Guidelines for Online Learning

  • The Term 1 holiday has been brought forward starting Monday 30 March until Tuesday 14 April.
  • Term 2 begins on Wednesday 15 April and online learning (lessons) will commence as students remain at home until we are advised by the government that we can return to school grounds.
  • Until Friday 27 March, complete homework tasks or tasks that were not complete in class in the last couple of days. For Years 11-13 students, there are possibly ongoing assessments that you can continue to work on (see below for more information about assessments).
  • If you are experiencing issues in connecting to Office 365 (e.g. password expired) please advise one of your teachers who can then contact our IT support team to solve these problems.

General Expectations

  • Put your health and your family first and continue to follow all government advice in order to stay safe.
  • Check your school email account at least once a day and reply if necessary.
  • Existing classroom platforms for sharing learning activities e.g. TEAMS, OneNote, email will continue to be used, depending on individual subjects, and the different tasks.
  • Remember teachers may be with their families as well so know that they will respond to your emails and give feedback when possible.
  • Continue to uphold College values (Our Way) in every context and support your friends and teachers.

NZQA and Assessments

  • Continue with your assessment work as much as possible, as guided by teachers.
  • Years 11-13 students, please don’t worry about NCEA – we 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 and the Ministry of Education will help schools to develop effective plans for NCEA assessment and qualifications for students affected by COVID-19, including supporting remote learning. NCEA’s flexibility is a huge strength in times like these, and means that we can adapt how we deliver and use NCEA to fit with our conditions – including remote learning. NZQA will be supporting schools to use this flexibility in how they 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, further information can be found at

Timetabled subjects and activities

  • 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.
  • You can be flexible on when you complete the learning, but it is recommended that you adhere to a regular timetable, routine that suits your circumstances. 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 messaging on Teams. 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.

    Learning from home website and Ki te Ao Mārama

    The Ministry of Education has produced two online spaces at and with resources for parents and whānau, teachers and leaders spanning early learning through to senior secondary.

    The ministry has launched these now so people have time to get familiar with the site and we can keep developing it to meet your needs. Current content is just the start of the guidance, tools and resources we will be uploading to support teachers and parents.

    Ki te Ao Marama has been developed to support those students learning te reo Māori and for those in kōhanga reo, kura and Māori medium settings.  They have been purposefully packaged to support learning at home. 

    • Teachers can use both online spaces to point students to activities they think would help them learn at home.
    • Leaders and teachers can use the site to start their thinking and planning for learning from home.
    • Parents and whānau will find advice and activities they can use to support learning at home, without needing to become teachers themselves.

      Removing data caps for internet

      Please be advised 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 you need further support with this.

      SPARK –
      “Removing overage charges for customers who are on data-capped broadband plans, so they won’t have to worry about paying extra to stay connected. This applies to both small and medium business and consumer customers.”

      VODAFONE –
      “The removal of data caps from data-capped Broadband plans for consumers and small to medium sized businesses until at least the end of June 2020.”

      “We removed all the data caps from our plans to better enable you to work from home during this time of social distancing and self-isolation.”

      2DEGREES –
      “Any customer who was on a limited data plan on or before Friday, March 20 will now receive unlimited data through until June 2020.”

        Contact Information

        • Concerned about a subject?
          • Contact your subject teacher via email, OneNote or TEAMS.
          • If you become unwell and unable to meet your learning targets 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 that are listed on the BDSC Guidance and Counselling page. The online self-referral to the BDSC counsellors will only be operating when Term 2 begins (15 April). If you are already working with a school counsellor, continue to communicate with them using school email during term time (email contacts are listed on the webpage). 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

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