COVID-19 Updates

Tuesday 22 September 2020

Alert Level 1

Kia ora koutou,

The PM announced we are now at Alert Level 1.

Wednesday 12 August 2020

Alert Level 2 Information

Kia ora koutou,

The PM announced last evening that Auckland is moving to Alert Level 3 as of midday today (Wednesday 12 August), and the rest of New Zealand will be moving to Alert Level 2 until midnight Friday 14 August.
Please follow this link for information regarding what Alert Level 2 looks like for Ruawai College.

Thursday 11 June 2020

Alert Level 1 Letter

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Please find the letter outlining Ruawai College’s movement to Alert Level 1 here.

Thursday 14 May 2020

Alert Level 2 Letter

Kia ora koutou,

Please find the letter outlining Ruawai College’s movement to Alert Level 2 here. School is open for instruction Monday 18 May 2020.

Wednesday 13 May 2020

COVID-19 – Moving to Alert Level 2

Kia ora koutou,

The Prime Minister has announced that New Zealand will move into Alert Level 2 from 11:59pm Wednesday 13 May 2020 (tonight). That means from Thursday 14 May 2020, Alert Level 2 criteria apply.

From Monday 18 May 2020 we look forward to receiving ALL students back on site. Moving from Level 3 to Level 2 is a big shift and we are working very hard to ensure that Alert Level 2 measures will be in place by Monday 18 May 2020.

We know that many students will be excited about getting back to school to see friends / teachers and to their regular studies, while some understandably may be anxious. We are also very excited to see the return to school of our students.

Tomorrow I intend to set out to whanau what the school day will look like at Ruawai College and the measures we are putting in place to ensure a safe return for everyone. Until then, we thank you ALL for your continued support of the online / distance learning that is in place whilst we prepare to go from Alert level 3 to Alert Level 2.

Raeleen Harré, Principal

Friday 8 May 2020

COVID-19 Update

Please find here a message from our Principal:

Thursday 7 May 2020

Northland Region COVID-19 Update

Kia ora,

The link below will take you through to the Northland District Health Board website to give you an overview of what is happening across Northland:

Monday 4 May 2020

Alert Level 3 Update

Thank you for the ongoing support you continue to provide enabling online learning / distance learning to continue at home. At this time we have no students registered to come into school to continue their learning.  We know that our students will be at different stages of their learning when they return to Ruawai College and planning is underway to support them.

As you will be aware, on Monday 11 May 2020 the Prime Minister will announce what is happening with our alert levels. Should a decision be made to move to Alert Level 2, from the past movement of levels, we were given time (48 hours) to prepare. At this stage we are waiting for more guidance to come through from the Ministry of Education as to what Alert Level 2 may look like in our schools.  However, the following considerations are helping us in our planning to Alert Level 2:

  • Physical distancing of 1 metre outside the home (including on public transport)
  • Gatherings of up to 100 people indoors and 500 outdoors allowed while maintaining physical distancing and contact tracing requirements
  • Sport and recreation activities are allowed if conditions on gatherings are met, physical distancing is followed and travel is local
  • Schools and Early Childhood Education centres open, with distance learning available for those unable to attend school, such as people self-isolating
  • People advised to avoid non-essential inter-regional travel
  • People at high risk of severe illness (older people and those with existing medical conditions) are encouraged to stay at home where possible, and take additional precautions when leaving home. They may choose to work

These restrictions place significant challenges on the schooling environment as we know it. Currently we are considering how we can operate under Alert Level 2 with discussion on different year levels attending on different days, staggered start / finish times, interval / lunch times, continuation of online learning with supervision of those on site and limits on availability of bus transport. These considerations form part of the korero going forward.

In a very short space of time you have all taken up the challenge (wero) of online learning / distance learning, in fact this has been exceeded. I now ask you to take up the next wero and that is when we return to school that we are fully digital, we need the school to be 1:1 devices upon our physical return to school. This request is not new to you I know as I have regularly talked about the importance of BYOD and why.

What does that mean for Ruawai College?

