GBHS News update: 21 October 2021

(Alert Level 3)
Kia ora ō te whānau, I hope all is well in your bubble. Following Minister Hipkins’ announcement yesterday, this newsletter is to confirm that Green Bay High School will be open for all our Year 11, Year 12 and Year 13 students from Tuesday 26 October.

We know that face-to-face support and engagement is very important for our senior students, so that they can complete their studies and continue to the next level. We look forward to seeing our senior students next week. Year 11 and 12 students are expected to wear school uniform as they return to school, and the wearing of face masks is mandatory for all students and staff. Please complete this FORM with your intentions for returning to school from Tuesday, October 26th.

We are very aware that some students will be feeling anxious and worried about coming back to school and some students will not yet be able to return due to medical reasons. Students will be able to access their work, which will be posted as usual on Google Classroom. This will support all students to be able to continue their learning and achieve to the best of their ability, regardless of if they are attending school or working from home.

All learning will continue on our GO structure, enabling all students to have access to teaching content whether on site or at home.

Tuesday 26th October – Normal timetabled classes
Wednesday 27th October – Normal timetabled classes
Thursday 28th October to Friday 5th November – Exam Assignments and normal timetabled classes for those students who don’t have exam assignments on that day
Monday 8th November – Practicals Workshop Day (see more information below)

The Exam Assignments are an important opportunity for students to earn their ‘Derived Grade’ that can be used in the event that they cannot sit NCEA exams.

The Exam Assignment Timetable is HERE

  • Exam Assignments are the same content that is being assessed as would be in an exam, but in the form of a short assignment completed digitally, on Google Docs over the course of a day.
  • Exam Assignments will be posted at 9am and must be submitted by 9pm the same day via Google Classroom.
  • Students are encouraged to stay at home and complete their exam assignments as per the timing on the timetable.
  • Students who wish to attend school during a day where they have an Exam Assignment can fill out this FORM and report to the Library (not their usual classroom) so that we can arrange supervision while they complete the exam assignment (during school hours).
  • During this time, if a student does not have an exam assignment, they will be following their normal timetable and working on their set GO week tasks.

All of the additional Exam Assignment details from Wednesday’s assemblies will be shared with students/whānau tomorrow morning. Below are three key resources:


We will be running a workshop day for practical subjects (e.g. Arts and Technology). If senior students do not have a practical workshop they are encouraged to work from home, studying for their NCEA external examinations. Faculties will be using this time to complete the marking and moderation of work so that students can get their results back as quickly as possible and teaching can be clearly focused in the lead up to NCEA exams which begin on Monday 22nd November. Apart from practical workshops, no senior timetabled classes will be running that day.

Year 9 and 10 students will continue with the usual GO structure of distance learning from home. For families with no appropriate carer at home and no other way to supervise Year 9 and Year 10 please contact Chris Woodward. These students will be supervised as a group in a classroom to complete their GO assigned work. We will actively encourage junior students to spend break times and lunchtimes in a different outdoor space to our senior students and to continue to keep a 1m distance from other staff and students. There is, however, no longer a Ministry of Education requirement to have separate ‘bubbles’ of 10 students.


  • The tuck shop will not be open at this time, students will need to bring enough food for the whole day.
  • Year 13 students will not be able to go off site and return to school during the study periods or during interval or lunchtime.
  • Students are encouraged to bring a full water bottle to school. We have been advised by the Ministry of Education that water fountains should not be available for students.
  • We have been advised by Ritchies Bus Company that the AT Buses will be running – so 005, 006 and 007 Glen Eden buses and the 075 and 076 Laingholm Buses are expected to be operating.
  • Ritchies have informed us that the Huia Bus will not be operating until primary and intermediate students are back to school.

Although more students will be onsite, our region remains at Alert Level 3 and we know there are active cases in our region. Therefore, we will be following ALL the public health measures that are required so that we can keep everyone onsite (and their whānau) as safe as possible.

Public health experts at the Ministry of Health have reviewed our existing health requirements needed to operate at Alert Level 3 (for those small numbers of students we already have on-site). These include:

  • staff and students who are unwell must stay at home, and get tested for COVID-19
  • children at higher risk of severe illness remain home, where possible
  • staff who are not fully vaccinated and at higher risk of severe illness should remain home
  • mandatory mask wearing for staff and students in Years 9-13
  • only essential visitors will be permitted onsite – visitors are asked to wear a face covering when onsite
  • good hand hygiene and cough and sneeze etiquette
  • classrooms to be well ventilated
  • high touch surfaces will be cleaned and disinfected each day
  • physical distancing will be adhered to wherever practicable, particularly between adults
  • physical distancing of two metres will be in place from people we don’t know
  • QR code posters for the COVID app will be displayed
  • a contact tracing register in place for everyone coming onsite including students and staff, through the attendance register, timetable and visitor register.

To support the return of our senior students, the additional measures that have been agreed by Cabinet to apply at Alert Level 3, based on public health advice are:

  • Face coverings will be required on school transport for people aged 12 and over time outdoors for students and staff will be maximised, including breaks, lunchtime, before and after school (unless the weather does not allow), and rooms will be aired during breaks
  • exercising and singing will take place outdoors
  • groups meeting indoors, including assemblies or staff meetings, will be avoided, and
  • NCEA exams can go ahead, but physical distancing will be maximised within the space available, with a minimum of 1.5 metres between desks.

Ngā mihi nui,  Fiona Barker