Covid-19 Updates

Monday 7 September – Event Changes

On Friday 4th September the Government announced it would continue the current lockdown arrangements until Monday 14th September with a view to the earliest these would be able to change being midnight on Wednesday 16th September.

Unfortunately this impacts negatively on a number of upcoming College events

Week 8

  • Wednesday 9th September: Scots Spectacular is now happening online Fri 18 – Mon 21 September
  • Friday 11th September: Year 9 Experience Day is cancelled. Year 5 visit to Miramar North Kindy postponed
  • Saturday 12th September: Ceilidh is cancelled. Refunds have been issued to ticket holders
  • Sunday 13th September: The Prep School Chapel service is cancelled            

Week 9

  • Monday 14th September: Year 4 EOTC will still occur, further information to come
  • Tuesday 15th September: SCPA meeting will occur (incorrect date published in earlier newsletter)
  • Wednesday 16th September: HM Awards Assembly – we had planned to have a Great Scot presentation at this assembly also. This awards assembly will be postponed until Term 4 and the Great Scot presentation postponed until 2021.
  • Thursday 17th September: Middle School Principal’s Awards Assembly – this is cancelled and any presentations will be posted out
  • Friday 18th September: Prep School Fathers to School morning is cancelled. Middle and Senior Jazz evening is cancelled. Middle School Spelling Bee will continue with no spectators
  • Saturday 19th September: Year 13 Ball – cancelled. This decision is not taken lightly but we have not been able to secure another suitable date in Term 4. Any students who have purchased tickets will have these refunded in full.

Week 10

  • Monday 21st September: Prep Awards Assembly – a decision on this event will be made at a later date
  • Wednesday 23rd September: Middle School Arts Expo – postponed to Term 4
  • Thursday 24th September: Sports and Cultural Awards – will be held online. Middle School Art Exhibition – postponed until Term 4

As mentioned above a number of these events will be moved to Term 4. We are hopeful by this time that we will have moved out of Level 2 and its restrictions. At this stage we still intend to hold our House Dinners and we trust that the Year 13 Leaver’s Dinner will be some consolation to our Year 13 students. The full Term 4 calendar of Events will be published during the final week of Term 3.

Friday 21 August – Event Changes

We would like to keep you updated on changes made to events and important dates in the coming weeks due to Covid-19 and to ensure the Health and Safety of students, staff and our community.

The following events have been cancelled:
Middle and Senior School Grandparents Day – was scheduled Fri 4 September
Ceilidh – was scheduled Sat 12 September. Any ticket holders will receive a full refund in the next few days.

Changes have been made to the following events:
Founders Service – now online Fri 28 August, click here for further information
Senior School practice exams timetable – please find information regarding this below.

Wednesday 19 August – Practice Exam Timetables

Year 11 Practice Exams Time Table August 2020
Year 12 and 13 Practice Exam Timetable August 2020

Monday 17 August – Year 11 Exams

Dear Parents and Caregivers of Year 11s at Scots College,

Due to the Level 2 lockdown restrictions, we have made some changes to the exam timetable to allow for the maximum capacity of 100 in a space to be met.

As such, Year 11 Practice Exams have now been moved to week 7 – and will begin on Wednesday 2nd September. Please see exam timetable for the revised timetable.

Next Tuesday, 25th August, students will have meetings to discuss how Practice exams will run and what rules there are about what they can bring in etc.

There may be some students who are away for these exams if tournament week goes ahead, and if so alternative arrangements will be made for them.

Please let me know if you have any questions.

Regards
Craig Morrison

Friday 14 August – CSW Update

Dear Parents, Caregivers, Students, Officials, Visitors

We have received confirmation from College Sport Wellington regarding fixtures and events under Level 2 and this communication serves to inform all parties of the decision, which has not been taken lightly. As is the case with professional sports fixtures and events in and around the world, fixtures and events in the short term, will be played behind ‘closed doors.’ When considering the big picture, affording the students the opportunity to play sport as opposed to cancelling sport, needs to be at the forefront of our thinking – frustration aside.

