Term 3, Issue 4
Dear Parents & Caregivers
As lockdown drags on, it does become harder. However, I do need to commend our students and of course you, the parents and caregivers, on the great job you are doing. We will get through this and it will be okay. Every student will get what they need for next year.
I hope the reports we sent home have been useful in reassuring you that your child is engaged and also in highlighting where more is needed. Hopefully, you have had the opportunity to have a talk about this with your child. Remember, not too much pressure. You are the best judge of what is best for them at this time.
We are really conscious of the huge job parents and caregivers are doing and how stressful it can be. As a result, our Guidance team has developed some whānau hauora (family wellbeing), resouces to support you. See below for more information.
I would also like to congratulate everyone for the fantastic work done in Te Wiki o te Reo Māori – tino pai! It has been great to see so many involved and giving te reo a go.
Alert Level 3
On Monday we'll once again hear our fate from the Prime Minister, but the signs are good that we will be moving to Level 3 next week.
IF we do move to Level 3 this means that, in addition to being able to get takeaways, more people will be able to return to work. While the school will remain closed, we are open for the supervision of Year 9 and 10 students whose parents cannot arrange suitable supervision at home. We will not be teaching students. Staff will be supervising them to continue with their on-line learning.
It is critical that you tell us in advance if you want the school to supervise your child.
Please read the information below and if you think you will be sending your child to school to be supervised, click on this link to register them.
Please do this as soon as possible, (even though the final decision regarding alert levels has not yet been made), as it will help us with our planning.
- The only students who will be attending are Year 9 and 10 students whose parents/caregivers cannot arrange suitable supervision at home.
- Parents/caregivers will need to inform the school in advance if their child is coming to school, so that the school can plan adequately, have robust contact registers and notify parents of non-attendance.
- Parents/caregivers are asked to keep any sick students at home. If a sick student comes to school, they will be sent home.
- Online learning will continue for all students.
- Students who are at school for supervision will continue with their online learning. There will be no teaching happening at school, only supervision.
- The school canteen will not be open. Students will not be able to buy anything at school. They must bring their own lunch, water bottle and any snacks they need.
- Students will be kept in small ‘bubbles’ to minimise contact.
- Students will stay in this small group all day in the classroom and during any breaks. There will be no contact across groups. Students will stay in the same classroom the whole time.
- The number of students at the school will dictate how many ‘bubbles’ will be required.
- During breaks students must stay 2m from other students and cannot leave their allocated area. No ball games or any activities that could allow for transfer of the virus.
- There will be a team of staff allocated to each group. Only these teachers will be involved in supervising the students in that group/bubble.
- Social distancing will be maintained – inside 1m distance, outside 2m.
- Face masks are highly recommended and we would like all students to be wearing face masks while we are at Level 3 as an added precaution.
- The school day will be from 8.45 - 3.00 pm.
We will send this information out again, as soon as we have official notification of when we are moving to Level 3 and are allowed to have students on site for supervision.
Mā te mahi tahi, ma te manaaki tangata, ka whaiwhai tonu mātou. (By working together and looking after each other, we will carry on).
Tongan Language Week
Tongan Language week was celebrated this year with the theme 'Enrich Aotearoa with Holistic Education'. Among the activities for the week, Head of Basketball, Mr Sione Maama, contacted his famous friends in the Tongan community and arranged for us to receive a number of personal video messages, including one from Dame Valerie and Lisa Adams! READ MORE
Te Wiki o te Reo Māori (Māori Language Week)
This year, despite not being able to connect in person, staff and students took Te Wiki o te Reo Māori online. Our student leaders produced a fantastic video featuring both themselves and staff speaking te reo. We received lots of personal messages from well known members of the Māori community. Our Houses also got involved on social media and they will be running themed game nights online on Friday. Tino pai te mahi everyone! WATCH VIDEO
Following a disappointing cancellation in 2020 due to alert levels, Year 12 and 13 Economics students were finally able to make the trip to Wellington to visit the Treasury and the New Zealand Parliament. READ MORE
Gentlemen Crew will Represent New Zealand
Congratulations to Tate Miller (Year 12) and Milan Gulati (Year 13), whose crew gained first place at the Hip Hop International New Zealand competition. This means that they will represent New Zealand at the International Hip Hop World Championships later this year! READ MORE
Whānau Wellbeing Resources
- Deadline for Year 10 Subject Selections - 16th Sept