Phone: (+64) 9 377 3280 english@dominion.school.nz

Class list for the week of 18 May – 22 May

Please contact us if you have not received your class list.

Arrival time by class:

8:15-8:30 am –  2A, 3A and 3B

8:30-8:45 am4A, 5A and 6A

8:45-9:00 amIELTS and TESOL

Updated 15 May 2020 5:00 PM

Kia ora Dominion Students

As you all know on Monday 11th May PM Jacinda Ardern addressed the nation regarding the coming steps to eradicate Covid-19 from New Zealand.

From Thursday 14th May, New Zealand will move to Level 2. For our school, this means that we are preparing to welcome you all back physically on Monday 18th May.

Keep in mind that public transport will be running at reduced capacity due to social distancing requirements, so please make sure you travel early to be on time for classes.

Classrooms and the administration area will be set up to ensure a safe social distance is maintained.

In order to provide a safe study space for you all, there are a few rules everyone will need to follow when returning on Monday:

1. Please follow the instructions regarding social distancing displayed in the lift lobby.
2. Student arrival times – to avoid people waiting at the lifts and being late, we will have staggered arrival times for students. The arrival times have been arranged by students’ family names. There are 3 arrival blocks 8.15 – 8.30, 8.30 – 8.45 and 8.45 – 9.00. You can arrive earlier, between 8.00 and 8.15, if you wish. The arrival time list will be sent to students this Friday. Please come at the time that you have been given.
3. Use the supplied hand sanitiser before entering and leaving the reception area. Take a supplied tissue after sanitising for opening doors/pushing the lift button.
4. Use the supplied hand sanitiser when entering your classrooms or the student kitchen.
5. Use hand sanitiser before using school computers, playing the piano, the guitar, ping-pong or foosball. Spray and wipe the surfaces with supplied disinfectant and paper towel when you finish.
6. At all times, keep at least 1m social distance from teachers, other students, administration staff and visitors to the school. Make sure you step aside to let others through doorways.
7. At reception, stay in the waiting area and wait until the person you wish to talk to comes out to meet you. All meetings with administration staff will be held in room 8/6.
8. During break times, keep at least 1m social distance. Do not gather in groups of more than 10 students and do not enter other classrooms at break times.
9. Students will be able to stay in the school at the end of the day to use school facilities, but students must keep at least 1m social distance. Do not gather in groups of more than 10 students.
10. Toilets – a maximum of 4 students allowed in the toilets at one time. Please queue next to the wall in the stairwell at least 1m apart if you are waiting. Wash and dry your hands thoroughly before leaving.
11. If you are sick, stay home. Please contact school reception (093773280) to let us know you will be absent.
12. Regularly wash and dry your hands thoroughly.
13. Cough and sneeze into your elbow.
14. No hugging, shaking hands or touching others in or out of class time.

Your teachers and language mentors will be available to answer your questions.

Some other important hygiene practices for you to follow when you are in public spaces, as per governments regulations:

1. Physical distancing is very important, so try to stay two meters away from other people.
2. Wash your hands regularly (and properly) or use a hand sanitiser.
3. When socialising outside of school, it should be in groups of no bigger than 10 people.

If you have any questions in the meantime, please email us.

We would like to thank you for your ongoing patience as we work to ensure a smooth and safe transition back into the classroom.

The Dominion Team

Updated 13 May 2020 10:00 PM

Online lessons as formal lessons

All of the staff at Dominion hope you are keeping well and managing to cope with the stresses of the Level 4 lockdown.

The last 4 weeks have been tough on everyone, but the decision to go hard and lock down the whole country to eliminate the virus is showing encouraging results. So far so good! During the last 4 weeks we have provided our current students with free online AM lessons with some offline study. These lessons not only served to keep students focused on their English studies, but also gave them an opportunity to socialise with their teachers and classmates, while at the same time ensuring they were not alone and that they had a strong support network around them. This time also gave both teachers and students time to experience and practice teaching and learning online, which was something new to all of us.

The initial 4 ‘trial’ weeks of online learning have been generally very successful, and this has put us in a position to now provide online lessons as a replacement for classroom lessons.

New Zealand will be in Alert level 3 for at least another 2 weeks from 28 April. Therefore, from the week beginning 27 April, we will begin teaching our online lessons as formal classes. We will provide a full 20 hours of study for our Intensive students and 23 hours of study for Super-Intensive students. Part-time students will remain at 15 hours of study.

Attendance will be recorded and all students currently on student visas MUST attend online classes in order to meet their visa requirements. All students are reminded that in order to receive a final certificate at the end of your course, a minimum of 80% attendance is required. If you are on a student visa and are working part time, please remember that attendance in online classes is a visa requirement – so you will need to give priority to your studies rather than your work from 28 April.

Please remember that all international students must have full, current medical/travel insurance – this will include students taking the online classes (please contact us as soon as possible if your insurance is expiring soon).

If students are experiencing problems with online connectivity, they must contact the Director of Studies and their situation will be considered on a case-by-case basis. All current students and students who are still in NZ and have credit can take the lessons. The curriculum will remain the same as classroom lessons and normal timetable hours will apply.

