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!: Unfortunately like a whirlwind we have quickly found ourselves in Alert Level 4. We hope all our families are able to make the best of the situation as it is. This newsletter is to provide you with a few Covid-19 updates.
THANK YOU PARENTS: We are very fortunate and thankful to have a community of great parents and wider whānau who support us and appreciate that lockdowns are hard on us all.
DIGITAL LEARNING FROM HOME: Our teams have met and teachers have begun preparing resources for future digital learning. Currently we have resources available that the teams had previously prepared. To access learning designed by our teachers please visit the Puhinui Website https://www.puhinui.school.nz/. From Week 6 (30th of August) teachers will begin assigning learning to particular groups of students. Teachers are preparing Week 6 work now. Our teams will also begin preparations for mathematic videos and science based videos for learning in Week 6 as well. Please keep an eye out for Mr Read’s STEM tasks as he begins posting these online.
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 to students at https://learningfromhome.govt.nz/resources
KIDS SING & CHOIR FESTIVAL: When Level 4 was announced our choir were in at the Town Hall. They had just performed in the Kids Sing competition and were hours away from the evening concert where they would be performing for our parents. The concert was cancelled and we arranged for the students to get back to school where parents were waiting for them. All went well thanks to Mr Read, Mrs Lameko and other staff members who had gone in for the concert. Unfortunately, the Papatoetoe Primary Choir Festival next week has also been cancelled due to Level 4 lockdown. We hope to arrange an alternative way for our whānau to see their children at some stage this term.
FURTHER POSTPONED EVENTS: Unfortunately, there are a number of events on our calendar that may be either postponed, or cancelled depending on how long, and at what level we will be in over the next several weeks. Rippa Rugby is postponed, and may possibly be cancelled. In Week 7 we are due to have our science week. This may be revised if we are still at Alert Level 4, or Alert Level 3. Later in the term we have our cross country, gymnastics and the Kapa haka festival. These are at this point in time still on, but as mentioned, they may require reviews depending on the alert level we are at.
TEACHER ONLY DAY (TOD): Parents please be aware that we had planned for a teachers only day on Friday 3rd September. It is likely that this will be postponed. This TOD is for the teaching staff to renew their first aid practical certificates. If it is cancelled we will be arranging a make up time. We will advise you of any new dates for a TOD.
Thank you parents, we hope you and your whānau stay safe. We can’t wait to see you back at school (hopefully soon) when the alert levels allow. Please note we will send messages and newsletters out each week, especially 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.
Please see a helpful list of foodbank services available in our community below.