Frequently Asked Questions Regarding Coronavirus

Updated 28th April at 5.30pm

Q: Did the March 2020 events go ahead?

No. Unfortuantely it was necessary for the Prime Minister to announce (on 16th March) that mass gatherings must be cancelled. This meant that our events in March 2020 didn’t proceed.

Q: We were registered for a conference, what do we do next?

All registered teachers were emailed on 17th March to be notified of the cancellation and given further instructions regarding the alternative. Those who did not respond were emailed a follow-up email on March 26th. If you didn’t receive these emails please check your junkmail folder, or clarify with teacher’s email address was given to us at the time of registration. Please email admin@gripleadership.co.nz if you have not received the email and we will send you a copy.

In preparation for the likelihood that the government would instruct us to cancel the events, our team had been working on a high-quality alternative. This is a comprehensive online solution, outlined below.

Q: Can I speak to someone at the GRIP office about this situation?

Please understand that we have approx 4000 schools who attend our events, and the volume of enquiry resulting from the Coronavirus is not something that we could have prepared for. Our team will only be able to clarify things already written on this page. However, if you need to contact us please do so in writing via admin@gripleadership.co.nz and we promise to respond to your enquiry within 3 business days.

Q: Will the event be re-scheduled?

If we attempt to re-schedule the conference for a few months time, the replacement date may also not be viable. The reality is that this is an uncertain time for everyone, so we are seeking to be proactive about finding a solution that makes the most of a challenging situation. This solution is the ‘online solution’, outlined below.

Q: What is the online solution?

Our team has worked hard to create an alternative option so that your students can benefit from a high-quality experience like you (and we) had intended. Instead of rescheduling the event, we are following the recommendation of the government, and the encouragement of many schools by, providing an online alternative.

The alternative actually includes 4 components for you:

  • An ONLINE VERSION of the GRIP STUDENT LEADERSHIP CONFERENCE is now available. This exists on an ‘on-demand’ platform so that your students can engage as a group, or individually, at any time or any place.
  • We have made an arrangement with HALOGEN AUSTRALIA who run a different event in Australia called the NATIONAL YOUNG LEADERS DAY. An online version of this additional event is also available to you as well, to give your students an additional experience.
  • We understand that the authorities are encouraging schools to prepare ONLINE LEARNING SOLUTIONS for students to access from home. Whilst we are not equipped to assist with core subject areas, our online platform with over 300 HOURS of videos, activities and written material for students to engage with. More than 50 topics will relate to both leadership and character development including; goal setting, resilience, public speaking skills, teamwork, service, overcoming obstacles, integrity.
  • All of the conference sessions, and the online learning platform, is setup so that you can provide access to AS MANY STUDENTS AS YOU WISH and not simply limit this to the students that you originally intended to attend the live conference. Your entire school can benefit. 

To be clear, you do not need to choose between the material above. You can access everything, without limits, until the end of 2020.

We invite you to browse the new online portal to get a taste of what is included: www.studentleadershipportal.com

It is our genuine desire to provide a solution that suits the current landscape. An additional reality is that if schools seek a refund for the registration amount (or outstanding balance cancellation), then our organisation will almost certainly close down permanently. We hope, instead, to be able to serve your whole school with quality online material this year, and then resume with normal live conferences in future years.

Please allow us to explain the value that we are trying to incorporate into this online solution. If a school had chosen to register 30 students for the GRIP conference the ticket cost would be approximitely $1350, and for 30 students attending the National Young Leaders Day approximately $1500. The cost in which we would normally sell classroom resources would be a few hundred dollars extra. The total of these activities (in this fictional scenario) would be in excess of $3000 plus the extra costs involved in the excursions, and the benefit would still be limited to just the 30 students.

It is our hope that you will see immense value, at a necessary time, in accessing the solution that we are offering for your whole school, as a replacement for what you had already paid to attend an event.

Q: How do we access the comprehensive online solution?

If you had registered for a live conference, our office can issue you an access code to login to www.studentleadershipportal.com PLEASE REQUEST THIS VIA admin@gripleadership.co.nz

Q: Can we seek a refund?

This is an awkward situation where it is government directive that prevented the event from proceeding. As you may appreciate, money had needed to be spent to prepare for the conferences which were only days away from being held when the government advice prevented them from occuring (which means that there isn’t money to provide refunds). We have sought written advice from the Ministry of Education about how to deal with our specific situation. This advice stated that, despite the impact of the Coronavirus, the existing agreement regarding refunds should still be in place. As such, refunds will only be processed if the school requested this in writing more than 14 days prior to the scheduled event. The Ministry of Education has encouraged us to continue working with schools to engage schools in the online alternative that we have provided. The Ministry of Eduaction has also invited schools who wish to discuss this situation further to contact the Ministry of Education. (Specific response to GRIP Leadership situation provided by Helen Hurst, Associate Deputy Secretary Sector Enablement and Support, Ministry of Education 28/04/20.)