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Coronavirus Update

Update #31 (Friday 3 April)

Update #30 (Thursday 2 April)

Dear Parents/Caregivers

Hope your day has gone well- gosh can you believe it’s a week already and we are in this new mode of working.
Next week might feel a bit different as the young person in your household  will be on term break. This means a bit more time for recreational activities. With this in mind our school counsellor’s Robyn and Gina, have complied a holiday list of activities if you’re  stuck for ideas. Lots of fun things to do with links to learning-store these  ideas in a safe place until needed!
Activities for school holidays 

School holiday time might be a bit different than we had all anticipated but that doesn’t mean you can’t have some fun as a family. During this less structured time think about developing a loose schedule that allows for spontaneous activities but retains some familiar elements. Build your schedule around the following elements:

  • Keep a regular time for exercise
  • Ensure the family gathers for at least one meal a day if at all possible
  • Group activities
  • Individual activities
  • High energy activities
  • Calming and quiet activities


Fun things to do with mealtimes:

  • Allow children to cook/create their own breakfast/ lunch/dinner  from the ingredients you have at home.
  • Dress up for dinner
  • Eat a backwards dinner i.e. dessert for the first course.
  • Picnic in the lounge using blankets and cushions to sit on.


Science/Conservation Activities:

Art and Craft activities:

Listen to a story:

Listen to David Walliam’s read a new story every day – David Walliams

Free Mindfulness activities:

Virtual trips in New Zealand:


International Virtual Trips:


Update #29 (Wednesday 1 April)

This excerpt is from the April newsletter:

School is eerily quiet as we plan and set up how to keep in contact with our students and families over the next four weeks.

As you and your children adjust to the new normal, it is very important that we all remember that your physical isolation place is first and foremost your home. Home needs to be a safe and happy place for your children and their physical and emotional security is the most important thing.

Please don’t attempt to schedule a full day’s school type learning activities for your children every day. We are all tired, anxious and stressed so take some time out to adjust to just being in house together all day.

Do remember we are fighting a health emergency not an education emergency. A month’s gap in school attendance or even longer will not greatly impact on your child’s life outcomes.

We all need to take a moment to remember the life stage our ANI students are at. Friends are very important to children of this age. While on- line contact with friends and study buddies will help,  it will not overcome that desire to be with friends. This in turn may mean you see more behaviour issues from your children. You are quite likely going to see meltdowns, tantrums and angry outbursts as they struggle to manage the frustrations at such restriction in their lives. As usual they are likely to blame you. If the adults in the family can reassure children they are loved and model handling their own frustrations and worries in a reasonable way it will really help.

Do talk with you children about what is happening in New Zealand and across the world in regard to Covid 19 and why. They will feel your anxiety and trying to hide it from them won’t work. Intermediate children are well able to think about these things.  

The most important thing is that children know they are loved and that if we all do the right thing  it will be ok and that life will eventually return to normal. 

Do try to have some study time if your child is ready but do not worry about the school learning regressing. Teachers will deal with that when the children return to class. They will assess where each student is at and begin the learning from there.

I would urge you and your children to get outside everyday for a walk or run on the beach or in a park. We are fortunate that in Auckland we have many open spaces we can go to and still keep physical distance from other people. Do let you children have regular catch ups with friends on line or by phone.

Most of all  Kia Kaha – stay strong and be kind.


Update #28 (Tuesday 31 March)

Hi everyone,

Day 6 of lockdown is almost at an end. A week ago we were probably wondering how we would manage the month ahead and look at us now- it’s all go !

Just a couple of reminders;
  • please remind your young person to get fresh air and exercise each day. At school this is the norm and we want it to continue. Mr Carlos has been offering a variety of online boot camp type sessions ranging from fitness activities to Martial Arts training. Lots of fun for the whole family if you’d like to join in. TJ ( Mr Jones) has also been providing a number of great physical activities as part of the specialist programme. Encourage students to join a buddy online and complete them.
  • there is much to be gained from our students taking part in incidental learning experiences over this period of time. These can include a variety of “incidents” such as organising a picnic in the backyard for siblings (in the same bubble), baking a batch of scones or a couple of pizzas, calling an elderly neighbour for a chat, washing the car, organising the menu and costing out tomorrows meals for the family. Amazing learning experiences and opportunities not to be missed. These can be done in combination with the school work set by the teacher (s).
if you have any questions next week when the teachers are on holiday they can be posted here and a member of the SLT will get back to your within 24 hours.
Don’t forget to be kind and stay safe.
Happy Tuesday and see you Wednesday.

Update #27 (Monday 30 March)

Dear Parents /Caregivers

Today’s update is another short and sweet one. Am sure you’re all getting into the swing of things and have your kids well under control (!). Today’s update includes a few tips for you, our mums and dads that a colleague shared with me recently and I thought it worth sharing. Enjoy the last four days of term one with your children.
1. Sharing living spaces
Make sure everyone knows that when you’re working you’re not available to help settle minor spats or engage in idle chitchat. Get some noise-cancelling headphones to signal to others that you’re not to be disturbed and to avoid getting drawn into conversations that are going to distract you. Establish — and stick to — clear boundaries about when you are and aren’t available.
2. Focus on one distraction
The bizarre but true rule of productivity is that the busier you are, the more you’ll actually do. Busy people who are in fast-motion have the momentum to complete anything that comes across their desk.
Unfortunately, it’s hard to find things to help you reach that level of busyness when you’re at home so don’t succumb to some of the common distractions of home, like putting in a load of laundry, turning on the TV or doing other household chores. Choose one distraction, like your children, and when they are occupied concentrate on your work
3. Keep your workplace separate if you can
A separate workspace doesn’t have to be a dedicated office with a door that closes but should be an area that mentally prepares you for work.  Ideally, find a place you don’t go to relax, like your bedroom or your sofa, and a place that other members of your household know is designated for work.
4. Match your music to the task
At work, the best playlists are diverse playlists — you can listen to music that matches the energy of the project you’re working on. Lyric-free music is designed to help you focus.  Find what music motivates and focuses you on different tasks and then stick to those playlists for those tasks.
5. Share the load
This is a good opportunity to get your children into the habit of preparing their own breakfast and tidying up after (they have more time after all as they don’t need to walk to school).  Avoid falling into the trap of constantly cleaning up their mess, that’s their job and you still have a job to do, even if it’s a virtual one.
Use this enforced lock-down to enjoy family life, establish new routines and work habits and draw the line between work and family time.


Update #26 (Sunday 29 March)

Auckland Normal Intermediate School Term One holiday dates differ to those published by the Ministry of Education. With the approval of the Secretary for Education, our dates are as follows:  Monday 6 April – Wednesday 22 April (inclusive).

