Kia ora e te whānau!

It is the end of term three. Students had a total of 17 days on school site this term. What a fast change of circumstances from what we had hoped this term would have looked like. I really want to acknowledge our students (with the support of you) and what they have accomplished during this time. Whilst there has no doubt been an interruption to their schooling, this should not dismiss the learning, effort and resilience they have shown to access and participate in distance learning and adjust to this lockdown.

I want to assure you that we are already preparing for students to return, and what this will look like. Teachers will be focussed on reconnecting learning relationships, supporting the transition and the emotions that may come with returning to school, and returning to ‘basics’. Such as strong classroom routines, rich learning experiences that support collaboration, literacy and numeracy fluency and re-engaging students to their learning. We will also be reinforcing our device use guidelines, reducing screen time significantly for our students.

Upon return to school, our school mantra will be focussed on what students can do. Not what they have forgotten or have not yet done. We will build on the strengths and successes of what they have learned and practiced at home and we will make time for them to reconnect with previous learning when required.

Last year we did see the impact of lockdowns on our overall end of year student achievement. However, upon analysis of the mid-year 2021 achievement data, we no longer saw that impact. The students throughout the first six months of this year returned to what we would have expected them to achieve. With time at school, we can do this again.

We will be in touch closer to the start of next term once we have information about what alert level (or variation to alert level) term four will start on. Until then you can find our draft alert level two safety plan for all people on site here. Particularly important to read in regards to school drop off and pick up. This is subject to change based on advice from the Director of Health or Ministry of Education.

Should we move to alert level two during the holidays. SKIDS our childcare provider will be hosting a holiday programme for students. You can find information about this programme at the end of this email. Or by getting in touch with them directly, [email protected]

As we are still uncertain about what level next and when. I would like to share this video with you, Dr Hinemoa Elder and Nathan Wallis discuss some parenting tips during lockdown. You may have reached your point where these tips should mainly revolve around coffee or wine, however as fatigue creeps in, there are some simple reminders that may be useful. Particularly for those teenagers at home.

I would like to confirm that the Teacher Only Day scheduled for Tuesday 26 October will go ahead no matter what alert level we will be in. This is the day after Labour Day. This is so we do not have to reschedule another one next year and also because the staff can achieve what we had planned no matter what level we are in.

Finally, the staff have some special messages for you and our students as you enter into the school holidays. You can view it here. Special Messages from CBS

Stay safe, enjoy the change in pace over the school holidays and best wishes from the CBS team.