Whangārei Intermediate School

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COVID 19 - UPDATE 13/05/20 - SEE BELOW


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WIS coronavirus updates

Update for the community - 19/05/20

Kia ora Parents and Caregivers,

It is day 2 of term 2 back at school and I thought I would let you know how we are doing. Firstly I would like to thank you for adhering to our bubble restrictions and choosing not to come onto the school site. It has made our job so much easier as we don't have to follow you around asking for your details. Instead, we have our Senior Leadership team and our reliable Shona greeting you warmly at the gate entrances. We have been impressed with how organised the students are with knowing where they are to go at the end of the day and bringing their lunches to school.

Yesterday we had 513 students at school out of 703. Today we have 519 so the roll is slowing creeping up. We totally understand that some of you have valid reasons for keeping your child/ren home. We just want to let you know that sending your child back to school is a great option, as we can ensure you our bubble is safe and secure. We have no people coming on site unless they are required, such as health workers, support personnel or contract workers that work in areas away from students. We are really strict about the use of cleaning products and hand sanitisers. All the students are constantly reminded of the need for social distancing especially avoiding the moist air zone. I have even heard them parroting the phrases in the playground which is a great sign. So we ask that you really consider sending your child back to school if you haven't already.

Kia mohio ko tahi tātou - being clever together.

Naku noa, na

Hayley Read

Principal/Te Tumuaki

School Bus Transport update - 13/05/20

We are advised that MOE Buses will be operating from 18/05/20 as per usual. For our school these are the Portland, Otaika Valley, Maunu and other high school buses. Students will have to hand sanitise before boarding. We will be keeping contact tracing lists of those students who catch buses.

City Link buses are operating on their normal timetable from 14/05/20. There may be issues around numbers travelling on public transport so that may affect the number of students allowed on a public bus. We are advised that if that occurs the bus company will endeavour to send another bus as soon as possible.

The Onerahi cash bus that comes directly to WIS will start operating from 18/05/20, however if student passenger numbers are not high enough they may withdraw the service. We will provide further update when information becomes available.

Message from our Principal 11/05/20

Kia ora Parents and Caregivers,

School will be fully operational at Level 2 @ WIS on Monday 18 May and everyone is welcome back. As the MOE considers schools to be their own special bubble, we can operate as normal: regular timetable and teaching programmes including Day E on Fridays which our students love. Schools have students registers so contact tracing is relatively an easy process in schools. We do, however, ask that you, as parents/caregivers refrain from coming onto the school property. Drop off is easy, just kiss and wave from the bus bay. If you do need something from the office please email us office@wis.ac.nz or give us a call: 09 438 8659. Please adhere to the signs. Before leaving in the morning, please make sure your child knows exactly what they are doing after school: catching the bus, walking home, attending Buzz Club. This seems to be often the biggest issue for our students.


As with Level 3, we will continue our hygiene programme whereby the school will be disinfected throughout the day by the teachers and students in their classrooms, support staff in their environments, office staff in their office. Across all alert levels, there are health measures you need to continue to reassure your students have in place:

*Hand washing and drying/sanitiser

*Good cough and sneeze etiquette

*Staying home if sick

Hand hygiene is most critical – our hands carry considerably more bacteria than the risk of groceries or standing in queues. Easily available hand washing/sanitising facilities and expectations are critical. We ask the teachers to make sure their container is at the ready and available for their students. The Ministry has sent out 30,000 litres of sanitiser and we are sourcing more. Toilets are no more of a health risk in the COVID environment than they are at any time. Hand hygiene is essential at all times.

Social Distancing

Distancing is as per normal (not really a problem inside because of our class registers). Tamariki and staff/kaimahi should be far enough away from each other so that they are not breathing on or touching each other, coupled with good hygiene practices and regular cleaning of commonly touched surfaces. There does not need to be a specific measurement but where practicable 1m should be used as a guide, particularly between adults. The rule of thumb is a 1 metre is a proxy for: not being so close to people that you can smell their breath, touch someone who is not in your bubble, or get hit by their spittle while talking. Here is a little waiata you can share with your tamariki to reinforce the key messages. A bit of fun.