We realise these dates might not suit all our families. To assist we are offering flexibility over this period. Please let the class teacher know if you will not be following the dates above and arrangements will made for your son/daughter. Any questions can be posted on this FORM.


Update #25 (Friday 27 March)

A message regarding the upcoming school holidays:

As mentioned in the COVID-19 update on Thursday 26 March, our school holidays will differ slightly from those proposed by the Ministry of Education.  Our term one holidays will begin on Monday 6 April and conclude on Wednesday 22 April.

We would like to re-iterate that we do understand that this may not work for all families. To assist with this we are offering flexibility over this period.  If you would like to observe the holiday dates published by the Ministry of Education (Monday 30 March to Tuesday 14 April) please let the class teacher know. Teachers will compile a list of those students not working next week and simply hold over lessons for these students to complete on 15-22 April.  We can assure you that your son/daughter will not be penalised in any way if they observe the holidays set by the MOE.

We know these are uncertain times for your children and we all are here for their learning, assurance, encouragement and support.

Remember that:

-Teachers have and will continue to be in contact with students as we are aware of the importance of face to face contact and balancing out the days activities. They will be posting work and answering emails/questions right up to 4pm on Friday 3 April and then they will take a two week break. They will be available again from 8am Thursday 23 April. In-between those times if you need to get hold of someone please contact the SLT by using this FORM and we will get back to you within 24 hours.

  • Starting Monday, Mr Carlos will be offering sessions in stretch or a fitness class if you need a brain break. Daily at 10.30am -check out sports google classroom.
  • Gina ( and Robyn ( our Counsellor’s are available for students and families via telephone or Zoom.
  • Keep encouraging your young person to collaborate and video chat. It’s an important part of the emerging adolescents life to have these peer to peer connections. Just because we are at home it doesn’t mean they need to stop.
  • We have the school Easter break within the lockdown period (Friday 10 April to Tuesday 14 April inclusive) so be sure to have some fun at home activities planned for that time. We will be sending home a few ideas next week that the students have put together to assist (ideas from the kids for the kids). Should help if you’re stuck.
  • Remember too much work and not enough play can limit the potential of discovery, hinder invention and crush innovation (Joline Godfrey)
  • Post any questions you have on this FORM and the SLT will be in touch within 24 hours.

Next week we will be sending out a survey to parents (promise it will be short) to help us gauge what’s working and what’s not. We would really appreciate your feedback as this is new territory for us and your comments will help guide us in what we plan for next term. While we are expecting to be open in four weeks’ time there is the likely scenario that schools could be closed for longer than four weeks.

Stay posted – we will send it via school Apps.

NUTS (novelty, unpredictability, threat, sense of control)

As mentioned in a previous COVID-19 update, the pandemic viruses hit on stressors for our young people.  Let’s see how we can help them.

  • Make a list – putting plans, thoughts and concerns on paper can increase a sense of control, lower the power of those concerns and free up cognitive resources.
  • Assign children something to do – parents want to make children feel safe but it’s better if we make them feel brave and give them a sense of control.
  • Teach children where to get help – talk about what they should do if they feel ill or afraid. Show them where emergency supplies are kept.  Share your plans.  That helps engage their pre-frontal cortex and its problem-solving faculties, calming their amygdala (the stress response) and strengthening the connections between the two.
  • Teach children what to do – when they can see washing hands as something that helps others and not just themselves, it increases their sense of control. Hygiene becomes a super power!
  • Spread calm – when family members are alarmed or panicking, calmly say, “Do I look worried? This is manageable”.
  • Take the long view – we can remind ourselves of the difficulties we and our families have weathered in the past. It engages our coping skills, helping us better figure out how we will get through this challenge if it comes our way.
  • Talk back against your own fear in front of your children – “It is scary that so many people are sick but the news doesn’t talk about the fact that everyone else is doing fine, or all the people who are only a little sick. We have a good plan and other people looking out for us”.
  • It is the sense of control that can be the source of future resilience – after this virus has run its course, not only will we have a greater herd immunity to the virus, we may also have greater herd immunity to the stress. And if we handle it properly, our children will, too.

Acknowledgement: Ned Johnson (March 2020)


Update #24 (Thursday 26 March) – Confirmation of Holiday Dates

Dear Parents /Caregivers

Three days into the delivery of online classes, we have received a lot of positive feedback.  After careful consideration and consultation with schools in the local community, ANI have elected to continue to teach for an additional week, prior to taking a two week break.  Our students have adapted to this change extremely well and we believe another week of structured lessons will help the majority of our students settle into this new normal.  It will also give our teachers time to assess which students may need additional help over this very trying period.

As we move forward into lockdown, all of our lives are very different from how they were, just a week ago. We are aware that each family will be carrying different pressures and concerns during this time and do not want to add to your burdens over this period.  Therefore we’d like to offer some flexibility over this period.  If for any reason you’d like to observe the holiday dates published by the Ministry (starting Monday March 30) just let your teacher know.  The classes will still be available for your child to complete in their own time – they just won’t be monitored by teaching staff from Monday 6 April to Wednesday 22 April.

In Summary

  • Online classes will be made available daily until Friday 3 April, with teachers monitoring work and available for support
  • ANI term 1 holidays will begin on Monday 6 April and conclude on Wednesday 22 April.  This differs from the amended holiday dates published by the Ministry of Education, but has been approved by the Secretary for Education
  • Online classes will resume on Thursday 23 April for the duration of the lockdown period


  • Our teachers are there to help during the course of the day (but no evening emails please as teachers also need a break).  If you or your child have any questions or concerns, reach out to your teacher in the first instance, or post your question here on this  form.
  • Remember your children are used to working collaboratively and dealing with distractions.  We encourage a level of connection with their classmates, friends and teachers during this time. If they’re video chatting while working please encourage this as it’s totally normal and we want them to be socially interactive and remain in touch with friends and class mates.
  • Over the past two days teachers have set up class “chat” appointments or workshops with groups of students through Zoom or Google Hangouts. This is totally optional but it is another great way to stay informed and connected. Email the teacher if you are keen or need further details.

I mentioned yesterday that I would share with you how the causes of stress fit into the acronym NUTS (novelty, unpredictability, threats, sense of control).  I’ll do this in tomorrow’s Friday Flyer as there’s enough for you to read in today’s update.

Remember to stay safe and be responsible.  Reach out to those you love, stay in touch, help others where you can and most importantly PLEASE stay in isolation.  We can do this.  Together.



Update #23 (Wednesday 25 March)

Dear Parents /Caregivers

Here we are almost at the end of Day Two in a totally new regime of working and as we prepare to move into Alert Level 4 things won’t be the same for some time. Please take care of your loved ones, remember to be thoughtful and kind. Many of our friends and families may be hurting at this time and we need to be there for them with a kind gesture or word and a smile.

