Westport North School | Cobden St, Westport 7825, New Zealand | Phone 03 789 7172

30th November

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30th November.


Kia ora koutou e te whanau


I hope this email finds you safe and well. 


New COVID-19 Protection (Traffic Light) Framework


You may have heard that everyone in Aotearoa will move to the new COVID-19 Traffic Light Framework on Friday 3 December. We will be moving to Orange.


Schools will retain their existing COVID-19 settings until the end of the 2021 calendar year.. The COVID-19 Protection Framework settings will come into effect for all schools from 1 January 2022


This means that we don’t have to change the way we are operating classes this year and everyone can continue to attend school onsite.  It does mean that end of year celebrations/prize-giving’s will be held at school (no whanau attending) and filmed, we will make these videos available for whanau.


The Year 8 Prize-giving has been moved from the NBS Theatre to the school hall. Each year 8 student will be able to invite two adults, audience must be socially distanced and wear a mask. The William Pike Celebration will follow the same requirements, 2 adults per child, social distances and masks, no food will be served.


For next year, we can confirm that everyone will be back onsite for learning from the start of the school year, regardless of what setting under the new Traffic Light Framework we will be in (Red/Orange/Green). This is good news and means we can plan for a great 2022.


Health measures in place at school


This year and next, health, safety and wellbeing will continue to be a priority for us and the same public health measures you are very familiar with will remain in place:

  • good hygiene and cleaning
  • contact tracing systems in place
  • vaccination requirements for workers (paid and unpaid)
  • if you are sick, you must stay home and get tested
  • good ventilation.


If you’d like to learn more about the framework visit COVID-19 Protection Framework.



Ngā mihi

Cath O’Loughlin