COVID 19 Update

March 30, 2020



Monday 30 March 2020


Kia ora koutou


It has been about one week since schools were closed.  I hope this message finds you and your family all well and keeping busy and active. 


School Grounds Closed and Out of Bounds

Can I remind you all that the school grounds including the playgrounds are closed and out of bounds.  I have received several very stern messages from the Ministry of Education about playgrounds.  They are very adamant that everyone should stay away from playgrounds for social distancing reasons as well as well as acknowledging that the virus lives on surfaces (such as playgrounds) for up to 72 hours.



Last week I mentioned the importance of setting and maintaining a routine for your family.  I am sure all of you have worked out a daily programme that suits you and the situation we now find ourselves in.  It is now officially the school holidays.  However, due to the government restrictions that are in place, it seems to me a very good idea to continue with some form of routine.


Routines are reassuring, and promote health and physical wellbeing. The timetable below (targeted at children) could be something your household adapts and uses over the next few weeks. This timetable came from the Ministry of Education and is offered as a suggestion.  Your family situation will have a big influence on how you structure your day.


Possible Daily Schedule

Before 9:00am    Wake up                      Eat breakfast,

                                                                  make your bed,

                                                                  get dressed,

                                                                  put any dirty clothes in the laundry


9:00-10:00        Morning walk                Family walk with the dog,

                                                                  bike ride,

                                                                  Yoga if it’s raining


10:00-11:00      Learning at home         School-led learning or

                                                                  Sudoku, books, flash cards, study guide, journal etc


11:00-12:00      Creative time                Legos, magnatiles,

                                                                 drawing, crafting, play music,

                                                                 cook or bake etc.


12:00 pm           Lunch :)


12:30                 Helping at home          # wipe all kitchen tables and chairs

                                                                 # wipe all door handles, light switches and desk tops

                                                                 # wipe bathrooms - sinks and toilets


1:00-2:30          Quiet time                     Reading, puzzles, nap, radio NZ stories


2:30-4:00           Learning at home        School-led learning or

                                                                  iPad games, Prodigy, Educational show


4:00-5:00           Afternoon fresh air       Bikes, walk the dog, play outside


5:00-6:00           Dinner :)


6:00-8:00           Free TV time                  Kids shower time


8:00                    Bedtime                          All kids


9:00pm              Bedtime


*Adapted from a resource developed by Jessica McHale Photography


School Work and Being in Contact

Your child’s teacher has sent home plenty of school work to be completed.  If you have any questions or need more work please contact their teacher through Seesaw or by email.  Also please do encourage your child(ren) to contact their teacher regularly.  Teachers are very interested in what their students are doing and how they are going.


Beyond April 15

The new school term officially begins on Wednesday 15 April.  This is during the current lockdown period.  Next week our school leadership team (Geoff, Warrick and Jamie) will be meeting digitally to prepare for Term Two.  I will keep you posted on what we come up with.  However, school buildings will remain closed until such time as the lockdown restrictions are lifted.  This means that for at least a few days (and maybe longer if the lockdown is continued) school work will need to be completed at home.


Thank you

A big thank you to all of you for taking the lockdown so seriously. As the Prime Minister has noted, staying at home will break the chain and save lives; breaking the rules will put those close to you at risk.  If the rules are not complied with, this will risk the lock down period being extended and the virus being spread to thousands.


Ngā mihi - stay safe


Geoff Franks



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