The school will reopen on Monday 18 May, see Covid -19 information below for more details.
(Friday 22nd May 2020)
Kia ora koutou katoa,
A quick check in, a week back and perhaps never have a body of students been so keen to be back at school, the excitement around the place is palpable.
We have been really focussing on some key themes with the boys this week; getting back to ‘normal’, safe practice, take stock, don’t panic – play the long game. These themes in combination will help a great deal to support the well-being of the students. It would be really useful if you would join us in reinforcing these ideas understanding that you may well have been doing so already.
Normal/ Routines/ back to the hold patterns
- We have kept to an almost usual timetable just without the full school assemblies
- We have had the uniform shop open a lot more so that boys can make the delayed summer to winter swap
- The usual expectations of punctuality, correct uniform and equipment have been gently but increasingly reinforced
- Hand sanitiser is in all classes, staff are proactively reminding boys to wash their hands every lesson. It is great to see so many boys also using sanitiser at entry points to the building, a new habit perhaps.
- We are on their cases to keep the distance (out of moist breathing space and not touching) and are continually reinforcing this, this is especially noticeable out in the school grounds.
- The school is being cleaned with Covid-19 in mind every evening with hard surfaces and high touch points being a particular focus for our cleaning staff.
- All activities outside of the class now have a particular set of considerations to accommodate Covid – 19
- The focus this week in classes has been to take stock of what is going ok and what needs some catching up so that students can be clear about their priorities and not feel overwhelmed by it all
- Having taken stock it is in reality almost a restart to the year for them.
Playing the long game
- We are really anxious that students (and staff) don’t feel that they need to catch everything up immediately but rather that they look to working out the priorities and gradually getting back on top of things.
- The delay in the start of the NZQA exams has allowed for more actual learning time and will certainly help ease the pressure. Please check our calendar to see the new dates for the final exams, senior prize giving and the like.
- We are considering measures to make more time in the year by changing the way we assess progress throughout the year. We are likely not to have practice exams but instead do that assessment work as part of our class work thus freeing up another week.
- Assessment timing will be also be modified so that we avoid an avalanche of catch up assessments.
Don’t forget that our website has lots of excellent information around well-being as a first port of call. Homeroom teachers, deans and our guidance team are all contacts for support should you be concerned or that things are not improving despite a return to routines.
Have a great weekend with relative freedom.
Tuesday 12th May – Level Two Details
(Tuesday 12th May 2020)
Kia ora koutou katoa,
This is likely to be the last significant message from me in my current role.
I would like to thank you for your support of the school and of your sons. In doing so I acknowledge the many and varied experiences you have had during the time and difficulties some will be facing.
The staff are genuinely thrilled to be getting back to a school. We have learned a huge amount from this forced change, one of the biggest learnings is the value of working face to face with our students and as staff. I think the boys would also now place a new value on being in a classroom too! My thanks also to the staff for leaping into to such a wildly different world and the uncertainty that comes with such forced change, not to mention a great deal of additional work and care to keep in touch with as many students as they could.
Our boarding bubble will now come to an end and as this happens I would like to acknowledge the supreme commitment of our boarding staff in caring for, entertaining, teaching, protecting and supporting our 54 young people at time of such need. It has been a monumental 7 week effort for them which they have done with such class and enthusiasm. I couldn’t imagine how grateful those boys parents must be, so far away from their sons. Special thanks to our director of boarding Samme Hippolite and House masters Simon Mardon and Alex Hassan.
The change level two has the theme of being normal but safer……..
In particular the Prime Minister stated that:
Schools and early learning services are safe environments for children, young people and staff. Additional public health control measures are in place to prevent the spread of disease and to support contact tracing.”
We have identified a range of key areas to support our safety and to get the show back on the road.
Playing it safe:
The key to getting it right at level two is continued good practice. The general principles are to keep out of each other’s breathing space and to avoid touching. This is supported by good hygiene safety practices:
- Plenty of hand washing and hand sanitiser and regular reinforcement to use it, we will have sanitiser in every classroom.
- Maintain proper sneezing/ coughing etiquette
- Heightened cleaning at the end of each day
- Limited sharing of goods/ and certainly food
- Signage as reinforcement
- We will minimise visitors to the school and limit them to the front office area.
