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*** COVID Level 4 Newsletter #3 ***

by Puhinui School

Dear Parents, Caregivers & 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.

ALERT LEVEL 4: Updates for Week 7 (week beginning 6 September).

Ki ora whānau we hope you and your family are well and that you are able to maintain a positive environment as best you can. Week 7 learning has been posted online, so please check the website for updated learning. Depending on how many confirmed cases of Covid-19 in the community, we are more than likely looking at another week, or even 2, before school in Alert Level 3 can begin. At some stage after that, we go to Level 2, this is when school opens up again for all students. Let’s hope it is sooner rather than later.

Please visit the Puhinui Website https://www.puhinui.school.nz/ for Week 7, week starting the 6th September learning. Please note the Ministry of Education (MOE) also has a learning from home website that you are able to access. The MOE have worked hard on this platform and there are a number of really interesting tasks now available for students at https://learningfromhome.govt.nz/resources

WHAT DOES LEVEL 3 LEARNING LOOK LIKE?: A reminder that Alert Level 3 is when we begin bubble school for children of families that are essential workers. This means we have a small number of staff on site and we limit the number of students to small bubbles of children, usually 10 per teacher. Please plan for a continuation of learning from home via digital devices at Alert Level 3. Our staff will continue to plan and prepare learning during Alert Level 3, and then at Alert Level 2 we will switch back to our face to face learning preparation.

As we get closer to Alert Level 3, the Ministry of Health will provide more information on who is classified as essential workers. Thank you parents, we hope you and your whānau stay safe. We can’t wait to see you back at school when the alert levels allow.

Please note we will send messages and newsletters out each week if we have any significant updates that will affect learning for students. These will be posted on our school website so please check the website regularly.

Parents can you please ensure your children are checking emails for any messages from teachers. There are a number of teachers who are arranging zoom and google class check ins for students and some students are missing this opportunity to check in.

PAPATOETOE INTERMEDIATE ENROLMENTS:  The MOE have approved and their Board confirmed that out of zone applications will be accepted until 3.30 p.m. Monday 27 September (in the last week of Term 3) and the ballot held on Wednesday 29 September at 2.30 p.m. Confirmations of the ballot outcome will be sent out directly afterwards. We apologise to whānau waiting for enrolment confirmation. COVID has disrupted this process for all schools with enrolment zones and we have been waiting for direction from the Ministry of Education. If you have concerns please contact us immediately by email. In zone enrolments – any children whose whanau prove they are living in our school zone must be accepted. We do encourage whanau to make sure these in zone enrolments are completed asap so we can confirm enrolments. Best email contacts: Alisha Spiers, School Receptionist – alishas@papint.school.nz or Barbara Ferregel, Principal’s PA – barbaraf@papint.school.nz

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


This is help with receiving groceries delivered to your door.

 Foodbank NZ Phone: 022 045 8184

  • 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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