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Glendene School Newsletter 13.05.2020
Noa’ia Glendene Whānau/Aiga/Families,
Congratulations on working together to get us to Level 2. We are looking forward to seeing you at school on Monday 18th May. I understand this may be an anxious time for many of you and that each of your lockdown experiences are unique. Mrs Molloy and I have been back at work since the 29th April and like many of you we were nervous coming back to school but we kept to safe practices and supported each other until we felt confident.
You can be assured our staff will be focused on Manaakitanga/Wellbeing in the first week and planning learning that helps us all to reconnect, feel confident and remember our Gecko Way.
The Ministry of Health and Ministry of Education advise “Under Alert Level 2, it is safe for all schools to open. Safe and sensible practices for hygiene and contact tracing will be the norm, and all students will be able to return, so long as they remain well.”
If your children are not returning to school and you have discussed this with Cecilia they will be marked absent but explained.
Below are the new rules about Level 2 in schools. We will have these measures in place by Monday.
Parents are asked to keep any sick children at home. If a sick child comes to school, schools will send them home.
Where possible, children, young people and staff should be far enough away from each other, so that they are not breathing on, or touching each other. This must be accompanied with good hygiene practices and regular cleaning of commonly touched surfaces. There does not need to be a specific measurement but where practicable 1 metre can be used as a guide, particularly between adults.
Hand sanitiser at entry to class rooms and in shared spaces. Soap, water and the ability to dry hands must be provided in bathrooms.
Where practicable ensure that children and young people regularly wash and dry hands, cough and sneeze into their elbow, and try to avoid touching their face.
Physical education classes and break time activities can include access to sports equipment including playgrounds but hygiene practice should be observed after playing with equipment.
Disinfect and clean all surfaces daily.
Contact tracing registers must be in place.
Due to the requirements for us to have contact tracing registers we are asking that parents do not come on site unless there is a genuine need. If you are a new parent or have a child who is especially anxious you will need to sign in and out as a visitor.
If you would like to see a detailed guide of what Glendene School is doing at Level 2 please ask Cecilia for a copy. More information about schools at Level 2 can be found on this link http://www.education.govt.nz/covid-19/alert-level-.
We are encouraging the same message for home and school:
Handwashing (and drying)
Coughing into elbows
Regular cleaning of commonly touched surfaces
Safe physical distancing -at school it means children are not breathing on or touching each other
In addition to the above while we are in Level 2:
Our drinking fountains will be closed
We will have separate play areas for our Kowhai and Pohutukawa teams-outside their classrooms and closest court area
Our school library will be closed
Our sports shed will be closed
Children to be dropped off outside school grounds either at the gates or at the driveway by the hall
Only one person at a time in the office maintaining distance
There will be no school assemblies or meeting with our tuakana/teina-buddy classes
On Monday here is what tamariki/children need to bring and do:
own lunch and named drink bottle
home learning packs
wait outside own classroom for their classroom teacher to let them in from 8.30am onwards
say kia ora to your friends but keep your distance and don’t touch your friends-no hugging or high fives yet.
After school we will be watching that children keep their distance as they leave the school grounds. Children waiting to be collected will be near the fale in their family groups.
If you have any queries in regards to this newsletter, please do not hesitate to contact our school office: Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Mob: 02108475283.
Glendene School staff have missed you all. We can’t wait to see you all.
Kia ora Glendene School whānau,
We want to thank all of you who are essential workers that have kept our country going through this crisis. Thank you also to all the parents and caregivers who have kept children engaged in home learning. We know with work and family commitments this can be challenging.
Our Prime Minister announced yesterday that we will be moving Into Level 3 from 28th April. This means that schools (if ready) will be open on 29th April for children whose parents or caregivers are essential workers or for children whose parents are returning to work and have no adult at home to look after them. We will give you more information on what this looks like at Glendene School later in the week. Cecilia will be sending out a detailed newsletter tomorrow with more information.
