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Returning Year 11-13 Students

Message from Mr Rooney

Dear Parents & Caregivers

The disruption to NCEA this year for students in Year 11, 12 and 13 has been significant which is why the announcement made by the Minister of Education is so critical.

As well as supporting our senior students in relation to NCEA, there are considerable wellbeing benefits to having students returning to school. We know that many of our boys have found distance learning very difficult, and in some cases impossible to maintain.

Therefore, students in Years 11 to 13 and who are in an Alert Level 3 area can return to onsite learning next week from Tuesday 26 October to assist with their end-of-year preparation.

Public health advice remains that with the expected health measures in place, risk of infection in a school setting is low. Parents and whānau can be confident that the approach is designed to keep children, their teachers and communities as safe as possible.

But it’s important everybody continues to play their part – stay at home if you are unwell, get tested if you have symptoms, maintain your bubble, and keep track of where you have been. We do encourage you and your whanau to get vaccinated– the more people that are vaccinated, the more students can attend learning onsite with fewer restrictions in place.

Things to note for returning students:

  • Classes will operate with the normal timetable.  
  • There may be some room changes which students will be advised of in their Form Class.
  • The tuckshop will be open with limited food.
  • Students need to bring their own water as the taps will be turned off.
  • Buses:
    1. Buses will operate as normal.
    2. Face masks are compulsory on all school buses.
    3. When arriving at school on a bus, students must get signed off with Mrs McNeil outside the gymnasium. This is for contact tracing purposes.
    4. Boys are to sanitise their hands when getting off and on the bus.

Students of Essential Workers

We will still be operating a bubble for students in Years 7-10 who need to be at school because other care arrangements are unavailable.  It is important to email Mr McKenty by Friday afternoon if your son will be attending (year 7-10 students only)


A roll will be taken for Year 11-13 students. If your son will be absent, please advise the school in the normal manner.  Email: [email protected], Phone: 09 837 9807, or through the school App.

Health and Safety Requirements
 With the return to school of Years 11-13 Students, there will be an extensive range of health and safety requirements and measures that will need to be followed. Information on these will be emailed to you and your son before the weekend.

NCEA and New Zealand Scholarship exams 2021 as advised by the Ministry of Education

NCEA exams and New Zealand Scholarship exams will go ahead as planned between Monday 22 November and Tuesday 14 December.

The wellbeing of students remains our top priority, as does supporting students to return to school and to continue their learning.

NZQA has also invoked the unexpected event grade (UEG) process for students in Auckland, Waikato and Northland.

This means students in Auckland, Waikato and Northland who cannot attend an exam due to the COVID-19 disruption will receive the unexpected event grade submitted by their school. Where they do attend the exam, they will receive the better of their exam grade or their unexpected event grade.

Where possible, students are expected to attend exams. NZQA is working with schools on measures to protect students and staff which align with public health guidance. Of course, physical distancing is a normal part of exam conditions.

Unexpected Event Grades are available for NCEA examinations only. They are not available for New Zealand Scholarship examinations.



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