Contact sports can resume. This relies on being able to contact trace who is on-site during school hours and at school team training and competitions. Any inter-school events that recommence will need to have a contact tracing register in place to record those playing for and against teams.


School: Virtual Team: Virtual

Even though schools are able to have mass gatherings we will not be hosting any large gatherings. Instead, we are planning to have virtual assemblies instead. Paul Botica will be organising the schoolwide assembly (TBC). We encourage teams to follow suit. This will continue until the end of term 2.Week 1

Teaching and Learning Recommendation

To help the students settle and feel safe being back at school, we are suggesting to our teachers to use the start of their year planning and concentrate on well-being, relationships and security, and to leave the challenging learning until they think their tamariki are ready for it. This may take a couple of weeks. Concentrate on our school values: manaaki i ahau, manaaki tangata, manaaki taiao. Respect for: self, others, the environment. Mā te whānaungatanga, kā whai mātauranga te akonga, ka tū rangatira. By developing strong/authentic relationships, knowledge will be acquired that will allow the learner to stand with confidence. Here is a fantastic resource Te Rito Toi that we are encouraging teachers to incorporate in their programme.

Finally, please find our information sheet that outlines the precautions we will be taking on our school site and as part of our school programme. Level 2 Information for Parents and Caregivers

Kia mohio ko tahi tatou - Being clever together.

Naku noa, na

Hayley Read

Principal/Te Tumuaki

Message from our Principal 25/04/20

Kia ora Parents and Caregivers,

It is ANZAC weekend and I hope you spend some time with your whānau in your bubble to remember the Australians and New Zealanders who sacrificed their lives during WWI and all in conflicts since:

They shall not grow old, as we that are left grow old;

Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn;

At the going down of the sun, and in the morning,

We will remember them.

Bubble School @ WIS

Thank you, everyone, who responded to our survey and or has emailed us. As decreed by the government, school will reopen next Wednesday 29 April for working families children only. I want to take this time to thank the staff who will be part of Bubble School @WIS with the understanding that they are sacrificing their own bubble for this endeavour. We will be taking all precautions to ensure the safety of all staff and students in this pending situation:

  • 10 students, 2 teachers per bubble (to provide release and support)
  • Each bubble has been allocated: own desk and chair, toilets, play area, entry-exit points and time
  • No one will be allowed to enter each others bubbles at any time. Bubbles will exist like separate islands for the foreseeable future
  • Students must bring their own lunch and water bottle, learning resources and if, possible devices. They will continue to learn via their classroom teacher online
  • Washing of hands and cleaning of surfaces will be constant
  • These students may wear mufti
  • The school day will begin as normal at 8:45 and finish at 3pm. On Wednesday please wait in the bus bay area, 2 metres apart, until the students are instructed to move to the hall
  • Visitors/parents/caregivers will not be allowed on the school site at all. Any contact has to be via phone 09 438 8659, email admin@wis.ac.nz. We must keep a detailed register for contact tracing hence we must keep it to a minimum
  • Unwell children must stay home

Below is further information to support parents/caregivers from Iona Holsted - Secretary of Education

The Ministry’s parent website has Alert Level 3 information here and a parents’ checklist here. It includes information to assist parents to prepare their child if they need to return to school.

Update on English medium-hard packs for Years 1-10 students

As of 21 April 2020, we had distributed 131,000 hard packs, 2,200 computer devices and 18,000 Wi-Fi routers for internet connections out to students around New Zealand. There have been around 120,500 requests for English medium-hard packs for Years 1-10 alone, with about 116,500 dispatched or in the process of being dispatched. The demand for Years 1-8 has been very high and close to the level of our available stock. As we transition from Level 4 to Level 3, we are looking at how we can supplement the hard pack learning materials schools and kura will be providing during the next phase. We will update you more next week on this. Today we can confirm that we will:

  • provide hard packs for English medium Years 1-8 that have been requested to date. We will not be able to provide tranche 1 hard packs for any requests that come into Salesforce after 9am Tuesday 28 April 2020.
  • continue to provide the English medium-hard packs for Year 9 and 10 students that are still available from our printed stock
  • continue to provide the Māori medium-hard packs for kōhanga reo, puna reo, and kura
  • continue to provide learning through Home Learning | Papa Kāinga TV and Māori Television for learners aged 2 to 15 (2-18 in the case of Māori Television)
  • support schools in developing safe practice for the preparation and distribution of any English medium Years 1-10 hard copy materials you produce for your students following the move from Alert Level 4 to lower levels.

