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Returning to the College at Alert Level 2

The College will re-open for:

  • Staff on Wednesday 8 September
  • Students on Thursday 9 September

Distance Learning continues tomorrow Wednesday 8 September. All students then return to the College on Thursday 9 September.

  • If your child is at all unwell or displaying any symptoms of a running nose, coughing or higher temperature you must keep them at home and undertake a COVID-19 test.
  • If a student arrives at school unwell they will be required to return home.
  • Parents and visitors are not to enter College grounds unless for a pre-arranged meeting, in which case you must report to the appropriate Reception area to sign in. Please use other safe areas around the College such as Broadway to drop off and collect your child
  • Students already attending the College under Level 3 guidelines may attend school on Wednesday 8 September
  • If your son or daughter is unable to return for any reason please follow our normal absence procedures.

Masks
While masks are not mandatory in schools we strongly recommend students 12 years and older wear a mask. Students must supply their own masks. Students’ masks must be easily identifiable and named.

Boarding
Boarders can return from Wednesday, please contact Director of Boarding Matt Bertram to confirm the date and time of your child’s return and whether they will require a meal.

Catering
The Tuck shop will be open for online ordering only. Day student lunches from Chartres Hall will be available as Take-away only. Boarders will continue their lunch as per normal.

Drinking fountains will not be available for use. All students should bring their own named drink bottle.

Transition back to the College from Distance Learning
We are aware that the transition back to a classroom environment will require some planning. In the Junior and Middle Schools, lessons on Thursday and Friday will focus on ensuring that students work is up to date and they understand the concepts taught during Lockdown.
 
Senior School students will also be looking ahead to their upcoming exams.

  • Year 13 IBDP school exams will begin on Thursday 9 September.
  • Year 11-13 NCEA exams will begin next Wednesday 15 September.

We will also be focusing on student wellbeing during these days.
 
Co-curricular activities
A communication was shared with all Middle and Senior School families on Friday outlining College Sport Wellington’s intentions should we move to Alert Level 2 on Wednesday 8 September. A copy of this can be read online here. We are yet to receive any further information and will continue to keep in touch with any further updates or changes.
 
Cultural activities will proceed following the required health and safety requirements.
 
College events
We are currently reviewing the College calendar for the remainder of the term and will send an updated calendar out to the community early next week.
 
The Year 13 Ball will now be held on Saturday 16 October, provided we are at Alert Level 1. Please note this is the final Saturday of the October holidays. Dance lessons scheduled for this weekend are cancelled. A separate communication will be sent to Year 13 families with further information.
 
We are looking forward to resuming face to face learning on site this Thursday. We would also like to acknowledge the efforts of our staff and the support of our parental community in the delivery of Distance Learning.

Well-being
We are reminded that in times such as these of the importance in caring for one another. There are a number of helpful resources focused on well-being available on the College’s SchoolTV channel and the Mental Health Foundation’s website.

If your child has any health or well-being issues please contact their House Dean in the Senior and Middle Schools and their Home Room teacher in the Junior School to discuss.

Transport
Until further notice normal transport options will be available. Students 12 years and over using public transport must wear a mask, this includes trains and ferries. Masks are recommended on College exclusive transport options (tranzit coaches).

Uniform Shop
The uniform shop will be open via appointment from Thursday 9 September.

Covid Update 27 August

Dear Parents and Caregivers,

We are pleased to have seen so many students adapting to their first week of Distance Learning so well. We understand the challenges this can present for so many parents and thank you for your support.

Teachers have shared some of the positive feedback and any parents who are concerned about their child’s work or wellbeing please do make contact with their House Dean or Homeroom Teacher.

Today’s communication contains information on

  • Alert Level change to Level 3 and student attendance
  • Senior Student Exams
  • Events

This afternoon’s announcement with Wellington moving to Alert Level 3 at 11.59pm Tuesday 31 August will allow the College to open for students from Years 1 to 10, but only the children of essential workers or those who can no longer work from home and cannot provide an at home learning environment under the Distance Learning Plan. Any parents who wish to request to send their child from Wednesday 1 September please ensure you read the following information and apply for a place for your child via the link below no later than 10am Monday 30 August.

