Our Learning Plan

Welcome to our temporary Hastings Girls' High School website.  In order to best support our girls' and their whānau through these challenging times, we have set up this one stop shop where you can see at a glance the platforms, processes and structures we have put in place to ensure our girls' remain supported, connected and engaged in their learning.  

Our efforts are focused on two areas; Learning and Hauora

Google classrooms have been set up, all of our girls and staff are familiar with this way of working.

Seesaw remains our platform for social connection, it is through here we will monitor your daughter's hauora.  

We will  continue to keep you updated, strengthening our connection as a school community.

We wish you and your whānau, wellness, peace and aroha.  


Mrs Catherine Bentley
Principal - Hastings Girls' High School

Returning to School

The last few weeks have been a special time for us to reconnect as a school community.  The girls have thrived in their Kāhui Kaupapa, enjoying the opportunity to self manage their learning in one space for the duration of the school day.  Our senior students have all had an opportunity to reflect on their learning goals, and co construct a plan for the remainder of the year, with a focus on being best prepared for 2021.  We have been thrilled to see over 98% of our girls return to school since last Monday. With the Prime Minister's announcement to further relax the restrictions at Level 2, we feel it is timely for us to move to a more familiar looking timetable from next week onwards.  This will provide an opportunity for our senior students to connect with subject specialists and for our juniors to have time in their practical subjects. Feedback provided from the girls over this period has led us to make the following changes to our school day:

  • a reduction in the number of times the bell rings during the day
  • building longer learning blocks of time
  • where possible, junior classes will work in the same space
  • Fridays will be a day for seniors to return to their Kāhui Kaupapa 

For the remainder of the year, students will continue to use their loan devices.  For the students who do not have a device suitable to bring to school each day, we will have a resource library of laptops at school, from which students will be able to loan a device for the day.  
With the success of our Kāhui Kaupapa, we will be gathering voice from students, whanau and staff which will be used to help us as we plan for and shape the curriculum for 2021. 

When entering lockdown, we looked forward to a time in the near future where we could come together again as a school community. We invite you to please save 27 June 1-5pm to come along join us at our HGHS Whanau Uniting in Kindness day. 

Students who were unable to attend in the first week returning to school, should report to the Student Centre on their first day back, to register their attendance and receive safety instructions.


  • Wear full school uniform including your lanyard (provided on day 1)
  • Please bring your charged laptop and headphones to school everyday
  • Bring your own stationery
  • Bring food and water as Te Rou Rou will not be available
  • You will enter school grounds via Frimley or Pakowhai Road
  • All students who have a school or Ministry laptop will keep them for the year. We will supply computers at school for those who need one.
  • For senior students the Kahui Kaupapa model, will continue until Friday 29 May, in order to reengage with their learning.
  • From 2 June students will go to timetabled classes.
  • School is open for all students daily, and students will remain within their specific areas with teachers moving around to students.  

We know some of our students - and their whānau - are worried that they might not be able to attain NCEA or UE this year, because of the disruption caused by COVID-19.

To help address this and support students, the following changes are being made to NCEA and University Entrance (UE) requirements for this year:

  • Students working towards an NCEA can gain additional credits, based on the number of credits they achieve during the 2020 school year. These additional credits will be known as Learning Recognition credits. For every 5 credits a student achieves towards their NCEA either through internal or external assessment, they are entitled to an additional 1 credit. Students at NCEA Level 1 are eligible for up to a maximum of 10 additional credits while those at Levels 2 and 3 are eligible for up to a maximum of 8 additional credits.
  • Students will be awarded a certificate endorsement if they achieve 46 credits at Merit or Excellence level, rather than the usual 50. Students achieving 12 credits at Merit or Excellence level in a course – rather than 14 – will be awarded a course endorsement.
  • Current UE requirements have been reduced from 14 to 12 credits in three UE-approved subjects. Students still need to attain NCEA Level 3 and meet literacy and numeracy requirements to be awarded University Entrance.
  • External NCEA examinations and NZ Scholarship examinations will now take place from 16 November 2020 to 6 December 2020. This will provide extra time for teaching, learning and assessment in Term 4.
  • The submission date for subjects which require students to submit a portfolio (for example, Design and Visual Communications) has been extended to 12 November 2020, to give students more time to complete their portfolios.

