Covid-19 Update  - 24 March 2020

Dear Parents/Caregivers

Firstly, I would like to thank the many parents who have sent through their kind words of support during this difficult time.

Yesterday all schools were informed by the Ministry of Education that the school holidays are being brought forward so that they are completed within the 4 week isolation period. Holidays will now begin from Monday 30 March to Tuesday 14 April inclusive (a reminder that the Tuesday after Easter Monday is always a closed day for schools).

At the end of the school holidays, we will be open for distance learning but not physically open for staff to work at the schools.
Please note the instruction to stay home (Alert Level 4) will continue beyond the new school holiday period but schools will be technically open for distance instruction. Teachers will be working offsite.

I have asked staff to connect with families/children over the next few days and have some fun activities for children to complete this week. They will also share some online learning tools and we have a page set up with further resources under students/distance learning on our website. We are ready and well prepared to deliver our full distance learning programme after the school holidays, Wednesday 15 April. 

Once distance learning begins each team will look slightly different in terms of what distance learning will look like and how it will be delivered. We will do our best to provide a continuity of learning and support children while at home. This will also look different for each household depending on your situation. Please do not put pressure on yourselves when it comes to distance learning.   I believe other activities such as playing board games, baking, cooking and having some fun in the backyard are just as important. Take this time to strengthen family connections and look after the wellbeing of one another. 

Take care and stay safe

Kind Regards

Mark Keenan