STUDENT LED CONFERENCES – 25TH SEPTEMBER CANCELLED

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
ONZM
BA, Dip Tch, MEd, PhD
Principal

SENIOR AND JUNIOR REPORTS

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.

 

 

 

 

SEPT 2020 – MESSAGE TO AUCKLAND STUDENTS AND WHANAU

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
Endorsements.

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

 

YEAR 13 – GE 2020 AND REFERENDUM – 17 OCTOBER 2020

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 vote.nz 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: https://onthefence.co.nz/
Policy: https://policy.nz/
Vote Compass: https://votecompass.tvnz.co.nz/


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:  www.referendums.govt.nz


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

 

 

PRINCIPAL’S MESSAGE – RETURNING TO SCHOOL

Returning to School

Kia Ora Whanau

As you know we will be back at school on Monday, day students are to arrive at normal time and boarders are to return by 5pm Monday Evening. We are looking forward to seeing everyone back.

School buses will be running, face masks are not mandatory on school transport but obviously they can be worn by choice.

Every day a young person attends school matters because it:

  • increases their ability to achieve
  • provides an important emotional and support network for them, with their friends and classmates
  • keeps them engaged in learning
  • gives them direct contact with their teachers
  • is an environment where the focus is on their safety, wellbeing and learning
  • helps them feel more comfortable transitioning throughout their schooling journey
  • is not just now but their future that counts.

Key health measures to prevent spread

  • Our school has very good processes in place to continue to keep your child as safe as possible, including extra cleaning and arrangements in our dining room.
  • At Alert Level 2 COVID-19 is contained
  • However there is still some risk of community transmission at Alert Level 2, so we all need to follow our good practices to keep ourselves, family and whānau safe including:
    • Washing your hands regularly with soap and water including before and after eating, after blowing your nose, after visiting a public space including public transport, before, during and after caring for a sick or vulnerable person, after using the toilet etc.
    • Coughing and sneezing into your elbow.
    • Staying at home if you are sick and checking with your GP or Healthline to see if you need to get tested (a reminder that Healthline is free to call – 0800 611 116 and they have people who speak many different languages).
    • If you are recommended to get tested please do so – testing is free.
    • At home, clean your surfaces regularly particularly the ones that are often touched such as taps and door handles.
    • Keep a physical distance from people you don’t know (2 metres wherever possible).
    • If you are in an enclosed space with people you don’t know, such as on public transport, wear a face covering as they can help stop the spread of COVID-19 by limiting the spread of droplets.

Alert Level 2 advice

Do children and young people need to wear face coverings at schools at Alert Level 2?
No. Children and young people do not need to wear face coverings because the risk of infection within the school environment is low. Other public health control measures will be in place including children and staff staying home if they are sick, contact tracing, and hygiene requirements.

Do teachers need to wear face coverings at early learning services and schools at Alert Level 2?
No. Teachers do not need to wear face coverings at Alert Level 2. Other public health measures will be in place including children and staff staying home if they are sick, contact tracing, and hygiene requirements.

Do children and young people need to wear face coverings on school transport, or transport provided by early learning services, at Alert Level 2?
No. Children and young people are not required to wear face coverings wrapped around the nose and mouth on school transport or early learning service transport. This includes buses or vans chartered or used by schools or early learning services to carry children, students and staff. Good hygiene measures, contact tracing and staying away if sick will remain in place.

Ngā mihi nui

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

PRINCIPAL’S MESSAGE – BOARDERS AND DAY STUDENTS

Kia Ora whanau

I hope all is well.

As you know, Level 3 lockdown finishes this Sunday at 11.59 pm. I am very conscious of losing another day on Monday, so tried for an exemption to get boarders in on Sunday night, however, this was not permitted.

Therefore, it is vital all boarders return Monday by 5pm or earlier.

Day students will return Monday morning for classes as normal; school starts with Chapel at 8.35. It is vital they attend, and teachers can gauge where they are at academically. School buses will be running.

We are planning for our students return, how the rest of the academic year will progress and how we will look after our student’s well-being while at school.

There are many things still up in the air for now, such as sport, Auckland has a different Level 2 compared to the rest of the country which means there can be no team sports until September 12th at earliest.

Ngā mihi nui

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

PRINCIPAL’S MESSAGE UPDATE FOLLOWING PM’S ANNOUNCEMENT

Kia ora koutou

It was a big relief to hear we are moving back to Alert Level 2 at the beginning of next week. We look forward to welcoming all our students and staff back onsite at that time!

Thank you once more to our parents and caregivers for the support and resilience you have shown through Alert Level 3.

Strong vigilance, good hygiene practices, coupled with the hard work our health authorities are doing to identify and support any confirmed cases and their close contacts remain important for all of us.

Just a reminder that while everyone is onsite at Alert Level 2 next week, we must adhere to key health measures including:

  • Good hand hygiene and cough and sneeze etiquette
  • Staying away if sick
  • Keeping the appropriate physical distance from others (in class this means no touching each other and keeping out of breathing distance)
  • Cleaning and disinfecting our high touch surfaces daily
  • Displaying QR code posters at our entrances and encouraging all of our community to download the NZ COVID Tracer App and use it if they come onsite
  • Keeping a visitor register for anyone who cannot use the app and for other visitors who come onsite for a period of time.

We know all these things will help to keep our community as safe as possible therefore, your child does not need to wear a face covering while at school. We will of course support them should they choose to do so.

For those of you who might be finding things more difficult than usual, a reminder that there is a large range of support available for businesses and the community. We encourage you to go to covid19.govt.nz for more information, or get in touch and we will help you to find the information and support you need.

Ngā mihi nui

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

 

 

PRINCIPAL’S MESSAGE UPDATE – 24 AUGUST 2020

Kia ora Whanau,

I hope that you are all safe and well.

Just a quick update to let you know that this weeks distance learning will be posted for students on Monday morning.

The Prime Minister is expected to make an announcement on Monday regarding alert levels. Once we have this information, we will provide a further update.

Last week, you may have been aware the Government made a decision that we have the option to bring some Year 12 and 13 students onsite under Alert Level 3.

This is a very serious undertaking and because of that, the health criteria is very strict. As I am sure you will appreciate, this is not something schools have been required to put in place and it is not an entitlement for students.

The decision to apply to do this is entirely at our discretion.

We have considered this option very carefully and on balance, and, for last week at least, decided this is not an appropriate action for our school to take at this time, particularly given the virus cases have been around our community.

We will review that early this week. If any students are required to come into school, we will be in touch. In the meantime, we have a strong online programme and good supports in place for our students.

If you have any concerns about your child’s learning and wellbeing, please don’t hesitate to get in touch [with the academic mentor/dean/head of department].

Ngā mihi nui

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