- To maintain the ‘click and collect’ zone for drop offs and pick ups at the Front Office
- Contact tracing for all non-school members
- Contractors will have their own rules to follow around hygiene and contact tracing
- If your son is unwell, please keep him at home
- If your son has Covid – 19 like symptoms, get tested
Learning/ school/ social contact will be what we all most want to get back to and the routines that come with this. It is true that the honeymoon might wear off but it certainly has a super glow right now. We do however need to bear a few things in mind:
- We will be fairly much able to run as normal. We expect the very vast majority of students to return to school.
- Students who are classed as vulnerable will need to consider whether they will return and what additional precautions they may need to take. Early suggestions are that a medical certificate will be required to support any ongoing absence.
- The only people who mustn’t come in are those with or suspected to have Covid – 19 and those in contact with the same group.
- Please do understand that with the majority of students in class that any distance learning will be very much on a best endeavours’ basis in the same way as we would have previously attempted to support a student who was away for an extended time. It is important therefore to be aware that it is back to your usual obligation for your son(s) to be at school.
- We will not have assemblies or similar large group meetings at least until things settle and we have a clear idea of how it is working for us.
- Staff will be aiming to view assessment as a process through to the end of the year not as needing to be dealt with in the next three weeks. I expect the focus would be initially on tidying up any assessment done during lockdown and finishing off any that has been started
- As implied above attendance will be as usual, extended absence will require a doctor’s certificate etc.
- Discipline measures may be more severe in cases of students deliberately or recklessly contravening Level 2 expectations.
- Staff will be mindful to pace themselves and the work being given to students with a view to the whole year programme.
Well-being has been raised as one of the real costs of lockdown. Both caused by isolation and change but also the adversity families and whanau may be facing. In part the return to routines of school will be a massive step forward. To clarify our roles a little:
- Homeroom teachers will be taking extra interest in their students, especially trying to take stock of how they have fared whilst away. They should ideally be your first point of contact if you have worries about your sons progress or well-being.
- Please all be aware of the mountain of resources available via our website which is highly relevant.
- Should any concerns remain or heighten or be of a serious nature please do not hesitate to contact your son(s) dean and/ or our guidance team.
- We will aim to get the uniform shop open for extra hours to accommodate the inevitable lost/ misplaced uniform and the shift to winter mode.
- Attendance will return to its normal functions with everyone being back on site.
- You may need to give your sons an extra shove in the mornings and a decent bit of food during the day for starters.
- Nelson Coachlines advise that all MoE school bus runs will be running as normal on Monday. Other services will be updated on their website as they are confirmed. Please direct Bus enquires to Nelson coachlines https://www.nelsoncoachlines.co.nz/
- The school medical facility will only be open to boarding student initially. Should your son become unwell or is injured during the day you will be asked to collect him as soon as you are able.
Canteen/ Food/ Drinks
- The canteen will open as usual. The dining room functions under to appropriate food safety expectations
- Boys are encouraged to bring water bottles rather than using drinking fountains
- Boys are encouraged not share either drinks or food at all
EOTC in its broadest sense has also been given the green light from camps and tramps to rugby and golf:
- Each activity will have some additional considerations for Covid – 19. Each activity will consider ways to minimise the Covid – 19 risk. It may also be that some activities are modified for now.
- Sports in general will need to consider MoE guidance on their codes as well as guidance from the associations. That guidance will be around Covid -19 safety but also about the physiological side of getting students back into a safe condition for high level sport.
- Contact tracing will be a requirement in any activity involving students/ staff from outside school.
- Friday 15 May – staff meetings to prepare for the restart
- Monday 18 May – 8.45am school opens, students go to homeroom, then school as normal
Finally, sincere thanks to the leadership team who have carried a tremendous weight in keeping the school functioning and in responding to unknown and uncertain times as conditions have changed.
Me nga matihere
Friday 8th May – Level Two
(Friday 8th May 2020)
Kia ora koutou katoa,
A short note only…
It seems likely that we are on the move again and with that the full force of uncertainty. I am totally aware that we will range from excited anticipation to be back in school to considerable worry about the what ifs.
The leadership team have been meeting to consider what we need to do to be best assured that we are ready to return in a manner which reassures you as parent and students and staff of course too.
