Level 4 Lockdown – #

Monday  6  September 2021

Kia ora  Birdwood Whānau,

I wanted to give a mention today of our thanks and

appreciation as you juggle your busy households.

Many of our parents/whānau are on ‘double duty’

over the last couple of weeks as you manage your

jobs alongside parenting duties – which is no mean

feat! I know you don’t underestimate this for our

teachers as well!

After reviewing past feedback from our teachers and parents we are anticipating Google Meet/Zoom/Seesaw fatigue occurring for staff and families as the lockdown continues. We have also noted that our youngest learners begin to struggle with engagement in the learning tasks and this can become a source of tension in households. We are planning ahead for this and will reduce the number of Google Meet/Zoom sessions (rotating times and alternate days). In addition, we would like to remind our families that these uncertain times require a steady and empathetic hand. Health is so important. With this in mind and knowing the stories emerging from our staff I would like to suggest and prioritise wellbeing in your households. Only do what you can all manage. A morning on the screen is exhausting. We are tracking student engagement in detail, however we understand that you are all doing the best that you can. We are planning to keep the engagement up for our learners with lots of celebrations of learning – Assemblies are a time for celebration and an opportunity for us to acknowledge our learners

Learning Packs

We have received extra learning packs from the Ministry of Education. Any whanau who would like these packs will be able to collect them on Monday 6th September.  It is important we operate under strict level 4 procedures to ensure everyone’s safety.

  • Whanau with surnames from A – F pick up will be from 11am – 11.30am
  • Whanau with surnames from G – l pick up will be from 11.30am – 12pm
  • Whanau with surnames from J – O pick up will be from 12pm – 12.30pm
  • Whanau with surnames from P – Z pick up will be from 12.30pm – 1.00pm.

Please only 1 whanau member to enter the carpark – you are able to bring your car in, packs will be labelled in year groups for collection. These packs are filled with lots of activities for the tamariki and will keep them nicely entertained. If you are not able to collect your pack please send me a message and I will arrange delivery 027 2722664.


Preparing for Alert Level 3 

As you are all aware we will stay in Alert Level 4 for a further two weeks until Monday 13

September. In anticipation of a change of Level (at some stage, to be determined) we have begun the planning for a change to Alert Level 3.

The safety and wellbeing of students, staff and their households, continues to be a priority in Alert Level 3.

I sent a message recently about the damage which occurred to our school grounds last week. We are awaiting a property advisor from the Ministry of Education to assess the damage. We have been advised that no one is allowed on our property until the assessment has been completed. In light of this we may not be able to offer onsite learning at level 3. I will keep you updated as further information comes to light. There is a small group of whanau  who have indicated to staff they are essential workers. I will be in touch directly with you.


Supports and Resources available during Lockdown

Translations | Unite against COVID-19

COVID-19 Welfare Contact Cards in English and 9 Pacific languages contains contact info for health, housing, accommodation, food, financial support.

1. Cook Island Māori

2. Fijian

3. Kiribati

4. Niuean

5. Rotuman

6. Samoan

7. Tokelauan

8. Tongan

9. Tuvaluan

10. English

COVID-19 advice for Māori | Te Rōpū Whakakaupapa Urutā


Agencies which offer assistance 

Support services that remain open:

Women’s Refuge 0800REFUGE or 0800 733 843

Shine 0508 744 633

Alcohol and Drug Helpline 0800 787 797 Oranga Tamariki call centre 0508FAMILY CADS 0800 367 222

Narcotics Anonymous 0800 628 632

Alcoholics Anonymous 0800 229 6757 Lifeline 0800 543 354 or free text 4357 Youthline 0800 376 633 or free text 234


Support and information for Pacific Peoples | Unite against COVID-19


Support and information for disabled people | Unite against COVID-19

Support your community | Unite against COVID-19

Pasifika Futures 

If you need a Whānau Ora Family Support Package, please call this number 0800 890 110.


Foodbank Support Auckland 

Foodbank New Zealand | North Auckland Foodbanks

Foodbank New Zealand | Central Auckland Foodbanks

Foodbank New Zealand | West Auckland Foodbanks

Foodbank New Zealand | East Auckland Foodbanks

Foodbank New Zealand | South Auckland Foodbanks

Samaritans 0800 726 666

Outline (LGBT) 0800 688 5463

Depression Helpline 0800 111 757

Suicide Prevention Helpline 0508 828 865 The Fono West (Social Services) 09 837 1780

Counselling Free Call or Text 1737

Healthline for COVID-19 health advice: 0800 358 5453

For people with disabilities or autism and their support people-The Explore 0800 000421 phone service available to provide advice or support. This includes advice or support around challenging behaviours. To access this service, you don’t need a referral and it doesn’t matter whether you’re new to Explore, currently on their waitlist or you’ve worked with them previously. The service is available Monday to Friday 9.00am–5.00pm. When you phone the 0800 number you will be connected with an administrator who will then book you an appointment with one of the specialists.


Stay safe and many blessings

Ngā mihi nui

Jenny Bernard