A Message from our Student Leaders

March 24, 2020

Hey boys

In the midst of this stressful time, we thought it would be helpful if we passed on some information about the future of assessments, how school will operate over the next month, and how to look after your wellbeing. The school holidays have officially been moved forward, meaning that term holidays this year will be from Monday 30th March to April 14th. After that, we will have a couple weeks of Learning @ Home using a variety of different platforms - but all will be communicated and run through your Google Classrooms.

Learning @ Home Feedback 

Thanks to everyone that provided feedback via the survey that was emailed out. There was a sense that we appreciated the flexibility to manage our own time, and enjoyed having breaks, early starts or sleep-ins that worked for our own wellbeing! As a result of the feedback we have recommended that staff make Google Classroom the central digital platform, so that it is easier to keep track of learning tasks. We have also asked that work be focused on learning, rather than simply keeping students busy with exercises (e.g. Education Perfect, Quizlet). Finally, we have also suggested that it is imperative for students to have opportunities for interaction throughout this period of isolation, whether that be through group activities, video chats, class discussions or any other medium. Given how quickly we’ve been thrown into this situation, and the newness of this experience for everyone involved, things won’t be perfect. However, we ask that you try your best to continue engaging with Learning @ Home, and continue to put effort into your education.

Maturity online

We ask you to remember that your teachers and peers are people as well, and are going through the same hardships as the rest of New Zealand. Due to this please be understanding if the next few days are a bit messy, everyone is trying their hardest. Please remember to uphold yourself online to the same standards you would in person, and just use your common sense. Respect is of the utmost importance in difficult times, so please give your teachers and other students the respect and support they deserve to help make this process work.

Assessment

The staff understand that students may find it difficult to prioritise school work in the midst of this uncertainty. Due to this, Wellington College is taking a flexible approach on assessment. If you're having any concerns about being able to complete school work or access resources, please reach out to your subject teacher who can sort something out with you one-on-one. The first priority for all staff and students should be their families and their wellbeing, and the school and NZQA will take this into account during the coming period of online learning. Some assessments will continue as normal under the discretion of your subject teacher, but still email them to make sure. 

Further information on assessment can be found on the NZQA website. For specific information from NZQA about COVID-19 and assessment click here.

If you have any more questions or issues, please direct them to your subject teachers, or deans.

Wellbeing

The Guidance Counselors want everyone to know that they are still available in this very stressful time. You can book in an appointment by clicking here. The counselors are very flexible and are happy to reach out on a whole variety of platforms - such as zoom, Skype or Google meet. 

Finally, but most importantly, take care of yourself and your families. Now could be a great time to get involved with some new activities you’ve never had time for, and use this as an opportunity for something positive! Here are some ideas:

  • Exercise regularly
  • Read a book (maybe even start a book club!)
  • Learn a language
  • Pick up an instrument
  • Video Chat your friends
  • Practice cooking
  • Drawing/Painting
  • Photography

And one quick last note, make sure to thank and treat people in essential services with respect. 

Wishing you and your family well in these weird times.

Andrew Latta, Josh Kemp Whimp, William Thorpe and George Baker

(Student leaders & members of the Student Council)