COVID-19 UPDATES

from St Peter's Senior Leadership

 NCEA INFORMATION

RESOURCES

 

20 November 2021

Dear Year 7 and 8 families 

Thank you for your understanding over the last week as we have navigated the moves between alert levels, followed closely by the news of household contact of a positive Covid case.

With all decisions pertaining to our students, we always take a cautious approach guided by the information we have available to us at the time.  We know how hard and frustrating it must be as a parent and student with this uncertainty, and we want you to know that no decision is made lightly.
 
At this stage, there is no further information available to us regarding the status of the person who is a household contact of a positive Covid case, as they are awaiting a further test as per Ministry of Health protocols.  As indicated in the email on Thursday night, we will continue with online learning for our Year 7 & 8 students on Monday and Tuesday next week. On Tuesday we will make the decision as to whether we return to onsite learning on Wednesday, after we have the latest information and guidance from the appropriate authorities.
 
If you are an essential worker and require your child to be supervised at school for their online learning, then please email Kurt O’Connell at kurto@stpeters.school.nz so this can be arranged for you.
 
For our Boarding students, your online learning will continue to be supported by our boarding staff on Monday and Tuesday.
 
Computers
We also understand that some students may have left computers etc at school on Thursday. If you need to arrange a contactless pick up then please email kurto@stpeters.school.nz
 
Lastly, can we please take this opportunity to thank you for all your supportive messages of the decisions we are making, and most importantly the person concerned.  These are challenging times for all of us.

Kind regards

Kurt O'Connell and Julie Small

20 November 2021

Dear St Peter’s Year 9 and 10 families  

As we reflect on the closing of our Prep school for Year 7 and 8 students, we thank you for your support and acknowledge we are going to have to find ways of living with these types of challenges going into the future. 

At this stage, there is no further information available to us regarding the status of the person who is a household contact of a positive Covid case, as they are awaiting a further test as per Ministry of Health protocols.

With this in mind, we will maintain our robust hygiene protocols for our Year 9 and 10 students even in level 2, as repeated advice received is that masks and distancing remain the best defense against the spread of Covid.  Therefore, for the remainder of the term, we plan to maintain the following:

Masks
  • To be worn on school buses.
  • Arriving and departing school in masks.
  • All indoor settings masks to be worn and when lining up at the Dining Hall.
  • Masks DO NOT now need to be worn during interval and lunchtime when students are eating, drinking, and socialising outdoors.
  • When outdoors, if physical distancing can be maintained, masks will NOT need to be worn.
  • We ask that these be disposable masks, primarily for the reason that most of the cloth masks students wear do not offer the same degree of protection as the disposable masks.
  • Staff will be setting an example by maintaining the same requirements however, we do not want staff to have to make a judgment about each mask's capability.
  • We will not require a change during the day unless a student is aware that their mask has become wet or dirty.

School timings

  • Current timings will continue for the remainder of term, with an early finish at 2.45pm based on a shorter lunch break.  The amount of classroom time will not be reduced.
  • Buses will depart at 3pm and 5pm.
  • Our rationale is that the greatest risk to our community is in those extended periods of down time when students are not under direct supervision of a teacher.

Recreational options

  • There will be some activity and sports training that resumes next week.
  • Attached here is a flyer with details available. 
  • Students requiring the bus will have the option of travelling at 5pm.
  • The Library will open to students during lunch, interval and after school, but a limit will be put on the number that can enter at any one time.

Lastly, can we please take this opportunity to thank you for all your supportive messages of the decisions we are making, and most importantly for the person concerned.  These are challenging times for all of us. 

Julie Small, Campus Principal

 November 2021

Dear Year 7 and 8 families

We have been informed today that a fully vaccinated person has been told that they are a close contact of a confirmed case of Covid-19.  This person’s movements this morning before they were told that they were a contact were predominantly in the Year 7 and 8 area.  The person concerned is following all the correct protocols and is isolating at home.
  
We appreciate this can be concerning news, however we have taken advice and are responding with a conservative approach.

The school has made the decision as a precautionary measure to close the Prep School and have our Year 7 and 8 students work online tomorrow Friday 19 November 2021 commencing at period 3 at 10.25am.
 
Our Year 7 and 8 boarders will be online learning under the direction of their Boarding House Directors .
 
We will continue to keep you updated and informed once the person of concern has returned their next Covid test result. The advice for you is to monitor for symptoms and if symptoms present to isolate and get tested.  If you have any health-related questions please call Healthline on 0800 611 116.
 
We plan to continue online learning for the early part of next week and will back in touch when we have further information to share.
 
Thank you for your understanding at this time.
 

Kurt O'Connell and Julie Small

18 November 2021

Dear Year 9 - 13 families 

We have been informed today that a fully vaccinated person has been told that they are a close contact of a confirmed case of Covid-19.  This person’s movements this morning before they were told that they were a contact were predominantly in the Year 7 and 8 area.  The person concerned is following all the correct protocols and is isolating at home.
  
We appreciate this can be concerning news, however we have taken advice and are responding with a conservative approach.