Updated 22 April 2020 4:00 PM

Covid-19 Guidance on repatriation of international students

The government has released its plan to safely repatriate foreign nationals including international students while the country is in lockdown.

Please click here to learn more or visit the website: https://education.govt.nz/news/covid-19-update-for-tertiary-providers-and-international-students-2-april

Updated 3 April 2020 1:30 PM

Covid-19 Visa changes

International students working in healthcare roles

International Students currently employed in healthcare roles (including aged residential care) can work more than 20 hours per week for a period of 3 months. There is no cap on hours. This is in order to support the public health response to COVID-19.

International students working in supermarkets

International students currently employed by supermarkets owned by Woolworths New Zealand Limited, Foodstuffs North Island Limited or Foodstuffs South Island Limited, can work more than 20 hours per week for a period of 30 days up until 25 April 2020. There is no cap on hours.

Updated 2 April 2020 11:30 AM

Covid-19 Guidance on repatriation of international students

The latest Ministry of Education bulletin has been released to clarify the situation for international students who are either booked on a commercial flight and want to know how they can get to a main centre to get that flight (or if they can), or are hearing that a repatriation flight is on its way.

Please click here to learn more or visit the website: http://www.education.govt.nz/news/bulletin-tertiary-providers-and-international-students

Updated 1 April 2020 11:30 AM

Covid-19 and temporary school closure update

Dear Dominion students,

There is a lot of uncertainty in the world at the moment surrounding the coronavirus and things are constantly changing, both here in NZ and in your home countries. We know it must be a difficult time for you being away from your family and friends, but we want to make sure that you stay safe and healthy, and have all the information you need. In this page we will outline a number of things that may be useful for you.

  1. Dominion will be closed for a minimum of 4 weeks. Contact details during this time are:
               Mobile:     Principal – Andrew Fisher – 027 542 5500
               Email:       marketing@dominion.school.nz
  2. For updates please go to:
                  Dominion English Schools’ website: https://www.dominion.school.nz/covid-19
                  Dominion English Schools’ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/dominionenglishschool
                  Dominion English Schools’ facebook: https://www.facebook.com/dominionenglishschool
  3. NZ will be in Level 4 Alert from 11.59pm on Wednesday, which means the following:

Range of measures can be applied locally or nationally:

  • People instructed to stay at home
  • Educational facilities closed
  • Businesses closed except for essential services (e.g. supermarkets, pharmacies, clinics) and lifeline utilities
  • Rationing of supplies and requisitioning of facilities
  • Travel severely limited
  • Major reprioritisation of healthcare services
  • No indoor or outdoor events or gatherings
  • Only spend time with those who you are in self-isolation with and keep your distance from all others at all times
  • You can go for a walk/run/ride or other physical activity alone or with people in your household but always keep a 2 metre distance from other people at all times.

4. Visas: it is best to check the immigration website for the latest information but at 4pm 24/320 the following was the latest update https://www.immigration.govt.nz/about-us/covid-19/coronavirus-update-inz-response

5. Leaving NZ early? If you have decided to return to your country before your Dominion course ends, please contact us as soon as possible on the above contact details.

6. Follow safe hygiene practices to avoid spreading the virus:

  • hand hygiene – that is, washing hands regularly with soap and water, or cleansing with hand sanitiser
  • staying at home if you are sick
  • coughing or sneezing into a tissue or your elbow and then performing hand hygiene
  • cleaning surfaces regularly
  • practice social distancing – keep 2 metres apart

Also see this link: https://covid19.govt.nz –   (click here – everything you need to know about COVID-19 in one place)

Have a look at the bulletin from the NZ Ministry of Education about the COVID-19 by clicking here. 

7. Feeling sick? Tell your host family or contact us on the Dominion contact details. If you have a sore throat or a fever contact the HEALTHLINE 0800 611 116 immediately.

8. Finishing before the 17/4? If you are finishing before Friday 17 April, we are preparing your final certificate and report and it will be scanned and emailed to you on Wednesday 25 April.

9. Online English Study resources: Keep studying so that you don’t lose all that English you have learnt at school. Here is a link (click here) for you to access a number of online resources to help you continue your English study during the 4-week closure. Have a look at a few different websites and find one or two that you like. There is a Self-study outline for you to download or print. This is for you to plan your timetable for the week so that you can manage your study better. Try to study 2 or 3 grammar points a week using your AM coursebook as a guide and add in a variety of online exercises to practice further. In the afternoon, focus more on skills as you would normally do in PM1 class. You could even choose a topic that you like for each week. Don’t forget you can use your mobiles to message or call your classmates and friends, which will be good speaking and listening practice as well. You can also click on Resources Online at the top on the home page to access the resources.

10. Student fee enquiries? Please contact us on the Dominion contact details.

11. Regular contact: During the 4-week school closure, we will contact you regularly to check on you and make sure you have no problems. However, if you have any concerns please contact us on the Dominion contact details.

That’s all for now but we will keep you updated when necessary. Please stay safe and follow the government level 4 alert controls.

All the best
The Dominion Team
Updated 25 March 2020 5:00 PM