  • Bring your device in every day, charged and ready to go – we have started putting posters up throughout the school to remind our rangatahi
  • Every student will have a device. This provides the opportunity to continue our planning using Google Classroom and to use the tools we have used already with the students
  • This also means that students are able to access their Google Classrooms which is one of the main learning platforms we use. This will contribute towards a smooth transition between the work / learning they have been doing at home and at school when we return

We will discuss with you the devices aspect, in particular, following up on the devices sent out by the Ministry and the loan items from the schoolI look forward to receiving clarity from the Ministry of Education during the week to enable us to plan accordingly for the possibility of a greater number of our students returning to the college, and generally how schooling will look under Alert Level 2.

Meanwhile, I thank you again for your support, cooperation and understanding at this challenging time.


Nga mihi,
Raeleen Harré, Principal

Wednesday 29 April 2020

School at Alert Level 3

We have made contact with all the families of our students from Years 7 – 10 to confirm numbers of those students who are returning to school Wednesday April 29.
This is important as it informs our planning in terms of staffing for the school during Alert Level 3 to ensure that all Health & Safety measures are in place to protect staff and students. At this stage no students are returning to school.

HOWEVER, it is extremely important that if at any stage during ALert Level 3 your circumstances change where you need to send your child/ren to school, you MUST contact the school immediately. We can only have children on site who have been registered from the phone correspondence that has taken place between the school and families.

The school office will remain closed. Please call (09) 439 2216 or email, if you have any questions.

We absolutely appreciate your support in this matter.

MoE information to support parents:
The Ministry’s parent website has Alert Level 3 information here:…/information-to-help-wit… and a parents’ checklist here:…/information-to-help-wit…

At our Teacher Only Day yesterday, the majority of staff connected online via Zoom from their various locations. Teachers engaged in learning to use a number of new tools and strategies in this new online space so expect to see them using these new learnings over the next while.

I wish to thank the students, the staff and the community for your ongoing support, engagement in this new online space. Please do not hesitate to reach out if you have any questions / queries.

Nga mihi

Raeleen Harré, Principal

Thursday 23 April 2020

Senior Students, Year 11 – 13

Thank you for the way you have embraced this new way of learning. It presents many new challenges for you and I wish to acknowledge your hard work and effort during this time. Learning is and looks different for you all but please be reassured that your teachers and school are there alongside you.

PLEASE continue to engage and touch base with your teachers – reach out for support and help.

From Wednesday 29 April 2020 we move to Alert Level 3. What this means for you is that YOU will continue with online learning at home.
Keep looking at your emails, on Facebook, Skool Loop or the school website for updates.
Raeleen Harré, Principal

Tuesday 21 April 2020

Moving Alert Levels

Please follow this link for the message from the Principal regarding Moving to Alert Level 3.

Saturday 11 April 2020

Online Learning Update from Principal

Tena koutou katoa,

As we all make our way through these challenging times, I would like to thank you for the commitment you have been making towards minimising the spread of COVID-19.

Our connection with you during the online space is important and I would appreciate you looking at the steps below to make this transition to another way of learning for many of you happen positively.
For the moment learning will happen during the students normal timetabled sessions starting at 8:45 am – 3:00pm.

APRIL 2020
Saturday 11 April: Easter
Sunday 12 April: Easter Sunday
Monday 13 April: Easter Holiday
Tuesday 14 April: Easter Holiday
Wednesday 15 April: Term 2 Starts. Online Learning – Students to check school emails and any Google Classrooms for updates of work for each subject. (Follow your usual timetable for that day)
Thursday 16 April: Online Learning – Students to check school emails and any Google Classrooms for updates of work for each subject. (Follow your usual timetable for that day)
Friday 17 April: Online Learning – Students to check school emails and any Google Classrooms for updates of work for each subject. (Follow your usual timetable for that day)

Any queries please email your classroom teacher or your Dean. All teacher emails can be found here:

Junior Dean: Kirsty Batters,

Senior Dean: Jenny Dallison,

We continue to work alongside the Ministry of Education who are keeping us updated about the availability of resources for learning. Please continue to monitor the various sites i.e. Facebook, Skool Loop and the Ruawai College website to keep updated around what will be happening beyond Friday 17 April.

STAY home, STAY safe, SAVE lives

Ministry of Education Learning Resource can be found here: