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Thursday 17 September 2020
We're midway through Semester 2, and the results are in from the recent Student Pulse survey. Firstly, if you gave us some feedback in any way, thank you. Your feedback is our monitor, and we use it to improve the way we interact, deliver and support your learning at Wintec.
Some of the highlights that came out of the survey are:
- Students are generally feeling well supported by their tutors, support staff and Wintec and found making connections and building relationships, especially with their peers, a highlight of their experience at Wintec so far.
- Our students really appreciate the recorded Zoom and lecture sessions, so we're keeping this up where possible.
The top three key issues you shared with us
From the survey responses, we've identified three key issues common to students, that we are working to address through better communication, greater flexibility and support.
- Students feel unprepared for their next assessment.
- Balancing work/life and study is a struggle.
- Many of you are struggling financially.
We understand it can be tough being a student, and it's even harder to put up your hand and ask for help. But if you are struggling financially, please check out and apply to the Manaaki Hardship Fund. Wintec centres have food vouchers available that can be given out immediately to students in need. Just ask your tutor.
Are you studying in 2021? It's really important to apply for your student loan or finance with StudyLink before 16 December. If you've had a student allowance or loan in the last 12 months, login to MyStudyLink and use the Returning Application to apply. It'll take less than five minutes.
But wait, there's more…
This year has been incredibly stressful as we try to get the best from our home/work and study lives during a pandemic. So it's not surprising a number of you have said that you've felt anxious attending classes while we have been in Alert Level 2 and/or are missing classes if you are unwell and have to stay home.
It's likely we will move to Alert Level 1 at some point next week, and we will find out more on this on Monday when the Government announces an update. At Alert Level 1, it is considered COVID-19 is contained in New Zealand, but we need to be ready in case it reappears in our community.
Remember, the Government is telling us all to stay safe and stay at home if we are unwell, and we will continue to support and encourage you to do the right thing. We'll be updating our COVID-19 section with information and links for studying at the new level and working with you to get the most from your study on or off the campus during this time.
Keep talking to your tutors if you are having issues meeting deadlines or you're unsure of what's expected of you.
Remember - The most important things we can all do to protect ourselves and others are:
- Wash your hands,
- during Level 2 keep 1m distance in educational environments,
- cough and sneeze into your elbow,
- keep high touch surfaces clean,
- wear a face mask on public transport and in places where you can't physical distance,
- stay home if you are sick and if you have COVID-19 symptoms, seek medical advice via your doctor or Healthline on 0800 358 5453,
- And if you need help or support, reach out.
Kia noho haumaru – stay safe.
Noho ora mai – stay well.
Tuesday 18 August 2020
We hope you are doing ok under Alert Level 2. The good news is we can expect a review of this on Friday 21 August (tune in to the PM’s daily live update at 1pm), but for now, we are under this alert level until midnight Wednesday 26 August.
Last week, we updated you on what Level 2 means this time around. This update is to let you know how we are managing Level 2 to keep everyone safe and able to study, and to let you know about free student lunches happening from tomorrow at three Wintec campuses:
- All classes are going ahead! If it’s not possible to physical distance, then masks are strongly encouraged to be worn. In some cases, there may be an agreement for classes to go online. Your tutor will discuss this with the class.
- Big classes are minimised – maintaining physical distancing is key, so we are working to find alternative areas for our big classes.
- Masks - we have masks available for instances where 1m physical distancing cannot be maintained in classes and for keeping vulnerable people safe.
- Prevent the spread – contact tracing is one way we can help. Use the NZ COVID Tracer app to check-in at the QR codes on Wintec campuses, and other locations you visit.
- If you’re an Auckland student, we can help - travelling to studying at Wintec is not possible during Level 3 for Auckland-based students. If you haven’t already, your tutor will support you with online learning during this time. For more information, click here.
- Stay home if you are visibly unwell or displaying symptoms of cold or flu. Stay away from work, school and other public places. Contact your GP, Healthline or Wintec Health Services and follow instructions regarding COVID-19 testing. If you have been tested or confirmed with COVID-19, you need to complete the Wintec COVID-19 update form.
- What if I visited Auckland, Tokoroa or Rotorua recently? There is no requirement to self-isolate for people who visited Auckland prior to their Level 3 alert, or Rotorua or Tokoroa. If you have symptoms, get tested (as above).
- Tech support – Do you have what you need to study at Wintec? We understand it can be hard to concentrate and engage without the right equipment. Remember there are loan laptops available from the dispensers in our City and Rotokauri
hubs, but there are other ways we can support you. If you need any help, you can contact us directly on 0800 2 WINTEC (0800 294 6832) or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
And last but not least…
- Free soup lunches for students are back on this Wednesday! Haere mai ke te kai – come and eat. As part of our Hei Oranga Mōu festival of wellbeing, we are sharing free soup (vegetarian too) lunches from our City, Rotokauri and Hamilton Gardens campuses this Wednesday from midday, 12pm. For the next month, this will continue with free soup lunches on Tuesdays at the City Hub and Wednesdays at the Hamilton Gardens, and Rotokauri campuses. Remember to keep your 1-metre distancing! Ka hora te kai – lunch is on! (Tomorrow!)
How are you doing/ feeling? Studying, working and just living under the current restrictions can be hard work. Worse, it can mean increased stress, particularly if you and your whānau/family are experiencing hardship in any way. We’re updating our Frequently Asked Questions page regularly with information to help you and don’t forget to check into our COVID-19 Information and updates section on our website for links to information on the Manaaki Financial Support Grant, health and wellbeing updates and the latest information.
