We hope you are doing ok at this challenging time. Our hearts go out to those of you who are facing uncertainty during this unprecedented time. As a country we are hopeful the measures put in place will allow us to work through this situation as quickly as possible and keep the overall impact to a minimum. Our special thanks at this time go out to the service workers who will effectively be keeping our country running over the next four weeks. Let’s hope everyone does their bit to ensure we take care of this situation as quickly as possible.
Since our email yesterday some further information has come to hand. School holidays are being brought forward so that they are completed within the Alert Level 4 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). At the end of the school holidays, schools will be open for distance learning only, not physically open for staff and students. Teachers will be working remotely from home. The Alert Level 4, at this stage, is due to finish on the 23rd April. Obviously the situation will evolve and we will keep you as informed as we possibly can.
Our teachers have been working hard to prepare distance learning opportunities for your children. Each team has prepared work suitable for specific age groups. Your class teacher will be in touch with you to let you know what the work involves and what the expectations are. We recognise for some, this is a new way of learning and teaching.
We have provided you some options that your children can work on until Friday when the school holidays officially start. We will also provide you with some ideas for Holiday Activities. These are only guides and there is no expectation that you do them. We do not want to create unnecessary stress on families. One of the best things to come out of this is the quality time families will have to spend with their loved ones.
Distance learning as indicated above, will start on the 15th April. Once again this is a guide and you can choose to do as much or as little as you decide. We have limited this to around 2 hours per day. Remember, some of the best activities you can do at this time involve physical exercise and getting outdoors. From the 15th April, you can expect teachers to be available online on a daily basis. They will be doing all they practically can to support you and your child’s learning during this time.
We wish you all the very best over this challenging time period. We will continue to update you with relevant information as it comes to hand. Take care and stay safe!
Tū Mana Tū Kaha Tū Tangata
The HNPS Team