COVID-19 Update

COVID-19 Community Update

31 August 2021

Morena e te whanau Matangi – Good morning Matangi family, 

We are farewelling many things today: It is the last day of Winter, the last day of August for 2021, and the last day (hopefully), that we, here in the Waikato, and in many other places in New Zealand, will be at Level 4. 

Thank you for all the hard work that you are putting in to support your child/ren in their online learning. I know it is not the easiest of things to manage. So, I’d like to reiterate;  do what you can, when you can.  

Our teachers are working hard to ensure we are setting up learning tasks that are fun, engaging, and purposeful. We realise that some of our children may struggle with distance learning. In response to this, our Rimu and Kahikatea Team teachers will be setting up extra Zoom Meetings to teach some of the concepts in their programmes, when and where necessary.  

Having said that, teachers can only gauge how often to do this, if they get feedback from you or your child/ren. We want to provide a level of engagement that makes your role easier, and more productive for our children. Please continue to encourage your child to email their teacher, if they need support with any aspect of their learning – we are here to help, and it’s our job. 

Our focus this week is on quality – not quantity. We are encouraging children to check their work before sharing it with their teachers. We also ask that your child/ren action the feedback given and resubmit their work for their teacher to re-check. 

Over the last 24 hours I have received some really great entries for this week’s hut building challenge. Keep them coming in, it makes my day to see our children being so creative. We move to Level 3 at 11:59pm tonight.

Here are just a few reminders that the Ministry have out for us to follow when in Level 3:

Education at Alert Level 3

At Alert Level 3, children and young people should learn from home. Schools will open for those children whose parents or carers need to go to work as Essential Workers.

Play centres and playgroups must close. (Our Matangi School playground remains closed).

Schools will provide distance learning options for all children and young people who are learning from home, including those children who need to self-isolate and cannot attend school.

Schools will set up bubbles for essential workers children, to help maintain physical distancing in the classroom and outside. Parents, carers and whānau who are visitors to the school should keep 2 metres apart from people outside their household. All children attending school at Level 3 should be dropped off at one of the school gates.

When to stay home:

All children, young people, and ākonga (students) should stay home if they are unwell. If you or your child develops cold or flu symptoms, call your doctor or Healthline for advice.

If you or your child are told to self-isolate, you legally must do so immediately.

If you or your child are asked to get a COVID-19 test, please get one. COVID-19 tests are free for everyone, including international students. By getting a test you are helping keep everyone safe.

Face coverings:

Children, young people and teachers do not need to wear face coverings at:

– schools

– early learning centres, or

– on school transport.

Children and staff may wear face coverings at school if they choose to.

Children and ākonga (students) who are over 12 years old legally must wear a face covering on public transport.

People with certain health or medical conditions do not have to wear face covering.

Kia pai to ra ki a koutou katoa – Have a wonderful day to you all.

Ngā mihi

Helena Kirkham
(Acting Principal)