A few reminders:

  • School is now officially closed. After 11.59pm today, no oneis to go on the school site during the lockdown. If there is an emergency  Police and/or Fire services will respond
  • A reminder that on one of the online learning days you will notice the work may be a bit more practical than the other days. This is because it is the students “spec” day and the expectations will be slightly different. Any questions should be directed to the “spec” team leader Oliver Wooding ( Totara’s spec day is on Tuesday, Kauri’s is Wednesday, Matai-Thursday and Rimu-Friday.
  • At the end of this week and on Friday, the Friday Flyer will be distributed. We are trying to keep to as normal a routine as possible. Obviously it will be a little briefer than the usual but that’s to be expected in the current climate.
  • Next week we will have a school newsletter going home on 1 April.
  • Daily updates will continue (as well as the Friday Flyer and monthly newsletters) as long as we can.
  • And finally …. the teachers have set up their own hub on Facebook and as we were chatting on this platform, I noticed a number of really relevant posts. This one really appealed to me and I thought I’d share it.

Tomorrow I will share with you how the causes of stress fit into the acronym NUTS (novelty, unpredictability, threats, sense of control). Some interesting facts about how to manage your young person through these times where adversity in life can actually help wire the brain for resilience.

Take care and be kind to each other.

Ngā mihi

Jill, Shane, Bryce and Brett 


Update #22 (Tuesday 24 March)

Dear Parents/Caregivers
Today’s update is short and sweet. Just a few reminders and a check in.

  • How did day one of home learning go for you all ? We realise that this is different territory for us all. Like you, the staff are still feeling their way with this new style of working – not to mention being at home with their own children at the same time!
  • The wellbeing of your child and the rest of the family  is important to us. We have four weeks ahead of us.  Taking the time to explore feelings and understand how each student is feeling is important in these early stages. Don’t stress about finishing the work – teachers will understand. Just let us know what’s happening for you.  Between us we’ll find the right approach for each student.
  • Please if you have any questions email the class teacher in the first instance. They are ready and waiting for questions – no matter how trivial you may think they are. You can also log a question onto this form  and a member of the Senior Leadership team will get back to you within 24 hours.
  • Our school counsellor Gina Speedy has some great educational tricks to keep up positive behaviours at home in addition to a few tips on how to cope with the self management of work. She will share in this weeks Friday Flyer or if you want some help immediately please send her a quick email (

Remember to be kind to each other and to your teachers! They are doing their best in these uncertain times, delivering programmes that are engaging, meet different ability levels and support the student when working independently.

Take care Ngā mihi
Jill, Shane, Bryce & Brett


Update #21 (Monday 23 March

Dear Parents /Caregivers

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코로나바이러스 (코비드-19)로 학교가 문을 닫는데 대한 중요한 메세지입니다. 잘 읽어보시고 질문이 있으시다면 로 이메일 해주시길 바랍니다

Today the Prime Minister announced we are now at Alert Level 3 and will be moving to Alert Level 4 COVID-19 Alert Level in 48 hours for a period of four weeks where people are instructed to stay home for four weeks.

The school has been preparing for this for some time now and we are well placed with our online platforms to ensure learning is seamless for your children.

What happens now? 

On Tuesday 24 March and Wednesday 25 March the following will happen:

  • The school will be open for supervision of children whose parents are essential and healthcare workers. You will need to book in your place using this link .
  • Please come to the library for roll call at 9am.
  • All other children will stay home on both days.
  • Students who do not have access to a device may collect one on Tuesday 24th from the school  library anytime between 9 am and 3pm
  • Students will be permitted to come back to school anytime between 9am and 3pm on Tuesday 24th to collect anything they may need for the next four weeks.
  • From midnight Wednesday 25 March students and staff will not be able to access the school site and will be working from home. School will be officially closed for a four week period.

A message from the Ministry of Education regarding school holidays:

School holidays are being brought forward so that they are completed within the 4 week Stay home period. Holidays will now begin from Monday 30 March to Tuesday 14 April inclusive (a reminder that the Tuesday after Easter Monday is always a closed day for schools).
At the end of the school holidays, schools will be open for distance learning but not physically open for staff to work at the schools.
Please note the instruction to stay home (Alert Level 4) will continue beyond the new school holiday period but schools will be technically open for distance instruction. Teachers will be working offsite.

How will online learning work? 

This will be available from tomorrow on all school days pre and post holidays. Teachers have organised a variety of tasks and activities across all learning areas to keep your students engaged, on tasks and up to date over the next few weeks. This will be through Zoom for group work, Education Perfect for independent tasks and Google Classroom for collaborative activities.

Your class teacher has have already got in touch about this. If you have any questions or concerns over the work assigned, please email the class teacher in the first instance (all our email addresses are on the website).

You can also log a question onto this form  and a member of the Senior Leadership team will get back to you within 24 hours. Questions can relate to the content of school work, IT issues, timetabling, educational tips and tricks to keep up positive behaviours!

This is an unprecedented event that will continue to challenge us all. Please remember to be kind, keep safe, and look after each other.

Ngā mihi

Jill, Shane, Bryce and Brett


Update #20 (Monday 23 March

Dear Parents /Caregivers
Given the recent announcements on school closures at 1.40pm today, the school is collecting information for the two supervision days, Tuesday 24 & Wednesday 25 March.
Please advise if you require supervision for your child on Tuesday 24 March and Wednesday 25 March. Follow the link at the bottom of this notice to reserve a place.
Note: This is for essential workers children and people who require additional preparation time.
Further details will be supplied tonight to all families, this is just a quick update for you given the news we have just received.



