Kia ora e te whānau,
Happy Easter to everyone. I hope your children are enjoying going on Easter egg hunts around the neighbourhood. I know my street has lots of crafty eggs hanging in their windows.
This coming Wednesday the 15th of April is the beginning of our school Term 2. Teachers have been working hard on up-skilling and creating online learning appropriate for their learners. We want to maintain the best learning opportunities we can in this lockdown situation. Learning will be up online by 10am at the latest each day (unless the learning/project is to be continued over several days). Teachers will not be available all day. They will monitor, respond to and approve student learning as it is posted back to Seesaw, 2-3 times a day.
Remember all online learning tasks will be on Seesaw. If you still need to connect to your class Seesaw activities please click the link below which will take you to a slide with QRCodes for each class. If you need any further assistance, please email your child’s teacher.
Ministry of Education- There are many actions the Ministry of Education have done to help provide robust distance learning.
The Ministry package includes:
- increasing the number of students and ākonga who have access to connectivity and devices by an estimated 2000 this week (limited by the number of modems available)
- supporting where we can with hard copy materials for different year levels
- more online resources for schools and kura, parents, ākonga and whānau available through the Learning from Home and Ki te Ao Mārama websites
- providing insurance cover for devices your schools and kura send to student homes
- PLD to support teachers and kaiako, tumuaki and leaders to work remotely with their students, ākonga and whānau
- TV channels in English and te reo Māori offering learning prgrammes for learners from early learning to year 10. You will see at least one channel will be for accessing educational content from 15 April. This will cover a broad curriculum.
- Extending access to the Virtual Learning Network.
Personally, at my whare we are getting the kids to make a timetable to keep us all sane and on track. I am sure many of you are working like we are. Juggling kids and work in one house can take a toll on everyone. I heard great ideas from friends that they are even getting their kids to pack their ‘school lunch box’ and have an allocated time for playtime before eating. This is a perfect opportunity for kids to learn to read a clock and follow a timetable. Good luck!
Camp – For those senior students and parents waiting and wondering about camp we have an update! Nick has been busy contacting the camp owners and we have managed to postpone the camp and move it to Term 4, week 7, November 25-28. Due to COVID, there will be changes to how the camp is organised e.g. students must use the same bed for two nights. A lot more information about this will be given out once we receive it. We will need to start at the beginning again to find parent helpers, but we are just very pleased we are able to postpone this opportunity rather than have to cancel it completely.
I think that is all from me for now. Keep safe and healthy. If we all follow the rules we can get through this!
Looking forward to seeing and responding to all the Seesaw posts.
Ngā mihi, Kelly
P.S. Pepe is still going happy and strong in my tummy. She is getting pretty big now! A shout out to Blaiklee in Waka Huia who would come up to me every single morning to try and feel baby kicking – if you don’t get the opportunity to feel her kicks, I promise you can be the first RSS kid to have cuddles. :)