24 March 2020

Tēnā koutou katoa KIS Community

With over 24 hours since we had notification that much of our country is going into isolation, we have had time to think about what that means for each of us.  School holiday plans will be drastically changed for many along with arrangements for the following weeks.

The school holidays have been brought forward by two weeks and now start on Monday 30 March. For the remainder of this week and from 15 April, students are welcome to engage with learning activities posted on our website or through google classroom.  In addition to digital activities, we encourage students to participate in some life skill based activities, e.g. planning and preparing a meal, planting out a vegetable garden, checking out the weather conditions to see if they are suitable for fishing, or making a fitness plan for the family.  

From April 15, teachers will be available from 10am – 12pm online to discuss learning with students.  Around these times, teachers will be responding to emails / messages from students to support them with learning.  While we hope students can engage in learning after the holidays, we are placing no expectation for that to happen. If having some sort of normality in engaging with school learning will help, let’s encourage students to do so.  

Information on our school website regarding distance learning can be found under the ‘Our Parents’ tab. 

Managing emotional and social well-being is a priority for everyone in New Zealand at the moment. Teachers will not be available to support online learning during the school holidays. 

When school reopens and we return to normality, we will enjoy some fun activities with the students. 

Please take care everyone, look after yourselves and each other.  Thank you to all those who are involved in any aspect of ‘essential services’ – directly or indirectly.  You are all doing an amazing job!

Nga mihi nui

Kim Sloane