Kia ora koutou

With further cases confirmed yesterday, the Government announced that the whole of Auckland will move from Alert Level 1 to Alert Level 3 for 7 days from 6am this morning.

This decision was taken for two reasons – first it is not immediately clear how the latest person to test positive got infected and second, that person has visited several large sites while potentially infectious and it will take some time to identify and track down what could be a large number of people.

Level 3 means stay home to protect your household bubble and if you do have to go out, keep a 2-metre distance from people you don’t know. Where possible you should keep your children home from school for this period.

We will be open for those of you who have no other options but to send your children to school and we will have safety precautions in place to look after them.

We will activate our distance learning plan. Our priority is to stay connected to you and your tamariki. We will do everything we need to for your children and your whānau.

Mr Wood has already sent out the details should you need to come into school and pick up devices for your child’s learning. Pick up is from the Rec Centre between 9 and 12, please remain in your car. If you are not able to come in at this time, please contact the school.

For all of our community, we need to keep ourselves, family and whānau safe. It’s important we follow the rules.

If you aren’t sure if you have been to a place where someone with COVID has visited – please go to the Ministry of Health website for the ‘Locations of Interest’. Check the date and time of each location listed in the table and if you were there at the same time, go to the right column on the right to see what you need to do.

COVID-19 symptoms can vary a lot with each person, so while we are familiar with the following symptoms:

  • a new or worsening cough
  • fever (at least 38˚C)
  • shortness of breath
  • a sore throat
  • sneezing and runny nose
  • temporary loss of smell.

Some people may present with less typical symptoms such as only one of the following:

  • muscle pain
  • fever
  • diarrhoea
  • headache
  • nausea/vomiting
  • confusion/irritability.

If you or your whānau experience any of these symptoms, please contact your GP or Healthline (0800 358 5453) for advice and get tested if advised to do so.

As the team at All Right? Say: It’s all right to feel over this right now but we all know what to do, we have done this before and we will do it again, together.

Please contact us if you have any concerns or questions.

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


ALERT LEVEL 3 INFORMATION – on-line learning

Kia Ora whanau

Hope you’ve had a great weekend so far. You have probably seen the news in that we are back at Level 3 for 7 days, so school is closed for all but children of essential workers. If you are an essential worker and your child needs to be at school please contact

Families of students without laptops or chromebooks will be contacted later today. Those contacted will be required to collect a chromebook from school tomorrow morning between 9 am and 12 pm from the Rec Centre. Please stay in your car when you arrive. If you haven’t already done so, please contact if your son/daughter does not have a laptop or chromebook. Please give the students name and the name of their Learning Coach.

As in previous lockdowns, teachers will post items of learning on Monday morning on google classroom. Teachers can be contacted via microsoft outlook email which is located on the students office365 account. A list of teachers email addresses can be found on the school website.

Please help your son/daughter organise their learning for the week, for example by making checklists, highlighting deadlines for assignments and helping manage their time. The subjects students are taking can be found on the parent portal.

Take care everyone and I will update as soon as possible.

Best wishes
Mr C Wood


COVID-19 update – Face coverings

18th February 2021

Kia ora koutou

Following the recent cases in Papatoetoe, the decision was made yesterday by Cabinet to require face coverings to be worn on public transport across New Zealand at Alert Level 1. This means that face coverings will be required on public transport at all alert levels. There is no change to the application of face coverings for schools.

Cabinet will review the decision on face coverings for public transport and our alert levels on Monday 22 February.

At Alert Level 1, as with Alert Level 2, face coverings must therefore be worn:

  • on all public transport, including on long-distance bus and train journeys and most ferries
  • on domestic flights throughout New Zealand
  • by taxi and ride-share drivers — while it’s not compulsory for passengers to wear them, they are strongly encouraged to.

Face coverings are not required at school or on any school transport. But they must be worn on all public transport, including by any school children aged 12 and over.

At any alert level, children, young people or teachers and other staff who want to wear face coverings at schools or early learning services may do so. They are entitled to make this decision and should not be criticised for doing so.

Public Health advice is that children under six should not wear face coverings in any setting.

There are also general exemptions for users of public transport, including for people where, for medical and health reasons, a face covering would not be appropriate, and small passenger vehicles such as taxis and Ubers (the drivers will be required to wear a mask).

Please go to our FAQs on our website for more information about face coverings in education settings.

A range of general information is available on the COVID-19 website:

Ngā mihi



Kia Ora Whanau

We are back to a Level 2 alert tonight at 11.59pm.

School is open tomorrow and dorms will be open in the morning for incoming students from 7am.

School will commence with Chapel as usual at 8.35.

A reminder to all, if you, or your children, are sick at all and/or have any concerns about who you have been in contact with, please stay away from school and follow the guidelines for isolation and testing etc. In particular, if you had any close contact with students/staff from Papatoetoe you should get a test and isolate.

Kind Regards
Dr Brian Evans


Dear parents

With regard to distance learning, we know that some of our students do not have access to a laptop during lockdown. If your child does not have a laptop please email with your first and last name, and academic mentoring group.

Once we know numbers and have more information from the government about the duration and conditions of the lockdown we will be in touch with a plan on distributing devices.

Online learning has begun and teachers will contact students via email and Google Classroom. Please ensure your child is checking their school emails daily. Teachers will make a single post on a Monday on google classroom that outlines the learning for the week. For students to learn effectively, it is important for them to check google classroom regularly and organise their time so that all subject content is attempted. Students may find this challenging and parents / caregivers may find it beneficial to help students plan their day of learning, such as making checklists and managing time.

To access Email, students should logon to office365 using their school network login details. Then select ‘outlook’ from the list of apps. This can be done from any device that has internet access.

To access google classroom. Students will need to login to google using their school google account details. This can be done on any web browser.

Some classes may also be using Education Perfect. Again, this can be accessed from any web browser and will have the following format for logging in.

Username – WESCFirstnameLastname (case sensitive)

Password – firstname (all lower case)

NB – If students have problems logging into EP, it may be because their account is not activated, if so, there will be an activation email in their inboxes on outlook.

Some classes may have a live tutorial by zoom and will be posted via google classroom or email.

In addition to subject teachers, students should contact their learning coach if they are concerned about any aspect of their learning / credits or overall wellbeing.

Stay safe and hopefully see you soon.

Mr C Wood
Deputy Principal


Kia Ora whanau

Hope you’ve had a great weekend.

You have probably seen the news.

We are back at Level 3 until Thursday, so school is effectively shut to all but children of essential workers. If you are an essential worker and your child needs to be at school please contact

The hostel staff are currently directing families back home on arrival this evening. Wherever possible it’s important they stay at home, however we fully understand we have students in who live further afield, or who’s parents simply can’t get them before 11.59 tonight. Rest assured they will be looked after very well if they have to stay in the dorms.

Most teachers have posted plenty of on line learning already this year so please encourage your children to look at this.

Thank you for your understanding and patience, like you, I have only just received this information so it’s a quick reaction required by all.

Take care everyone and I will update as soon as possible.

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




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