Most seniors return to school

Auckland Secondary Schools Principals Association president Steven Hargreaves. Times photo

Most schools have welcomed back all senior students this week, said Auckland Secondary Schools Principals Association president Steven Hargreaves.

Some schools have modified their timetables to reduce student movement and to focus on core NCEA preparation, said Hargreaves, who is principal at Macleans College.

“There are a small number of schools that have chosen to continue with online NCEA exams before returning students to campus,” he said.

There are also a very small number of schools that are continuing with remote learning where they are not confident vaccination levels are high enough in their community.

“It has been great to welcome our (Macleans College) Year 11 students back into school today. We have about 90 per cent attendance,” Hargreaves said.

“Our Year 12 and 13 students were scheduled to start their practice NCEA exams today from home.

“We have stuck with that decision rather than thrust another change on the staff and students.

“It does mean we have only one year level in school this week which has made planning easier and also helped to reassure staff and students that we have plenty of space for social distancing.”

Sancta Maria College and Saint Kentigern College are reportedly remaining closed for at least another week.