This page has information that have been sent to our school by the Ministry of Education.
It will be updated as new information becomes available.
The following information is directly from the MOE for our community.
Kia ora koutou
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.
Eat breakfast, make your bed, get dressed, put any dirty clothes in the laundry
Family walk with the dog, bike ride,
Learning at home
School-led learning or Sudoku, books, flash cards, study guide, journal etc
Legos, magnatiles, drawing, crafting, play music, cook or bake etc.
Helping at home
# wipe all kitchen tables and chairs
Reading, puzzles, nap, radio NZ stories
Learning at home
School-led learning or iPad games, Prodigy, Educational show
Afternoon fresh air
Bikes, walk the dog, play outside
Free TV time
Kids shower time
All kids who follow the daily schedule & don’t fight
*Adapted from a resource developed by Jessica McHale Photography
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 appreciate how much you have had to respond to and adjust for in the last weeks building up to the commencement today of a New Zealand-wide lockdown. There has been a lot of information to absorb and from a range of providers. Today will be bringing new challenges for you as parents, family and whānau adjust to supporting your child’s learning from home.
Today’s Bulletin is therefore primarily focused on wellbeing for your school community.
Key dates reminder
26 March Alert Level 4 commenced
28 March School holidays begin
10 – 14 April Easter including the Tuesday after Easter
15 April Term 2 begins (through distance learning)
22 April Current date for ending of lockdown period
27 April ANZAC Day observed
Key lockdown messages from the Prime Minister (Select Committee Media Briefing 25 March)
Wellbeing for all
We have information focused on wellbeing and supporting a child’s learning at home for parents, caregivers and whānau. It may also be useful for teachers. This resource adds to the information we have previously provided supporting conversations with children about COVID-19 - http://education.govt.nz/school/health-safety-and-wellbeing/pastoral-care-and-wellbeing/talking-to-children-about-covid-19-coronavirus/.
Further information to support wellbeing
The Ministry of Health’s website includes Top ways to look after your mental wellbeing during the Covid-19 lockdown.
https://www.iamhope.org.nz/ - I AM HOPE is the youth and community focused support group run by The Key to Life Charitable Trust, started by Mike King.
https://www.facebook.com/nathanwallisxfactoreducation/ - Nathan Wallis has some helpful videos on his Facebook page for parents and whānau
https://www.mentalhealth.org.nz/get-help/covid-19/ - tips on looking after mental health and wellbeing during COVID-19 from the Mental Health foundation
https://depression.org.nz/covid-19/ - a website by the Health Promotion Agency to help New Zealanders recognise and understand depression and anxiety. `
25 Mental Health Wellness Tips during Quarantine from Eileen M Feliciano, Psy.D. – although overseas-based this is a good list and highlights some things particularly important for children. Remember the rules of New Zealand’s level 4 lockdown still apply.
Remember, be kind to yourself and others.
We’ll add more resources to our website. This week we’re developing tip sheets to support parents to navigate common challenges they may have with toddlers, children and young people through this time – for example, a tip sheet on getting a good night’s sleep.
If you have any ideas for wellbeing and learning at home resources and tip sheets that would help others please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or phone the Learning Support Enquiries line at 0800 622 222.
Removing data caps for internet
In addition to Spark, Vodafone, Vocus/Slingshot, and 2Degrees, Trustpower has now also advised they have removed their data caps and the possibility of any extra charges based on usage - Ask.Trustpower.co.nz – “we've removed data limits for all fixed-line broadband customers to make sure everyone can stay connected. You'll be able to keep in touch with family and friends, work or study from home, and receive vital updates without having to worry about exceeding your data limit”.
Marist School in Auckland
You may have seen that Marist School in Auckland has had a number of cases confirmed this week. Our regional staff have been working with regional health authorities to provide support to the school with communications going out from the school to all their families and whānau this week. Our thoughts are with them.
State of Emergency declared
A nationwide message will go out to all of New Zealand between 6pm and 7pm this evening. It is vital that all your community understand how crucial it is that they self-isolate within their group, minimise travel, practice physical distancing when outside their group and outside, and practice very good hygiene for the next 4 weeks.
There will be no tolerance for people who don’t self-isolate.
Schools are closed
After 11.59pm Wednesday the 25th of March , no one is to go on site to schools during the lockdown. If there is an emergency Police and/or Fire services will respond.
Government announcement about children aged 0 – 14 of Essential Workers
Further to our Bulletin content about self-isolating groups (circles of care), Government has confirmed the following arrangements today. You may wish to forward this to your community immediately.
Where possible, essential workers need to make their own arrangements for childcare from Thursday 26 March until the end of the lockdown, due to limited capacity.
Where this is not possible alternative arrangements have been made so essential workers can continue to work.
What essential workers need to know when making their own arrangements
Essential workers will need to use their existing networks for in home care, for example a neighboor, relative, friend or current carer/nanny who can come to their house, or provide childcare in their own home. There are Public Health rules that must be observed:
THINGS TO DO TO MAKE IT EASIER
Staying at home may present its own challenges, but there are things you can do to make it easier:
• You can go outside for a walk, but you need to avoid contact with others. Stay 2 metres away from others.
• If you are a vulnerable or high risk person, please stay at home and ask friends or family and whānau to drop off anything you need, or you can order supplies online.
• Make sure any deliveries are left outside your home for you to collect. Many New Zealand companies are now offering a ‘contactless’ delivery option, where they notify you when they have delivered your order, but remain nearby to ensure you receive it.
• You can keep in touch with friends, family and whānau over the phone, or through other means of contact like video or chat services.
• Physical exercise is good for your wellbeing. Look for online classes or courses to help you take light exercise in your home.
• If you have a garden, it is a good idea to do gardening, as you aren’t in close contact with other members of your household.
GUIDANCE FOR PARENTS
REASSURE YOUR CHILDREN