The change of level will be preceded and followed up by increasingly detailed information from the MoE. As in previous shifts we will aim to communicate with you as comprehensively as we can and if things change so will our message!
Expect more detail from Monday on, once we know for sure what the near future holds.
It seems that we will have plenty of time to get sorted and to clarify things as we all need.
Have a great weekend around Nelson.
Wednesday 29th April – Library Update
(Wednesday 29th April 2020)
Nelson College Library Update
Nelson College school library is now offering a click and collect library book loan service for all students and staff during Covid Level 3. This means you can request library books and if available, they will be collected and left at the school office for you or your parent/caregiver to collect within school hours.
Please note that although books are issued for 3 weeks, overdue library books are not an issue at present and you do not need to return library books back to school at this stage.
The library catalogue also has lots of useful links for researching topics for assignments, for example Te Ara – The encyclopedia of New Zealand and The Prow – historical and cultural stories from Nelson, Tasman and Marlborough. See the many links under the Research Help or Homework Help headings.
If you need help finding information or help in loaning a book in either print or electronic form, or have questions please contact Caroline – firstname.lastname@example.org or Catherine – email@example.com
Tuesday 28th April – LEVEL THREE ONSITE CONDITIONS
(Tuesday 28th April 2020)
Kia ora koutou katoa,
With a new level comes a new world to follow our previous worlds!
Thanks you for your kind messages of support and for your support of your sons. We know this is not at all straightforward. Perhaps the end might be in sight should we all do our bit for the next couple of weeks.
I have highlighted some aspects that will be slightly different during level three or that you may have questions about. Should I miss anything please feel free to contact me.
We have closed the survey for students wanting to attend. Please contact me direct should you wish for your son to be added to this list.
- This office will be open from 8am to 4pm every school day
- The reception side will be our ‘click and collect’ zone
- Phones will be on answer mode for all but the front office
- Visitors will not be allowed past the front office. Should you need or be required to meet anyone they will come to the office to do so, ideally meeting you outside on the front terrace.
- All visitors will be required to record their presence, for contact tracing reasons.
‘Click and collect’
- The reception area will be available for the exchange of all goods.
- Staff may drop items in there for students
- Students may drop off work for staff
- The library may well do the same with books
- Limited numbers will be allowed in the reception space at any time with either Jo and/ or Jacqui supervising this aspect.
- As mentioned above a register will be kept of any visitors entering this space
- We will need to very vigilant of physical distancing, handwashing etc
- The show rolls on for weeks 3 and 4, hopefully to an end!! Fingers crossed
- Just a reminder that teacher only day, 28 April will not be a learning day as such for students. Online classes and the like will not happen on that one day.
- Please remind your sons to keep in touch with their teachers as to what is expected of them especially where there may be assessment activities.
- Staff are working hard to engage with their students and will keep endeavouring to keep them on track
- Some students have been asked to do paid work during this time by their employers and are no doubt valuable to their workplaces. This is exactly the same as working during a school day. It is illegal if they are under 16 and unjustified absences either way. They should be encouraged to manage their time and commitments despite the demand so as to keep their academic progress going and moderate the demands of work.
- I do very much acknowledge the ongoing efforts of everyone in this situation, it is cumbersome and not at all perfect.
- We have three at this stage; International, Refugees and Day School
- International are continuing to be looked after as a bubble with the support of a limited number of staff
- Refugees (junior) will be supported by staff responsible for them for a limited time each day
- Day School are being looked after by staff volunteers on a roster. The boys will be in from 9am – 3.15pm and will have the usual breaks. These boys will be in the library and will use the Crush Hall toilets. Their break space will be the Crush Hall and inner quad. Those who have registered will have received a fairly detailed message about the programme
- Physical distancing, handwashing, the boys and staff being well and having not been around unwell people remain as important as previously.
- Spaces used by students and/ or staff will be cleaned to a “Covid – 19’ standard.
- A safety document or standard way of operating will accompany staff and will be additional guidance for anyone who needs to come in.
Should you have any questions public or not so please do send them to me. I would much rather allay a concern of find an answer than have uncertainty linger.
