14th February 2021
Most of you will by now be aware that there are three positive COVID-19 cases in Auckland. This means as of 11.59pm tonight, Sunday, 14 February, Auckland will move to Alert Level 3 until at least midnight Wednesday, 17 February. Under Alert Level 3, schools will be closed and we ask parents to keep their children at home from school. However, there will be provision for students in Years 7-10 whose parents are essential workers if no alternative care arrangements can be made. A reminder that at Level 3 you are able to extend your bubble to include a child carer.
18th August 2020
You may be aware of media coverage over the past 24 hours about Year 12 and 13 students returning to school during
Level 3 Lockdown. This advice goes against public health recommendations and the PPTA and Secondary Principals
Association are currently engaging in further dialogue with the Ministry of Education about this, particularly as a
number of cases from the current Auckland cluster are linked to schools.
14th August 2020
The shift in alert levels announced by the Prime Minister this week is a reminder that it’s
more important than ever to work together and do everything we can to stamp out
community transmission. Throughout this unsettling time, we must continue to remain
sensible and calm in our united response. Our thoughts and prayers are with those who
have tested positive for COVID-19 and their wider whānau.
4th May 2020
Next Monday (11th May) we will have confirmation of whether we will remain in Alert Level 3 or
move to Level 2 and what this will mean for schools. I will next communicate when I have more
detailed information for you.
24th April 2020
Distance learning has meant for some, greater vulnerability, times of frustration and struggle as
each navigates their way beyond the more traditional and passive style learning. This applies to
everyone – school leaders, parents, staff and students. The best way to prepare students for the
future is to empower them in the present, including disruptions and times of change, such as what
we are currently experiencing.
21st April 2020
With the Government Announcement made yesterday afternoon about moving to Alert Level 3
from 11.59pm on Monday, 27 April (ANZAC Day), I wish to outline what the school’s intention is
under the Level 3 Guidelines.
30th March 2020
We are now in Day 5 of New Zealand’s response to Covid-19 and it is very different than anything
most of us have ever experienced. I want to reassure you that Sancta Maria College staff and
Board of Trustees will continue to support children of our families with their learning and wellbeing
in the weeks to come.
28TH MARCH 2020
27th March 2020
Wellbeing for all
Here is information focused on wellbeing and supporting a child’s learning at home for parents, caregivers and whānau: http://education.govt.nz/school/health-safety-and-wellbeing/pastoral-care-and-wellbeing/talking-to-children-about-covid-19-coronavirus/.
Further information to support wellbeing
- Top ways to look after your mental wellbeing during the Covid-19 lockdown from the Ministry of Health’s website.
- https://www.iamhope.org.nz/ – I AM HOPE is the youth and community focused support group run by The Key to Life Charitable Trust, started by Mike King.
- https://www.facebook.com/nathanwallisxfactoreducation/ – Nathan Wallis has some helpful videos on his Facebook page for parents and whānau.
- https://www.mentalhealth.org.nz/get-help/covid-19/ – tips on looking after mental health and wellbeing during COVID-19 from the Mental Health foundation.
- https://depression.org.nz/covid-19/ – a website by the Health Promotion Agency to help New Zealanders recognise and understand depression and anxiety. `
- 25 Mental Health Wellness Tips during Quarantine from Eileen M Feliciano, Psy.D. – although overseas-based this is a good list and highlights some things particularly important for children.
25th March 2020
Thank you to all of our families for your support over the last weeks, especially over the last days. By now, students will have experienced conferencing with their teachers and received a timetable of conferencing schedules that begin following the school holiday period. The school holiday period across the country begins on Monday, 30th March until Tuesday 14th April. Conferencing between your child and teachers will begin on Wednesday 15th April at 9 am (Week A) Period 1 Timetable. If any issues present, please refer to the communication that has been emailed to you called ‘STUDENTS’ LEARNING PROGRAMME WHILST SANCTA MARIA COLLEGE IS CLOSED’.
24th march 2020 wellbeing
23rd march 2020
This afternoon our Prime Minister, Jacinda Ardern announced an immediate shift to Alert Level 3 status with a lift to Level 4 in 48 hours. It will remain this way for at least four weeks. This means that schools close from tomorrow for all but children of identified essential workers and all schools will close entirely from mid-night on Wednesday. Essential workers are doctors, nurses, ambulance drivers and police.
22nd march 2020
Yesterday, there was an announcement by the Prime Minister that New Zealand has now moved to Alert Level 2- Reduce Contact for COVID-19. People over 70 years of age and those with compromised immunity and certain existing medical conditions are asked to remain at home as much as they can from now on and avoid any non-essential travel. Please follow this advice.
21st MARCH 2020
Today I received a communication from Iona Halstead, Secretary for Education advising what would happen if we were to experience having a case in the Sancta Maria College school community.
19th MARCH 2020
This communication provides new information and guidance especially since our government has taken further action in the last days. The policy decisions being made by our Government are giving our school time to plan for any national changes ahead. The Ministry of Education has been talking with all schools as part of future planning and checking any support that we may require.
6TH MARCH 2020
I wish to inform our families that there are NO suspected or confirmed staff or student cases of COVID-19 at Sancta Maria College. Rumours can be damaging. Please be assured that families would receive an update from the College is the situation changes. Students must continue coming to school.
31ST JANUARY 2020
Further to my letter earlier this week (28th January 2020) this communication is to provide you with an update to the international concerns for the Novel Coronavirus.
28TH JANUARY 2020
The health of our Sancta Maria community is a priority for all. The communication wishes to advise our families with the latest information we have received regarding the evolving international concern for the Novel Coronavirus.