The school has made the decision as a precautionary measure to close the Prep School and have our Year 7 and 8 students work online tomorrow. 
 
We will continue with onsite learning for Year 9 and 10 students and welcome year 11 -13 students who have booked in for tutorials or project work.
 
We will continue to keep you updated and informed once the person of concern has returned their next Covid test result. The advice for you is to monitor for symptoms and if symptoms present to isolate and get tested. 

Thank you for your understanding at this time.
 
Kind regards

Julie Small

11 November 2021

Dear families of St Peter’s Year 9 and 10 students

Next week we are looking forward to school reopening for our Year 9 and 10 students on Thursday 18 November 2021 at 8.15 am (Day 2).  

You will be aware from the InTouch message last week that we have planned to lead a special occasion for our Year 13 students next Wednesday on the school grounds, hence school not being open for our junior students on the Wednesday.   Given the disappointments of 2021 for our Year 13 cohort, allowing them to be together in their bubble for their Senior Prizegiving and Leavers’ Chapel is a priority for our team.

To celebrate our senior prizewinners, Wednesday 17 November was calendared to be a half-day of learning to allow all year groups to watch the pre-recorded Senior Prizegiving at 1.30 pm on our YouTube channel.  On Wednesday we will introduce our St Peter’s Mind, Body, and Spirit Wellbeing Day to give students alternatives to being online through the morning (further information will be provided about this).  This will also be the day to allow our boarding students to travel back to school and for staff to prepare for a return to onsite teaching. 

It is important to explain to your child that learning onsite will be different from when they were last at school.  We will be requiring that strict protocols be adhered to in order to promote the safety of all in our community.

Other points to note:

  • Students located in Level 2 will be able to travel to attend school (please ask them to carry their school ID card).  
  • For those students who decide not to return to school, work will continue to be provided for each lesson online but there will not be an accompanying Google Meet, instead, students can email or message teachers directly when further support is required for their learning.
  • We strongly encourage that all eligible students are vaccinated prior to a return to school.   Please maintain an updated vaccination status by logging in to Consent 2 Go, and adding the relevant information.   A link is here
  • Sport, assemblies, Chapels, and after-school activities are not permitted at our current alert level settings.
  • Students must have no COVID-like symptoms prior to their return to school.
  • School buses will operate.  Bus morning pick-up times will be as normal, and students must wear face masks.
  • Lunch will be shortened to 45 minutes, which will result in school finishing each day at 2.45pm, with buses departing at an earlier time of 3 pm.  This will not reduce the amount of time our students spend in the classroom.
  • A separate communication from our Director of Boarding will be sent a little later to outline the return to boarding protocols for our Year 9 and 10 students.   
  • All staff and students will be required to wear disposable face masks that will be changed once during the day.  Students should bring two masks per day to change after lunch.  We have a supply of masks for students who are unable to access masks prior to their return to school.  Staff and students will not be able to wear cloth masks at school.
  • We will provide takeaway lunches for each student to comply with the requirement to prevent large groups from gathering indoors.
  • Uniform and hair dispensations will be allowed for next week.  Students can wear their winter uniform if they do not have a complete summer uniform available to them.   
  • The uniform shop has reopened with strict hygiene protocols in place. They are also offering telephone fittings and contactless pickup for email orders.  Please refer to the St Peter’s Community Portal for details for opening hours and contact details.

To assist in our planning for a return to school, can I please ask you to signal whether your child is intending to return to onsite learning at St Peter’s.  Please complete this short survey.

Thank you for your ongoing support during this extended lockdown period.

Kind regards

Julie Small

10 November 2021

We are excited to hear today the Government announcement of a return to school for our Year 7  - 10 students next week.  Whilst we are awaiting the full detail from the Ministries of Health and Education, we will reserve our decision on when and how to open until their guidelines have been fully evaluated.

We will be back to you as soon as we have completed that process.

In the meantime, can I ask you to complete Consent 2 Go with your student's vaccination status?  Whilst it is not mandatory for an eligible student to be vaccinated prior to their return to the school grounds, we strongly encourage this to occur to ensure we can keep all in our community safe. 

Julie Small has been on leave today but will be back in touch once we have met to review the latest Ministry of Education Bulletins and Ministry of Health Guidelines.   

Kind regards

Brenton Joubert

Deputy Principal

 

08 November 2021

Dear St Peter’s families

I felt it timely to catch up with you regarding the changes to our calendar and a few other updates, particularly for our senior students.  Our teachers are doing a sterling job of teaching both face-to-face and online under very challenging conditions and we appreciate those students turning up to their lessons on time and with a positive attitude.  We are aware that many of our students are doing it tough currently, due to a number of factors.  Please assure them that the school can offer confidential support with whatever challenges they are facing in a non-judgemental manner, by calling upon our wellbeing staff, chaplains, house directors, teachers or deans to ask for help if they need it. 

