13th May UPDATE
Kia Ora to our students, their whanau and caregivers,
As you may be aware, we are moving to level 2 on Thursday. What this means for our school is that normal schooling will resume for ALL students from next Monday 18th May.
All students from years 9 - 13 are to return to school in uniform at our normal start time of 8.50 am on Monday and go to tutor where they will be re issued with a new timetable. This timetable is not significantly different from their old timetable but will incorporate the junior school rotations that have occurred during this lockdown phase.
The exceptions to this are students who are sick, have any COVID19 symptoms, are in isolation or are awaiting the result of a test. For these students we do not expect you to attend school, but please advise us if this is the case. We can arrange for distance learning to continue for these students.
The school has been deep cleaned and all classrooms have hand sanitizer available for student use. While we acknowledge that the social distancing rules do not apply to schools we will endeavor to minimize contact between students and large gatherings of students such as assemblies will not occur.
Some of you may still have concerns about returning your child to school. Public health advice, based on experience in New Zealand and overseas with COVID 19 over the last four months, shows that it does not infect or affect children and teens in the same way that it does adults. Children and teens have low infection rates, they don’t become that unwell if they do get infected, and they don’t tend to pass the virus on to adults. However, if you do still have concerns please contact us and let us know.
Some students will have a lot of catch up work to do and it is for this reason that we are returning to normal uninterrupted classes quickly.
We know that this has been stressful times for students and their caregivers, and we know that students are keen to get back to onsite learning. The online program that we put in place will cease to operate after Friday and the normal onsite timetable will be in place. However, Google classroom will continue to operate, and students will still have access to Education Perfect until the end of this term and possibly further.
Thank you all for your patience and understanding as we went through this difficult time. We do seem to be coming out the other side and while we acknowledge there will still be difficult times ahead we also know that our staff are totally committed to making sure students are given the help and guidance to catch up any work that has been missed.
24th April UPDATE
Kia Ora to our students and whanau.
Most of you will have heard by now that we are coming out of level 4 on Tuesday 28th April. As per Government direction we urge you to keep your children at home and only send them to school if it is absolutely necessary.
Thank you to those families that have indicated to us that you are sending students to school next week. If you have to send your child to school can you let Darnel Manu know by emailing
Next week Monday is a public holiday (ANZAC day) and Tuesday is a teacher only day. So please note there will be no online classes on those days and the school campus is still closed to students.
From Wednesday onwards we have limited access to year 9 and 10 students who are unable to stay home.
These students will be working in separate bubbles of no more than 10 students, but once our processes are in place these bubbles may increase to up to 20 students. Please note we will NOT be running the normal timetable as the online timetable will continue, even for those students attending school.
For students attending school, school will start at 9.00 am and finish at 2.45pm. Please note the school canteen will not be open and so you will need to supply your child with a packed lunch.
A bubble of students at school will generally stay in one room and bubbles will not be mixed at any time. Teachers will be rostered on to supervise the students who will be participating in their online classes whilst being on site. If you have your own set of earphones, please bring them with you to school to avoid sharing of equipment.
We will do our utmost to provide a safe environment for your children by keeping the bubbles separate.
Students who have to attend school will be contacted will be contacted by Mrs Manu to confirm details.
Please stay safe in your bubbles and only come to school if absolutely necessary.
16th April UPDATE
Kia Ora everyone,
We have now completed 2 days of distance learning. The feedback I am getting from teachers and students is that although it all feels a bit strange there is good learning still happening. By and large our teachers and students have engaged well with this new environment and it has been heartening to hear the stories about how these online lessons are going.
We are aware that some of you are still unable to engage with these online lesson because either you are without a suitable device or you are staying in a location where the internet is poor or non existent.
For those families that do not have a suitable device we have forwarded your information to the Ministry of Education and they are gradually delivering devices out to the addresses that you have confirmed with us. However please note that although the Ministry is trying to get a device to every household that needs one we can not guarantee that this will happen.
To those families that do not have internet access we are in the process of letting the Ministry of Education know what paper based learning materials are required for your child and that will arrive at the address where the student is staying during this lockdown period.
We realise this is frustrating for those families who are still unable to get their children engaged with the learning but we are hopeful that these difficulties will be overcome soon.
Meanwhile stay safe in your bubbles and we look forward to seeing you all (hopefully) soon
14th April UPDATE
Hello everyone and welcome to quite a different Term 2 at Tokoroa High School. School will start tomorrow (Wednesday) period 3 11.30 am.
We are running a completely new timetable for our online learning so please take your time to familiarize yourself with the online timetable below.
The first thing you will notice is that there are only 3 periods per day (apart from language tutorials) and these are each 90 minutes long.
In that time slot teachers will be expecting you to work on that particular subject. Many of them will set up ZOOM sessions to complement the work that has been set in Google or Microsoft classrooms.