Tuesday 28th April – NZQA INFORMATION
Wednesday 22nd April – SCHOOL BUS INFORMATION
Bus Information from Nelson Coachlines
Due to the restrictive rules of COVID – 19 level 3 and the suggestion by Govt to all school children that can stay home are to stay home. The below commercial school runs will not be operating during level 3 and will be reassessed closer to the time of Covid – 19 Level 2.
- Motueka via Coastal Highway to Waimea, Nayland and Nelson
- Motueka via Upper Moutere to Waimea, Nayland and Nelson
- Mapua to Waimea, Nayland and Nelson
- Wakefield via Hope to Nayland and Nelson
Please note there will be the Nbus service running on a restricted timetable between Nelson and Richmond for any students that need to travel between there. Please go to Nbus.co.nz to view the Nbus services currently running.
We will also update our website with the latest bus info for parents at https://www.nelsoncoachlines.co.nz/about/school-buses
Wednesday 22nd April – ONSITE ATTENDANCE
(Wednesday 22nd April 2020)
Kia ora koutou katoa,
It is sometimes mentioned in educational pedagogical discussions that a technological revolution is ahead of us. I have often been concerned that this is without consideration of the revolution that we have already been through and our growth as a result. Although we are all feeling challenged and a bit uncomfortable in this distance world, we are doing it, doing it well, and have done it with just 48 hours’ notice. I would like to thank the staff, both teaching and non-teaching for their efforts to continue student learning. All of that said, perhaps it has reinforced more than ever, our strengths and desire to be in the same room as those we are teaching too!
I have tried to give you the greatest possible picture of the situation in order to put minds at ease, save worried questions and the like.
Firstly a brief timeline:
• Messages to staff and parents
• Survey to parents of students intending to attend school
• Leadership team meetings
• Safety check of site
• Cleaning of school site
• Any required maintenance
• Start boilers
• Numbers of likely students and management strategy for that confirmed
• Teacher Only Day
• Staff and department preparation for distance learning from school.
• Plan for onsite students confirmed.
• Staff may be on site
• Distance learning being provided
• Supervision of distance learning in bubbles for students who are at school
• Parents and caregivers have been emailed out the link for Onsite Attendance Form. If you have not received this please email firstname.lastname@example.org
• Please read the preamble to the Onsite Attendance form very carefully. It outlines the grounds on which a student might come to school. This is the preamble only, the link is below.
• Should you have any questions about this, please don’t hesitate to contact us.
• It is very important to us that we have an accurate account of expected student numbers.
• If a student attends without a return from parents, they will not be admitted until we have confirmation from home.
• If a parent states via the survey that a student will be at school, their attendance will be expected. The absences will be followed up by attendance.
• If a student is sick or unable to attend as expected, we would ask that the parent(s) email attendance as usual.
• The school will be thoroughly cleaned this Thursday and Friday, not really for Covid – 19 but because it has been shut down for 4 weeks.
• The school will be cleaned thoroughly at the end of each day, with a focus primarily on spaces that have been used and with a focus on Covid – 19.
• The school site will be inspected again on Thursday and Friday. Any required maintenance will be attended to.
• Basic and required maintenance will be undertaken by safe certified contractors.
• No visitors to be allowed past the front office initially at least.
• Hand washing stations and/ or sanitizer will be available in all student spaces, and bathrooms.
• Students who have been unwell or around people who are unwell, are not to be on school grounds
• Signage will reinforce these messages.
• We have only the assurance from the MoE that they are putting huge effort into this happening, especially for senior students. We can only watch this space.
• We may explore the possibility of re templating more of our netbooks and possibly making them available for collection or distribution. We now have a fairly accurate list of student needs.
Well-being and distance learning
• You will find a ‘button’ on our Covid – 19 page which takes you to a regularly updated set of well-being contacts and resources.
• The same applies for distance learning.
• Our guidance teams, deans, and learning support staff are online and ready to support you as you need.
Curriculum and assessment
• We will continue to work in week-long blocks. This has served us well to date. Staff are keeping an account of the degree of student engagement for future reference and for possible reporting should this extend over several weeks.
• Please take the time to check in with your son(s) as to what school work, meetings, forums and the like he has to help him plan his days.
• Students are encouraged to join the various meetings as a way of connecting with their peers as much as anything else.
