Kia ora Whanau,

Can students who were sent school Chromebooks to use during lockdown please bring them back to school (with the chargers) on Monday. As in-class learning kicks off again we’ll be using them, and the teachers are really looking forward to using all the fantastic digital skills they’ve picked up in the last 7 weeks in class. 

Thank you!

 School operations under Covid Alert Level 2

We have had a busy week getting ready to welcome students back to school! We are really looking forward to seeing your children again, and to supporting them. I would like to remind you of the statements made by the Director General of Health when the decisions around Level 2 were made:

‘Our experience in New Zealand and overseas with COVID-19 over the last four months shows that it does not infect or affect children and teens in the same way it does adults. Children and teens have low infection rates, they don’t become that unwell if they do get infected, and they don’t tend to pass the virus on to adults.’

Even with this in mind I want to reassure you that we are working hard to ensure we have the necessary health precautions in place. Examples of these include:

Contact tracing for everyone who comes onsite.
Hand sanitiser in all classes, and soap and paper towels in all bathrooms
Keeping students apart as much as possible by rearranging furniture, controlling entry and exits from classrooms and limiting the numbers of students in common spaces like the library.
Regular cleaning and sanitising of frequently touched surfaces such as door handles,
Signage up around the school to remind children of the important things like hand hygiene and coughing/sneezing into elbows.
The canteen will only operate on pre-order and delivery, there will be no sales from the window.

Under Alert Level 2 schools have no restrictions on numbers of people indoors or outside, because we are considered to be a managed environment. While this means that technically we could hold whole school assemblies in the hall, we have decided to take a cautious approach and not have assemblies for now. We are also being conservative with the reintroduction of sports practices, and will communicate with you as trainings gradually get up and running.

As parents and caregivers we ask that you please:
– Keep your child at home if they are sick, and notify the school
– Remain off the school site, if you bring your child to school,
– Do not congregate outside the gate in close proximity to members of other whānau, it is best to wait in your vehicle if you have one.
– Send your child to school with a full water bottle to reduce reliance on shared water fountains.

For children who are unable to attend school there will still be distance learning opportunities, however please remember these will be different to what you will have experienced under Covid Alert Levels 3 and 4. For example most teachers will not have opportunities to host Zoom classes. Learning content will however be accessible from home, through the Google Classroom sites, and students are able to communicate with their teacher through email or the Google Class if they need help.

School’s return

Following the announcement of a move to Level 2, we look forward to welcoming back all students to school from Monday 18th May. Distance learning is continuing until Friday 15th May, but please understand that after this time your child’s classroom teacher will not be continuing distance learning, as they will be at school, fulfilling their normal classroom teaching role.

As we have done so throughout the Pandemic, we will continue to follow the advice of the Ministry of Education and the Ministry of Health. Their advice is as follows:

“Physical distancing is a good precaution to prevent the spread of disease. We do however know it is challenging in schools, so good hygiene practices and regular cleaning are even more important here. This includes staff coughing into their elbows, hand washing and drying and regular cleaning of commonly touched surfaces.

Under Alert Level 2, we advise any students and staff to stay at home if they are sick, and we will send anyone home immediately if they show any symptoms.”

Please also provide your child with a full water bottle for the day, to reduce the use of shared water fountains as much as possible.

School and public buses will be running at their normal times with the added precautions of contactless payment through the Hop Card, rear door entry and exit to provide distancing for drivers, and the request for passengers to physically distance as much as possible.

We are really looking forward to having all children back at Royal Oak Intermediate. Please support and encourage your children to come to school and please communicate with your child’s classroom teacher as necessary.

AT Bus Services

School buses

AT school bus services will operate during Alert Level 2. Following the Government’s guidelines, physical distancing measures will be different from our public transport services but standing on buses will not be permitted.

Working closely with the schools, AT have several measures to support contact tracing for students. The bus is being cleaned in accordance with Government guidance.

Because no standing passengers will be allowed on school buses and some seats near the drivers will be out-of-bounds this will result in a reduction of capacity for most school buses and they will not be able to carry as many passengers as they did in pre-Covid19 times. They recommend people look for back-up public transport options, if possible, using the online journey planner ( or AT Mobile app, should they be needed. They also recommend parents of young children wait with their child at the bus stop in case the bus is too full to take more passengers. They are currently working to shift spare resources to where it is estimated to be needed in this unprecedented situation but they apologise if a bus cannot accommodate everyone who wants it.

Public buses (i.e. not dedicated school buses) have additional physical distancing requirements with fewer seats available for passengers. This is because public bus services do not have the ability for contact tracing that school bus services do. Seats on these buses are clearly labelled so passengers are not sitting too close to each other. Standing will also not be permitted on these buses.

Registered HOP cards only

Under Alert Level 2, regular fares apply. Please note that bus drivers won’t accept cash. Instead, you’ll need to use a registered AT HOP card to tag on and off.

You need to make sure your AT HOP card is registered – this makes contact tracing easy if needed. Visit our website for information on where to get your AT HOP card and how to register it. 

When travelling on buses

·         Cash payments for fares will not be accepted. You must use an AT HOP card.

·         Use the rear door to get on and off buses.

·         Tag on and off using the AT HOP card reader inside the rear door.

·         If you use a wheelchair or mobility device, are vision-impaired or require driver assistance, you can still get on and off using the front door.

·         Each public bus will have a sign showing the number of passengers it can carry.

Year 7 Camp 2020

Tena koutou ROI families,

Due to the guidelines in place for Covid-19, Royal Oak Intermediate School Camp for the Year 7 students 2020 has been postponed. It was scheduled to run the week of May 11th to May 15th. The Year 8 students were not attending camp this year.


At this stage we are unsure of exactly when camp will be rescheduled. It could be later this year or possibly moved to 2021. We are staying up-to-date with the Ministry of Education and Ministry of Health guidelines around this, as well as communicating with CYC Camp in Ngaruawahia around our next steps. We will inform you as soon as a decision has been reached on Camp 2020.

A few important points for you all,

  • Any of the cost that you may have paid toward Camp 2020 is currently in your child’s school account.
  • If Camp 2020 does not go ahead this year, this money can remain in your child’s school account or be refunded to you via internet banking upon request.
  • If Camp 2020 does go ahead at a later stage this year and you do not wish for your child to attend, you can contact us and request the money to stay in your child’s account or be refunded to you.
  • If you urgently require a refund of the fees you’ve paid for Camp 2020, please contact me via email or phone 020-401-889-85 and we will endeavor to get this money to you as quickly as possible.

Please feel free to reach out to myself and the Royal Oak Intermediate School whanau for any assistance you may need.

Nga mihi nui,

Barry O’ Halloran