Ministry 0f Education Update 31 March
Keeping on line safe
You may want to encourage your parents, caregivers and whānau to discuss internet safety with their children – of all ages. They should agree with their children what they can do online including sites they can visit and appropriate behaviours including:
- reviewing and approving games and apps before they are downloaded
- reviewing privacy settings of sites and applications
- checking children’s profiles and what they are posting online
- check the sites your child is accessing
- reminding children that anything that is posted online will be permanently on the internet
- taking the time to understand what sites they are visiting and who they are talking with and check in regularly
- some social media sites have age restrictions to join, check these before letting your child use them or join them
- monitoring a child’s use of the internet and consider having them use it in an open, common area of the house
- making sure your children know to report any activity they don’t feel comfortable with to parents and caregivers straight away.
There is a unique opportunity during the lockdown of families going out together, albeit it close to home, but if your child is going out on their own it’s still important to check where they are going.
- Netsafe continues to be available to provide you and your parent and caregiver community with support for online safety. They have information for parents and caregivers and have pulled together their top tips for online safety during the lockdown. To report an incident To Netsafe – https://www.netsafe.org.nz/
- If you think a child in your care is the victim of online exploitation or abuse, report it to Police – if you or a child are in danger or a crime is being committed, call 111 or visit your nearest Police Station immediately.
If we all work together to make sure children are safe online, we can make the internet a great tool for people of all ages.
Please see the latest Ministry of Education message. 27th March 2020
Kia ora koutou
We have started into a new phase of New Zealand’s response to COVID-19 and it is very different than anything most of us have ever experienced. I wanted to reassure you that our school staff and Board of Trustees will continue to be available to support your child’s learning and wellbeing.
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 wellbeing. The below timetable (targeted at children) could be something your household adapts to use over the next weeks. A school holiday version will likely look a little different, but some form of routine will still be important as we go through the lockdown period.
|Before 9:00am||Wake up||Eat breakfast, make your bed, get dressed, put any dirty clothes in the laundry|
|9:00-10:00||Morning walk||Family walk with the dog, bike ride,|
Yoga if it’s raining
|10:00-11:00||Learning at home||School-led learning or Sudoku, books, flash cards, study guide, journal etc|
|11:00-12:00||Creative time||Legos, magnatiles, drawing, crafting, play music, cook or bake etc.|
|12:00 pm||Lunch 🙂|
|12:30||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||Quiet time||Reading, puzzles, nap, radio NZ stories|
|2:30-4:00||Learning at home||School-led learning or iPad games, Prodigy, Educational show|
|4:00-5:00||Afternoon fresh air||Bikes, walk the dog, play outside|
|6:00-8:00||Free TV time||Kids shower time|
|Parent selected time!||Bedtime||All kids who follow the daily schedule & are kind to one another!|
*Adapted from a resource developed by Jessica McHale Photography
There are links below to more wellbeing information to support your family during the lockdown.
Some good news to support you either working at home and/or studying at home – Spark, Vodafone, Vocus/Slingshot, 2Degrees and Trustpower have all advised they have removed their data caps and the possibility of any extra charges based on usage.
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. A one-hour special will be aired on Tagata Pasifika’s segment on Saturday at 9am; and on Sunday at 7.35am, Tagata Pasifika will share messages from community leaders. The Ministry is asking you to reach out to all your family members, community groups, friends and group chats to ensure our Pacific community groups are watching the programming on both days.
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
Information and resources to support wellbeing 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 wellbeing during the Covid-19 lockdown.
- I AM HOPE is the youth and community focused support group run by The Key to Life Charitable Trust, started by Mike King – https://www.iamhope.org.nz/
- Nathan Wallis has some helpful videos on his Facebook page for parents and whānau – https://www.facebook.com/
- Tips on looking after mental health and wellbeing during COVID-19 from the Mental Health foundation https://www.mentalhealth.org.
- a website by the Health Promotion Agency to help New Zealanders recognise and understand depression and anxiety – https://depression.org.nz/
- Although overseas-based this is a good list and highlights some things particularly important for children. Remember the rules of New Zealand’s level 4 lockdown still apply – 25 Mental Health Wellness Tips during Quarantine from Eileen M Feliciano, Psy.D
25th March 2020
Our staff and Board would like to pass on our thanks to the many families who stepped up and showed our Matangi Values during this critical time. Your calm steady approach enabled us to put procedures in place to best meet the needs of our students, staff and families. We live in an amazing community.
Our teachers have been working hard to have online learning available. You can access key resources through Seesaw, our Website or the new Ministry of Education site for learning – https://learningfromhome.govt.nz
We understand this is not practical or possible for all of our students, so all we ask is that you do your best to support your child with their learning. This will look different for each of you and that is ok. No child will be academically disadvantaged if you and your family are unable to complete distance learning throughout this time. To see further information on what we truly believe is important at this time check out the Nathan Wallis post that we have shared on our school Facebook page.
A reminder: School holidays are being brought forward so that they are completed within the 4-week period. Holidays will now begin from Monday 30 March to Tuesday 14 April inclusive (a reminder that the Tuesday after Easter Monday is always a closed day for schools).
Please note: At the end of the school holidays, schools will be open for distance learning with both students and teachers working from home. Teachers will be working offsite to support student learning while Alert Level 4 is in place.
As teachers are also dealing with the anxiety and uncertainty, for their own families, I ask that you respect this holiday period so that they can refresh and be ready to return to ‘online’ teaching on Wednesday 15th April.
Thank you all for your support and understanding during this time and we look forward to seeing you all again when we are able to.
Stay safe and be well, keep connecting to each other – online contact is important.
If any family needs support during this time, please contact me directly, as we have many community members ready to help. – firstname.lastname@example.org
Kai Kaha Matangi Community.