I hope everyone is doing well in their bubbles and settling into some kind of routine. I have been popping into google meets this morning and it was great to see so many students in their classrooms engaging in their lessons. We are now a week into lockdown and it is looking like we may be learning from home for a little longer! Providing a range of opportunities for our students to keep up with their studies is important to us so we are grateful to those parents who are making sure their children join their class google meets and find some time during the day to work on completing their assignments.
I do just want to make a big shout out to our teachers. They are doing an awesome job facilitating lessons from home - often juggling their own families activities at the same time. I know how much you all appreciate the work they are doing - mainly as a lot of you are emailing me to say that! Like everyone, teachers are also encouraged by positive feedback - so thank you to you too whānau!!
Below is some information shared with us by the Ministry of Education about:
the just launched home learning programmes on TV,
the newly launched information hub for our Māori community
about the vaccinations now available for 12 - 15 year olds
how families can access support should they need to.
Stay safe everyone!
Live and on-demand television content
This email is just to remind parents that there are some really good learning programmes being delivered through the Home Learning programme on live TV as well as On Demand. While these have been set up primarily for students who do not have access to the internet or devices, there are some really cool lessons that are useful for everyone!
There are two programmes on offer:
Mauri Reo, Mauri Ora Kōanga 2021 is a series to support Māori Language learning. It is a very cool and engaging series - I highly recommend it! It screens on the Te Reo channel every weekday from 9am to 12pm. Programmes will also be available online on the Māori TV website and on the Māori+ app.
Kia Manawaroa is the Ministry of Educations dedicated channel for whānau Māori with tamariki and rangatahi in the education system. Kia Manawaroa is a regular pānui that is sent out to subscribers or can be accessed online. The latest pānui focuses on providing practical information to help whānau during the lockdown (see below).
Vaccine FAQs (including information for 12 to 15-year-olds)
Parents will be aware that the government has made COVID 19 vaccinations available for 12 to 15 year olds. The Ministry of Education has provided us with the answers to questions that are frequently asked about the vaccine, especially relating to this age group. You are able to access these below.
Accessing support for food and other essential items
The Ministry of Education has asked us to circulate the pānui below which includes information about ways of getting food and other essential items. It covers:
what to do if you can’t get food delivered
staying safe when getting food delivered
financial help to buy food
As directed by the Secretary for Education, all schools in Auckland are to remain closed until Tuesday 7 February to help minimise traffic movement on Auckland roads while vital infrastructure is urgently repaired.