Calendar
  • An updated school calendar showing the end of year programme is attached here
  • Senior students will finish school on Friday 12 November in preparation for their NCEA examinations   
  • Year 12 International Baccalaureate students will continue learning until Tuesday 7 December 2021.
  • Year 7 - 10 students continue to learn online and school will conclude for them on Wednesday 8 December. 
  • The Year 9 Orientation Day due to be held on 12 November, has been divided into two parts.  An online test and video will be emailed to all students on Wednesday 17 November.  The physical on-site elements of the Orientation Day will be held at the beginning of 2022. 
  • Further details will be advised regarding Junior Prizegiving when we are aware of Alert Levels.
The 2022 term dates for your reference are :
Term 1    Wednesday 9 February to Thursday 14 April
Term 2    Monday 2 May to Friday 1 July
Term 3    Monday 25 July to Friday 30 September
Term 4    Monday 17 October to Thursday 8 December


Senior Prizegiving
  • Senior Prizegiving will be a pre-recorded event shown to all students at 1.30 pm on Wednesday 17 November via the St Peter’s YouTube channel.
  • Year 13 students will receive an invitation to attend in person at the school (no parents, unfortunately). 
  • If weather permits, our Chaplains will lead an outdoor chapel service for our Year 13s.
  • The 2022 Prefects, including Head Boy and Head Girl will be announced separately.
NCEA 
  • NCEA tutorial week will commence on the timetable from Monday 15 November for Year 11 to 13 NCEA students, EXCEPT Wednesday when tutorials will be online for periods 1-4.  
  • NCEA Exams will commence the week of 22 November and the NCEA examination calendar is here.  They will conclude on 14 December 2021.
  • NCEA admission slips will be sent to St Peter’s this week and we will advise where they can be collected from.  For those learning at home, the slips can be printed from the "NZQA Learner Log in". Please keep them in a safe place as students will need to take these to the exams once they have checked all of the details are correct.
  • Year 10 students who are doing NCEA examinations are able to come on-site to undertake their examinations.  Boarders will be unable to stay on campus so please contact Jess Patrick to discuss the options for these students.
  • St Peter’s students outside of Auckland have been granted the pre-approved learning credit, reflecting the 20+ school days affected by online learning.  See the white line on this attached table.
  • Auckland students have had their individual inclusive package applied for, represented by the grey area on the attached table.
  • Unexpected Event Grades (UEG) will be released via the St Peter’s Community Portal prior to the NCEA exams.  These grades are derived from the external evidence collection undertaken by teachers over the year.  When sitting an exam, the best grade from the exam or UEG will be awarded.  If a student cannot attend an exam due to a Covid related reason or injury / illness, the UEG will be applied.

Vaccination status
Currently, students are not mandated to be vaccinated by the Ministry of Health, however we strongly encourage our students to be vaccinated to keep us all safe.  Please ensure your student's vaccination status is updated via Consent to Go, a link is here.

All our staff will be required to have their first vaccination by 15 November 2021, and be fully vaccinated by 01 January 2022, as per the Government mandate.


Please reach out to the following staff if you have any questions about:
NCEA - Jess Patrick 
Senior Prizegiving - Sara Loughnane
Calendar - Gerard Keightley
Chronicle - Ruth Crampton

I'll be back in touch after Wednesday's Alert Level announcement, where we hope that the Government will allow us to welcome our younger students back to school.

Kind regards

Julie Small

Campus Principal

28 October 2021

Dear Year 11, 12 and 13 families

Our key focus is to deliver the highest quality education and support we can and to retain the ability to do so at this critical period of the education year.  We also need to ensure the health and safety of everyone.

Members of the senior leadership team and board reconvened today to review the current situation, with a view to assessing the opportunity to reopen the school. What has changed:

  • Our current improved combined student and staff vaccination rate for first vaccinations is 86%.
  • A larger number of students can and appear willing to return.
  • We have completed a ventilation audit and now feel confident we can provide a safe physical environment.

As a result, we will reopen the school on Monday 01 November (Day 3 of the timetable) for those Year 11, 12 and 13 day and boarding students who wish to return however, we will have the following requirements in place:

  • The expectation is that all students returning have had at least one COVID vaccination. At this point, we will operate on a high trust basis.
  • Our strong preference is that students remain learning online if they are unvaccinated.  For those other students who choose not to return, online learning will continue.
  • All students will be accommodated for on-site examinations.
  • Students must have no COVID-like symptoms.
  • All staff and students will be required to wear disposable face masks that will be changed once during the day (We have a supply of masks for students that are unable to access masks prior to their return to school).  Staff and students will not be able to wear cloth masks at school.
  • All students at higher risk of severe illness must remain at home and continue with online learning.
  • The Dining Hall and classrooms will be managed to ensure social distancing is maintained.
  • Sport, assemblies, and after-school activities will not be possible.
  • We are exploring alternative ways of conducting end-of-year celebrations.
  • In break times, outdoor areas are to be utilised. In poor weather, specific indoor areas are to be used but with adherence to social-distancing requirements.
  • We will isolate the Robb Sports Centre in the period leading up to exams to protect our ability to host exams.

In addition for Boarding students

  • The Ministry of Health has stated that any boarding student who crosses the Auckland boundary into our region, or an Alert Level 2 boundary into our region, is required to remain in boarding until the end of term or the end of their exams.
  • Those that live within our Alert Level 3 region will be permitted to take leave to go home.

