Friday 8 May 2020
It was fantastic to hear yesterday that, under Alert Level 2, we will be able to welcome our students back to school. It was fantastic to hear yesterday that, under Alert Level 2, we will be able to welcome our students back to school. I know that all of our teachers and support staff members are looking forward to seeing students and creating a new kind of ‘normal’ under the Alert Level 2 guidelines.

While we don’t need to operate any ‘school bubbles’ or stagger our interval and lunchtime breaks under Alert Level 2, the health and safety of our students and staff is paramount. Prior to moving into Alert Level 3, our school was given a deep clean which aligned to Ministry of Education cleaning protocols. While we had safe hygiene practices in place prior to lockdown, we are now ensuring that additional safety measures around hand washing, cleaning and contact tracing are in place when the school reopens under Alert Level 2.

We are waiting for the announcement on May 11 about the date of a possible move to Alert Level 2 and will be in touch after that with more information for you.

So that we can continue to work together it is important to us that we hear your voice. To that end, you are invited to complete this PARENT SURVEY.

NCEA qualifications for students in Years 11-13
Today I have emailed all students in Years 11, 12 and 13 about the NCEA qualification they are working towards this year. At this stage, NZQA (New Zealand Qualifications Authority) have said that they are not changing the number of credits that you need to achieve NCEA qualifications in 2020.

One of the main messages I shared with senior students is that every piece of work they do matters. NZQA has said that schools can use a broader range of work as evidence that a student meets ‘the standard’ (e.g. tasks, assignments, tests etc). This means that the work students are doing at the moment may be used as supporting evidence to achieve an NCEA standard, where appropriate.

Once we are back at school, teachers will have the ability to understand exactly where each student is at with their learning. We know that when we return to school, every student will have had a different lockdown experience. Teachers will be focused on working out what stage students are at in terms of their progress and what supports can be put in place for students who need it e.g. workshops and catch up sessions and, in some circumstances, reducing the number of standards attempted in a particular course.

I know that being back in school is the single biggest thing that will help our students – hopefully that will happen soon.

Fiona Barker