Our (adult) behaviour and response to uncertain situations are very important. Children are looking to us for a sense that things are okay. If we look and act as though we are doing okay, and alongside them come up with a plan going forward, then this will aid them. This gives everyone a sense of control. Attached is a document that provides strategies and information for parents about preparing students for their return to school. Please take a moment to read.
As we move into level 2 there is a lot of information to be shared with you and your children so that you are all aware of what is required of you and the safety procedures in place to ensure that none of us at school are putting others at risk.
The Canteen will be closed on our first day back, Monday 18 May.
When schools resume under Alert Level 2, school transport services will also return to normal schedules. The ongoing safety of bus drivers and students and the ability to contact trace is a priority as we enter Alert Level 2, and will be managed in the following ways:
Many people throughout the country are looking forward to moving to Level 2. Businesses up and running again, freedom to move outside our bubbles, schools open on Monday, children along with teachers keen to be back and meeting with friends we've missed for several weeks. Things will be different but we will be ready and prepared to welcome everyone back on Monday. I would ask you to organise things so that your child turns up for school after 8.30 am and before 8.55 am as that will avoid congestion at the gate before 8.30 am when we open. It is important to remember that Level 2 is not about taking a risk. It's about making sure we are not the risk. We will have all the safety measures in place to operate but it is essential that your child adheres to the hygiene and distancing requirements so that they do not pose a risk to others. If your child is unwell they must remain at home. Please ensure that we have your correct contact details should they become unwell and we need to get in touch.
PhotoLife has contacted us and advised that they have extended the FREE DELIVERY for orders placed for your childs school photos until schools are fully operational again and students are back at school.
Like me, I am sure many of you were waiting with interest for the announcements made by the Prime Minister today. It is reassuring to hear how well our country has done at minimising the impacts of COVID-19. Alert Levels 4 and 3 have not been easy and I thank you for your ongoing support for the work you are all doing.
Kia ora, greetings to all. I would like to express my gratitude to all families for your part in maintaining lockdown in your bubbles. Your actions have contributed to stopping the spread of this virus and will help us all to get back to school sooner. The most important thing you can do is look after the people in your bubble. Be kind to yourself and to each other.
In order for us to be prepared for students on Wednesday 29 April and to comply with Health and Safety procedures, we must know who those students are, that need to come to school. Your response is needed before 1.00 pm Thursday. Please complete the form required by following the link provided below.
Yesterday the Government decided that we will move into Alert Level 3 on 28 April. That means we will be open to receive students from Wednesday 29 April. The key message for you is that if you can, you should keep your child at home. You should only send your child to school if you need to. If your child has a health condition that means they are at a greater risk of a severe illness you must keep them at home. If your child is sick you must also keep them at home.
Things have certainly changed dramatically since your children were last at school on March 20. When we headed into Anniversary weekend we certainly had no insight into the way in which our lives were about to change dramatically.
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.