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COVID-19 Information and Updates

Principal's Message - 07 September 2021


Kia ora e te whānau,


You’ll be aware that all of New Zealand (with the exception of Auckland) is moving to Alert Level 2 from midnight tonight. Our thoughts and positive wishes are with everyone in Tāmaki Makaurau.


We are really looking forward to welcoming everyone back onsite on Thursday morning.


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 do 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).


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.


While physical distancing is not a requirement in schools, we will be limiting the number of students entering large spaces.  Please ask your students to wear warm clothing as we will need to ventilate spaces by opening windows and doors.


Although face coverings are not required to be worn in school, the Director General of Health has recommended that children 12+ wear a face covering at school. The decision to wear a face covering is up to you and your whānau, and we ask that everybody respects individual decision. As our Prime Minister has reminded us there are reasons why some people can not wear face masks and we need to follow our values and remember to be kind.


The Canteen will be open from Thursday. Students will need to be mindful of following the health and safety rules associated with queuing and purchasing food so that we are able to keep our canteen workers and our students safe.


Parent Teacher Conferences that were scheduled for Thursday 9 September cannot take place under alert level 2.  We are investigating alternative approaches and times for later in the year.

If your student/s is attending any events outside of School hours, please remind them to use the COVID tracer QR codes that are around the school. Normal attendance procedures will continue during the school day.

If your student/s use buses that come through the school please remind them to use the QR Codes associated with their bus displayed at the student café.  Please remember to look at the school website if you are not sure of your bus number - Bus Info

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

Please don’t hesitate to contact your student/s Ako teacher if there is something you need assistance with. See you Thursday!


Ngā mihi

Sheena Millar


Principal's Message - 6 September 2021


Kia ora e te whānau,

As you would have heard this afternoon, we will be moving to Delta Alert Level 2 from 11:59pm on Tuesday 7th of September. This is fantastic news for our kura and those regions outside of Auckland.

School will officially open to students on Thursday the 9th of September. We will now spend time ensuring the site is ready for learning.

I am still waiting for further information from the Ministry of Education regarding any changes to Level 2 protocol for schools. I am likely to receive this tomorrow morning after which I will be back in touch with more information.

Have a restful evening and thanks for your support.


Ngā mihi

Sheena Millar


Principal's Message - 28 August 2021

Kia ora koutou

Following the Government’s announcement today to continue at alert level 4 until midnight Tuesday evening and move to alert level 3 from Wednesday onwards, we will start to make preparations for the school to operate under alert level 3. The Prime Minister said today that “students should only go to school if their parents are required to go to work and there is o other option”. This means that any students in years 9 & 10 whose parents are required to work away from home, and for whom there is no alternative supervision, will be able to return to school.

If your Year 9 or 10 child  is going to require supervision from Wednesday onwards, please email fill in this form to let us know by 3pm Monday at the latest. We will then be able to connect with parents directly about arrangements for Wednesday.
Students who attend school will be in bubbles of no more than 10 students and they will need to keep a 2-metre distance from other school bubbles. We will be able to work through our preparations for alert level 3 when we have a bit more information about how many students will be attending.

Students who are at school under alert level 3 will be continuing with the remote learning plan and all students will need to bring a device and charger. In addition, students must bring their own lunch and a water bottle as there will not be a cafeteria operating under alert level 3.

Changes to NCEA assessment dates
You may already be aware of the decision to change some NCEA dates. The Ministry of Education and NZQA are aware that the current situation has caused disruption to thousands of secondary school students around New Zealand and is adding to students’ anxiety. They have therefore decided to change dates and processes around some assessments – including end of year exams and portfolio submissions.

The dates for end-of-year NCEA and NZ Scholarship exams will be delayed by two weeks and will run from Monday 22 November until Tuesday 14 December. Due dates for portfolio submissions will also be pushed back by two weeks.

In the same way, the NCEA Level 1 Mathematics Common Assessment Task (MCAT) will be moving from 14 September to 28 September. At this stage, the dates for DCATs (Digital Common Assessment Tasks) will change to dates during the school examinations in Term 4.

Board Elections / Student representatives
Please note that all processes in relation to student representatives for our school board have currently paused and we will await further advice. This means that no student representative elections will take place until further notice.