With Founders Break the College is closed and classes will resume on Wednesday 1 September. This timing allows a break for both students and staff to review and complete the work set this week and to prepare for the week ahead. We are planning for the Distance Learning Plan to continue at Level 3. Please note that students both at home and attending the College will be following the same DLP.

As before, the College campus is closed and cannot be accessed by any students or staff who are not attending under Level 3.

Boarding students are unable to return to the College until we return to Level 2 as this presents a risk to those boarding students and staff who have remained.

Attending under Level 3

If required based on the Level 3 conditions, you may apply for a place in our Level 3 bubble for your child. Please read the terms and conditions and apply via this link no later than 10am Monday 30 August.

If your child has not been approved by their Principal prior to Wednesday 1 September, they are not permitted to attend Scots College during Level 3. Your assistance is vital in ensuring we all work together to provide the safest possible environment for your children and for students and staff who need to attend the College during Level 3. We thank you for your continued support during these times.

Senior Student Exams

NCEA
As per the government’s announcement earlier this week NCEA Exams have been delayed by two weeks to Monday 22 November until Tuesday 14 December. An updated schedule is available on the College website: https://www.scotscollege.school.nz/wp-content/uploads/2021/03/NCEA-examination-timetable-November-2021.pdf

This change will have an impact on other events, and internal planning such as Senior Prize Giving. We are working through confirming the Term 4 calendar and will communicate these changes as soon as we have confirmed these dates.

NCEA Practice exams are scheduled to take place in weeks 7 and 8. However if unable to do so due to Alert Levels we will look at dates early in Term 4. Any change will be communicated once confirmed.

Year 13 IBDP

Year13 IBDP practice exams must be completed by the end of Term 3. As such, Mike McKnight is planning to hold these in person from the first day back at Level 2 or online in weeks 8 and 9 if at Level 3 or 4. Mike will be in touch with those affected with all confirmed information.

Events

  • Monday 30 – Tuesday 31 August: Founders Break proceeds, learning will resume Wednesday 1 September
  • Saturday 28 – Sunday 4 September: Winter Tournament week, cancelled
  • Wednesday 1 September: Middle School Tour of Auckland, cancelled
  • Fri 3 September: Junior School Fathers to school, cancelled
  • Fri 10 September: Mawson House Fundraiser, cancelled

We hope you have an enjoyable weekend with your bubble and will continue to keep in touch as more information becomes available.

Kind regards,
Graeme Yule, Headmaster
Christian Zachariassen, Principal Senior School
Matt Allen, Principal Middle School
Richard Kirk, Principal Junior School

23 August

Dear Parents & Caregivers,

This afternoon’s announcement seeing us remain at Level 4 until 11.59pm Friday 27 August means we continue with the Distance Learning Plan (DLP) for the remainder of the week.

Staff have been preparing for a week of learning in the DLP and we are in a good position to continue.

Founders Break
This weekend is our Founders Break, this break continues at all Alert Levels. Therefore there will be no learning provided Monday 30 and Tuesday 31 August. This is an opportunity for students and staff to take a small break. We will return to learning on Wednesday 1 September.

DLP Webinars
Thank you to those parents and students who joined us at our Junior and Middle School DLP webinars yesterday. If you would like to view the slides from these please find these linked here: Junior School slides, Middle School slides.

You can also access a recording of the Junior School webinar here. Unfortunately we do not have a recording of the Middle School webinar.

For students and families new to the Senior School in 2021, Senior School Curriculum staff will be hosting a DLP Webinar at 5pm Tuesday 24th August. This will be an opportunity to explain the DLP in more detail and answer any questions you may have. If you would like to join them please access this here at 5pm tomorrow.
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87125993501?pwd=ZlgxMkM4b2d4VUJORHdpaStiZTJsZz09
Passcode: PZmjw9

Helpdesk
If your child is experiencing any IT issues or logins helpdesk are available to assist at helpdesk@scotscollege.school.nz

Events
Year 12 Semi-formal: Unfortunately due to the current Alert Levels we are unable to hold the Year 12 Semi formal on Friday 27 August. A communication has been sent to all Year 12 students and parents.

