UPDATE FROM PRINCIPAL
24 March 2020
St. John’s College closure for a minimum of four weeks
Dear parents and whanau
St. John’s College has closed today in accordance with the New Zealand Government and Ministry of Education guidelines. We will now move to online learning.
This is as a result of the COVID-19 alert level having been raised to three. It is set to be raised to level 4 – the highest level – at midnight on Wednesday. During this time, all non-essential services, including schools will be closed for four weeks and then will be reviewed.
The College will be shut down completely from Wednesday.
Prior to today’s announcement, preparations have been ongoing to ensure all students are able to continue their learning online. All students who do not have a device at home will have been issued a laptop from school to work on from home. Our teachers will provide students with work. Please note that the school holidays will begin on Monday 30th March. Lessons will resume online on Wednesday 15th April (a reminder that the Tuesday after Easter Monday is always a closed day for Schools). Please also be patient as teachers prepare this work. This is an unprecedented situation for all of us and we ask that you read your email communication and school App regularly. The situation will be stressful for many and it is important to remember that our young men, like all of us will be feeling vulnerable and uncertain at this time.
During this time, the following will occur:
- Students will be expected to be online following their normal school timetable and teachers will be available online to connect with students at the normal timetabled times during the day. Students are expected to connect through Microsoft Office, One Note and email. Work will be posted through One Note or emailed to students.
- All students are expected to connect with their subject teacher at least once a week and give an account of the subjects they have engaged in, their successes for the week and the challenges they are facing. Subject teachers will follow up on any students they do not hear from.
While the school is closed, the site is out of bounds to students. The purpose of the lockdown is to create social distance and it is expected that they will be home during this time.
All immediate communication about decisions will be communicated through our school
App and email. Please ensure that you and your sons have this App and continue to check the alerts regularly. Please ensure that you are subscribing to all St. John’s College alerts and the correct year level. There may be some congestion when using the internet. Please be patient as delays might be inevitable. I have spoken with students and asked them to check the Ministry of Health and Ministry of Education websites for accurate information. Avoid relying on social media as this can cause distress especially when information is inaccurate. The Young Enterprise Team is working on a wonderful project concept looking at designing and producing ventilators for the current crisis. This is a great idea so if your son asks you for advice please help him.
Pope Frances has asked the Christian communities to unite in prayer.
‘We want to respond to the virus pandemic with the universality of prayer, compassion and tenderness. Let us stay united. I invite all Christians to direct their voices together toward Heaven, reciting the Our Father on Wednesday, 25 March, at noon.
As a Catholic school, we ask you to join us in prayer on Wednesday. Keep praying, we will come through this difficult period.
Take care, look after yourselves
St. John’s College
The College is now closed under Ministry of Education instruction.
Please check your emails and our Facebook page for updates.
Keep safe – God bless
Thank you for your interest in St. John’s College. Our College was founded in 1941 by the Marist Fathers and is the only Catholic Boys’ School in Hawke’s Bay. As a College, we are inspired by the work of the Marist Fathers who emphasised God’s unconditional love in their work with young people. It is this love and belief, in the dignity of each child that motivates us to provide an environment of both high support and high challenge; a place where students will learn to value excellence and the work ethic that is required to achieve their full potential. In New Zealand, Marists focus their ministry on youth and education, have a preference for missionary parishes, and ministry outreach into wider society, beyond traditional Church structures.
We pride ourselves on knowing our students well, understanding that the relationships between teachers and students are foundational in developing confident and successful learners. To assist this aim, our Vertical House System allows families and students to journey through their five years at St. John’s with the same teachers as House Leader and Learning Mentor. We learn much about the needs of our students through this partnership between home and school and encourage our parents to participate in their sons’ learning at every opportunity.
As a vibrant multicultural learning community, St. John’s provides students with a range of subject offerings and pathways. The College’s holistic vision extends to student achievement and support in Pastoral Care, Academia, Sport, Arts and Culture. Our aim is to produce well rounded young men able to face a competitive secular world with confidence. This is the vision of a ‘St. John’s Man’. The extension of our school are our parents and Old Boys. We are not just a school; we are a community. We value your input and support.
Together we can teach our young men to be well grounded in their faith, independent and able to make wise decisions based on Christian values, with resilience to deal with the complexities of modern-day life.
Many thanks for your interest in our College. If you require further information, please visit our prospectus page.
Opere et Veritate ‘In Truth and in Deed.’
Principal – St John’s College