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Tuesday 12th May

This linked PDF outlines the operational guidelines for whānau, colleagues and students to return safely back to Tauranga Girls’ College.

The overarching aim of Alert Level 2 is to have students return safely back at school with a few ‘new normal’ requirements. We will do this by ensuring that TGC;
● Reduces the risk of someone getting infected in the first place
● Is confident in its ability to identify and contact anyone who becomes infected by following it pandemic plan and MoH guidelines
● Be safe and sensible in our approach as Level 2 is not business as usual
● Meet the Government’s expectation of having everyone return back to school
● Parents/whānau/staff/students who feel vulnerable have the opportunity to discuss additional measures that they feel may be necessary in order to have the confidence to return (parents talk to the Year Level Dean, Support Colleagues to the Business Manager, Teaching Colleagues to the Principal).

Ngā mihi nui
Tara Kanji

NZQA Updates

Operational Changes to NCEA to support Schools and Students

While schools and students have adapted well to distance learning, NZQA has recognised the challenges that this has presented. To acknowledge this and to provide additional support for schools and students, NZQA has made the following operational changes to NCEA for 2020.

Immediate changes

  1. The external NCEA and New Zealand Scholarship examinations will be delayed so they start on 16 November instead of 6 November, allowing further time for teaching, learning and internal assessment in Term Four. The last day of NCEA examinations will now be 9 December.
  2. For students taking portfolio based subjects such as Visual Art, Design and Visual Communication, and Technology the submission date for these portfolios has also been delayed. Your daughter's classroom teacher will be able to provide you with a revised submission date.
  3. The date of the MCAT examination remains the same 15 or 17 September

Additional Changes - University Entrance

While there have been no confirmed changes to the requirements for University Entrance, NZQA is currently consulting with Universities New Zealand on whether adjustments are needed to University Entrance. Students will be advised when changes are confirmed.

Revised NCEA examination timetable

The revised examination timetable is available at this link on the NZQA website 


Level 2 Bus Information

Here is the latest information about buses for school children.

  • The Government has advised that the general rule for Alert Level 2 is to play it safe. This means that if you are feeling sick you should stay home. Access on a bus may be denied if you are showing signs of sickness.
  • School bus transport is exempt from physical distancing and gathering guidelines
  • Rural bus services will operate as normal
  • BayHopper dedicated school bus services and BayHopper public buses will operate but with restrictions.
  • BayHopper public bus services require students to register their travel (see below)

Tauranga Girls’ College will be collecting bus information through our contact tracing form. This is separate to the registration that Bayhopper requires for its public buses. There is no need to register for Rural Buses.

Any queries about the services should be directed to the two service suppliers listed above as they run the services not Tauranga Girls' College. We will endeavour to update parents of any changes when we receive them. Be assured we are seeking as much information as we can to support your and your daughter. Please check the BayHopper bus information regularly for any further updates.


BayHopper School Bus Update

Specifically for Tauranga Girls’ College as at 25 May

The following table is an update from the Regional Council.
Good news, the Council have been given permission to allow standing passengers on their dedicated school buses. This will make it much easier for students to get to and from school.
However, this does not apply to all their buses.
Please read the details about the bus number that your daughter would normally take.

There have been changes to all bus routes except for 901a

Most routes have buses that are dedicated to school trips and are able to carry a full seated and standing load as they don’t do any urban trips

Buses that are integrated with their urban network are limited to 20 passengers per trip. These buses are fully cleaned overnight.

BayHopper recommend that parents consider finding alternative ways to get their children to and from school should there be an issue with capacity on their child’s bus.

They understand that this situation is not ideal, however the Council has made every effort to accommodate as many students as possible across the Tauranga region.

Please continue to check the TGC website for updates.


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Rural buses

All Rural buses provided by Tauranga Transport Network will operate during Alert Level 2 and start Monday 18 May. Buses will be loaded according to their legal requirements, so that includes passengers standing. Bus routes and timetables are available on their website.


Public Buses

Many of our students use the public Hopper buses. There is a 1m physical distancing rule applied to these services, meaning that they are only permitted to carry 40% of normal capacity. Drivers will be unable to collect additional passengers once they have reached this limit, and passengers will need to wait for the next scheduled service. Again they are asking parents to consider making alternative arrangements.

Students who use Bayhopper urban (public) services are required to register their travel here for contact tracing purposes.

Digital Citizenship & Communications Guidelines

Here you will find our Digital Citizenship and communications. These guidelines, and the support they offer, are important for all of us; students, parents and whānau and staff of Tauranga Girls' College. Click on the image to see the full version.

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Click on the links below for support:

IT support


Pastoral support:

First and foremost we ask that you contact your daughter's whānau teacher, then the cohort dean as listed below

Mrs Melanie Lane
Year 9 Dean

[email protected]

Ph:Ext 747

Mrs Anna Leach
Year 10 Dean

[email protected]

Ph:Ext 770/788

Ms Robyn Mankelow
Year 11 Dean

[email protected]

Ph:Ext 767/747

Mrs Fiona Lochhead
Year 12 Dean

[email protected]

Ph:Ext 766/798

Mrs Kaye Barnett
Year 13 Dean
Director of Sports

[email protected]

Ph:Ext 748

Helpline Information

Key helplines are listed below:

  • Police 111
  • Oranga Tamariki - Ministry for Children 0508 326 459
  • Need to talk? Free call or text 1737 any time to talk to a trained counsellor
  • Depression Helpline – 0800 111 757
  • Healthline – 0800 611 116 - To get help from a registered nurse 24/7
  • Youthline – 0800 376 633, free text 234 or email [email protected] or online chat.
  • What's Up – 0800 942 8787, (for 5–18 year olds). Phone counselling is available Monday to Friday,1pm–10pm and weekends, 3pm–10pm - online chat is available 7pm–10pm daily
  • Alcohol drug helpline – 0800 787 797
  • Gambling helpline – 0800 654 655
  • Lifeline – 0800 543 354
  • LGBTQI - 08000 OUTLINE - 0800 688 5463
  • People’s Project – Homelessness – 0800 198 010
  • Tauranga Women’s Refuge – 0508 326 459
  • Sexual Assault Services – 0800 227 233
  • Dedicated COVID health advice - 0800 358 5453

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