Google Classroom Guardian Summaries Explained

We have been using Google Classroom to communicate with students and caregivers about learning at school and further learning at home. It is one of the many online tools used by teachers in their physical and now virtual classrooms. It allows us to set assignments, post updates on learning expectations, provide resources, establish deadlines &…

Historic Photos

For the 40th Anniversary we are looking for historic photos of Excellere College/Kamo Christian College. If you have any, or know of anyone who might have some please ask if we can borrow them to have them scanned so we can use them. Thank you

Removing data caps for internet

Most of the major telcos have now removed data caps and the possibility of any extra charges based on usage. Please see the links to those major companies below if your staff or students working from home need further support with this. SPARK – “Removing overage charges for customers who are on data-capped broadband plans,…

Learning from home

Learning from home website and Ki te Ao Mārama  Two online spaces went live this week. These have been produced with other agencies and are available online at Learning from home and Ki te ao Marama with resources for parents and whānau, teachers and leaders spanning early learning through to senior secondary. These are a one…

In the coming weeks

Excellere College is closing today as the country goes into self-isolation. Our staff will be focusing on their families, and their time at home in the weeks ahead. We are all being asked to stay safe, and apart, until this virus can be halted from spreading. We pray for your well-being during this time and…

School holidays brought forward

The Ministry of Education has brought the school holidays forward to start on Monday, 30th March (next Monday), with schools being open for distance learning again from Wednesday, 15th April (after Easter Tuesday). At the end of the school holidays, schools will be open for distance learning but not physically open for staff to work at the…

Talking to children about COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

(Adapted from A Parent Resource. National Association of School Psychologists, 2020.) Help children cope with anxiety by providing accurate information Children look to adults for guidance on how to react to stressful events such COVID-19. Parents, caregivers, whanau and teachers will have a particularly important part to play in reassuring children at this time. Children…

Y11 Senior Camp 2020

Last week 11 students and 3 teachers departed from school, on our way to Mimiwhangata for our week long Year 11 school camp. When we arrived there we found out we had to carry everything over a steep hill that looked like a mountain, that we only had a long drop as a toilet and…

Teacher Only Days (TOD) 2020

The Government has, to date, mandated two days this year as TODs for secondary staff on the approaching  NCEA changes. We have decided to extend this to our Primary area, with a focus on curriculum as well. We will be closed on: Friday August 14th Friday November 27th Please add this to your diaries.