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Te Karere – school newsletter – available for viewing

Wed Sep 29 09:12am

Read our school newsletter for this week:


Covering the upcoming NCEA exams,
Our fabulous MOU with New Zealand Blue Light
Cross country date
A video of our Year 13’s
Photos from last week’s celebration assembly

and more!!


Derived grade exams: Next week

Wed Sep 22 10:20am

Derived Grade Exams – NEXT WEEK

The marks gained in these exams can be used as a reserve or replacement mark in the event that the NCEA exams are unable to be run in the November/December period. It is therefore important that students prepare as best as they can to gain the best possible mark.

If students have not yet done so they can access past exam papers on the NZQA site . Under the Green NCEA tab, on the right hand side of the page they can find the NCEA subjects link that will takes them to subject specific resources for revision.

Timetable for next week is attached, and can also be found on Facebook. 

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EOY Derived Grade Exams

This week’s edition Te Karere

Thu Sep 16 03:49pm

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Information around returning to school with masks etc

Tue Sep 07 05:17pm

Kia ora,


You’ll be aware that all of New Zealand (with the exception of Auckland) is moving to Alert Level 2 from midnight tonight. Our thoughts and positive wishes are with everyone in Tāmaki Makaurau | Auckland.


Extensive wastewater testing and the numbers of people getting tested across the country has given the Government confidence that it is safe to allow a shift down to Alert Level 2 across most of New Zealand.


We are really looking forward to welcoming everyone back onsite on Thursday morning. Tomorrow (Wednesday) we will be continuing to support the ākonga who have been onsite at Alert Level 3 while we prepare for re-opening to all on Thursday. There won’t be online lessons on Wednesday.


At Alert Level 2 there is low risk of community transmission and it provides us with a lot more opportunities to engage and connect with others. However, there are still a number of public health requirements we all need to follow. Please do continue to monitor your health and do not send your children to school if they are not well (and please seek advice about getting a COVID test).


For us, all the required safety precautions for Alert Level 2 will be in place which include following all the recommendations from the public health experts. This means we will regularly clean and disinfect high-touch surfaces, encourage everyone to frequently wash their hands and cough and sneeze into their elbow.


While physical distancing is not a requirement in schools, we will be doing our best to keep students from congregating in very large numbers and keeping spaces well-ventilated.


Face coverings are not required to be worn in school. The Director General of Health has recommended that children 12 years+ wear a face covering at school – just as older children are required to wear face coverings in some other places.  The decision to wear a face covering is up to you and your whānau, whatever your decision it will be respected.


Please don’t hesitate to contact your child’s Whanau Ako Teacher if there is something you need assistance with. See you Thursday!


Ngā mihi

Mike Jackson


Return to school Thursday

Tue Sep 07 11:33am

Kia ora koutou 

I hope that this email finds you well. Great news that we are now moving into level 2 tomorrow.  

School will be open for all students on Thursday, giving us a day tomorrow to prepare for the return of students. 

At this stage we do not have any details from the Ministry of Health regarding the latest Health Order. As soon as this comes through we will post it online for you so you can have more details as to how it will work on Thursday. 

Students who were coming into school during lockdown 3 are still able to come to school tomorrow. Otherwise, please keep your children home tomorrow. 

On Thursday we do know that buses will run as usual and lunches will also be available for all students.  

We are very much looking forward to seeing our students back in school. 

A reminder that year 11 to 13 students will be remaining at school in term 4 for an additional two weeks as exams were pushed back two weeks. 

Take care, I hope to have more information for you shortly. 