These changes have been designed to encourage students to continue working towards their NCEA and to ensure that the NCEA attained by our rangatahi this school year is just as valid as those earned in previous years.

​Alert Level 2 Site Management Plan​

​Kāhui Kaupapa

Site map for students returning to school at Level 2.

Safety Management Plan

The purpose of this document is to serve as an action plan from which teaching and learning may be offered on the Hastings Girls' High School site in a manner which keeps staff, students and whānau safe during the ongoing Covid-19 global pandemic. 

NCEA Students

The focus is on: 

  • Ākona and hononga - relationship based learning
  • Creating a safe, resourced space to reconnect with teachers
  • Each girl’s individual passion and strength
  • Your daughter’s NCEA achievement goals for beyond school 
  • Quality of credits needed rather than quantity 
  • Developing capabilities of learning for beyond school

What will this look like:

  • Students belonging to a strength based Kāhui Kaupapa in one area of the school
  • Mentoring conversations for students and a learning coach
  • Reshaping subjects and credits if appropriate
  • Teachers moving to student space for tutorials if comfortable
  • A self directed timetable focused around a student’s achievement map
  • Teachers working together to create opportunities for quality NCEA study, combining subjects where contexts are the same

How will this happen?

Your daughter will self select ONE Learning area from the areas below based on her ‘beyond school' plans and her strengths and passions. She will need to complete the form below.

  • The Arts (English, History, Psychology, Classics, Media, Geography)
  • Sciences and Maths
  • Visual Arts
  • Technology (Textiles, DVC, Food, Digital Technology, Multi-Tech)
  • Kāhui Korowai.  He Ara Reo me ngā Tikanga, Waka Hourua 
  • Samoan & Pasifika Studies - Lalaga se taeao fou
  • ESOL
  • Performing Arts (Music and Drama) 
  • Sport and Health Sciences
  • Trades and Gateway 
  • Business, Accounting and Maths School 

This area of the school will be her working space and she will be supported by the Head of these areas and staff.

Teachers from other subject areas will be available for email/zoom or face to face tutorials.

Your daughter can book times with her teachers to do practical internals safely within Alert level 2 guidelines and at other times during the week.

Junior Students

The Focus is on: 

  • Reconnecting and belonging 
  • Hononga, empathy and compassion
  • Literacy and Numeracy 
  • Cross curricular skill development

What will this look like:

  • One classroom area for each Year 9 and 10 class Hub 
  • Resources provided for all students
  • Continued Distance learning platforms for all students
  • Teachers moving to classes and working together if comfortable
  • 90 minute learning blocks
  • Mentoring conversations around hauora
  • Separated seating, designated toilet and lunch areas

NCEA Students - any students doing a NCEA course, including Year 10

Trades Academy, Gateway and Te Kura students working with online classes as directed by Mrs Setford, Mrs Gilmour, Mrs Kelsey or Te Kura.

Your timetable has 3 x 90 minute blocks, Monday to Thursday and a clear indication of the classes in each block. This is when each of your subject teachers are available for you.

You will need to highlight when your 90 minute classes are and be online for them at the start time shown. Your teacher will either invite you to an online class or ask you to watch a teaching video. The rest of the time will be working on the subject tasks/internal, face to face tutorials or emailing of work to check. 

Your teacher will email to remind you of the time slots and also to let you know what to do after the lesson. Google classroom will continue to be where all your resources are kept.

You may email and contact teachers with questions and work but you will need to remember they are teaching other classes - the block set to you is when they are available for you.

If you do multi level courses then please check appropriate timetables, if you have a study then that block will be study time for you.

Pastoral Care

What do we want to achieve?

Staying Connected - Staying connected through online learning.

How are we going to achieve this?

Seesaw - Our online pastoral tool

Seesaw is a student driven digital portfolio and simple way of communication with the Akina teacher in terms of checking in.  This will be used as a form of attendance to make sure the students are engaging with their learning.

This is a private 1 on 1 way to connect with the Akina teacher. 