Some of you will be working through Education Perfect but again please use your allocated session time to touch base with your regular teacher.
Keep a close eye on your school email as this is the main way of teachers keeping in touch with you.
In case you are not familiar with our line structure you can use your existing timetable to work it out.
Monday period 1 is line 1
Monday period 2 is line 2
Monday period 3 is line 3
Monday period 4 is line 4
Monday period 5 is line 5
Tuesday period 1 is line 6.
To our parents and caregivers, I know this is a stressful time for everyone as we get to grips with a new reality. Most of you have been contacted by a member of staff to ascertain your online readiness. You may have seen from the news that the Ministry of Education is rolling out devices or hardcopy learning materials to families that require them. Hopefully this should be arriving soon.
Thank you all so much for your patience so far. I will ask that you continue to be patient with our teachers as they are doing their best to maintain the learning of students in this new schooling landscape. Under level 4 restrictions teachers are not allowed on to the campus, they are all working from home and may not always have access to the learning materials that are required. There are bound to be teething problems for all of us but rest assured our teachers are going the extra mile for our tamariki.
9th April UPDATE
Online distance learning at Tokoroa High School.
Whilst we are all still stuck in our bubbles we feel it is important that learning continues for our tamariki in any way that is possible. No doubt many of you will have taken advantage of lots of the online resources that are available on the internet. Some of it is very good and we encourage you to continue to do this.
We are aware that school resumes on April 15 but the campus will not be open. For those of you that are able to do so we encourage you to use our online learning facilities. These consist of;
- Google classroom/Microsoft class notebook.: Our teachers have set up Google/Microsoft classrooms for the classes that they teach and they will be posting work on it for students to access. Work can be returned to the teacher in this space and they can mark it and give appropriate feedback.
- Video conferencing: You can’t beat face to face contact for good learning and so our staff will be using “Zoom” as the video link for students to have this interface. Details of when zoom sessions will be happening will be communicated to you by the teacher. We will do our best to make sure that clashes don’t happen (ie 2 or more zoom sessions scheduled for the same time).
- Education Perfect: This is an online resource that consists of lessons that students can work through. Your child’s progress can be monitored by our teachers and appropriate feedback can be given.
To access education perfect go to www.Educationperfect.com
Your User name: Tohs+firstname+surname
Your Password : first name
Eg username; tohsjoeblogs
Its not case sensitive and you can change your password once they you are in.
We welcome any feedback on Education Perfect. Please feel free to email me on [email protected]
We realise that online delivery is no substitute for normal schooling but we are endeavouring to make the most of the situation we find ourselves in. Make time for your child to continue their learning, keep safe and we look forward to being able to see you all again (hopefully) soon.
6th April UPDATE
To all our parents and caregivers,
We are doing our best to call all our parents and caregivers to make sure they are in a position to receive either online or paper based learning resources. To help us in our endeavours. If you have not received a call from a staff member could you please send the following information to my email address below.
- Name of student(s)
- Address where student is staying during this lockdown period
- Is there a computer/ laptop/ chromebook/ ipad (not a smart phone) available for your student to complete work at this address?
- Is there a good internet connection at this address?
IF you have not received a call from a staff member, Please send your answers to the above to [email protected]
Thanks everyone for your cooperation
27th May UPDATE
To all Parents, Caregivers and Students of our Valued Community,
We realise that these are unusual times as we work together as a community to overcome COVID-19.
Our school is now closed for an early school holiday break. The official school holidays now begin on Monday 30 March and end on Tuesday 14 April.
Term 2 will begin on Wednesday 15th April when students should be able to access their learning digitally as Alert Level 4 may continue for some time.
Staff are currently working on online resources to support learning and these will be available by Monday.
Please note, even though Term 2 starts on 15th April, teachers will be available for distance education and will be working offsite. Instructions for accessing your child’s’ classroom resources are available on our website.
We realise that some families will have difficulty accessing learning online. The Government is currently working on a plan to make paper-based learning resources available at the very minimum. We will work alongside government initiatives to make this easy for you to access.
Thank you for being so patient and understanding during this very uncertain time. The Government has moved swiftly to combat the effects of COVID-19 and we all have a part to play in being socially responsible and doing the right thing. This includes being patient with us here at school as we make the necessary arrangements for your child’s learning.
Parents caregivers and whanau have an important role to play in reassuring your child at this time. You may wish to read the information put together by the Ministry of Education to support your conversations with your children.
As noted by the Prime Minister these restrictions are our best chance to slow down the virus in New Zealand and to save lives. We all have a role to slow the spread of COVID-19. We all face some challenging times ahead but in the words of our Prime Minister, “Be kind. Be strong.” We will update you more fully as time progresses.
Deputy Principal, Curriculum.