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Welcome to Waihi College

Students who attend Waihi College are given many opportunities to participate in a wide array of educational programmes, activities, events and experiences. Management, staff and students are devoted to the educational needs of our unique rural community and are committed to maintaining a caring, supportive and friendly atmosphere. We are the Waihi College whānau because when you are a part of Waihi College, you are part of our family. Come in, take a look around and strive to achieve your goals.

Important Notice

Updated: 23 March 2020 at 8.13pm

We live in an extraordinary time!

As a result of this heightened alert level, school will be closed tomorrow and Wednesday with the exception of the children of essential workers. Caregivers who are essential workers are asked to contact the school and let us know if their children will be attending so that we can plan effectively.

A list of who are classed as essential workers and more detail on the National Response to Covid 19 will be available on the Covid 19 website. https://covid19.govt.nz/ The school will operate with minimal staffing onsite for the next 48 hours.

School will be closed for everyone from Thursday for a period of 4 weeks as advised by the Prime Minister. We will keep you informed through our website and Facebook with frequent updates. Please ensure you are checking these regularly.

School holidays are being brought forward so that they are completed within the 4 week period. Holidays will now be 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 will 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 open for distance instruction. Teachers will be working offsite.

What does this mean for your child's learning?

  • Teachers will plan and create work for students for the remainder of this week (Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday) to be completed at home
  • There will then be a two week break (school holidays) which will also include Easter Monday and Tuesday.
  • Following that, teachers will resume distance learning for the rest of the four week Alert Level 4 time period set today by the Prime Minister.

Here is what you can expect over the next week prior to the new start of the school holidays, and for as long as we are engaged in remote learning:

Teachers will focus on keeping up connections and relationships with students and keeping them engaged in learning - that's what actually matters the most.

  • For any classes scheduled to meet on the day, the day's work will be available online from 10.30am
  • Students should check their school emails daily and use the Google Classroom or Hapara Workspace established by their teacher to complete learning tasks.
  • Students in Years 11-13 who are sitting NCEA should continue to work on assessment as provided by their teachers but should not stress. NZQA has already provided guidance on this and students will not be disadvantaged by this school closure.
  • If the online learning is causing undue stress in your house or you have other important stuff happening then move it down the priority list! Don’t give up on it though, learning is important!

We will continue to communicate with you over the next few weeks. Please take care of yourselves and your families. Thank you for your ongoing support of our school staff and community.

Please keep in touch with us via email and encourage students to logon to “Google Classroom” or “Hapara” to be able to continue learning. Staff will continue to support students learning during this time of forced closure. Please keep an eye on your emails and encourage your children to check their school emails regularly.

Please look after yourselves and your whanau, our thoughts are with you during these difficult times.

If your children require the support of the school nurse (Margie: 027 2983787; [email protected] ) or the school counsellor (Roger Hunt: 027 404 4670; [email protected] )

I urge you to follow the advice from the Prime Minister, to stay at home and minimise interaction with others.
Look after yourselves and BE KIND!

Ngā mihi nui

Waihi College



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