Tena Koutou e te whānau o Birdwood
As announced by the PM last Friday, we expect to remain at level 3 until 11.59 pm on Wednesday 26 August.
This email provides you with details on how we are re introducing the learning programme for students during the Covid-19 level 3 starting Monday 17 August.
We have identified and contacted whānau to ensure all students have devices and connectivity at home, so as to commence learning from home this week. Whanau were able to collect devices and learning packs from school last Friday.
The learning from home programme is not compulsory. We understand that each whānau’s circumstances will be different.
We understand we are the manuhiri (visitors) in your home. As such, we respect that your individual responses and support for the learning from home programme will vary. We know learning occurs in many contexts.
Our learning from the last lock down, was that quality time spent with whānau is hugely important. Flexibility in the learning programme, choice and social contact were also important features identified by our students.
There was a range of expectations from our community, from the school fully involving students across a school day to those who found the programme’s expectations too difficult to manage.We know you will find the appropriate balance for your whānau. The important thing to remember is to stay home, stay safe and practice safe hygiene.
WHAT THE LEARNING FROM HOME PROGRAMME WILL LOOK LIKE ACROSS THE SCHOOL
Te Puawaitanga o te Reo – Kaiako will be available on See Saw / email and phone. Students can work through booklets supplied on Friday and new learning will be posted on Seesaw. New learning on Sesaw is related to Manaakitanga inquiry about our native trees. Students can directly contact both kaiako between 9-3 for any learning assistance.
Te Whare Kotahitanga – By 9:45 am your teacher will host a daily Zoom video conference. Those students who are able to connect are encouraged to do so. This will be a time for the teacher to provide verbal/visual instruction, check in with the class, and allow the class culture and social connections to be maintained.
10:10 am – 3.00 pm The teachers will be available for students or parents and caregivers to contact via email and or Google classroom.Teachers will also run small group workshops during this time.
Timatanga Taonga – Home-learning will be flexible for families to do what they can when they can. Families will have the options of using the home-packs we provided last Friday, the online learning options they have been using in class and also the home learning TV channel. Whanau / students will be able to directly contact teachers between 10am – 3pm for any learning assistance. Contact can be made through Seesaw, email and phone.
Screen Time limit: Students should not be spending more than 2 – 3 hours a day on their devices doing school related work. Non digital activities will be included in each day’s programme.
Teacher Only Day – Our teacher only day which was scheduled for Monday 31st August has been postponed because of Level 3 lockdown.
Well being: If you have any concerns about your child’s well being please contact myself or Whaea Meli melik@birdwood.school.nz
Reminder – if you are an essential worker and your child needs to attend school you need to contact me directly before they arrive at school so we can make provisions for this to occur.
If you require any further assistance please do not hesitate to contact Whaea Jenny jenny@birdwood.school.nz or our DP Whaea Viv vivc@birdwood.school.nz
Thank you for your support in advance.
Nga mihi
Jenny Bernard
Principal
Birdwood School