Message re Coronavirus - School Closure

Message re Coronavirus - School Closure

Kia ora tātou

In response to the Government announcement that New Zealand has moved to Covid-19 Alert Level 4, Northcote College has closed.


Planning for students to be able to continue learning:

Students have been given information on how to access learning from home.

Teachers will be in contact with students about online learning opportunities and expectations.

Teachers will provide learning through email and/or Google Classroom and/or through Google Hangouts.

Learning from home will be based on the school timetable.  

Students should check their school email at the start of every timetabled class.

Students should contact teachers by email or through Google Classroom if they have questions or need help.


Parents can help students access the learning opportunities we provide:

Encourage your child to make the most of every learning opportunity.

Check that your child has access to the internet and a suitable device.

Please contact Ms Russell ( if your child does not have a device to access Google as we may be able to help. 


School Holidays

School holidays are being brought forward so that they are completed within the 4 week Level 4 alert period. Holidays will now begin from Monday 30 March to Tuesday 14 April inclusive (a reminder that the Tuesday after Easter Monday is always a closed day for schools).

At the end of the school holidays, schools will be open for distance learning but not physically open for staff to work at the schools.

Please note the instruction to stay home (Alert Level 4) will continue beyond the new school holiday period but schools will be technically open for distance instruction. Teachers will be working offsite.

Please continue to get your information from reliable sources:

The Government website for all Covid-19 information is

The Ministry of Health website

For COVID-19 health advice and information, contact the Healthline team (for free) on 0800 358 5453.

The schoolTV link at the bottom of our school website has a special report with advice for parents on talking to children about Covid-19.


Stay safe and be kind.

I wish you all the best as you manage your lives in these unprecedented times.


Northcote College will continue to update you via email, the website and the school app.


Ngā mihi

Vicki Barrie