Message from the Principal - Aug. 24

Kia ora

Thank you for everything you are doing to assist your children with their learning in this difficult time. It is greatly appreciated.

In this message I am sharing ways to make learning work at your house with your whanau.

1. Almost all of you are not teachers. I’m sure there are very good reasons for this, so please support, guide and help your children with their learning rather than be the teacher. If the work is too hard or too easy or is causing issues - then stop and chat with your child’s teacher. They are experts at managing work.

2. It is important to set up and follow a routine each day. Children take comfort in a predictable routine. It is what we do at school. I have attached a guide that we sent out last year. It is just that - a guide. Use it, modify it, don’t use it - it's over to you.

3. Of all the things you could do with your children, reading to them and listening to them read to you, as well as them reading on their own will be one of the most powerful things you can do over this time. Please do not skip reading.

4. Games are a great way for children to learn many skills - taking turns, strategising, winning and losing and building relationships. Do play games with your children.

5. If you have any questions or thoughts about the school work your child is receiving please contact your child’s teacher. They want to hear from you so they can deliver a really great programme to your children. Please message them through email or Seesaw.

6. If we haven’t heard from you or your child we will keep trying to contact you to ensure you are ok and to offer any assistance we can. Please do communicate with us. We want the best for you and your family.

7. Some families will have children in different classes. I’m sure you will have noticed that they will have different work expectations. This is normal. Different teachers have different expectations. Older students should expect to do more work than our younger students.

Regardless of the amount of work your child has been sent, how you manage their workload is a matter for your family. Some days will be easier than others. Please do try to join any class meetings (Zoom or Google Meet) if you can. Keeping in touch is important.

8. We think education is important - after all that’s why we are teachers. In the uncertain times we find ourselves in these days getting better educated is surely going to be an asset. So keep up the great work!

All the best.

Geoff Franks


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