Important Notices from the Headmaster – June 2022
Parent Teacher Interviews
Thank you to those who attended the recent Parent Teacher Interview afternoons for Forms 4-7.
The Form 3 Parent Teacher Interviews are scheduled for Wednesday 22 June, commencing at 3pm. An email to Form 3 Parents was sent out on Wednesday 9 June which included the link for parents to book interview times.
Please be aware – as with all Parent Teacher Interview afternoons, the School day will conclude at 2:30pm for all students in order for interviews to begin at 3pm. We would also remind you that if students are attending interviews with you, they are required to be in full School uniform, as has been communicated to students in assembly.
Term 2 School Examinations
The Term 2 School examinations will be held for senior students (Forms 5, 6 and 7) from Friday 1 – Friday 8 July and for junior students (Forms 3 and 4) from Tuesday 5 – Friday 8 July. There are two two-hour examination sessions per day – the morning session is from 9:20am-11:20am and the afternoon session is from 12:30pm-2:30pm.
Normal class times operate for Form 3 and 4 students on Friday 1 and Monday 4 July, however the School day will conclude at 2:30pm on both afternoons.
As per regulations from NZQA, students will not be permitted to have a watch on their person in addition to not having mobile phones with them during school and external examinations.
For your information, the revised 2022 NZQA Examination regulations state:
Candidates are not allowed to bring the following into the exam room – watches of any type (digital or analogue) or any electronic device which has the capability to store, communicate and/or retrieve information except approved calculators.
Cambridge also do not permit smart watches in examinations. Accordingly, it is important that we prepare our students for external examinations by replicating the regulations set by the external providers, NZQA and Cambridge. This regulation will continue to be applied for School examinations.
External Examination Fees (Cambridge and NZQA/NCEA)
NCEA Levels 1, 2 and 3 and New Zealand Scholarship are national qualifications awarded by the New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA). AS Level and A-Level are international qualifications awarded by Cambridge Assessment International Education (CAIE).
It is School policy that all students studying senior qualification courses will enter for examinations via either the Cambridge or NCEA pathway in all their studied subjects. Entry for NZQA New Zealand Scholarship Examinations is optional. Entries will be taken, and entrants will be invoiced, later in Term 3.
Invoices will shortly be raised and posted on the Parent Portal. Prior to this occurring, parents will receive an email outlining the Cambridge Examination Fees and Pre-Q donation.
Travelling to and from School
Please remember it is compulsory for face coverings to be worn on public transport. Please discuss this with your son and remind him of the importance to have a mask with him, ready for use.
If you are dropping your son off at School in the morning or picking him up after School, please do not drive onto campus through Gates 1-4. There have been several occasions of serious congestion and blockages around these gates when cars turn in and make entrances and exits unusable. This, in turn, causes traffic to back up on Mountain Road.
If your son is away from School the day prior or the day of a sporting fixture for medical or other reasons, he will be ineligible to play. It is the School’s view that if he is not well enough to be at School prior to a fixture, he is not well enough to represent the School in an extracurricular activity and should be taking the time to fully recover. We appreciate your support and ask you to ensure his coach or manager is informed of such an absence.
Notification of Absences
A reminder that if your son is absent, we ask you to immediately complete the Absence Notification e-form that is accessed within the Parent Portal on the day of his absence. This is a legal requirement and is part of our duty of care which we cannot fulfil without your co-operation.
Parents should be aware that submitting an e-form verifies your son’s absence and will generate an automatic response to the email address you have provided us.
There is no requirement to phone the School or to provide a written note on the day of your son’s return.
Winter Sports Uniform
Our thanks are extended to parents for your support in getting students into the correct sporting uniform as the winter sports season started earlier this term.
It is our expectation that young men will only take the field or court if they are wearing the code’s full and correct uniform. All sports uniforms are available from the School Shop.
Please remember we do not allow young men to have skins or similar clothing visible underneath their sports uniform. The exception to this is if a student has gained permission from the Director of Sports Development. We have also reminded students that it is our expectation that their socks are pulled up on the sports field.
It is always good to see strong School and parental support on our sidelines. As young men arrive at School sports fixtures on weekends they are deemed to be under the authority of the School. As such, School rules apply and our expectations of them need to be met or surpassed.
We have been very proud of those supporting Premier Teams on weekends and thank them for the way they represent their School.
We remind all students that the only jackets that may be worn to School are the approved School jacket (available for sale through the School Shop) and the School representative jacket. No student may wear previous versions of the School Jacket such as Lenco jackets and other brands that existed through time.
Students are permitted to wear jackets around School and in classes, however they are not permitted to wear jackets in Science laboratories or Technology workshops for health and safety reasons.
Should you have questions about School uniform items please contact our Shop Manager Mrs Serra Galuvao via email.
University and Scholarship Applications and Form 7 Leaver’s Record of Achievement
An email to parents detailing the application process for University and Scholarship Applications and the Leaver’s Record of Achievement (formerly called Testimonial) was sent out on Wednesday 11 May. Form 7 students are reminded to complete the online application forms (available via GrammarNet) before the closing date of Friday 8 July, so staff are able to produce comments, which will form the written summary component of the Leaver’s Record of Achievement.
If your son is applying for university scholarships, university study at local halls of residence, overseas universities or for Private Scholarships, he is reminded to complete the online University and Scholarship Application Intention Form that is available on GrammarNet.
If you have paid this year’s donation and are interested in donating the tax rebate back to the School, you can do this via TaxGift. Click here to donate your School donation tax rebate back to the School by following a few simple steps.
As well as paying the donation, we also know that some families would like to be able to help in new ways. If you are in a position to ‘donate the donation’ for someone else in our community, you would be helping them and in turn, helping the School.
You can donate $500, $1,000 or the full $1,425 annual donation into account 12-3011-0156506-00 and name it ‘Donate the Donation’. We will come back to you with a special thank you and let someone who can’t get there this year know, that the donation on their Parent Portal account has been paid.
Each month, parents should receive a financial statement. You should also receive information from your son about the invoices on the statement. The most common invoices at this stage of the year will be external examination entry fees and winter sports levies.
Our thanks to parents who have made payments via the Parent Portal or who are communicating with our Finance Team about payments. Should you need assistance, please feel free to contact the Finance Department via email.
If you have lost your password for the Parent Portal, please communicate with our Information Services Team via email.