Thanks very much for your ongoing support of the school and of your son’s learning. We are acutely aware that all families and teachers are affected by this in very differing ways. Keep up the time out too in whatever form it takes, even if the dog ends up having yet another walk!
Monday 20th April – LEVEL THREE
(Monday 20th April 2020)
Kia ora koutou katoa,
COVID – 19 Level Three
The announcement today of a shift to a level three response to Covid – 19 will change things quite a bit for us in some respects, like staff being much more on site and us having some students on site and not much in other respects like still very much doing distance learning at least for two weeks beyond 29 April.
It raises some interesting questions too! The most important of which is how many students are likely to attend.
I will aim to keep you up to date in the following ways with a more detailed message to you tomorrow or Wednesday with the key points and with a survey asking you to inform us if you do intend to send your son to school next week and we will be regularly updating information on the website.
I strongly suspect a tidal wave of information will keep coming, we will endeavour to keep you up to date with all that is happening, especially via the website to save email overload.
I hope you have had a good weekend and some time to relax.
I would like to thank our staff, teaching and non-teaching for what is for now our distance learning campus! Also thanks to the boys who have so enthusiastically engaged in the programmes being offered by our staff.
The possible change to level three and then the subsequent implications for us should that happen is a very current topic. We have given this a great deal of thought and have considered a range of contingencies. That said, we really can’t do anything more until we know whether there is going to be a change and then what the rules are for us in level three should that happen.
Our model of keeping to a week of distance learning at a time is still very valid, we have two days of our first week to go, we will know by late tomorrow what sort of shape and form our second and possibly even third weeks will look like.
We will keep updating this site as we confirm our plans.
Finally, thanks so much to you parents for supporting your sons through this, both in the learning front and well being front. Please see that we have added a Wellbeing webpage to our resources and an ever growing mine of information on the Distance learning page.
I will be in touch either late today or Tuesday morning as we are informed of the next steps.
Wednesday 15th April – WELCOME TO TERM TWO
(Wednesday 15th April 2020)
Kia ora whānau,
Welcome back to Term Two, we are truly about to embark on a new journey for us all in terms of Distance / Remote Learning. Although these are the terms coined by the Ministry of Education, I have been doing some reading over the ‘break’ and the term ‘emergency blended learning’ has stuck with me, blended learning is learning online and in the classroom or the real world which is what we hope to achieve over the next few weeks. The emergency part is what we’re all dealing with now, the massive upheaval of our lives and now our teaching and learning, so please be mindful of ourselves and each other as we take this journey together.
The reason for my message is to update you on some changes to the Remote / Distance Learning Plan as at 15/04/2020.
Some of the significant updates are detailed below, but as always you can find this information on our website via the Covid-19 page (https://www.nelsoncollege.school.nz/covid-19-updates/) and The Remote / Distance Learning Plan (https://bit.ly/NCremote).
Thursday 9th April
(Thursday 9th April 2020)
I hope that you are doing ok, it seems that many sections and houses have had unprecedented attention as have a number of pets. The weather has certainly eased the burden. I hope your sons have been get some recreation as well as rest!
There has been a very deliberate drop in communication in the hope that we all have a bit of a break before we face a 12 week term with plenty of uncertainty, challenge and discomfort. Staff have and are spending time gearing up for distance learning and considering student achievement bearing that all subjects are different. They are putting a lot of thought into the best approaches for their subjects/ courses.
Term time is not like usual hence this message sometime before we kick off!
Please find below some key points for the first part of this term, especially for the distance learning part.
Our Mega bubble:
Whilst we have been walking dogs, walking selves, walking offspring, grooming sections our mega bubble of international students and staff totalling 80 have been living in a parallel universe. Being exercised, meditated, fed, entertained and above all else massively cared for in a time of great adversity and a time when home would seem as far away as it could possibly be. I would like to thank the staff and their families who have contributed so much to make this work and acknowledge the supreme leadership of Samme Hippolite, Simon Mardon and Alex Hassan. I can’t imagine how grateful those parents would be.
Thinking in compartments:
Given the great question of how long we are in this… we strongly recommend viewing distance learning in one week compartments. Initially 15 April to 22 April and then the next week after that as required. That approach will keep workload and expectations/ workload manageable. It may also limit procrastination.
