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PARENT PANUI #7 - TERM 4 - ALERT LEVEL 3 - 17 NOVEMBER, 2021

Kia Ora Students, Parents, Whanau and Aiga.

Thank you once again for supporting your sons and daughters, tamariki and mokopuna with our Hybrid Learning Model.

This continues until Friday 19 November, 2021 for seniors and then ceases as an expectation for them. Teachers may of course be supporting senior students on an as needed basis for course completion or preparation for externals. This can be done in the College or online.

With the juniors being welcomed back on Monday 22 November, 2021 we will be following a Student Level 3 Return to School Protocol for all students. This will be issued on Thursday this week.

This opportunity to welcome all our staff and the Year 9 and 10 students back after 14 weeks is very positive. Our College has a safety bubble thanks to nearly everyone being double vaccinated. While these 3 weeks will be interesting, it is crucial that we establish good H&S routines as part of our Teaching and Learning in this new world.

Our Junior programme of onsite teaching and learning begins on Monday 22 November 2021 Week 6.

Monday 22 November, 2021 - Day 5 - Year 9 & 10 Students in at school.

There will be a tutor time from 8:45 - 9:00pm for all students to get their timetable for these next 3 weeks

Online Learning from Home will be posted via Google Classroom but this will be limited for this week as it cannot replicate the work and kanohi ki te kanohi (face-to-face or mask to mask) learning experience.

We see this Online Learning from Home Hybrid Model ceasing on Friday 26/11/21. Teaching and Learning will then only be provided onsite, for the last two weeks of term.

COVID-19 Vaccination Register
It is a requirement that we maintain a COVID-19 Vaccination Register for all students enrolled at Waitakere College.
Please complete the form via this link for each of your Y9 and Y10 students. Either your student or a caregiver can complete the form.

Link to form https://forms.gle/MeTWeGLtWK2b8yCW8

Please read the Privacy Statement which explains the information we are collecting, why and how we will use and store the information. Please read this here https://bit.ly/WC_Privacy
Thank you for supporting us to collect this information.


NZQA Exam entry slips

The NCEA external exams start from November 22 for seniors. 

For students to enter the exams, they must have their NCEA admission slip.

Importantly,  this slip also states the day and time of each student’s exams.

To get this important slip,  Year 11, 12 and 13 students who are entered for external exams must pick up their admission slip from the school this coming week

The College has entered students for these externals. You just need to pick up the slip:

Where: At the front of the school outside the school office

When:  Wednesday or Thursday from 9:00-11:00 am  and when you are in for classes

NCEA External Exams
As previously stated, we encourage all those Year 11,12 and 13 students who are enrolled for external exams to attend these assessments.
Should a student not be able to attend due to a concern around health and safety and Covid,  then NZQA will accept that student's Unexpected Event Grade (UEG) in place of the exam. In light of this it is essential that senior students continue to provide work to their teachers online or on-site as asked.

Caring & Hauora

CELEBRATIONS!

The following celebrations of success at Waitākere College will be held online in the coming weeks.

The celebrations will be released online via the College's website HERE

Congratulations to all the award winners.

Mana Māori Celebration     Tuesday November 16  7:00pm CLICK HERE TO WATCH
Pasifika Celebration           Thursday November 18 7:00pm
Sports Awards                    Tuesday November 23 7:00pm
ISC Celebrations                 Friday November 10 Time TBC
Arts N Culture Awards      TBC
Senior Prizegiving             TBC  

Once again I refer you to our College Counsellors who are available via email [email protected]  and I include the Youthline number 0800 376 633 for your reference, or text 1737 for any guidance needs that may occur.

We also have one of our school counsellors on site each day. 

Year 13 students Leavers Luncheon . This is this Friday 19/11/21 at 1pm under the school bubble. All year 13 students would have received a survey from Miss Passi which you must RSVP. As they are individual lunches. It is free and is as a farewell and thank you to you as seniors of the College. 

Return of school owned loan devices
As Senior students in years 11-13 finish this Friday, we ask that these devices are returned by this Thursday 18 November. Students can please hand in a laptop, charger and laptop case (if issued one) to Sue in the Accounts Office or Kay at the Front Office. Let us know of any issues or damage.

If students want to borrow the laptop for a bit longer to help study, this can be requested by completing the Google form sent earlier today and linked here: https://forms.gle/H18u6Mgap3Bg32YY6

Students will need to explain the reason why they need to keep it for longer, and identify the date that it will be returned, before the end of the year.

This too shall pass

Mark P Shanahan
Principal


PARENT PANUI #6 - TERM 4 - ALERT LEVEL 3 - 12 NOVEMBER, 2021

Kia Ora Students, Parents, Whanau and Aiga.

Thank you once again for supporting your sons and daughters, tamariki and mokopuna with our Hybrid Learning Model.

Over the last three weeks our focus has been on kanohi ki te kanohi (face-to-face or mask to mask) learning with our senior students. We have been teaching, assessing and supporting to ensure that each of our students gain the necessary outcomes to be able to successfully transition into 2022 and for our Year 13 students, the next phase of their lives. 

Prior to the Government announcement on Wednesday, we had restructured and rewritten our Week 5 timetable to further support our senior students through workshops and tutorials to help them acquire necessary credits for year level qualifications and to prepare fully for their upcoming external examinations.

We are committed to supporting our senior students over this last week of their formal school year before they embark on their NZQA external exams which start on 22/11/21. As a consequence, on Wednesday 17, Thursday 18 and Friday 19 November we will continue to support our Year 9 and 10 students with on-line learning before we welcome them back with a return of our junior school starting on Monday 22 November, 2021.

Details of the Junior School Learning Programme from  Monday 22 November, 2021 until the end of year will be issued in a panui on Tuesday 16 November, 2021

Learning: Week 5
You will receive the Weekly Reports which give you a guide to how your son or daughter is engaging in the work set for completion.
The Senior Student Invites will also be issued informing students who are needed on site to complete work and inviting them in.

Year 9 and 10 students
Online Learning From Home continues. Lessons will be placed in Google Classroom on Monday morning. Students of parents working, who send their Year 9 and 10 students into school from Wednesday 17 November, 2021, will be supervised in classes while they do their Online Learning from Home set work

Year 11,12 &13 students
Our Hybrid Learning Model of Online Learning from Home and Onsite Learning for targeted Year 11, 12 & 13 students will continue next week, Week 5. This will end on Friday 19 November, 2021.
Some Year 11,12 & 13 students will continue to be invited in to complete work on internals assessments or to produce evidence towards an Unexpected Event Grades (UEG) - doing Period 1 and Period 4 of the timetable as per our two session day.

NCEA External Exams
Exam entry slips
The NCEA external exams start from November 22. For students to enter the exams, they must have their NCEA admission slip.
Importantly, this slip also states the day and time of each student’s exams.

To get this important slip, Year 11, 12 and 13 students who are enrolled for external exams must pick up their admission slip from the school this coming week:
Where: At the front of the school outside the school office
When:  Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday from 9:00-11:00 am only

As previously stated, we encourage all those Year 11,12 and 13 students who are enrolled for external exams to attend these assessments.

Should a student not be able to attend due to a concern around health and safety and Covid,  then NZQA will accept that student's Unexpected Event Grade (UEG) in place of the exam. In light of this it is essential that senior students continue to provide work to their teachers online or on-site as asked.

