We have started into a new phase of New Zealands response to COVID-19 and it is very different than anything most of us have ever experienced. I wanted to reassure you that our school staff and Board of Trustees will continue to work to support your childs learning and wellbeing in the next weeks.
New Zealand Police released multilingual messages for our communities about the country's move to Covid-19 Alert level 4. Police are here to keep our communities safe and help prevent harm, but it's more important than ever that people help us with this.
During these difficult and uncertain times, the Ministry for Pacific Peoples (MPP) priority is to keep Pacific communities in New Zealand safe, aware, educated and informed.
With home internet use set to rocket during the shutdown period, people should be on the lookout for online scams exploiting their fears about the Covid-19 pandemic, BNZ has warned.
Teachers have spent time preparing to maintain learning over the long term. Students are welcome to access the work on our new website at any stage and in any particular order. We do not expect that your child will be sitting doing 5 hours of schoolwork each day. This is unrealistic for any child and even more so under the current circumstances.
Just a reminder that we are currently in the school holidays as they have been brought forward and officially go from Monday, March 30 - April 14th inclusive. However, we realise that some of our students want things to do! Our 'Learning at Home' site has a number of learning activities available (link in below text).
With todays announcement by Government, we are implementing with urgency our plan to support your childs learning from home. We appreciate this is a sudden and significant change and will be heavily disruptive to many people in our community. For children of essential workers, we can make provision for them on Wednesday.
With so much information and misinformation swirling around about COVID-19, I wanted to share with you what will happen if we were to have a case in our school community. We have been planning for this and are in a position to respond quickly.
Our Student Council for Term 1 and 2 is made up of two students from every class. Each week/fortnight the Student Council meet with Mrs Hirst to discuss things from their class meetings, giving the students a voice.
As you are well aware the various government ministries are providing directives regarding ways in which we can slow the spread of Covid-19.
Thank you to those families who have paid their technology contributions already. All contributions paid by the 31 March will go in the draw to win a $100 Grocery Voucher.
We would appreciate money be brought to school by this Wednesday 18 March, 2020.
The Ministry of Education and Ministry of Health are in constant contact with schools in New Zealand, updating us every couple of days. Communication to you will be via Facebook UNLESS there is an important change in circumstances that we need you to know about, we will email you in this instance. At the moment we have several children each day coming to school feeling unwell with sore throats and coughs. We can't stress enough to keep your child at home if they are unwell or to collect them from school if they become unwell. We do not have facilities or personnel to look after sick children for the day, nor is it our role.
Thank you to all those families who have sold their chocolates. We have 50 boxes left to sell so be in quick!
The spread of this virus is very concerning for many parents. The Ministries of Education and Health are working closely together and we receive continual updates from them around management.
Here are some dates to remember of events happening throughout term one at OIS.
OIS Swimming Sports are TOMORROW Friday 6th March, at our school pool. They begin at 9.15 am and finish at approximately 12.30 pm.
School Fees - As explained to parents at the "Meet the Teacher" evening, the Board of Trustees has signed up with the government school donation scheme.