Sparklers at Home wellbeing toolkit

Sparklers at Home, supported by the Ministry of Health, is to enable parents and caregivers to support the wellbeing of their tamariki while at home.

The Sparklers wellbeing toolkit was originally designed for classroom use but has been adapted so parents can use it at home. It’s free and contains 23 fun and easy to do wellbeing activities that parents and caregivers can do with their children in their living room or on their lawn. For more information visit the sparklers website

Supporting student wellbeing while students are working from home

School closures and learning from home’ module, which focuses on support for student wellbeing while they are learning at home, is on the Ministry’s Learning from Home website. It’s the second in a three-part series developed to help support children and young people’s wellbeing while they are at home. The first module, ‘Hauora/wellbeing in uncertain times’ is already available. The third guide, which will focus on preparing for and returning to school, is still in development and we anticipate having this one available next week.

Finally, lest we forget. Stay safe in your bubbles and wash your hands.

Kia mohio ko tahi tatou - Being clever together.

Naku noa, na

Hayley Read

Principal/Te Tumuaki

Message from our Principal 24/04/20

Kia ora koutou Katoa,

Next Tuesday 27 April will be a Teacher Only Day:

*remote teachers -planning /marking /resourcing /kahooting etc

*bubble teachers to be at school by 8:59 on Wednesday 29 April

*students have the day off to clean the house: vacuuming, washing the windows, chopping the wood, mowing the lawns, hanging out the washing etc. Have fun!

Bubble students will start Bubble School @ WIS on Wednesday 29 April - those parents/caregivers who have indicated either through google form or by emailing Lisa. All other students will stay safely at home learning remotely/online.

Finally, lest we forget

Ngā mihi,

Hayley ~ Principal/Te Tumuaki

Message from our Principal 20/4/20 - Brief Update re: Level 3

Kia ora Parents and Caregivers,

We hope that Term 2 and our distance learning programme has been a success for you so far. We know there will have been any number of challenges for you to deal with but we have been getting some great feedback about the learning that is happening and thank you for all your support.

We know that some of our students haven't received their hard copy materials or their device or internet connection. This is still a work in progress as the MOE allocates its resources accordingly: NCEA students first, decile 1 schools second and the rest of the students, third. We are a decile 4 school so will have to wait our turn. Be sure to connect to the TV programmes instead: TV1+1, Te Reo Māori channel.

Today the Government decided that we will move into Alert Level 3 on 28 April. That means we will be open to receive students from the 29 April. We will start to prepare our site from tomorrow.

The key message for you is that if you can, you should keep your child at home. You should only physically send your child to school if you need to. If your child has a health condition that means they are at a greater risk of a severe illness, you must keep them at home. If your child is sick please also ensure you keep them at home.

In order to ensure the safety of those children and our staff who do come to school, we will be operating with strict enforcement of health and safety measures.

I want to assure you that we will continue to support your child’s learning at home.

We will contact you later this week to find out whether you can keep your child learning from home, or need your child to attend in person.

The Ministry of Education has advised that they are working closely with health to develop clear guidance that will support schools to safely re-open their premises to students and staff. This will help us work through the public health requirements that we all need to meet. As you will be doing, we want to be sure that what we do will keep our community as safe as possible.

For now, we will continue to support your child’s learning by distance while we progress our planning for what Alert Level 3 will mean for you and for our school. We will be in touch again soon with more information.

