Entries for March 2020



Kia ora koutou

With yesterday’s announcement by the Government, 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 children of essential workers, we look forward to seeing your child here at school today and Wednesday . You may wish to check if you are considered an essential worker - https://covid19.govt.nz/government-actions/covid-19-alert-system/  however those roles include doctors, nurses, ambulance drivers and police. We continue to ask that children who are not well, do not attend school.


For all other children, we will be supporting their learning from your home in the following ways:

  • through online learning
  • provision of a learning pack for the remainder of the week

If you have not received an email from one of your child’s teachers by tomorrow, please email their whānau teacher (addresses on the school website) yourself, as we may not have your correct address.

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


School holidays brought forward

School holidays are being brought forward so that they are completed within the 4 week period. Holidays will now begin from Monday 30 March to Tuesday 14 April inclusive (a reminder that the Tuesday after Easter Monday is always a closed day for schools).

We would strongly recommend that you do ensure that for the two weeks of school holidays, that you and your children have a complete break from formal learning. The children don’t usually have a ‘home learning pack’ in the holidays, and these holidays are no exception to that.


At the end of the school holidays, schools will be open for distance learning but not physically open for staff to work at the schools.

Please follow the link below and complete the survey so we get an idea of students access to online learning.  https://forms.gle/DUEWAE6YGoWEKKnYA 

Teachers will not be available to respond to learning over the ‘school holiday’ period but will provide new learning updates and responses from the 15th April. They will be responding between the hours of 8am and 4pm Monday to Friday.


Please note the instruction to stay home (Alert Level 4) will continue beyond the new school holiday period but schools will be technically open for distance instruction. Teachers will be working offsite.

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. 

He waka eke noa - we are all in this together! Stay safe.

Kia kaha

Nga mihi

Lin Dixon                                                      Tim Foss

Principal                                                       Chairperson of the Board of Trustees



This afternoon our Prime Minister has announced that schools must close from tomorrow. This means that unfortunately there will be no school tomorrow.

The exception to this being that we can provide supervision for children of ‘essential staff,’ for one more day (that is tomorrow, 24/3/2020). 

 Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern makes clear who counts as "essential services" who can remain working during level 4.

The whole supply chain for food is included - so that means farmers as well as supermarket staff. 

Schools temporarily will also remain open. Some building and construction staff are counted as essential as well - those who might fix a problem in a hospital for example.

There will also be some public servants able to work.

Staff will be in contact with you via email to help with some home learning - if you have not received an email by 25/3/2020, please email your child’s whānau teacher yourself as we may not have your correct address.

Many children will have come home today with some ideas to support learning over the coming days.

Take care and please help our country save lives by following the Government’s direction.

Nga mihi

Lin Dixon



Term 1, Week 7 - 2020

Many things have changed in the last week and we are receiving numerous updates from the Ministry of Education and Health, as things change around Coronavirus (COVID 19).

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.

  • ●  As soon as a case is confirmed in our immediate school community (eg. a student, staff member, or member of their household), the Medical Officer of Health and Ministry of Education will inform me about this, and we will work together to get quick and clear messaging out to you.

  • ●  If there was a case confirmed of someone in our school, we will likely be asked to close temporarily by the Medical Officer of Health. This will allow time for close contacts to be traced, appropriate testing to be undertaken, and a careful clean of the school to be undertaken.

  • ●  If our school does need to close temporarily, we have a plan in place to support student’s learning.

We know COVID-19 feels scary and of course people are concerned for the wellbeing of our children. Please be assured that with no case confirmed in our school, your children are safe here.

Good hygiene is a priority at our kura, and we are reinforcing this regularly with all students and staff. We know that practicing good hygiene is still the best thing we can all do to prevent illness.

We are getting the most up to date advice and guidance so that we can confidently make informed decisions about the safety and wellbeing of our school community. 

Please see the chart in this newsletter that assists with understanding the symptoms of current viruses.

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Term 1, Week 6 - 2020

Best wishes to all the Year 4 – 6 children involved in next week’s overnight experiences. Thank you to my awesome staff who have done all the planning and preparation to be ready for camp. Special thanks to the parents who have volunteered to support the tamariki too. We would not be able to offer these activities without your fantastic help. Thanks to everyone who has made their contribution to the cost of the camp and sleepover too once again, it would not be possible without your financial input. 

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Term 1, Week 5 - 2020

At this morning’s assembly representatives of St Albans Church presented our school with a donation to assist with the cycle track project. This donation was the proceeds from a recent car boot sale held by the church. Thanks so much to everyone involved in the fundraising.


If your child is unwell with flu-like symptoms, PLEASE do not send them to school. We are receiving daily updates from both the Ministry of Education and Health regarding the Covid19 virus. Their advice is for anyone showing symptoms of a viral illness, is to stay home and telephone Healthline 0800 358 5453 if you require further advice. They do not consider there to be any need for schools to even be considering closing at this stage. We have spoken with the children about the importance of thorough handwashing using soap, covering coughs and sneezes with a clean tissue or their elbow, and putting used tissues into a bin. We would appreciate your support with reinforcing these things at home and rely on you to make wise decisions. We have also given the children a simple explanation of how viruses work as we consider this may help with restricting the spread of any virus. 

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