Wednesday 24 June - A message from our school nurses
An important message from our school nurses:
With winter here, any student who is unwell should stay home until their symptoms have gone.
When students are sick at school
If we have a sick student at school with an acute respiratory illness, including one or more COVID-19 symptoms - fever, cough, runny nose, sore throat, loss of smell or shortness of breath - they will be isolated in a separate room until they can be collected by a parent or caregiver. They will be asked if there is any known reason why they should have any of these symptoms, such as allergies, asthma etc.
Anyone who is sick with any or all of the COVID-19 symptoms (students or parents/caregivers) should ring Healthline on 0800 358 5453 or contact their GP or primary health service provider for advice on being assessed and tested.
Tuesday 9 June - COVID-19 Alert Level 1
Dear parents and caregivers
New Zealand has now moved to COVID-19 Alert Level 1, which means that there are no restrictions on personal movement within New Zealand and no restrictions on numbers at gatherings or on physical activities including cultural and sporting activities, practices and events.
All students should now be back at school, except if they are sick.
Here at school we are displaying the QR code poster which, together with the NZ COVID Tracer app on your phone, can be used to track your movements, if necessary.
Thursday 4 June - NZQA update
You may have already heard that NZQA has issued a statement regarding NCEA credits for this year.
* Learning Recognition Credits.
For every 5 credits that a student gains at Levels 1, 2 and 3, an additional Learning Recognition Credit will be added, for
Level 1 up to a maximum of 10 Learning Recognition Credits and for Levels 2 and 3 up to a maximum of 8 Learning
Course endorsements - students will be awarded course endorsement for achieving 12 credits at Merit or Excellence
instead of the usual 14.
Level/certificate endorsements - students will be awarded level endorsement for achieving 46 credits at Merit or Excellence
instead of the usual 50.
Please see the link below for more information.
Tuesday 2 June - From today we will be working with a revised timetable of 5 periods per day.
We received a lot of feedback from staff and students who have told us how much they like having a kaitohutohu time at the start of the day so this will continue 3 days a week on Mondays, Tuesdays and Fridays.
We will not be scheduling assemblies or whanau time until the start of term 3.
Please see below for detailed information of the new timetable.
Friday 22 May - Most recent figures from the Ministry of Health showing numbers of cases of COVID-19 across New Zealand
New Zealand is experiencing very low numbers of Covid-19 as can be seen from the chart below.
This next chart shows that children and young people continue to account for only a small proportion of cases in New Zealand
The following messages may also help to reassure you that we are doing everything possible to ensure our school is safe for students:
- Our school is safe. Even though there is such a low risk of the virus getting in the school gates to start with, we will be keeping up our hygiene practices and other public health measures as an extra precaution for as long as we’re at Alert Level 2
- The return to school has gone really smoothly and it has been brilliant to see how excited the students have been to get back to their learning and social routines
- We know some of our whanau and families are still feeling a bit anxious about sending their children back to school, which is understandable given everything we have been through these past 2 months
- It’s really important children do return to school, not just for their education but also their health and wellbeing
- Instances of Covid-19 in New Zealand are very low
- We’re aware of concerns out there that people without symptoms may be able to spread the virus. The Ministry of Health has advised us that there is no instance in New Zealand of someone spreading the virus without ever having symptoms
Friday 22 May - All students are now back at school. Next week we will be continuing with the alternative timetable, please see below for more information.
Have a great weekend!
Monday 18 May - Changes to NCEA end of year exams to address the impact of COVID-19
The Ministry of Education and the New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA) are making changes to NCEA this year in a two-step process designed to help reduce the impact of COVID-19.
The changes, effective immediately, are to:
- delay external NCEA examinations and New Zealand Scholarship examinations so they start on 16 November instead of 6 November, allowing another week for teaching, learning and internal assessment in Term 4
- extend the submission date for subjects that require students to submit a portfolio, such as Design and Visual Communication, from 28 October to 12 November 2020, giving students more time to prepare
- waive the requirement for NZQA verification of Level 1 and 2 Visual Arts portfolios, allowing students more time to complete their portfolios and teachers more time for marking.
NCEA examinations will now finish on 9 December 2020. An amended exam timetable is available on the NZQA website
Friday 15 May - Reminder: School starts back again from next Monday, 18 May.
We have put together some FAQs for students.
Please see below for more info.
Have a good weekend and see you soon.
Thursday 14 May -
Tēnā koutou katoa, Malo e lelei, Talofa lava, Fakaalofa lahi atu, Kia orana, Namaste
We are really looking forward to welcoming students back to school next week!
We will be working closely with all students as they return to school to ensure they feel comfortable and safe.
We will be having a staff only day at school tomorrow, Friday 15 May, to prepare for the return to school next week so there will be no online teaching and learning sessions tomorrow.
