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13.05.2020

Dear Parents and Caregivers

The Prime Minister announced on Monday 11 May that we will move to Alert Level 2 on Thursday and that schools will be open for instruction Monday 18 May.

This Friday (15 May) will be a Teachers Offline Day. Students are to continue with their at-home online learning in preparation for returning to school. Teachers will not be available online during the day.

Overview: (taken from Ministry of Education guidelines)

At the heart of our return to school planning is relationships and the health and wellbeing of both students and staff.

At Alert Level 2, all young people should return to onsite learning at school. The only exceptions are young people:
  • who are sick
  • have any COVID-19 symptoms
  • are in isolation
  • or are awaiting the result of a COVID test.
Strong public health control measures will be in place through:
  • contact tracing - attendance monitored for students and all visitors to the school to sign in at the office.
  • tauira and staff maintaining a physical distance so that they are not breathing on, or touching each other
  • good hygiene practices (coughing into your elbow, handwashing and drying) and regular cleaning of commonly touched surfaces.
Timetable:

Monday 18 May:

School returns for all students at 8.45 am. Students are to report to their Waka Huia class at the start of the day.

Tuesday 19 May - Thursday 21 May

School/timetable as usual

Friday 22 May:

Period 1 and 2 only.

School finishes at the end of period 2 (11.35 am) and students will be released for the day. This is to allow for Principal applicant presentations to occur. Any students who are unable to return home will be supervised until the end of the school day.

Hygiene, cleaning and movement around school:

The canteen will be in operation at this time with distancing rules in place
  • Every classroom will have its own supply of cleaning products available including hand sanitiser. (While this will be provided by the school, students are welcome to bring their own supply of hand sanitizer if they wish.)
  • Cleaning of all hard surfaces ie desks and chairs will occur after every lesson
  • Assemblies, briefing, posters will reinforce expectations regularly with students around routines and good hygiene.
We are really looking forward to returning to kanohi ki te kanohi teaching and learning at school. Thank you for your ongoing support as we navigate this together. We will see you all on Monday.

Makoura College Staff


09.05.2020

Kia ora koutou, Malo

Warm greetings - tēnā koutou, tālofa lava, and mālō e lelei

We are now at the end of week 4 of term 2. Yesterday, the Prime Minister advised that when the country moves to Alert Level 2, schools will be given the go-ahead to welcome their students and staff back on site. You can be assured that in Alert Level 2 we will continue to take appropriate measures to keep everyone safe.

There are still many questions we have as to the specific logistics of operating the school at Alert Level 2. Despite being well into our planning, please be aware that after an announcement like this we will be spending at least a few days confirming procedures and liaising with all staff before communicating the details to the community. Please be patient with us.

I would like to take this time to thank you all for your support of our College, our staff and our young people. It has been a steep learning curve for all concerned, there have been, challenges but also successes and I acknowledge the hard work everyone has played in supporting the ongoing learning for our rangatahi while managing within your bubble.

I am aware that some may be nervous about what impact the lockdown period has had on learning and particularly progress towards qualifications.

Waka Huia teachers and Deans in consultation with students have been developing individual learning plans. We want a clear picture for every student of what their future pathway might be and what they need to get there.

Our commitment to you remains that we will do all we can to ensure that when our young people leave Makoura College they are prepared, and have had the opportunity to achieve what they need and what they aspire for. We will support learning, adapt programmes as necessary while maintaining and expecting ongoing excellence and high standards.

This cannot be done alone and once back at school the three-way relationship of school, whanau and student must come together. We must all step up and work hard to achieve success.

Until we are permitted to return to school, continue to work hard and hold fast to our vision of growing Tika, Pono and Aroha through learning.

We will be in touch again soon to update you on our plans.

Ngā mihi

Marion Harvey
Acting Principal

23.03.2020

Kia ora Whānau

The Ministry of Education has stated that "schools will be closing and expected to be closed by Wednesday midnight."

We ask that families keep children from school until further notice.  We urge all to stay safe and focus on your health and on that of your family.  Please refer to and follow all directives from the Ministry of Health including social distancing.  Be vigilant with personal hygiene and hand washing.

Out staff have been preparing for this and are committed to working with families to continue teaching.  The primary focus of communication will be through Gmail, Google Classroom and Zoom.

Kia Manawanui
Marion Harvey

ONLINE LEARNING

23.03.2020

Responding to COVID-19: Online Learning

Since the government announcement on 23 March 2020, teachers have been busy planning, preparing and organising learning content for remote learning. In some curriculum areas, teachers have organised learning packs of hard materials and resources. In these cases, you will be contacted and asked to collect these from the college office on Wednesday 24 March from 10.00 am – 12.00 pm.

For the rest of this week, teachers will be establishing connections with as many students as they can, and setting out how remote learning will work. 

Plans for remote learning will be in place for the rest of this week which is now the last week of Term 1. School holidays commence from this Saturday 28th March and continue until Tuesday 14th April. Term 2 will begin Wednesday 15 April, but no one will be physically attending school on that date. Remote learning will continue from then. 

By in large teachers will be providing lessons via Google Classroom with learning material available online. We do not expect students to be working to the school timetable. It will be up to them when they complete work. If you have questions about your learning, please email your child's teachers or post in Google Classroom. Please remember that teachers will be with their families over this time. They have committed to getting back to you within 48 hours during the school week. 

Additional support and information:
Learning from home: www.learningfromhome.govt.nz
Ki to Ao Mārama: www.kauwhatareo.govt.nz/ki-te-ao-marama/

As noted by the Prime Minister these restrictions are our best chance to slow the virus in New Zealand and to save lives. We all have a clear role here to slow the spread of COVID-19. If you haven’t already done so, you may wish to read the information put together by the Ministry of Education. education.govt.nz/school/health-safety-and-wellbeing/pastoral-care-and-wellbeing/talking-to-children-about-covid-19-coronavirus/

This will probably be my last communication for this term. Thank you for your ongoing support of our school in unprecedented circumstances. Hold fast to the vision of Makoura College that of Tika, Pono and Aroha. Most of all, be kind, keep safe, and look after each other over the coming period.

Kia Manawanui and ngā mihi

Marion Harvey