Dear Parents and Caregivers
I hope you are all keeping well and safe in your bubble. A big thank you to all of you for taking the lockdown so seriously. As the Prime Minister has noted staying at home will break the chain 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.
To our essential workers, thank you for your work at this very trying time. I pray that God will keep you all protected from this virus.
The Board of Trustees and I are available by email over the holidays if you need to contact us. Jon Williams [email protected] Ann McKeown [email protected] and Genevieve van Coller is available from Monday 6 April 2020 [email protected]
I wanted to reassure you that our school staff have organised your child’s learning and well-being from the start of Term 2 Wednesday 15 April 2020. The Junior School will be using ClassDojo/ClassStory to send out work and the Senior School will be using Google Classroom.
Key dates reminder
28 March School holidays begin
10 – 14 April Easter including the Tuesday after Easter
15 April Term 2 begins (through distance learning)
22 April Current date for ending of lockdown period
27 April ANZAC Day observed
You will understand the importance of routine for your family. If your routine has been shaken up, like you’re now working from home, it’s good to structure your time. Routines are reassuring, and promote health and physical well-being. The below timetable (targeted at children) could be something your household adapts over the holidays. I have also added some well-being information from the Ministry of Education below that you may find helpful during this time.
A Prayer about the Coronavirus outbreak
“Keep us, good Lord, under the shadow of your mercy in this time of uncertainty and distress. Sustain and support the anxious and fearful, and lift up all who are brought low; that we may rejoice in your comfort knowing that nothing can separate us from your love in Christ Jesus our Lord. Amen”. (https://www.gafcon.org/prayers-during-covid-19-crisis)
Mā te Atua koutou katoa e tiaki, e manaaki.
May God protect and care for you all
|Before 9:00 a.m.||Wake up||Eat breakfast, make your bed, get dressed, put any dirty clothes in the laundry|
|9:00-10:00 a.m.||Morning Prayer and Fitness||Each family member can take a turn in leading prayer.
Family walk with the dog, bike ride, Yoga if it’s raining
|10:00-11:00 a.m.||Learning at home||Reading, Mathletics or Sudoku, flash cards, writing a daily journal etc|
|11:00 a.m. -12:00 p.m.||Creative time||Lego, drawing, crafting, play music, cook or bake etc.|
|12:00 p.m.||Lunch 🙂|
|12:30 p.m.||Helping at home||# wipe all kitchen tables and chairs
# wipe all door handles, light switches and desk tops
# wipe both bathrooms – sinks and toilets
|1:00-2:30 p.m.||Quiet time||Reading, puzzles, nap, radio NZ stories|
|2:30-4:00 p.m.||Learning from home||https://www.learningfromhome.govt.nz/|
|4:00-5:00 p.m.||Afternoon fresh air||Bikes, walk the dog, play outside|
|5:00-6:00 p.m.||Dinner 🙂|
|6:00-7:30 p.m.||Free TV time||Kids shower time|
|7:30 p.m.||Evening Prayer
|8:30 p.m.||Evening Prayer
|All kids who follow the daily schedule & don’t fight|
*Adapted from a resource developed by Jessica McHale Photography
Information and resources to support well-being and support learning at home
- The Ministry of Education has developed a resource for parents, caregivers, whānau and family – http://education.govt.nz/school/health-safety-and-wellbeing/pastoral-care-and-wellbeing/talking-to-children-about-covid-19-coronavirus/
- The Ministry of Health’s website includes Top ways to look after your mental well-being during the Covid-19 lockdown.