Newsletter 1 May 2020

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Principals Update 1 May 2020

Kia ora koutou

Please see my latest Principal’s 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 had 9 students attending school this week with Mr Roy, Mr Jay, Kelly and Janine supporting the learners at school. We have a few more students starting on Monday, but a friendly reminder that if you wish to send your child to school please contact us first before sending your child to our school. Students must not come to school without parent’s and the principal’s permission so call us on 0800 527634 or email lreddy@tamakiprimary.school.nz if you need. Thanks to the staff who have come to school to look after the learners at school. 

Distance learning is continuing really well and we have had 45 percent of our students engage in their learning on average per day for hangouts during level 4. Congratulations to students who are receiving certificates and badges today, who have excelled in their learning and role modeling of our school values. We are still keen to see more students engaging in their learning each day and Sharon our office manager will be contacting whanau with students who have not engaged on a regular basis. 

The graph above shows which classes have been engaging over – during level four of the lock down. If you have a child that has not been engaging due to a lack of device or wifi please let us know and we will do our best to help. Welldone room 4 and Te Puna Wairua for your enagement and also a reminder that Rooms 1 to 3 did not get devices due to break in earlier this year. We have some more arrive today that we will try to get out by next week. 

Device issues: If your child has a device but is having technical issues please contact the Fusion Helpdesk via 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.

MOE Devices and learning packs:

Some whanau have recieved their learning packs from the MOE but the device/internet is still being rolled out. Please bear with us as this is a huge process and from what I have learned the high schools are being prioritised first.

Lastly as we continue with level 3 lockdown, I want to encourage you all to continue to ask for help if you need and stay local if you can. I had a number of whanau who have connected with me around learning and social support. I have listed the support numbers below and if we cant help you straight away then we will find someone who can. 

 

Nga mihi 

Lou Reddy

Awards for our wonderful students. 

Please see below students who will be recieving a digital badge via the https://kete.nz website. Congrats to all of our learners who have recieved an awared from their teacher. 

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 – 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
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 edassist@ot.govt.nz.

Wellbeing:

Helplines for children and young people

Youthline 0800 376633 or text 234

What’s up 0800 9428787

Parent support

Parent Help Line 0800 568856

https://www.maggiedent.com/common-concer…/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 www.switchonsafety.co.nz – 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
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 https://www.netsafe.org.nz/advice/staying-safe/

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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