As you have been doing, please keep connecting with your teachers with any questions you might have. The teachers have been super impressed with the students level of engagement. That's all down to you whānau. Like you, we value learning anytime, anywhere, at their own pace. Ka pai tōu mahi - Good work.

Stay home and be safe.

Kia mohio ko tahi tatou - Being clever together.

Naku noa, na

Hayley Read

Principal/Te Tumuaki

Message from our Principal 13/4/20 - Returning back to school mixed messages

Kia ora Parents and Caregivers,

Easter blessings to you all.

Many of you will have seen differing reports in the media about when and how schools will reopen once we move down from Alert Level 4. There is a lot of misinformation out there so I thought it best that you hear it from the horse's mouth (with the Ministry of Education being the horse!).

The five main points are:

1. No decision has been made yet about when schools will reopen. This decision will be made based on data about the spread of Covid-19 and how we are going in stamping it out. It is unlikely that a decision will be made before 20 April.

2. The very earliest schools would open would be 29 April. And this would likely only be for SOME students, not all.

3. The Ministry (and us) are preparing for several possible scenarios - opening only for staff, opening for essential workers' children, opening in shifts so that children can stay 2m apart, opening for just senior students, a combination of distance and on-site learning, staggered opening, not opening for a number of weeks etc. We want to be prepared for whatever the decision is once the data becomes clear.

4. There will be ample notice before schools open. They will not be closed one day and open the next. We will be given ample time to ensure that the school has a deep-clean, that our planning for the term is completed and that we put in place any H&S regulations.

5. The Ministry has been VERY clear that we will NOT be moving out of Alert Level 4 early.

Chris Hipkins is, this week, working on guidelines for what Alert Level 3 could look like for schools. We look forward to his guidance on this matter.

We look forward to reconnecting with you on our first day of Term 2, by distance, on Wednesday.

Kia mohio ko tahi tatou - Being clever together.

Naku noa, na

Hayley Read

Principal/Te Tumuaki

Message from our Principal 8/04/20

Rātū/Tuesday 8 Āperira/April 2020

Kia ora Parents and Caregivers,

What an astonishing time we are living through. We hope you and your whānau are well and are making the most of the 'bubble' time together. For those of you who are working with the public in essential services, we cannot thank you enough. By now you have probably developed a daily 'bubble rhythm'. Working from home brings its own challenges and benefits. I hope you are making the most of whānau time and are enjoying time to slow down the pace of life. Below are the details for remote learning going forward.

School Terms

School terms have been moved. From the 28th March, we entered into the school holidays with the start date of term two moved to Wednesday 15th April ~ 5 July. Other term dates are still the same.

Admin Support

The school administration staff will be working from home with the following arrangements in place from next Wednesday:

  • General enquiries can still be sent to office@wis.ac.nz
  • Telephone contact can still be made with the main school office 4388659 - Ext 0 during the hours of 10.30-11.30am daily. A voicemail message can be left outside these hours.
  • Telephone contact can still be made for Chromebook technical issues 4388659- Ext 247 during the hours of 1.30-2.30pm daily. A voicemail message can be left outside these hours.

Teacher Emails

The MOE has collected data from each school and knows which students require what provision: device/internet/hard materials. Most of our students are lucky as they have a device and are connected. Their online learning programmes won’t be too dissimilar from what they are currently doing at school. For those students who live quite remote and the connection isn’t viable, the MOE will be sending home hard materials. These students will need to work at their own pace. Teachers where possible will make contact with these students to catch up with how they are doing.

Google Meet

Google Meet will be our means of connecting with our students. As every student has an email address, this will be a relatively simple process of them answering an invitation from their teacher.


Schedule of learning will be the following:

  • 9am - 3pm All teachers are available via emails for students parents/caregivers to contact to answer any questions or concerns
  • 10am -11am Daily, classroom teachers will meet with splitter groups that they will have organised. During this time teachers will outlay the learning/expectations that need to take place for the student’s projects
  • 11am,1:30-2:30pm Daily, specialist teachers will teach 3 groups during this time (11,00 1:30, 2:00). I already know that the specialist teachers have set up some interesting challenges for the students to complete. Should be loads of fun whilst learning

The majority of work that the students will be doing will be integrated projects: reading, writing and investigating their chosen area of inquiry either on their blogs or slides/screencastify. Maths will be completed separately utilising online programmes i.e Education Perfect, Mathletics, Maths Buddy. David Kelly will continue his extension classes as well. The Ministry of Education is constantly adding to its bank of online resource links. Teachers will be utilising these and other online sites for our students.