Caring & Hauora:
Celebrations
The following celebrations of success at Waitākere College will be held online in the coming weeks. The celebrations will be released online via the college's website. You can find the HERE or via the LET'S CELEBRATE image on the front page of the website:

Lets Celebrate

Congratulations to all the award winners.

Mana Māori Celebration    Tuesday November 16 7:00pm
Pasifika Celebration          Thursday November 18 7:00pm
Sports Awards                   Tuesday November 23 7:00pm
Arts N Culture Awards      TBC
Senior Prizegiving             TBC

Once again I refer you to our College Counsellors who are available via email [email protected]  and I include the Youthline number 0800 376 633 for your reference, or text 1737 for any guidance needs that may occur.

We also have one of our school counsellors on site each day.


Year 13 students Leavers Luncheon . This is planned for Friday 19/11/21 and all year 13 students will receive a survey for us to confirm numbers. It will be free and as a farewell and thank you to you as seniors of the College. Details to come.

This too shall pass


PARENT PANUI #5 - TERM 4 - ALERT LEVEL 3 - 7 NOVEMBER, 2021

Kia Ora Students, Parents, Whanau and Aiga.

Thank you again for the work and support you are providing for your son, daughter, tamariki or mokopuna over this time as we move into Week 4 of this term.

As a College we appreciate the certainty and aroha you are part of in our community during these times.

We had Years 11,12 & 13 students onsite last week completing assessments as needed. Thank you  for following Alert Level 3 protocols while on site.

We may have to pivot and change in response to health events beyond our control over the next few weeks but this is the new normal we now operate in.

Learning

Our Hybrid Learning Model of Online Learning from Home and Onsite Learning for targeted Year 11, 12 & 13 students will continue next week, Week 4.
Once again the work going on for the seniors is important to produce evidence for Derived Grades for external assessments. While work done onsite and online from home supports completion of internal assessments.

Traditionally, at this time of the year, most subject work is nearing completion so it is important for students to focus on course completion. This  may produce a bit of an uneven focus on different subjects but ensure you get that balance right.

For our Junior students, well done on your continual good response to online learning from home. We will await Government announcements and opportunities for Onsite Learning once this is announced and communicate a plan that works for all.

On Monday the Online Learning from Home Google Classroom will be sent out to all students.

Monday 8 November, 2021 - Day 1 - Year 11, 12 & 13 Invited Students ONLY.

Online Learning from home continues for all students via Google Classroom.

Some Year 11,12 & 13 students will continue to be invited in to complete work on internals assessments or to produce evidence towards an Unexpected Event Grades (UEG) - doing Period 1 and Period 4 of the timetable as per our two session day.

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You will have received the Weekly  Reports which give you a guide to how your son or daughter is engaging in the work set for completion. We have issued the Junior Learning from Home Report which covers the work being sent out via Google Classroom.

The Senior Student Invites have also been issued informing students who are needed on site to complete work and inviting them in.
This is the key fortnight for academic success. Make the most of taking the learning opportunities.

Once again I encourage you all to follow the Alert Level 3 protocols that you have all received, while onsite at school.

NCEA Exams
Our guidance is still that the Exams count so Sit the Exams.
The assessments and work you are doing now all matter and will count towards your Unexpected Event Grade (UEG). But you must still sit the External Exams starting on November 22. These will be under Alert Level 3 conditions and the College and NZQA have developed protocols for these to be delivered under safe conditions.

Next week Year 11, 12 and 13 students will receive an outline of the procedures for sitting external exams. This overview will inform you of how to know when and where to be for each external exam and the rules NZQA set out for students in the exam rooms. Most Year 12 and 13 students will be familiar with the routines around the external exams but for Year 11 students this is something new - so do look out for that guide.

CARING & HAUORA
Once again I refer you to our College Counsellors who are available via email [email protected] and I include the Youthline number 0800 376 633 for your reference, or text 1737 for any guidance needs that may occur.

We also have one of our school counsellors on site each day. 

The one constant we will face as we go through this time will be that things change. It is important that we allow Flexibility to be the key to how we all operate at this time. So please manage your workload as you go through each week and manage breaks for physical walks and activities away from learning. Take regular breaks.

This too shall pass.

Mark P Shanahan
Principal


PARENT PANUI #4 - TERM 4 - ALERT LEVEL 3 - 29 OCTOBER, 2021

Kia Ora Students, Parents, Whanau and Aiga.

Thank you for the work and support you are providing for your son, daughter, tamariki or mokopuna over this last week.

As a College we appreciate the certainty and aroha in our community during these times.

I would like to thank both the students, staff and teachers on site this week for following the protocols so that teaching and learning was occurring with the correct health response. 

LEARNING
Our Hybrid Learning Model of Online Learning from Home and Onsite Learning for targeted Year 11, 12 & 13 students will continue next week, Week 3.

On Monday the Online Learning from Home Google Classroom will be sent out to all students.

Over the weekend the invitation for Year 11, 12 & 13 students will be sent out for those classes where the students are needed in at school, to complete work on end-of-year assessments for either external or internal work that can confirm evidence for Derived Grades or complete internals. 

Please check this timetable carefully to be sure about when students are invited into school.

Online Learning from home continues for all students via Google Classroom.

Some Year 11,12 & 13 students will be invited in to complete work on internals assessments or to produce evidence towards an Unexpected Event Grades (UEG) - doing Period 1 and Period 4 of the timetable as per our two session day.

Students who are invited to attend school are to be in full school uniform.
If students are invited for a morning session, but not an afternoon session, they should go straight home at 11.30am when the session finishes.
If they are invited for an afternoon session starting at 12 noon, they should arrive at school only a few minutes before to help reduce the number of students on site for health and safety.

Weekly Reports continue to be issued as a guide for you to have a discussion with your child about academic progress and engagement.

NCEA External Exams
The Government and NZQA this week released a further statement regarding the external exams and the Unexpected Event Grades (UEG). 

It reads as follows:
The Government’s clear expectation is that students should attend NCEA exams as normal. The exceptions are:

  • Those students who can’t attend an exam due to COVID-specific reasons such as isolating following medical or public health advice
  • being at higher risk of severe illness from COVID-19 AND not fully vaccinated
  • experiencing significant personal or family related anxiety about exposure to COVID
  • having an illness or injury which in other situations would normally require a Derived Grade. 

Students who cannot attend the exam will receive the Unexpected Event Grade (UEG). If their school has been unable to provide a grade to NZQA, only the actual grade achieved on a student’s exam can be awarded.

The Government’s intention is not for exams to be seen by students as optional, but to give students comfort that they will be able to receive a grade (UEG) if there is a specific COVID reason that means they can’t attend an exam.

So what does this mean? Sit the Exams.
The assessments and work you are doing now all matter and will count towards your Unexpected Event Grade (UEG). But you must still sit the External Exams starting on November 22. These will be under Alert Level 3 conditions and the College and NZQA have developed protocols for these to be delivered under safe conditions.

Level 3 Protocols
While school is open for invited Year 11, 12 and 13 students and children of essential workers in  Year 9 and 10, we follow these protocols:

  • Parent and visitor access is via the Front Office  and socially distanced only
  • The Student Centre is closed
  • Gate 2 is pedestrian access only
  • Only attend school if you are well. If not well, please get tested, isolate and vaccinate
  • Masks must be worn in the school grounds and classes at all times (Except for consuming food/drink)
  • Scan in using the QR code scanner and class rolls will also be taken
  • Bring a drink bottle (you can refill at specific sites at school) and lunch. The Canteen is  open this week.
  • Hand sanitiser is in every classroom and is to be used when entering and exiting
  • Surfaces will be disinfected regularly
  • If walking to school, wear a mask and try to keep a safe distance from other students
  • When in school also ensure you keep a safe distance from fellow students 
  • Students are to maintain a 1m distance from other students and staff at all times where possible. This means no hugs / handshakes please. 

