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Message from the Principal 17/09

Dear Parents and Caregivers


Thank you for your ongoing support with your child’s learning, as we continue to operate Distance Learning at Alert Level 4. I am writing to provide some important information about calendar changes, examinations, reports and arrangements for school during Alert Level 3.


Calendar changes

It was recently announced nationally, that NCEA examinations have been delayed to 22 November – 14 December. As a result we have made the following amendments to our Term 4 Calendar:


  • 2 Oct – 18 November: CAIE (Cambridge) examinations

  • 16 November: Senior Prizegiving. Final day of lessons for NCEA students

  • 17-22 November: Year 9 and Year 10 examinations

  • 22 Nov – 14 Dec: NCEA and Scholarship examinations.


CAIE & NCEA examinations

This lockdown has now been in place for an extended period of time, and I am aware that students are increasingly concerned about end-of-year examinations. These examinations are currently scheduled as above, and our teachers will continue to work to ensure that students are well prepared for the exams. Neither CAIE nor NCEA examinations can take place at Alert Level 3 or 4. Should either examination series be impacted by school closures, then there are arrangements in place to generate Unexpected Event Grades for students.


Report evening and Reports

The Senior Report Evening on 28 September has been cancelled. Senior Term 3 Reports will be emailed home and posted through Family Connection during the last week of term. All students will receive an end-of-year report in Term 4.


School at Alert Level 3

The Government has indicated that Auckland is likely to move to Alert Level 3 on Wednesday next week. When we do move to Alert Level 3, you legally must stay within your household bubble unless for essential personal movement, including going to work and going to school.


If the Alert Level change goes ahead next week, Avondale College will be open, just for Year 9 and Year 10 students who need to attend. Students may only attend school if there is no suitable carer in the home because their parents and caregivers need to leave home to go to work. All of our usual safety precautions for Alert Level 3 will be in place, to meet the strict protocols required by the Ministry of Health. Students will be closely supervised throughout the day, including break times.


At Alert Level 3, Distance Learning will continue for all students. We acknowledge that supporting your child’s learning at home, along with juggling family and work commitments, can be challenging. However, at Alert Level 3 please keep your child at home if there is an appropriate carer available. For those of you with no other option for Year 9 and Year 10 students, we will look forward to seeing your child at school next week.


If you are a parent or caregiver of a Year 9 or 10 student, you will be sent a Microsoft Form, later today, via text message and email. Please could you complete this to help us determine which students will need to be at school under Alert Level 3, and to plan for their supervision.


Thank you for your ongoing support. Kia pai tō wiki mutunga.


Yours sincerely

Lyndy Watkinson

Principal

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