Learning@HOME Guidelines for Ākonga | Students


In the event that Learning@HOME is required, SHGC is a Google school. The use of the Google platform enables all of us to learn and teach anywhere, any time. The Google Classroom feature of the platform has been used for some time and enables kaiako and ākonga to remain engaged in learning from a distance!

This page summarises the expectations we have of students.  You can also see our Learning@Home Guidelines for Kaiako | Teachers. [PDF – 94 KB]

Expectations for students:

Stick to a routine

  • Act like this is a normal school day – get up, get dressed, have breakfast at your normal time.
  • Your learning will follow your regular timetable.
  • Find a space that you can set up as a good work environment, hide the distractions when you are in this space!
  • Turn off your mobile phone when focusing on learning!

Commit to an online learning environment

  • Check your College email/Google Classroom daily.
  • Your teacher will set work for the lesson on Google Classroom by the time of that lesson.
  • Ensure you complete the work that has been set.
  • If a teacher is unwell or unavailable, this will be communicated to you by email.
  • Your teacher will be available to support you with your work (if they are not unwell). Use your email, Google Classroom or other forms of communication to connect.

Manage your well-being

  • Take regular breaks, get fresh air and exercise, drink water and eat as well as you can.
  • Make sure you have some variety in your day.
  • Make space for creativity and device-free time.

Support each other

  • Many of us need someone to help us to stay on track. Perhaps one of your family or whānau might check in with you to make sure you are completing your mahi, or maybe you and another student in your class could check in with each other.
  • It is crucial to set up good learning habits and set yourself up for managing screen time.

Getting help from your teachers:

Your teachers will be using the Google platform (docs, classroom, email etc) to connect with you. While your teachers will be available during their normal school day to support you with your learning, do not expect them to respond straight away.

Be patient:

Teachers will respond to you when they can. There is only one of them and many of you! It is expected that you will seek help if you need it. In the first instance, contact your subject teacher.

Be aware that some of our teachers are unwell or caring for family who are unwell and may not be available.

Help includes pastoral support and well-being, so your CCM Companion can also be emailed. If you have been supported by a Dean or our Guidance team, you can continue to contact those staff too. It also includes learning support; if you have a Learning Assistant, contact them too.

Support from whānau:

We encourage your whānau to support your learning and wellbeing. Everyone’s circumstances are different. If Learning@home is challenging for you and you need support please connect with your CCM companion or a Dean.


Remember we’ve been here before and know there are real advantages to learning from home; this is an opportunity to develop learning dispositions and transferable skills!

Kia kaha. Kia toa. Kia manawanui

Be strong. Be brave. Be patient.