Closure of School

Posted on March 23, 2020

Dear Parents and Caregivers

The Prime Minister has just announced that schools are to close. We will be moving to remote on-line learning. Students will not attend school until further notice. However, children of essential service workers may attend school on Tuesday 24 and Wednesday 25 March. These children are to meet in the Amphitheatre at 8.30 am.

On Tuesday 24 March Year 11 students will be taught on-line with a mixture of real-time and pre-prepared material. All other Year Levels will have material provided on Google Classroom.

On Wednesday 25 March all Year Levels will be provided a mixture of real-time and pre-prepared on-line teaching.

If students do not have access to a reliable device they can email [email protected] to make an appointment to be provided with one on Tuesday. There are limited supplies of these devices.

It is important to note that while we have experience with digital teaching we do not have experience with remote (distance) teaching. We must have realistic expectations about this different method of teaching and learning.

The school will remain on “timetable” for the time being. This means a student can expect to have class material delivered according to the “bell-times” and timetable when ‘live’ content is being delivered.

Follow this link to view the “bell times”.

Students are to check their Google Classroom for further instructions regarding their learning.

We appreciate these are major changes in the lives of our students. Their welfare is paramount and, for the moment, learning is secondary. We believe these measures are in the best interests of our students.

Remote counselling, via Zoom, is now available to students. Please email your counsellor to make an appointment. If you are new to the service, please follow this link to fill out a referral form on the school website.

Further updates will be provided to keep our school community informed.

Take care

Ngā mihi nui

Steven Hargreaves