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COVID Level 2 Update - 19 November

Teenaa koutou e te whaanau

Dear Parents, Caregivers and Students

It has been great to get the life of the school back again. We have had an average of 80% attendance at school this week and the students are really enjoying being around CHS again. There are a few things to share with you today:

  • Last week of term
  • Y10 trips
  • What happens if we get a case at CHS?
  • Student vaccination status register

Enjoy the sunshine this weekend and the relative freedom of Level 2.

Kia pai oo koutou raa whakataa.

Greg Thornton
Principal
Cambridge High School

Level 2 update for Wednesday

Good morning everyone, 

It was a welcome announcement that we will be back at Level 2 on Wednesday. We are looking forward to welcoming the students back to CHS and attached are our updated protocols and information about starting back on Wednesday. 

Ngaa mihi
 
Greg Thornton
Principal
Cambridge High School

Welcome back to CHS Y9 and 10

Good afternoon everyone,

We are looking forward to welcoming our Year 9 and 10 students back onsite on Wednesday 17th November.

This communication will focus on the details of the first week back. Next week we will communicate more details about the reminder of the term.

Kia pai oo raa whakataa
Have a good weekend

Greg Thornton
Principal

Week 3 Term 4 - Covid Update

I hope that you are all doing well and benefiting from the increased freedom under Level 3.2, I know I am finding a bit more freedom of movement and catching up with people good for my mental state. We have items for all year levels, with the preparation of seniors and ongoing support of junior students with online learning.

  • Expectations for senior students’ attendance and assessment.
  • Award ceremonies.
  • Prize winners for 2021.
  • NCEA Examinations.
  • Junior exams being replaced by assessments.
  • Live reporting for juniors and seniors.

Regards
Greg Thornton
Principal

That was week 2 under Level 3

Teenaa koutou
Dear Parents/Caregivers/Students

It has been great to see the students back in school this week and helping them get ready for their final assessments. It is an understatement to say that COVID has been incredibly disruptive, particularly at this point in the year. It has been an anti-climactic finish to school for our Year 13 and some Year 12s time at school and it is frustrating for us all. It is important to remember that this is only one part of what has been an incredible year. I am currently flicking through the “hot off the press” yearbook and the students have had a wonderful year. There are some fantastic memories to hold onto and significant achievements that seem even more special given the challenges we have all faced this year.

Unfortunately, there are a more disruptions to share with you in today’s attached message.

  • Prizegivings and senior celebrations
  • NZQA and the UEG explained
  • Year 9 and 10 continue learning online
  • Year 10 camps cancelled
  • Guidance Team offering support

Have a good weekend.

Kia pai too raa whakataa

Greg Thornton
Principal

Level 3 Protocol and Timetable

Update for Tuesday (travel across boundaries and NCEA update)

Good afternoon everyone,

I am sorry to interrupt your weekend, but I have some good news to share for attendance on Tuesday.

The positive news we were waiting for with travel exemptions has come through and there are extra measures now in place for NCEA final examinations.

Ngaa mihi

Greg Thornton
Principal

Week 2 - Term 4 - Level 3 and Exams

Good afternoon everyone,

I hope that you are all doing well, all things considered, and have plans to take some time out this weekend. Today, I want to focus on next week and what it means for our junior and senior students.

Ngaa mihi

Greg Thornton
Principal

School Exams, NCEA update and return to school

Morena e te whaanau,
Good morning Parents / Caregivers,

I hope that the first few days of term are going well for you and your family. Things certainly can change at a quick pace at the moment, and this is a different letter to the one I had drafted before lunch yesterday. Today I want to communicate specifics around assessment, the cancellation of our school exams and return to school for our senior students.

Ngaa mihi
Greg Thornton
Principal

Week 1 Term 4

Good afternoon parents / caregivers and students,
Morena e te whaanau,

I hope that you have been able to enjoy some break over the past 2 weeks, even if it has been COVID disrupted.

I wanted to share the plan with you for the first week of next term. This is so that we are not needing to make a decision and hurriedly communicate this with everyone after the decision on alert levels on Monday. The plan has two scenarios that we will follow, based on the government decision.

Here is the plan for the week:

Monday - Junior work planned for the week will be shared with the community by midday (it will be emailed out and stored on the school website). There will be no online lessons, but students may start on this work.

Seniors will continue studying for their exams.

After the announcement - This is where we will operate one of two scenarios, either:

CHS will open under Level 2 conditions on Wednesday (Ministry of Education have indicated they will give us 24 hours to open the school).

For seniors, exams continue as planned but delayed by one day (so exams are Wed, Thurs and Fri).

For juniors, they will be working through the work set on Monday, in class.