Buses for day students will travel to school at normal pick-up times and depart from school daily at 3.35pm. Students travelling on buses will be required to wear masks.

We will continue to monitor the situation and keep you updated and acknowledge that it is a difficult time for everybody. Please continue to work with us to ensure the school remains a safe place for both students and staff.

Kind regards

John Macaskill-Smith and Julie Small

27 October 2021

To our St Peter’s families

I know the news from the government today would not have come as a surprise to many of you, given the ongoing clusters in the Waikato and Auckland regions, where a number of our students are located.

Later this week, the board and senior leadership will meet to re-evaluate the potential of opening the school for our Year 11-13 learners.  Yesterday we sent a survey to those Year 11-13 families requesting some updated information around returning to school and student vaccination status. If you have not yet completed those details, I would appreciate you taking the time to do so, as this data is critical to our decision-making process.

Student vaccination status - https://www.mcbschools.com/stpetersnz/studentupdate

Return to school  - https://forms.gle/xJGxdFUWjUVkW7q77

Our Year 7-10 students will continue learning online.  

A few other updates for you:

Day students located in Alert Level 2 region - Year 11, 12 and 13 only

We received advice on Sunday that our Alert Level 2 day students are able to cross the level 3 border and attend school if we were to reopen.  

Boarding students - Year 11, 12 and 13 only

Following the decision whether to reopen the school later this week, those students returning to boarding from an Alert Level 2 area will need to follow the guidelines from the Ministry of Health / Ministry of Education, stating that they will still need to remain at school until after their last exam, until the end of term, or when there is a change in alert levels.  

However, those boarders in the same Alert Level 3 area as the school, are able to move backwards and forwards between home and their boarding house. This does not include those boarders from the Alert Level 3 Auckland region.

NCEA

Deputy Principal Jess Patrick has recorded this Q & A session for our NCEA students. This may be a useful update for you. Another Q & A session will follow, so if you have any questions – please send them to Jess.

Students are encouraged to work towards their external examinations, commencing 22 November.  We are extremely mindful of our students’ workload and wellbeing. They are encouraged to reach out to their teachers or deans to ask for assistance.

Teachers are collecting ongoing evidence of understanding of externally assessed assessments.

  • Students will “get the best grade from exams or external evidence grade”. Having access to the best grade reflects the disruption our students have had. 

  • If a student is unable to sit an exam, for a covid-related reason, injury, or illness, they will receive the unexpected event grade. 

  • The collection of this evidence is part of the teaching process and is not additional work for students.  

  • Evidence collection can be undertaken via a multitude of scenarios such as a student conference,  submission of a section of work to clarify understanding of a standard, test, etc. It is collected over time, painting a picture of the students’ understanding of the externals.

Practical subjects provide an additional challenge, as students require group work, face-to-face assessments, physically creating work and Mrs Patrick is working with teachers in these areas to best help their students.

NZQA will advise in due course the protocols around sitting the exams at school. It is the expectation that students attend exams. 2020 data indicates that students attending exams will not do worse than the Unexpected Event Grade provided. Many students performed better in the exam than their grades during the year. (NZQA, 2021)

Following the Minister's announcement last Wednesday NZQA has updated the table on their website to show that schools in Waikato are now pre-approved for the Learning Recognition Credits package - shown in white on the table.  Our students in Auckland have individually had applications made on their behalf and the change package will reflect the same support as an Auckland student - shown in grey.

School Events

  • Yesterday we announced our Sports Colours Awardees.  Congratulations to all those students who have received their 2021 colours.  The video announcement can be viewed here. Cultural Colours will be announced next week.
  • The end-of-year events that so many of us look forward to, will be unable to commence in their current format.  Our team is working hard on virtual options for our Senior Prizegiving and Sport and Cultural Award evenings, and today we have communicated with our Year 13 students regarding our alternative plans to celebrate their time at St Peter’s in lieu of the Graduation Dinner and Leavers’ Chapel.
  • School Sport New Zealand, in consultation with its sport partners, have announced the cancellation of the Term 4, 2021 School Sport NZ Calendar of Events.
  • The Youth Production of Elf Jr has also been cancelled.

I can’t stress enough the need to have our community vaccinated if we are to enable a return to anything resembling the school environment that we have enjoyed.  These conditions are unchartered for all of us and we as a team are utilising everything we have to ensure our students continue to receive the highest level of education that we can deliver, whether it be together or apart.

Remember to reach out to our wellbeing staff, Chaplains, deans, and teachers if you require extra support for your student/s.  

A decision on the opening of the school for our Year 11-13 students will be made later in the week, and I will be back in touch again shortly after.
 

Kind regards

Julie Small

26 October 2021

 

Dear Parents/Caregivers, cast and crew,   Sadly upon review of the latest requirements as directed to schools from the Ministry of Education (MOE) we have had to make the difficult decision to cancel Elf Jr. We had plans to delay the show and even had a solution in place for the students to demonstrate the work they had done and experience the joys of performance without an audience if necessary. Unfortunately with the latest restrictions applying to schools now, even should a move to level 2 occur, this is no longer possible.  

