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“Don’t be afraid, for I am with you. Don’t be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you. Yes, I will help you. Yes, I will uphold you with the right hand of my righteousness”. 

(Isaiah 41.10)

2020 Term 2:

  • STARTS:   Wednesday 15 April 2020
  • ENDS:       Friday 3 July 2020




 Yay! Level 1 is here!  On the home run now whanau

It’s amazing how we don’t realise the blessings and freedom we have until it’s gone.

  • The Lock down has certainly been a time to contemplate the important things in life.
  • A forced time of rest for many of us.

I hope we all learnt the lessons God showed us in that time and carry forth those treasures, incorporating them into our lives.

Doors may have closed for some but God will open even better ones if we’d seek Him for His best for our lives.  He is the ‘Way Maker, Miracle Worker, Promise Keeper, Light in the darkness’


Most of our students have now returned to school.  It’s so great seeing them all enjoying one another’s company and studying diligently.  We look forward to all students returning back on site to re-engage with all their learning so they don’t fall behind.


Tena koutou whanau ma – warm greetings to everyone.

Nearly there! What a fantastic effort from our whanau and community to get alongside the kaupapa and get us back to (nearly) normal.

I’m including the advisory I have received from the Secretary of Education  that helps us understand what Level 1 looks like at school. As you can see there really are no more restrictions, but we have learned some important lessons that we can keep hold of to keep us safe from the usual winter bugs that we come into contact with, especially cold and flu bugs. This means we still want to make sure our environments are clean and hygienic and that our personal hygiene, such as hand washing is of a high standard too.

Alert Level 1

The key changes for schools:

  • Physical distancing is not a requirement but where possible or practicable is encouraged when you are around people you don’t know.
  • There are no specific public health requirements.
  • There are no restrictions on personal movement so all students, children and staff continue to be safe to go to school / early learning, and ‘all students must attend school’
  • You are no longer required to keep a contact tracing register but will continue with the usual practice of having a visitor and an attendance register (and will need to work with local health authorities to identify close contacts, should there be a case connected with the school).
  • There are no restrictions on numbers at gatherings or on physical activities including cultural and sporting activities, practices and events.

There are key public health measures – Golden Rules – for everyone in New Zealand to follow. For schools and early learning services this means:

  • If people are sick, they should stay home (phone Healthline or their GP and get tested if they have cold or flu symptoms)
  • Stringent self-isolation of those who display relevant symptoms of COVID-19, test positive for COVID-19, have been in close contact with someone who tests positive for COVID-19, or have been overseas in the last 14 days – Ministry of Health information for self-isolation.
  • Continue to regularly wash and dry hands, sneeze and cough into elbows.
  • Soap, water and the ability to dry hands should be provided in bathrooms.
  • Regularly disinfect shared surfaces.

Symptoms noted on the Ministry of Health website are:

  • a cough
  • a high temperature (at least 38˚C)
  • shortness of breath
  • a sore throat
  • sneezing and runny nose
  • temporary loss of smell.

We are really looking forward to finishing the term well with everyone back on site.

Nga mihi mahana – Blessings to all

David Rogers.



Reminder:  Parents / Caregivers please phone our School Office on 09 4011 873 or email by 9 am in mornings should your child / children be absent.

You need to advise:

  • The absence reason
  • When they are likely to return to school

Failure to do so will result in Follow up action for ‘Truancy’, as part of the ‘Rock On Truancy Project’.  You may receive a text, email, phone call and where serious Truancy occurs a ‘Rock On Letter’.

  • Julie Haines                ( Year 1 – 8 Students)
  • Jacqueline Te Huia   (Year 9 – 13 Students)

Ministry of Education Weekly Attendance Collection for COVID-19 Period:

As of 29 May, we have and will be sending ‘student attendance data’ to the Ministry weekly.

The purpose is to:

  • report to the National Crisis Monitoring Centre and government on levels of attendance during the COVID-19 period
  • inform and support Ministry planning for students and schools returning to normal operation
  • evaluate and report on the effectiveness of initiatives implemented by the Ministry to respond and manage its response to COVID-19



The Ministry of Education have changed the start of the external examinations for NCEA to a later date.
NCEA exams will now begin on Monday 16 November – Wednesday 9 December.
  • This is to help relieve some of the learning time pressure students and teachers have experienced due to home learning during the COVID19 Lockdown period.
  • We want to thank whanau who worked hard during the lock down period by getting involved with the learning needs of their rangatahi.
  • We all are working hard at school to ensure the best outcome for our rangatahi.
  • Please continue to keep engaged with the learning of your children, as research shows that strong whanau, student and school connections make the world of difference to future learning outcomes.
  • This year has challenges before all of us, but we are aiming to build on what we have learnt together, to plan the pathway ahead.
You can see the revised 2020 Examination Timetable and the Whanau Survey on our school website
Whanau support and input is vital and very much appreciated.
  • Please also complete the whanau survey, as this will help gather your voice too as we reflect on what has been learnt in a much broader sense over the past 2 months.
If you have any NCEA queries, please contact:  Yvonne Vujcich 09 405 2626



First Wednesday in Alert Level 1 and what an amazing feeling it is!!

Our activity nugget today “Ball tricks” which is an exciting way to give kids a ball each and allow them the opportunity to explore the many ways they can use a ball! Catch, pass, throw, balance, roll you could try different types…Netball, basketball, tennis ball, cricket ball…whichever it is, it’s a great intro for getting back into all those ball sports again!

As for our nutrition nugget “Waiho ngā pākete” or ditch the packets provides healthy alternative options for lunch that help to encourage us to be as environmentally conscious as we can for our papatūānuku.


Hope you enjoy! Stay safe and I’ll see you back here same time and place for more next week!

Ngā mihi

Shawni Paniona  (Energize Lead Whangarei Sport Northland)   027 272 7522 Mobile |



A lovely queen size bed and mattress (the Mattress is well used) to give away to bless a family that’s in genuine need.

All inquiries phone: School Office 09 4011873


Blessings to you all and stay safe!