07 Apr Covid-19 – information for our community
Congratulations to Ellie Nordstrom (Y9), Emily Methven (Y11) and Addison Buck (Y8) who win a canteen voucher each, for their great efforts with the first Challenge.
A new Challenge from the Sports Captains:
Here’s your second challenge/activity from the sports captains,
I challenge you all to spell your name using the exercises below, if you want top points then do your last name as well and get your family involved.
Below I have the alphabet with exercises and a number next to each letter, spell your name by completing the exercise and number of reps.
Feel free to video yourself and post below or send it to one of us sports captains or to Mrs Restieaux: firstname.lastname@example.org, as prizes may be awarded 😀
Video Message and challenge from our Sports Captains:
The sport captains are coming up with a range of activities/ challenges to encourage you to stay active during this lockdown. The first challenge comes from Grace Sports Captain, Mikaela Grant: This is really important for your physical and mental health during this time. It also give us all something to do during the day as I imagine that a lot of you are probably pretty bored by now.
I am challenging you all to get out on your bike and complete this scavenger hunt. If you don’t have a bike that’s fine, you can do it by foot by either running or walking too!! Just make sure to stay in your local area, it doesn’t matter if you can’t get them all. Below I’ve put a list of what I want you to find when you’re out. Once you’ve done this feel free to send in pictures of what you found to any of the sports captains via email – we would love to see as many of you involved as possible.
Good luck and I really encourage you all to get involved – you can even get your families to do it
- 3 digit mail box
- a park
- street sign with the letter m in it
- colored fence/ gate or door
- a no exit street
- dairy/ convenience store
- traffic lights
- a school
- teddy bear in a window
Video Message from our College Leaders:
Removing data caps for internet
Please be advised most of the major telcos have now removed data caps and the possibility of any extra charges based on usage.
Please see the links to those major companies below if you or your daughter needs further support with this.
SPARK – https://www.spark.co.nz/help/covid-19/
“Removing overage charges for customers who are on data-capped broadband plans, so they won’t have to worry about paying extra to stay connected. This applies to both small and medium business and consumer customers;”
VODAFONE – https://news.vodafone.co.nz/covid-19-care
“The removal of data caps from data-capped Broadband plans for consumers and small to medium sized businesses until at least the end of June 2020”
VOCUS/SLINGSHOT – https://help.slingshot.co.nz/hc/en-us/articles/900000386943-Our-action-against-COVID-19?_ga=2.224375707.1878754814.1585097493-87562686.1585097493
“We removed all the data caps from our plans to better enable you to work from home during this time of social distancing and self-isolation.”
2DEGREES – https://www.2degreesmobile.co.nz/help-and-support/mobile/your-account/covid-19/
“Any customer who was on a limited data plan on or before Friday, March 20 will now receive unlimited data through until June 2020.”
Two online spaces went live this week. These have been produced with other agencies and are available online at https://www.learningfromhome.govt.nz/ and https://www.kauwhatareo.govt.nz/ki-te-ao-marama/ with resources for parents and whānau spanning early learning through to senior secondary. Ki te Ao Marama has been developed to support those students learning te reo Māori.
NZQA and the Ministry of Education have indicated that they will help kura develop effective plans for NCEA assessment and qualifications for students affected by COVID-19, including supporting remote learning. NCEA’s flexibility is a huge strength in times like these, and means that we can adapt how we deliver and use NCEA to fit with our conditions – including remote learning. They will be supporting schools to use this flexibility in how they manage internal assessment through remote learning, and to generate grades derived from learning programmes should attendance at external assessments be disrupted. They have also stated that work is underway to make sure that all qualifications, awards and pathways (including University Entrance and Vocational Pathways) will remain available through any disruptions.
For students taking part in Trades Academies and Gateway Programmes, further information can be found at https://youthguarantee.education.govt.nz/
Latest Information Tuesday 24 March:
Girls will continue working on their school work for the remainder of this week, Tuesday 24 March to Friday 27 March. Work will be put on One Note or in some cases this could be through Microsoft Teams.
School holidays will start early, from Monday 30 March to Tuesday 14 April inclusive. We are then back into learning online after Easter, from Wednesday 15 April. More details will be provided to families today.
The College will stay open today and Wednesday for any students who need to be looked after due to parents working in essential services. We anticipate that most students will be at home. Students at home need to check One Note for continuation of work in class.
Parents have been emailed a link to let us know if your daughter will be attending, today or Wednesday. Students attending today or Wednesday need to bring devices and any materials they need to work on. These students will work in the Library from 8:30am.