Be informed - get the latest information on COVID-19 and New Zealand Aotearoa from covid19.govt.nz.
We’ll be in touch if anything changes but check your Wintec email frequently as this will be the address that key information is directed to. The same information is also available on the Wintec COVID-19 latest update page.
Noho ora mai – all the best.
Wednesday 12 August 2020
Alert Level 2 update for students
Last night New Zealand’s Prime Minister announced four confirmed cases of community transmitted COVID-19 in Auckland.
What this means is that the Auckland region will go into Alert Level 3 from midday, 12pm today for three days to help contain the virus. The rest of New Zealand including the Waikato, our region will move to Alert Level 2.
In Alert Level 2 we will still be having classes at Wintec, and we will be putting in the precautions needed at this level. Please lookout for any updates on classes from your tutors at this time.
Please read and be aware of the following information on keeping safe. If you need support or have concerns, there is support at Wintec for you, scroll down for some links and contact numbers.
What you need to know
Alert Level 2 is not life as normal. You can still go to class and work, but you should:
- keep your distance from other people in public (at least 1m in education)
- wash your hands
- sneeze and cough into your elbow
- keep a track of where you’ve been and who you’ve seen using the COVID-19 tracer app and the QR codes on entry to buildings
- wear a personal mask if you can
- protect yourself and others from COVID-19
People at higher risk of severe illness from COVID-19 are encouraged to take additional precautions when leaving home.
If you're unwell
If you’re sick, stay home. Don’t go to work or class. Don’t socialise.
If you have symptoms of cold or flu call your doctor or Healthline and get advice about being tested.
If you have been told to self-isolate you must do so immediately.
At Alert Level 2, you can leave home, but you should follow public health measures and consider others around you.
Keep your distance when out and about:
2 metres in public and in retail stores, like supermarkets and clothes shops.
1 metre in most other environments like Wintec, workplaces, cafes, restaurants, and gyms.
At Alert Level 2, the risk of COVID-19 being present in the community is higher. You should wear masks in situations where physical distancing is not possible, like on public transport or in shops.
It’s important Wintec is a safe environment for everyone at Alert Level 2.
Please be assured increased cleaning regimes are in place, and we will have hand sanitiser readily available in all areas.
We will continue to update you on developments as we work through our response to Level 2.
Don’t forget to check into our frequently asked questions page for information and contact details for support, wellbeing, learning, services and technology. So keep in touch, reach out and we will do our best to support you.
Remember, play it safe. And we’ll see you soon. Kia kaha – stay strong.
Friday 24 July 2020
Nau mai haere mai and welcome to Wintec Semester 2.
There’s quite a bit happening over the next few weeks so here's some information and a few updates to help you settle into your study and make this a successful start to your semester.
Wintec Hardship Grant - We understand study is a big commitment and we know times are tough. We want to help you get through because we care. If you are struggling financially, with general things in your life, we have a fund that can help you get by so you can focus on your studies. Find out more here.
More student carparks – If you’ve noticed some construction activity at the City campus between the Student Apartments and Te Kōpū Mānia o Kirikiriroa Marae, we’re paving this area to create 36 more student carparks. The extra parks will be ready in mid-August. Find out more about how and where you can park at the City and Rotokauri campuses and our bus subsidy here.
O-Week – Oh yes, now that you’re getting settled, get ready to join us for Semester 2 O Week! Grab a passport, meet people, have fun and enjoy some free giveaways and student deals. Find out more here.
Winter warmer lunches – Watch this space, soon we’ll be providing free soup and buns at our city, Rotokauri and Hamilton campuses to get you through these cold winter months. We know it can be hard out there, so this is one way we can help you out while you concentrate on your studies.
Free food deliveries for students – on alternate Fridays, Kaivolution delivers food to our City and Rotokauri campus hubs in the early afternoon. It’s free and can include bread, pasta, fruit, vegetables and grocery products so keep an eye out for the team and see what’s available.
Horahia Matariki – events continue through July for our celebration of the Māori New year. Don’t miss the grand finale at the marae, Pō Maumahara, a fire ceremony, performances and warming kai. Find out more here.
SAWIT – Wintec Student Association AGM - 5pm, Friday 31 July, AG.03, Wintec City Campus. Join the meeting to discuss leadership and constitutional changes, the annual report and enjoy some free food. If you attend, you can go in the draw to win a Go Pro. Find out more on the SAWIT Facebook page.
Access to H:Drive will be removed on 31 July 2020 – H:Drive has been replaced with OneDrive and will be removed on 31 July 2020. If you have any files in H:Drive, please save any you wish to keep into your OneDrive, as after 31 July there will be no access to H:Drive and any files still there will be deleted. Just a reminder too that you can only access H:Drive on a Wintec campus. If you have any questions, get in touch with Service Desk on 0800 4 WINTEC (0800 4 946832)
If you need support on-campus for anything from counselling to childcare, we have a range of support services in place to help you succeed.
Check some out below:
Find more support services here (you might want to bookmark this page for the future).
You’ve heard about our student noticeboard on Facebook, Wintec Current Students, but Wintec, its centres and various groups have a range of social media channels including groups you can join. Follow our social media networks and you will be the first to know about our events, news or announcements.
If you need help, reach out. Talk to your tutor, call us on 0800 2 Wintec or email email@example.com for info about your course.
It can take time to settle into study but remember we’re here for you, so tell us what you need, tell us what we can do better and we’ll do our very best to support you to do your best at Wintec.
Stay well and take care - Noho ora mai.