I would like to acknowledge all the exceptional work your children have put in to make what would have been an amazing show, and thank our parents and caregivers for all the late pickups and support you have provided them. I also thank all the staff involved who gave so freely of their time for your children including through the various lockdowns engaged in creative planning, building set, making costumes, painting, and building props – they are wonderful people who truly wanted your children to come away buzzing about an awesome show!  

I look forward to a return to on-site learning as soon as possible and seeing you all again in person.  

Kind regards

Stephen Morton-Jones

Director of Performing Arts

23 October 2021

To our St Peter’s community
 
Members of the senior leadership team and board met today.  The school has undertaken a comprehensive risk assessment around opening next week at Alert Level 3, we also have had feedback from families, updated information on the local COVID outbreak, and a clearer view of our internal vaccination rates. 

Factors that became apparent over the past 24 hours were:

  • Only 50% of our eligible students and families have indicated that they will return to on-site learning (this includes those day students living in Alert Level 2 who the Ministry of Health today have indicated cannot return to Alert Level 3).
  • Our staff vaccination rates are currently in the mid 80% for 2 doses, returning student vaccination rates are a lot lower.
  • With only 50% of the 11-13 year cohort returning next week, this would place enormous strain on staff who would be required to teach both in-person and online whilst also juggling their own home life.
  • There continues to be community spread of COVID, presenting a risk to our students and staff due to the lack of an ability to isolate groups due to buses, boarding, teaching, and home.
  • A single suspected or actual case would close the school for everyone and could see students and/or staff unable to complete examinations or continue teaching while they recover.
  • Many parents have raised concerns about opening the school, with a number of our boarders potentially ending up being separated from their families until the end of the term. 

Taking all this into account, we have decided that we will not be open for on-site learning next week and will instead continue to provide online learning to keep all students and staff safe.  We will review the situation at the end of next week, and would encourage all eligible students and staff to use the time to get their vaccinations completed.
 
We know many of our students and families will be disappointed that they will not be back in the classroom with their friends and for some, there will be concerns around completing practical work or assessments during this critical period.  We will work with individuals and families to ensure we can achieve the best outcome we can for everyone.
 
Online learning will continue for all of our students from Tuesday at 8.15 am, Day 6 of the timetable.  International Baccalaureate exams will continue to take place as we have special exemptions for exams to continue under strict health protocols.
 
We will be reassessing this decision next Friday after this week’s Alert Level announcements. At that time we hope our vaccination rates will have increased, that cases in the Waikato decrease and more families can and may decide to return their student/s to school.
 
Please know that we have spent significant time considering this risk assessment and our priority is to keep students and staff safe and provide the best educational support we can for all students.
 
We remain committed to delivering an outstanding online, and when we can safely, face-to-face educational programme.
 
Please stay safe and take care.


John Macaskill-Smith

Chair-St Peter’s Trust Board

 

Julie Small

Campus Principal

23 October 2021

 Good afternoon  

I have received this advice from the Waikato Education Manager for the Ministry of Education advising that our Alert Level 2 day students CANNOT travel into an Alert Level 3 zone to attend school.

“We have been trying to get clarification about border crossings as the announcements to date have appeared to be focused on Auckland where the entire area is Level 3, so this is not an issue for them. At the moment we’ve been told that the only students who can cross the border are those who are returning to a hostel, and they must remain in the hostel for the duration of the term. All other students i.e. day students, cannot cross the border unless they have a travel exemption.”

We had been advised this situation was under consideration, hence our wanting to be sure before forwarding this information to you.  

Online learning will continue as Day 6 on Tuesday 8.15am via a google meet for those students.  

We’ll get more information to you as it comes to hand.  

Kind regards  

Julie Small

Campus Principal

22 October 2021

Dear St Peter’s families

Last night after our email and government announcements that we will remain at Alert Level 3, a number of parents have raised their concerns about returning students to school in an Alert Level 3 environment.  The Ministry of Health has informed us that it is safe for school to return under Alert Level 3, with strict protocols in place. We will adhere to these and I can assure you our entire team is working extremely hard to ensure we meet the highest of health and safety requirements for our return to school on Tuesday.

To assist in our resourcing of the school and to ensure our compliance conditions are met, can I please ask you to complete the attached survey as soon as possible by midday Saturday, as to whether you are intending to send your Year 11, 12 or 13 student to school next week.

We are still awaiting a decision on whether our Alert Level 2 day students can attend on a daily basis.  Can you please indicate on the same survey whether your student would attend if they were able to do so?  

For all students who will not be participating in face-to-face learning, online learning will continue.

Thank you for your early support to assist in our planning.

Julie Small

21 October 2021

Dear St Peter’s families

As we work towards a safe return to school for our Year 11, 12, and 13 students next Tuesday 26 October, a number of questions have arisen from across our community, so I felt it pertinent to send this communication to the parents and caregivers of all our students.  

If we move to Level 2 in time for a return to school next week, many of these conditions may change.  But for now, we are planning for a return at Level 3.

