COVID-19 UPDATEs

8 SEPTEMBER 2020

 

The NZQA has today announced further changes to the NCEA requirements for students in Auckland schools to take into account the impact of the second lockdown of students in this region. Please see link below for an important update.

NZQA MESSAGE TO AUCKLAND STUDENTS AND WHANAU

 

 

25 AUGUST 2020

Due to the Prime Minister's announcement of an extended lockdown, Mahurangi College will only be open for essential workers' children in Year 7-10 until and including Sunday 30 August. We look forward to welcoming all staff and students back on site on Monday 31 August at the usual time. 

 

All buses will be running from Monday and, at this stage, face masks are not required in schools or on school buses, but can be worn voluntarily. 

 

In the meantime, our online teaching and learning will continue via google classroom.   ​

 

Year 9/10 parent interviews which were scheduled during lockdown have been cancelled.  Parents can contact their child’s subject teachers via the school email for a 5 minute online appointment.  The Y11-13 parent interviews will take place on Wednesday and Thursday 16th and 17th September from 4-6pm each evening.  Online bookings for these will be opened soon.

 

Any parents needing to visit the school for other than pick-up or drop-off, must sign in via the school office, and should only do so if absolutely necessary.

 

Enrolments for 2021 can be undertaken online via our website: ENROLMENT

 

David Macleod

Principal

 

SPORTS @ MAHU UPDATE

 

18 AUGUST 2020

Last night the Ministry of Education issued a bulletin giving Auckland Principals the option of bringing back some Year 12 and 13 students to school for face to face learning during Alert Level 3.  Where this happens, the students must be organised into bubbles of no more than 20.  No student or teacher can be associated with more than one bubble.  There must be no mixing between bubbles.  And the student make-up of each bubble cannot change throughout Alert Level 3.

This announcement had not been signaled in any way and our focus up to now had been on providing a clear and settled learning routine for all our students and teachers in their online teaching and learning, so this announcement was a total surprise to us, but we are currently exploring ways in which we may be able to make use of this option.  Your child may be contacted if an opportunity arises for a workshop in one of their curriculum areas.  Buses will not be operating so students would need to make their own way into school to attend these bubbles.

We are awaiting further information about this option which the Ministry indicated it would make available to schools today.  In the meantime, we anticipate that most of our senior students will continue their learning online from home rather than attending a bubble on the school site.

David Macleod

Principal

15 AUGUST 2020

Due to the Prime Minister's announcement that the second lockdown will be extended at Level 3 for a further 12 days, Mahurangi College will only be open for essential workers children in Year 7-10 through until and including Wednesday 26 August.  Online teaching and learning commence 10am Monday 17 August via google classroom. It is important all students engage with this.  

Sports Update: All College Sport events and activities scheduled for this weekend (Saturday 15 August) and next (Saturday 22 August) will not take place.  

 

Decisions regarding other scheduled events on the school calendar for this term will be notified during the coming week.  

 

PS We are hopeful/confident that we will be able to re-schedule the school ball for the second time!

 

Mr Macleod

Principal

 

 

13 AUGUST 2020

All College Sport events and activities scheduled for this weekend (Saturday 15 August) will not take place. 
 

12 AUGUST 2020

 

First up thank you for the many words of encouragement and support. Luckily we have done this once before now, so we quickly clicked into COVID mode this morning and got things sorted as best we could on such short notice. School management had a quick meeting this morning to talk about the many things we need to consider, but many final decisions depend on what the PM says on Friday - continue with level 3 or go out of it?

 

So here follows a list of actions we have put in place so far:

 

1) On-line learning: 

Teachers are going to spend the next three days preparing to deliver on-line learning again and be ready to start this from Monday in case we stay in lockdown. Additional preparation needs to happen when compared with using a digital platform in class. In the meantime, students are not required to engage with on-line learning with their teacher, but they are expected to complete the work that teachers will set up in their Google Classrooms.  Further notifications will follow about this if we do not return to school on Monday.

 

2) Yr. 9/10 Interviews on Thursday: 

Postponed until further notice.

 

3) Collecting learning material for Seniors:

Students that need to collect Senior NCEA learning material from school: To plan for the possibility of school not reopening on Monday and to give students and parents time to organise transport if they need to get into school, we are allowing a 2 hour window on Friday, from 10am to 12pm for students to come in and collect what they need from their class. Teachers of those students will be in their rooms for those two hours to open their class. Students have to follow normal safe practice routines and wait outside the room until they are called in one at a time, and maintain a 2m social distance outside the room. This is the only time students will be given access.

 

4) Option Selections: 

 

Senior Option Selection 2021: 

Students are still able to access their 2021 senior options selection via the school website. The final selection date has been extend until Tuesday 18 August. If we have returned to school by next Tuesday please hand in  your option sheet to the student service office. If however, school has not returned completing the online process by Tuesday will be sufficient to complete your return.

 

If you do require assistance in the selection process and would like some advice please email the appropriate year level dean (your 2020 dean) and they will make contact with you.

 

deans10@mahurangi.school.nz

 

deans11@mahurangi.school.nz

 

deans12@mahurangi.school.nz

 

 

5) NCEA assessment: 

Students are expected to continue working on their assessments.

 

Assessments due between August 12th-19th have been extended to one week later. There will be further communication about upcoming due dates from Monday.

 

If you have any queries, please contact Catherine Wynne, Deputy Principal c.wynne@mahurangi.school.nz

 

6) Bubbles at school: 

We have created two bubbles in A9 and A11, but so far we are only needing to use one, A9. Four students have turned up who are children of essential workers. Please remember that according to COVID 19 rules, only children of essential workers can come to school and they have to be from Yr.7 to 10.

 

7) Senior Ball:

Will wait for Friday announcement before a final decision is made.

 

8) Sport: UPDATED

All College Sport events and activities scheduled for this weekend (Saturday 15 August) will not take place. 
MORE INFORMATION

 

9) Dance Show Case: 

Will wait for Friday announcement before making a final call.

 

10) Yr. 11 RYDA Driving Programme on next Tuesday: 

Cancelled

 

11) Sport Photos for Friday: 

Postponed and new date to be advised.

 

12) Hauraki Exchange in week 6

Depending on Friday announcement. To be advised if it will still go ahead.

 

13) Any away trips in near future: 

All dependent on Friday announcement. Teacher in charge to communicate if cancelled.

 

I’m sure there will be more information to follow so please keep checking emails. If you have any further inquiries please contact me at cvinfo@mahurangi.school.nz

 

Kia Kaha

Acting Deputy Principal

Pandemic Manager

Keith Tennant

Contact: David Macleod - Principal | Postal: PO Box 64, Warkworth 0941, Physical: Woodcocks Road, Warkworth 0910 | Phone: 09 425 8039 | Email: admin@mahurangi.school.nz