Year 7 Camp

Kia ora whānau,

We’d like to confirm with everyone that our camp is going ahead as planned.

  • Camp 1 (Jordan & Binsted) – Sunday 20th to Tuesday 22nd September
  • Camp 2 (Buchanan & Grainger) – Tuesday 22nd to Thursday 24th September

We want to assure all parents and caregivers that we can safely provide an awesome and enjoyable camp for our students. As we have done so throughout this year, we will continue to follow the most up to date advice and guidelines from the Ministry of Education and the Ministry of Health.

With camp being located outside of the Auckland region, Ngaruawahia CYC have been fully operational throughout the recent lockdown, safely catering for groups each week. If you have any concerns or queries related to camp, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.

If for any reason you’d like to withdraw your child from the upcoming camps, please do so by clicking on the Withdraw my child from camp link. Otherwise, your child will still be included and you don’t need to do anything further.


Barry O’Halloran

Out of Zone Enrolments – Closing soon!

Although the recent lockdown pushed pause on a lot of dates in the diary, one date that hasn’t changed is our out of zone enrolments for 2021 both here at Royal Oak Intermediate and our surrounding high schools. Understandably in recent weeks I’m sure everyone’s priorities and focus may well have been on other things, so we do want to encourage our wider parent community to be mindful of enrolments closing this week as a lot of families may have missed this date.

By Wednesday 2nd September (this week)

Royal Oak Intermediate School – Out of zone enrolments close

Onehunga High School – Out of zone enrolments close

One Tree Hill College – Out of zone enrolments close


If you are enrolling a child from out of zone for us or enrolling a child from out of zone for the surrounding colleges, please do so before Wednesday this week.

31 August – Back to school – Level 2

Kia ora koutou

We are looking forward to welcoming our students and staff back to school on Monday following the return to Covid Alert Level 2. Our health and safety plan is in place as it has been under every alert level, and you can be assured we’ll continue doing everything we can to keep children safe.

Please continue with good hand hygiene and with cough and sneeze etiquette at home, appropriate physical distancing when out and about and keeping your child home if they are sick.

The Prime Minister has announced that face coverings will be required on public transport from next Monday, at Alert Level 2 and above. This does not apply to any child who is under 12 years of age and does not apply to school transport, as we have good systems in place to manage safety on school transport.

Children and young people also do NOT have to wear face coverings at school due to the existing health control measures in place, including children and staff staying home if they are sick, contact tracing, and hygiene requirements. However if your child wants to wear a face covering or if you want them to, that is fine.

We are continuing contact tracing by having QR code posters at our entrances, so please check in if you need to come onsite. If you haven’t already downloaded the NZ COVID Tracer app you can find instructions here:

We will also keep a visitor register for anyone who doesn’t have the App through the normal visitor sign-in process. This will help us with contact tracing in the unlikely case it is needed.

For more information about public health measures at Alert Level 2 you can visit, and if you have any questions about next week please get in touch with us.

AT Transport – 21 August

Auckland moves to Alert Level 2 on Monday, Auckland Transport (AT) school buses will return to normal operation from Monday 31 August with the following conditions:

  • Schools must continue to keep register of students using school buses as they did previously under Alert Level 2.
  • School students are not required, but are encouraged to wear face masks or face coverings when on dedicated school buses, and when entering and exiting.
  • Students using public buses, trains and ferries must wear face masks or face coverings unless they are under 12 years old. People with a disability or physical or mental health condition that makes covering their face unsuitable do not have to wear face coverings. Other exemptions may be provided when the new Health Order is released.
  • Students are encouraged to wash or sanitise their hands before and after every trip.
  • Payment is to be made by AT HOP card only – please encourage your students to make sure their AT HOP card is registered.
  • Buses will be upgraded this weekend to make a triple beep sound to advise passengers that their AT HOP card is not registered, so they can be encouraged to register it.  
  • NZ COVID Tracer QR codes will be placed inside buses. When using public buses passengers must tag on using registered HOP Card and then scan QR code using NZ COVID Tracer App on their phone. Clarification if QR codes must be scanned on dedicated school buses will be provided when the new Health Order is released. However, we strongly encourage all students to get HOP cards, register them and use QR scanner if they have access to a device to do so.
  • Boarding and exiting will be through the rear door on buses with two doors. Single door buses can be used as normal and bus drivers will be wearing face masks.
  • The area around the driver will be out of bounds to provide physical distance for protecting drivers. This area will be clearly marked in the bus.
  • Buses continue to be sanitised in accordance with Ministry of Health guidelines.
  • School Buses will not have a restricted capacity, including the ability to have standing passengers.
  • Standees are allowed on School Bus Services – because school buses are a controlled environment the Ministry of Health confirmed on Friday 22 May 2020 that a consistent approach to standees can be adopted for school bus services contracted to Ministry of Education and councils/ AT.
  • Buses used on dedicated school bus trips are also used on urban trips and will have seating arrangements and seat stickers installed for use on urban trips, these do not apply for school bus trips.
  • Maximum capacity stickers on the outside of buses will also installed for urban trips only and these capacity restrictions do not apply to dedicated school bus trips.
  • Due to no restriction to capacity on dedicated school buses, and no resources available, AT will not be able to provide additional buses on some trips as we did when we had capacity restriction under pervious Alert Level 2

Update your AT HOP card contact details

Your AT HOP card supports contact tracing easier. And having an up-to-date contact phone number will make contact tracing faster. Go to and log in to update your details. Don’t worry if you’ve forgotten your password, it’s easy to have it reset.

We all have an important part to play in helping to reduce the spread of COVID-19 in our communities. Find the latest information and advice from Auckland Transport. For the latest news from the Ministry of Health go to the Unite Against Covid-19 website.