Earthquake Updates

11 March 2011
The District Health Board has advised that all students must bring their own boiled or bottled water (water fountains have been made inoperable) until further notice. Although St Bede’s water supply has had three clear samples the Health Board has advised that with the aftershocks there is a risk of further damage to pipes across the city. The boarding facilities operate from a well on site which has had three clear samples thus can operate as usual.

10 March 2011
Boys who would like to collect bags or possesions left at school, prior to starting on Monday 14th are invited to do so tomorrow (Friday 11 March). Please congregate in the main quad at 11am (no later) – staff will be available to coordinate and help you.

Staff are continuing to work on the logistics around the commencement of Marian College operating on our campus. Details will be given to the boys next week. Details continue to change and be modified. Rest assured the new timetable will start no earlier that 7.30am.

We look forward to welcoming students back to school on Monday 14 March at 8.25am. We are aware that there will be transport issues for many boys. Please report to your Form Tutor if you have difficulties.

7 March 2011
On Friday 4th March we had a comprehensive inspection of our buildings by structural engineers, builders and our architect. Some minor remedial work is required before students can return to school which should be completed by Friday 11th March. Power, water and sewerage are fully operational and have been signed off. We are therefore anticipating that students will be able to return to school on Monday 14th March.

You will have heard reports through the media that Marian College has been extensively damaged and will share our campus. I can confirm that for the rest of 2011 Marian College will operate on the SBC site in the afternoons while the Marian College site is being restored. They will have their own administration and staff room block housed in re-locatable classrooms which should be up and running in about three weeks.

This has meant that some changes to the school day will be needed and staff are currently working on these details. You will be advised once they are finalised, however it is likely that SBC classes will continue initially with the old timetable and then transition into the revised morning timetable over the next three weeks. Therefore school will resume with an extended Form Time at 8.25am on Monday 14 March.

We are working closely with the MOE and NZQA for the best learning outcomes for our students in these circumstances. For Year 11 to 13 students doing NCEA, we are working with the NZQA about how your assessment situation is to be handled and likewise with tertiary providers re entry to courses in 2012. The Ministry and NZQA are dealing with this in a sensitive and supportive manner to ensure our students will not be disadvantaged in any way.

Both Boards and the school leadership are committed to ensuring that St Bede’s and the education it provides continues with minimal disruption. The agreement with Marian College is clearly designed to allow two schools to co-exist independently.

J Boyle, Rector

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  • Centennial scheduled for May 2011 postponed until 2012letter from St Bedes Centennial Committee
  • Casino Night scheduled for 12 March postponed until further notice
  • Junior Dance scheduled for 11 March cancelled
  • Ugly Shakespeare Production scheduled for 10 March cancelled
  • OPU TRIP scheduled for 7-10 March has been cancelled
  • Parents house night with Tutors scheduled 1 March has been cancelled
  • Sports exchanges to St Patrick’s Wellington cancelled
  • Rugby Tour to Japan cancelled
  • Canteen Run for Life cancelled


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