We will continue to update you regarding future events as more information comes to hand.

University Open Days
Following on from an earlier email from Future Pathways Co-ordinator Imogen Neil to Year 13 students, Victoria University of Wellington are running Digital Information Evenings, starting tomorrow with People and Society, Law and Business. You can see them here and will need to register to attend.

Senior School Subject Selections
Any Senior Students who have not submitted their subject selection form should send these via email to Mr Smith asap.

If there are any families experiencing any difficulties with their child’s learning or wellbeing then please contact your child’s House Dean if in the Middle or Senior School or their homeroom teacher in the Junior School.

Ngā Mihi Nui,
Graeme Yule, Headmaster
Christian Zachariassen, Principal Senior School
Matt Allen, Principal Middle School
Richard Kirk, Principal Junior School

Friday 20 August

Dear Parents & Caregivers,

It has been another turbulent day as we awaited this afternoon’s decision and we hope all families have settled into their bubbles over these three days at Level 4.

The decision by parliament to remain at Level 4 in Wellington until 11.59pm Tuesday 24 August means the College campus remains closed and we move to full Distance Learning on Monday 23 August.

Today’s communication contains information on:

  • Distance Learning Plan
  • DLP webinars
  • Assemblies, House Meetings & Perform Meetings
  • Wellbeing and School TV
  • Upcoming Events
  • Winter Tournament Week
  • Co-curricular

Can we please remind all members of our community the College campus is closed and should not be accessed for any reason. Staff and boarding students do live on site and are a bubble, any access from anyone outside this bubble compromises the safety of those on site.

Distance Learning Plan (DLP)

On Monday 23 August all Year 1 to 13 students will move to full DLP. This differs a little from the programme your child has been following in the past few days as we now move to both synchronous (live Teams or Zoom video lesson) and asynchronous (independent class work as set by your teacher on Teams or Seesaw) learning.

All information outlining our DLP is available on the College website and can be accessed directly from the home page. We encourage all families, whether you attended the College during lockdown in 2020 or not, to familiarise themselves with this over the weekend.

https://www.scotscollege.school.nz/distance-learning-package/

Junior School: At the beginning of each week, classroom teachers will send an email with the weekly overview. Students in Years 1-4 will continue to access their work through Seesaw and in Years 5-6 through Onenote. Further information will be communicated shortly.

Middle & Senior School: Students will be provided with a clear weekly learning plan via their class Teams/notebook for each class by 8:45am on Monday mornings to ensure they know what learning they need to accomplish each week.

All Year 7-13 students are expected to attend at least one synchronous (face to face) lesson with their core and semester teachers by the close of school Tuesday 24 August. The exact details of which lesson and when will be given in their weekly plan.

If a parent or student is unsure of what they should be doing please contact your teacher or House Dean via email in the first instance. In the Junior School please contact your classroom teacher in the first instance.

DLP Webinar

To assist a number of new families who have joined the College since we last undertook Distance Learning in 2020 Principals from each school will be holding webinars for new students and parents at the times below:

Junior School: 1pm Sunday 22 August the webinar can be accessed via this link at the time
Please click the link below to join the webinar: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87665087115?pwd=NXkrY0FDb1VRMURxTkQ0SWxCUlNadz09
Passcode: 8k3bqJ

Middle School: 3pm Sunday 22 August the webinar can be accessed via this link at the time
Please click the link below to join the webinar:
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81123927008?pwd=enp1bURMTDVya0dtVnZ5QkFKQkFiZz09
Passcode: XvS8an

If it appears Senior Students will be away from school for longer than is currently planned we will hold a webinar for parents of new students on Tuesday evening (time TBC).

Access to Devices and Internet

For Distance Learning to be successful it requires all students to have access to reliable devices and internet. If you are in a situation where this is not the case, or are aware of any other students in this situation then please let your House Dean and Principal know as soon as possible. If you are fortunate enough to be in a position to help any students in this situation we would love to hear from you, contact your school Principal.

Assemblies, House Meetings and Perform Time

Assemblies will not go ahead until we return to Alert Level 1.

