Newsletter 15 May 2020


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Newsletter 15 May 2020

Back to School, Monday May 18!

The staff and Board of Tāmaki Primary are excited to welcome back all Tamaki Learners this coming Monday.

It almost feels like the start of the year all over again!

Just like the start of the year, we do need to give you some instructions and information, so everyone can be happy and safe when they come back to school on Monday.

School is SAFE!

Guidelines for coming back to school

    • Except for New Enrolments or children with special needs, all children need to be dropped outside the school gates.
    • We can only have Whānau coming onto the school property for emergencies, special purposes or helping our very youngest children who have no older siblings. We then have to provide Track & Trace details for those people via vistab.
    • We will have school staff at each gate welcoming people and making sure everyone knows where to go.
    • When our children enter the school grounds, they need to head straight to their normal classroom. A teacher will be waiting at the door, to greet them, make sure they sanitise and show them to their place. There will be no playing in the playground before or after school.
    • Each learner has their own chair and special place to sit and put their things.
    • There will be a nice safe distance between each child’s place.
    • Each child needs their own lunch and their own drink bottle. Our school drinking fountains have all been shut down.
    • Our outdoor play equipment will all be washed daily and we will be limiting the numbers of children on our Adventure Playgrounds.
  • School Times
      • We are happy for children to arrive at school between 8:30 a.m. and 9:00 a.m
      • Morning tea will still be at 11:00 a.m.
      • Lunch eating will be at 12:50 p.m.
      • Lunch playing will be from 1:00 p.m. – 1:45 p.m.
  • School will close at 3:00 p.m.
  • Picking up your children
    • Our youngest 5 year olds or children with special needs, can be picked up by 1 care-giver only and signed out at the office via vistab
    • All other children must be picked up outside the school gates from 3:00 p.m. onwards
    • Children going to YouthTown after school, will be picked up by the programme organisers from the school sliding door.

Remember there is a Teacher Connect Day this Friday to enable our staff to be really ready for our students return to school Monday!

Ngā mihi


Lou Reddy

Acting Principal

Upcoming events 

       Monday 12 May

  • School re-opens for all students
    Thursday 21 May 

       Friday 22 May 

  • 12.00 pm Virtual Assembly Live stream hereMonday 1st June
  • Queens birthday (school is closed due to public holiday)


Primary school artwork for Aotea Station

City Rail Link is calling on all primary school-aged kids from across New Zealand to paint and draw images that will then be fired onto ceramic tiles and used to decorate our new CRL Aotea underground station.

Click on the link below to find out all about it:

These are few simple rules to remember:

  • You need to be between the ages of 5 and 11.
  • You can use whatever medium you like – including paints, crayons, pencils or pastels.
  • Artwork needs to be square shaped as it will be printed onto 10cm x 10cm tiles to be built into the station
  • Artwork needs to be original – this means no characters from your favourite tv shows, movies or books!
  • When you send your artwork, please also tell us your name, age and school you go to.

Artwork can either be scanned or photographed and sent by email to

Have fun! Be creative! Be part of History!

We look forward to seeing your pictures on AOTEA station when it is built.

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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