Attendance Registers

Teachers will be taking a register of attendance as they connect with their students. This information will be valuable for the MOE to see who is able to access online learning vs hard materials. Normally we mark it twice a day but in this situation, we will only mark it once.

Finally, please note that our tamariki/children will not come to any harm if they have a break from formal learning for a while. I am sure many of the experiences they are having at home with you at this time will be creating special bonds and memories for life. Please do not feel any guilt over unfinished tasks. This is a whole new experience for all of us and we don't want it to be overwhelming for anyone. So please remember that wellbeing comes first, then learning.

Kia ora mai ra me noho kāinga - Be safe and stay home.

Kia mohio ko tahi tatou - Being clever together.

Naku noa, na

Hayley Read

Principal/Te Tumuaki

Message from our Principal 27/03/20

Kia ora Koutou Katoa,

Re: The latest information from Iona Holsted, Deputy Secretary for Ministry of Education for your information

We have started into a new phase of New Zealand’s response to COVID-19 and it is very different than anything most of us have ever experienced. I wanted to reassure you that our school staff and Board of Trustees will continue to be available to support your child’s learning and wellbeing in the next weeks.

You will understand the importance of routine for your family. If your routine has been shaken up, like you’re now working from home, it’s good to structure your time. Routines are reassuring, and promote health and physical wellbeing. The below timetable (targeted at children) could be something your household adapts to use over the next weeks. A school holiday version will likely look a little different, but some form of routine will still be important as we go through the lockdown period.

Daily Schedule

Before 9:00am

Wake up

Eat breakfast, make your bed, get dressed, put any dirty clothes in the laundry


Morning walk

Family walk with the dog, bike ride,

Yoga if it’s raining


Learning at home

School-led learning or Sudoku, books, flash cards, study guide, journal etc


Creative time

Legos, magnatiles, drawing, crafting, play music, cook or bake etc.

12:00 pm

Lunch :)


Helping at home

# wipe all kitchen tables and chairs

# wipe all door handles, light switches and desk tops

# wipe both bathrooms - sinks and toilets


Quiet time

Reading, puzzles, nap, radio NZ stories


Learning at home

School-led learning or iPad games, Prodigy, Educational show


Afternoon fresh air

Bikes, walk the dog, play outside


Dinner :)


Free TV time

Kids shower time



All kids



All kids who follow the daily schedule & don’t fight

*Adapted from a resource developed by Jessica McHale Photography

There are links below to more wellbeing information to support your family during the lockdown.

Some good news to support you either working at home and/or studying at home - Spark, Vodafone, Vocus/Slingshot, 2Degrees and Trustpower have all advised they have removed their data caps and the possibility of any extra charges based on usage.

For our Pacific families, if you are not aware the Ministry for Pacific Peoples’ has been working to ensure useful information is available to Pacific peoples. A one-hour special will be aired on Tagata Pasifika’s segment on Saturday at 9am and on Sunday at 7.35am, Tagata Pasifika will share messages from community leaders. The Ministry is asking you to reach out to all your family members, community groups, friends and group chats to ensure our Pacific community groups are watching the programming on both days.

