COVID-19 Update 26 March

26 March 2020

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.  

In order to promote wellbeing and learning with students- our teachers have set up a Google hangout (video call) for whanau and students through their class sites – these will be launched tomorrow. I would also like to host a once week virtual assembly (click link here) on a Friday at 12.00pm (eat your lunch while you watch). I will be praising students who have been blogging and completing their work and highlighting the staff member of the week (should be all of them to be honest).

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 see example below:

Example Daily Schedule

Before 9:00am Wake up Eat breakfast, make your bed, get dressed, put any dirty clothes in the laundry
9:00-10:00 Morning walk/snack time Family walk with the dog, bike ride,

Zumba/dance if it’s raining

10:00-11:00 Learning at home School-led learning on our class site – 

https://www.tamakiprimary.school.nz/class-sites/

We are also hoping to launch a safe google hangout for teachers to communicate with students at a set up. Parents feel free to join in the sessions to connect with our teachers too. 

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 or
  • wipe all door handles, light switches and desk tops or
  • wipe both bathrooms – sinks and toilets
1:00-2:30 Quiet time/snacks Reading, puzzles, nap, radio NZ stories
2:30-4:00 Learning at home School-led learning –https://www.tamakiprimary.school.nz/class-sites/ and share your create/DLOs on your blog

https://www.tamakiprimary.school.nz/classblogs/

4:00-5:00 Afternoon fresh air Bikes, walk the dog, play outside ( backyard)
5:00-6:00 Dinner 🙂
6:00-8:00 Free DEVICE/TV time Kids shower time
8:00 Bedtime All kids
9:00pm Bedtime All kids who follow the daily schedule 

*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

If you need support with devices or logging into the TLN (Free wifi) network please contact the FUSION Student Support Phone Line For any student device issues, parents and students will be able to get get in touch with us by phone during business hours (8:30am – 5pm) on 09 801 2800. If you need support regarding learning, food parcels or pastoral support for our learners please call me on 021 08471039 or email lreddy@tamakiprimary.school.nz. Our team will do their best to support you. 

Ngā mihi

 

Lou Reddy

 

Acting Principal

 

 

Information and resources to support wellbeing and support learning at home