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(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.

Instructions for how to use this service.

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.

Remember also the school library has over 2500 ebooks (electronic books) or audio books can you read or listen to. Use the Wheelers eplatform to access these or go to the school library catalogue.

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 – or Catherine –

Kind regards,
Caroline Henderson
Library Manager


(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 ( and The Remote / Distance Learning Plan (

Teachers will communicate about classes or school work via your sons’ school email in the first instance, where they will outline future communication channels. This communication will most likely be in one of two ways, either continued through school email (instructions on accessing email or via Microsoft Teams through the classes ‘Posts’ page (instructions on accessing Teams and Posts


Student Learning Opportunities, Expectations and Devices
Students will be provided with a variety of learning opportunities from a range of subjects, however it is not practical or appropriate that all subjects are able to provide meaningful work for students.

As a guide, Junior students (Year 9-10) should be completing approximately two hours’ work per subject per week and Senior students (Year 11-13) approximately three hours per subject per week where appropriate.

Students are expected to attempt this work, however we acknowledge that some students may be unwell, or not have access to the resources required to do the work at home.

If students do not have access to resources such as a computer or access to the internet at home then please contact our Assistant Principal – Jarrod Aberhart (