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Important Notices from the Headmaster – November 2022

End of Year Procedures

To assist with your family’s organisation, the information below outlines School activities and the timing of the School day throughout the last month of the School year.

We highlight these with you as there is a lot on in the coming weeks and we appreciate all families will want advance notice of the range of activities occurring as the School year draws quickly to a close.

Week 5 (Monday 14 – Friday 18 November)

Form 3 and 4 students will be completing their end-of year examinations.

Form 5 students will have scheduled timetabled classes on Friday 18 November only as part of the Pre-Q Examination Paper Review Day. This day will be the only opportunity for Form 5 Pre-Q students to review and confirm the marking of their examination scripts.

All Form 5 students who study one or more Pre-Q courses are expected to attend timetabled lessons for the entirety of the School day. They will be required to meet the School’s uniform and grooming standards. Form 5 students are not required to attend School after this day, except for NCEA assessments, until Monday 5 December.

Form 6 and 7 students will be on study leave and/or completing their external assessments. Parents of senior students should note that Cambridge examinations continue until Thursday 17 November. NZQA examinations (NCEA and Scholarship) started on Monday 7 November and continue through until Friday 2 December.

Students without an examination on a particular morning and/or afternoon are on formal study leave and are expected to be studying at home, or in the School Library, where they will be supervised.

Week 6 (Monday 21 – Friday 25 November)

Monday 21 – Wednesday 23 November

Form 3 and 4 students will have scheduled classes on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday of Week 6, where they will receive examination marks back from their subject teachers.

Form 4 students will also attend a mixture of timetabled classes and workshops, where Health teachers will facilitate presentations and associated learning on the impact of pornography on the adolescent brain. Relevant information regarding these important workshops will be communicated to Form 4 parents separately.

Each School day will finish at 3.15pm.

Thursday 24 and Friday 25 November

Beginning on Thursday 24 November, Form 3 and 4 students will participate in the Junior School Activities Week programme, on campus, which will operate over five School days.

During the Activities Week programme, the School day will begin at 9am with assembly and students are expected to maintain the usual standards of uniform, grooming and behaviour. They are required to bring PE uniform each day. The day will conclude at 3pm throughout the five days of the Activities Week programme.

Please note: the School bus service will run at its normal timetabled intervals throughout the final three weeks of the School year. Departure times will not be brought forward earlier as the service accommodates students from other schools.

Week 7 (Monday 28 November – Friday 2 December)

Monday 28 – Wednesday 30 November

The Activities Week programme will continue between Monday and Wednesday of Week 7. Form 4 students will participate in a Careers Experience Day with AUT staff onsite at School on Tuesday 29 November and will complete a specialised leadership programme on Wednesday 30 November.

Form 3 students will participate in Te Reo Māori workshops held on campus, led by Jacob Rehu, ably assisted by a network of tutors on Tuesday 29 November. They will participate in a bespoke Form 3 leadership programme on Wednesday 30 November.

Thursday 1 – Friday 2 December

Form 3 and 4 students will attend School as normal. On Thursday 1 December all Form 3 and 4 classes will participate in a Form Class Sports Day held on campus. The School day will conclude at 3pm.

On Friday 2 December, all Form 3 and 4 classes will attend final timetabled lessons in each subject to complete course-related formalities. ID photographs for 2023 will also be taken of all Form 3 and 4 students on this day. The School day will conclude at 1.15pm.

Week 8 (Monday 5 December – Wednesday 7 December)

Monday 5 December

All Form 3 – 7 students return to School for the final three days of the School year meeting the normal standards. The School Day will commence at 9am with assembly, followed by a form time where young men will have the opportunity to return all textbooks, library books and School materials to the appropriate place.

After the scheduled form time, all students will return to the Great Hall for the 2022 Colours and Performing Arts Assembly, which will commence at 10.10am. This special assembly will be livestreamed for parents to recognise and celebrate the successes of our top performing arts students.

The School day should conclude at 11.30am for all who have met their commitments.

Tuesday 6 December

All students are expected to attend School. The School day will commence at 9am and should conclude at 10.30am, after our last formal assembly of the year and Prizegiving rehearsals.

The Leavers’ Dinner begins for Form 7 students at 6pm at Eden Park.

Wednesday 7 December

The 2022 School Prizegiving will begin at 9am in the Great Hall. This is a celebration of achievement and is a compulsory event for all students.

All young men are again expected to attend in school uniform, wearing shoes and socks. As is the norm, we remind students to ensure they are appropriately groomed before arriving at School for this important occasion.

Prize winners who fail to meet basic standards or fail to attend School on Monday and Tuesday will not be issued prizes and awards at the Prizegiving ceremony.

We encourage parents and friends of the School to join with us for this celebration of the 2022 academic, sporting and performing arts student achievements. Seating is available for parents on the B Floor of the Great Hall. Parents are encouraged to arrive early.

Prizegiving should conclude by midday. For parents and friends of the School who cannot attend Prizegiving, the occasion will be livestreamed.

The School year concludes for all young men at the end of a further form time that will follow Prizegiving. Form teachers will issue all students with their end of year report at this second form time.

Students who sat Cambridge examinations will also receive a notice with personalised login and password details so that they can access their results online from Tuesday 10 January 2023 for AS and A Level.

Students who have completed Pre-Q courses will receive their Pre-Q Results Certificate at this time.

If applied for, senior form teachers will also issue Form 6 or 7 leavers with their Leavers’ Documentation at the end of Prizegiving.

All young men who have met all School commitments will also be issued with a copy of this year’s School magazine, the Chronicle, and a copy of the School List.

If a student does not attend Prizegiving, they will not be issued any documentation. Similarly, students who arrive to Prizegiving not meeting our uniform or grooming expectations will not be issued any documentation at the scheduled form time that follows Prizegiving.

Those who have had documents withdrawn due to being on the Defaulters’ List, or for not meeting our expectations, will be required to report to the Great Hall at 9am on Thursday 8 December in uniform.

Key dates for Term 1 2023

  • Thursday 19 January: Form 5-7 Option Changes (10am – 3pm)
  • Friday 20 January: New Students’ Orientation (9am – 12pm)
  • Friday 20 January: Form 5-7 Option Changes (12pm – 3pm)
  • Monday 23 January: School Closed (Staff Only Day)
  • Tuesday 24 January: Term 1 starts for all students
  • Monday 30 January: School Closed (Auckland Anniversary Day)
  • Monday 6 February: School Closed (Waitangi Day)
  • Wednesday 8 February: Form 3 Parents’ Information Evening
  • Friday 17 February: Scholars’ Assembly
  • Wednesday 22 February: Athletics Sports Day
  • Friday 17 March: Cross Country
  • Friday 31 March – Tuesday 4 April: Term 1 Examinations
  • Thursday 6 April: End of Term 1