Points to note:

  • The school will be open for onsite instruction from Tuesday 26 October for eligible Year 11, 12 and 13 students regardless of whether they are studying NCEA or IB.  Year 10 students studying NCEA Level 1 will be unable to return to the school campus at Level 3.
  • The Ministry of Health will confirm whether our day students located in Level 2 will be able to travel to attend school.  We will let you know when we receive this advice.
  • School buses will operate.
  • No negative Covid-19 testing is required for any day students travelling to and from school each day.
  • A separate communication from our Director of Boarding will be sent a little later to outline the return to boarding protocols for our Year 11-13 students.
  • Masks will be compulsory in an indoor setting and on school buses for all students. 
  • The dining hall will be open with a strict health regime.
  • Uniform and hair dispensations will be allowed for next week.  Students can wear their winter uniform if they do not have a complete summer uniform available to them.   
  • The uniform shop is offering telephone fittings and contactless pickup for email orders.  To book a telephone fitting - logon to shop.alintaapparel.co.nz/login2.aspx.  Once you have registered 'select try on times' on the header bar at the top of the page. Select one of the highlighted dates to choose the day/time of your appointment. Once you have selected your time click on 'book this slot'. Then complete the fields. Please make sure to save your booking by clicking on the 'reserve booking button' at the bottom of the page.
  • An update on NCEA is attached here.

If you are returning to essential work and require supervision for your Year 7 - 10 St Peter’s student, please indicate on this form whether you will require your child to be onsite learning online.

Additionally, we have updated our School App to enable a further form of communication with you.  Details on how to download the App are in the graphic below.  

The latest Ministry of Education bulletin is attached here for your information.  Their advice is based on Ministry of Health guidelines, which we must all adhere to.

We know how hard this is for our students and we are working within all the boundaries to continue to deliver a high quality of education to all our students.  I'll be back in touch again tomorrow after the alert level announcement.

Kind regards

Julie Small

Campus Principal

18 October 2021

Dear Parents and Caregivers

Today the government has confirmed the ongoing lockdown of the Waikato and Auckland at Level 3 until a further review on Friday.  As such, our online learning will continue for all students until we have confirmation of a drop to Alert Level 2.

Over the weekend we also received the updated Health Orders pertaining to the mandating of vaccinations and testing and these are attached below for your information:

COVID-19 Public Health Response (Vaccinations) Order 2021

COVID-19 Public Health Response (Required Testing) Order 2020


Later in the week, we will reach out to our parent community who have not yet updated the vaccination status of their child/ren.  Consent 2 Go will be used to collect this data.

As a senior leadership team, we are taking a very cautious approach to communicating with you about this pandemic, as we want to ensure that our updates from both the Ministry of Health and the Ministry of Education are received prior to making announcements to you.  We have found in recent times that decisions can change very quickly and we want to be sure you are receiving the very latest information we can share.

For our International Baccalaureate students, your exams will continue next week as planned. After Friday, if we are still at Level 3 a separate communication outlining that process will be sent to you.


I'll be back in touch again after the next announcement and meanwhile, we are reviewing a return to school at Level 2 plan that aims to keep our community safe and well.

Julie Small

Campus Principal

 

14 October 2021

Dear St Peter’s families

The government has maintained its' cautious approach when responding to COVID-19 and, as a result, we will stay at Alert Level 3 for a bit longer.  I know this is not the news we were hoping for, but we are bound by the Ministry of Health guidelines.
 
To help us return to school, please continue to follow all the alert level requirements including staying at home and getting tested for COVID-19 if you are feeling unwell, and for your own sake and for the health of your family, please get vaccinated.  The Ministry of Health has mandated that all our staff (including contractors, volunteers, coaches, and other supporting roles) that come into contact with our students, must be fully vaccinated by 1 January 2022 and we are working with them to reach this goal.  This Saturday will be a mass vaccination event and your nearest location can be found via this link.

Here are some important next steps for our students' education:

  • St Peter’s will commence online learning from 8.15 am on Monday 18 October, this is Day 1 of the timetable.  An updated Online Learning Booklet is attached here.
  • For those students in Years 7-10 who absolutely need to attend school from Monday 18 October, due to their parents being essential workers, we will provide supervision in the Junior Block each school day from 8.15 am to 3.20 pm. Should your child require supervision on-site from Monday, please email Gerard Keightley, Deputy Principal, by Friday 3 pm 15 October.  We will provide further details to those who may require this option.
  • For students undertaking NCEA, teachers are working to gather evidence for each external assessment. This is to ensure students have valid grades available in circumstances when they require a derived grade if they are unable to sit an external exam or preparation is affected.  It is important students remain focussed and engage with all of the teaching and learning material to ensure their grade reflects accurately their position.
  • The impact on our Term 4 calendar is currently uncertain, but we are committed to ensuring that our students are able to participate in as many events as possible.  At Level 3 no events can occur but at Level 2 we can operate our events with restrictions.
  • Parent/Teacher conferences for Year 11-13 students will not go ahead on Friday afternoon 22 October, as learning is the priority at this time.  The entire school will conclude learning at 3.20 pm for the three-day Labour Day leave weekend.
  • It is now legally required that we hold a COVID-19 vaccination register for all eligible students and staff.  We have previously commenced the collection of this data and will be managing a process to update that information shortly.  At that time we will need to know if your child has had their first or second vaccine dose or is exempt from being vaccinated. This information will be held by us in accordance with the Privacy Act and will be shared with public health authorities if requested. 
  • Ministry of Education has advised that students who are currently learning at home in an Alert Level 3 region and board in hostels on the other side of the boundary, will be in the near future able to travel to their hostel in an Alert Level 2 region.  This is the most recent information we have received from the Ministry of Education via their daily Bulletin.
  • Further information will be made available next week regarding tuition and boarding rebates.

