Kia ora e te whānau
Pheew! What a week! I trust that everyone is hunkered down and getting used to life in lockdown. I am not sure what your lounge floor is looking like but mine is covered in Lego, board games and half built robots at the moment. My kids are generally handling everything fine but they did need some structure to support them in making productive choices… so now they create their own timetable at the start of the day with a range of must do’s, mixed in with family time, exercise and free choice. For them it is working really well.
Below I have shared some guidance from the Ministry for structuring the days and what this could look like for you and your whānau, just keep reading.
Before that though here are some other reminders. FYI this is the last Leadership Pānui until the end of the holidays, relevant COVID-19 updates will continue as required.
- 26 March Alert Level 4 commenced
- 28 March School holidays begin
- 10 – 14 April Easter including the Tuesday after Easter
- 15 April Term 2 begins (through distance learning)
- 22 April Current date for ending of lockdown period
- 27 April ANZAC Day observed
If you have been purchasing eggs through school as part of the Supporter’s Club fundraiser the good news is that these are still available. You can also start up an order if you hadn’t already done so. Check out another SchoolStream post from the Office for all the info.
The good news is you can still order RSS Hoodies. The delivery date will be delayed but otherwise systems are all go. Head over this post to view all the info you need including the order form.
Just to let you all know that the school is fully locked up during this lockdown period. All gates, included the pedestrian gates, are locked so there is no access at all.
The decision on whether school camp is going ahead or not is still pending. We are in dialogue with the camp organisers with our questions and I know several of you have concerns and questions about camp going ahead too. We also recognise that the time to prepare, possibly purchase equipment etc is potentially not an option, not to mention the costs associated with it all will put further strain on your finances especially if your regular income is effected by the current crisis. There are so many unknowns, please be patient as we work through all the complications.
Where to get school related help from:
Finally, if you need support in any way or have questions about anything RSS then if it is:
- about learning – contact your child’s teacher
- about anything else to do with school – contact myself, Mel or Troy.
COVID-19 Updates from the Ministry of Education
Provision of home-based supervision and care for the children (aged 0-14 years) of essential workers: The Government has agreed that three large home-based providers (Barnardos, Edubase and PORSE) will provide additional support to essential service workers, where workers are not able to make their own arrangements. These providers have national coverage.
Essential workers should still continue to contact one of the following three providers if they have been unable to make their own arrangements:
- Barnardos – [email protected]
- Edubase – Home Grown Kids & Kids at Home 0508 44 54 37 or [email protected]
- PORSE 0800 023 456
Routines: You will understand the importance of routine for your family. If your routine has been shaken up, like you’re now working from home, it’s good to structure your time. Routines are reassuring, and promote health and physical wellbeing. The below timetable (targeted at children) could be something your household adapts to use over the next weeks. A school holiday version will likely look a little different, but some form of routine will still be important as we go through the lockdown period.
Internet/Data Caps: Some good news to support you either working at home and/or studying at home – Spark, Vodafone, Vocus/Slingshot, 2Degrees and Trustpower have all advised they have removed their data caps and the possibility of any extra charges based on usage.
Pacific Families: For our Pacific families, if you are not aware the Ministry for Pacific Peoples’ has been working to ensure useful information is available to Pacific peoples. A one-hour special will be aired on Tagata Pasifika’s segment on Saturday at 9am; and on Sunday at 7.35am, Tagata Pasifika will share messages from community leaders. The Ministry is asking you to reach out to all your family members, community groups, friends and group chats to ensure our Pacific community groups are watching the programming on both days.
Information and resources to support wellbeing and support learning at home:
- The Ministry of Education has developed a resource for parents, caregivers, whānau and family – http://education.govt.nz/
school/health-safety-and- wellbeing/pastoral-care-and- wellbeing/talking-to-children- about-covid-19-coronavirus/.
- The Ministry of Health’s website includes Top ways to look after your mental wellbeing during the Covid-19 lockdown.
- I AM HOPE is the youth and community focused support group run by The Key to Life Charitable Trust, started by Mike King – https://www.iamhope.org.nz/
- Nathan Wallis has some helpful videos on his Facebook page for parents and whānau – https://www.facebook.com/
- Tips on looking after mental health and wellbeing during COVID-19 from the Mental Health foundation https://www.mentalhealth.org.
- a website by the Health Promotion Agency to help New Zealanders recognise and understand depression and anxiety – https://depression.org.nz/
- Although overseas-based this is a good list and highlights some things particularly important for children. Remember the rules of New Zealand’s level 4 lockdown still apply – 25 Mental Health Wellness Tips during Quarantine from Eileen M Feliciano, Psy.D.
Stay well everyone.
Ngā mihi, Nick