How this will work is that your Akina teacher will send out a message via seesaw once a day which you will need to respond to.  If you do not respond then you will receive a text or call to find out if you are okay. - This is just like we do at school when you have Akina time each day and you check in then. If you do not check in then this will be passed on to your House Dean and then they will try and make contact etc.

​ICT Support

For any technical support issues please contact sp@hastingsgirls.com 

Whānau Support

If you're struggling with the impact of COVID-19, freephone 0800 422 923 between 7am - 7pm daily for help with accessing food, groceries, medication and other household goods and services.

Hauora Support

Who do I talk to if I need support?

If a student is needing support through this difficult time for school related pastoral support then this is available to them through these different channels. 

1st point of contact is your Akina teacher via seesaw, or email.

2nd point of contact is your Dean for your house. A member of our Deans team will deal with your concerns directly, or pass this on to DP Pastoral Ms Jensen or Learning Support Coordinator Ms Greville (Miss G). 

Mrs Hokianga hk@hastingsgirls.com 

Mrs Williams wm@hastingsgirls.com

Ms Harding hg@hastingsgirls.com 

Miss Marumaru-Flynn my@hastingsgirls.com 

Pasifika Dean (For Pastoral and Learning) - Amy Moli am@hastingsgirls.com 

School Counsellor service is still running and you can contact Whaea Rose on tw@hastingsgirls.com or contact counselling support helpline on 1737.  It is FREE to call or text and will allow students to gain support from a trained counsellor. This service is a 24 hour service 7 days a week.

For all information relating to COVID-19, please visit the Ministry of Health website which has the most up to date information. 


Remember if at any stage if you are feeling unwell please seek the help of your local GP for advice and guidance.

Support for Learning

If you require any support with their online learning then this is available through these different channels.  

1st point of contact is your classroom teacher.
2nd point of contact is the academic dean in relation to their year level. A member of our academic team will deal with their concerns directly, or pass this on to DP Curriculum Ms Kelsey.

Year 11 Academic dean - Ms Manning mn@hastingsgirls.com
Year 12 Academic dean - Mr Gibbons cg@hastingsgirls.com
Year 13 Academic dean - Mrs Phillips  careers@hastingsgirls.com 
Pasifika Dean (For both Learning and Pastoral) - Amy Moli am@hastingsgirls.com 
SENCO support - Mrs Smith sr@hastingsgirls.com 

Useful links:

Ki te Ao Mārama Information and learning resources in Te Reo Māori.

Learning from home: Distance learning support during the COVID-19 event, from the MOE

Information for Pacific families and communities: This information and advice will help you as your children and young people start to re-engage with their teachers in Term 2 on 15th April. This information will support you and your children and young people to manage learning from home. The information is available in 9 Pacific languages.

Support links from the Ministry of Health

  • Mentemia app – go-founded by John Kirwan.  Mentemia meaning “my mind” in Italian
  • Melon app – self-care and support for our communities during COVID 19
  • Staying on Track e-therapy course – support for your wellbeing during COVID 19
  • Getting through together campaign features tips and messages to help Kiwis cope with the stress of COVID-19.
  • Sparklers at home  - tools for parents called to help them talk with their primary-school aged children about their own mental health
  • Trouble in your Bubble – Le Va

You can find information on how to support your Pasifika children and family to keep learning from home, translated into 10 Pacific languages, on the Learning from Home website here https://learningfromhome.govt.nz/pacific-communities.

This information and advice will support you, your children and young people to manage learning from home. The information is available in:

You can also find more information about Talanoa Ako radio. Talanoa Ako is a 10 week Pacific education programme that aims to equip parents, families and communities with skills, knowledge and confidence they need to champion their children's education. You can learn more about Talanoa Ako radio here- https://learningfromhome.govt.nz/pacific-communities/talanoa-ako-radio

Term Dates 2020

Term One

Monday 27 January - Thursday 9 April
Waitangi Day - Thursday, 6 February

Term Two

Wednesday 15 April - Friday 3 July
ANZAC Day - Monday 27 April
Queens Birthday - Monday 1 June

Term Three

Monday 20 July - Friday 25 September
Teacher Only Day - Date to be confirmed

Term Four

Monday 12 October - Monday 7 December
Hawke's Bay Anniversary - Friday 23 October
Labour Day - Monday 26 October

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