The Uniform Shop in Papakura is now open and they have a plentiful supply of both the black and green school jackets available. Here at school we have a supply of KidsCan jackets and shoes, and all students are expected to be in full school uniform when they return to school next week.
Students coming to school from next Monday will enter the school grounds via either the Alpha Street or Willis Road gates as there will be sanitiser stations at both these entrances. The Mansell Field gate will be closed so students cannot enter here.
Parents and caregivers dropping students off to school will need to do so at the school gates and will not be able to enter the school grounds.
The school canteen will be open from Monday. Students will not be able to leave the school grounds during the day unless they are going home sick.
As posted yesterday, we will be following a revised timetable for the next two weeks. Please see below.
Wednesday 13 May - Timetable for Level 2
This will be in place for two weeks and will be reviewed after that.
Monday and Tuesday - Year 9 and Year 10, Learning Support students and Services Academy students in school. Online lessons for seniors
Wednesday - Year 11 will also be in school. Online lessons for Year 12 and Year 13
Thursday - all year levels in school
This timetable is modelled on the current KAMAR timetable, dropping Period 5 each day.
There are no assemblies or whanau sessions at this time.
2.20pm - 3.20pm is not a timetabled class. It has been prioritised for students in the practical subjects.
Senior Dance and Drama
Year 10 - Year 13 Hospitality
For students without a practical subject, they can go to their classes, as needed/requested, to engage in catch up work. Students who do not take advantage of this time will be going home at 2.20pm.
Tuesday 12 May -
Tēnā koutou katoa, Malo e lelei, Talofa lava, Fakaalofa lahi atu, Kia orana, Namaste
As you have probably heard by now, New Zealand will be moving into COVID-19 Alert Level 2 at 11.59pm on Wednesday and schools will be reopening next Monday, 18 May.
In order to make the return to physical classroom sessions less stressful for all concerned, we will be staggering the return to school.
On Monday and Tuesday, students in years 9 and 10 will come to school, as well as students in the Services Academy and Learning Support.
On Wednesday students in years 9, 10 and 11 will be at school and from Thursday all students will be at school.
We will be operating under a modified timetable and school will finish early every day at around 2.30pm.
This will give us the chance to ensure our Return to School Health & Safety Action Plan functions fully.
We will be posting more detailed information over the next few days, so watch this space!
Thursday 7 May -
We still have written work available for students, ready for collection, for those who were unable to make it in to school yesterday.
Wednesday 6 May -
Tuesday 5 May -
Reminder that those who have ordered hard copies of school work from school can collect them tomorrow, Wednesday 6 May, from 10am - 12pm
Monday 4 May -
COVID-19 Alert Levels Summary. Read more
General information about the COVID-19 virus can be found on the Ministry of Health website. Read more
Wednesday 29 April - Reminder that online lessons start again today - Schedule of lessons
Juniors (years 9 and 10): Written packs of work can be collected from the school tomorrow, Thursday 30 April, from 10am - 12pm. Please come up the drive to the flagpole, keeping 2m apart, and a member of staff will meet you and bring the packs of work to you.
Year 10 students: Term 1 Te Tohu Rangatira results have been finalised and you will receive a letter in the post in the next few days with all your points.
Senior students (years 11, 12 and 13): NCEA requirements are not changing for this year so you need to make sure you keep up with your school work.
Please contact us if you need written copies of work and have not yet let us know.
Take care and stay safe.
Tuesday 28 April - Reminder to register your child/children for school if they are in year 9 or year 10, you are an essential worker who is not working from home and there is no-one else at home to care for them. Can I send my children to school?
Monday 27 April - Keeping safe
Sunday 26 April - Information to help with your planning for COVID-19 Alert Level 3. https://parents.education.govt.nz/…/information-to-help-wi…/
Wednesday 22 April - Can I send my children to school? Read more
Tuesday 21 April - Letter to parents/caregiver re moving into COVID-19 Alert Level 3. Read more
Monday 20 April - Online lessons will continue this week using the same schedule of lessons as last week. Read more
Thursday 16 April - Information for Pasifika families and communities - re-engaging of children with their teachers in various Pacific languages. https://learningfromhome.govt.nz/translations…
Thursday 16 April - How to create a google meet. https://www.facebook.com/183835288676555/videos/1608367109317454/
Wednesday 15 April - Home learning for students/whanau with no access to the internet and/or devices https://learningfromhome.govt.nz/
Tuesday 14 April - How to log on to google meets for online teaching and learning sessions. https://www.facebook.com/183835288676555/videos/2815522648568332/
Thursday 9 April - Schedule of lessons during lockdown
Thursday 9 April 2020 - Our Kaitiaki whānau (Head Prefects) share messages about getting ready for our first day back to school (online) next week. https://www.facebook.com/183835288676555/videos/149795343109834/