Monday 23 August 2021

Kia ora koutou Birdwood Whanau

Like me you probably looked at the emerging cases from this outbreak and thought that some further time at Alert Level 4 was the best thing for our community. That thinking was confirmed today when the Prime Minister advised that Auckland  will remain at Alert Level 4 until 11.59pm on 31st August. I wanted to reassure you that our school staff and board will continue to be available to support your child’s learning and wellbeing in the coming days.

We also hope you are doing OK at the moment – but it is also OK if you aren’t. As the Mental Health Foundation of NZ says, “it’s all right to feel a range of emotions right now. Going into a Level 4 lockdown is a big deal and it brings all sorts of different feelings to the surface, including frustration, worry and even gratitude. However you are feeling, know that you’re not alone – we’re all going through this together.” If you need to talk, check in with a friend or whānau member, or free call/text 1737 to chat with a trained counsellor. It’s free and confidential. There are also a lot of other supports available to you, your whānau and your community if needed.

You will also understand the importance of routine for your family. If your routine has been shaken up, it’s good to structure your time. Routines are reassuring and promote health and physical wellbeing. For our Pacific families, if you are not aware, the Ministry for Pacific Peoples’ has been working to ensure useful information is available to Pacific peoples in nine different languages

A big thank you to all of you for taking the lockdown so seriously – we’ve seen before that staying at home will break the chain of transmission and save lives. Breaking the rules could risk someone close to you and if the rules are not complied with, this could risk the lock down period being extended or could risk the virus being spread to thousands. Please keep checking the locations of interest and get tested if you were at that location at the specified time, or if you have symptoms which could be COVID-19.

Home Learning Television

Home Learning TV can be accessed on demand here or via the TVNZ App on a device (mobile phone, smart tv or tablet). Mauri Reo, Mauri Ora can be accessed on demand from Māori TV for primary-aged tamariki

and here for secondary school rangatahi


Monday 23/08/2021 – Professional Learning for the Teachers

We are keen to continue the momentum for our Positive Behaviour for Learning (PB4L) for our teachers. All teachers and support staff were  engaged in a Google Meet session with Matua Kevin leading our learning in PB4L strategies and processes. It was a great session and gave us all an opportunity to understand the different tiers associated with PB4L and revisit the values of our school – Respect, Resilience, Rangatira, Responsibility

Devices and Hard Packs

On Tuesday a small group of staff will be preparing our devices and photocopying hard packs for our learners. These will be available for collection on Wednesday under strict level 4 guidelines. Teachers will be contacting learners in their classes to ask if they would like a device / hard pack and negotiate a time for collection on Wednesday. Apologies if you receive more than 1 phone call from Birdwood School but all teachers want to touch base with the learners in their class. A letter will be uploaded to skool loop for you to sign before you collect your device (everything is contactless during level 4).

Please follow  instructions about collection and if possible only 1 member per whanau to come to school to collect these resources.

We are keen to push the messaging around daily reading with your child. We noticed from the Lockdown at the beginning of the year that children that continued to read daily with a parent/whanau maintained and in some cases ACCELERATED their learning. 20 minutes a day is ideal.

As always, please let us know if there is anything you need to support you and your tamariki during this time.

Ngā mihi

Jenny Bernard