Northern Health School

School for students with health issues


Te Puna Whakatipu

A place to grow and thrive


Northern Health School

School for students with health issues


Te Puna Whakatipu

A place to grow and thrive

27 August 2020

Kia ora koutou

It was a big relief to hear That Auckland is moving back to Alert Level 2 at the beginning of next week, while the rest of the school will remain at Level 2.  Because of the vulnerable nature of many of our students, we are operating a little differently from the rest of the school system.  We are aware that there are a wide variety of health issues faced by our students, so your teacher will discuss what this looks like for your child.

  • Next week our teachers will be returning to Auckland inpatient facilities, including Starship, Ronald McDonald House and the Wilson Centre.  They will be following the guidelines of those Units.
  • We will not be undertaking any home visits for the first week of level 2 in Auckland and will review that decision at the end of next week.
  • Where we meet students in public places such as Libraries, we will be following their guidelines.
  • Our Auckland community classrooms will start operating, but with a limit of 10 students per room and physical distancing in place, in line with the rest of the school.  This means that some classroom times will need to change.
  • Online support will continue for those who cannot connect in person.

Thanks again to our school community, parents and caregivers, students and staff for the support and resilience you have shown.

Vigilance, good hygiene practices, coupled with the hard work our health authorities are doing to identify and support any confirmed cases and their close contacts remain important for all of us.
We will be adhering to key health measures including:

  • Good hand hygiene and cough and sneeze etiquette
  • Staying away if sick
  • Keeping the appropriate physical distance from others (in class this means 1m distancing)
  • Cleaning and disinfecting our high touch surfaces daily
  • QR code posters are displayed at our entrances and we encourage all of our community to download the NZ COVID Tracer App and use it if they come onsite
  • Everyone must sign in using our visitor or student registers.

We know all these things will help to keep our community as safe as possible.  Your child is welcome to wear a face covering while at school and I am aware that many Units have been discussing and making reusable ones which are a great idea.  Those who use taxis or public transport will be required to wear a mask from Monday.

For those of you who might be finding things more difficult than usual, a reminder that there is a large range of support available for businesses and the community. We encourage you to go to for more information, or get in touch and we will help you to find the information and support you need.

Ngā mihi

Richard Winder
Northern Health School

Guidance for parents to talk with their children re COVID 19

Other Useful Information can be found at:

Healthline 0800 358 5453 or

If you are looking for some general information about COVID-19 to support your community which is available in a number of different languages, you may find helpful information here: Updates and resources | Unite against COVID-19 and Translations | Unite against COVID-19. This is from the government website and addresses general matters rather than being education-specific.

A nurturing school for students with health issues

It can be a worrying time when your child is forced to miss school due to illness or accident, however we at the Northern Health School can help.

We are one of three New Zealand health schools providing community, in-home and hospital based teaching to school aged students who are too unwell to attend their regular school.

Tailored Programmes

We pride ourselves on providing individualised programmes tailored to meet the health and education needs of our students.

Globally Unique

This integrated service is, we believe, unique in the world and allows our teachers to provide a seamless service to each student.

Close Relationships

We have a close relationship with each of the other two health schools which makes the service we offer a national one.



The learner is the reason and the focus of all we do.
Every learner receives an education, no matter what their illness, where they live, or what path they want to follow.
The learners’ voices and choices are central to everything.
High quality staff deliver consistency and cohesiveness across the school.

Vision and Mission Statement


Commitment to learning and the learner.
Compassion inherent in all that we do.
Achievement through setting and achieving learner-centered goals.
Respect for culture, diversity and each other.
Equity of opportunity for all learners.

NAG1 – Curriculum

NAG1 – Assessment
NAG1 – Assessment for National Qualifications
NAG1 – STAR Funding

NAG2 – Documentation and Self Review

NAG2 – Complaints
NAG2 – Media
NAG2 – Reporting to Families, Schools of Origin and other Agencies

NAG3 – Personnel

NAG3 – Allocation of Classroom Release Time
NAG3 – Allocation of Management Units
NAG3 – Appointments
NAG3 – Discretionary Leave
NAG3 – Domestic Violence Leave
NAG3 – Equal Employment Opportunity
NAG3 – Ethics
NAG3 – Financial Assistance for Tertiary Study
NAG3 – Incidental Private Use of a School Vehicle by Principal
NAG3 – Internet Safety
NAG3 – On-Line Learning
NAG3 – Performance Management
NAG3 – Privacy
NAG3 – Protected Disclosures
NAG3 – Smoke Free
NAG3 – Staff and Board of Trustees Travel and Accomodation

NAG4 – Finance and Property

NAG4 – Credit Card
NAG4 – Financial Management
NAG4 – Fixed Assets
NAG4 – Fraud and Theft Prevention
NAG4 – Property Management
NAG4 – Sensitive Expenditure
NAG4 – Vehicle Purchase and Sale

NAG5 – Health and Safety

NAG5 – Child and Youth Protection
NAG5 – Health and Safety
NAG5 – Induction, Training and Information
NAG5 – Infection Control
NAG5 – Others in the Workplace
NAG5 – Pandemic Epidemic
NAG5 – Personal Protective Equipment
NAG5 – Restraint and Seclusion
NAG5 – Safe Driving
NAG5 – Student Disclosures
NAG5 – Transporting Students
NAG5 – Traumatic Incident Response
NAG5 – Welfare of Animals
NAG5 – Wellbeing

NAG6 – General Legislation

NAG6 – Administration
NAG6 – Performance Appraisal of the Principal
NAG6 – Tiriti o Waitangi

We would like to give special thanks and acknowledge the following organisation for their interest in our school and kind donations

Morrinsville Combined Lions’ Clubs