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Covid Alert Level Information
26 August 2021

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

Message Date:
Tuesday 7 September

Here is information regarding

Delta Level 2 at Papamoa College 

Looking forward to seeing our students back on Thursday 9 September for a 8.55am start! Day 9 on the timetable.

Message Date:
Monday 6 September

Kia ora everyone

No doubt you have heard the news that schools will reopen on Thursday 9 September. 

This is good news and means that the collective efforts of everyone have kept the delta variant of covid19 from spreading.

Alert Level 3 finishes midnight Tuesday 7 September and Alert Level 2 begins on Wednesday 8 September. This will give 48hrs for schools to get their campuses ready to receive staff and students on Thursday.

In the meantime, Tuesday (tomorrow) continues to be a normal Alert Level 3 day for students learning from home online.

We are yet to receive the exact Alert Level 2 health requirements from the Ministry of Education but once we do, we will communicate with you regarding the process for students returning to school on Thursday 9 September.

Nga mihi nui

Steve Lindsey
Principal

Message Date:
Thursday 26 August

Good afternoon Papamoa College Community,

I hope you continue to be well in your bubble.

We are busy making sure that students have access to Learning from Home Online for this week. Please continue to contact your child's teacher should you have any questions.

We also await the update from Cabinet to be announced Friday 27 August 4pm, regarding what will happen after Friday 11.59pm Alert Level 4, and therefore what teaching and learning will look like next week for us all.

For those of you who have senior students being assessed with NCEA this year, there is some good news that may allay any concerns regarding assessment dates.

Information from NZQA regarding changes to NCEA assessment dates:

END-OF-YEAR EXAMS AND PORTFOLIOS

The dates for end-of-year NCEA and NZ Scholarship exams will be delayed by two weeks and will run from Monday 22 Novemebr until Tuesday 14 December. Due dates for portfolio submissions will also be pushed back by two weeks. These two changes will give students and schools more time to prepare for the end of the year.

Schools will also not have to provide Level 1 or Level 2 Visual Arts portfolios for NZQA Verification. This also means there will be more time for students to finish their work and for teachers to mark it.

Mathematics Common Assessment Task (MCAT) and Digital Technologies & Hangarau Matihiko Common Assessment Tasks (DigiCATS)

The NCEA Level 1 Mathematics Common Assessment Task will be delayed from 14 or 16 September for two weeks to 28 or 30 September. This will give students who were due to sit the MCAT more time to prepare. At this stage the dates for DCATS remain 20 September - 1 October and 18 - 27 October.

OTHER CHANGES

As the length of time and Alert Levels become clearer, there are extra steps the Government may take, such as reintroducing Learning Recognition Credits or making changes to the thresholds for Endorsements and University Entrance. Details about the exact number or recognition credits etc will be finalised soon.

This is indeed good new and hopefully senior students will feel less anxious and have greater certainty regarding their NCEA assessments.
 

If you are an essential worker working hard for us all out there, thank you very much for doing what you're doing. We really appreciate it!

Keep up all the good work in your bubble!

Nga mihi nui

Steve Lindsey
Principal

Message Date:
Tuesday 24 August 2021

Kia Ora Papamoa College Community,

I hope this message finds you as well as can be expected in your bubble.

Alert Level 4
As you would have heard, New Zealand remains in Alert Level 4 Lockdown until 11.59pm Friday 27 August. The Prime Minister will no doubt communicate on Friday afternoon regarding Cabinet's decision for what happens after this date.

Campus is closed
A reminder that the Papamoa College campus is closed and any outside structures/facilities can not be used by members of the public. This is the case for all schools and public playgrounds etc.

Learning from Home Online
For this week (23-27 August) Papamoa College will continue with Learning from Home Online.

The Ministry of Education has made available additional learning resources by way of live education television broadcasting on both TVNZ and Maori TV to begin very soon.

The Learning From Home website has print-friendly, online resources that can be used for learning. Specific resources are available at the Supporting learning from home resources page.

Curriculum teaching and learning resources (with guidance for parents) can be found online here for English-medium and here for Maori medium.

Home Learning TV can be acessed On Demand here or via the TVNZ App on a device (mobile phone, smart TV or tablet). Mauri Reo, Mauri Ora can be acessed on demand from Maori TV for primary-aged tamariki, and here for secondary school rangatahi.

Acess to food and essential items
Everyone needs food and essential items (such as medicine) through all Covid 19 Alert Levels. Here is a fact sheet with information about the many ways of getting food and other essential items to you. It covers food delivery, what to do if you can't get food delivered to you, staying safe when getting food delivered, financial help to buy food and food banks.

Mis-Information
During uncertain times, having up-to-date and accurate information is very important. Remember covid19.govt.nz should be the first place for information.

Don't be influenced by gossip, speculation and personal opinions. Always check the accuracy of what you read on social media.

Here is a 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 well summarised. Bad information will: downplay Covid19 and the pandemic, focus on the survival rate, ignore long Covid, emphasise individual freedom, try to sell you something, push simple cures/treatments, or make you feel fearful or angry. Good information is put out to help you make an informed choice and won't make you feel scared or angry. It will make you feel empowered.

AIMS Games Cancelled
Unfortunately the 2021 AIMS Games have been cancelled due to the current covid situation. We know that this will be very disappointing news but not unsurprising. Thank you to all those students, staff, parents/caregivers and whanau who have invested so much into this event to date. Once we have some clarity regarding gatherings, events and being back on campus, we will endeavor to do something as an outlet for all the hard work.

We will continue to keep you updated with relevant information.

Keep safe everyone and stay connected.

Kia kaha

Steve Lindsey
Principal


 

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