Whangārei Intermediate School
Te Kura Takawaenga o Whangārei
COVID 19 - UPDATE 27/03/20 - SEE BELOW
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Ka tū rangatira.
Tēnā koutou katoa
WIS coronavirus updates
Message from our Principal 27/03/20
Kia ora Koutou Katoa,
Re: The latest information from Iona Holsted, Deputy Secretary for Ministry of Education for your information
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 in the next weeks.
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.
Eat breakfast, make your bed, get dressed, put any dirty clothes in the laundry
Family walk with the dog, bike ride,
Yoga if it’s raining
Learning at home
School-led learning or Sudoku, books, flash cards, study guide, journal etc
Legos, magnatiles, drawing, crafting, play music, cook or bake etc.
Helping at home
# wipe all kitchen tables and chairs
# wipe all door handles, light switches and desk tops
# wipe both bathrooms - sinks and toilets
Reading, puzzles, nap, radio NZ stories
Learning at home
School-led learning or iPad games, Prodigy, Educational show
Afternoon fresh air
Bikes, walk the dog, play outside
Free TV time
Kids shower time
All kids who follow the daily schedule & don’t fight
*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 lockdown 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/nathanwallisxfactoreducation/ -
- Tips on looking after mental health and wellbeing during COVID-19 from the Mental Health Foundation https://www.mentalhealth.org.nz/get-help/covid-19/
- a website by the Health Promotion Agency to help New Zealanders recognise and understand depression and anxiety - https://depression.org.nz/covid-19/
- 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.
Ngā mihi nunui,
Message from our Principal 25/03/20
See below. Kia kaha, be safe, and look after yourselves. We are gunna break this chain!
Kia ora Parents and Caregivers,
Just thought I would take this time to thank all of the staff. Our admin team is still busy working from home making sure everyone is being paid, bills are being paid, questions are being answered and the like. A special mention to Lisa, Kelly, Sophia who have set up Zoom so they can collaborate and continue their mahi. Sophia has also made herself available for support to teachers and students regarding technologies: firstname.lastname@example.org Sophia is trying her best to accommodate these needs remotely. Another mention is for both Paul Calkin and Paul Botica, for spending all of Wednesday preparing the property for lockdown; Paul B raced back yesterday evening to stick up more notices saying the school and playgrounds are closed. Finally a huge thank you to all the teaching staff: teachers and Learning Support Assistants who are planning their online programmes in readiness for term 2.
Here is the latest update from the secretary of Education: Iona Holsted:
*Access to devices and the Internet - We know that not all households will have access to devices for their children to use for their learning. We also know that some households will have Internet connectivity issues. We are working hard on increasing connectivity and getting devices to households that need them. This is complex and we will be working with schools and communities on how we make this happen. In the next week, we will be in touch about the support the school's need for online learning, devices and hard copy resources.
*Hard copy material for home - We know many of you have already provided students with material for home. We are working to provide hard packs for children who don’t have technology at home and we will work with you on the best approach to getting this to those children. Our aim is to provide a supply of these by 15 April, if printing and distribution times make this possible. We will update you on this as soon as we can.
As I hear more from Iona Holsted I will be sure to keep you all informed. Iona is correct - there are students/families who do not have access to online learning. The MOE is still working out what can be done about it by April 15.
Take care koutou katoa - be well and stay home.
Message from our Principal 24/3/20
Kia ora Parents and Caregivers,
Iona Holstead, Secretary of Education, issued a notice last night with the following timeline:
25 March - All school officially close at 11:59
30 March - Holidays officially begin
15 April - Term 2/Online learning begins.
Iona has indicated to us in schools that teachers will be working over the holiday break sorting out lessons and preparing work for their students. I have asked the teachers use a couple of days towards the end of the holiday as if we at a Teacher Only Day. This includes all specialist teachers as well (my suggestion for specialist teachers is them to upload lessons to their Youtube channel, flipgrid the lessons and then email the link to all teachers).
Beth Lamb, our G Suite facilitator has been working very hard behind the scene and has created a document and site for the teachers as support. Google hangout has been opened to everyone so they will be able to communicate with their students when the time comes.
Term 2 Learning - the curriculum team has decided the following contexts for learning based on Science - Living World, chemical change and the Nature of Science:
- Puanga nui ā Rua -New Year
- Maramataka - Calendar
- Kaitiaki -Living world, creatures and plants
- Terongoa - medicinal plants
- Preserving food - drying
- Whenua - soil, what was grown here?
