Please review the protocols for students, staff and visitors to our site as of Thursday 9 September 2021
Open and Closed Clinic information is found on BOPDHB Website https://www.bopdhb.govt.nz/umbraco/umbraco.aspx#content
and is updated weekly, it is also sent to schools weekly and on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/Talkteeth.bopdhb
Following on from the Prime Minister’s announcement yesterday, we are very excited about the prospect of welcoming our students and staff back to school from next Monday, May 18th. We are aware that all of our students have engaged with their learning from home with varying levels of success for various reasons and will be returning to school feeling anything from anxious to excited. However they are feeling, we want them to know that they are not alone and we are eager to reconnect with them in person. We will be putting an emphasis first and foremost around well-being and whanaungatanga. This is our highest priority. We will also work with all of our students to establish where they are at with their learning and start to formulate a strategy for moving forward their learning in a way that ensures they have a plan in place for experiencing personal success.
As with all government decisions over the last six weeks, the detail announced yesterday by the Prime Minister about de-escalating to Alert Level 2 was based on the latest public health advice. The updated Alert Level 2 framework is considerably different for the education sector than what had previously, and most recently published in the Ministry of Health’s public health guidelines. The updated public health requirements in a school environment are quite different from other sectors, but this is informed by the Ministry of Health’s latest evidence and recommendations. We accept the public health advice, and we will be working to support it. I can advise that we have carefully considered the Alert Level 2 framework for schools and have developed our protocols accordingly. The Board of Trustees convened a video meeting on Sunday evening and approved these protocols. They are attached to this email for your reference and can also be found on the College’s website.
As I wrote in my email yesterday, The Ministry of Health and Ministry of Education has deemed it safe for all students and staff to return to school at Alert Level 2. This includes students and staff who are classified as being at higher risk to COVID-19 because of underlying medical conditions or those who have a household member who is considered to be at higher risk. Schools are considered safe because hygiene habits will be strong, and schools will put into place safe and sensible practice. The College is committed to implementing the public health measures required in schools, which minimise risk for everybody. Understandably, however, some members of our community may feel anxious about sending their children back to school. As parents and caregivers, we respect that you understand your children best, and we want to work in partnership with you to manage their well-being and return to school at Alert Level 2. I ask that every member of our community completes this short (one minute) survey as soon as possible confirming whether or not your child(ren) will be returning to the College from next Monday. We will be following up families from Thursday who haven’t responded or who indicate that they would like to discuss the management of their child(ren)’s well-being at Alert Level 2.
Remote learning protocols will continue through to the end of this week; however, there will be no online meetings with teachers on Thursday and Friday as our staff will be onsite to plan and prepare for welcoming students back on Monday as has been allowed for by government. This time is critical for our team. From Monday, May 18th, the primary method of delivering teaching and learning will be in the classroom, face to face with the teacher. Learning material will be accessible online for those students who are unable to attend. We will continue to reflect on what we have learned through this period of home-based learning and will be reviewing our practices moving forward as a result.
The College is mindful of the challenges many people in our community have faced and may continue to meet during the COVID-19 crisis. Please feel confident to approach the College if your family has experienced adverse financial impact as a result of COVID-19. It is crucial in these tough times for the College, and its community, to work closely together to ensure a high level of continuity in the teaching and learning of our students. Any inability to meet fees and donations will not be a barrier to continued education at Aquinas College. All communication will be treated with the utmost confidentiality and should be initially addressed through the Principal.
Students are expected back in their winter school uniform from Monday, but we understand that there may not be enough time to for this to be practicably achieved by everyone. We will apply appropriate discretion, care and understanding in this space. I am advised that New Zealand Uniforms has good levels of stock and are continuing to accept online orders during Alert Level 3. They will open their shop from Thursday. Refer to their website for operating hours. We will also make the College’s second-hand uniform shop more available for our community in the coming days at the following times:
Thursday, May 14th: 11:00am-3:00pm
Friday, May 15th: 9:00am-3:00pm
Monday, May 18th: 9:00am-3:00pm
Tuesday, May 19th: 9:00am-3:00pm
Wednesday, May 20th: 9:00am-3:00pm
Thursday, May 21st: 9:00am-3:00pm
Friday, May 22nd: 9:00am-3:00pm
I will be hosting another Facebook Live session tomorrow at 7:00pm to answer questions you may have about the move to Alert Level 2. Please post the questions you have to the post promoting this on our Facebook page.
