Nau mai, haere mai ki te wiki o te reo Māori
Welcome to Maori language week. Last week I was introduced to a new app called Drops available from both Google Play and the App Store. This is a great app for learning some te reo Māori. It has both a free (which I use) and paid version and I highly recommend it. You will be surprised how using it for just a few minutes each day will dramatically increase your reo. On Whaea Deb's Learning From Home site she has also included lots of ways you can use te reo Māori at home.
We're not there yet but like many of you, I am hopeful Auckland will shift down to Alert Level 3 on Monday. When Auckland does move to Alert Level 3, you legally must stay within your household bubble unless for essential personal movement. As the Prime Minister noted, the Delta strain is different and under the revised Ministry of Health guidelines, schools are essentially closed at Alert Level 3 with the exception of those few children whose parents and carers must leave their home to work, and there is no appropriate alternative caregiver arrangements. Teachers will continue to deliver online learning and this will be the learning that the students who attend school will be completing.
If you need your child to attend school in Alert Level 3, please complete this form. If you have an appropriate caregiver available within your home, or are not required to leave your home to work, the school has the right to deny your request to send your child(ren) to school during Level 3.
We have posted on our website our Alert Level 3 plan here under the Covid-19 tab.
Information coming out this week
This week we will be sending out information about our Year 5-8 camp on Kawau Island from November 8-12. We are very hopeful that this will go ahead and have been informed that even if we are at Alert Level 2 the camp can still go ahead. The all camp information will be posted on our website under the News & Events tab.
On Tuesday night a final decision will be made about Ag Day and a communication about this will come out on Wednesday.
Following this notification we will be posting out this week's learning. The online learning is also posted on the school's website under each learning space.
Thank you to everyone who has supported this fundraising event. As soon as we can we will be holding this event but we will likely hold off until we are below Alert Level 2.
Your children will continue to look to you for guidance and support. The Ministry of Education have developed three age-appropriate tip sheets to help you talk with your children and work through common challenges and behaviours that might have changed because of COVID-19.
Tips for parents – toddlers(external link)
Tips for parents – children(external link)
Tips for parents – young people(external link)
This free app provides tips on how to self-help, or support others who might be going through hard times or stress. It has simple and creative activities to build wellbeing and resilience. This includes helping whānau identify their feelings and when they feel overwhelmed, where to get support and tips on how to support others.
Download Manaaki Ora - App store(external link)
Download Manaaki Ora - Google Play store(external link)
It's okay to seek help or talk to someone if you feel you're not coping.
There are helplines available that offer support, information and help:
Where to go for help - Unite against COVID-19(external link)
There are also free apps, toolkits and other digital resources to help you look after your mental wellbeing:
Free tools, resources and apps - Unite against COVID-19