Nga mihi 



Dear students: need to talk? text/call 1737 …. or text/call Mr Ford

Tue Aug 31 03:24pm

Dear students,
I sincerely hope this finds you well. We are all thinking about you during these times. Don’t forget we are here to help so please let us know if there is anything we can do. I hope your online lessons and work are going well. Keep in touch with your teachers.
Please remember if you need to chat, contact our counsellor Joseph Ford.
Either over the phone, through email or via zoom
His email is and his phone number is 027 589 3160
If you need support and want someone to talk to, 1737 is a free support service that is available 24 hours a day/7 days a week. It is totally confidential and always available.
Just text or call 1737 to talk to a trained counsellor or peer support worker.
More info at
Kia Kaha
Look after yourselves and take care, try not to stress too much, let us do that for you. Between Edgecumbe College and the Ministry of Education, and our wider community, we will get you through this year!
Mike Jackson

Restricted access to school from Wednesday, Level 3.

Mon Aug 30 10:46am

Kia ora Whanau,

On behalf of the Board, staff and myself, we hope that you are all well, and taking care of yourselves. Your wellbeing and that of your students is our priority.

We understand the stress and difficulties facing familes at this time. We wish you well and please let us know if there is anything that we can to do to support or help you.

We will be having the school thoroughly cleaned on Tuesday ready for any students that cannot be supervised at home to come to school on Wednesday the 1st of September. The Ministry of Education has stated that schools between years 1 to 10 can safely open but will have limited capacity and students should learn from home if possible. When learning onsite, ‘school bubbles’ of no more than 10 children are to be formed.

If your child is under 14, and does not have a parent, caregiver or older sibling to look after them, and you cannot extend your bubble to include family or friends to look after them, then they can come to school.

So that we can be prepared and staff the school accordingly can you please email if your child needs to come to school. This must be prearranged, and it is for the entire duration of level 3, not on and off days at it may suit.

School will be open from 8:30 til 3:00pm. They are required to bring their water bottle, snacks and learning materials, we provide school lunches as usual and the buses will run. Attending students will be working online and from their texts as if they were working from home, as the school is only providing supervision and not face to face teaching.

At this stage students are not required to wear face masks at school, but they will be socially distanced in the classroom. Students and staff who choose to wear masks will be supported to do so.

Online learning continues for all students. Please email your teachers for any help you require to access materials or for questions regarding your subject material.

There are still a small number of laptops available for senior students who still require them. Again please email

Please take care and let us know if we can help with anything.

Kind regards,


Prepare for online learning this week: check your school emails.

Sun Aug 22 05:54pm

More info:

Counselling and Student Support

Fri Aug 20 03:32pm

Dear Whanau
The Board and Staff of Edgecumbe College hope that you are all doing well and coping under lockdown.
Our thoughts are with you through these uncertain times. Please contact us if there is anything we can do to help and support you, your whanau and your students.

Just a reminder that counselling services are still available to all students through our counsellor Joseph Ford.
Either over the phone, through email or via zoom
His email is and his phone number is 027 589 3160

If you need support please don’t hesitate to give him a call.
Take care and all the very best from all of us at Edgecumbe College. We will stay in touch via facebook and email.

Mike Jackson

School Closure

Tue Aug 17 09:42pm

Kia ora whanau,

We would firstly like to wish you and your familes all the best in these somewhat uncertain times.

Our first priority is that you look after yourselves and your family and your mental well-being.  

As the lock down is at this stage only for 3 days, we suggest that you and your whanau spend the next three days enjoying a break. There will be no pressure for students to attend online lessons at this stage unless they want to. Please feel free to connect with your teachers for support if needed, and allow them time to respond as they will be with their families. 

If you require urgent support, please contact your kaitiaki so we can try and help you.

We will reevaluate this plan over the weekend and communicate more then.

Take care,

Mike Jackson, Principal;
Ashlee Sturme & Matt McBeth, Board Chairs..

Te Karere (11 August, 2021)

Wed Aug 11 04:47pm




Wed Jul 28 10:42am

Testing the new app! 


Download the School App

Our School App is what we use for general School-Wide communication. You can download the School App to receive Alert Notifications, read the latest newsletter, view upcoming events, submit absences and more.

To download the School App, search SchoolAppsNZ in the App Store or Google Play Store, and then search Edgecumbe college in the search bar in the app.

If you are on a mobile you can click this link to download the App.