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COVID-19 update

Tēnā koutou te Whānau Whanui Te Kareti Taitama o Wairau,

I am writing to inform you that the Nelson-Marlborough District Health Board (NMDHB) has approached the college to host a walk-in vaccination centre, and that the Board has decided to support this initiative. Next week, the NMDHB will set up a walk-in vaccination in the Pavilion and in the College Hall.

This will operate at the following times and dates:

· Tuesday 26th October 9 am – 3 pm Pavilion

· Wednesday 27th October, 3.15 pm – 5.00 pm The Hall

The vaccination centre will be open to students, staff and whānau who wish to vaccinate. We’ve agreed with the NMDHB that students under the age of 16 must come with a consent form (please see attached) signed by their parents, even though legally this is not a requirement. As a school, it is our preference to have parental consent. Students aged 16 years and over may receive a vaccination without parental consent. However, I encourage you to discuss this with your son/whāngai.

As a school, we support the vision and work of our Prime Minister and the wider Government to protect our community by way of vaccination. The Marlborough region is one of the leading regions for vaccination and we’re pleased to support this initiative.

We recognise that vaccination is a personal choice. We’ve chosen not to incentivise it in any way. We’re providing the facilities for the NMDHB to do their valuable work.

The NMDHB have stated that they are happy for parents and whānau to also attend the centre to receive a vaccination. To get a vaccination at the centre, you don’t need to book ahead. You can just turn up at the centre on either of the days.

To find out more about Covid-19 and the Pfizer vaccine, you can go to the following page on the Ministry of Health website:


At this time of year, we begin to acknowledge the various achievements and successes with our formal Prizegiving’s. We have made the decision that all events that exceed 100 students and staff will be celebrated via a digital platform. (Teams, Zoom) These will include:

  • MBC Sports Prizegiving - Thursday 28 October

  • MBC Senior Academic Prizegiving - Wednesday 17 November

  • MBC Junior Prizegiving - Tuesday 14 December

  • Principal Assemblies - Fortnightly

  • Yr 13 Farewell formalities - Wednesday 17 November onwards

School Transport

Face coverings are required to be worn by students aged 12 and over while on school transport (both Ministry and regional council-operated services) under all alert levels.

Please note, while the school transport drivers are not required to enforce the wearing of face coverings, they will report any non-compliance to your school’s bus controller. Schools are expected to manage any non-compliance just as they currently manage behavioural issues of school transport users.

MBC Vaccination Register (Eligible Students)

Under the Covid-19 Public Health Vaccinations Order 2021, all secondary schools are required to maintain an up-to-date register with the vaccine status of all eligible students.

In the next 48 hours, you will receive an email from MBC. The communication will ask you to update your son's vaccination status. The Government has mandated schools must maintain a COVID-19 vaccination register for students.

We strongly recommend that all eligible students who have not been vaccinated take the opportunity to do so. We appreciate your support, as whānau, to ensure your sons are vaccinated.

The Government have mandated that all employees/volunteers and contractors working in a school environment must be vaccinated by 1 January 2022. We are working with all staff to get a greater understanding of the current vaccination rate of all employees.

Finally, thank you for your continued support as we respond to Government COVID-19 related announcements and the manner these affect the operation of Marlborough Boys’ College.

Noho ora mai

John Kendal | Principal (Tumuaki)


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