OR

CHS remains under Level 3 conditions. Online learning begins for the whole school Tuesday morning. Teachers will catch up with their first class on Tues or Wed to explain the work.

For seniors, there would be no school exams.


Level 3 expectations - CHS will be open only for those students who have no other option but to attend school. Given that other arrangements during the school holidays, we are not expecting any students on Monday. If you are intending to send your child to CHS on Monday, you must contact us today as there is a lot that we need to put in place before you arrive. I am sorry, but we will need to turn away those that have not informed us that they are coming. Please contact us on st@camhigh.school.nz

Level 2 expectations reminder - If we move to Level 2 these will be the same conditions under which we were operating at the end of last term. The only change is that it will now be compulsory for facemasks to be worn on school transport. Students will be encouraged to wear face masks on the school site, but it is not compulsory.

Ngaa mihi
Kind regards

Greg Thornton
Principal

Alert level 3, exams and Term 4

Dear parents / caregivers / senior students,

Teenaa koutou,

Sorry to interrupt your breaks, but I wanted to update you on our plans for the start of Term 4 and the exams. As you will be aware, the CHS community has moved to alert level 3 and will be for at least the first day of Term 4. This is particularly significant for our senior students who are preparing for the school exams.

If we are Level 2 on Tuesday 19th October, exams will continue as planned.

If we are at Level 3 on Tuesday 19th October, there will be no school exams. This will be replaced by targeted assessment when we do return to Level 2. We will be learning online instead of the school exams.

This is complicated situation for us to manage. It is very important and our preference is to hold the exams, but we have no indication of how long we will be at Level 3 and we do not know when to expect an announcement about any level change. As a result, we will need to remain flexible until that announcement. We will share a more detailed plan with you as soon as we are able to do so.

With regards to NCEA changes and expectations. That is currently being evaluated and I will keep you informed when I know of any developments.  

I will communicate further updates later this week, once I receive further details around the expectations in schools that have been mentioned in the briefings.

Ngaa mihi

Greg Thornton
Principal

Firth of Thames outbreak

Kia ora e te whaanau
Dear Parents / Caregivers

As you are all aware cases of COVID-19 have been found in the Waikato region in the past 24 hours. There is no immediate concern for our community, as they have not been in places of interest, that we are aware of, and are not considered close contacts. 

The Ministry of Health is monitoring the situation closely and will keep us informed. We remain hopeful that this outbreak is isolated and contained. In particular, I wanted to address recent sporting interactions with Hauraki Plains College. We have been in touch with the school and there is currently no cause for concern, however, we will continue to be in communication with them in this situation. In the meantime, please keep an eye on the locations of interest, scan-in wherever you go and get tested and stay off school if you are displaying symptoms. 

I also wanted to highlight with you the expectations of the health order issued last night, as this may be relevant to some in our community. This is a measure the Ministry of Health has put in place to contain the outbreak and is in place as a prudent measure while contact tracing and testing is underway to rule out any wider spread.

This direction applies to any person who, at any time, since Wednesday 8 September has:

  • resided in the northern Hauraki area;
  • visited a household, location, or attended an indoor gathering in the northern Hauraki area; or
  • worked in the northern Hauraki area.

Under the section 70 notice, these people are required to do four things:

  1. To isolate at their usual home, except to go for testing;
  2. Monitor the locations of interest list, and contact Healthline on 0800 358 5453 or complete the location of interest form if they have been at a location of interest, for advice about testing;
  3. Monitor for symptoms of COVID-19 and contact Healthline for advice on getting a test if symptoms develop; and
  4. To remain isolated at their usual place of residence until 11.59pm Friday 24 September or otherwise advised by a Medical Officer of Health.

Kind regards

Greg Thornton
Principal

Level 2 - Details for Thursday

Good afternoon everyone,

We have just finalised the attached details for welcoming everyone back to school again tomorrow. I look forward to seeing all the students again in the morning.

Ngaa mihi

Greg Thornton
Principal

Level 2 Update - 7 September

Kia ora koutou,
Good afternoon everyone,

My apologies for the delay in sending this communication out. We have been waiting for the Ministry of Health to confirm the expectations for education under the ‘Delta Level 2’, as the Prime Minister referred to it yesterday.

There are more details in the attachment, but here are the main points:

  • School is open to all students from Thursday 9th September. Learning will be online on Wednesday, while we prepare to open up again.
  • This step has been taken because the Government are confident that we are safe to do so in our community.
  • We have managed Level 2 very well in the past and will be able to do so again.
  • There are some updates to our practice this time in accordance with the new expectations.

We look forward to seeing everyone again on Thursday morning.

