DUNSTAN NEWS

Extension of Alert Level 4
Extension of Alert Level 4
Kia ora koutou katoa We hope this finds you well given the circumstances. We have been informed that we are staying in Alert Level 4 through until the end of Friday. This means that school remains closed for staff and students for the rest of this week. We realise this will be disappointing for many and we will continue to do our best to support all our whānau.

Learning - Thanks to all students who have engaged in learning using Google Classroom and Zoom. It is important that all students check their Google Classroom and emails to make sure they have not missed an announcement on when meetings are being held.. We will share a calendar with parents and students so you can see when the Zoom meetings are scheduled. More information on this will be sent in a separate email later tomorrow.  After feedback from staff, you will find that for senior students, there may be more than one Zoom meeting per subject per cycle and in some situations, that may also happen in specific subjects for Year 9 and 10’s. 

It will be important to try and establish some routines for student work each day. This could include the following:

  • 8.00 - 9.00am - Breakfast and getting ready for the day
  • 9.30am - checking emails, Google Classroom and Zoom timetable for the day
  • Planning Zoom meetings into your day and break times
  • Plan out time for each scheduled class for the day
  • Make sure there is time away from your computer, eat and drink regularly
  • Connect with friends, do some baking, exercise, walk the dog, help with the dinner. 
  • Get to bed at a reasonable hour so that you can sleep and be ready for the next day.


Resources

We have delivered devices to those who have requested one.  If you still have not indicated a school device is needed, please contact [email protected] If you have inadequate internet access, please also reply to the same email address and we will put together paper packs and be in contact regarding delivery or pick up of these. We realise that students may have items they need at school and would ask them to consider firstly whether they can use other resources eg online workbooks. If however an item is essential, then please ask them to contact the class teacher and we will endeavour to try and offer some support. We have very limited access to the school site currently under Alert Level 4 so can make no promises regarding delivery of resources beyond devices and paper copies for those with unreliable internet service.

Once again please don’t hesitate to contact the subject teacher for subject specific queries, a Dean for general learning or pastoral queries, our counsellor Julie Williamson for any well-being concerns or Reece Goldsmith [email protected] for any other concerns where you are unsure who to direct these to.

A reminder also that there was a detailed list of agencies you can contact for assistance included in the last Newsletter for any of our families who might be finding it tough going back into Alert Level 4. 

Ngā mihi

The Dunstan High School Team

This article was originally posted on: August, 24th 2021