Jill. Shane. Bryce and Brett

Update #19 (Monday 23 March


Dear Parents /Caregivers

On Saturday 21 March the Prime Minister announced that the country is moving to Alert Level  2 of the Government’s Pandemic Plan. For further details on what Alert Level 2 looks like are available at
The purpose of today’s update (COVID-19  Update #19 Monday 23 March) is to provide you with clarity on the schools position over the next few days. With the rapidly changing landscape of COVID-19 we believe a daily update is necessary to provide you with the information you need and in a timely fashion.  Please be assured every decision we make as a school is to maintain a safe environment for both students and staff.
Health and Safety Measures
1. On Monday 23 March additional health and safety measures will be in place. We have employed external providers to clean surfaces and door handles on a daily basis. We will also have an anti-viral surface treatment happening across all facilities (during the day) and in classrooms (after school).
We encourage you to keep your son/daughter home on Monday while these measures are taking place – online work will be provided if you decide to keep your son/daughter at  home. Please email the teacher for access to today’s work.
If it is not possible to stay home on Monday 23rd March while we action these health and safety measures, we will have full supervision available on site at school  and lessons will continue.
2. On Monday 23rd March the Year 8 teachers will provide students with detailed information on what to expect when learning online at home (remember the Year 8 at home online learning day is Tuesday 24th). This will be done in person if the student is at school on Monday 23rd or electronically if they are staying home on Monday.
On Tuesday 24 or Wednesday 25 March the Year teachers will provide students with detailed information on what to expect when learning online at home (remember the Year 7 at home online learning day is Thursday 26th).  This will be done in person if the student is at school or electronically if they are not at school on Tuesday 24th or Wednesday 25th.
3. Our online learning strategy will be implemented this week. The plan is for Year 8 students to work from home on Tuesday 24 March and the Year 7 students to work from home on Thursday 26 March. Please ensure you make arrangements for students to be home on these dates so we can trial our online lessons.
4. Staff will be in contact with their pupils during the day (Year 8’s on Tuesday 24 March and Year 7’s on Thursday 26 Marchto provide support with their online learning through a variety of platforms -Google classroom, Seesaw and Education Perfect. The work has been well  prepared and teachers will go over it beforehand and afterward. This is new territory but we worked hard last week to get things well organised so we can help students as they come to grips with this new way of working and their learning is not compromised.
5.  Teachers will provide information about how to check in with the teacher during the day, how to manage their day, how to complete the work checklist. Teachers will also provide guidelines to parents on how they can help and check in using the same work checklist the students use.
6. If you are an essential worker we will provide supervision at school for your children on these days. Please make sure the school knows that your son or daughter will be attending and the date  by emailing their teacher who will prepare work and forward to the SLT who will supervise these students.
7.  For students who do not have access to a device we will supply one through a check out system that is similar to how we issue library books. Please ensure the teacher knows this and he/she will organise for them.
8. For families that do not have internet access we will provide supervision and a full day of lessons at school. Please advise the classroom teacher who will prepare work and forward to the SLT who will supervise these students.
YEAR  8’s stay home on Tuesday 24th March 
YEAR 7’s stay home on Thursday 26th March.
Regards the SLT ( Jill, Shane and Bryce) and the Board of Trustees Chair (Brett Bishop)

Update #18 (Friday 20 March)

Dear Parents and Caregivers

Why would a school close?

With so much information and misinformation swirling around about COVID-19, we wanted to share with you what will happen if we were to have a case in our school community and the school would close. We have been planning for this and are in a position to respond quickly.

  • As soon as a case is confirmed in our immediate school community (e.g. a student, staff member, or member of their household), the Medical Officer of Health and Ministry of Education will inform the school about this, and we will work together to get quick and clear messaging out to you
  • If there was a case confirmed of someone in our school, we will likely be asked to close temporarily by the Medical Officer of Health. This will allow time for close contacts to be traced, appropriate testing to be undertaken, and a careful clean of the school to be undertaken.
  • If our school does need to close temporarily, we have a plan in place to support student’s learning. This plan includes students working online from home. We have three platforms (Seesaw, Google Classroom and Education Perfect) that we will be using for this purpose and would like to test them next week. We will have staggered days where we ask students to stay home and have their lessons delivered by teachers electronically.  NOTETuesday 24 March we ask Year 8 students to work from home all day. Thursday 26 March we ask Year 7 students to work from home all day.  Teachers will prepare lessons prior to the trial work day and will be in contact with their class on either 24 or 26 March explaining how they want students to complete assigned tasks. Should your son/daughter not have a device we will provide them with a device to loan prior to their trial work day at home.   Please ensure these are returned to the classroom the following day.

We know COVID-19 feels scary and of course people are concerned for the wellbeing of our children. Please be assured that with no case confirmed in our school, your children are safe here.

Good hygiene is a priority at our school, and we are reinforcing this regularly with all students and staff. We know that practicing good hygiene is still the best thing we can all do to prevent illness.

We are getting the most up to date advice and guidance so that we can confidently make informed decisions about the safety and wellbeing of our school community.
Other information 

The information below (points 1 -5) will help you keep up to date with school events, cancellation and

  1. Overseas trips for students to Cairns, Japan, Singapore and Noumea are cancelled until further notice.
  2. Please read The Friday Flyer to keep up with other school news. Link here.
  3. A few tips for parents when talking to children about the virus (kindly supplied by our school Counsellor’s Gina and Robyn). Link here
  4. There have been a number of events cancelled or postponed. Link here.
  5. The diagram below has been developed by Dr Siouxsie Wiles to assist when considering symptoms. What it tells us is:
  • A dry cough and a high temperature are common to both flu and COVID-19
  • Sneezing is nota symptom of COVID-19, however if someone has COVID-19, then sneezing can spread droplets containing the virus

Regards the SLT (Jill, Shane and Bryce) and Board Chair (Brett Bishop)


Update #17 (Thursday 19 March)

Dear Parents/Whanau,
We want to thank you all for your ongoing support during these uncertain times.
Today’s notice from ANI has important information that you need to read and take note of.
1) We acknowledge that there is a significant amount of information being sent our various sources regarding COVID-19 which can be overwhelming and perhaps at times confusing. From today (Thursday 19 March) ANI will only be sending one notice per day unless there is an emergency and it becomes necessary to communicate more regularly. This daily notice in the form of a numbered update will be shared on School Apps will also be repeated on our website.
2) We are well prepared as a school for any possible eventuality. The steps we have in place for two eventualities are as follows;
a) Should the school remain open;

  • Students continue to eat in smaller groups and in their own classrooms. Precautionary measures are taken by insisting students wash hands prior to eating and by wiping down surfaces
  • No large school gatherings are planned for the immediate future.
  • All sports and sports trials have been cancelled until further notice.
  • All internal and external meetings are now being done online using platforms such as ZOOM, Skype or Microsoft Teams.

b) Should the school be instructed to close;

  • Teachers have work ready using online platforms which can be used at any time. These platforms include Google Classroom, Education Perfect and SEESAW.
  • Daily updates will continue even if the school is closed. This is to keep our parent community updated. Please note the updates are posted on SchoolApps and the website. They are also numbered for easy reference so you can see at a glance the most recent posts.
  • A school survey of student connectivity at home has been completed and loan Chromebooks are on standby for those that don’t have access. These will be issued through a system similar to library book loans.