A big thank you to all of you for taking the lockdown so seriously. As the Prime Minister has noted staying at home will break the chain and save lives; breaking the rules could risk someone close to you and if the rules are not complied with, this could risk the lockdown period being extended or could risk the virus being spread to thousands

Information and resources to support wellbeing and support learning at home

Ngā mihi nunui,

Hayley Read

Principal/Te Tumuaki

Message from our Principal 25/03/20

Kia ora Parents and Caregivers,

Just thought I would take this time to thank all of the staff. Our admin team is still busy working from home making sure everyone is being paid, bills are being paid, questions are being answered and the like. A special mention to Lisa, Kelly, Sophia who have set up Zoom so they can collaborate and continue their mahi. Sophia has also made herself available for support to teachers and students regarding technologies: sophia.stockwell@wis.ac.nz Sophia is trying her best to accommodate these needs remotely. Another mention is for both Paul Calkin and Paul Botica, for spending all of Wednesday preparing the property for lockdown; Paul B raced back yesterday evening to stick up more notices saying the school and playgrounds are closed. Finally a huge thank you to all the teaching staff: teachers and Learning Support Assistants who are planning their online programmes in readiness for term 2.

Here is the latest update from the secretary of Education: Iona Holsted:

*Access to devices and the Internet - We know that not all households will have access to devices for their children to use for their learning. We also know that some households will have Internet connectivity issues. We are working hard on increasing connectivity and getting devices to households that need them. This is complex and we will be working with schools and communities on how we make this happen. In the next week, we will be in touch about the support the school's need for online learning, devices and hard copy resources.

*Hard copy material for home - We know many of you have already provided students with material for home. We are working to provide hard packs for children who don’t have technology at home and we will work with you on the best approach to getting this to those children. Our aim is to provide a supply of these by 15 April, if printing and distribution times make this possible. We will update you on this as soon as we can.

As I hear more from Iona Holsted I will be sure to keep you all informed. Iona is correct - there are students/families who do not have access to online learning. The MOE is still working out what can be done about it by April 15.

Take care koutou katoa - be well and stay home.

Hayley Read

Principal/Te Tumuako

Message from our Principal 24/3/20

Kia ora Parents and Caregivers,

Iona Holstead, Secretary of Education, issued a notice last night with the following timeline:

25 March - All school officially close at 11:59

30 March - Holidays officially begin

15 April - Term 2/Online learning begins.

Iona has indicated to us in schools that teachers will be working over the holiday break sorting out lessons and preparing work for their students. I have asked the teachers use a couple of days towards the end of the holiday as if we at a Teacher Only Day. This includes all specialist teachers as well (my suggestion for specialist teachers is them to upload lessons to their Youtube channel, flipgrid the lessons and then email the link to all teachers).

Beth Lamb, our G Suite facilitator has been working very hard behind the scene and has created a document and site for the teachers as support. Google hangout has been opened to everyone so they will be able to communicate with their students when the time comes.

Term 2 Learning - the curriculum team has decided the following contexts for learning based on Science - Living World, chemical change and the Nature of Science:

  • Puanga nui ā Rua -New Year
  • Maramataka - Calendar
  • Kaitiaki -Living world, creatures and plants
  • Terongoa - medicinal plants
  • Preserving food - drying
  • Whenua - soil, what was grown here?
  • How are our local issues happening globally? - eg rubbish, living nature cosmetic products, flax

The students will also be learning about Puberty Change as well as taking lessons in all the specialist areas: Art, Food and Nutrition, Music, Coding and Robotics, Explo(ring) Technology, Performance Art.

The MOE does have a plan for those students who do not have a device nor connected but at this stage, I am just not sure what it is. I will keep you updated regarding the MOE's plans for online/distance learning once we have been told.

Thanks for your ongoing support during these unusual times. Have a great couple of weeks with your children before the 'new world order' begins on April 15.

Hayley Read


Message from our Principal 23/3/20

Kia ora parents and caregivers,

Following our Prime Minister's announcement a short time ago, we need to inform you that Whangarei Intermediate School will be closed from tomorrow 24 March 2020 for all students except those whose parents are employed in essential services such as doctors police, ambo drivers and others. This will give them time to plan care arrangements for their children.

All schools will then close entirely from midnight Wednesday until further notice. We are awaiting further direction from the MOE regarding school holidays being brought forward and we are currently planning for distance learning.

Hayley Read

Principal/Te Tumuaki

Message from our Principal 22/3/2020

Kia ora Parents and Caregivers,

With the announcement that New Zealand has moved to Alert Level 2 – Reduce Contact for COVID-19 (LINK), 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. Staff, children and young people in schools and early learning services are therefore asked to follow this advice.

