COVID-19 Information from Principal Mr Steve Lindsey
11 May 2020

Read the most up to date information from the Principal Mr Steve Lindsey.

Message Date: 
Monday 11 May 2020

To Papamoa College Community

I am sure you are aware that the government has announced the New Zealand will move from Alert Level 3 to Level 2 on Thursday 14 May. Details of what this looks like for us can be found at COVID-19 Level 2

In Alert Level 2 schools and early learning services are safe environments for children, young people and staff. Additional public health control measures will be in place to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 disease and to support contact tracing if necessary.

The following public health statement for the education sector sets out the reasoning for reopening schools:

We have carefully looked at the evidence around COVID-19 and educational settings, and at the experience of other countries in responding to COVID-19 in these settings to inform the public health advice to the education sector in planning for a move to Level 2.

Our experience in New Zealand and overseas with COVID-19 over the last four months shows that it does not infect or affect children and teens in the same way it does adults.

So children and teens have low infection rates, they don't become that unwell if they do get infected, and they don't tend to pass the virus on to adults.

Quality education is a public health intervention in itself, so I am very aware of the benefits of children and young people attending school and early learning, and the need to support children and young people to do this as quickly as we can.

The two key public health principles that support our approach at Alert Level 2 are first to minimise the risk that someone gets infected in the first place, and second to ensure we can identify and contact anyone who has been in close contact with a person, if someone in a school or early learning centre is infected.

Any children, young people and staff should stay at home if they are sick, or should be sent home immediately if they show any symptoms.

Physical distancing is a good precaution to prevent the spread of disease. In an Alert Level 2 school environment, this means children, young people, and staff maintaning a physical distance so that they are not breathing on or touching each other, coupled with good hygiene practices (coughing into your elbow, handwashing and drying) and regular cleaning of commonly touched surfaces.

These are situations where physical distancing is not possible, such as some sporting activities. In these situations extra emphasis on handwashing and drying (or cleansing with hand sanitiser) before and after activities and regular cleaning of equipment is recommended.

In an early learning environment, it is not really possible to have a physical distance between children and staff. Young children require a lot of physical support and it is not possible to explain or maintain a physical distance between young children given the age of the children and set up of centres.

This means good hygiene practices (coughing into your elbow, regular handwashing, and drying) even more important. Schools and early learning services will also maintain registers so that children, young people and staff can immediately be contacted by publick health services if there is a probable or confirmed case.

And it is important that parents fully support this approach by doing their bit - keeping children home if they are unwell and seeking medical advice about whether a child may need to be tested; and ensuring great hygiene practices at all times.

Dr Caroline McElnay
Director, Public Health, Ministry of Health

The overriding principles for Alert Level 2 are:
- to minimise the risk that someone gets infected in the first place
- to ensure we can identify and contact anyone who has been in close contact with a person, if someone in a school or early learning centre is infected
- understand that Level 2 is not business as usual and will be different to when we were previously in Level 2.

Papamoa College is currently making plans to welcome everyone back to campus on Monday 18 May. Specific details will be provided to parents/caregivers and students over this next week that will outline how school will operate and the health and safety practices that will be in place.

Thursday 14 and Friday 15 May Students at school
Those students who are currenly learning at school for Level 3 can continue to do so, as well as any other students who require learning supervision on Thursday 14 and Friday 15 May. To help us plan for this, please indicate here if your child requires supervision on these two days due to being unable to learn from home because there is no one suitable to supervise at home. Note that students will be supervised working on their Learning from Home programmes. 
Students at school - supervision required

Getting ready for school...
Have your contact details changed or need updating?  To check current details and/or make changes go to Parent Login  (you will need your username and password) or you can send details to

Young people and routines...
It would be a good idea to begin to get your child ready for the routine of daily school especially with bed and waking up times, finding the school bag, books and uniform etc

Computers on loan will need to be returned soon ... a heads up.
It is great that we have been able to loan out over 200 computers to students and as well as having 69 computers being delivered directly by the Ministry of Education. We will need these computers back so that we can get them ready for use on campus on Monday. We are planning to collect back all loaned computers on Friday 15 may. Specific details for collection times etc will be provided very soon.

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

Ngã mihi

Steve Lindsey

Message Date: 
Monday 4 May 2020

To the Papamoa College Community

I hope this email finds you well and that you and your whanau are still managing to live life ok with the restrictions that we have been given.

Level 3 at school has been going well for the 13 (or so) students that have attended each day. All personnel on campus practice great hygiene and are physical distancing both inside (1m) and outside (2m). A number of dedicated staff have been providing the supervision and support that the students on-campus require. We thank them very much for this.

