28 January 2020

Coronavirus information

Dear Ormiston families,

You will be aware of the current news surrounding the Coronavirus outbreak in China. We are closely monitoring information provided by the Ministry of Health and following their advice.

The Ministry of Health currently advises that there are no confirmed cases of the virus in New Zealand to date and that the risk of an outbreak in New Zealand is low.

However, as a precaution, the Secretary of Education has recommended that any staff member or student who may be at high risk of exposure because they have recently been to China or have been in close contact with someone confirmed with the virus, is asked to delay the start of their school year for 14 days from their arrival in New Zealand and voluntarily stay away. If any student is in that situation could the family please contact the school straight away so we can provide any support we can.

Ministry of Health - Coronavirus Information:

Ministry of Education - Coronavirus information

If you have any concerns about one of your children or students, the Ministry of Health guidance suggests that you contact Healthline at 0800 611 116 or your GP for medical advice.

The World Health Organisation advises people to follow the basic principles to reduce the general risk of acute respiratory infection. These are:

  • avoid close contact with people suffering from acute respiratory infections
  • wash hands frequently, especially after contact with ill people or their environment
  • avoid close contact with sick farm animals or wild animals
  • people with symptoms of acute respiratory infection should practice cough etiquette by maintaining distance from other people, covering coughs and sneezes with disposable tissues or clothing and washing hands.

If your child’s temperature is up or they are unwell please do not send them to school but visit your doctor immediately. Please inform the school if your child is unwell.

We are guided by the Ministry of Education and the Ministry of Health and will keep you updated. We are regularly monitoring information from the Ministry of Health and the Auckland Regional Public Health Service and are following their advice.

Yours sincerely,

Diana Patience



Tuesday 28 January
Year 13 students only 10:00 - 12:00

Learning Advisor meetings during afternoon.
Wednesday 29 January Year 12 students only 10:00 - 12:00

Learning Advisor meetings during afternoon.
Thursday 30 January Year 11 students only 10:00 - 12:00

Learning Advisor meetings during afternoon.
Friday 31 January All students beginning 9:00am with Powhiri

Learning Advisor meetings during afternoon.
Monday 3 February Full timetable from period 1

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Welcome to Ormiston Senior College - a college catering for Years 11 - 13 students situated in a fast-growing area of south-east Auckland. We are proud of the culture and tradition we are building here at this young school. In addition to high academic achievement, our aim is for our graduating students to be resilient, curious, collaborative and creative and critical thinkers. These are the dispositions that are vital to thrive in the fast-changing workplace of today and tomorrow.

Our vision statement is: Preparing and inspiring our students to achieve their very best in a global society. Preparing means ensuring our students have the core skills for learning and involves rigour, practice, perseverance and putting in the hard yards to reach goals. Inspiring means lighting a fire of enthusiasm and passion for learning so that students will be eager to pursue their dreams once they leave us. This combination of a disciplined approach to learning and catching their imagination provides the best combination for success in later life.

At Ormiston Senior College we promote a holistic approach to the teenage years. We strongly recommend participation in the Duke of Edinburgh’s Hillary Award scheme.There are many sports teams to join in addition to music, debating and a variety of clubs. Our sizeable student leadership team initiates and leads many of our school-wide activities. Becoming involved in the co-curricular life of the college ensures students will get the most out of their three years with us, learn vital life skills and make lifelong friends.

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