23rd August 2021
Kia ora koutou,
After nearly 6 days of level 4 lockdown we have waited with anticipation as to how the rest of this week and beyond may look for us. As I am sure was the same for all of you, we were glued to the news to hear what would happen next.
Firstly we would like to thank you for all of your support for the week so far. We know it is never easy to manage your own work commitments as well as supporting a family all from one house, all with different needs.
With Level 4 being extended as it is currently until Tuesday 31st August at 11.59pm, please keep checking the school website for updates and contact your class teacher for support and guidance. Our remote programmes will continue as they are.
As mentioned before, our main priority is to know you are all safe. Learning is important but your families’ well being even more so. The learning is a great way of keeping minds alert and exercising the brain. We would welcome learning in all shapes and sizes; using paper and pencil, photographed and sent to the teachers or online. We know some children do all of their learning and then submit in one go, whereas others hand it in as they go. Ether way is fine. We also are more than happy to see our tamariki have photos sent to their teachers of them cooking, reading, being creative, constructing things etc…
We also realise that it is unrealistic to expect your children to be following a normal school day whilst in lockdown because there are a number of added complications and restrictions.
- You will be balancing work life and home life.
- Children could be sharing a device.
- Resources can not be purchased.
- There are numerous distractions.
So keep things simple and try not to over complicate your days.
Start with a few learning focussed tasks or activities a day to build routines and then slowly evolve as the family settles into the new routine.
There is a whole lot of new material on the Ministry of Education home learning site including printable activities – check it out at https://learningfromhome.govt.nz/ and https://learningfromhome.govt.nz/HLTV
If you have any questions please contact your child’s classroom teacher.
I have included some links from previous lockdowns which may be of use to you too:
The Ministry of Education has updated a broad range of information to better reflect the impact of COVID-19. There are tip sheets for parents, caregivers and teachers to help better understand and support people during this time.
- Tips for teachers, parents and caregivers – supporting toddlers
- Tips for teachers, parents and caregivers – supporting children
- Tips for teachers, parents and caregivers – supporting young people
If you know someone who might be struggling in our community, there are a large range of supports in place. Please share this article with them and maybe one of the following could help.
- Mental wellbeing
- Supporting children and young people at home
- Manging self-isolation
- Care options for children of essential workers
- Financial support for employers and employees
- Staying safe online
- Preventing harm from bullying
- Family harm
- Responding to discrimination – through the Human Rights Commission
- Accessing healthcare
- For people vulnerable to COVID-19
For people who can not get access to essential goods such as food, they can contact the local Emergency Coordination Centres (ECC), part of Civil Defence Emergency Management (CDEM) Groups. This is intended for people who don’t have any other options available to them and operates 7 days a week from 7am to 7pm – 0800 222 296
If you need support and nothing previously mentioned meets your requirement please get in touch with the school office on: [email protected] and we will try and help you or provide you with extra information.
Please see previous emails for information about devices or contact [email protected] .
Please also note that the school grounds is strictly out of bounds, which includes the playgrounds.
Thank you for all of your support and what you do for your children. Stay home, wear a mask if going out, socially distance yourselves and contact trace. Keep up the hygiene practices of handwashing and sneezing into elbows. Stay safe!
Ngā mihi maioha
Phil Wainwright (Acting Principal)