The school is in official lock down for 4 weeks from 3pm on Wednesday which means no public access to any of the good looking people above, or the facilities. Internet providers are understandably swamped at this time but they will follow up with requests through the school to work through the backlog. Staff are very appreciative of the students who are making time to hangout online with them as we navigate our online learning programmes. We are altering our assessment deadlines as the government has changed the holiday dates which are now from 30 March to 14 April. This means staff will officially be offline from this Friday 27 March but will be back on board to teach from Wednesday 15 April. Please remind your child to check the school website, Hapara, Hapara Workspace and their school gmail account for updates as we all have multi digital competencies and much of the work is set up to be self directed. Apologies to all whanau without internet – we really hope that there is a solution for your children over the next 4 weeks that does not compromise the health of your whanau. Thank you if you have contacted the school in advance to pick up devices or work for the next month. We will continue to keep you regularly updated about our kura, even though we are not physically here. Look after yourselves and keep safe everyone!❤
Kia ora koutou
With the announcement by Government on Monday 23 March, we are implementing with urgency our plan to support your child’s learning from home. We appreciate this is a sudden and significant change, and will be heavily disruptive to many people in our community.
Your child will be looking to you for guidance about this decision. Parents, caregivers, whānau and teachers will have a particularly important part to play in reassuring children at this time. If you haven’t already done so, you may wish to read the information put together by the Ministry of Education to support your conversations with your children – Talking to children about COVID-19
Further information to support wellbeing
The Ministry of Health’s website includes Top ways to look after your mental wellbeing during the Covid-19 lockdown.
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.
Remember the rules of New Zealand’s level 4 lockdown still apply.
Remember, be kind to yourself and others
As noted by the Prime Minister these restrictions are our best chance to slow the virus in New Zealand and to save lives. We all have a clear role here to slow the spread of COVID-19.
We will continue to communicate with you over the coming days. Thank you for your ongoing support of our school staff and school community. If you need to contact us about anything email email@example.com
During recent discussions about how we could improve our Bay of Islands College Website, it was suggested we build an Alumni, former students of our school who may be interested in making donations to the school to do a range of jobs that are outside our usual scope of ‘educational’ work but would be beneficial to the present, past and future students of Bay of Islands College….Read More
Great stuff from past pupil Kyla Sherbanowski
Click on the link below to read more
Siblings from Bay of Islands hit the high seas together in the navy
Three of our past pupils showing how success looks to them! All from the same whanau too. Well done guys
School Bus Travel Changes
We have nine school buses that transport our students to and from school every day. Those buses are–Haruru Falls, Karetu, Matawaia,
Motatau, Orauta, Pakaraka, Rawhiti, Russell & Waikare.
We also have students from Kawakawa and Moerewa Primary who are the only other schools that are eligible to catch our
buses. These students must sit three to a seat.
This year our school roll has grown which has put immense pressure on some buses. I have been working with Perry and Tania Clark to alleviate this situation and from there we have been auditing all student bus lists, to make sure that students are riding the correct bus according to the home address we have on record.
Very soon we will be issuing all bus students with a colour coded photo identification bus pass that will only allow them to ride their allocated bus. The drivers will only accept students with their correct pass. This will stop overcrowding and unsafe conditions on the buses. Students will be responsible for looking after their bus passes, as drivers will not accept students onto the buses
without a pass. If for any reason students must ride another bus, they will need a letter from home explaining why and they must come directly to me for a temporary pass for that day only. They will only be able to ride this bus if there is room.
We hope to get the current overcrowding condition under control as soon as possible so that the transportation of all students is safe and enjoyable.
If you have any queries, please don’t hesitate to contact me.
Annette Wynyard Bus Controller
New Uniform Polo Shirts have finally arrived!
For online orders email info@boic. school.nz or pay into the school account, BOIC BOT 12-3090-0057011-00 with students name and size (opt) for pickup on Day 1 of Term 2. There are 1000 new polos so we should have enough stock for everyone.
Uniform and Stationery shop regular hours are Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 8.30am – 9.00am and then again in the lunchbreak 1.25pm – 2.15pm
Bay of Islands College Health & Safety Plan
E book and Audio Books
We now have ebooks and audiobooks through our school Library
Students sign in with your normal username and password that you login into the school network
STUDENT JOB DIRECTORY
Click here to find out more information.