If students have been to a location of interest requiring that they have a Covid test, or are awaiting a test result, they are to stay at home until they have received their negative test result.

If students have been in contact with a person who has tested positive for Covid-19 they are to get tested and remain at home until they have received a negative test. 

If students are experiencing any of the following Covid-19 symptoms they are to get a test and remain at home until they have received a negative result:

Common Covid-19 symptoms:

  • cough
  • shortness of breath
  • loss of smell
  • sore throat

CARING & HAUORA
Once again I refer you to our College Counsellors who are available via email [email protected]  and I include the Youthline number 0800 376 633 for your reference, or text 1737 for any guidance needs that may occur.

We have one of our school counsellors on site each day.

The one constant we will face as we go through this time will be that things change. It is important that we allow Flexibility to be the key to how we all operate at this time. So please manage your workload as you go through each week and manage breaks for physical walks and activities away from learning. 

Take regular breaks.

This too shall pass.

Mark P Shanahan
Principal



PARENT PANUI #3 - TERM 4 - ALERT LEVEL 3 - 25 OCTOBER, 2021

Kia Ora Students, Parents, Whanau and Aiga.

We now have new information from the Ministry of Education (MoE) related to the Government announcement last week. We indicated that we may need to be flexible and pivot as new information comes to hand. So we are changing to meet the new information.

The clear intention of the announcement and directive to schools is that schools are open for instruction so that years 11 to 13 can attend for the purpose of preparing for year end assessments.

At Waitākere College we want to respond to this directive and also follow the health response the country has been following while we work towards high vaccination rates. The key is to get good educational outcomes for our Senior Students particularly in year 13 and 12, as they pathway into University and the Trades. But also to help reduce the opportunities to spread Covid. 

We have revised the plan to invite subject classes or groups of students from a class into the College to complete work on end of year assessments for either external or internal work that can confirm evidence for Derived Grades or complete internals.

Teachers will be completing this work today and tomorrow and we will publish the timetable for these classes by Tuesday evening in Parent Panui #4. Specific Year 12 and 13 students will be invited in from Wednesday onwards for specific classes. Year 11 students will not be required in school this week and will continue with online learning.

Meanwhile, as this is a hybrid learning model, all students will continue with Online Learning from home for classes not needing to be onsite.

So the new changes for this week are:

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While Online Learning from home continues for all students via Google Classroom during this week, we will also put a plan in place for inviting in the Year 11 Students to complete work for gathering evidence for Derived Grades.

If any student needs extra guidance or information they should contact their teacher via Google Classroom or email. They are available for targeted support to complement the work being available through Google Classroom e.g. through Zoom / Google Meet sessions and email.

Students who are invited to attend school are to be in full school uniform.

Level 3 Protocols
While school is open for invited Year 12 and 13 students and students of essential workers for Year 9 and 10, we will follow these protocols: 

  • Parent and visitor access is via the Front Office  and socially distanced only
  • The Student Centre is closed
  • Gate 2 is pedestrian access only
  • Only attend school if you are well. If not well, please get tested, isolate and vaccinate
  • Masks must be worn in the school grounds and classes at all times (Except for consuming food/drink)
  • Scan in using the QR code scanner and class rolls will also be taken
  • Bring a drink bottle (you can refill at specific sites at school) and lunch. The Canteen is not open.
  • Hand sanitiser is in every classroom and is to be used when entering and exiting
  • Surfaces will be disinfected regularly
  • If walking to school, wear a mask and try to keep a safe distance from other students
  • When in school also ensure you keep a safe distance from fellow students 
  • Students are to maintain a 1m distance from other students and staff at all times where possible. This means no hugs / handshakes etc. 

If students have been to a location of interest, or are awaiting a test result, they are to stay at home until they have received their negative test result.
If students have been in contact with a person who has tested positive for Covid-19 they are to get tested and remain at home until they have received a negative test.
If students are experiencing any of the following Covid-19 symptoms they are to get a test and remain at home until they have received a negative result:

Common Covid-19 symptoms:

  • cough
  • shortness of breath
  • loss of smell
  • sore throat

CARING & HAUORA
Once again I refer you to Our College Counsellors who are available via email [email protected]  and I include the Youthline number 0800 376 633 for your reference, or text 1737 for any guidance needs that may occur.

The one constant we will face as we go through this time will be that things change. It is important that we allow Flexibility to be the key to how we all operate at this time. So please manage your workload as you go through each week and manage breaks for physical walks and activities away from learning. Take regular breaks.

This too shall pass.

Kia Manawanui.

Mark P Shanahan
Principal


PARENT PANUI #2 - TERM 4 - ALERT LEVEL 3 - 22 OCTOBER, 2021

Kia Ora Students, Parents, Whanau and Aiga.

Thank you for the work you have done with online learning from home, in this first week of Term 4.

I hope that you and your families are well, getting tested when needed and taking the opportunity to get fully vaccinated in the many locations available to you.

If you have any concerns around vaccinations please talk to a trusted friend who has been vaccinated or a practising registered Doctor for evidenced based advice. 

With the Government announcement on Wednesday, I will outline how the next two weeks of learning will be for our Senior Year 11,12 and 13 students starting on Tuesday 26 October, 2021.

Level 3 Teaching At School Starts On Tuesday 26 October, 2021 (Day 4) For Seniors

We will have staggered start with Year 13 students in on Tuesday, Year 12 & 13 students in on Wednesday, and Year 11,12 & 13 students in on Thursday and Friday. This ensures the best protocols for teaching and learning under Level 3 helps to make the transition back into school successful for our senior students.

The focus is on ‘face to face’ or ‘mask to mask’ teaching and learning opportunities to prepare for the external assessments and exams. Teachers will be better able to prepare students for these externals with onsite teaching. They will also be able to gather evidence from student work to help support Derived Grades for both internal and external results.

We will also be adjusting the timetable for better and more focussed learning in a way that reduces interactions between students and teachers as much as possible, so the lessons will be in approximately 2 ½ hr blocks of options with breaks during the option block, and a normal ½ hr lunch break. Only two options a day.

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Students will need to bring their devices. No devices will be available to be borrowed from the school. Break times will be supervised to reduce movement between year groups and we may need to stagger the end of day release of each year group.

This allows all senior students and teachers to have extended time in their options, with all subjects covered as we go through this cycle while still working closely to the L3 Protocols.

Online Learning From Home

Online learning from home continues as normal for Year 9 & 10 students via Google Classroom.

We will run a hybrid system for seniors with senior classes receiving a Google Classroom Online Learning plan as well as learning onsite at the College.

Online Learning from Home for seniors will cease on 29 October 2021, as they will be back learning onsite in school.

Important to note: Year 13 students are not to come in for the block when they have “study” - unless specifically invited in by their subject teacher. In their study block they are to stay at home i.e. come in at 12pm if “study” is in the morning block and to go home at 11:30am if “study'' is in the afternoon block.

Level 3 Protocols
While school is open for seniors and students of essential workers for Year 9 and 10, we will follow these protocols:

  • Parent and visitor access is via the Front Office and socially distanced only
  • The Student Centre is closed
  • Gate 2 is pedestrian access only

We will ask each student to confirm their vaccination status as we are required to have these records. Students have the option to inform us or decline to answer.

