Alert Level 4 Lockdown – #7 Panui 

Sunday  19 September 2021 

Kia ora koutou Birdwood whanau

It was great to hear that the school holidays will remain unchanged. Having a long Term 4 would be difficult for students and staff. Our students and staff are working extremely hard online and a break is especially needed before the run into our very busy Term 4. Term 3 ends on Friday 1 October and Term 4 will begin on Monday 18 October.

Indications from Government suggest that  Auckland may move to Alert Level 3 at 11:59pm on Tuesday 21 businesses to begin operating again and our economy to be supported. Alert Level 3 allows schools to open for any student who cannot be supervised at home. The Government is asking that all students who can learn from home, to continue to stay at home and continue with online learning.

Alert Level 3 Bubble School 

At present we are unable to register tamariki for Attendance. The Ministry of Education has informed us that our site needs to be checked for damage after the recent flood. Once we have the approval to open safely at level 3 we will let you know. We are mindful of the health and safety of the students/whanau and staff onsite at school and the importance of protecting their health and wellbeing. To prepare for the necessary Health and Safety requirements, we need to register names of students who will be attending school in AL3 at Birdwood School. Only students who are children of essential workers that have no other alternative care arrangements and cannot be supervised at home, are able to attend. Students who attend will continue to follow the online learning or a hard pack will be provided for all students, as it is impossible for our teachers to teach physically and to be online for their classes.


Students will be supervised as they continue with their online learning. There will be no alternate programme provided. School will physically operate for the same hours as our online school – 9.00am to 3.00pm each day. Students will need to bring their morning tea and lunch as no food will be available. All physical distancing and hygiene methods will be met.

At Alert Level 3: 

  • Where possible students are encouraged to stay at home and continue with their online learning in order to keep everyone safe and break the chain of infection.
  • Students may only attend if they are well. If unwell, parents will be advised to come and collect them.
  • Physical distancing will be maintained along with other hygiene practices such as regular hand washing/hand sanitising.
  • Students will be kept in small bubbles of up to 10 students, and staff will maintain a record of contacts in each bubble.
  • Break times will be supervised and students will remain in their bubbles.
  • Students are required to bring their own food, drink, pens and pencils.
  • No students are to be on the school premises before 8.30am and must be collected prior to 3.00pm (please drop off and pick up at the school gate).
  • The school will be closed to all visitors during the school day. Please drop off and pick up your child at the school gate.
  • All activities during the school day such as sport, library, kapa haka  will not be operating.


Te Wiki o Te Reo Māori 

Last week was Te Wiki o Te Reo Māori – Maori Language Week and we enjoyed the activities organised by the kaiako. Congratulations to the tamariki from Te Puawaitanga o te Reo who performed on Friday. It was an absolute delight watching this happen using the online forum.

Here is a link  to an amazing video Matua Kevin  made as part of our Te Wiki o Te Reo Māori celebrations .

Fiji  Language Week 

Next week we will celebrate Fiji Language Week. The official date is early October.

Fiji Language Week provides an opportunity for students to learn, speak, and celebrate the indigenous language of Fiji, through language, song, dance, cultural displays, and community events. Fiji Language Week helps all New Zealanders journey towards shared cultural understandings. Learning a new language gives us insight into new ways of thinking, and to different beliefs and cultural practices. Through this learning we acquire knowledge, skills, and attitudes that help us live in our culturally diverse world.

We look forward to sharing our learning from Fiji Week at assembly next Friday. They are certainly becoming the highlight of our week where we come together as a school and celebrate the learning together.

Thank you 

Thank you for all the support we have had from you. We have a very special community which in these unprecedented times is something that we all treasure. Hopefully Monday will bring an announcement of Alert Level 3.

Kia pai ō rā whakatā

Jenny Bernard