3) We have added a helpful link to this notice which provides a simple explanation on the difference between COVID-19 and the common cold, in addition to an excellent video of how to wash hands correctly.
4) The most important thing to remember is personal hygiene during these times and to regularly monitor the Ministry of Health and the Ministry of Education websites for accurate and up to date information as well as reading school notices which are posted daily on our website and SchoolApps.
Once again, we want to thank you all for your support, engagement and partnership during these times.
From: the Senior Leadership Team (Jill, Shane and Bryce) and the Chair of our Board of Trustees (Brett Bishop)

Hand-washing tips

Difference between COVID-19 and the common cold

Summary Cold vs COVID-19

Cold – sneezing and runny nose, cover your nose if sneezing, cough into your elbow, wash your hands properly with soap – stay at home! Your GP has no treatment for the Common Cold virus.

COVID-19 – coughing and fever – cover your mouth when coughing and cough into your elbow, wash your hands properly with soap and wear a mask to stop spread to your family, and other people.


Update #16 (Wednesday 18 March)

Hi parents/whanau,

As mentioned in yesterday’s notice to parents, we have made the decision to postpone EOTC activities for the Year 7 team who were meant to be going on EOTC starting 24 March. The team this affects is Kauri team (rooms 25 to 30).
New dates for these EOTC activities are yet to be decided but we will inform you once we have them.
Next steps;

– payments for EOTC will be held and applied to the new dates.

– students will be informed of the decision by DP’s and the rationale behind the move to postpone EOTC.

– Year 7 Dean (Scott Boniface) is responsible for EOTC and he is coordinating the new dates for the Kauri team.
Thank you for your support and understanding with this decision.

Also mentioned in yesterday’s notice to parents, we have made the decision to postpone Year 8 camps which were scheduled to take place next week.
We are pleased that we have managed to secure two weeks in August which means our Year 8’s still get to attend their camp.
New camp dates are; Rimu Team – August 10 to August 14; Matai Team – August 17 to August 21.
Next steps;

– payments for camp will be held until we go in August.

– team leaders will be in touch with parent helpers who have volunteered for the previous camp dates to see whether they might be able to support again during the August dates.

– students will be informed about the decision by DP’s and the rationale behind the move of camp dates.
Thank you for your support and understanding with this decision.

After an official announcement from Netball NZ, schools have been advised the following: “Any clubs or schools in the process of trialling, naming teams and commencing trainings are to postpone until the first week in April at the earliest. This information was delivered to Netball Centres and then passed to schools. We will continue to monitor the situation and our training in the coming weeks to comply with this instruction.”
This means the Year 7 Netball Trials, due to take place Monday 23rd and Wednesday 25th March, will be postponed until a later date. Once rearranged, the dates will be communicated via the school app.


Update #15 (Tuesday 17 March)

Dear Parents & Whanau,
Thanks for your continued support. Firstly if your child is unwell, please do not send them to school. As usual please report absences via the school app. Given the continually evolving Covid-19 situation, a number of changes have been made at ANI that we’d like you to be aware of.

Health and Safety:

-Assemblies are being held by year group – rather than full school. This was a directive from the Ministry of Education and their justification for avoiding assemblies is to limit ‘close contact’—contact within 1.5 metres of a person for 15 or more minutes.

-Lunch is now eaten in your child’s classroom

-No further parent or community events will be scheduled this term

-We continue to be proactive with health and hygiene – and ensure that soap and sanitiser are available for use by students, staff and visitors

-We continue to give students regular reminders of Ministry of Health recommendations for good health (hand washing, covering sneezes, avoid sharing drinks)

Continuing to deliver our curriculum:

-We are well equipped in the event that ANI should need to close. With the majority of our students regularly completing homework on Google docs and Education Perfect these platforms will be used in the first instance.

-Preparation of additional online lessons is well underway. Each team has already prepared multiple units of work for the students to do from home. Staff had last week to prepare materials for their classes and the work the students will do from home links perfectly to existing classroom programme. This will minimise interruption to their learning. Education outside the Classroom Whilst Education outside the Classroom remains a priority for ANI, the following decisions have been made today.

-ANI will not attend Central Zone or Interzone sports until further notice.

-Year 8 Camp will be postponed until the 10 – 14 August for Rimu Team and 17 – 21 August for Matai Team.

-Year 7 EOTC will be postponed for Kauri team and will be rescheduled for later this year

Once again, we want to thank you for your support during these unprecedented times.ANI


Update #14 (Sunday 15 March)

This update is to advise you of a number of measures we have taken to keep our people and communities well.  We are grounded in these measures and take the health of all those connected to our school seriously – this makes the decisions below a little easier to make.
1. Quarantine restrictions
As you are aware there have been unprecedented quarantine measures put in place from midnight tonight (15 March). These restrictions will have an impact if you are travelling with your children between now and the date it will be reviewed (in 16 days time). Please ensure you self isolate your children for 14 days if they arrive in NZ after midnight tonight.
2. Three-way conferences on 18 and 19 March
Looking after the health and welfare of our staff is important to us. For this reason we are postponing the three-way conferences until the start of term two. The date will advised on School Apps, Friday Flyer and April newsletter. You will need to rebook your interview time once the new dates are advised. We have now closed the booking platform.  This also means that Wednesday 18th March is a normal school day and will finish at 3.00pm.
3. Sports information evening on 19 March
This has been postponed until term two. We will advise you of the new date via School Apps, Friday Flyer and the April school newsletter.
4. Camp and EOTC
A decision on camp is pending – we are reviewing the situation on a daily basis and will advise as soon as possible should we need to cancel this event. If this did eventuate please be assured you will receive a refund of the fees you have paid.
EOTC will still go ahead at this stage.  Should this situation change we will advise you via School Apps and you will also be entitled to a refund of fees paid.
5. School assemblies
As from Monday 16 March and until further notice we will hold year group assemblies instead of full school assemblies. This is due to the whole school assembly being deemed a mass gathering.
6.  Central Zone events
The executive of Auckland Association of Intermediate and Middle schools (AIMS) are currently reviewing student attendance at central and inter-zone events. At this stage they have not been cancelled. Should this situation change we will advise you.
We apologise for this disruption but we need to manage these events cautiously in the current climate. Remember to stay alert but not alarmed – we will manage this situation through vigilance and good hygiene.  I am sure you are all keen to do what you can to prevent risk of infection.  The best preventative steps are:
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds and dry thoroughly
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands
  • Avoid sharing anything that has come in contact with saliva, whether in your living or social environments
  • Stay home when you are sick and seek medical attention
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the rubbish
  • Get adequate sleep and eat well-balanced meals to ensure a healthy immune system
Please take good care of your self and your family, we will come out of this stronger than ever, together.


Update #13 (Friday 13 March)

You may have seen that the World Health Organisation has now declared COVID-19 to be a pandemic.  As noted by the Minister of Health, this doesn’t change what New Zealand is doing to respond to coronavirus.

