First Days Back at Level 2
First Days Back at Level 2
Kia ora students, caregivers and whānau. We are really looking forward to welcoming everyone back onsite on Thursday morning.

Buses will run as normal. Students may wear summer uniform, if they choose to.

Our first day back will proceed as follows:

9.00am  School starts 

Caples (Hall) and Haast (Gym) House Assembly in the venues indicated

Pyke and Rees Tutor time in normal tutor group rooms


Pyke (Gym) and Rees (Hall) House Assembly in the venues indicated

Caples and Haast Tutor Time in normal tutor group rooms

10.00 am Period 2

Normal period 2 class. It is Day 4. 

A focus in classes will be on reconnecting and recapping learning from prior to Alert Level 3 and 4


11.00-11.30am ( 5 minutes longer).

Normal Classes for the rest of the day except period 3 (5 minutes shorter). Reconnecting and recapping on learning will continue to be a focus

Lunch 1.15-2.05pm

BBQ (sausage, sauce and bread provided) managed by the senior students and staff. 

Friday will be a normal day. It is Day 5. For assembly, Years 9 and 10 will be in the gym while Year 11-13 students will have their assembly in the hall. 

At Alert Level 2 there is low risk of community transmission and it provides us with a lot more opportunities to engage and connect with others. However, there are still a number of public health requirements we all need to follow. Please continue to monitor your health and do not send your children to school if they are not well (and please seek advice about getting a COVID test).

Also under Alert level 2, students will not be able to leave the school grounds at lunch time unless they are going to their own homes. This includes Year 13 students. We would encourage students to bring their lunch to school or purchase from the canteen, which will be operating as normal.

 For us, all the required safety precautions for Alert Level 2 will be in place which include following all the recommendations from the public health experts. This means we will regularly clean and disinfect high-touch surfaces, encourage everyone to frequently wash their hands and cough and sneeze into their elbow.

Requirements around physical distancing and gathering numbers do not apply in schools. We will however, be encouraging students to maintain their distance and we will also be endeavouring to keep spaces well-ventilated. At this stage, we will be avoiding full school assemblies however we are allowed to hold these.

We would like to remind all students that as per last time, students must bring their devices from home or have pre-arranged for device loan, as we will not be able to lend devices on a lesson by lesson basis. We would also ask students not to share food or drink.

Face coverings are not required to be worn in school. The Director General of Health has recommended that children 12 years+ wear a face covering at school – just as older children are required to wear face coverings in some other places.  The decision to wear a face covering is up to you and your whānau; whatever your decision, it will be respected. If you do require your child to wear a mask, they will need to bring one from home.

If you are not sure what all the rules are for alert level 2 when you are out and about, then the following information may be useful to you:

·       COVID-19 Alert Levels summary table

·       COVID-19 Alert Levels detailed table

 If you have any specific concerns about your child’s return to school, please don’t hesitate to contact your child’s Dean or myself.

Again, we are looking forward to seeing all students here on Thursday.

Ngā mihi

Reece Goldsmith

This article was originally posted on: September, 8th 2021