In closing, I commend you all for your creative and faith-filled response during this time. I have been inspired by how we have collectively worked to ensure the continued learning and spiritual formation of our students. Let us all join in prayer together to seek our Lord’s guidance and protection over our students, staff and community as we move forward in our new normal.
Ma te Atua tātou e manaaki
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I am tremendously proud of the way that our students and teachers have engaged online in the first two days of this term. I know that it hasn’t been without its challenges as well, but as a College, we are confident that the ongoing adjustment to this space will ensure continued learning and progress for our students. I also offer sincere thanks to all our parents and whānau for the way you have supported your children’s education in this new space.
As was announced today by our Prime Minister, when New Zealand moves to Alert Level 3, schools will open for children up to and including Year 10. Students in Years 11-13 will continue to learn at home. Physical attendance at school for junior students will be voluntary, but all children not at school should be learning remotely. As we learned today, schools will primarily be for children of parents who need to return to work, or for children who cannot learn remotely. Children who can, should remain home and continue to learn remotely.
I understand this announcement will cause consternation for many members in our community, especially our students, but I want you all to know that our staff are 100% committed to supporting our students learning and well-being through this evolving space.
While I am expecting to receive considerably more detailed guidelines from the Ministry of Education in due course, this is all the information I have now. Rest assured; I will communicate with our community with further details on what Alert level 3 will mean for Aquinas College as soon as I am able.
May the Lord continue to bless us and protect us.
In light of the Covid-19 situation, our 2021 enrolment process is under review. Information and timelines will be published when the College has a better sense of the evolving Covid-19 situation and permissible activities under the Government’s Alert Levels.
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On the eve of the start of Term 2 Principal Dalton speaks to our Aquinas College students and community. He is joined by a number of staff sharing their personal messages of encouragement!
The Aquinas College Student Executive have been working alongside Mr Dalton and Mrs van Zyl, over this period of lockdown, to put together an Easter Liturgy for our Community. This year we have focussed on the words of Jesus to his Disciples during Holy Week.
These words are not only a lamp for our feet but are made even more significant as we sit in our bubbles at home. Bishop Steve Lowe also joins us to reflect on the Gospel message.
During this unprecedented time, we also encourage you to embrace the invitation to be one people of Christ and to reflect on your own relationship with Christ.
May the peace and love of Christ be with you all this Easter.
Click the link to see the Liturgy:
Click here to also see and hear daily Mass brought to you by the Hamilton Diocese: https://www.cdh.org.nz
Here’s a helpful video from our Student Executive team with lots of tips and tricks to get through the rest of the school hols and beyond! ?
Kia ora e te whānau
I want to thank our College community for your continued cooperation and understanding during these challenging times. I hope you have had an opportunity to digest the information I sent via email last night. I appreciate that there has been a lot of information to take in and that this continues to be a difficult time. The swiftness of the Government’s decision has undoubtedly caught many people by surprise. While your focus will undoubtedly be on preparations for lockdown and on the wellbeing of your family, please take time to ensure you are taking care of yourself in the process.
We feel confident from a structural point of view that our students will be well catered for when the time comes for remote learning. It seems prudent, however, to reach out once more to ensure we have widespread coverage of devices across our families.
In my emails dated 12th March & dated 18th March, I sought feedback from families who do not have the internet at home and/or do not have access to a device for their child(ren) to facilitate remote learning. Our Deans have also sought to identify students in this vein. We are confident from the responses to my emails and the work of the Deans that we have excellent coverage but wanted to reach out once more. If your child(ren) do not have access to a device, please contact us urgently so we can prepare a loan device which will be available for pick up before the College closes tomorrow. We understand that during this time, our families may need to share devices, and that is to be expected. Our priority is to our community members who do not have a device to facilitate remote learning for their child(ren).
Concerning the internet at home, we understand that the Ministry of Education is working to ensure equity across New Zealand as all schools need to employ distance learning. I ask that if you do not have the internet at home, and this cannot be arranged, that you make us aware of this so that we can provide these details to the Ministry of Education in due course.
I ask that contact regarding these two matters is made to Mr Kennedy, Deputy Principal, by email – firstname.lastname@example.org
Yours in Christ
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