Return to school plan – Years 9, 10 & 13 Thursday, Years 11 & 12 Friday

Please find the programme for returning to school in the link below.

Years 9, 10 & 13 on Thursday 9 September 2021

Years 11 & 12 on Friday 10 September 2021

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Naenae College moving to Alert Level 2. Students return Thursday & Friday

Naenae College moving to Alert Level 2 – Link to Ministry of Pacific Peoples for translated COVID information
Kia ora e te whānau,

You’ll be aware that all of New Zealand (with the exception of Auckland) is moving to Alert Level 2 from midnight tonight. Our thoughts and positive wishes are with everyone in Tāmaki Makaurau | Auckland.

Extensive wastewater testing and the numbers of people getting tested across the country has given the Government confidence that it is safe to allow a shift down to Alert Level 2 across most of New Zealand.

We are really looking forward to welcoming everyone back onsite on Thursday morning. Tomorrow (Wednesday) we will be continuing to support the ākonga who have been onsite at Alert Level 3 while we prepare for re-opening to all on Thursday.

At Alert Level 2 there is low risk of community transmission and it provides us with a lot more opportunities to engage and connect with others. However, there are still a number of public health requirements we all need to follow. Please do continue to monitor your health and do not send your children to school if they are not well (and please seek advice about getting a COVID test).

For us, all the required safety precautions for Alert Level 2 will be in place which include following all the recommendations from the public health experts. This means we will regularly clean and disinfect high-touch surfaces, encourage everyone to frequently wash their hands and cough and sneeze into their elbow.

While physical distancing is not a requirement in schools, we will be doing our best to keep students from congregating in very large numbers and keeping spaces well-ventilated.

Face coverings are not required to be worn in school. The Director General of Health has recommended that children 12 years+ wear a face covering at school – just as older children are required to wear face coverings in some other places.  The decision to wear a face-covering is up to you and your whānau, whatever your decision it will be respected.

If you are not sure what all the rules are for alert level 2 when you are out and about, then the following information may be useful to you:

·        COVID-19 Alert Levels summary table

·        COVID-19 Alert Levels detailed table

Please don’t hesitate to contact your child’s LAR teacher or me if there is something you need assistance with. I anticipate Years 9, 10, and 13 returning Thursday! This will be confirmed after our Staff preparation day tomorrow.

Ngā mihi

Nic Richards, Principal

Sarah-Jane McCosh, Board Chair

Alert Level 2 Return to onsite learning

Alert Level 2 Return to on-site learning for all students.

Ministry advice:

You will have heard the Government’s decision this afternoon that New Zealand, beyond the northern and southern boundaries of Auckland, is moving to Alert Level 2 commencing from 11:59pm Tuesday 7 September. Auckland will remain in Alert Level 4 until at least 11:59pm Tuesday 14 September.

As the Ministry of Education do, they are working with the Ministry of Health to turn the new Health Order into guidance and will send this out as soon as we’re able. Iona had hoped to be in a position to send this last night, however at this stage this will be this morning. We are not expecting large-scale change to the settings, however, face coverings for age 12+ are recommended.

For those of you moving into Alert Level 2 (Naenae College), you are able to take the next 48 hours to prepare for your school to reopen to all students on Thursday 9 September. Cleaners, contractors and some staff can go onsite from tomorrow in order to prepare.

While many people will be delighted to return to school, some students will be apprehensive. We will continue to support schools to reassure whānau and over the next few days, we will provide further advice and more details to whānau and families.

It is important at this time to remember that the Government makes its decisions with a health-first lens and it makes its decisions very cautiously. This decision is a reflection of the success of our collective approaches to date.


Nic Richards, Principal Naenae College

FAQ – Return-to-site Frequently Asked Questions

  1. At Alert Level 3 who can come back to school? 

Answer: In Alert Level 3, most children and young people will continue to learn from home, however, schools and early learning services are open for all children and young people in years 0-10 whose parents or carers need to go to work and there is no alternative person who can supervise them. There is also limited discretion for some senior secondary students to attend at a school’s discretion

2. Is my child required to wear a facemask? 

Answer: Public Health has closely reviewed their previous advice and affirmed there is no requirement to wear face coverings at Alert Level 3 in schools.
Those who choose to wear face coverings will continue to be supported to do so.

3. What does learning look like for my child if I need them to return to school?

Answer: ‘Schools bubbles’ will be formed, but on Public Health’s advice that they are to have no more than 10 children/students per bubble. Teaching staff are in addition to that number. Bubbles will undertake online learning on-site and appropriate afternoon activities to support well-being. The school day will be 8.45 am until 3 pm.

4. How do I let the school know my child is coming back to learn onsite?

Answer: Email the school and let us know who is coming in.

Level 3 Update (Children of essential workers)

Kia ora ē te whānau

The quick move to Level 4, record volumes of testing for COVID in the community, extensive wastewater testing, huge numbers of New Zealanders being vaccinated (more than 2 million people have now received their first dose), and a very wide net being cast around confirmed cases, has given Government confidence that we are safe to move to Alert Level 3 on Wednesday.

At Alert Level 3, you legally must stay within your household bubble unless for essential personal movement including going to work and going to school. As the Prime Minister noted on Friday, schools are essentially closed at Alert Level 3 with the exception of those few children whose parents and carers must go to work at Alert Level 3, and there is no appropriate caregiver at home.

Year 11 – 13 students are legally required to stay learning from home.

So we will be open on Wednesday, for a small number of children who need to attend. As you imagine it will not be school as we know it under Alert Level 2 or 1.  All our usual safety precautions for Alert Level 3 will be in place which include following all the recommendations from the public health experts. This means we will regularly clean and disinfect high-touch surfaces, encourage everyone to frequently wash their hands and cover their coughs and sneezes, and keep everyone physically distanced from others as much as possible (1 metre inside and two metres outside). We will also keep school bubbles to no more than 10 students. These bubbles will not mix with other bubbles.

Our contact tracing systems will be in place, which includes our attendance register and visitor register, and we will be limiting staff onsite with the majority of our team working from home.

You can also assist everyone’s safety by keeping your child at home if they are feeling unwell and please do contact your GP or Healthline, to seek advice about getting tested.

We will continue to support all children who remain learning from home, through our distance learning programme.

While we know how difficult it is trying to work from home as well as support your child’s learning, please keep your child at home if there is an appropriate carer available. For those of you with no other option, we will look forward to seeing your child at school this week.

Please email with your details if you are an essential worker who will be requiring your child/children to attend school. We would like to understand the numbers we are catering for as soon as possible.

It was pleasing to hear that across New Zealand compliance is high. As you have been doing, please continue to follow all the alert level requirements at Level 4 and stay at home. It is the best tool we have to keep our community safe.

Ngā mihi

Nic Richards – Principal

College Formal Postponed

Due to the country being in lockdown the School Formal has been postponed until later on in the year.  New date is Friday 15 October 2021.