  • Year 7&8 tutor time – Monday and Friday only: Year 7&8 Tutors will host a beginning of the week video call at 8.30am on Microsoft Teams to check-in with their Tutor group to give students an opportunity to connect and ensure all students are up and running for the week ahead. Fridays will be an opportunity to re-connect and debrief the week that has passed. There will be no tutor time on Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday.
  • Year 7-13 House meetings, and PERFORM time: Deans will communicate with their Houses across the week and arrange for online meetings or gatherings, or share video links as we move forward. Tutors will use at least one of these sessions per week to have a live video check-in via Microsoft Teams with their tutor group. The rest of the time will be used to take part in activities promoted through the Houses.

Wellbeing and School TV

Looking out for one another is crucial during times such as these and we remind any parents concerned for the wellbeing of their child to please get in touch with a member of the Pastoral Care team:

Junior School: Your child’s classroom teacher
Middle & Senior School: Your child’s House Dean
College Counsellor Jackie Calder
College Chaplain David Jackson

Email is the best form of communication to get in touch with a member of staff.

In addition there are a variety of resources available to assist parents, students and staff. School TV have recently released a helpful article:

Instilling hope in uncertain times

Although life is always filled with uncertainty, the levels we are currently experiencing are unprecedented and it is becoming evident that this is taking a toll on our young people. In new research published on the impact of the pandemic, it makes clear the breadth and depth of the toll it is having on young people.

It appears that snap lockdowns and tighter restrictions will be with us for some time, but it is important in such times of uncertainty to instil hope and remain optimistic. Adult carers can play a vital role in helping young people reframe their worries, encouraging them to see life as it is and getting them to focus more on the things they can control, rather than those they can’t.

You can read the full article on our School TV channel: https://scotscollege.nz.schooltv.me/wellbeing_news/special-report-instilling-hope-uncertain-times-nz

The following websites can also be a helpful resource of information:

Upcoming Events:

We will continue to assess upcoming events as information becomes available and will continue to update our community. The following events are impacted by the extension of Alert Level 4:

Y13IBDP School Exams – delayed, more information will be communicated directly to Year 13 IBDP studnets.

Saturday 21 August
Ceilidh – Cancelled, ticket holders should have received an email.
International Students’ lunch – Cancelled

Sunday 22 August
Founders’ Service – Cancelled
Nga Tawa Netball Game – Cancelled

Monday 23 – Tuesday 24 August
ICAS assessments – Postponed until October

Tuesday 24 August
University of Waikato visit – Cancelled
Senior School Girls Tours – Postponed, we will be looking into an alternative date or event

Wednesday 25 August
Prefects Meeting – Will be hosted on Teams

Thursday 26 August
Fixture v Wellesley – Postponed

Friday 27 August
Sir Ian Macarthur Great Scot Event – Postponed
Year 12 Semi-formal – Postponed

Future events

Founders Break – Monday 30 – Tuesday 31 August
College closed – current boarding arrangements will continue if no change in Alert Level

Wed 1 September
Classes resume post Founders break
Middle School Trip to Auckland – Cancelled

Winter Tournament Week

School Sport NZ, in conjunction with its sport partners, regretfully announce the cancellation of all sanctioned events on its calendar through to Monday 6th September 2021. This includes all events scheduled within the Winter Tournament Week window.

Co-curricular

No sporting or cultural activities will be able to go ahead at Alert Level 4. We will continue to update you as more information is available.

We wish all of our families the best, take care and look out for one another.

Ngā mihi nui,

Graeme Yule, Headmaster
Christian Zachariassen, Principal Senior School
Matt Allen, Principal Middle School
Richard Kirk, Principal Junior School

18 August

Dear Parents & Caregivers,

We hope all families are staying safe with our rapid change in Alert Levels. Thank you to all families for being understanding as we transition to learning online and to our staff who have taken to this adjustment overnight.
This communication provides information on:

  • Changes to upcoming events
  • Distance Learning Plan
  • Co-curricular
  • Wellbeing

Events

  • The Ceilidh scheduled for Saturday 21 August is postponed
  • The Founders Service will not go ahead on Sunday 22 August
  • Tomorrow night’s parents & coaches in the 21st Century info evening has been postponed
  • Year 13IDBP students have been contacted regarding exams that were scheduled for this week
  • The International student lunch scheduled for Sunday 22 August has been cancelled
  • The Waikato University trip scheduled for Tuesday 24 August has been cancelled

Decisions as to whether other events scheduled for next week will be made when further information regarding Alert Levels is available.

