Newsletter Header



” Thus says the Lord God to these bones: Behold I will cause breath to enter you and you shall live”

(Ezekiel 37:5)

2020 Term 2:

  • ENDS:       Friday 3 July

2020 Term 3:

  • STARTS:   Friday 20 July
  • ENDS:       Friday 25 September




Winter is certainly here!

Post Lock Down, with an economy slowly trying to find its feet again and with holidays coming up in July, now maybe a perfect opportunity for some to plan a ‘Winter Get Away’ for the School Holidays.

  • It doesn’t have be extravagant and there’s certainly much to experience locally or further afield within New Zealand. Even a visit to a Café.  It all helps to pump life back into many businesses and sectors that were hit financially by the Lock down.
  • For some trying to recover financially too, or others worked off their feet over the lock down period, it may be a perfect time to rest, relax, snuggled up at home.
  • Either way, may this Winter season be a time of deep reflection, a time to set new goals for the upcoming Spring season of our lives.



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 students are sick, they should stay home. Take them to the GP if they have cold or flu like symptoms – the GP will advise whether Covid testing is needed. Keep in touch with the school to advise about absences and return students to school when they are well.
  • There is currently no Covid 19 in the community (as advised by the Director of Health). If Covid 19 is detected then Ministry of Health procedures will be adopted.
  • 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.





Another good day today with the girls preparing food and making coffee
Nga Mihi
Jo Madden
Trades Academy Tutor
Tutor at QRC Tai Tokerau Resort Collage
Diploma of Hospitality Management




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



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


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.

Should we miss your call, please leave a message on our answering phone:

Please advise the following details:

  • The student’s name
  • 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)


  • Any student arriving late to School is required to sign in at the School Office upon arrival
  • Parents of young students who arrive late, will need to sign them in before dropping them off to their class
  • At the first class / form time of the day, the School Roll is marked and any marked ‘absent’ will be followed up as noted above, for attendance absences
  • It’s important your children arrive to school on time, as this too is considered a form of Truancy


All visitors who enter our School Grounds are required to sign in / out at our School Office

  • We take seriously the security and welfare of our students and therefore require Parents and Visitors adhere to this requirement
  • If it’s before the first school bell and you’re just dropping your children off and immediately leaving, you won’t need to sign in/out
  • If you remain onsite, you will be considered as a ‘Visitor’ and therefore will need to sign in / out at the School Office
  • If you arrive early to pick up your child / children and it’s before the final school bell, you will need to sign your child out, at the School Office



Kia ora Koutou,

With sports picking up again I thought it would only be relevant to align todays nuggets with a skill. Today’s activity is “B Ball dribble”. You could adapt to suit your given equipment small or large balls the focus here is really on learning that comes with practicing the dribble like improving motor skills, hand-eye coordination, and timing, all of which are important parts of the developmental progression and can be applied into a range of sport settings.

On another note how awesome has all this rain been!!! Even though it is much colder it is important to keep hydrated for our health and wellbeing even more so if you are getting back into your given sport or recreation passions again.

Today’s nugget “Hydration” provides some great ideas to freshen up the taste. With lemons and mandarin tress blooming these are a great go to and to safe on costs ask your whanau or school or work communities to see who may have some trees growing that is willing to share the aroha.


Ngā mihi

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



Blessings to you all and stay safe!