Kia ora e te whānau!
We have completed a month of lockdown. I want to acknowledge for many of our families that this month has taken a massive amount of resilience to dig deep and make it through. Kia kaha. I was hopeful for a level change but realistic the likelihood of remaining at level four and today, the prime minister has confirmed that Auckland will remain at Alert Level 4 until Tuesday 21 September 11.59pm.
Once we have confirmation from the cabinet announcement next Monday of a change in alert level, you will hear from us with the guidelines that are in place for level three. Until then, please consider if your child/ren would be required to attend school in the level three bubble. Be prepared to let us know in a timely manner in response to next Monday’s email.
I have listed some of the usual reminders as well as other updates on upcoming events below for you. Please pay particular attention to the notice around class placements for 2022.
Access to School Grounds
The school grounds are still closed for everyone until further notice.
Classroom distance learning programmes continue as usual. All classroom teachers remain at home planning and teaching their class programme. In consultation with teachers, the leadership team is closely monitoring the programme’s effectiveness and sustainability in light of extended lockdowns. While no distance learning programme will replace a school day for our students or meet every household’s needs the same, we certainly aim to provide some routine and opportunities to continue learning from home.
Please reach out to myself, your child’s teacher or an Associate Principal to ask any questions or request any support around the distance learning programme. We are here to help.
Year 6 EOTC Big Foot Experience Week 1 Term 4
We plan to go ahead with this event, hopeful to be in Level 1 or 2 by next term. Please keep an eye on your email this week for further information.
Junior School MOTAT Trip
This trip was scheduled for students in September and it has been cancelled. Please keep an eye on your email this week for further information.
Class Placement Form for Years 0 – 5 Due Friday 1 October
This is the week that we usually send home a form for you to complete to support our class placement process for next year. Due to the obvious restrictions, we have made this form available online as a google form. Please click on this link to complete the form online. Class Placement Form 2022
NOTE: No late entries will be accepted as placements get underway very soon. If you are having trouble with the form, please email [email protected]
Finally, this week is te wiki o te reo Māori 2021 (Māori language week). It’s been more than 30 years since te reo Māori was made an official language yet it is still on the UNESCO list of endangered languages. Language is a critical component of culture and te reo Māori is a unique and sacred part of our country. “Language is not just words, it’s a culture, a tradition, a unification of a community, a whole history that creates what a community is. It is all embodied in language.” Noam Chompsky. In preparation for this week, our staff have been busy recording aspects of their pepeha, please find the latest staff video to enjoy. CBS PEPEHA
As always, if you have any urgent and important matters you wish to discuss, please email me: [email protected]