We will be encouraging our staff who fall into this category to stay at home and if possible continue to support school curriculum or other school activities, for example, providing pastoral care by phone and where possible a continuation of learning via G Suite (Google Docs, Classroom, Blogs). This will inevitably have knock-on effects on our day to day organisation, the way in which we are able to operate and usual teaching and learning in some areas. We are anticipating that will have several staff away from school as a result and we will keep you informed as well as endeavour to ensure the school remains a place of routine, learning, joy and safety for our tamariki.

We are requesting that ANY CHILDREN with conditions which fall into these categories, not attend school due to their condition. Student wellbeing is our main priority and we wish to minimise any risk to tamariki, especially at this time and based on MOE guidance, those with compromised immunity or certain medical conditions, by ensuring they are not compromised at school. In order to maintain accurate attendance records, we ask that you leave a message or email sue.botica@wis.ac.nz to report the absence with the specific reason, as stated here.

High-Risk Individuals

While the majority of people who are confirmed with COVID-19 will experience mild to moderate symptoms, some individuals are at risk of more severe symptoms. Older people, particularly those with pre-existing health problems are more likely to get severe illness and are therefore considered at risk. High-risk individuals also include people with underlying medical conditions, such as:

*a compromised immune system

*liver disease


*kidney disease

*heart disease

*diabetes mellitus

Further information is available at:

https://covid19.govt.nz/help-and-advice/for-everyone/vulnerable-people/ for help and advice;

Irrespective of specific medical conditions, should you choose to keep your child at home, due to the uncertainty of this event I want you to know I understand and I respect your decisions at this time. In these instances please report your child's absence.

I can not thank you enough, as a community, for your unwavering loyalty and support, respect and affirmation during these times of uncertainty for us all. We are one and we pull together to discover our potential in times of adversity, develop our learning in times of uncertainty and nurture our relationships in times of concern.

Hayley Read

Principal/Te Tumuaki


The school will take steps to protect staff and students from pandemics (global disease events such as influenza, COVID 19) or epidemics (local disease events such as, measles, hepatitis, tuberculosis, norovirus, whooping cough etc). The Ministry of Health leads the Government’s response to a pandemic. It is our responsibility to plan for and respond to a pandemic in our setting, based on the direction set out by the Ministry of Health. At all times updates and latest information will be accessed from the Ministry of Health.


  1. The Pandemic Manager will be the Principal, the Deputy will be the AP Secondary
  2. Recommend vaccinations, if available, for staff and students
  3. Have a supply of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE): gloves, face masks, antiseptic hand wash, tissues and cleaning supplies available. It may be difficult to purchase such products once a pandemic begins.
  4. Personal hygiene measures will be reinforced as a key way to minimise transmission of the virus:
  • Cover nose and mouth when sneezing and coughing (preferably with a disposable single use tissue).
  • Immediately dispose of used tissues.
  • Adopt good hand washing and drying practices, particularly after coughing, sneezing or using tissues.
  • Keep hands away from the mucous membranes of the eyes, mouth, and nose.
  • Ensure that adequate supplies of hand hygiene products are available. This is a high planning priority as there may be shortages of liquid soap and paper towels.
  1. We will display hygiene notices in workplace entrances, washrooms, hand washing stations and public areas.
  2. We will use brochures, newsletters, global emails, notice boards and posters informing staff, whānau and students of the importance of hand hygiene and workplace cleaning at all times, especially during a pandemic.
  3. We will maintain contact with health officials and know who to contact and their contact details
  4. The Ministry of Health leads the Government’s response to a pandemic. It is our responsibility to plan for and respond to a pandemic, based on the direction set out by the Ministry of Health. At all times updates and latest information should be accessed from the Ministry of Health.
  • use of eTAP for email and text messages to parents
  • email/text/phone to communicate with staff
  • have notices to place on entrance doorways to school

We will communicate early the possibility of a pandemic and our preparedness to manage it – to our board, staff, students, parents and whānau. Ministry of Health influenza advice may be useful.

