Kia ora e te whānau
Once again, I'd like to express my gratitude for the seamless transition to online learning for all students isolating at home either as positive cases or household contacts. Everyone has experienced significant disruption since the start of 2022, and disruption will continue over the next few weeks as the Omicron outbreak reaches its peak in the South.
We are committed to caring for the safety and wellbeing of our staff and student body within the limitations we have to work. For the rest of the term while the virus peaks, we are preparing for the possibility of a number of staff and students being away. We have now reached the point where we cannot staff all timetabled classes face to face.
Therefore, starting on Monday 28 March we are going to have senior students doing home learning, for two consecutive days per week. This means that all year 7-10 students will come to school as normal. Senior year levels will be rostered home to continue their learning. All learning will be prepared for them the day before they are rostered home by their teachers and further instructions and tasks will be put up on Microsoft Teams. For the two days students are at home they will not have any contact with their teachers so self-management and discipline will be required. Whanau can help by providing a quiet study space and checking in with your child to see they are working on their lessons. These dates will be reviewed as we progress.
Our hybrid teaching and learning plan is based on having a sustainable, practicable and proactive response. It is sustainable because teachers and students know what they can expect from each other. It is practicable because it means that we can offer flexibility in the case of staff shortages. By taking this approach, we hope to be able to keep the school running smoothly. We will keep you informed as to any changes to this plan or developments.
Our plan will be discussed with students today in their subject classes and in Microsoft Teams.
· Year 13 - Monday 28th March and Tuesday 29th March
· Year 12 - Wednesday 30th March and Thursday 31st March
· Year 11 - Friday 1st April and Monday 4th April
· Year 13 - Tuesday 5th April and Wednesday 6th April
· Year 12 - Thursday 7th April and Friday 8th April
We are continuing to follow our NCEA assessment policy, in line with guidance from NZQA. Should we be closed for a period when assessments were going to be set, we may defer assessment and alter deadlines. We will work to ensure that assessments continue to be reliably and consistently managed.
Our approach to teaching and learning is centred on student wellbeing. Please contact your child's whanau teacher if you require assistance at home, as well as the subject teacher if you have any concerns about learning in a particular subject. Please also note however that these teachers may also be isolating so a wait time of 24-48 hours for a response can be expected.
Finally, we know how hard the impacts of COVID-19 have been for many families. If you know of a family in your community who is struggling, please encourage them to reach out for support for example to access food, medicine, or access financial support: Help is available.
If you have any questions or concerns please contact Bridget Ryan (DP of Learning and Teaching) firstname.lastname@example.org in the first instance.