  • Only attend school if you are well. If not well, please get tested, isolate and vaccinate
  • Masks must be worn in the school grounds and classes at all times (Except for consuming food/drink)
  • Scan in using the QR code scanner and class rolls will also be taken
  • Bring a drink bottle (you can refill at specific sites at school) and lunch as the Canteen is not open until Thursday
  • Hand sanitiser is in every classroom and is to be used when entering and exiting
  • Surfaces will be disinfected regularly
  • If walking to school, wear a mask and try to keep a safe distance from other students
  • When in school also ensure you keep a safe distance from fellow students 

If students have been to a location of interest, or are awaiting a test result, they are to stay at home until they have received their negative test result.

If students have been in contact with a person who has tested positive for Covid-19 they are to get tested and remain at home until they have received a negative test.

If students are experiencing any of the following Covid-19 symptoms they are to get a test and remain at home until they have received a negative result:

Common Covid-19 symptoms:

  • cough
  • shortness of breath
  • loss of smell
  • sore throat

We are in a period of transition as a community and I think it is important to remember our College Values of Respect, Caring and Learning with each other as we progress through this period.

As a College, we may need to pivot and be flexible as new information comes to hand and we will respond as best we can to provide the best outcomes for our students. We will communicate regularly with you over this time

This too shall pass.

Kia Manawanui.

Mark P Shanahan
Principal


PARENT UPDATE #1 - TERM 4 - ALERT LEVEL 3 - 15 OCTOBER, 2021

Kia Ora Students, Parents, Whanau and Aiga.

Welcome back to Term 4 but in Alert Level 3. I hope that you had a restful break with the improving weather. Once again, thank you for the work you are all doing within your bubble, keeping each other safe and taking the chance to get a vaccination.

An individual with a double vaccination reduces the chance or need of hospitalization by 90%. So please take advantage of the Nationwide Super Saturday Vaxathon (tomorrow) to get your 1st or 2nd vaccine.

As you know, all staff within the College are now mandated to be vaccinated by the end of the year, and will do weekly Covid Testing if not fully vaccinated, so we can assure you that the College will be a safe place for learning for our tamariki and mokopuna when we do get to return.

LEARNING
In Alert Level 3, Online Learning From Home continues in its current form, as the College remains closed with the exception of Year 9 and 10 students, children of essential workers who can not be looked after at home.

Year 9 & 10 Children of Essential workers.
The College is open this week for any Year 9 or 10 child of essential workers to have a supervised classroom in which to do online learning. Students attending must be in school uniform, bring a packed lunch, a water bottle/drink, online learning device, and a face mask. No school buses operate under Level 3. The supervised classes are from 8:30am - 3:00pm and students can enter the College through Gate 1 by the staffroom/bikebay.

Monday 18 October, 2021 lessons will be outlined on Google Classroom (GC) for each subject for the week ahead.

The Learning-From-Home-Panui will be send out at the end of week 1. This will outline the first two weeks of Term 4.

Weekly Report Cards will still be issused on Saturday. The Year 9 option subjects for week 1 and 2 will not be reported on whilst there is a changeover in options at the end of week 1.

NCEA Update and External Exams (External Standards)|
For senior students in Year 11, 12 and 13 doing external exams, it is important that you realise that any work you are sent by your teachers, that is related to the external standard, will now be used as evidence to support a Derived Grade for that External standard.

If we return to school in Term 4, we will still hold our Internal School Practice External Exams, which will also be used as practice, but also evidence to create a Derived Grade. Derived Grades will be used to replace the External Exams if they do not occur in Auckland as they were used in the past during the Christchurch Earthquakes. 

So, do all the work that is sent out. Work with your teacher, do the mahi and the rewards will follow.

Year 13 students and Year 12 leavers at the end of this year.
Your pathway into employment, tertiary Institutions, Universities and high end Trade Apprenticeships is our priority. All these organisations want you. So rest assured. They will look at the mahi you do now and during this year so you can get into the next step.

The Learning Recognition Credits (LRC) have been adjusted for you.
Level 2 & 3 NCEA now have 1 LRC for every 4 Credits achieved. Up to a maximum of 12 of the total of 60 credits needed. (Students will only need to achieve 48 credits).

University Entrance (UE) students have to achieve 12 credits per subject including Level 3, alongside Literacy and Numeracy requirements.

A Merit/Excellence Endorsement now only needs 44 credits.

Do the mahi and you will get there.

Year 11 and 12 Students returning in 2022
You’ve got this, because we’ve got you next year. In 2022 we can recover and reset good academic pathways for you. You still need to do the mahi, gain the credits over this term, despite the disruption, but we can manage and plan good journeys for you and your whanau.

For Year 11 students the criteria are Level 1 NCEA now has 1 LRC for every 4 Credits achieved. Up to a maximum of 16 of the total of 80 credits needed. (So students will actually only need to achieve 64 credits).

CARING & HAUORA
The ‘Tips from Waitak students for Waitak students’ is now on our website HERE. Check it out.

Once again I refer you to Our College counsellors who are available via email
[email protected] and I include the Youthline number 0800 376 633 for your reference, or text 1737 for any guidance needs that may occur.|

Flexibility is the key to how you and us all operate at this time. So students, please use your Online Learning Planner to manage your workload as you go through each week and manage breaks with physical walks and activities away from learning. Take regular breaks.

Individual and class photo orders
You will receive an email link from PhotoLife Studios which will enable you to access their portal to order your class and individual photos. PhotoLife uses this email only once as it allows you to order during Alert Levels, they do not retain the email addresses.

Our Celebration Events such as Sports Awards, Arts and Culture Awards, Mana Maori Awards, Pasifika Awards and Senior Prizegiving will still be held in some form and will be confirmed as we go through Alert Levels. The Senior Dinner has been shifted to 18 November, 2021.

FOODBANK ACCESS 
With so many of our community in self isolation, it is important to know some of our local agencies who can, at present, provide support for contactless drive-in food pick up. Some that we use as a College are:

Vision West - Pātaka Kai
We are open Wednesday and Friday, 12pm – 3pm.
Drive through food bank directions below
0800887667
https://www.visionwest.org.nz/our_response_covid19

Waipareira Trust
0800924942

Fono Pasifika
0800366648
Pacific Family Package 021956633

This too shall pass.

Nga mihi.

Mark P Shanahan
Principal


PARENT UPDATE # 9 - ALERT LEVEL 3 - 28 September, 2021

Kia Ora Students, Parents, Whanau and Aiga.

We are now in our last week of term, and it seems so strange being in Alert Level 3. Once again, thank you for the work you are all doing within your bubble, supporting  learning and keeping our community safe by testing if you or anyone in your bubble has cold or flu like symptoms - and of course, taking the opportunity to get a vaccination.

The Covid case numbers are trending down which is the only time a ’positive’ is a good sign in these times.

LEARNING

In Alert Level 3 Online Learning From Home continues in its current form, as the College remains closed with the exception of Year 9 and 10 students, children of essential workers. 


Year 9 & 10 Children of Essential workers.
The College is open this week for any Year 9 or 10 child of essential workers to have a supervised classroom in which to do online learning. Students attending must be in school uniform, bring a packed lunch, a water bottle/drink, online learning device,and a face mask. No school buses operate under Level 3. The supervised classes are from 8:30am - 3:00pm and students can enter the College through Gate 1 by the staffroom/bikebay.

