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

by Dion Tia

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 & POSSIBLE LEVEL 3: Updates for the coming Week 8 starting from Monday 13th September.

Ki ora whānau we hope you and your family are well and hopefully we are getting closer to Level 3! Depending on future announcements we are beginning to prepare for Alert Level 3 and Alert Level 2 schooling. If we go to Alert Level 3 either next week, or the following week we have established our plan for bubble schooling.

A reminder bubble schooling is only for students of essential workers who do not have someone at home to care for their child. We typically have had between 10 and 20 students for bubble school at Alert Level 3 in the past. Using our previous experience we have tentatively planned around similar numbers.

To help us begin preparing for bubble school, on Monday an email and text message will be sent out to all parents who are intending to send their child/children to school at Alert Level 3. This will help us make sure we are on track for the student numbers that will attend. Our staff will continue to focus on our digital online learning from home for the majority of our students. This will continue until we eventually go to Alert Level 2. At Alert Level 2, all staff and students are expected to be back at school, (apart from those who are sick, have medical conditions, or have been directed to isolate at home).

NEW ONLINE LEARNING REMINDER: On Monday please visit the Puhinui Website https://www.puhinui.school.nz/ for the new learning for Week 8. A reminder to also check out the Ministry of Education (MOE) online learning from home website. 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

CLASS DIGITAL MEETINGS: Parents can you please ensure your children are checking emails for any messages from their teachers. There are a number of teachers who are arranging zoom and google class check in meetings 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 whānau to make sure these in zone enrolments are completed asap so enrolments can be confirmed. 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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