeks with an update and plan for your child.

Please also note the Senior Ball has also been cancelled.

Ngā mihi nui

Dr Brian Evans
BA, Dip Tch, MEd, PhD


Senior reports will be live on the parent portal during the last week of term. Unfortunately we are unable to offer a subject report for junior students this term due to the increased time pressure as a result of lockdown. However, junior reports will be live on the portal, mid-next term.






Further changes to NCEA for students in Auckland.
The government has made additional changes to NCEA for students in Auckland, to recognise the 13 days of classroom time lost during the recent Alert Level 3 lockdown.
These changes will help ensure you have a fair opportunity to achieve NCEA this year.

Extra Learning Recognition credits.

Learning Recognition (LR) credits were introduced this year to recognise the classroom time
lost during the nationwide lockdown earlier this year. Extra LR credits are now available to
students in Auckland because of the additional COVID disruption in August.

Changes to earning rate and LR credit maximums

NCEA Level LR credit maximum LR credit earning rate Total number of credits required from assessment
L1 Up to 16 LR credits 1 for 4 credits achieved 64
L2 Up to 12 LR credits 1 for 4 credits achieved 68 (48 + 20 from another level)
L3 Up to 12 LR credits 1 for 4 credits achieved 68 (48 + 20 from level 2 or higher

These changes apply to all the credits you achieve in 2020, including credits earned before
the recent lockdown, and cover internal assessment, exams and portfolios.

Changes to certificate endorsements
Instead of 46 credits, you will now need 44 credits to earn Merit or Excellence Certificate

Support for students
Te Aho o Te Kura Pounamu (Te Kura) will offer extra places in their Summer School in
2020. Talk to your school if you are interested.

If you need extra help to achieve your NCEA goals this year, or have stopped attending
school during lockdown, extra places will be available in programmes led by Te Kura (the
Correspondence School) from Term 4.

Preparing students for success

If another COVID-19 disruption prevents you from sitting end-of-year examinations, there are
steps in place to ensure you can still receive a grade. Your teachers have been gathering
assessment evidence from the course work you have been doing that shows whether you
have met the requirements of the standard.

Changes to University Entrance (UE) were announced in June, meaning students need to
achieve 12 credits, rather than 14 credits, in each of 3 University Entrance Approved
Subjects. There are no extra changes to UE, but universities and other tertiary education
providers are also taking the unique circumstances of 2020 into account in their discretionary
entry requirements for 2021



Media Key Messages

When will the election be held?

· The date of the election has changed.

· Voting in New Zealand now starts on 3 October and goes through until 7pm on election day, Saturday 17 October.

· It’s given people more time to get enrolled and ready to vote – but the sooner you enrol the better.

When do I need to be enrolled by?

· You need to be enrolled before you can vote.

· If you enrol by 13 September you’ll get information about the election and referendums in the mail along with an EasyVote card which makes voting faster.

· You can still enrol after the 13th but you’ll need to cast a special vote which takes a bit longer.

How do I enrol?

· You can enrol or update your address online at using your New Zealand driver licence, New Zealand passport or RealMe verified identity.

· You can also enrol or update your details by filling in an enrolment form. Call 0800 36 76 56 or text your name and address to 3676 to have one sent to you.

How do I decide who to vote for in the election?

· It’s your personal decision who you want to vote for.

· Over the next few weeks, the parties and candidates will be out campaigning.

· Look out for candidate meetings in your neighbourhood.

· Parties and candidates will be in the media, on social media, and they’ll have information on their websites.

· You can also use online tools like On the Fence, Vote Compass and Policy that can help you work out where parties stand on the issues that matter to you.
On the Fence:
Vote Compass:

When do I vote in the referendums?

· Two referendums are being held alongside the election.

· When you go to vote in the election, you’ll be given a voting paper for the election and a voting paper for the referendums.

· You vote in the referendums by placing a tick next to Yes or No for each question.

What are the referendums?

· You can vote on whether the End of Life Choice Act should come into force giving people with a terminal illness the option of requesting assisted dying.

· You can also vote on whether the recreational use of cannabis should become legal based on the proposed Cannabis Legalisation and Control Bill. · There is more information on both referendums online at:

What if I can’t go to a voting place to vote in the election and referendums?

· We will have health measures at voting places so most people will be able to vote in person.

· However, there are other ways to vote if you can’t go to a voting place, for example for health or mobility reasons.

· You can apply for postal voting and your voting papers will be sent to you in the mail.

· You can also authorise someone to pick up your voting papers from a voting place for you – that’s called a takeaway vote.

· If you’d like to apply for postal voting or ask about takeaway voting, call our Freephone number 0800 36 76 56