Online Learning

Guidelines for Taiohi/Students and Online Learning

  • Term 2 begins on Wednesday 15 April (Day 3) and online learning (lessons) will commence.
  • The school timetable will be your guide for classes and times. Note: Friday will not include assembly so the times will be the same as Monday, Tuesday, Thursday.
  • Until Term 2 begins
    • complete homework tasks or assignment tasks 
    • For Years 11-13 students, there are possibly ongoing internal assessments that you can continue to work on (see below for more information about assessments).

General Expectations

  • Put your health and your family first and continue to follow all government advice in order to stay safe. If you are unwell please contact the attendance officer by:
    • Email us attend@thameshigh.school.nz
    • Text us on 3255 Please start your text with THSC followed by a space. Then add the students name and the reason for the absence. EG: “THSC Prim Everdeen Unwell today.”
    • Use the school App: Head to the Playstore or iTunes and download the APP by searching for “Thames High School”
  • Be kind, patient and understanding. We will all need time to adjust to online learning, and we will make it through this by supporting each other.
  • It is expected that you will participate in learning activities / discussions, complete tasks and do your best.
  • Make sure you are proactive in seeking assistance if you have difficulty accessing your learning. If you are unsure or worried, please ask (see getting help)
    • Check your school email account at least once a day and reply as required.
    • Make sure you can access existing platforms that teachers will use to provide suitable guidance for your learning e.g. Hapara/Google Classroom, Google Meet / Zoom Hangout, email, etc. depending on individual subjects, and different needs or tasks.
  • Continue to uphold Our values of Manaakitanga, Whaanaungatanga and Matauranga as well as Our Tikanga of THS R.O.L.E.S in every context and support your friends and teachers.
  • Remember kaiako / teachers may be with their families, especially with younger children, as well so they will respond to your questions/emails and give feedback when able.
  • Be POSITIVE (see below)

 Online learning for your subjects

  • Teachers will provide lessons/tasks for each of your timetabled classes.  This may be set as a block of lessons with expected timeframes or day-by-day lessons/activities depending on the subject requirements.
  • You should stick to a regular timetable, a routine that suits your circumstances. Ideally you should work to the school timetable. If you cannot, then please make sure you communicate with your teacher(s) if you need more flexibility. It is important that weekly checkpoints are met. 
  • You will demonstrate that you are learning by completing the outcomes set by your teacher each week or day. This will equate to about 3-4 hours of learning per subject per week.
    • Teachers provide valuable learning opportunities, engaging activities and work of value, so please complete all learning activities provided.
    • Your teachers may advise you of a time when they will be online and available to provide more direct support, for instance through an online chat / class. When this takes place, it will always be in one of your usual timetabled slots for that subject so that two teachers won’t be asking you to be in contact with both at the same time.

NZQA and Assessments

  • Continue with your assessment work as much as possible, as guided by kaiako / teachers.
  • Years 11-13 students, please don’t worry about NCEA. Your teachers will be responsive to your needs as a learner, and you will be advised of assessment dates that may change or how assessments may differ online. If in doubt, ask your teacher, who will be able to provide a revised assessment statement in Term 2.
  • NZQA are helping schools to develop effective plans for NCEA assessment and qualifications for students affected by COVID-19, including supporting remote learning. NZQA will be supporting schools to use the flexibility built into NCEA in how we manage internal assessment through remote learning, and to generate grades derived from learning programmes should attendance at external assessments be disrupted. 
  • Work is also underway to make sure that all qualifications, awards and pathways (including University Entrance and Vocational Pathways) will remain available through any disruptions.
  • For students taking part in Trades Academies and Gateway Programmes: In these conditions Trades Academies will not be able to occur as normal and Gateway activities will need to be suspended.  But there will be alternative work to complete, that will help maintain learning, and readiness for when Trades and Gateway begin again. More information can be found at https://youthguarantee.education.govt.nz/

Getting help

  • Concerned about a subject? Contact your subject teacher via email.
  • If you become unwell or other circumstances mean you are unable to meet your learning targets, please email your subject teachers to let them know. 
  • Concerned about your wellbeing? 
    • Make sure you talk openly with your parents/caregivers and whānau.  
    • Consider other sources of support such as your kaitiaki/dean or our counsellor. If you are already working with our school counsellor, continue to communicate using school email during term time.(Guidance Counsellor, Susan McInnes : susanmcinnes@thameshigh.school.nz
    • If you have immediate concern around safety of yourself or someone else, speak to a trusted adult and/or call 111 for support.
  • Concerned about your Health? Contact Healthline: 
    • Coronavirus related 0800 358 5453
    • General Health related 0800 611 116
  • Further information is available here: www.covid19.govt.nz

Other Support – some recommended youth services 

Telephone/ONLINE SERVICES

Websites

 

 

Be POSITIVE