Kind regards

Ngaa mihi

Greg Thornton
Principal

Year 9 & 10 Plans

Good morning everyone,
Morena koutou,

I hope that you are all enjoying this fantastic spring weather – it certainly makes lockdown more bearable. I am just sharing with you the learning plans for Year 9 and 10 this morning. We will continue to run online learning and share these plans for this week, regardless of the government’s decision this afternoon as it will offer us good support if we are fortunate enough to move to Level 2.

What Level 2 means for education across the country is unsure yet as the Ministry of Health has yet to confirm its expectations. We have plans in place to meet the previous conditions of Level 2, but the indications are that these expectations may change this year. What we do know is that the government will move us to Level 2 when it is safe to do so, and this means it will be safe to re-open the school, with some conditions in place. I will be in touch with the community tomorrow once we have had a chance to plan to accommodate the new expectations and create a timeline to support a transition back into school.

Ngaa mihi

Greg Thornton
Principal

End of Year calendar updates

Good morning everyone,
Morena koutou,

We have been working on the plan for the remainder of the year given the COVID disruptions and change in NCEA examination schedule. Although this email primarily focuses on the impact to senior students and those sitting NCEA, it also contains information that is relevant for all students.

Kind regards
Ngaa mihi

Greg Thornton
Principal

Level 3 - Student Supervision Registration

Dear Parents / Caregivers,

Good morning all, this is just a friendly reminder, if you are an essential worker and have no other supervision for your year 9 or 10 student/s, please ensure you register using the following link before they attend school tomorrow.

Also, if you know of anyone with connectivity or access issues, please get their permission to register their student/s of their behalf.

Click here to register

Kind regards

John McDonnell
Deputy Principal

Lockdown Update - 30 August (Year 9 & 10)

Good morning parents / caregivers,
Ata marie whaanau,

I hope you had a good weekend. I was braced for a forecasted weekend of rain and that trapped indoors feeling in my bubble

Attached to this email are the learning plans for the week. A reminder that these are also stored on the school website under learning, as we know it can be hard to track down that email again. For future reference, all email communications from school to home will be posted on the website under About Us.

Level 3 – what does it mean? On Wednesday we expect to move into Level 3, but this is not school re-opening and if you can make alternative arrangements, we encourage you to do so. For instance, if you can safely increase your bubble to include a caregiver then this would be a better outcome, than coming into school for your child. According to the Ministries of Health and Education Level 3 is for students “whose parents or careers need to go to work and there is no alternative person who can supervise them.”

If students do attend, they will be working on the same online work as other students, in one of our computer suites. All Ministry of Health guidelines will be followed, including a maximum bubble size of 10, social distancing and regular cleaning of surfaces. For those that do need to attend we are ready to support our community as they return to work. Please complete this form by Tuesday midday, so that we can plan safely for the numbers of students attending, including the allocation of staff.

Thank you once again for all your support and feedback.

All the best this week and if you have any queries with the learning, please get in touch directly with the teacher listed in the Learning Plans.

Kind regards

Ngaa mihi nui
Greg Thornton

Lockdown Update - 25 August

Dear Parents / Caregivers / Students,

Teenaa koutou whaanau,

I am hearing that this lockdown is harder than it was last year for many in our CHS community with students, parents and staff all being finding it hard for a range of reasons. These are difficult times for all of us and I appreciate the support and understanding that you are providing your children and the school staff. Please keep an eye out for each other and keep in touch with those you know are vulnerable in our community. And if you are one those finding it hard to manage, please get in touch with someone. Later in this letter there is an important message from our Counsellors offering avenues of assistance and we have other options at school, such as our House Deans or the Senior Leadership Team, who are keen to connect you with assistance. We are fortunate to be a part of a supportive community, and I know we all benefit from showing and receiving kindness and understanding during such challenging times.

The attached letter is longer, as I won’t be communicating again until next week, when we know more about the situation. Please stick with me and have a read, there is a bit of something here for everyone.

In today’s update:

Engaging in online lessons and coursework - We are running an online school while in Levels 3 and 4. While we are flexible to recognise the different stresses on the family unit during this time, we need students to engage.

Anticipated future Level changes - It remains possible that we are back in school on Monday, but we are planning for longer disruption.

Learning expectations for juniors - We have made minor adjustments to the learning plans for juniors to give the home and our staff more flexibility, while offering the same support and predictability.

Sport and Culture update

Ongoing support for students and families - Our Counsellors, House Deans and Form Teachers are here to help during this time. Although we have limited ability, please get in touch and we will see what we can do.

Thank you again for all your support and positive feedback over the past few days, it is really well received and helps lift our staff. If you want to acknowledge a particular staff member you can email kapai@camhigh.school.nz and we will include it in our staff recognition system and the staff member will receive a digital certificate.

Ngaa mihi

Greg Thornton
Principal