- How are our local issues happening globally? - eg rubbish, living nature cosmetic products, flax
The students will also be learning about Puberty Change as well as taking lessons in all the specialist areas: Art, Food and Nutrition, Music, Coding and Robotics, Explo(ring) Technology, Performance Art.
The MOE does have a plan for those students who do not have a device nor connected but at this stage, I am just not sure what it is. I will keep you updated regarding the MOE's plans for online/distance learning once we have been told.
Thanks for your ongoing support during these unusual times. Have a great couple of weeks with your children before the 'new world order' begins on April 15.
Message from our Principal 23/3/20
Kia ora parents and caregivers,
Following our Prime Minister's announcement a short time ago, we need to inform you that Whangarei Intermediate School will be closed from tomorrow 24 March 2020 for all students except those whose parents are employed in essential services such as doctors police, ambo drivers and others. This will give them time to plan care arrangements for their children.
All schools will then close entirely from midnight Wednesday until further notice. We are awaiting further direction from the MOE regarding school holidays being brought forward and we are currently planning for distance learning.
Message from our Principal 22/3/2020
Kia ora Parents and Caregivers,
With the announcement that New Zealand has moved to Alert Level 2 – Reduce Contact for COVID-19 (LINK), people over 70 years of age and those with compromised immunity and certain existing medical conditions are asked to remain at home as much as they can from now on and avoid any non-essential travel. Staff, children and young people in schools and early learning services are therefore asked to follow this advice.
We will be encouraging our staff who fall into this category to stay at home and if possible continue to support school curriculum or other school activities, for example, providing pastoral care by phone and where possible a continuation of learning via G Suite (Google Docs, Classroom, Blogs). This will inevitably have knock-on effects on our day to day organisation, the way in which we are able to operate and usual teaching and learning in some areas. We are anticipating that will have several staff away from school as a result and we will keep you informed as well as endeavour to ensure the school remains a place of routine, learning, joy and safety for our tamariki.
We are requesting that ANY CHILDREN with conditions which fall into these categories, not attend school due to their condition. Student wellbeing is our main priority and we wish to minimise any risk to tamariki, especially at this time and based on MOE guidance, those with compromised immunity or certain medical conditions, by ensuring they are not compromised at school. In order to maintain accurate attendance records, we ask that you leave a message or email email@example.com to report the absence with the specific reason, as stated here.
While the majority of people who are confirmed with COVID-19 will experience mild to moderate symptoms, some individuals are at risk of more severe symptoms. Older people, particularly those with pre-existing health problems are more likely to get severe illness and are therefore considered at risk. High-risk individuals also include people with underlying medical conditions, such as:
*a compromised immune system
Further information is available at:
https://covid19.govt.nz/help-and-advice/for-everyone/vulnerable-people/ for help and advice;
Irrespective of specific medical conditions, should you choose to keep your child at home, due to the uncertainty of this event I want you to know I understand and I respect your decisions at this time. In these instances please report your child's absence.
I can not thank you enough, as a community, for your unwavering loyalty and support, respect and affirmation during these times of uncertainty for us all. We are one and we pull together to discover our potential in times of adversity, develop our learning in times of uncertainty and nurture our relationships in times of concern.
WIS PANDEMIC PLAN
The school will take steps to protect staff and students from pandemics (global disease events such as influenza, COVID 19) or epidemics (local disease events such as, measles, hepatitis, tuberculosis, norovirus, whooping cough etc). The Ministry of Health leads the Government’s response to a pandemic. It is our responsibility to plan for and respond to a pandemic in our setting, based on the direction set out by the Ministry of Health. At all times updates and latest information will be accessed from the Ministry of Health.
- The Pandemic Manager will be the Principal, the Deputy will be the AP Secondary
- Recommend vaccinations, if available, for staff and students
- Have a supply of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE): gloves, face masks, antiseptic hand wash, tissues and cleaning supplies available. It may be difficult to purchase such products once a pandemic begins.
- Personal hygiene measures will be reinforced as a key way to minimise transmission of the virus:
- Cover nose and mouth when sneezing and coughing (preferably with a disposable single use tissue).
- Immediately dispose of used tissues.
- Adopt good hand washing and drying practices, particularly after coughing, sneezing or using tissues.
- Keep hands away from the mucous membranes of the eyes, mouth, and nose.
- Ensure that adequate supplies of hand hygiene products are available. This is a high planning priority as there may be shortages of liquid soap and paper towels.
- We will display hygiene notices in workplace entrances, washrooms, hand washing stations and public areas.