Temporary change to university and Te Pūkenga enrolment and scholarship application processes
Universities and Te Pūkenga have adapted their enrolment and scholarship application processes in light of Alert Level 4. Prior to COVID-19 restrictions, students were required to provide certified copies of their results (for example, signed by their principal). As an interim process, neither Te Pūkenga nor the universities will require certified copies of results documents and will obtain confirmation of students’ results from NZQA. Students should, where possible, provide a copy of their results documentation, but this does not need to be certified.

Te Pūkenga and universities ordinarily require learners to provide certified copies of identification documents. During COVID-19 restrictions learners will not be able to get copies of documents certified so TEC has authorised the use of an alternative process. Students who are unable to provide certified copies of identity documents can enrol with uncertified documents until further notice. Students must be prepared to provide certified documents if required once alert levels change.

The news of a move to a lower level is encouraging of all of our efforts and we are hopeful of seeing all of our students at school in the near future, assuming the situation continues to improve. As always, if you have any concerns or questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.


Ngā mihi

Sheena Millar


Principal's Message - 26 August 2021


Kia ora e te whānau


With the announcement that NCEA exams have been moved back two weeks and will now start on November 22 we have decided to revise our internal school examination timings and the last day for senior students.


The school examinations will now be held within the first two weeks of Term 4.  We will be working to put the timetable together as soon as possible to share with you.


The last day of school for Year 13 students will be 16 November and the last day of school for Year 11 and 12 students will be 17 November.  We hope that this will give you some certainty in planning and relieve some pressure senior students were feeling regarding our school examinations.


We hope things are going well in your bubbles and we will be in touch again after the announcement tomorrow.



Ngā mihi

Sheena Millar


Principal's Message - 20 August 2021

Kia ora koutou katoa


With the announcement that we will remain in Alert Level 4 until Tuesday 24 August at 11:59pm, I would like to remind everyone that we need to focus on our values of whānau and community.  It is important that we are kind to each other and remember that we are not 'learning from home' we are at home, during a crisis, trying to learn.  We need to look after ourselves and each other, be kind and not expect life to be normal.


We will continue using the attached timetable while in lockdown.  Teachers will endeavour to make a whole class conference call once a week and work will be available on Teams for the other spells.  If students have any issues, please contact their Ako teacher in the first instance.


Subject selection remains open and we will consider our school examinations and sport as more information comes to hand.  The Parent Teacher Conferences scheduled for August 24 will need to be rescheduled and we will advise a new date later in the year.  The Year 10 Dance on August 26 and the production will be postponed and new dates will be considered when we return to school.  The Staff Only Day scheduled for August 27 has been cancelled. 


We are currently working with the Ministry to see if it is possible to distribute key resources to students.


Stay safe in your bubbles.



Ngā mihi

Sheena Millar


Principal's Message -18 August 2021

Kia ora e te whānau,  

I am sure you will be aware that we have moved to Alert level 4 from 11.59 last night for a period of three days. The school will operate an online learning programme, using the Teams platform, for the time we are in Alert Level 4. We will follow further advice from the Director General of Health as it becomes available.  

We know this can be a stressful time.  Look after yourself, be kind to yourself and others.  It is important that we follow our values.  Remember you can access support through the agencies on our website here

We remind all parents of the expectations and measures in place to keep everyone safe and connected with their school learning and community. It is very important to help keep people safe by monitoring young people’s use of social media over this time to ensure people remain safe in cyberspace as well as at home.  

Please keep well informed by checking the official information from the Ministry of Health- Sourcing accurate information to protect your family is very important at this time. All students have received individual emails with a revised timetable, and we encourage anyone with issues connecting to their learning via Teams to make contact with their Ako teacher. We will work hard to keep you well informed, but feel free to contact your Ako teacher or Dean if you have questions.  A number of school events, including our school production, are unable to take place this week.  Senior OnLine Subject Selection (OLSS), which was due to close tomorrow, will remain open until further notice.   

Alert Level 4 - Lockdown  

  • People must stay at home in their bubble other than for essential personal movement.  

  • Safe recreational activity is allowed only in local area.  

  • Travel is severely limited.  

  • Educational facilities closed for face to face learning.  

  • All gatherings are cancelled and all public venues closed.  

  • Businesses closed except for essential services. For example, supermarkets, pharmacies, clinics, petrol stations and lifeline utilities.  

  • Rationing of supplies and requisitioning of facilities possible.  

  • Reprioritisation of healthcare services.  

Nga mihi nui,  

The team at Onslow College.