Important Things to Note COVID edition – 14 August

What happens next?

The Government’s announcement this evening, that Auckland will remain at Level 3 until 11.59pm on Wednesday 26 August, means our staff and students will be working and studying remotely until Thursday 27 August. Parents and students will have received an email from Principal Jane Stanley tonight with details about online learning and the support systems available for students. We will continue to send emails to our parent community as information is updated. Please check our website for the latest information over the next week.

Sports Update

The latest sport cancellations/postponements are:

Saturday 15 & 22 August: All Netball (at Netball North Harbour & Auckland Netball Centre)

Monday 17 & 24 August: Year 9 Netball, Rugby, Squash

Tuesday 18 August: AKSS Road Race Championships

Tuesday 18 & 25 August: Junior Badminton (C Grade)

Wednesday 19 & 26 August: All Football, Junior Basketball, Junior Badminton (A & B Grade)

Thursday 20 August: AKSS Table Tennis Championships, All Hockey, Open Basketball, Lacrosse

Thursday 20 – Sunday 23 August: NZSS Swimming Championships

Friday 21 August: Premier Basketball, All Table Tennis, Junior Water Polo

There will also be no sport trainings until further notice and the school grounds are closed to groups and individuals wanting to use the courts, fields and turf. Any further postponements or cancellations will be posted on the school website.


Password assistance

If your daughter is having issues with her password, she can email  library@westlakegirls.school.nz for assistance.

Our counsellors are available for phone consultations

If your daughter starts to struggle emotionally during lockdown, we have an amazing team of counsellors who offer a free service. Our Counsellors are registered members of the New Zealand Association of Counsellors (www.nzac.org.nz) and abide by the NZAC code of ethics. All counselling provided is private and confidential. Your daughter can contact them directly, or if you are concerned you can refer her. If you would like to talk to a counsellor, please email or text one of the counselling team, and organise a time to talk between 8.30 am and 3.30pm, weekdays.

Linda Cloustonlclouston@westlakegirls.school.nz027 381 8379
Siew Lee Foosfoo@westlakegirls.school.nz027 381 1323
Barbara MacKaybmackay@westlakegirls.school.nz027 381 4294
Fleur Piperfpiper@westlakegirls.school.nz027 380 4578

Westlake Gala Concert

Unfortunately we had to postpone our Westlake Gala Concert planned for Thursday 13 August. We will try to hold it at another date, yet to be confirmed. If that’s not possible, ticket holders will have their money refunded. We know our talented musicians put a tremendous amount of effort into preparing for this concert, and the postponement will be a huge disappointment.

2021 Enrolment Reminder

Out-of-Zone Enrolment applications for Westlake Girls 2021 close on Wednesday 2 September at 5pm, even if you currently have a sister at our school. You can enrol your daughter using THIS LINK.

Term 3 Key Dates

Monday 20 July: Term 3 Starts
Tuesday 21 July: Open Night for study in 2021
Wednesday 5 August: Parent Teacher Meetings
Tuesday 11 August: Māori Parent Hui
Wednesday 12 August: Pasifika Parent Fono CANCELLED
Thursday 13 August: Gala Concert POSTPONED
Monday 17 August: Subject Choice Information Evening: REPLACED WITH AN ONLINE FORMAT. DETAILS TO FOLLOW
Tuesday 18 August: Dance Showcase CANCELLED
Friday 28 August: Korean Night DECISION PENDING 
Wednesday 2 September: Last day for out-of-zone enrolment applications
Friday 25 September:  Chinese Night
Friday 25 September: Last Day of Term

If your daughter needs to be absent from school

The term was in full swing, so even though we are in lockdown for now, we thought it was timely to remind you about the absence and signing out procedures. We greatly appreciate your assistance with this.

Absence:
It is a Ministry requirement to have a written or emailed explanation of a student’s absence in order for the correct attendance code to be assigned. Parents or caregivers should contact the school in the morning either by emailing attendance@ westlakegirls.school.nz AND your daughter’s Form Teacher, remembering to give the reason for the absence.

Alternatively you can call 489 4169 to talk to the Attendance Officer or press 1 to leave a message. A message must be followed up with an email or note to your daughter’s Form Teacher within three days of returning to school. For parents or caregivers unable to email, a written note on the student’s return to school is expected. Medical certificates are required for extended periods of absence, or if a student is unable to sit an NCEA internal assessment or examination.

Lateness:
Students must bring an explanatory note and give it to the Attendance Officer upon arrival in the main reception at the Gernhoefer Admin Centre. Alternatively email the Attendance Officer and Form Teacher.

Exiting during the day:
Students needing to leave school for appointments need to collect a form from the Attendance officer at reception before signing out. Going away on holiday: If there is a planned family holiday during term time, or your daughter needs to take time off school, she must see her House Dean with a letter from a parent/caregiver to get a Leave Form. That form must then be filled out by all her teachers, signed by a parent/caregiver and then returned to her Dean before the leave date.

Sickness:
If your daughter becomes sick at school, she will be sent to the School Health Centre and you will be notified if she needs to be sent home. It’s important your daughter sees the Nurse at the Health Centre before she calls you for collection.

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