Distance Learning Update
An update on Distance Learning and Alert Level Information.
Our Flood Affected Families/Whanau
As a large school currently working through the challenges that the current Alert Level 4 brings with it, we are by necessity spread out far and wide across the many suburbs that make up the Massey High School community.
However, given the events overnight, we are all together as a school with our thoughts directed toward those families from among our communities that are currently facing even more immediate challenges – with some forced to evacuate their homes as a result of flooding caused by the torrential rain last night. At a time when day-to-day life is already shifted from the norm, an event such as this moves the goalposts even further.
Our message to those families is one of support, and for them to focus first and foremost on ensuring that their family/whanau are safe.
Whilst distance learning continues for the majority of our students – we are aware that priorities have changed for others. Our pastoral care team is in the process of contacting families/whanau simply with a view to hearing that our people are as safe as they can be.
Alert Level 4 for Auckland
As you will be aware, the Prime Minister confirmed yesterday that Auckland will remain at Alert Level 4 until at least September 13.
Distance learning via Microsoft Teams will continue under its current structure over the coming weeks. Students are expected to engage (where possible) with their online classes for the first 20 minutes of each of their timetabled classes. Full guidelines can be found here.
As previously mentioned – we feel it is important to maintain the routine of the timetable as much as possible, with positive effects for wellbeing, and continued preparedness for when we return to school together.
For those that have difficulty engaging with online classes – hard copy materials continue to be delivered to households – and such materials will continue to be made available as we progress.
A reminder that distance learning resources can also be found here.
We will keep our community informed what our eventual return to on-site will look like once guidelines for the relevant Alert Levels are revised and confirmed by the Ministry of Education and the Ministry of Health.
Course Selections for 2022
Despite the current situation, other aspects of the school must continue as normal – and our course selections for 2022 is an example of this.
Information on the process has been emailed out to all families this week. Further information can be found on our facebook page, and students can look to their Year Level Team. Similarly, information can be found here and here
As a result of the extension of Alert Level 4, it has been announced that NCEA Examinations have been pushed back by two weeks. NCEA Examinations for 2022 will now take place between 22 November and 14 December.
Our SchoolPoint assessment calendars are in the process of being updated, and we will update you shortly with regard to the impact on our internal Massey High School examinations.
For those students engaged in subjects that require portfolio submissions, we can advise that their teachers will be in touch to confirm date changes.
Obviously, with the confirmation that we will remain in our bubbles for several weeks yet – any events scheduled during that time are being reviewed. Whilst our ball was set down for October 4th , this date will depend on Auckland being at Alert Level 1 – we are currently looking at backup dates should it not be possible to have the event hosted as planned.
Our Sports Department will keep our teams advised as to rescheduling of games/tournaments etc.
We wish to remind you that our Student Support services are still accessible by our students as below:
Ann McKenzie – HOD – counsellor – 021 090 26725 – [email protected]
Jessica Channon – counsellor – 021 090 29179 – [email protected]
Angela Whyte – SENCO – 021 090 21681 – [email protected]
Lisa Pyne – Learning Support Co-ordinator – [email protected]
Fleur Knowles – counsellor – [email protected]
We are available to support during work hours and can also be reached on Teams. If you feel your child is at risk then please contact the 24-hour Crisis Line on 0800 800 717 who will help direct your care.
Thank you all for your ongoing support of each other, and of Massey High School. Again, our thoughts as a school go to those families affected by flooding.