Tena koutou whanau ma – greetings to everyone
By now we are starting to get used to the lockdown – the reality is with us now.
I had previously let people know that as a precautionary measure, the spouse of one of our staff members was tested for Covid 19. This morning I received advice that the test returned a negative result. This was as expected, but it is still a great relief.
Be sure to select the “Borrowing a School Chromebook” Web Button on the school website homepage if you are going to need to borrow a device for learning at home when Term 2 starts – we will make plans to get these to you safely but at this point all staff are prohibited from entering the school so we may need to work with the Ministry of Education to get this sorted. If you are thinking you need a device, please make the request promptly to give us time to make sure you get one ready for Term 2 learning at home.
The message below is straight from the Secretary of Education, Iona Holstead and I have decided to reproduce it here unchanged to our context apart from suggesting a devotional session in the daily timetable which I recommend is started at the beginning of Term 2, 15th April. Remember, these are simply suggestions from the Ministry of Education and by all means, adapt to suit. Actually I think we should all build our own schedules but this is a good guide. The important message is how desirable it is to establish routines to help us all maintain effective learning while the country is in this phase of response to the pandemic.
Nga mihi mahana
From the Secretary of Education, Iona Holstead
We have started into a new phase of New Zealand’s 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 be available to support your child’s learning and wellbeing in the next weeks.
You will understand the importance of routine for your family. If your routine has been shaken up, like you’re now working from home, it’s good to structure your time. Routines are reassuring, and promote health and physical wellbeing. The below timetable (targeted at children) could be something your household adapts to use over the next weeks. A school holiday version will likely look a little different, but some form of routine will still be important as we go through the lockdown period.
|Before 9:00am||Wake up||Eat breakfast, make your bed, get dressed, put any dirty clothes in the laundry.|
Prayer time and devotional.
|9:00-10:00||Morning walk||Family walk with the dog, bike ride,|
Indoor exercise if it’s raining
|10:00-11:00||Learning at home||School-led learning or Sudoku, books, flash cards, study guide, journal etc|
|11:00-12:00||Creative time||Legos, magnatiles, drawing, crafting, play music, cook or bake etc.|
|12:00 pm||Lunch 🙂|
|12:30||Helping at home||# wipe all kitchen tables and chairs|
# wipe all door handles, light switches and desk tops
# wipe both bathrooms – sinks and toilets
|1:00-2:30||Quiet time||Reading, puzzles, nap, radio NZ stories|
|2:30-4:00||Learning at home||School-led learning or iPad games, Prodigy, Educational show|
|4:00-5:00||Afternoon fresh air||Bikes, walk the dog, play outside|
|6:00-8:00||Free TV time||Kids shower time|
|9:00pm||Bedtime||All kids who follow the daily schedule & don’t fight|
*Adapted from a resource developed by Jessica McHale Photography
There are links below to more wellbeing information to support your family during the lockdown.
Some good news to support you either working at home and/or studying at home – Spark, Vodafone, Vocus/Slingshot, 2Degrees and Trustpower have all advised they have removed their data caps and the possibility of any extra charges based on usage.
For our Pacific families, if you are not aware the Ministry for Pacific Peoples’ has been working to ensure useful information is available to Pacific peoples. A one-hour special will be aired on Tagata Pasifika’s segment on Saturday at 9am; and on Sunday at 7.35am, Tagata Pasifika will share messages from community leaders. The Ministry is asking you to reach out to all your family members, community groups, friends and group chats to ensure our Pacific community groups are watching the programming on both days.
A big thank you to all of you for taking the lockdown so seriously. As the Prime Minister has noted staying at home will break the chain and save lives; breaking the rules could risk someone close to you and if the rules are not complied with, this could risk the lock down period being extended or could risk the virus being spread to thousands
We want to encourage our parents, caregivers and whānau to discuss internet safety with their children – of all ages. One thing recommended is that you should agree with your children what they can do online including sites they can visit and appropriate behaviours including:
- reviewing and approving games and apps before they are downloaded
- reviewing privacy settings of sites and applications
- checking children’s profiles and what they are posting online
- check the sites your child is accessing
- reminding children that anything that is posted online will be permanently on the internet
- taking the time to understand what sites they are visiting and who they are talking with and check in regularly
- some social media sites have age restrictions to join, check these before letting your child use them or join them
- monitoring a child’s use of the internet and consider having them use it in an open, common area of the house
- making sure your children know to report any activity they don’t feel comfortable with to parents and caregivers straight away.
There is a unique opportunity during the lockdown for families going out together, albeit it close to home, but if your child is going out on their own it’s still important to check where they are going.
If we all work together to make sure children are safe online, we can make the internet a great tool for people of all ages.