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CHS Covid Updates

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