28 August 2021
Ma whero ma pango ka oti ai te mahi
With red and black the work will be complete
(This refers to co-operation where if everyone does their part, the work will be complete. The colours refer to the traditional kowhaiwhai patterns on the inside of the meeting houses.)
Ngā mihi mahana ki a koutou katoa
As you will be aware the country will move to Alert Level 3 on Tuesday 31 August at 11:59 pm, for as yet, an unspecified time. There are a number of changes that will happen in Aotearoa/New Zealand as a result of this, and Education is included. I would like to outline what this would look like for our College.
Students will continue with at home online learning. At this stage consideration of their return to school will happen once we reach Alert Level 2.
Learning Support Centre
The Learning Support Centre is closed for all Levels. Ms Shakesheave-Thomas will send a separate communication.
This statement applies to students in Years 9 and up to Year 10. If a student in Year 9 or Year 10 is already 14 years old then school supervision is not something that should be considered as there are other options.
There are two statements that Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern made that need to be kept to the forefront of our thinking. These are:
“So here’s a reminder of the principles for Level 3 when we get there.
- Stay home. If you are not at work, school, exercising or getting essentials, then you must be at home, the same as at Level 4. Ultimately schools remain closed
- Work and learn from home if you can. We still want the vast majority of people working from home, and children and young people learning from home. At-risk students and staff should also stay at home, and they will be supported to do so.
This will mean that for our College it will open on Wednesday 1st September for supervision only for students aged under 14 who have no one to care for them. Students will still do their online learning as they are doing at home but they will be supervised in a classroom. This supervision may not be a teacher, it could be a teacher aide. There will be no on site teaching, specialist rooms such as Technical Blocks, Science Laboratories, Gym, Art and Music rooms will remain closed. Other things that you would need to be aware of are, that to meet the social distancing requirements of Alert level 3, each student would be:
- In a bubble of 10 students (not necessarily of the students in their normal class).
- The bubbles at school cannot mix.
- The students would need to be 1 metre apart from other students in the classroom.
- Outside the classroom students would have to be in a designated space and remain 2 meters apart.
- The students would need to be sitting to a seating plan that cannot change.
- Each bubble would have a different start and finish time so that the bubbles do not meet. The same would apply to lunchtime and interval.
- Students must stay on site all day.
- Full school uniform is to be worn.
As mentioned the students would then be doing online learning in their designated room. It would help if they could bring earphones as well.
Because of the social distancing rules, they would need to bring their lunch as the Cafe would be closed. At this stage, buses will not be available as the bubbles would merge with the Intermediate students and I cannot guarantee the 1 metre apart requirement that is required.
As students continue to work from home, they will be supported by their teachers as they have, during Alert level 4. Also, the Ministry of Education has partnered with TVNZ to deliver entertaining educational programming which adds to the kete of learning from home. https://www.tvnz.co.nz/shows/home-learning-tv
For planning purposes we would like to get an indication of how many students might need to be supervised. If you think you may need your child to be supervised Can you please complete the form by 12:00 pm Monday 30 August and return it to Fei Gao, [email protected]. I will assume that unreturned forms indicate that no supervision is required.
Thank you for your ongoing support in these difficult times.
Ngā mihi nui