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*** COVID Level 4 Newsletter #5 ***

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.

TE WIKI O TE REO MĀORI: Ehuri tō aroaro ki te rā, tukuna tō atārangi ki muri ia koe (turn and face the sun and let your shadow fall behind you).

This lovely Māori saying reminds us to live in the now, look ahead positively, and put the issues we face behind us.

LOOKING TOWARD ALERT LEVEL 3: Updates for the coming Week 9 starting from Monday 19th September.

Although it is not certain, we have had an indication that we can plan to move to Alert Level 3 next week. As mentioned in the last covid newsletter, we have made preparations for Alert Level 3 bubble school.

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 prepare for bubble school, on Monday, 20th September an email 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 9. A reminder to also check out the Ministry of Education (MOE) online learning from home website https://learningfromhome.govt.nz/resources .

HOME INTERNET CONNECTIONS:  After working with secondary schools in COVID-19 priority regions, the Ministry of Education now has approval to extend their proactive connectivity project to all schools/kura nationwide. Once we are at Alert Level 2 we will be sending home a letter to whānau to see who does not have internet connectivity in their homes. MOE will provide an internet modem for these families free of charge.

GETTING VACCINATED: Auckland Airport and other major New Zealand businesses are supporting a campaign to get Auckland vaccinated against COVID-19 – and our school can benefit too.

Anyone who gets vaccinated at the Auckland Airport Park & Ride site can vote for our school to go into a draw to win a $10,000 cash grant and $10,000 of stationery from Warehouse Stationery. Plus, there’s daily prizes of smart phones, mobile devices, whiteware appliances and more up for grabs.

A further $5,000 is available to a South Auckland community organisation, including a school, for the best social media campaign promoting vaccination using the hashtag #vax4AKL.

For more information on the Park & Ride opening times, protocols, and competition details here: www.doingitforeachother.nz

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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