The College is closed for all after the end of this Wednesday 25 March, until further notice. We are prepared for learning to continue remotely and so please check Villa emails regularly for updates, as well as checking the Villa website:
We will send full details of how learning will continue to all families. We will remain as a close community and care for each other.
The NCEA Information Evening that was scheduled for tonight is cancelled.
Please continue to regularly check the website and College Calendar for the latest information. As a College, the health and well-being of our community is paramount in all of our decisions. We are taking the following actions to protect the health of our College community and to do our part to reduce the threat of transmission of COVID-19. As a College faith community we will keep everyone in our prayers in the times ahead. Please let us know if we can support you in any way.
- Communication will be through the College website with reminders through the Villa App to check the website as things change.
- Parents will be emailed a link to let us know if your daughter is considered higher risk due to being “immune compromised”
- Please check your contact details on the parent portal and contact the College if your contact details change: click here
- Any member of our College community who is unwell should not be at school. Even when you know it is a common cold, and not Covid-19, we ask students and staff to stay home, so as to not spread the virus in the community. Anyone with Covid-19 symptoms must ring Healthline on 0800 358 5453, or contact their GP
- The 14 days self-isolation period has been extended, and now applies to anyone who has undertaken International Travel, regardless of when they arrived. Refer to the Ministry of Health Guidelines: click here
- Any member of our College community who has been overseas or in close contact with someone confirmed with Covid-19 must follow Ministry of Health guidance about self-isolation: click here
- Girls are being regularly reminded to focus on strong hygiene practices. Washing hands with soap and water for 20 seconds and drying thoroughly – before and after eating as well as after attending the toilet, covering coughs and sneezes with clean tissues or with an elbow and putting used tissues in the bin are very important tools in preventing the spread of illness including colds, flu and COVID-19.
- Girls have been told that hand-shaking, hongi, high-fiving and hugging are not to happen, as a practical way to limit close contact. The College has some supplies of antiseptic handwash.
- Lunch has been shortened each day to 25 minutes. As a result we will finish earlier each day. Monday 2:30pm, Tuesday 2:45pm, Wednesday 2:00pm, Thursday 2:45pm and Friday 2:45pm. The new Bell Times are on the Villa App in the “News” section.
- At Interval and Lunch all girls need to be outside if warm enough. If outside, spacing of a minimum of 1.5 metres or more must be maintained. You need to take note of who you are sitting with in case we need to trace groups at a later stage.
- Year 7-10: If inside, Years Y7-10 must be in their designated room. There is no mixing between the rooms for Year 7-10. This is so we have traceability of who is in each room. Designated rooms are on the Villa App in the “News” section.
- Year 11-13: If inside, Y11-13 must be in their designated rooms or spaces. You need to take note of who you are sitting with in case we need to trace groups at a later stage. Designated rooms and spaces are on the Villa App in the “News” section.
- In classrooms, spread out as much as possible.
- When moving between rooms, avoid touching door handles where possible. Doors are to be kept open and pinned back.
- College Assemblies will not continue, and girls will now be in Ako on Tuesday instead of Assembly. Assembly notices need to be emailed to Mr Baugh by 10am on Tuesday so I can have them ready to be read out by Ako teachers.
- If a student was identified as symptomatic while at school, parents will be contacted and asked to collect their daughter. We have a designated isolation room in the College.
- Flu vaccination for College staff has been arranged. To read about Ministry of Health information about flu vaccination click here
- The College are in regular contact with our cleaning company regarding the cleaning schedule. They are doing 5 additional hours per day to enhance the cleaning of hard surfaces and contact points.
- If students are self-isolating, staff are prepared for learning to continue remotely. Students would access this through an internet connection. Please let us know if this presents a potential difficulty for you.
- If students are well enough to continue with school work while at home sick and/or self-isolating, parents need to please email the Head of House to ask if teachers can be notified, so work can be made available online.
- If staff are self-isolating they will be able to work remotely, should they be well enough to do so.
- If student assessment is impacted from staying at home, we ask that on the first day back at school students report to Ms Craig, Principal’s Nominee or Ms Kirk, Assistant Principal Curriculum, with a written note from parents explaining the reason for the absence. This is because the usual requirement of getting a medical certificate, when missing assessment, may not be practical. The College will follow the guidance coming from NZQA in regards to assessments.