The following extract is from College Sport Wellington and reads as follows:

“At Alert Level 2, there is an increased emphasis upon contact tracing and crowd management at sporting events.  In particular, we are mindful of the 100 person gathering limit at venues.  In consultation with our member schools, council venues and partner sports organisations over the past 24 hours, it has become clear the prudent approach is to not permit spectators at secondary school events.  This ensures gatherings will be manageable under the 100 person limit, and that our students can continue to enjoy their sport. 

We therefore ask those not directly involved in playing, officiating or administering games, to respect this decision and assist us in ensuring the season can continue.  To be clear, this decision covers all College Sport Wellington competitions and events in the Wellington region, both indoors and outdoors.  We will naturally review this decision at appropriate intervals, and as further Government advice becomes available.

As with everyone, we are hopeful of a safe and speedy return to Alert Level 1.”

Scots College will be considering options around live streaming games should the lockdown continue but as you can imagine the turnaround time is too short to provide this option this weekend. That having been said however, the games that would normally be recorded, will be recorded and made available to parents through the normal social media platforms used by the respective sporting code. I thank you in advance for your patience in this regard.

The Plimmer gates and surrounding gates, with the exception of the pedestrian gate, will be closed and all players, coaches, managers and officials will need to proceed as directed on the day. Visiting team’s vans/buses will be given access to the car park as will RATA users. For ease of reference, the protocol is outlined below.

Thank you in advance for your co-operation in this regard.

Yours sincerely
Shane Gaffney
Director of Sport

 

Wednesday 12 August

Dear Parents and Caregivers,

After last night’s news seeing the country outside of Auckland move to Alert Level 2 we are reminded that we must stay vigilant and prepared. Following the Government’s guidelines at Alert Level 2 the College remains open.

As previously we will continue to follow the Government’s guidelines and the well-being of our students and staff is paramount.

This update includes information on:

  • Student safety information
  • Boarding
  • Well-being
  • Masks
  • Transport
  • Sports and Cultural activities
  • Catering
  • Key dates and events

Student safety information

  • If your child is at all unwell or displaying any symptoms of a running nose, coughing or higher temperature please keep them at home.
  • We encourage students to bring and wear their own re-usable masks, as outlined in the government guidelines. In the interim the College does have disposable masks available.
  • To assist us in effective contact tracing we ask parents 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.

Boarding

Well-being
We are reminded that in times such these of the importance in caring for one another. There are a number of helpful resources focused on well-being available on School-TV on the College 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 Prep School to discuss.

Masks
As recommended masks should be worn in places where social distancing is difficult and we ask students to bring and wear a mask while at school. Wearing a mask is as much about protecting others as it is about keeping yourself safe, and here you can find the Ministry of Health’s guidelines on how to safely use a mask. In the interim the College has a number of disposable masks available. We recommend families to purchase their own re-usable masks if possible.

Planning for a possible transition to distance learning
As was shown overnight we may be required to quickly move between Alert Levels and as such we need to prepare ourselves for a possible return to Distance Learning. Information is available on the College website here and we ask that families please re-familiarize themselves with this as a precaution.

Sport and Cultural activities
We have been notified by College Sport Wellington that the Badminton Championships have been postponed and we will advise as further information comes to hand. Under Alert Level 2 sports and cultural practices will continue as normal.

Catering
From tomorrow the College tuck shop will be closed. For those students who have ordered College lunches in Chartres Hall a takeaway option will be made available. Online lunch orders will not be available from tomorrow.

College events
We are reviewing these in line with government updates and will communicate any changes.

Transport
Until further notice normal transport options will be available and we encourage students to wear a mask when travelling to and from the College.

Ngā mihi nui,
Graeme Yule
Headmaster

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