The Ministry of Health has been working through its pandemic plan since January.  You will also know the Government has already implemented a range of measures to minimise the impacts to New Zealand.  This includes border restrictions, a requirement to self-isolate on arrival in New Zealand from China, Iran, Italy and the Republic of Korea and immediate and detailed contact tracing of any confirmed cases.  It is important to note those four countries account for more than 90% of cases globally and China and the Republic of Korea have significantly declining numbers of new cases.

We have 5 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in New Zealand and it is pleasing to know they are all doing well and are at home.  Their children, four students at Auckland schools, continue to be well and show no symptoms.  While we expect that more cases will arise, the Ministry of Health says that with continued vigilance the chance of widespread community outbreak is expected to remain low in New Zealand.  We all have a role to play in this.

For our school, our pandemic plan is also ready to be implemented if needed.  In the meantime, we will continue to focus on good hygiene practices.  Hand washing and good cough etiquette are very important tools in preventing the spread of illness including colds, flu and COVID-19.

You may have seen the Prime Minister sat down with Dr Michelle Dickinson (aka Nanogirl) and the Prime Minister’s Chief Science Advisor, Juliet Gerrard, to talk about coronavirus:

One other action we can all take is to be vigilant about our own health and the health of our children.  We encourage staff to stay away from school if they are showing signs of illness such as coughs and colds, and ask that you please do the same with your children.  Colds and flus are common in schools and by staying away, seeking medical attention and practicing good hygiene, we can all keep any spread of illness to a minimum.


Update #12 (Wednesday 11 March) – Polyfest & COVID-19

Attached are three notices from the Polyfest organisers saying things are all on track and we will be going ahead with attendance.


Update #11 (Tuesday 10 March)

Kia ora

Many of you will be aware that three of the four cases of COVID-19 confirmed in New Zealand have had links to four school communities.  This could be unsettling for some of you so we wanted to provide you with additional information.

It was very reassuring to read the updates from the Auckland Regional Public Health Service that the children in these families were not showing any symptoms of COVID-19 and were doing well.  Because the children continued to not show any symptoms, they were not infectious when they were at school and the Ministry of Health is confident there is no risk for the students and staff in those schools.

You will also be interested to know that research published by the World Health Organisation notes that children and young people under 18 account for only 2.4% of all reported cases of COVID-19.  This means we are unlikely to see widespread cases in schools and early learning services in New Zealand.

The Ministry of Health’s current advice is that with continued vigilance, the chance of widespread community outbreak is expected to remain low.  We all have a role here to minimize the spread of COVID-19.

Our school staff and the leadership team remain well prepared for the possibility should there be a case in our community.  If that were to occur we are confident the response plans we have in place will be supported by regional health authorities and the Ministry of Education.

I am sure you are all keen to do what you can to prevent risk of infection.  The best preventative steps are:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds and dry thoroughly
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands
  • Avoid sharing anything that has come in contact with saliva, whether in your living or social environments
  • Stay home when you are sick and seek medical attention
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the rubbish
  • Get adequate sleep and eat well-balanced meals to ensure a healthy immune system

Our school values continue to play an important part in all of our activities.  A reminder they are empathy, trust, integrity and respect.  It is important we continue to care for and support all members of our school community, especially those who may be impacted by COVID-19 in some way.

If you want to know more about COVID-19 please make sure that any reading you are doing is from a reliable source.  The Ministry of Health is the best source of information for New Zealand and they update this information regularly –

A reminder that anyone who is ill should not be attending school.

The COVID-19 symptoms are a fever, coughing and difficulty breathing.  If anyone has these symptoms and has recently been to a country or area of concern, or have been in close contact with someone confirmed with COVID-19, please encourage them to contact Healthline (for free) on 0800 358 5453 (or +64 9 358 5453 for international SIMs) or their doctor immediately.

Ngā mihi

Jill Farquharson



Update #10 (Thursday 5 March) IMPORTANT NOTICE 


Dear Parents and Caregivers

You may be aware that this afternoon Auckland Regional Public Health Service (ARPHS) confirmed a parent of two students, one at Auckland Grammar School and one at Ormiston Junior College has been confirmed with coronavirus (COVID-19). While this is concerning for everyone, there is no risk to students, staff or others at these schools or our school, Auckland Normal Intermediate. We will continue to update you as information comes to hand but please be assured that with the current situation it is important to be alert but not alarmed.  The children are completely well and have no symptoms. They are now staying home as a precaution, in case they develop the disease in the future. Both students have not been infectious while they have been at school, and are not considered infectious now.

I understand that some parents are concerned should a confirmed case of COVID-19 be identified at ANI. We have been planning for a potential situation since the first published update on our website and have a comprehensive pandemic plan in place. This plan follows the Ministry of Health and protocols/procedures and Ministry of Education guidelines.  Should a case be confirmed, as with any other notifiable disease our local Medical Officer of Health will take the lead. Parents will be notified about this by the Ministry of Health, through our local district health board/public health unit.

Please explain to your children that the students do not have COVID-19, and that they have not exposed anyone else to this virus. Please ask them not to post any information on social media as this could lead to bullying. Netsafe provides guidance on online behaviour.  Please be assured there is no risk to the school communities from this case.

We have provided you with additional facts from the World Health Organization.

  • Evidence from China shows that only 1% of reported cases do not have symptoms, and most of those cases develop symptoms within 2 days.
  • Young people 18 years and under represent less than 2.4 per cent of those who have contracted the virus.
  • From the data we have so far, COVID-19 does not transmit as efficiently as influenza.

It continues to remain that the best thing to do is to practice good preventative measures, particularly good hygiene:

  • Washing hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds before and after eating as well as after attending the toilet
  • Covering your face with a clean tissue or your elbow when coughing and sneezing
  • Putting used tissues in the bin

Encouraging your children to stay home if they are unwell.

Attached is some very comprehensive information in the form of Q & A’s that you might find useful. It has also been translated into Chinese and Korean.

Attachment 1 – English COVID_Information for schools fact sheet_FINAL_2020March04

Attachment 2 – Chinese 奥克兰地区公共卫生服务 – 2020年3月4日 v4 Chinese COVID19

Attachment 3 – Korean covid-19 korean translation

Update #9 (Wednesday 4 March)

Dear Parents and Caregivers

Today, we have received notification from the Ministry of Education that Auckland Regional Public Health Service (ARPHS) has confirmed a parent of two students – one at Westlake Boys High and one at Westlake Girls High – has been confirmed with coronavirus (COVID-19).

The message from Auckland Regional Public Health Service is as follows:

While this is concerning for everyone, there is no risk to students, staff or others at the schools. The whole household is in isolation at home, but the two students have not been infectious while they have been at school, and are not considered infectious now.

