Term 2 and Covid-19

13 April 2020

Dear Parents/Caregivers/Children

I hope this letter finds you in good health and making the most of the situation we find ourselves in.

Welcome to Term 2 which begins on Wednesday 15 April.  The staff have been working hard over the holidays to consider how we can best support our learners at this time.  While we have tried to allow you some downtime over the holidays, I would like to thank our staff who have prioritised wellbeing and connected with families/given opportunities for children to connect with their classmates over this time.

We recognise that due to differences in circumstances, the systems put in place for delivery of programmes will vary and children's learning will not be disadvantaged because of this.

In this regard;

  • Please know that if you have any questions/feedback about the work set or updates about how it is all going for you, our staff are all too happy to be emailed. 

  • We realise many of you have time constraints.  Your child should be able to independently follow the programme.  During school hours they will be able to post questions to their teacher if they are having any difficulties.

  • We would hope to ‘check in’ with our learners on a daily basis, be it via Seesaw, Google Meet, Zoom or e-mail.

  • The school day in your bubble doesn’t need to be as long or at the same time as a normal school day, however establishing a routine is recommended.

  • While we have done our best to ensure connectivity by way of device distribution (the Ministry is working through this situation), please be aware that distance learning isn’t just about online learning. The activities that staff will post will require a mixture of digital technology and hands-on learning.  

  • With regard to digital technology, teachers will be issuing some guidelines over the next few days.

  • If you would like to take advantage of the Home Learning | Papa Kāinga TV and Māori Television, on TVNZ channel 2+1 and on TVNZ on Demand, as well as on Sky Channel 502. Programmes will be broadcast for early learners and students (Years 1–10) from 9am on Wednesday 15 April.

  • Don’t feel you have to be the teacher, however lots of support and encouragement is beneficial for your child. 

  • If you require wellbeing support in any way, please refer to our school website news section where we have listed a range of supports available.

I continue to be proud of the way that our school community is facing the challenges in front of us.  Yes, learning is going to be different but let’s continue to actively be positive, resilient, creative and adaptable as we prepare to face the new ‘normal’. 

Kind regards

Leanne Stanton

Acting Principal

George Street Normal School

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