COVID-19 Update 23rd March 2020

23rd March 2020


COVID-19 Update


Kia ora koutou

With today’s announcement by the Government that we are moving to Level 4 of the alert plan from Wednesday at midnight  we are implementing with urgency our plan to support your child’s learning from home. We appreciate this is a sudden and significant change, and will be heavily disruptive to many people in our community.


School for essential workers children


For children of essential workers, we look forward to seeing your child here at school on Tuesday and Wednesday morning at 8.30am, please meet in the library.  You may wish to check if you are considered an essential worker –   those roles include doctors, nurses, ambulance drivers and police.


We continue to ask that children who are not well, do not attend school.

For all other children, we will be supporting their learning from your home in the following ways:

  • Through online learning, all parents received an email with detailed information this afternoon on how this will work.

  • Online learning at home will officially start on Wednesday, this will allow teachers time to focus on their families as we adjust to the weeks ahead. Please be patient as we work through the systems and processes as we get things underway.

  • Teachers will be in regular communication with families.

  • If you have any questions please email your child’s teacher


Learning after this week

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

Your child will be looking to you for guidance in this time of uncertainty.  Parents, caregivers, whānau and teachers will have a particularly important part to play in reassuring children at this time. If you haven’t already done so, you may wish to read the information put together by the Ministry of Education to support your conversations with your children – Talking to children about COVID-19

As noted by the Prime Minister these restrictions are our best chance to slow the virus in New Zealand and to save lives. We all have a clear role here to slow the spread of COVID-19.


We will continue to communicate with you over the coming days. Thank you for your ongoing support of our school staff and school community.


Ngā mihi


Zane Wilson