The children are completely well and have no symptoms. They are now staying home as a precaution, in case they develop the disease in the future. The parents have not visited the schools.

This disease is managed the same way as other infectious diseases, like mumps, where people who are close contacts – but do not have the disease – are kept away from others, in case they become contagious.

Please understand that people are not considered at risk if they have been close to a contact – as the contact does not have the disease. Contacts of contacts do not have to take any action such as isolating themselves.

If you would like further information please visit the ARPHS’ or the Ministry of Health’s websites, or call Healthline on 0800 358 5453.

Please be assured there is no risk to the school communities from this case.


Update #8 (Wednesday 4 March)

Changes to requirements for travellers arriving from Northern Italy and South Korea

The Prime Minister announced on Monday evening (2 March) that measures are now in place for travellers arriving from Northern Italy and from South Korea and the travel restrictions for travellers from China and Iran have been extended.

a) Travellers will be asked to self-isolate for 14 days (calculated from the date they left South Korea or Northern Italy).
b) Travellers from South Korea and Northern Italy are still able to travel to New Zealand, there is no restriction of access to New Zealand for people arriving from these two countries.
c) The existing travel restrictions for travellers from China and Iran have been extended for a further 7 days until 10 March.

In summary :
a) Category 1 – travellers who have been present in or transited through countries in this category are being asked to self-isolate for 14 days on arrival – currently Iran, China, South Korea and Northern Italy. Note for Iran and China, there are also restrictions in place for who can travel to New Zealand. New Zealand citizens, permanent residents, residents with valid travel conditions and their immediate family, will still be able to come to New Zealand. Australian citizens and permanent residents are also not subject to the travel restrictions if New Zealand is their primary place of established residence.

b) Category 2 – travellers from countries in this category should be aware of COVID-19 symptoms. They do not have to self-isolate if well. They should self-isolate if they develop any symptoms of concern and ring Healthline (0800 358 5453) if they develop symptoms within 14 days of departing the Category 2 country. Countries currently in this category are Hong Kong, Japan, Singapore, Thailand and Italy (noting northern Italy is in category 1)

Please check the Ministry of Health website if you are at all concerned.


Update # 7 (Monday 2 March)

As you are aware the Prime Minister has announced the first confirmed case of COVID-19 in New Zealand (see Ministry of Health media release below).
The Ministry of Health has noted that although we have our first case of COVID-19, the chances of community outbreak remain low. This case was identified because the person affected and their family did the right thing and got in touch with health authorities.

As a school we continue to reinforce messages about hygiene practices with our students on a daily basis. We have purchased hand sanitiser and additional tissues for classrooms and practising good hand and sneeze/cough hygiene appears to be the best defence. The following advice will be posted in all classrooms today:

  • wash your hands often with soap and water before and after eating as well as after attending the toilet
  • cover coughs and sneezes with clean tissues or your elbow
  • put used tissues in the bin.

We are also encouraging staff and students to stay home if unwell.

Below you can find updated information from Health:
As announced this week by the Ministry of Health, there are now two categories for travellers arriving in New Zealand:

  • Category 1 – People who have travelled from or transited through countries in category one in the last 14 days are required to self-isolate for 14 days and contact Healthline after they have left the countries. Mainland China and Iran are the two countries included in this category (with Iran added to this category on Friday 28 February). 
  • Category 2 – People who have travelled from or via countries listed in category two who develop symptoms of fever, cough or shortness of breath should seek medical advice by first phoning Healthline’s dedicated COVID-19 number 0800 358 5453 or contacting their GP including phoning ahead of their visit.

As at Friday 28 February countries in this category are Hong Kong, Italy, Japan, Republic of Korea, Singapore and Thailand.

Anyone who has travelled from or transited through any of the countries listed in both categories with clinically compatible symptoms should be considered a suspect of COVID-19 case and testing performed.


Update #6  (Monday 17 February) 

Dear Parents and Caregivers

On Saturday 15 February, there was an  announcement from the Minister of Health to extend the temporary travel restrictions on people travelling from, or transiting through, mainland China for a further 8 days until 24 February.


An update on the status of Novel coronavirus (COVID-19) can be found on the Ministry of Health website:

Novel coronavirus (COVID-19) information – Ministry of Health

There is also information on the Ministry of Education website, click here for the link.

A translation can be found by clicking here (information in Chinese).

Update #5  (Monday 10 February) 

Dear Parents and Caregivers

Changes to self-isolation. 

This Coronavirus update from the Ministry of Education on 7 February explains requirements of self isolation for students. Please take note of this information as it has changed from previous updates.

Who needs to stay away? 

  • New border measures deny entry to New Zealand for anyone who has left or transited through mainland China after midnight on 2 February 2020, with the exception of:
    • New Zealand citizens (including those from the three Countries of the Realm: Tokelau, Niue and the Cook Islands), permanent residents and their immediate family  
  • If you have been in close contact with a confirmed novel coronavirus case you should self-isolate for 14 days. If you develop symptoms including fever, coughing and difficulty breathing you should ring Healthline (for free) on 0800 611 116 or your doctor.
  • As of 2 February 2020, all travellers arriving in New Zealand out of mainland China should self-isolate for a period of 14 days from the time they leave mainland China.
  • People who departed from mainland China before midnight 2 February are not required to self-isolate unless they have been in Wuhan City or Hubei Province in the last 14 days. 

A key point is that the 14 day stay away period starts from when you leave China (or Wuhan City/Hubei Province) and not when you are due to start back at school (eg, you may have travelled to another country before arriving here).

Stay away 14 day – guidance
The Ministry of Health has also updated their guidance for those that are being asked to stay away (Health use the words “self-isolation”). It has been updated to remove any confusion about what is required for those staying away.

Health information 

A link to the Ministry of Health where you can check for more information, can be found by clicking here.

Leaflets -What you need to know 

Leaflets for the public about the Novel coronavirus in English and Simplified Chinese are included for your reference.  (Click on ‘English” or ‘Simplified Chinese’ to see these leaflets).


Update #4  (Wednesday 5 February) 

Dear Parents and Caregivers

While there are no confirmed cases of the Novel Coronavirus in New Zealand, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade have updated their travel advisory and now recommend that New Zealanders do not travel to any part of mainland China.

In order to reduce the chances of 2019-nCoV spreading within NZ, additional border measures have been implemented from 2 February 2020.

These measures deny entry to NZ for anyone who has left or transited through mainland China from 2 February 2020, with the exception of:

  • NZ citizens (including those from the three Countries of the Realm: Tokelau, Niue and the Cook Islands), permanent residents and their immediate family
  • Air crews who have been using appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE).

