Let’s keep calm, keep checking advice and keep talking to each other.

LATEST UPDATE 24 March 12:46

As of tomorrow, at 3:30pm John McGlashan College will be officially closed until further notice.
For the remainder of this week, the teachers are preparing for on-line learning. This will not start until April 15 as the April holidays have now been moved to 30 March – 14 April. 
We are aware that some senior students may have been contacted by a few teachers who are wishing to finish off some work that is almost complete. If you are able to complete that work, please do so.
At this time, please just look after yourselves, your families and the people around you.
Please feel to contact either of us during this time,

Neil Garry and John Veitch

23 March 17:45

Dear Parents,

Following the Prime Minister’s announcement this afternoon, John McGlashan College will be closed until further notice.

As per the directive, we will operate a skeleton service on Tuesday and Wednesday to accommodate sons of essential service personnel.

If you meet this criteria and your son requires supervision on these days, please email me directly.

These boys can meet me in the Chapel at 8.50am but must strictly adhere to our instructions on hygiene and separation requirements.

Staff have been developing some distance learning programmes which will be distributed as they become available.

I will continue to provide updates as necessary, in the meantime I think it is important to allow everyone some time to settle and plan for the coming weeks.

Please contact me directly if you have any concerns (neil.garry@mcglashan.school.nz).

Keep safe and look after each other.

Kindest regards

Neil Garry


18 March

The Covid-19 coronavirus situation continues to evolve and the government has responded quickly to set in place stringent measures to stop the virus spreading. The Ministry of Education has done an excellent job of keeping us informed and I commend them. Let’s keep calm, keep checking advice and keep talking to each other. If you have any concerns don’t hesitate to contact me.

We are receiving regular updates from the Ministry of Education but at this stage, there are no plans for schools to close. We are, however, planning how we would function should schools across New Zealand be required to close at some point in the future. The College is well placed to maintain some of our classroom programmes by distance and the staff are currently pre-empting this possibility by adjusting their current schemes of work to suit.

If a case of Covid-19 appears at John McGlashan College, then the Ministry of Education, in partnership with the Ministry of Health, will track, trace and manage the contacts of the individual with the help of the school community. The school may be closed for several days while this happens. Such cases will be dealt with on a school-by-school basis. This approach is designed to quickly manage the virus but if it moves to widespread person-to-person transmission then this approach would most likely change. Please note that any announcement of the closure of the school will be communicated to you directly via email and will be posted on our website as soon as possible.

The College has cancelled assemblies and group gatherings until further notice and has postponed camps, and travel for sporting and cultural events. We have been informed by the New Zealand Secondary School Sports Council that most secondary school sporting events have been cancelled. This includes events such as the Maadi Cup and Summer Tournament Week. Sports practices and competitions have also been postponed in a number of codes.

It is crucial that individuals and families show collective responsibility for the health of the wider McGlashan community by using common sense i.e. remaining vigilant, maintaining hygiene standards and staying home if unwell. We are constantly reinforcing these messages at school and would appreciate you doing the same at home.

Safe hygiene practices are as follows:

  • wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds and dry thoroughly

  • avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands

  • avoid sharing anything that has come in contact with saliva, whether in your living or social environments

  • stay home when you are sick and seek medical attention

  • cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the rubbish

I am confident that our school community will meet their obligations and heed the guidance provided by the Ministry of Health. Should the situation change, then schools will be informed and will act quickly in the interests of our students, staff and community.