I'll be back in touch after Monday's announcement with an update.  As the landscape is changing very rapidly, we rely on the regular Ministry of Education updates prior to our communication to you, ensuring we have the most accurate and up-to-date information available to make informed decisions for our school. 

In the meantime please reach out to our Teachers, Deans, Wellbeing team, Chaplains, House Directors, or anyone else you feel comfortable sharing any concerns with.  We are here to support our students and families through this challenging time.


Take care. Ngā mihi.

Julie Small

Campus Principal

3 October 2021

The Ogle Premier Netball Tournament has been cancelled.  All teams returning home this afternoon.

Rowing Camp has been cancelled.  All pick ups will need to occur this evening.  4-30 - 5.30 for novices at the lake and 6.30 - 7.30pm at school for the experienced rowers.

For St Peter’s Staff  

We have been advised by the Prime Minister today that parts of the Waikato will move into Alert Level 3 this evening at 11.59pm.  This DOES NOT include Cambridge.  

If you live in Raglan, Ngaruawahia, Te Kauwhata, Huntly or Hamilton, please do not come into school tomorrow. Work from home if you can.  A full boundary map of the Level 3 area will be available on the Covid-19 website tomorrow morning.

This lockdown is in effect for at least 5 days.  For all other staff, if you are unwell please do not come onto the school grounds and ensure you get a Covid test, particularly if you were at a location of interest.   

Please be vigilant as we work to ensure this does not spread further and I encourage you to be vaccinated, if you have not been already.

If you have been at a location of interest, please ensure you have a covid test and self-isolate until you return a negative result.

Julie Small

Campus Principal

 

9 September 2021

 Dear St Peter’s Auckland families

We have been working with our staff to identify those students who will be unable to return to school due to their location inside the Level 4 border.  Today we have been again awaiting the advice of the Ministry of Education, who have carried out a full risk assessment and have reiterated to us that we cannot bring back any student who is currently residing within Alert Level 4 boundaries.

If you are receiving this email, it is because you are a parent or caregiver of a current St Peter’s student staying within the Level 4 catchment.  If that is not the case, please advise the school as soon as possible.

Online learning will continue for your student/s from Monday 13 September at 8.15 am. Period 1 will commence online via google meet in the normal manner.  Attached here is a Hybrid learning plan to assist with this process.
 
Trial Examinations
To ensure our online students are not disadvantaged and academic routines are maintained, our trial examinations will proceed online. These examinations are in place to help with the next learning steps, experience in sitting an examination, and to ensure we have a derived grade for our externals at the end of the year, if required.

Deputy Principal, Jess Patrick will contact all NZQA families and talk through how these examinations will occur.  Toni Foley, our IB co-ordinator will be in touch with our International Baccalaureate families. 

NCEA Update
In addition to the two-week change to end-of-year examinations and portfolio submissions being delayed, the government has announced for students who have been disrupted by Alert Level 3 and 4 restrictions for a total of 20 or more school days in 2021, the following will also apply.
 
Learning Recognition Credits (LRC)
For every 5 credits achieved through internal or external assessment, each student is entitled to 1 extra credit to acknowledge the disruption to their learning. These extra credits are called Learning Recognition Credits

  • Up to 10 of their LRC’s earned this year can be used towards the 80 needed for NCEA Level 1.
  • Up to 8 LRC’s earned this year can be used towards the 60 needed at Level 2 and Level 3.

 Endorsements are still achievable.

  • To get a certificate endorsement students will need 46 credits at Merit or Excellence level, instead of the usual 50.
  • To get a course endorsement they will need 12 credits at Achieved or Merit or Excellence level in a course, rather than 14. They still need to achieve at least 3 credits in externals and 3 in internals.
  • LRCs don’t come with Merit or Excellence, so they can’t count towards an endorsement.

University Entrance has been adjusted.
For 2021 the UE requirements have been adjusted from 14 down to 12 credits in three UE-approved subjects. Each student still needs to have NCEA Level 3 and the usual literacy and numeracy standards

When will these be visible on the student's record of learning?
These credits are added to the NCEA qualification in January, so they won’t be able to see them until after the examination results are loaded.

We are all here to support the ongoing learning of our students unable to join us physically at school.  Please reach out to the Deans, Chaplains, Teachers or any member of the senior leadership team to resolve any concerns you may have.

I'll keep in touch as we work through this period.

Kind regards

Take care.

