27 March 2020

Tēnā koutou katoa KIS Community

A very good afternoon to you all.  The sun has been shining, the temperature is warm and not too humid – thank goodness.  

By now I’m hoping people will be starting to fully appreciate the importance of staying within their ‘bubble’ to try and slow the spread of Covid-19.  On the whole the government has been very clear on what we can and cannot do outside of our homes.  

The school holidays will be vastly different to the norm and with a minimum of a month’s isolation, it is important to keep some routines in place.  

Once school officially starts back on April 15 (through distance learning), the suggestion is for students to be ready to start some ‘class’ learning by 10:00am.  You will hear from the teachers around this time for further support.  

An email came through from the Ministry of Education yesterday and so I have included some of the content which might be useful for you. 

The Ministry are frequently updating their website and it is very clearly formatted so if you are unsure of anything, please refer to this link.

Ministry of Education NZ

Essential Workers

The Government has agreed that three large home-based providers (Barnardos, Edubase and PORSE) will provide additional support to essential service workers, where workers are not able to make their own arrangements. These providers have national coverage.

The level of demand from essential service workers is not yet clear and we are exploring all options to make sure that essential service workers can do the important work necessary. In particular we are working with the wider network of home based providers to identify additional carers in areas of high demand. 

Essential workers should still continue to contact one of the following three providers if they have been unable to make their own arrangements:


  • Barnardos – covid19enquiries@barnardos.org.nz


Well- being

The following link provides wellbeing support in the form of guidance around helping our young people while they are at home. 

Wellbeing support

Data Usage

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.

Most of my correspondence has been with you, the parents/caregivers.  I have also sent the students an email (to their school address) this afternoon.    

Stay safe everyone, try to make the most of this valuable time with your whanau. 

Kia Kaha

Kim Sloane