Distance Learning
If the decision is made to continue at Alert Level 3 or 4 next week we will proceed with full Distance Learning from Monday 23 August. The Distance Learning Plan is available from the College’s website home page if parents and students wish to familiarise with the plan: https://www.scotscollege.school.nz/distance-learning-package/

For the remainder of the week students in Years 7-13 continue to access their class work in their class Teams Notebook.

Families in the Junior School have been contacted via email with details on what to expect for the remainder of the week.

If students or parents have any concerns regarding their online learning they should contact their Dean in the first instance. Junior School families should contact their classroom teacher in the first instance.

If students are experiencing any technical problems helpdesk is available to assist via helpdesk@scotscollege.school.nz.

Co-curricular
College Sport Wellington have made the decision that no College Sport Wellington competitions will proceed this weekend – regardless of the Alert Level setting. Decisions as to whether games are postponed or cancelled will be communicated at a later date.

Nga Tawa netball scheduled for Sunday 22 August at the College has been cancelled.

We will continue to update you as other information comes to hand from regional sporting organisations regarding their competitions.

With winter tournament week approaching, we await more information on Friday before any final decision will be made.

Wellbeing
If you have any concerns over the wellbeing of your child please contact a member of our pastoral care team. In the Senior and Middle School please contact your child’s House Dean. In the Junior School please contact your child’s classroom teacher. Alternatively you can contact College Chaplain David Jackson, College Counsellor Jackie Calder.

Ngā Mihi,
Graeme Yule, Headmaster
Christian Zachariassen, Principal Senior School
Matt Allen, Principal Middle School
Richard Kirk, Principal Junior School

Covid Update Tuesday 17 August

Dear Parents and Guardians,

With the nation’s move to Alert Level 4 at midnight tonight the College will be closed for the next three days Wednesday 18 – Friday 20 August.

Students and parents are not to access the College Campus under any circumstances. There are staff and students who live on campus in their ‘bubble’ and this cannot be compromised. Thank you for understanding.

This communication contains information relating to many key aspects and details of what to expect over the next few days. We will watch developments and update you as new information comes to hand.

From tomorrow:

For students in Years 7-13 teachers will provide school work using the weekly summaries on each class Teams Notebook. There will be no synchronous learning over these three days.

Years 5-6 student work will be available on class One Notes. Please assist your child in checking this at 9am.

Years 1-4 student work will be available on Seesaw. Please check your child’s class page at 9am.

Distance Learning will commence from Monday 23 August if Alert Level 4 is extended.

Boarding

Boarding remains open for those students who are unable to return home. Staff are currently checking in on students and arrangements are being made for those who remain.

Parents are reminded that the College is closed and the boarding is a ‘bubble’ effective of 11.59pm this evening and they are not to access the boarding house or College grounds under any circumstances until further notice.

Key dates

  • 18 August – Year 13 IBDP exams will be rescheduled
  • 18 August – Vaping Parent Information Evening – postponed
  • 19 August – Junior School Parents Evening – postponed
  • 19 August – Y7&8 Fixture to Hadlow School – cancelled
  • 20 August – Orchestra/Twisted Notes trip to Wellington College – postponed
  • 20 August – Winter Sports and Cultural photos – postponed

Any changes to events scheduled beyond August 20 will be advised as more information becomes available.

Sports & Cultural Activities

All CSW events and competitions are suspended while Wellington is at Level 4. Currently this goes through until Friday night and we will update as more information comes to light.

No cultural activities will go ahead on these three days.

Please keep safe, look after one another, be kind and we look forward to seeing you all once the College re-opens. 

Kind regards,
Graeme Yule. Headmaster
Christian Zachariassen, Principal Senior School
Matt Allen, Principal, Middle School
Richard Kirk, Principal Junior School

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