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*** COVID Level 3 Newsletter #2 ***

by Dion Tia

Kia ora Whānau,

Welcome, Nau mai, Haere mai! hello, As-salām ‘alaykum, Namaste, Nǐ hǎo, Chào bạn, Musta, Noa’ia, Hola, Mauri, Ni sa bula vinaka, Fakaalofa lahi atu, Tālofa, Mālō e lelei, Mālō nī, Talofa lava, and Kia orana.

END OF THE TERM 3 SCHOOL HOLIDAYS ALERT LEVEL 3: Unfortunately we still find ourselves at Alert Level 3 and we are not able to have students back at school apart from essential worker students who have no other person to care for their children. All we can continue to do is work under the advice we continue to receive from the Government and the Ministry of Education (MOE). We trust that it is good advice and we know the MOE decision making has been thoroughly thought through. As we look forward, let’s hope that we will get the opportunity to have students back to school soon.

NEW ONLINE LEARNING REMINDER: On Monday 18th October, we will begin Term 4 on-line learning. We will continue to have learning available for all students from around 9 a.m. Monday morning.

Please visit the Puhinui Website https://www.puhinui.school.nz/ for the new learning for Week 1, Term 4. A reminder to also check out the Ministry of Education (MOE) online learning from home website https://learningfromhome.govt.nz/resources .

BUBBLE SCHOOL FOR ESSENTIAL WORKERS ONLY: On Monday we will continue with bubble schooling, thank you to all parents who have supported us by continuing to keep their children at home despite the temptation to bring them into school. We only have a small number of teachers on site for bubble school and we have been encouraged to keep numbers on site as low as possible.

A reminder, please remember bubble school at Alert Level 3 is only for students of essential workers who do not have someone at home to care for their child.

A notice regarding bubble school was sent out yesterday afternoon. If you do intend to send your child to bubble school, please make sure you have read the email and reply via the email address provided in the email.

HARD COPY PACK COLLECTION: Next Tuesday we will recommence with our hard copy pack drive-through collection. This will be open between 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. on Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday. More information will be sent out regarding hardpack need to know information in a separate email.

PUHINUI EMPLOYEE VACCINATION REGISTER: Following the Government’s announcement asking for a vaccine and testing register of education workers, the Board of Trustees are working with our employees to begin preparations for compliance. The MOE will release guidelines for the register shortly. All information will remain confidential. For our parent community we would like to assure you that we will follow the mandated expectations for a register and that all staff members are compliant with the vaccination mandate for those in the education sector.

SUPER SATURDAY VAXATHON: Keep our whānau and tamariki safe! New Zealand’s first-ever ‘Vaxathon’ will take place this weekend on ‘Super Saturday’ (16 October) – a national day of action that calls on every remaining eligible New Zealander to get their vaccination against Covid-19. Tamati Sheppard-Wipiiti, (Group Manager of Equity for the Ministry of Health’s COVID-19 Vaccine and Immunisation Programme) is calling for a massive collective effort to make this happen. Vaccination is by far the biggest and most powerful weapon we have in our fight against Covid-19.  Everyone from our whānau, families and communities please step up and play your part, especially those who have not yet come forward. 

Thank you Puhinui Whānau, let’s keep being strong, kia kaha, we can do this!

Please see a helpful list of food bank services available in our community below:


  • Student Volunteer Army https://shop.sva.org.nz/  This is help with receiving groceries delivered to your door.
  • Foodbank NZ      Phone: 022 045 8184
  • info@foodbank.co.nz
  • www.foodbank.org.nz
  • Women’s Refuge 0800REFUGE or 0800 733 843
  • Oranga Tamariki call centre 0508FAMILY
  • Lifeline 0800 543 354 or free text 4357
  • Youthline 0800 376 633 or free text 234
  • Depression Helpline 0800 111 757
  • Counselling Free Call or Text 1737
  • Healthline for COVID-19 health advice: 0800 358 5453
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