Staff will be drip feeding your work out. We are keen to avoid heaving many weeks of work out on Wednesday, there is a danger of overload and potential stress, again thinking about a week at a time.
Student work expectations:
The leadership team and local principals have given plenty of thought to the varying demands of subjects and year levels. The rule of thumb that has been reached is 2 hours expected work to be done by each junior class per week and 3 hours for a senior class.
Student meetings, forums etc:
Staff will aim to arrange this type of contact with their classes as per their usual timetable. This will save possible conflicts for students and teachers when trying to engage.
Staff may facilitate the completion of assessment which has been started. Staff will need to be mindful of authenticity issues and the like, alternatively they may choose to extend deadlines and give the usual guidance to assist in completing these shortly after we return.
They may start assessments which are appropriate to distance learning with a view to completing and following up after we return. If we go too many weeks beyond April 22 then we will need to consider our school wide approach to NCEA. I feel certain this will be directed by NZQA and the MoE should this happen.
We will be taking a note of students who are engaging on a weekly basis and also be putting some real effort into rustling up the no shows. We intend to do an actual attendance return for each week we are at a distance. We are keen to have an idea of what level of engagement is occurring. It will at some point be very useful to have a reasonably accurate picture of engagement in distance learning for future planning.
Please bear in mind that in all likelihood we are going to have a 12 week term with some proportion at a distance so do think ahead to managing your son’s well-being. I believe that any on-site restart will be preceded by one of two teacher only days to clean and get ready for normal. It would seem very likely that we will have some sort of mid-term break attached to Queen’s Birthday weekend.
I would like to acknowledge the support staff who continue to support the operation of the school despite being at home and faced with limitations to their capabilities to keep the core functions of the school going.
Deans and guidance are available and have been/ are keeping in touch with their year levels. We are creating a pastoral section on our Covid 19 section of the website for more detailed support information.
Uncertainty/ forced change:
I totally acknowledge this is hugely outside our normal and will and has challenged all of us in different ways. If the situation is becoming overwhelming for whatever reason please access help. Contact your sons deans, our guidance team, or check out the sources of help on our website.
Wednesday 25th March
(Wednesday 25th March 2020)
Kia ora koutou,
The Prime Minister announced on Monday 23rd March that we have now moved to Level 3 and then from Thursday 26th March we will move to Level 4 in the COVID-19 Alert Level structure for a further period of 4 weeks where people are instructed to stay at home. For Tuesday and Wednesday, the expectations are that there are teachers available on site to teach the children of essential workers, including children of teachers, and to prepare online work. Staff will not be able to access the school site from midnight Wednesday and will work from home.
At this stage we are planning to offer distance learning from Thursday morning onwards.
School holidays are being brought forward so that they are completed within the 4 week period. Holidays will now begin from Monday 30th March to Tuesday 14th April inclusive, the Tuesday after Easter Monday is always a closed day for schools, during the holiday break there is no expectation for staff to be providing distance learning.
The process for Distance / Remote Learning is outlined below in the following stages, this is subject to change as further details are released by the Ministry of Education.
Stage 1 – Leadership Communication with student Whānau
The Leadership Team will send an email to all whānau outlining the Distance / Remote Learning Plan.
Stage 2 (Optional) – Teacher Communication with Whānau
Teachers can (but are not required to) send an initial outline email to whānau outlining their Distance / Remote Learning Plan. Some teachers may provide work for Thursday 25th March & Friday 26th March and over the School Holiday break.
Stage 3 – Teacher Communication with Students (Prior to Wednesday 15th April)
Teachers will communicate with students in the first instance via their school email address in Outlook via Office 365 outlining communication channels and Distance / Remote Learning Plans. Instructions for students to access their email in Outlook via Office 365 are here; bit.ly/NCstudentemail
Stage 4 – Distance / Remote Learning Plan(s)
Teachers where possible will give two days of distance learning opportunities for Thursday 25th March & Friday 26th March and perhaps something non-compulsory for the holiday break. The Distance / Remote Learning plan will be in action and underway for continued learning for students by Wednesday 15th April.
