27 August 2021

Kia ora koutou

You will be aware that this afternoon the Prime Minister announced that Alert Level 4 is extended until 11:59pm on Tuesday 31 August. After that we will move to Alert Level 3. I am waiting to get more information on Alert Level 3 before providing more details. What we do know is that this will only be for children of essential workers in Year 9 and 10, and that they will be continuing with online learning. There will be no face to face or practical teaching occurring on site during this time. Years 11 – 13 students are required to remain learning from home.  

Over the weekend we will send out more information about Alert Level 3 and will include a survey to complete for families who intend to send their son to school under Alert Level 3. 

Stay safe and look after yourselves and your loved ones.

Ngā mihi nui

Tim Grocott

23 August 2021

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You will have seen the announcement today from the Prime Minister that Alert Level 4 lockdown will continue until 11.59pm on Friday 27th August. While we may have been hopeful of a reduced level, we clearly need to remain at Level 4 to stay safe. Students should be working online, and their teachers will be communicating with them through email and our learning management system, Canvas. During the week their teachers will also host a video conference to check and connect with the boys and see how their learning is going. This video conference will occur during their normal lesson times.

Wellness is also important at this time. It is important that boys have a routine and that they are getting exercise. They should not be online gaming all night. Our Covid 19 update on our website provides good advice and support for students. A big thankyou to our senior students who are putting up videos supporting boys with home learning and useful tips for looking after themselves. Also check out our wellbeing page on the website with advice from our Guidance Counsellors.

The Ministry of Education has created an online info hub for Pasifika parents, fono and communities to support learning during Alert Level 4. You can find the information hub here. There are helpful updates on how COVID-19 impacts education and links to learning resources including:

Home Learning TV

Learning from Home online

Dual-language resources

It is important that we follow the advice of the government for the rest of the week. The delta variant is quite different and it is important that we stay in our bubbles, wear a mask, wash hands regularly, and keep that physical distance when out in public. Lastly, make sure you have downloaded the Covid Tracer app and are using it every time you go out.

Stay safe and look after yourselves.

Ngā mihi nui

Tim Grocott

20 August 2021

Kia ora koutou
 
As you will have heard, we are continuing with the Alert Level 4 lockdown until 11.59pm on Tuesday. We expect to hear on Tuesday what will happen after that – we could remain at Level 4 or a drop a level. It is unlikely that we will move straight back into Level 1. We will continue with online learning on Monday and Tuesday and I have also asked teachers to run a video session with their classes to check in on your son’s progress.
 
We know that there are some students who do not have a device to do learning at home. We have a limited number of devices that we have been given special permission to distribute to homes on Monday. We will send out a message to our community asking people to let us know if you do not have a device. Please respond to it if you require a device.
 
Thank you for all of your efforts in keeping New Zealand safe. Lockdown is a challenge but it is necessary to ensure we are all safe and well.
 
Have a good weekend and look after yourselves.
 
Ngā mihi
Tim

20 August 2021

Kia ora koutou
 
Today we are playing a waiting game as we anticipate the 3pm announcement from the Prime Minister. We are all hopeful of a move away from Level 4, but if this does not happen and we remain in Level 4 lockdown we will need to make plans to continue the online learning at home. We know that there are a number of students who do not have devices or internet at home. If the lockdown is extended, we will be in contact regarding delivery of hard pack learning materials or a school device.
 
We will be providing information later today, or on Saturday, about the next steps once we know the alert level status in Christchurch after 3pm.
 
We hope everyone is staying safe and looking after each other.
 
Nga mihi nui
Tim Grocott

18 August 2021

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We hope you are keeping well as we begin our three day lockdown. We urge you to follow the guidelines of the government and keep yourselves and others safe.

Today, we have asked teachers to provide online learning where possible. They will have set up work on Canvas or another online platform, and will have emailed your son with instructions on completing the work. Teachers have been advised to be realistic with their expectations of work completion, with student wellbeing paramount. Everyone’s circumstances are different and we will be respectful of that. It is important that over the next few days students and whānau do what is best for them. 

Form Teachers have been asked to contact boys in their Form Class by email or phone. We need to gather a range of information about students’ circumstances during lockdown. This will include whether they have a device, if they have internet connection, their current home address, but also the address they will be living at during lockdown currently or if it is extended. This information is useful now, but it will be more useful if the lockdown is extended or we move into another one soon. Please encourage and support your son to respond to his Form Teacher as this is valuable information for us to best support your son. 

All school sport is cancelled over the next three days. Canterbury Rugby has cancelled or postponed all rugby on Saturday. Other Saturday sports are still hopeful of playing so you will need to check with each sports’ website or social media.

Please look after yourselves and your whānau.

Ngā mihi nui

Tim Grocott

17 Aug 2021

Kia ora koutou
 
The government has announced that we are going into a three day COVID Alert Level 4 lockdown from 11.59pm Tuesday 17th August. It is important once again, that during this time we focus on wellbeing and keeping safe.
 
At this stage, Shirley Boys’ High School will be closed for three days (18th August to 20th August) for all staff and students. Our staff will respond quickly to support learning from home, but as you can imagine the late and sudden announcement has meant we are not as prepared as we would like. Teachers will endeavour to have work online for students. We ask that boys check Canvas and their emails for instructions from teachers. In some cases it will be difficult for teachers to get work online.
 
Equally, not all of our boys and their family and whanau will be ready to learn at home. Unfortunately, we are unable to provide devices or learning packs to support learning from home. We ask that you manage as best you can under the circumstances. We will provide further details about learning from home on Wednesday.
 
We will provide updates from the Ministry of Education over the next few days. Please keep checking the Shirley Boys’ High School website, Facebook page or your emails for further information.
 
 
Please stay safe and look after each other.
 
Nga mihi nui
Tim Grocott

28 Feb 2021

Kia ora koutou,

The government has made the decision to move Christchurch to Alert Level 2 from 6am on Sunday 28th February for the next seven days. Below is key information relating to Shirley Boys’ High School for our community and whānau. If you have any concerns please let me know. If you are feeling unwell with Covid-19 symptoms or are concerned about coming to school, please let me know as soon as possible. 

Schools are open to everyone, and all children must attend.

For most day to day activities at schools, the rules for gatherings do not apply. Under the COVID-19 Public Health Response Order, schools are exempted from physical distancing requirements when people are there for education. Fields trips will go ahead this week, but the sports exchange with Kings High School has been postponed and the Understand NCEA Workshop on Thursday 4th March has been cancelledAthletic sports will continue on Wednesday, however I am afraid that there can be no spectators.

Face coverings are not required at school or on any school transport. However, if students are travelling on a public bus then they are required to wear face coverings.

Sick people must stay at home. They should seek medical advice if they have COVID-like symptoms and get tested if advised to do so. If that person displays relevant symptoms of COVID-19, tests positive for COVID-19, or has been in close contact with someone who tests positive for COVID-19, they must self-isolate.

Fundamental public health measures continue to apply at every alert level:

  • Physical distancing (not touching and not breathing on each other at Alert Level 2)
  • Hand hygiene
  • Cough and sneeze etiquette
  • Regularly cleaning and disinfecting high touch surfaces.
  • Please contact the school if you have any concerns or require further information.

It is important at this time to stay safe and follow the advice of the government and the Ministries of Health and Education.

Ngā mihi nui,

Tim Grocott

Headmaster

14 Feb 2021

Kia ora koutou,

Due to community transmission in Auckland, the government has made the decision to move Christchurch to Alert Level 2 from midnight tonight for 72 hours. This is something we have done previously and are able to manage safely. Below is key information relating to Shirley Boys’ High School for our community and whānau. If you have any concerns please let me know. If you are feeling unwell with Covid-19 symptoms or are concerned about coming to school, please let me know as soon as possible.

Year 9 Outdoor Education Day and Southland Exchange will still go ahead this week. 

Both of these events are classed as normal schooling and will not be affected by the rules around gatherings.

Schools are open to everyone, and all children must attend.
At Alert Level 2 the disease is contained but there is still risk of community transmission. It is safe for children and staff to attend school as there will be appropriate measures in place, including for children and staff vulnerable to severe illness.

Learning will be onsite with distance learning offered for boys who are unable to attend school due to self-isolation
Distance learning should be provided for those required to self-isolate, those individuals who health authorities have asked to stay away while waiting for a test result, or those choosing to remain at home because they are vulnerable to illness.

Schools are not classified as gatherings and a range of events and activities can go ahead.
For most day to day activities at schools, the rules for gatherings do not apply. Under the COVID-19 Public Health Response Order, schools are exempted from physical distancing requirements when people are there for education. However, if we are still at Alert Level 2 after Wednesday we will not be able to hold our Year 9 Parent Evening which is scheduled for Thursday. Further details will be provided during the week.

Face coverings are not required at school or on any school transport.
This includes charter buses hired by the school to transport students and staff. Anyone who chooses to wear a face covering in any setting should be supported to do so.

Sick people must stay at home.
They should seek medical advice if they have COVID-like symptoms and get tested if advised to do so. If that person displays relevant symptoms of COVID-19, tests positive for COVID-19, or has been in close contact with someone who tests positive for COVID-19, they must self-isolate.

Fundamental public health measures continue to apply at every alert level:

  • Physical distancing (not touching and not breathing on each other at Alert Level 2)
  • Hand hygiene
  • Cough and sneeze etiquette
  • Regularly cleaning and disinfecting high touch surfaces.

Please contact the school if you have any concerns or require further information.

It is important at this time to stay safe and follow the advice of the government and the Ministries of Health and Education.

Ngā mihi nui

Tim Grocott, Headmaster

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