- We will use brochures, newsletters, global emails, notice boards and posters informing staff, whānau and students of the importance of hand hygiene and workplace cleaning at all times, especially during a pandemic.
- We will maintain contact with health officials and know who to contact and their contact details
- The Ministry of Health leads the Government’s response to a pandemic. It is our responsibility to plan for and respond to a pandemic, based on the direction set out by the Ministry of Health. At all times updates and latest information should be accessed from the Ministry of Health.
- use of eTAP for email and text messages to parents
- email/text/phone to communicate with staff
- have notices to place on entrance doorways to school
We will communicate early the possibility of a pandemic and our preparedness to manage it – to our board, staff, students, parents and whānau. Ministry of Health influenza advice may be useful.
- Our communications plan for staff, students, families and other interested members of the community-
- We will have an isolation area- medical rooms x2 if several at once
- We will inform Board and MOE of any required response
- Discuss with staff possible health and safety issues; and leave arrangements for them if they are ill or need to look after dependents.
Response: We will-
- Act on the direction of the Medical Officer of Health at the DHB and regularly check for updates on the Ministry of Health website
- Use posters available from Ministry of Health re cough / sneeze etiquette and handwashing
- Initiate social distancing strategies. Reduce all personal contact- no handshakes, hongi or hugging. Information on this is available from the Ministry of Health.
- Implement an enhanced cleaning routine of touch points and common spaces as a precaution- especially toilet facilities and kitchen areas.
- Establish the isolation area (as required)- dependent on number of people needing to be isolated
- Liaise with our local Medical Officer of Health
- Monitor staff who are ill or suspected of being ill, including contacting staff who are unexpectedly absent from work – has their doctor been notified of their illness? Have they been in contact with anyone? Have “contact” issues been addressed? Is someone able to care for them?
- Close the school until further notice if directed to do so by the Medical Officer of Health or Ministry of Health; or if the school cannot operate due to inability to staff it. i.e. if critical staff numbers and skills required to keep essential parts of the school running are not evident. Decide at what level of staff absence does “business”, such as administration, stop. Decide what arrangements need to be made to minimise risks to staff.
During a pandemic the school will be closed and we will clean thoroughly to destroy any virus. This applies particularly to hard surfaces (for example, sinks, handles, railings, objects and counters). Influenza viruses may live up to two days on hard surfaces.
Influenza viruses are inactivated by alcohol and by chlorine. Cleaning of surfaces with a neutral detergent followed by a disinfectant solution is recommended. Surfaces that are frequently touched with hands should be cleaned often, preferably daily. Information about the appropriate choice and concentration of disinfectants can be found on the Ministry of Health website.
- Hygiene practices should be elevated in a pandemic to an even higher level than usual.
- Remind staff and students not to share cups, dishes and cutlery; and ensure these items are thoroughly washed with soap and hot water after use.
- Remove books, magazines and papers from common areas.
- Initiate ways of cleaning and/or restricting communal use of some play, physical education equipment and office equipment.
- When a person with suspected influenza is identified and has left, it is important that their work area or office and any other known places they have been are thoroughly cleaned and disinfected.
- Planning should identify the basic hygiene practices (including hand hygiene) to be followed by cleaners, protocols for the use of personal protection equipment (if recommended by the Ministry of Health), and methods for waste disposal.
Term Dates 2020
Term 1: Tuesday 28 January ~ Thursday 9 April
Term 2: Tuesday 28 April ~ Friday 3 July
Term 3: Monday 20 July ~ Friday 25 September
Term 4: Monday 12 October ~ Wednesday 9 December
Teacher Only Day Dates 2020
Term 1: Friday/Ramere 13 March
Term 2: Wednesday/Raapa 10 June
Term 4: Thursday/Rapare 5 November
8:45 Roll call/Notices/Uniform checks
8:50 -10:25 Block 1 and 2
10:25 -11.05 Interval
11:05 -12.40 Block 3 and 4
12:40-12:50 Lunch Eating
12:50- 1:20 Lunch Break
1.20-3:00 Block 5 and 6
3.00pm End of Day
School Mission Statement
To create a positive, caring, learning community that enables students and teachers to realise individual potential.
Our School Tirohanga/Vision
Mā te Whānaungatanga ~ through developing and maintaining strong relationships
Kā Whai Mātauranga te Akonga ~ knowledge and understanding can be acquired
Ka tū Rangatira ~ which will allow the learner to stand with confidence
At Whangarei Intermediate School our school values are: