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Kia ora, Bonjour, Talofa and Greetings everyone (Tuesday 24 March)
Some following notices about the four weeks ahead and home learning:
School holidays brought forward (MOE Notice)
School holidays are being brought forward so that they are completed within the 4 week 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, schools 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.
This means that teachers will be ‘in school term’ mode for the rest of this week and then in ‘school holiday’ mode from Monday 30 March to Tuesday 14 April inclusive. Your classroom teacher will be available for you to email any queries between 9-3 during the ‘school term’ dates. They will not be available during ‘school holidays’ as is usual for our normal school routine. Rōpū leaders will be available as well during ‘school term’ time and so will the JED team, Jacqui (Tumuaki), Emma (Deputy Principal) and David (Deputy Principal). Rōpū leaders will be contacting you today or tomorrow about home learning. This will be followed by contact from your child’s teacher and will have varied messages and resources according to your child’s learning needs.
Going forward Richmond Road School Board of Trustees and Staff wish everyone the very best during this time. Be kind, be patient and take care of one another. Enjoy your whānau time and we will see you soon.
HERALD ARTICLE: Monday 23 March
Neuroscience educator Nathan Wallis said caregivers needed to have realistic expectations of themselves as parents as they entered a stressful time and tried to juggle two jobs – parent and teacher. “Don’t aim for perfection. Remember that the research says kids get good outcomes if they have ‘good enough’ parents. So that takes the pressure off you. You don’t have to be a good parent, you just have to be good enough.” He also warned against falling into the trap off letting kids be online all day and recommended striving for at least two hours of device-free time each day.
“A whole amount of online correlates to anxiety and depression and we don’t want this crisis to be that kids spend all day staring at computer screens.”Instead aim for a balanced curriculum encouraging kids to have free play, play outside and let them get bored because it leads to creativity. “Getting bored and making a hut is every bit as important as doing their maths homework on their computer.” Wallis said parents should be looking at devoting at least 20 minutes a day especially devoted to them and let the kids chose what they played with.Parents would also not be expected to spend their whole day with their children and Wallis said the amount of teaching required would be far less as the number of kids was far less. At home, six hours of teaching could be done in just over an hour with the parent being actively involved. Another hour could be supported learning where the parent did their own work alongside them. Most people were “pretty useless” at teaching so adults should instead try and learn with their kids and focus on the process rather than telling them the outcome or answer.
Real-Time Resilience Strategies for Coping with Coronavirus
Conference Convenors of WENZ and Co-Directors of the New Zealand Institute of Wellbeing and Resilience (2020)
“We have entered challenging times, requiring us all to consider how our thoughts and actions might help or hinder our own resilience and that of those around us.”
(Dr Lucy Hone and Dr Denise Quinlan Co-Directors of the New Zealand Aotearoa Institute of Wellbeing and Resilience)
Please find below the link to a brief guide for the days ahead founded on the best of science and also the Co-Director’s lived experiences of working in emergency management and resilience training programmes both here in Aotearoa and internationally. The link contains practical strategies both Lucy and Denise have seen help. This may also help you and others too.NZIWR_Real-time_Resilience_Coping_with_Coronavirus
Real-Time Resilience Strategies for Coping with Coronavirus – Update
School donations will be changing slightly in 2020 as there are new guidelines from the Ministry of Education about donations for schools and the inclusivity of activities for our tamariki during the school year. This has been sent to all whānau and will feature on our ‘Donations and Activity Fee’ tab under the ‘For Parents’ tab on this website. Thank you for your support and your contributions for our donations. We would not be able to operate our school without this contribution from parents.
School Admin Block Refurbishment
Our Admin Block refurbishment is continuing in 2020. The Ministry Of Education, Hampton Jones, MIRO construction, Architects, Board, staff and other stakeholders have been involved in the process to get this up and running since 2016. There is now a very large space between the administration block and the Kohanga Reo where two classrooms have been removed. We will update you on the development of this area later this term. The refurbished administration block is now delayed and will not be completed by the April holidays as proposed. Completion is likely due at the end of Term 2. We will continue to update our community on this. Any queries please contact Deepak Wadhwani on 0277003922 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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If your child is away
If your child is absent contact the office with the child’s name, class and reason why they are absent.
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Drop off and pick up of students
We have had some concerns from staff and parents about the drop off and pick up of children. Please ensure you are not double parking or parking illegally when coming to the school to drop off or pick up your child/children. This may cause incidents involving our children and families so please be mindful of others when parking around the school.
Our online school calendar (at the bottom of this page) will be updated regularly and please read the newsletter as this will have updated information. Notify the school office if you are not receiving these.
9am – 11am (learning)
11am – 11.30am (playtime)
11.30am – 1.00pm (learning)
1.00pm – 1.50pm (lunch)
1.50pm – 3.00pm (learning)