Latest Coronavirus Update

Latest Coronavirus Update

Please read the attached Coronavirus update, following the recent Government regulations:

From the Ministry of Education Facebook page (26/03/2020):

We're now at COVID-19 Alert Level 4.

covid19.govt.nz/government-actions/covid-19-alert-level/

For education, this means all early learning services, kĊhanga reo, schools, and kura are closed. School holidays will begin next Monday 30 March until 14 April inclusive. During the holiday break, we will support schools to develop e-learning and other distance learning options for Term 2. We are working hard to increase connectivity and get devices to households that need them.


From the NZ Civil Defence Facebook page (25/03/2020):

A nationwide state of national emergency has been declared at 12:21 pm today due to COVID-19. This covers all of New Zealand including the Chatham Islands, Stewart Island, and other offshore islands.


From the Ministry of Education Facebook page (23/03/2020):

This afternoon, New Zealand moved up to COVID-19 Alert Level 3. In 48 hours, we will move up to COVID-19 Alert Level 4.

This means that tomorrow Tues 24 March and Weds 25 March, early learning services, schools, and kura will be closed for most students. Children whose parents are essential workers will be able to attend early learning services or school while their parents make other arrangements.

Early learning services, schools, kura, and tertiary education providers will then close from midnight on Weds 25 March for four weeks. Distance education will be provided where possible. School holidays will start early, from 30 March to 14 April inclusive. During the holiday break, we will support schools to develop e-learning and other distance learning options for Term 2.

Covis 19 Alert Levels


Covid-19 Update 20/02/2020

Letter To Preschools And Schools From SDHB 20/03/2020

Covid 19 Symptoms


The Ministry of Education have provided this infographic showing when it is necessary to self-isolate (information current for 19/03/2020):

Self Isolate


Covid-19 Update 17/03/2020

If you are struggling at this challenging time, take a look at this link regarding Real Time Resilience Coping With Coronavirus from the New Zealand Institute of Wellbeing & Resilience. 

Talking to children about Covid-19 can also be difficult: Guidance for parents to talk with their children about Covid-19

For more information about Covid-19 including Self-Isolation and Financial Support, see Unite Against Covid-19 - NZ Government


See below for up-to-date cancelled and postponed events, updated cancellations will be added to the top of this chart as soon as we are made aware of them. If you are viewing this page on a mobile device, you may need to swipe left to see the complete table.

Date Event Status
July Holidays National Area Schools Tournament Cancelled
Term 2 Southern Area Schools Tournament Cancelled
Hockey season Postponed (planned start date 02/05/2020)
Term 1 Top Team Cancelled (hoping to go ahead in Term 2)
18/03/2020 Prime Lamb / Disco Prime Lamb – prizegiving/BBQ are postponed, lamb collection and competition to go ahead Disco - postponed
27/03/2020 School Swimming Sports Postponed (Term 4)
30/03/2020 GRIP Leadership Conference (Y7, Y11-13 and Junior Leaders) Event cancelled; online version will be made available to schools for use in class
02/04/2020 Otago Primary Triathlon Cancelled
04/04/2020 Otago Swim Champs Cancelled
07/04/2020 Football Tournament Cancelled
09/04/2020 Splash ‘n’ Dash Postponed (Term 4)
24/03/2020 Enviroschools Hui Postponed (date in September TBC)
Term 1 Holidays NZAS Leadership Camp Postponed (date in Term 3 TBC)
16/05/2020 Home & School Kitchen Tour Postponed (date TBC)
06/04/2020 Te Ao Maori BoT & Staff Training Postponed (date TBC)
Netball Season & training Postponed (planned start date 02/05/2020)
Rugby Season & training Postponed (planned start date 18/04/2020)
Term 1 Holidays SOHS Australian Rugby Tour Cancelled

Article updated: 12:27 pm 26/03/2020