As outlined, the opportunity for good learning continues and will be ongoing until the end of this week, the end of term.

Weekly Report Cards will still be issued this Saturday to end the term.

NCEA Update
On return to school in Term 4, we will still be holding our Internal School Practice External Exams, starting on Tuesday 26 October, finishing on Tuesday 2 November. These will  occur in  Periods 1 and 2  with normal classes running Periods 3, 4 and 5 daily.

These practice exams are important for students to prepare for the actual external exams. They are also the opportunity for teachers to gather evidence of student understanding and achievement, in case the national external exams were not to take place and a derived grade or Unexpected Event Grade was necessary. This is a ‘safety net' put in place for students for the external exams this year. 

The Learning Recognition Credits (LRC) have been adjusted to recognise the work and mahi students are doing.

Level 1 NCEA now has 1 LRC for every 4 Credits achieved. Up to a maximum of 16 of the total of 80 credits needed.( So students will actually only need to achieve 64 credits )

Level 2 &3 NCEA now have 1 LRC for every 4 Credits achieved. Up to a maximum of 12 of the total of 60 credits needed. (Students will only need to achieve 48 credits)

University Entrance (UE) students have to achieve 12 credits per subject including Level 3 with Literacy and Numeracy.

The External Exams start on 22 November, 2021 


NCEA College Workshops
If we move into Level 2 or Level 2.5 on Wednesday 6 October, there will be the opportunity for NCEA College Workshops in some subjects on Monday - Wednesday 11, 12, 13 October. Details of workshops and tutorials will be emailed on Thursday 7 October.

Year 9 new Option Changes will occur on Thursday 21 October for Term 4.

Remember that each teacher provides the learning for the week every Monday via your tamariki and mokopuna’s Google Classroom. Support your son or daughter by discussing the work they are receiving. 

Students, make sure you engage in your Google Classroom work to your best level as teachers are using every opportunity to gather evidence of aspects of Senior Assessment. If you engage and take control of even small aspects of your learning it has positive outcomes.

Congratulations to students in the Learning-from-home Class(es) of the Week

Social Studies 10C Ms Gardyne, Mixed Materials Levels 1, 2 & 3 Ms Hine, Classical Studies 301 Mr O’Malley, Business studies 201 Ms Kelsey, Social Studies 10I Ms Parboo & Mr Campbell (student Teacher)  Well done and the profiles are on the website HERE


CARING & HAUORA
Dr Hinemoa Elder and neuroscience specialist Nathan Wallis talk about how best to support your whānau in times such as these. You can watch this HERE

The ‘Tips from Waitak students for Waitak students’ is now on our website HERE. Check it out. 

Also check out our instagram page HERE for all the activities that are going on. 

Once again I refer you to Our College counsellors who are available via email
[email protected]  and I include the Youthline number 0800 376 633 for your reference, or text 1737 for any guidance needs that may occur.

Flexibility is the key to how you and we all operate at this time. So students, please use your Online Learning Planner to manage your workload as you go through each week and manage breaks for physical walks and activities away from learning. Take regular breaks.

Year 10 - Choosing Subjects for Year 11 2022
While focussing mostly on the present situation we would like Year 10 students to complete choosing 2022 subjects this week. A reminder that this is done online via the school portal.

An email has been sent to parents explaining how choices can be made. The same information was also shared with students via Google Classroom.


Our Celebration Events such as Sports Awards, Arts and Culture Awards, Mana Maori Awards,  Pasifika Awards and Senior Prizegiving will still be held in some form and will be confirmed as we go through Alert Levels. The Senior Dinner has been shifted to 18 November, 2021.

FOODBANK ACCESS 

With so many of our community in self isolation it is important to know some of our local agencies who can, at present,  provide support for contactless drive-in food pick up. Some that we use as a College are:

Vision West - Pātaka Kai
We are open Wednesday and Friday, 12pm – 3pm.
Drive through food bank directions below.
0800887667
https://www.visionwest.org.nz/our_response_covid19

Waipareira Trust
0800924942

Fono Pasifika
0800366648
Pacific Family Package 021956633

This too shall pass.

Nga mihi.

Mark P Shanahan
Principal

Stay up to date HERE on our Covid Updates page, and make sure you follow our Facebook page HERE or our Instagram page HERE.


PARENT UPDATE #8 - ALERT LEVEL 3 - 21 SEPTEMBER, 2021

Kia Ora Students, Parents, Whanau and Aiga.

The Prime Minister has confirmed the move to Alert Level 3 on Wednesday 22 September, 2021. Once again, thank you for the work you are all doing within your bubble with supporting learning and keeping our community safe by testing if you or anyone in your bubble has cold or flu like symptoms and taking the opportunity to get a vaccination.

LEARNING
In Alert Level 3 Online Learning From Home continues in its current form, as the College remains closed with the exception of for Year 9 and 10 students of essential workers.

Year 9 & 10 Children Of Essential Workers
We will have supervised classrooms available from Wednesday onwards where students will be doing online learning only. Students attending must be in school uniform, bring a packed lunch, a water bottle/drink, online learning device,and a face mask. No school buses operate under Level 3. The supervised classes are from 8:30am - 3:00pm and students can enter the College through Gate 1 by the staffroom/bikebay.

As outlined, the opportunity for good learning continues and will be ongoing until the end of term.

On our return to school in Term 4, we will still have our internal school practice exams and we will give you details for those. These practice exams are important for students to prepare for the external exams to be held later in term 4. They allow teachers to gather evidence on assessments. This evidence may be needed to make decisions later.

The External Exams start on 22 November, 2021. 

Weekly Report Cards will still be issued on Saturdays. You will have received another Learning-From-Home Information for Parents which will give you a summary of the class work coming up for approximately the last two weeks of term. Remember that each teacher provides the learning for the week every Monday to your tamariki and mokopuna’s Google Classroom. Support your son or daughter by discussing the work they are receiving.

Make sure you engage in your Google Classroom work to your best level as teachers are using every opportunity to gather evidence for assessment as aspects of Senior Assessment. If you engage and take control of even small aspects of your learning it has positive outcomes.

Congratulations to students in the Learning-from-home Class(es) of the Week: 9W Science, 10C English, PE101, 9P Social Studies, Year 9 Samoan, Health101, 9PFA Drama, Service Academy 303 and Te Reo Maori ‘Team fried bread”!  Well done and the profiles are on the website HERE

CARING & HAUORA
Dr Hinemoa Elder and neuroscience specialist Nathan Wallis talk about how best to support your whānau in times such as these.You can watch this HERE
The ‘Tips from Waitak students for Waitak students’ is now on our website HERE. Check it out. Also check out our instagram page HERE for all the activities that are going on.

Once again I refer you to Our College Counsellors who are available via email: [email protected] and I include the Youthline number 0800 376 633 for your reference, or text 1737 for any guidance needs that may occur.

Flexibility is the key to how you and we all operate at this time. So please use your Online Learning Planner to manage your workload as you go through each week and manage breaks for physical walks and activities away from learning. Take regular breaks.

YEAR 10 - CHOOSING SUBJECTS FOR YEAR 11 - 2022
While focussing mostly on the present situation we would like Year 10 students to complete choosing 2022 subjects this week. A reminder that this is done online via the school portal. An email has been sent to parents explaining how choices can be made. The same information was also shared with students via Google Classroom.

