‘Together we will develop caring students, maximising their potential.’

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 info@boic.school.nz

Ngā mihi
Edith Painting-Davis

Message from our School Guidance Counsellor, Susan Reynolds, to our students (and whanau).

How’s self isolation going for you? I hope you are well and happy.

We are in a challenging time for sure. It might be helpful to think about how your thoughts and actions can help yourself and those around you.

Here are some ideas that I hope might help:

Find ways to connect:

Connecting with others is so important for our well being and helps to make us feel safer, less stressed and less anxious. We can support each other to get through this.

Some ideas to connect include:

Writing emails that share a favourite memory, playing online games with friends, joining or starting a virtual book club, sharing a favourite karakia or waiata with your friends on social media, calling friends, neighbours and whānau.

Find ways to take notice:

Notice the beauty in the world around your home. Take time to feel the sun on your skin, breathe in fresh air whenever you can, make a list of what you’re grateful for, take the time to thank someone for how they make you feel, do a mindfulness exercise on YouTube, watch the plants in your home or outside growing and changing with each passing day.

Find ways to be active:

I know this is a tricky one without gyms or sports but it can be done! Play ‘the floor is lava’!, do an exercise class online, go for walks or runs outside (just stay 2m away from others!), use the cans in the pantry as weights, stretch.

Find ways to give:

Give compliments, think about a skill you have you could share with your whānau/friends, share a favourite recipe, let people know you’re there to help (and tell them what help you can offer – e.g. drop something at their front gate for them, help them with their homework online or even just chat when someone is feeling lonely). Check in on the phone or online with neighbours and members of your community who may need to hear a friendly voice.

Find ways to keep learning:

Staying curious and engaging with the world around you is a great way to uplift your wellbeing. Pick a question you’ve always wondered about and take some time to look it up. Talk to your parents or grandparents and ask them questions about life when they were growing up. Research your whakapapa or family tree. Look up stories, myths and legends from different cultures. Discover more about your iwi, hapu, maunga and awa. Download an app like Duolingo and start learning a new language. Clean and organise your bedroom. Read a book. Cook or bake something.

Find ways to spend time with nature:

Have a picnic in your garden. Do some exercises on the grass. Sit outside to read your book. Also maybe think about how you can connect with nature from inside. Can you bring some nature indoors? Listen to nature sounds – birdsong is a lovely background noise while you work. Open the windows as often as you can. Take time every day to feel the sun or the wind or the rain on your skin.

Find ways to take care of your mental health:
Who do you usually talk to? Can you still connect with them by phone or email? Journal/write down how you’re feeling. Complain to your journal as much as you like but make sure you end with one thing you are grateful for!

Last thing:
I am available by email and phone for counselling if you need me. Email me first then I will ring you if you need me to. srs@boic.school.nz

Nga Mihi
Susan Reynolds
Guidance Counsellor



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

click here for link to story

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

0610_H&S_Information_Folder_2020 for website

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



Click here to find out more information.