- Cancellation of College and wider events for the remainder of this Term are: NCEA Information Evening, Senior Arts trip, All School Sport Canterbury events for the remainder of Term One, Monday Volleyball, All Wednesday Sport, Hockey, Rugby, Netball.Classics trip to Greece and Italy, Hockey trip to Australia, Geography trip to Queenstown, Bishop Lyons Shield, History trip to Wellington, Japanese Study Tour, CSS Athletics Prelims and Finals, Bishop Lyons Shield Competition, Reconciliation for all Year Levels, CSS Triathlon, Waterpolo Tournament, Cricket Gillette Venus Cup, CSS Swimming, Caritas Leaders Day, Equestrian Dressage, Caritas Solidarity Walk and Sleepover, Maadi Cup Rowing, SISS Athletics, Orchestral Music Camp.
- As the situation evolves, additional physical distancing strategies such as restricting College events and extra-curricular activities may be required. We are making decisions by applying risk analysis on a case by case basis.
- In the event of the College closing, staff are prepared for learning to continue remotely. Students would access this through an internet connection. We are currently surveying students to ascertain digital access. Please let us know if this presents a potential difficulty for you.
- The College will continue to follow the advice provided by the Ministry of Health and Ministry of Education. The College has established a link with our local Medical Officer of Health. 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.
- To access the latest information on Covid-19 from the Ministry of Health website: click here
- If a case was confirmed in our immediate school community (eg. a student, staff member, or member of their household), the Medical Officer of Health and Ministry of Education will inform the College, and we will 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.
Resources for our Community:
This Government website has everything you need to know about COVID-19 in one place: click here
There is a useful video clip from Dr Michelle Dickinson (aka Nanogirl) that will help your children to better understand the virus – YouTube clip – Nanogirl
You may have also 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:
o Watch on the PM’s Facebook page
o Read and watch on the Newshub website
Information for supporting young people:
Remain calm and reassuring.
- Children will react to and follow your verbal and nonverbal reactions.
- What you say and do about COVID-19, current prevention efforts, and related events can either increase or decrease your children’s anxiety.
- If true, emphasise to your children that they and your family are fine.
- Remind them that you and the adults at their school are there to keep them safe and healthy.
- Let your children talk about their feelings and help reframe their concerns into the appropriate perspective.
Make yourself available.
- Children may need extra attention from you and may want to talk about their concerns, fears, and questions.
- It is important that they know they have someone who will listen to them; make time for them.
- Tell them you love them and give them plenty of affection.
Avoid excessive blaming.
- When tensions are high, sometimes we try to blame someone.
- It is important to avoid stereotyping any one group of people as responsible for the virus.
- Bullying or negative comments made toward others should be stopped and reported to the school.
- Be aware of any comments that other adults are having around your family. You may have to explain what comments mean if they are different than the values that you have at home.
Monitor television viewing and social media.
- Limit television viewing or access to information on the Internet and through social media. Try to avoid watching or listening to information that might be upsetting when your children are present.
- Speak to your child about how many stories about COVID-19 on the Internet may be based on rumours and inaccurate information.
- Talk to your child about factual information of this disease—this can help reduce anxiety.
- Constantly watching updates on the status of COVID-19 can increase anxiety—avoid this.
- Be aware that developmentally inappropriate information (i.e., information designed for adults) can cause anxiety or confusion, particularly in young
- Engage your child in games or other interesting activities instead.
Maintain a normal routine to the extent possible.
- Keep to a regular schedule, as this can be reassuring and promotes physical health.
- Encourage your children to keep up with their schoolwork and extracurricular activities, but don’t push them if they seem overwhelmed.
Be honest and accurate.
- In the absence of factual information, children often imagine situations far worse than reality.
- Don’t ignore their concerns, but rather explain that at the present moment very few people in this country are sick with COVID-19.
- Children can be told this disease is thought to be spread between people who are in close contact with one another—when an infected person coughs or sneezes.
- It is also thought it can be spread when you touch an infected surface or object, which is why it is so important to protect yourself.
Jesus our caregiver and healer, you travelled through towns and villages “curing every disease and illness.” At your command, the sick were made well. Come to our aid now, in the midst of the global spread of covid-19, that we may experience your healing love.
Heal those who are sick with the virus. May they regain their strength and heath through quality medical care. Heal us from fear, which prevents nations from working together and neighbours from helping one another. Heal us from pride which can make us claim invulnerability to a disease that knows no borders. Jesus our caregiver and healer of all, stay by our side in this time of uncertainty and sorrow. Be with those who have died from the virus. May they be at rest with you in your eternal peace. Be with the families of those who are sick or have died. As they worry and grieve, defend them from illness and despair. May they know your peace.
We make our prayer through Jesus our caregiver and healer. Amen.