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What exactly are the rules about checking schools post Earthquake?

The news reports there is a 30% chance of an earthquake (after shock) of 7.8 occurring in the next few days/weeks/months. This got me thinking… Who decides if a Wellington based school is checked for structural damage? Post Sunday night all … Continue reading

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Keep calm and carry on

First day back at school with students – post Earthquake. Our job as teachers will be to practice Earthquake drills, reassure students that the buildings are safe, reassure students and model keeping calm. This could be interesting given the likelihood … Continue reading

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“They’re only mocks”

In recent years we have encouraged students to take “mocks” seriously. In fact the vernacular has changed to “school exams”.  We usually argue that it gives them a benchmark and also allows for a derived grade if they are sick, incapacitated … Continue reading

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Measles could be a bit of a challenge if an outbreak occurs

Recently received via email… “Measles is a highly infectious and serious illness. If a student or staff member is diagnosed with measles in our school, other students and staff (teaching, administration, sports coaches and any other staff that have face to … Continue reading

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Earthquakes – again

              Last period Friday is always hard to teach. With Earthquakes happening every few minutes, actually impossible!  

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Glad I was not at school in the Earthquake

The recent spate of earthquakes confirm in my mind that the WEGC Board made the correct decision in not reoccupying the Main block despite it having been improved somewhat… but still well below the Engineers standard of circa 66% of … Continue reading

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Earthquake decision

Faced with a report that indicates the main block would fail in a moderate earthquake the Wellington East Girls College Board of Trustees took the decision to evacuate more or less immediately. This is both a courageous and correct decision. Once the … Continue reading

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