  1. Our communications plan for staff, students, families and other interested members of the community-
  2. We will have an isolation area- medical rooms x2 if several at once
  3. We will inform Board and MOE of any required response
  4. Discuss with staff possible health and safety issues; and leave arrangements for them if they are ill or need to look after dependents.

Response: We will-

  1. Act on the direction of the Medical Officer of Health at the DHB and regularly check for updates on the Ministry of Health website
  2. Use posters available from Ministry of Health re cough / sneeze etiquette and handwashing
  3. Initiate social distancing strategies. Reduce all personal contact- no handshakes, hongi or hugging. Information on this is available from the Ministry of Health.
  4. Implement an enhanced cleaning routine of touch points and common spaces as a precaution- especially toilet facilities and kitchen areas.
  5. Establish the isolation area (as required)- dependent on number of people needing to be isolated
  6. Liaise with our local Medical Officer of Health
  7. Monitor staff who are ill or suspected of being ill, including contacting staff who are unexpectedly absent from work – has their doctor been notified of their illness? Have they been in contact with anyone? Have “contact” issues been addressed? Is someone able to care for them?
  8. Close the school until further notice if directed to do so by the Medical Officer of Health or Ministry of Health; or if the school cannot operate due to inability to staff it. i.e. if critical staff numbers and skills required to keep essential parts of the school running are not evident. Decide at what level of staff absence does “business”, such as administration, stop. Decide what arrangements need to be made to minimise risks to staff.


During a pandemic the school will be closed and we will clean thoroughly to destroy any virus. This applies particularly to hard surfaces (for example, sinks, handles, railings, objects and counters). Influenza viruses may live up to two days on hard surfaces.

Influenza viruses are inactivated by alcohol and by chlorine. Cleaning of surfaces with a neutral detergent followed by a disinfectant solution is recommended. Surfaces that are frequently touched with hands should be cleaned often, preferably daily. Information about the appropriate choice and concentration of disinfectants can be found on the Ministry of Health website.

  • Hygiene practices should be elevated in a pandemic to an even higher level than usual.
  • Remind staff and students not to share cups, dishes and cutlery; and ensure these items are thoroughly washed with soap and hot water after use.
  • Remove books, magazines and papers from common areas.
  • Initiate ways of cleaning and/or restricting communal use of some play, physical education equipment and office equipment.
  • When a person with suspected influenza is identified and has left, it is important that their work area or office and any other known places they have been are thoroughly cleaned and disinfected.
  • Planning should identify the basic hygiene practices (including hand hygiene) to be followed by cleaners, protocols for the use of personal protection equipment (if recommended by the Ministry of Health), and methods for waste disposal.



Term Dates 2020

Term 1: Tuesday 28 January ~ Friday 27 March

Term 2: Wednesday 15 April ~ Friday 3 July

Term 3: Monday 20 July ~ Friday 25 September

Term 4: Monday 12 October ~ Wednesday 9 December

Teacher Only Day Dates 2020

Term 1: Friday/Ramere 13 March

Term 4: Thursday/Rapare 5 November

School Times

8:45 Roll call/Notices/Uniform checks

8:50 -10:25 Block 1 and 2

10:25 -11.05 Interval

11:05 -12.40 Block 3 and 4

12:40-12:50 Lunch Eating

12:50- 1:20 Lunch Break

1.20-3:00 Block 5 and 6

3.00pm End of Day

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School Vision

​School Mission Statement

To create a positive, caring, learning community that enables students and teachers to realise individual potential.

Our School Tirohanga/Vision

Mā te Whānaungatanga ~ through developing and maintaining strong relationships

Kā Whai Mātauranga te Akonga ~ knowledge and understanding can be acquired

Ka tū Rangatira ~ which will allow the learner to stand with confidence

WIS Expectations

At Whangarei Intermediate School our school values are:

Respect Ourselves - Manaaki i āhau

Respect Others - Manaaki tangata

Respect Environment - Manaaki taiao

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