Clearly any NZQA Assessments due in the following 4-weeks will need flexibility with deadlines, students are encouraged only to work on and submit these where it is appropriate and practical.
Full and updated details can be found here; https://bit.ly/NCremote. or on the resource sidebar.
Tuesday 24th March
(Tuesday 24th March 2020)
The Ministry of Education has clarified some things to do with distance learning and the placement of the holidays, (times when we are not offering distance learning). You will see on this page a calendar summarising the near future. Essentially staff have a few days to get things in order and send out some work. The Ministry of Education is suggesting that they may have created more distance learning resources by the end of this holiday period to add to our existing resources. It is envisaged that we will then deliver distance learning until schools are allowed to open again.
We will undoubtedly have more updates on this front including information relating to NCEA.
Monday 23rd March
(Monday 23rd March 2020)
Please be aware that the Prime Minister has announced that as a country we are moving to a Level Three response to Covid 19 immediately, and then to Level Four in 48 hours.
This means that the school will be closed from tomorrow for all but the sons of emergency workers and then closed for all as at Thursday morning.
At this stage we are planning to offer distance learning from Thursday morning onwards, in line with the initial statement made by the Prime Minster. It has been suggested that the school will be closed for at least 4 weeks, which may include the holidays. This will all be clarified in due course.
We will be in contact with your son(s) about the distance learning component as more details are released by the Ministry of Education. I suspect this particular area will evolve quite a lot before it settles. Our staff will spend this next 48 hours establishing a programme of distance learning. It will mean considering which aspects of their courses are best suited to this type of learning and what current work can be finished off. In the junior school, there is a range of more generic programmes which will help to keep learning going.
A skeleton staff will be here tomorrow and Wednesday to accommodate the needs of any emergency worker’s children; they should report to the Hall on arrival.
Please keep checking this website for updated information. The Ministries of Health and Education also have very useful information online.
We have managed extraordinarily well as a face of calm and purpose already.
Your vital role in supporting your son(s) through extraordinary times, continues to be very important.
Sunday 22nd March(Sunday 22nd March 2020)
Kia ora koutou katoa,
The Government announced that we had entered a level two (copied below) response to Covid 19 as a country. That has some implications for us.
The first and most important is that some of your sons are advised to stay at home. The broad advice applies to the following:
Older people, particularly those with pre-existing health problems are more likely to get severe illness and are therefore considered at risk. High risk individuals also include people with underlying medical conditions, such as:
- a compromised immune system
- liver disease
- kidney disease
- heart disease
- diabetes mellitus
If you are in this category and feel that you should stay at home then please could you let attendance know via email with an outline of the reason why ( In what way you are compromised). You are not expected to obtain a medical certificate in the situation as the government is anxious not to add any more pressure to medical centres. These guidelines are in addition to the previous guidelines about staying away of you are not well, self-isolating if you have been in contact with a potentially infected person.
Physical distancing and its importance is the another key message
- We will take all practicable steps to spread students around the class. Staff will be mindful of keeping well clear of their space and avoid contact with them and their belongings. Staff will move to a delivery methods that does not involve sharing resources.
- Practical classes will ask students to hand wash before and after the lesson and will need to consider regimes for cleaning shared resources.
- We have established many hand washing sites around the school. These are being restocked at least twice daily and are signposted too. Students will be reminded about these.
- Students should avoid sharing resources and food of any sort with each other
- A student who is absent because they are required to self-isolate for whatever reason, or who are unwell will be marked as explained and justified absences. Staff will do what is practically possible to provide work for these students.
- A student who is absent by choice or not actually required to self-isolate will be marked as explained by unjustified (J).
- Students will not be required to obtain a medical certificate, again to minimise the load on medical centres.
- Please direct any personal concerns you have to email@example.com we can very easily help you to dispel rumour without adding to the speculation
- Please be very assertive with sons if they are being silly and thoughtless with rumour. We all have different levels of anxiety in this situation and must be mindful of those potentially more significantly impacted.
- The government has stated that schools will not close end masse until we are at level four or on a case by case basis. Both relevant Ministries are being incredibly proactive and will undoubtedly let us know if we meet this threshold for any reason. They are also very clear that it is has serious implications should we take the law into our own hands on this matter.
