Tangaroa College & COVID-19 Level 3

Dear Parents and Families,

As you are aware, the Prime Minister has confirmed that New Zealand will now move into Alert Level 3 effectively from Monday 27th of April.  This includes all schools from childcare centres, primary age group and secondary schools ONLY for Year 9 and Year 10 students .

  • Tangaroa College will continue to provide distance learning for your child from Thursday 23rd to Friday 24th of April. 
  • Teaching staff will contact your child to ensure they are able to attend online classes. 
  • Teachers only days will be organised for the 28th and 29th of April. This is to plan a new learning timetable that is  aligned to the Ministry of Education guidelines due to  Covid -19.

The principles of Level 3 lockdown recommends to work and learn from home ONLY if you can.

If this is not an option due to work commitments, the school will be open for your child to attend under strict learning guidelines. All other students must stay home.

The school has worked tremendously hard to try and close the equity gap for students that have  no device or internet connection from home. In support from the Ministry of Education, these students will be getting their device delivered to their homes very soon. A priority is the senior students that are enrolled in NCEA subjects.

With your assistance, there is still a large number of students that were not contacted because of incorrect phone numbers and email addresses. Please call the school immediately on 092745764 or leave a clear message of your child’s name with their new details Or you can email:  office@tangaroa.school.nz, alternatively you may log in to the parent portal to adjust your details.

The first day for students will commence on Thursday 30th April at 9am, and the school gate will be locked at this time. Unfortunately, students who are late will not be able to enter the school premises. This is to manage the bubbles inside of our school and to reduce the spread of Covid -19 for students and staff.

Students attending school will be organised into groups to ensure the guidelines and rules of social distancing and limited social interaction is maintained. So what this means for children returning to school:

  • Online learning will continue and students will be organised into small groups and supervised while they are online learning.
  • Students will be able to order lunch through https://www.txtmylunch.co.nz/ 
  • Students will not be allowed to leave school to buy lunch at the shops
  • Parents will not be allowed to drop lunches off to school, so please ensure your child has lunch
  • Breaks will be monitored, they will be shorter, and students will not be allowed to play team activities during morning tea and or lunch time ensuring that social distancing is maintained. 
  • If your child is sick please do not send them to school as they will be sent home.
  • If you require to speak to any staff member please call before you come into school and an appointment time will be given for you to meet. 
  • School begins at 9am and finishes at 3.05pm. The school grounds will be cleared- if you are unable to collect your child immediately after school please let the school know of a pick up time and we will ensure they wait in the admin area. 
  • The park areas  will also be cleared by police so it is important  students go home immediately after school. We need your cooperation on ensuring they return home immediately. 

If  you require further support for your child, please don’t hesitate to contact the school. I have included names of staff members that might be helpful to you.

Be safe and take care,

Davida Suasua


Wellbeing Team NameEmail
Social WorkerJulie -Anne Timu Juliet@tangaroa.school.nz 
Social WorkerGraham Jackson grahamj@tangaroa.school.nz
Guidance CounsellorPaumea Mackaypaumeam@tangaroa.school.nz
NurseKara Renall karar@tangaroa.school.nz 
NurseEmma Hannaby Emmah@tangaroa.school.nz
Junior DeanYear 9: Rob Downie robd@tangaroa.school.nz
Junior DeanYear 10: Nadeen Papali’inadeenp@tangaroa.school.nz
Senior DeanYear 11: Chris Ashforthchrisa@tangaroa.school.nz
Senior DeanYear 12: Sarah Davissarahd@tangaroa.school.nz
Senior DeanYear 13: Marieke Brinkmanmariekeb@tangaroa.school.nz