ACADEMIC MENTORING CONFERENCES 3 JULY 2020 POSTPONED

Please be advised that the Academic Mentoring Conferences scheduled for tomorrow, Friday 3 July have been postponed to 24 July 2020.

Our sincere apologies for any inconvenience this may cause.

Students on Friday 3 July will follow their normal morning class timetable and will attend the Chapel Service for Whaea Paewhenua. The Service will be followed by lunch after which students will attend their normal afternoon class. School will finish at 3:20pm.

WHAEA PAEWHENUA NATHAN, CHAPLAIN MAORI

Whaea Paewhenua Nathan, Chaplain Maori

It is with great sadness we advise of the passing of Whaea Paewhenua Nathan.

Whaea will return to the College Chapel where a service will be held, time to be confirmed.

Following the Chapel Service whanau will take Whaea home to the Hokianga.

The time of arrival to Wesley College will be posted when it is confirmed.

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.

2020-EXAMINATION-TIMETABLE-Final

ENTRY 7 WESLEY COLLEGE ROMEO JULIET

ENTRY 4 WESLEY COLLEGE ROMEO JULIET

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.

 

ACADEMIC MENTORING CONFERENCES – FRIDAY, 3RD JULY 2020

Academic Mentoring Conferences – Friday, 3rd July 2020 – 9.20am – 3.20pm.

A 20 minute 3-way conference interview process with your son/daughter, their Academic Mentor and yourself.
(Correspondence sent out to parents/caregivers 9th June 2020).

To make a booking logIn to School Point using your Username and Password: https://wesley.schoolpoint.co.nz

Once the conference has finished you may take your son/daughter home.

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

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