Kia ora whānau,
To welcome everyone into Term 2 I will be live on our closed Glendene School Families page tomorrow at 9.00am. See you all then.
Kia ora whānau,
I hope you are keeping safe and well in your murimuri (bubbles). We will be communicating updates via text , skool loop, email and on our school website and school facebook page.
School will resume on 15th April and as we are on Lockdown because of the pandemic we will continue to support our learners through remote learning.
We will be sharing whānau challenges or learning ideas through our Closed Glendene School Families Facebook page. You can access this through our Glendene Schoo Facebook page. Class teachers will be communicating and interacting with their learners through Seesaw and Sunshine Classics on-line. If you would like to talk to me or Ann-Maree Molloy please just text the school number and we will get back to you.
We have a suggested timetable that we will post and share in the Home Learning tab on the website and on our School Facebook page. Please remember this is a suggested timetable only. Be realistic. At this time the most important thing is you and your family's hauora/being well. Do things that give you joy everyday.
Finally many families may find it tough facing this current reality – children at home, cut off from family and friends, making ends meet, and high stress levels. If you or anyone you know wants some advice or support over this time here are some options that might be useful.
Support services that remain open:
• Womens Refuge 0800REFUGE
• Shine 0508 744 633
Work and Income services centres are closed, however you can apply for assistance via MyMSD or phone the contact centre on 0800 559 009.
If you need some assistance with food these food banks may be able to help out, ring first for instructions of how they are operating to ensure physical distancing:
• Auckland City Mission, City 09 303 9200
• Salvation Army Henderson 09 837 4471
• Vinnies Auckland, Newton 09 815 6122 or 0800 6800
• Hope Centre, New Lynn 02108048436
• Vision West, Glen Eden (Mon, Wed, Fri only) 09 818 0716
This is a very useful website: Auckland Emergency Management.
If you know someone who’s needing financial assistance, please tell him/her to call the free government helpline 0800 779 997 (8am–1am, 7 days a week).
If you know someone is feeling anxious or frustrated, or needs a listening ear, reach out to friends, family and whānau, they can call or text 1737 – free, anytime, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week – to talk with a trained counsellor.
Ia manuia outou uma lava/ good health to you all,
Update on the 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.
The level of demand from essential service workers is not yet clear and the Ministry of Education are exploring all options to make sure that essential service workers can do the important work necessary. In particular we are working with the wider network of home based providers to identify additional carers in areas of high demand.
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@example.com
PORSE 0800 023 456
27th MARCH 2020
Great to see photos of children happily learning at home with families on our Glendene School Families closed Facebook page.
Today is our last school day of the term as next week the school holidays begin on March 30th. Term 2 begins on April 15th. Teachers will be back on Seesaw and other platforms supporting children's learning on the 15th.
Routines help all of us. Divide your day into blocks for getting prepared for the day, having kai/food, learning/work, breaks for exercise, family chores, breaks for family games, breaks for entertainment and going to bed routines.
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.
Nathan Wallis has some helpful videos on his Facebook page for parents and whānau too -https://www.facebook.com/nathanwallisxfactoreducation/ -
Here is a link from Sparklers for some holiday ideas.
Try some old games in the next couple of weeks-charades, pictionary, statues, tag, hopscotch.
This is a great opportunity to strengthen relationships with those we live with. Be kind to yourselves and stay safe in your 'bubbles'.
Key date Reminders
15 April Term 2 begins (through distance learning)
22 April Current date for ending of lockdown period
27 April ANZAC Day observed
26TH MARCH 2020
Please tune in today at 4.30 on TV One for COVID-19 updates in Pacific languages. Remember all playgrounds are closed. Please stay safe in your bubble at home.
25TH MARCH 2020
Please stay safe and stay home.
A message from our Hannah our social worker. Henderson Salvation Army will be open every weekday from 10am-12 noon for food parcels. Phone ahead on (09) 837 4471 or wait in your car until someone comes to get your numbers.