 Julie Small

Campus Principal

8 September 2021

 

Dear St Peter’s Auckland families

We received yesterday this advice from the Ministry of Education around returning to school and boarding.  I have included the excerpt from their bulletin below:

Returning to boarding: Travel in Alert Level 2

Ministry of Education Bulletin 7 Sept 2021

Boarders currently residing in Auckland cannot return to their hostel in an Alert Level 2 area.  This also applies to day students who may have been staying in Auckland during this lockdown.

We are aware some of our Auckland-based students did not return to Auckland during this lockdown.  If you haven't already, can you please advise your House Director if your child has been staying outside of the Auckland region during this period, and will be returning to their St Peter’s boarding house on Sunday.
 
I'll be back in touch tomorrow with both you and your student/s with the online learning plan.

Take care.

 

7 September 2021

Dear Auckland families

Following on from our recent communications, I wanted to reiterate that our Auckland students will continue to receive online learning for as long as is required during this outbreak.

Last week, in anticipation of there being two different levels across New Zealand, we contacted the Secretary of Education and the Hamilton Ministry of Education office to ask whether they will be allowing our boarding students to come across the border into St Peter’s from Level 4 areas.  We asked about being able to provide a letter to gain an exemption. We were advised that there would not be support for this, given the Delta variant is so contagious.  As a school, we must stand by that recommendation but we will review the position again when Auckland moves to Level 3, with guidance from the Ministries of Health and Education.

Secondly, you may be wondering how our school will manage online learning for your children while maintaining learning on site.  Students will continue to access their google classrooms in the same way that they have been, so they can continue to be a part of the learning with our onsite students, giving them the opportunity to mix and learn together.
Our Learning Leaders are meeting to identify specific strategies which will be utilised for online learning, some of which have come from overseas schools who have had some experience of this.  I will be back in touch later in the week with the process to continue learning from next Monday.

Whilst our Auckland students cannot physically attend the school, the rebate offered by the Board of 75% of Boarding fees and $100 per week per student of tuition fees will be continued.  These will appear on your next statement. 

Finally, if you feel your child is struggling please do reach out to our DeansChaplains, or your student's House Director

I know this is difficult for our Auckland students and families and we so wish they could join us on Monday, however, we must work to stamp out this virus and we are guided by the Ministry of Health at this time.  Please appreciate the position the school is in and be assured we will work with you to continue a quality online experience for your child/ren.

Kind regards

Julie Small

Campus Principal

 

06 September 2021

Dear Parents and Caregivers,

Today we were informed that we can move to Level 2 from 11.59 pm Tuesday 7 September 2021.  The school has made the decision to continue online learning on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday this week, with Friday as a leave day to attend to any personal matters. This provides the least amount of disruption to learning for our students, including boarders and those continuing their learning online at Level 4. It also addresses the wellbeing needs of those prior to a return to school on Monday 13 September, including catching up with family and friends, haircuts, and other personal appointments.

For some students, parents may have to return to work on Wednesday and Thursday. We will provide supervision of online learning for students from 8.15 am to 3.20 pm for those families that require this level of support. If your child does need to be supervised on Wednesday and Thursday only, please fill in this google form before midday Tuesday 7 September to allow time to organise rooming requirements.

  • Each student will need to be transported to and from school as the school buses will not operate.
  • Students will also need to wear their winter uniform and bring their own device, headphones, charger, a drink bottle, morning tea, mask, and lunch.

We will be following the Public Health requirements for schools at Alert Level 2, which details:

  • Physical distancing (not touching and not breathing on each other)
  • Hand hygiene Cough and sneeze etiquette
  • Regularly cleaning and disinfecting high-touch surfaces.
  • That masks may be worn
  • Compulsory use of the Covid Tracer App or sign-in sheets.

Dates for this week

Tuesday 7 September - Online learning Wednesday

8 September - Online learning

Thursday 9 September - Online learning

Friday 10 September - No online learning

Sunday 12 September - Boarders outside of Alert Level 4, are due back in their houses by 6.30 pm.   Houses are open from 4 pm.

Monday 13 September - Return to school for the 8.15 am start. Timetable day 7.  

 

POSITION ON VACCINATIONS

St Peter’s, Cambridge has an obligation to ensure the health and safety of their workers and of others who could be put at risk from work carried out as part of the conduct of the school (e.g. students). In doing so, the school must eliminate or minimise risks to health and safety so far as is reasonably practicable.   

At this stage, St Peter’s will not be requesting mandatory vaccinations for current or future staff and students, but this may change depending on the risk assessment applying to the school and the prevalence of COVID-19 within the community at the time.  

Vaccinations are a reasonably practicable step that can be taken to minimise the risk of individuals contracting COVID-19.  

As part of our plan to keep everyone safe, we are asking all parents to complete the attached survey prior to their child returning to school.   

We appreciate that most of this information is pertinent to our families who are not Auckland-based. For our Auckland families, we await the next announcement and hopefully can then plan for your children to join us. We are thinking of you.  

Thank you for your continued support and we will be back in touch later this week with further updates.  

Kind regards

Julie Small
Campus Principal

2 September 2021

Follow this link to see the sporting events affected by the NCEA Examination date changes.  

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