On Monday 11 May the government will be annoucing whether or not New Zealand will change from Alert Level 3 to possibly Alert Level 2. In anticipation for a possible shift to Level 2, the school has begun to make suitable plans. Much of the detail surrounding the health and safety requirements and any other restrictions, is yet to be determined by the Ministry of Health and Ministry of Education. Once we have been informed about these regulations we will be able to finalise our plans and then communicate them with you.

The following information may be of interest to you regarding what Level 2 may look like for us all: New Zealand COVID-19 Alert Levels.

9.00am Thursday Start
Just a reminder that from the beginning of term 2 we have started learning for students (at school or at home) from 9.00am every Thursday, so that staff are able to take part in professional development. We thank you for your support with this, as it is important that all staff have this opportunity.

I will keep you informed when we have relevant information to share.

Thank you 


Steve Lindsey

Message Date:
Wednesday 22 April 2020

To Papamoa College Parents/Caregivers

You will be aware that from 11.59pm on Monday 27 April, New Zealand will move from Alert Level 4 into Alert Level 3. The overiding principle of Alert Level 3 is still, stay at home.

The clear message we have received from the Government and the Ministry of Education, is that if students can stay at home and continue with their learning online then they should do so. Learning at school is intended for those students that are unable to do this.

Under Alert Level 3 schools will be open for years 0-10 students who have parents/caregivers who are essential service workers or students who do not have an adult at home to supervise their learning online.

The school is expected to operate a campus that adheres to all Public Health and Ministry of Education health notices and directives. These rules mostly revolve around reducing contact with each other, restricting movement and maintaining a high level of health and safety practices for everyone on campus. Because of this, the school will operate very differently to normal and details of the significant changes are outlined below.

  • Parents/Caregivers will be required to indicate whether their child will be attending school on campus.
  • Students will be assigned to a school bubble that will have a maximum of 10 students. Unlike bubbles at home, physical distancing must be observed while in a school bubble at all times.
  • Strict phystical distancing requirements must be follwed: 1 metre distance inside, 2 metres distance outside. Movement around the school will also be regulated.
  • Individual school bubbles will stay together for learning blocks, supervised breaks throughout the day and will start/finish school at different times to other school bubbles.
  • Learning will involve individual students working at their own table, spread out from other students (including in their school bubble) and continuing with their online learning programme. The supervising teacher will most likely not be your child's normal teacher.
  • Student attendance will be recorded, as well as information being entered on a Contact Tracing Register.
  • Great hygiene practices are expected to be applied by everyone: staying away if sick, washing hands, coughing/sneezing into arm, using hand sanitisers throughout the school, etc
  • Unfortunately the following will not be open or available: Library, Campus Cafe, sports equipment, contact activities at break times.
  • Students need to be in normal school uniform and bring their own food plus a water bottle. Drinking fountains will be unavailable.
  • School Buses may not be available for use - This is yet to be confirmed by the Ministry of Education.
  • Student Services and Reception will be closed during Alert Level 3.

Alert Level 3 - Learning at School

For those of you who need to send your child to school from Wednesday 29 April, please complete the following form. Alert Level 3 Learning at School.

You only have to complete the form if you have to send your Y7 - 10 child to school next week.

Please complete this by 4pm Thursday 23 April (tomorrow) to assist us with our planning.

Thank you for your cooperation.


Steve Lindsey


Message Date: 
Tuesday 21 April 2020

To the Papamoa College Community 

Yesterday the Prime Minister announced that the country would remain in lockdown until 11.59pm Monday 27 April, at which time Alert Level 3 would begin.

Three important principles that underpin Level 3 are     
Full list for Level 3 COVID19

STAY HOME. If you are not at work, school, exercising or getting essentials then you must be at home, the same as at Alert Level 4.

WORK & LEARN FROM HOME if you can. We still want the vast majority of people working from home, and children and young people learning from home. At-risk students and staff should also stay at home, and they will be supported to do so. Early learning centres and schools will physically be open for up to Year 10 for families that need them.

MAKE YOUR BUSINESS SAFE    COVID19 has spread in workplaces, so the quid pro quo of being able to open is doing it in a way that doesn't spread the virus.

Students learning at school (Years 7-10)
If you are an essential service worker or there are no adults available to supervise your child at home then learning at school is available for attected Years 0-10 students.

The health and safety of any students and staff while on campus is paramount and there are a number of processess and requirements that the school must follow in order to reduce the risk of illness and transmission.

We are following the instructions from the Ministry of Education and working through a process to determine what learning on campus will look like next week for those students that need it.

We will be asking you very soon to indicate whether your child is required to learn at school starting on Wednesday 29 April. 

I will update you very soon.

Kia kaha

Steve Lindsey