Kia ora koutou

With Monday’s announcement by Government (23 March, 2020),
we are implementing with urgency our plan to support your child’s learning from home. We appreciate this is a sudden and significant change, and will be heavily disruptive to many people in our community.

For students, we will be supporting their learning from your home in the following ways:
through online learning using Google classroom and education perfect.
For any families without Internet access, we will be providing a range of related materials to keep students engaged until the end of the term.

If you need to have your child cared for by someone else you will need to identify that person or people as part of your self-isolated group. This will need to be done by midnight Wednesday and the group must remain the same for the whole 4 week period. The caregiver’s own group (eg, their partner and children), your child and your own group (eg, your parents and other children) become one group. This group needs to be limited to minimise any risk of spread and should be no more than 20 people.

Your child will be looking to you for guidance about this decision. Parents, caregivers, whānau and teachers will have a particularly important part to play in reassuring children at this time. If you haven’t already done so, you may wish to read the information put together by the Ministry of Education to support your conversations with your children – Talking to children about COVID-19

As noted by the Prime Minister these restrictions are our best chance to slow the virus in New Zealand and to save lives. We all have a clear role here to slow the spread of COVID-19.

We will continue to communicate with you over the coming days. Students who do not have access to a device can be provided with one on loan from the school. Thank you for your ongoing support of our school staff and school community. Our staff will be in touch with you soon to find out what support your child will need to engage in our remote learning.

Ngā mihi
Kenny Diamond
Acting Principal