This also applies to passengers who are transiting through NZ, unless they are NZ citizens, permanent residents or their immediate families.

The NZ Ministry of Health are specifically considering the situation for Pacific Island nationals returning from mainland China via Auckland Airport.

As of 2 February 2020, all travellers arriving in NZ out of mainland China, or any travelers who have had exposure to a confirmed case of novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) will be expected to self-isolate for a period of 14 days from the time they leave mainland China or were exposed to novel Coronavirus.

Travellers who arrived in NZ or transited from mainland China before 2nd February must also self-isolate for 2 weeks.


How does this impact on our family and our child’s enrolment?  FOLLOW THIS FLOWCHART STEPS 1 TO 3

Step 1 – Did you travel to China and return after January 26th 2020?

Yes              No  –  go to Step 2



Step 2 – Do you intend travelling to China?

Yes              No  –  go to Step 3



Step 3 – Have you been exposed to anyone who has a confirmed suspected case of Coronavirus?

Yes              No  –  no further precautions required



What else do I need to know?

How worried should I be?

  • Your chances of catching the Coronavirus in NZ are very low.
  • It is highly unlikely you will catch the virus
    • Walking down the street,
    • In a supermarket or
    • On public transport.
  • Coronavirus is slightly more infectious than the flu – you are only likely to catch it if you are close to someone with the virus. Most people catch the virus from someone at home, a close workmate or someone they spend time with.

How serious is Coronavirus?

  • People are being infected, mainly in China, but only a very small number have died.
  • Most people have a mild illness.
  • People of all ages are being infected, but older people and those with medical conditions seem most likely to get seriously ill.

How do I protect myself and my family?

Everyone should protect themselves from the virus, as you would for the flu –

  • Washing your hands regularly, or using hand sanitizer, is the best way to avoid this illness.
  • As with other illnesses, do not go to work or school if you are sick.
  • Cover coughs and sneezes with tissues or clothing, and wash hands afterwards.
  • Avoid being close to people who are sick.
  • Wear a mask only if you are coughing and sneezing.
  • Washing your hands often and covering coughs and sneezes will do more to protect you from the virus than a mask.
  • If you are sharing food, use utensils to serve the food and keep your personal spoon, fork, or chopsticks separate to avoid transmission through saliva.


Where can I find more information?

Information is updated on the Ministry of Health website or call HEALTHLINE 0800 611 116.


Update #3  (Tuesday 28 January) 

Dear Parents and Caregivers

As you are aware the situation regarding Coronavirus is rapidly evolving. The health and well being of all students and staff is a priority and the school has taken the following steps:
– kept parents informed via School Apps
– briefed staff at planning days this week
– purchased hand sanitiser for each class
– purchased masks for front office and sick bay staff
– requested that families forward to the school details of recent travel  to areas in the world where the virus is present.
– contacted families of students who have advised us of recent travel to affected areas
– request students do not come to school until they  have been back in New Zealand for a period of two weeks (14 days) from arrival date and they exhibit no symptoms (symptoms include – fever, cough and difficulty breathing. Quite similar to a range of other illnesses such as influenza).

As always anyone who is unwell should not be at school. If you have any concerns about the possibility of the virus call the Healthline at 0800 611 116 or your GP for medical advice. The Healthline has translators and interpreters available day and night in 150 languages.


Remember: To advise the school if you have travelled to an area of the world where the virus is now present. If you landed in New Zealand on or after 15 January 2020, we are asking that you do NOT come to school for a period of two weeks.

Ministry of Health information can be found here:

Update #2 (Monday 27 January)

Firstly, we want to start this School Apps notice by updating you about Coronavirus as at Monday 27 January 2020.
We have now heard from the Ministry of Education who advise they are working closely with the Ministry of Health to review the next steps for schools. They will provide guidance to schools as soon as possible.
Parents should continue to follow the information and directions issued by health authorities. They are best placed to provide you with the information you need.
Should the situation change in any way, the Ministry will provide schools with updates and any action required as soon as it becomes available. We will then forward  this information to our community.
Please continue to refer to the Ministry of Health’s information page on their website.  It is continually being updated as new information comes to hand. Novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) guidance – Ministry of Health website
MFAT also has useful information for you if you are considering travel –
We are also keeping a record of families who have travelled to China in the holiday break or intend travelling there in the next few weeks. Please advise the school by emailing with the dates of travel and your destination in China.
A quick tip in preparing to start to school on Thursday.
– Please ensure you know where to go on Thursday. Year 7’s are to assemble in the University barn at 9am. Year 8’s are to assemble in the same location at 11am.
See you all there!

Update # 1 (Friday 24 January)

With a number of our families returning from overseas, the following is information for anyone who has travelled or is going to travel overseas for business or pleasure.
We would like to keep a record of families who have travelled to China in the holiday break or intend travelling there in the next few weeks. Please advise the school by emailing with dates of travel and your destination in China.
As you will be aware there is a developing situation with a new coronavirus in Wuhan, Capital of Central China’s Hubei Province.  The reason for this notification is to provide you with information so you can be better prepared when travelling overseas or coming into contact with people from the areas that have reported cases.
At this stage The World Health Organisation (WHO) has not issued any specific health measures for travellers.  They are keeping a close watch on the number of reported cases as numbers are increasing rapidly. The Ministry of Education will also be issuing guidance for schools and once we receive this information we will pass on to our families.
The following  fact sheet from the Ministry of Health may also be helpful.
What is Coronavirus?
Coronaviruses are a large and diverse family of viruses which include viruses that are known to cause illness in animals and humans, including the common cold, severe actute respiratory syndrome (SARS) and Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS).
Signs and Symptoms?
The signs and symptoms reported are mainly fever, with a few cases having difficulty breathing.
The virus is an invasive pneumonic which infiltrates both lungs.
Where is it found?
The coronavirus was initially reported in the Huanan Seafood Wholesale Market in Wuhan, China.  There are no cases of 2019-nCoV in New Zealand to date. The risk of an outbreak in New Zealand is low, but the Ministry of Health is monitoring the situation closely. If any public health measures are needed for this virus, they will advise.
What do I need to know?
WHO advises the following basic principles to reduce the general risk of acute respiratory infections:
Avoid close contact with people suffering acute respiratory infections; Frequently wash hands, especially after contact with ill people or their environment;Avoid close contact with sick live farm animals or wild animals;People with symptoms of acute respiratory infection should practice cough etiquette (maintain distance, cover coughs/sneezes with disposable tissues or clothing, and wash hands).As always, travellers who become sick within a month of their arrival are encouraged to seek medical advice.
If you are returning to your home country and feel unwell you should contact either your countries Healthline or your doctor.  For further information please visit the WHO website.