Year 7-10 Onsite and Distance Learning

Fakaalofa lahi atu, Kia Ora, Malo e lelei, Talofa lava, Taloha ni, Ni sa bula, Kamonaso, Kia Orana, Ni Hao, Namaste, Ram-Ram, Salām, Sanibona, Magandang, Ola, Fakatalofa and warm greetings to all.

Distance learning continues and onsite learning begins – We are grateful to so many families who provided feedback in our return to school survey. The survey results show us that around 50% of our families prefer a return to onsite learning, 20% are undecided and 30% would like their child(ren) to learn from home for the remainder of the year. As a school, we want to provide all of our families with the best learning opportunities we can, so from next week, onsite learning will return and we are also continuing with our distance learning programme including Google Meet/Zoom check-ins. To enable this to happen and to keep students and staff onsite safe we will be catering for two year groups per day onsite. Details for onsite learning, will be sent out in a Newsletter on Monday, however see below for an overview to provide you with re-assurances.

Vaccination rates – From next week, 100% of our staff onsite will be vaccinated. The Ministry of Education is still working through how student vaccination data is collected and used by schools, so more details about this will come when they are available.

Reconnection Days – Next week each year level will have a day designed to reconnect students/ākonga with one another, to onsite learning and to the new health measures in place. The days will be:

Year 10 – Wednesday 17th November 9:00am – 2:00pm
Year 9 – Thursday 18th November 9:00am – 2:00pm
Year 7&8 – Friday 19th November 9:00am – 2:00pm

Onsite Timetable from 22nd November to 10th December – Following public health advice we are keeping Years 7&8 separate to other year levels and reducing the number of students on the school site at any one time, so there is no chance of our youngest students mixing with older students during break. Every student will have two contact days.

Tuesday – 7&8
Wednesday – 9&10
Thursday – 7&8
Friday – 9&10

Structure of the school day – We have been using a new structure for the school day and it has proven very effective in keeping students safe, minimising movement around the school and providing longer learning periods to enable the school to provide some meaningful experiences. This means our school day is shorter.

Learning Block 1: 09:00-11:10
Break: 11:10-11:50
Learning Block 2: 11:50-14:00

Principles of learning for the final four weeks of term – The principles of learning for the final four weeks of term will be focused on providing students with the most enjoyable curriculum learning experiences that we are able to do; spending time outside, being creative, growing in spirituality. This will be reflected in both our distance and onsite programmes.

Newsletter on Monday – Our Newsletter on Monday will contain further detail including timetables for distance and onsite learning and all of the health measures that are in place to keep everybody onsite safe.

Ngā mihi nui whānau,

Dean Wearmouth