TPS Newsletter 24 April


Tamaki Primary
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Principals Update 24 April 2020

Kia ora koutou

Please see my latest update below, which I will also share to whanau today during our live stream assembly at 12pm (click this link at 12pm on Friday 24 April)

We have been working hard to maintain a fantastic distance learning programme via our class sites and great to hear from whanau today as we were calling around to check internet connections and which students were going to need to be onsite on 29 April 2020. A huge thank you to our teaching staff for making this possible.

I have been at school this week to prepare our school site along with our property, senior leaders and admin team who have worked tirelessly to clean and prep the school. We have thoroughly cleaned our school and have arranged for Chemwash spray of our external surfaces as well. We will be giving more information about where to drop of children and new class lists by Tuesday 28 April. Please make sure your correct contact details have been updated – as we are calling, texting, publishing content on facebook and on our website. It is the caregiver’s/parent’s responsibility to inform the school if there is a change with their address/contact details.

The key message for you is that if you can, you should keep your child at home. You should only physically send your child to school if you need to. If your child has a health condition that means they are at a greater risk of a severe illness you must keep them at home. If your child is sick please also ensure you keep them at home.

In order to ensure the safety of those children and our staff who do come to school, we will be operating with strict enforcement of health and safety measures. This will include the children (8 students) who are attending our school next week will be placed in a school bubble which is only allowed 10 people total (includes the teacher – Mr Roy). The students attending school, will do the same learning programme as the distance learning as kids at home – so please do not feel that your child is missing out if they are learning at home. Students will need to be dropped of at the school gate and must go straight to their class. We advise all parents to call ahead as the door will be lock and we are advising visitors to make appointments in advance as part of our health and safety procedures. If a child is to be removed from school for family/personal reasons please call us on 0800 527 6345 or contact me to arrange a pick up time.

I want to assure you that we will continue to support your child’s learning at home. Our teachers are contacting whanau this week to confirm if you are intending to send your child/ren to school on Wednesday 29 April, also if you could please confirm if you need a device, internet connection and your contact details such as address, phone and email. This also helps organise resources for learning at home and internet connections if you need it.

I have attached a poster used by other schools, to help whanau decide whether to send their child to school or not but if you have any concerns please contact me as ultimately it is the parents decision.

The Ministry of Education has advised that they are working closely with Ministry of Health to develop clear guidance that will support schools to safely re-open their premises to students and staff. This will help us work through the public health requirements that we all need to meet. As you will be doing, we want to be sure that what we do will keep our community as safe as possible.

Thanks again for your flexibility and kindness to our team as we call you about your child. As you have been doing, please keep connecting with our teachers with any questions you might have or contact me via email or via mobile 021 08471039.

Also for more information around the Alert level 3 and implications for education please visit

Nga mihi nui

Lou Reddy

Acting Principal
Tamaki Primary School
Phone: 09 527 6345 Mobile: 021 08471039

Digitalbadges and awards certificates – 

This is an online way to give certificates and badges to students, that matches with what we already do at school. Certificates can be awarded for school values just like in a normal assembly, as well as other achievements and acknowledgements for responsibilities within the school. 

Miss Ashely will be sending out links to staff and students about what digital badges have been set up at Tamaki Primary and do a demo at virtual assembly on 24 April. 

We will be sharing how the works for learners to access their badges.

If you do not know what a digital badge is please check out the following links- 

DigitalbadgeEd website

Example of how digital badges are used at other schools

Distance learning 

Check out the awesome examples of learning that is happening in our classes online. Our students have gained so much in their technical IT skills through the lockdown and our teachers have really stepped up to deliever learning which is fun and engaging.  

Room 2 – Please see the great rewindable learning for anyone that missed the Hangout in the Miss Gormly’s class and if you want to find your child’s class site please click here.

Room 8  – Class blogs show what our learners have participated in as well. if you need to find your child’s class blog please click here


Children’s blogs- 

Your child’s indivial blog (Years 4 to 8 only) are a fantastic way to stay in touch with what children are learning via our distance learning programme. What they create are fantastic examples of their best work and also fun to share with other whanau/learners. 

Welldone Joshua in Te Puna Wairua, who did an awesome blog post about making riwai huamata – looks very yummy!

Thanks to all the students who have participated and for our teachers who have worked hard on the class sites and blogs. I will share more examples next week. 

Support information for our whanau and community

Support Agencies contact information

Social Support agencies

Local Tamaki Whanau Collective:
This suppor is available to all of our community and means that families can access the help themselves, when they need it and Ruapotaka Marae can provide a wrap around service for the families.

The help line is: 0800 8226254 (0800 TAAMAKI) and we also encourage our community to connect with through the Tāmaki Whānau: Community Isolation Support facebook page – @Tamakiwahanu


Wellbeing for all
Alongside priorities for learning, the wellbeing of students and whānau and supporting them will be front of mind.

We have information also focused on supporting a child’s learning at home for parents, caregivers and whānau. This resource adds to the information we have previously provided supporting conversations with children about COVID-19 –

Further information to support wellbeing
We will continue to build wellbeing information on our website that is easier to find and better reflects how the COVID-19 response has changed over the last weeks. This includes adding resources as they are developed.

Child safety
Finally, if you believe a child is in immediate danger, call the Police on 111.  If you are worried about a child and want to make a referral or report of concern, call Oranga Tamariki using 0508 EDASSIST (0508 332 774) or Email


Helplines for children and young people

Youthline 0800 376633 or text 234

What’s up 0800 9428787

Parent support

Parent Help Line 0800 568856…/self-care-parents/

Helplines and resources for everyone

Need to talk 1737 or text 1737 for counselling or support

Lifeline 0800 543354 or free text 4357 for counselling and support

Anxiety line 0800 111757 or free text 4202

Supporting Whanau online 

While children are learning from home, they are away from the online safety and security services provided by Network for Learning (N4L) at school. So together with N4L and Netsafe, we have launched – a free way to block the worst of the web for students and teachers.

Please  follow the instructions to set up a child’s device for safer connectivity while they learn from home. Remember, no technical solution is a silver bullet. Please remember that all learners are to use their cybersmart learning during learning at home.

Netsafe provides comprehensive support and information to support everyone to stay safe as they work, learn and play online. Netsafe has new and updated resources for parents, whānau and students at

The Connected Learning Advisory
Help desk support is available for teachers, kaiako, leaders, tumuaki, parents and whānau from early learning through to secondary in English medium and Māori medium settings. You can phone the Learning from Home helpdesk on 0800 700 401 and Ki Te Ao Marama on 0508 294 462 between 8 am and 5 pm on business days.

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