Buses not running
Nelson Coachlines have announced the cancellation of some bus routes as of 23 March https://www.nelsoncoachlines.co.nz/
If your son travels to school by bus and you are unsure what bus route number you may want to refer to the Bus Timetable
Friday 20th March
(Friday 20th March 2020)
The Top of the South Principals have been meeting to keep connected and to develop joint approaches in this situation.
They have collectively decided that we will all postpone:
- Any ‘inter’ school activities. In other words events that have students from more than one school together as at 23 March
- Any students going on overnight activities as at Monday 23 March
Wednesday 18th March
(Wednesday 18th March 2020)
Reminder – schools remain open
At this stage, we are not expecting widespread school closures. We are planning for temporary closures, like what is happening at Logan Park School but as the World Health Organisation has confirmed, the risk to children remains low and parents should continue to send their kids to schools and early learning centres.
Consequently any decisions about school closures will be made on a case by case basis. In the meantime, unless students are unwell themselves, then parents should keep sending them to schools and early learning centres as these environments continue to be safe and the best place for them to continue their learning.
Nelson College has, as a result of the advice from the Ministry of Education:
- School bus route restrictions as of 23 March (Link to Nelson Coachlines)
- The fitness center is completely closed indefinitely for a few weeks
- Closed the school library (students can still use our Wheelers ePlatform catalogue, we have 1878 e books and 764 audiobooks to choose from)
- Postponed Parent Teacher Interviews 24th & 26th March (normal school day)
- NC / NCG Open Door event 27 March (Cancelled)
- Cancelled the Youth Leadership Forum
- Postponed all Assemblies
- Postponed all Dances
- Postponed all House Meetings
- Year 13 Leadership Programme (suspended, alternative programme to be devised)
- Whenua iti TOTSTA courses for Term 1 cancelled (NMIT Friday courses continues at this stage)
In addition, Nelson College:
Continues to provide guidance and facilities for staff and students around personal hygiene.
- Regularly washing hands for at least 20 seconds with warm water and soap and dry thoroughly
- Covering your mouth and nose when you sneeze
- Staying home when you are sick
- Avoiding contact with anyone with cold or flu-like symptoms
- Avoiding public gatherings if you feel unwell
- Cleaning surfaces regularly when infection is suspected
Continues to support students at school with their hand washing by providing hygiene instructions & hand sanitiser throughout the school.
Continues to intensify our cleaning routine to ensure high use areas are regularly treated with disinfectant.
Sport and Trips
The board of School Sport NZ has announced the School Sport NZ calendar of national events will be further suspended until May 5th.
This includes the National Summer Sports Tournament Week and all national and South Island events.
- SISS Mountain Biking (Cancelled)
- NZ Rowing – MAADI Cup (Cancelled)
- NZSS Futsal Champs (Postponed)
- NZSS Volleyball Champs (Postponed)
- SISS Athletics (Cancelled)
- Nelson region Rugby suspended until 14 April
- All community Cricket cancelled for the rest of the season
- Local Volleyball competition suspended for the rest of Term 1
- All community Football and Futsal postponed until 2 May, all training suspended until 18 April or 2 week prior to start of the season
Where possible we will update the list of cancelled and postponed events on this page and the school calendar. Please refer directly to a sport or events’ governing body for specific information.
For further clarification please contact our Sports Co-ordinator Alethea Stove, firstname.lastname@example.org
School camps and overnight trips are at this stage still proceeding, in some cases in a modified manner.
Advice for Unwell Students
If your son is unwell, is it important he stays home and is not returned to school until any illness has passed for 48 hours, especially if he has had gastrointestinal issues. This is for all illnesses, not just specific to COVID-19.
The symptons of COVID-19 are:
- A cough
- A high temperature
- Shortness of breath
These symptoms do not necessarily mean you have COVID-19 as the symptoms are similar to other, more common, illnesses.
For more information please see:
The Ministry of Health
The Ministry of Education
Nelson College also continues to update its Pandemic Procedure as advice is received.
Anyone concerned is advised to contact Healthline on 0800 358 5453, their GP, or refer to the Ministry of Education website – http://www.education.govt.nz/school/health-safety-and-wellbeing/student-and-staff-health/novel-coronavirus-2019-ncov/