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12 April 2020

Term 2 Starts on Wednesday April 15

Kia ora koutou,
I do hope you have enjoyed the lovely weather we've had over Easter and that a few yummy treats have been shared. My husband has now perfected hot crossed buns, and I have been happy to be the chief tester (an important job). 

The 'school holidays' are almost over and we'll look forward to seeing your wee cherubs on Wednesday, April 15 for the first day of term 2. 

I have linked again the email that we sent out before the holidays that sets out how we plan to hold classes while we are still in Level 4 lockdown. 

At this time we don't really know how long this teaching and learning from home will go on for. It is the Government’s intention that on 20 April, two days before the current period of Alert Level 4 is due to finish, Cabinet will make a decision on whether or not the Alert Level will change. They will use the most up to date data they have to make that decision. 

Level 4 has come with some heavy restrictions and next week, the Government will give some guidance on what life at Level 3 looks like.

In Select Committee, Minister Hipkins (Minister for Education) also spoke to the change of alert levels and the implications for education providers and their communities. The Minister noted it would be wrong to assume that all schools and early learning services will reopen at Level 3.

The Government is looking at various scenarios and they will be based on health considerations and requirements under Level 3, particularly managing physical distancing. A hybrid model of both distance learning and on-site learning is very likely at least in the early stages of Level 3.  The Public Health requirements will likely affect each school differently and so at this stage we simply can not yet give you any firm plans around getting back to on-site learning. 

Meanwhile, I would like to take this opportunity to express my gratitude to the Government. These are extraordinary times and I am feeling incredibly lucky to live in NZ. The decisions being made are not simple or easy. On the contrary, they are extremely complex with far-reaching consequences and have had to be made rather rapidly. Knowing that the health and wellbeing of all New Zealanders is at the forefront decision making is very reassuring to us as educators and leaders.

I will be sure to get this information to you as soon as we have it after April 20, but please do keep in mind that it is very difficult for anyone to make firm future plans until the data indicates that we have COVID-19 under control enough to ensure we don't undo our collective lockdown efforts. 

Ngā mihi,

Heidi Hayward - Principal

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