Our Celebration Events such as Sports Awards, Arts and Culture Awards, Mana Maori Awards, Pasifika Awards and Senior Prizegiving will still be held in some form and will be confirmed as we go through Alert Levels. The Senior Dinner has been shifted to 18 November, 2021.

FOODBANK ACCESS 
With so many of our community in self isolation it is important to know some of our local agencies who can provide support for contactless drive in food pick up at this time. Some that we use as a College are:

Vision West - Pātaka Kai
We are open Wednesday and Friday, 12pm – 3pm.
Drive through food bank directions below
0800887667
https://www.visionwest.org.nz/our_response_covid19

Waipareira Trust
0800924942

Fono Pasifika
0800366648
Pacific Family Package 021956633

This too shall pass.

Nga mihi.

Mark P Shanahan
Principal


PARENT UPDATE # 7 - ALERT LEVEL 4 - 15 September 2021

Kia Ora Students, Parents, Whanau and Aiga.

I hope you are all well and coping in your bubbles as we now move into our 5th week of Level 4.

To the families and whanau with Covid cases, I hope your recovery is swift and I thank you for getting tested when you had concerns and followed the self isolation guidelines. We are all safer as a result of your positive actions.


The Prime Minister outlined that we may move to Alert Level 3 next Wednesday 22 September, 2021. In Alert Level 3 Online Learning From Home continues in its current form, as the College is only open for Year 9 and 10 students of essential workers. They will be in a supervised classroom and will be doing online learning, but under Alert Level 3 protocols at school. More details next Tuesday.

LEARNING
As outlined, the opportunity for good learning continues and will be ongoing until the end of term.

On our return to school in Term 4, we will still have our internal school practice exams and we will give you details for those. These practise exams are important for students to prepare for the external exams to be held later in term 1V. They allow teachers to gather evidence on assessments. This evidence may be needed to make decisions later.

The External Exams start on 22 November, 2021 which gives everyone two more weeks of preparation and learning for all assessments.

The Learning Recognition Credits (LRC) are now in place. This is where the credits needed to achieve NCEA Level 1, 2, 3 and UE have been adjusted to reward and acknowledge student 

In summary this works as follows:

Learning Recognition Credits - Link to LRC details

  • 5 NCEA credits gains 1 additional LRC

  • Level 1: max of 10 LRC

  • Levels 2&3: max of 8 LRC

  • Added to the total credit count to help students gain the qualification

Endorsements

  • Certificate: now 46 at M or E (reduced from 50)

  • Course: now 12 at M or E (reduced from 14)

  • LRC do NOT count towards endorsements

UE: 12 - rather than 14 - credits in 3 University Entrance Approved Subjects.

Weekly Report Cards will still be issued on Saturdays.

Another Learning-From-Home Information for Parents will be sent out early next week by email, that will give you a summary of the class work coming up for approximately the last two weeks of term. Remember that each teacher provides the learning for the week every Monday to your tamariki and mokopuna’s Google Classroom. Support your son or daughter by discussing the work they are receiving. 


Make sure you engage in your Google Classroom work to your best level as teachers are using every opportunity to gather evidence for assessment as aspects of Senior Assessment. If you engage and take control of even small aspects of your learning it has positive outcomes.

Congratulations to students in the Class(es) of the Week: 10 Dance9M Science,301 Biology, and Nu’u Toa Mentoring.  Well done and the profiles are on the website HERE.

We have now given over 300 extra  computers/chromebooks to our family and whanau in these last few weeks. About 90 more will be delivered this week. If you know of a classmate that has not got a device for online learning please email your tutor teacher. They will follow it up.

CARING & HAUORA

We have recently asked Waitakere Students what works for them, what motivates them and some tips that may help. We have ‘Tips from Waitak students for Waitak students’ now on our website HERE. Check it out. Also check out our instagram page HERE for all the activities that are going on. 


Once again I refer you to Our College Counsellors who are available via email
[email protected]  and I include the Youthline number 0800 376 633 for your reference, or text 1737 for any guidance needs that may occur.

Flexibility is the key to how you and we all operate at this time. So please use your Online Learning Planner to manage your workload as you go through each week and manage breaks for physical walks and activities away from learning. Take regular breaks.

Year 10 - Choosing Subjects for Year 11 2022
While focussing mostly on the present situation we would like Year 10 students to complete choosing 2022 subjects this week. A reminder that this is done online via the school portal. An email has been sent to parents explaining how choices can be made. The same information was also shared with students via Google Classroom.

Our Celebration Events such as Sports Awards, Arts n Culture Awards, Mana Maori Awards, Pasifika Awards and Senior Prizegiving will still be held in some form and will be confirmed as we go through Alert Levels. The Senior Dinner has been shifted to 18 November, 2021.

FOODBANK ACCESS 
With so many of our community in self isolation it is important to know some of our local agencies who can provide support for contactless drive in food pick up at this time. Some that we use as a College are:

Vision West - Pātaka Kai 

We are open Wednesday and Friday, 12pm – 3pm.

Drive through food bank directions below

0800887667

https://www.visionwest.org.nz/our_response_covid19


Waipareira Trust
0800924942

Fono Pasifika
0800366648
Pacific Family Package 
021956633

This too shall pass.

Nga mihi.

Mark P Shanahan
Principal


PARENT UPDATE #6 - ALERT LEVEL 4 - 7 September 2021

Kia Ora Students, Parents, Whanau and Aiga.

I hope you are all well and coping in your bubbles as we complete 3 full weeks of Level 4.

To the families and whanau with Covid cases, I hope your recovery is swift and I thank you for getting tested when you had concerns and followed the self isolation guidelines. We are all safer as a result of your positive actions.

All the signs appear to tell us that as a result of our collective positive actions, we are moving in the right direction and I hope we can be in Level 2 in the last week of this term.

LEARNING
We can now confirm that NZQA has outlined the second ‘safety net’ for our students around academic achievement.

The first ‘safety net’ has been the shifting of the External Exams to now start on 22 November 2021 which gives everyone two more weeks of preparation and learning for all assessments.

The second ‘safety net’ is the Learning Recognition Credits (LRC). This is where the credits needed to achieve NCEA Level 1, 2, 3 and UE have been adjusted to reward and acknowledge student work during the various Alert Levels.

In summary this works as follows:

Learning Recognition Credits - Link to LRC details:

  • 5 NCEA credits gains 1 additional LRC
  • Level 1: max of 10 LRC
  • Levels 2&3: max of 8 LRC
  • Added to the total credit count to help students gain the qualification

Endorsements:

  • Certificate: now 46 at M or E (reduced from 50)
  • Course: now 12 at M or E (reduced from 14)
  • LRC do NOT count towards endorsements

UE: 12 - rather than 14 - credits in 3 University Entrance Approved Subjects.

Weekly Report Cards will still be issued on Saturdays. 

Learning-From-Home Information for Parents will be sent out on Wednesday, by email, that will give you a summary of the class work already set and coming up for approximately the next two weeks.

Remember that each teacher provides the learning for the week every Monday to your tamariki and mokopuna’s Google Classroom. Support your son or daughter by discussing the work they are receiving. 

Make sure you engage in your Google Classroom work to your best level, as teachers are using every opportunity to gather evidence for assessment as aspects of Senior Assessment. If you engage and take control of even small aspects of your learning, it has positive outcomes.

We will be delivering up to 90 more computers or chromebooks to homes that have informed us that one is needed. Thank you for letting us know, we will be in contact later this week or early next week to arrange delivery where possible. Please let us know if a device is needed by completing the “Device and WIFI Data Collection Form” HERE if you have not done so already.  

Class of the week is back! Congratulations to the online Classes of the Week - 9 Sports Academy, Dance 201, Art Design 201, 9P Social Studies and Business Studies 101. Well done and the class profiles are on the website HERE.

CARING & HAUORA
In these next two to three weeks the power is in your hands to make a positive difference to your learning. The challenge is to step up, set good routines of working and do the mahi. You control the work you can do. Take control of this part of your world. Manawanui is about having the courage to do the mahi. You can do this.

Once again I refer you to Our College Counsellors who are available via email [email protected]  and I include the Youthline number 0800 376 633 for your reference, or text 1737 for any guidance needs that may occur.

Flexibility is the key to how you and we all operate at this time. So please use your Online Learning Planner to manage your workload as you go through each week and manage breaks for physical walks and activities away from learning. Take regular breaks.

Year 10 - Choosing Subjects for Year 11 2022
While focussing mostly on the present situation we would like Year 10 students to complete choosing 2022 subjects this week. A reminder that this is done online via the school portal.

An email has been sent to parents explaining how choices can be made. The same information was also shared with students via Google Classroom.

FOODBANK ACCESS
With so many of our community in self isolation it is important to know some of our local agencies who can provide support for contactless drive in food pick up at this time. Some that we use as a College are;­­­

Vision West - Pātaka Kai
We are open Wednesday and Friday, 12pm – 3pm.
Drive through food bank directions below
0800887667
https://www.visionwest.org.nz/our_response_covid19­­

Waipareira Trust
0800924942

Fono Pasifika
0800366648
Pacific Family Package 021956633

This too shall pass.

Mark P Shanahan
Principal


PARENT UPDATE #5 - ALERT LEVEL 4 - 2 September 2021

Kia Ora Students, Parents, Whanau and Aiga.

Our thoughts and support go out to the families that have been badly affected by the recent flooding event and power cuts on Tuesday, in our community. Your priority at this time is on keeping your family and whanau safe and property secure. Please let your Tutor Teacher/Dean know if there is any way in which we can support you at this time.

Once again, my thanks to all the members of our community who are keeping us safe by remaining in their family and whanau bubble, getting vaccinated, and getting a Covid Test when necessary.

LEARNING
Thank you for letting the College know of your wifi and or chromebook situation at the home you are staying in.

We have distributed another 15 laptops and 50 chromebooks up until Wednesday and will endeavour to get more out as they become available. All delivered contactless. This takes the total number of school devices distributed this year to nearly 300 and means over 90% of all Y11-13 students have confirmed they have a device to work on while learning from home.

This is to ensure that Learning From Home can continue for the majority of our students. The reality is that we will be at Alert Level 4 or 3 for another 4 weeks so it is crucial we encourage as much engagement by students in their learning now that Learning From Home is the reality for 4 more weeks.

There are still some families for whom we do not have this information. If you have not yet completed the Google Form, please do so now via this link HERE. 

Weekly Report Cards will still be issued on Saturdays. This gives you, as parents and whanau, a ‘heads up’ on the engagement in work by your tamariki and mokopuna each week. We do recognise that this week is an exception as a result of the weather and power supply disruption, and know that still not all students have a device to work on though I still think it is important that we communicate this information to you.

We will also produce a Learning-From-Home Information for Parents early next week, by email, that will give you a summary of the class work already set and coming up for approximately the next two weeks.

NCEA External Exams have now been moved by two weeks to start on 22/11/21 and we have also shifted our College Assessment Week to Week 1 Term 4 Wednesday 20/10/21. Each senior subject will have a 2 hour assessment or workshop, with periods 3, 4 & 5 continuing each day as a normal timetable.

We will update you on Learning Recognition Credits when and if we are notified by NZQA. Last year they provided the opportunity to recognize students who do the mahi during Alert Levels 4,3 and 2.

Remember that each teacher provides the learning for the week every Monday to your tamariki and mokopuna’s Google Classroom. Support your son or daughter by discussing the work they are receiving.

CARING & HAUORA
i think the key message our young students need to know is this is now ‘real' and to remember our school values. Manawanui is needed for school work, with all our Aroha and support, then they will reap the rewards of Mātauranga. But also to know that any start is a good start. Engage, engage, engage.

Once again I refer you to Our College Counsellors who are available via email [email protected] and I include the Youthline number 0800 376 633 for your reference, or text 1737 for any guidance needs that may occur.

Flexibility is the key to how you and we all operate at this time. So please use your Online Learning Planner to manage your workload as you go through each week and manage breaks for physical walks and activities away from learning. Take regular breaks.

Foodbank access.
With so many of our community in self isolation it is important to know some of our local agencies who can provide support for contactless drive in food pick up at this time. Some that we use as a College are;

Vision West - Pātaka Kai
We are open Wednesday and Friday, 12pm – 3pm.
Drive through food bank directions below
0800887667
https://www.visionwest.org.nz/our_response_covid19

Waipareira Trust
0800924942

Fono Pasifika
0800366648
Pacific Family Package 021956633

This too shall pass.

Mark P Shanahan
Principal


PARENT UPDATE #4 - ALERT LEVEL 4 - 25 August 2021

Kia Ora Students, Parents, Whanau and Aiga.

Once again, my thanks to all the members of our community who are keeping us safe by remaining in their family and whanau bubble, getting vaccinated, and getting a Covid Test when necessary. 

This Update will cover some of the ongoing aspects of Learning and Caring/Hauora for us all while we are  in Alert Level 4.

Computer/Chromebook Support - Complete once for each student in your care.

Once again the Ministry of Education (MoE) is committing to further support on supply of devices to assist learning. These will remain the property of Waitākere College but be loaned to students for their learning during the school year. 

We want to get a complete picture of who in our school has access to a device and who doesn't.

Please complete this form ONCE for every Waitakere College student that is staying with you during the Lockdown -  if you have 2 Waitākere College students with you, please complete it twice.

Please complete the survey HERE asap so that we can support online learning in your home at this time with this excellent initiative. This link is also being texted to caregivers. 

We are unsure how long it will take for devices to get to students, however, we are wanting to ensure our students who need this support are at the front of the queue.

If you have any questions about this, please email Deputy Principal Lee Devenish on [email protected]

LEARNING
Learning and engagement with your teacher and lessons continues on Google Classroom(GC) following the Week Ahead outlined in GC for each lesson on Mondays. 

Last year NZQA responded to the time schools spent with online learning by adjusting NCEA and Learning Recognition Credits by acknowledging work done  with assessments internally. While no decisions have been made at this stage, rest assured that if we are in Level 4 & 3 for a prolonged period, a similar response will occur. We will update you on this but it is important to realise that as you work online and continue to engage your effort and learning will be recognised.

Weekly Report Cards are intended to be sent to you on Saturdays. These are intended to give you a ‘heads up’ on how your tamariki and mokopuna are engaging with their online learning.

Our Mid Term Break on Monday 30/8 is now cancelled and is a day ‘0’ on the calendar so it does not affect the timetable for the rest of the week. Our End of Year date will be shortened.

Included  are Tips for Online Learning that may help you as students and parents to assist at this time. These have been developed this year as a guide by our staff and students. Please see attachment = TIPS FOR HELPING YOUR CHILD FOR LEARNING ONLINE

CARING
There is a lot going on with a lot of ‘noise’ out there at the moment. I have included a summary on:

How to spot bad information
There is another very helpful article by Dr Siouxsie Wiles and Toby Morris in The Spinoff regarding misinformation and disinformation.

Their red flags for how to spot bad information are particularly well-summarised. Bad information will:

  • downplay COVID-19 and the pandemic
  • focus on survival rate
  • Ignore the effects of long COVID
  • emphasise individual freedom
  • try to sell you something
  • push simple cures/treatments
  • make you feel fearful or angry.

“Good information put out to help you make an informed choice won’t make you feel scared or angry. It’ll make you feel empowered.”

Once again I refer you to Our College Counsellors who are available via email [email protected]  and I include the Youthline number 0800 376 633 for your reference, or text 1737 for any guidance needs that may occur. 

Flexibility is the key to how you and we all operate at this time. So please use your Online Learning Planner to manage your workload as you go through each week and manage breaks for physical walks and activities away from learning. Even check out the Arts & Culture activities this week via the website.

Foodbank access
With so many of our community in self isolation, it is important to know some of our local agencies who can provide support for contactless drive in food pick up at this time. Some that we use as a College are;

Vision West - Pātaka Kai
We are open Wednesday and Friday, 12pm – 3pm.
Drive through food bank directions below
0800 887 667
https://www.visionwest.org.nz/our_response_covid19

Waipareira Trust
0800 924 942

Fono Pasifika
0800366648
Pacific Family Package 021956633

This too shall pass.

Mark P Shanahan
Principal


PARENT UPDATE #3 - ALERT LEVEL 4 - 22 August 2021

Kia Ora Students, Parents, Whanau and Aiga.

Once again, my thanks to all the members of our community who are keeping us safe by remaining in their family and whanau bubble, getting vaccinated, and getting a Covid Test when necessary.

This update is to outline how the College will be working with you over the next few weeks.

LEARNING
On Monday mornings teachers will send out via Google Classroom (GC) the outline of the lessons and material for your tamariki and mokopuna for the week ahead. This will occur in each subject. Teachers may modify it but the general learning plan and outcomes will be covered. Students are encouraged to use this information to fill in their Online Learning Planner for this week ahead. The planner was sent out on Friday via Google Classroom. By using this planner they can manage their progress during the week and share that information with you.

Our online learning allows flexibility so Juniors will have about 2 Hours per subject and Seniors about 3 Hours per subject per week. Any online zoom lessons will only occur in the normal timetabled time for that lesson.
A Weekly Report Card which will give you a ‘heads up’ on the learning engagement your son or daughter is doing will be sent out at the end of each week.

CARING
We know this can be a challenging time for many people. We have links on our Hauora/Wellbeing page HERE to many Hauora agencies and I encourage you to familiarise yourself with them as needed over the next few weeks.

Our College Counsellors are available via email: [email protected] and I include the Youthline number 0800 376 633 for your reference, or text 1737.

We have also been able to supply over 220 laptops this year for students to use during this time to ensure online learning can occur.

Your Tutor Teacher will have contacted you by email on Friday as part of our Check and Connect with you. Please use this connection with your Tutor Teacher over this time if any issues with the school arise and we will endeavour to support you to resolve them.

EVENTS AND CALENDAR
Flexibility is our theme as we go through the next few weeks, so most things on the College Calendar are on hold for the moment.

Arts and Culture Week is still on but is now online. Check out the website HERE and the Performing Arts Instagram page HERE, and newsletter for the fun activities.

Enrolling, Out of Zone Ballot, SHINE testing, PFA Auditions, etc are postponed and will all be rescheduled once schools reopen.

This too shall pass.

Mark P Shanahan

Principal


PARENT UPDATE # 2 - ALERT LEVEL 4 - 20 August 2021

Covid-19 Update (21127 - 20/8/21 - 10:32)

Morena Students, Parents and Whanau,

I hope you are all well in your bubble and thank you in advance if you have had a Covid Test because you have had flu-like symptoms.

With three close Auckland Colleges (Northcote, Avondale and Lynfield) now having a positive case in their schools before we all went into Alert Level 4 , and so many Locations of Interest close to our College and in our community, I thought I would just inform you of some protocols to take if you have concerns.

Firstly, we have NOT been notified of any cases related to our Waitakere College school community.

Secondly, with any case at these schools the Ministry of Health ( MoH) considers all these staff and students as Close Contacts.

As Close Contacts they have to be isolated in their homes for 14 days and will have 3 Covid Tests over a period of days. 1 test immediately, 1 test on day 5 and another test on day 12. All people in their bubble have to have at least 1 day 5 test. This really places a very safe and certain ring fence around these Close Contacts and the people in their bubble for the next 14 days which will keep our community safe.

For any parents/whanau/staff or students who have interacted with students/staff from Avondale College, Lynfield, Northcote College in the 4-5 days prior to Tuesday 17/8/21, you are not a close contact.

However, the advice in general is - stay home in your bubble, if you develop any flu-like symptoms, go and get a Covid Test. Feel free to call Healthline on 08003585453 for further guidance.

Can I just add that as things move so quickly the media may inform us of cases before the Ministry of Education or Health contact us. If that is the case we will then be instructed to follow the procedures the students/staff at those schools are currently doing to reduce any spread and keep us safe.

We are fortunate that we have Government leadership that acts so quickly and with certainty. For now please stay safe in your bubble and if you have the opportunity to get a vaccination, take it, to help reduce Covid spread and the impact of Covid.

Nga mihi,


MARK P SHANAHAN

B.Sc, Dip.Tchg, P.G. Dip.SM

Principal

Waitakere College


PARENT UPDATE # 1 - ALERT LEVEL 4 - 17 August 2021

Kia Ora Students, Parents and Whanau, 

Our community is now in a Covid Alert Level 4. The Government response has always been to treat any covid outbreak in the community as a health response. This has proven incredibly effective for the health of our community and also our economy. It is important that we all support our family and whanau at this time as our first priority, in the knowledge that we have a proven record of success with eliminating Covid.

We would like to reassure you that we have prepared for a change in Alert Levels and are ready to deliver online learning in this current situation.

Intended Learning Plan
As all our students have Google Classrooms for their courses previously setup by their teachers we intend to begin sharing work with you very quickly.

SENIORS - Teachers will share work through Google Classroom from Wednesday.
JUNIORS - Teachers will share work through Google Classroom from Thursday.

We anticipate that the work shared this week will cover learning up until Friday. You can expect that work for the following week will be posted on Monday morning via Google Classroom. This will be confirmed with our Covid Update on Sunday. 

We understand that Y11-13 students all have access to their learning online either from a computer or laptop they use at home or a school loan laptop.

If your Y11-13 student DOES NOT have a laptop, chromebook or computer to use for online learning, please let us know by completing the form linked below.

If you DO NOT have wifi at home, please also complete the form. 

https://forms.gle/VubbfQj2gkmYyUGZ9

Wellbeing And Hauora
We understand this can be a challenging time for some students and whanau and I would like to direct you to our Hauora support links and information on our website as organisations to contact, as needed. 

https://www.waitakerecollege.school.nz/school-info/hauorawellbeing-waitakere-college

https://waitakerecollege.ibcdn.nz/media/2020_09_10_who-i-talk-school-others.pdf

Once again I encourage you to support each other in your whanau at this time in the knowledge that we as a community, and as a nation have eliminated it in the past.

This too shall pass.

Mark P Shanahan

Principal