Tena koutou katoa
Today the Government decided that we will move into Alert Level 3 on 28 April. That means we will be open to receive students from the 29 April. We will start to prepare our site from tomorrow.
The key message for you is that if you can, you should keep your child at home. You should only physically send your child to school if you need to. If your child has a health condition that means they are at a greater risk of a severe illness, you must keep them at home. If your child is sick please also ensure you keep them at home.
In order to ensure the safety of those children and our staff who do come to school, we will be operating with strict enforcement of health and safety measures.
I want to assure you that we will continue to support your child’s learning at home.
We will contact you later this week to find out whether you can keep your child learning from home, or need your child to attend in person.
For now, we will continue to support your child’s learning by distance while we progress our planning for what Alert Level 3 will mean for you and for our school. We will be in touch again soon with more information. As you have been doing, please keep connecting with teachers with any questions you might have.
20 April 2020
Tena Koutou Katoa
Welcome to Week Two of Term Two as we continue to make history. This week will follow the same structure as last week with teachers guiding distance learning.
As most of you will know, this afternoon the Prime Minister will address the country and inform us of when we will move into Alert Level 3. Following this and after further guidance from the Ministry of Education, we will have a clearer picture of what this will look like for our school community. As decisions are made, we will communicate with you.
I am impressed with the number of students engaging with the different activities. The creativity of the medals made, the smoking of tuna (eel) and the photos of the quiches students have made is fantastic. Real life learning! I look forward to hearing about and viewing the different passion based learning activities as they unfold.
If you feel like pumpkin soup for lunch, check out this video. The students can also access the link via the STEAM Team activities on the food page.
Kia Kaha everyone
14 April 2020
Tena Koutou Katoa
Tomorrow we begin distance learning with our students. From the outset I want to make it very clear that while we encourage students to engage with their school learning, we completely understand that for some families, this is going to be a challenge.
Teachers have been in contact with their students and for the remainder of this week, timetables are very fluid.
Activities have been made available to all students, including a selection from our Specialist teachers. Students can choose any of these activities, not just those from their recent specialist subject. These activities are accessible via google classroom.
You have possibly seen reference to MOE online teaching, via TVNZ. If this is easier for you to access then please utilise this resource.
https://www.tvnz.co.nz/livetv – TV 2 +1
We are looking at providing a schoolwide timetable next week but will wait until we have clearer direction from the MOE on how long Alert Level 4 will be in place and what Alert Level 3 will look like for schools.
I reiterate that we do not want to put pressure on families to engage with school planned learning. For a number of reasons, we understand this may not be possible.
For those who are able to enjoy some school provided learning activities, please do.
Tumuaki / Principal
13 April 2020
Easter greetings to you all.
Many of you will have seen differing reports in the media about when and how schools will reopen once we move down from Alert Level 4. There is a lot of information out there (not all correct) so I’d like you to hear it from the Ministry of Education (summarised below).
There are five main points.
- No firm decision has been made yet about when schools will reopen. This decision will be based on data about the spread of Covid 19 and how we, as a country, are tracking with stamping it out. It is unlikely that a decision will be made before April 20.
- The very earliest schools will open would be April 29. This would be likely for some students only, e.g students of essential workers.
- The MOE (and us as a school) are preparing for several possible scenarios. These include
- Opening for staff only
- Opening for staff and essential workers children
- Opening in shifts so that students can stay two metres apart
- Opening at different times for different year levels
- A combination of distance and on-line learning with staggered opening.
- Not opening for a number of weeks.
As decisions are made, we will try to be as prepared as possible.
- There will be ample notice before schools open. They will not be closed one day and open the next. We will be given time to ensure the school is well cleaned, that our planning is completed and, Health and Safety regulations are in place.
- The MOE has been very clear that we will not be moving out of Alert Level 4 early.
Minister Hipkins is, this week, working on guidelines for what Alert Level 3 could look like for schools. We look forward to his guidance on this matter.
In the meantime, we look forward to reconnecting with you on our first day of Term 2 this Wednesday, by distance. Teachers will be in contact with you and the students to inform you all of the coming weeks programmes.
Tumuaki / Principal
27 March 2020
Tēnā Koutou Katoa KIS Community
A very good morning to you all. The sun is 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.
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 – firstname.lastname@example.org
- PORSE 0800 023 456
The following link provides wellbeing support in the form of guidance around helping our young people while they are at home.
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.
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!
23 March 2020
Tena Koutou Katoa KIS Community
Covid – 19 Update
As most of you will now be aware, schools will be officially closed from Wednesday afternoon. The Prime Minister has put the country into Alert Level 3 and within 48 hours, Alert Level 4.
ONLY children from identified essential workers are allowed at school tomorrow and Wednesday. If you are unsure if your job is currently noted as an essential service, please refer to covid19.govt.nz. From Thursday onwards, nobody will be allowed on the school site.
Other students must now stay at home, as per the Prime Minister’s directive. To stay informed of developments please refer to the various news media sites and the Ministry of Education.
The school holidays have been brought forward by two weeks and officially start next Monday, 30/3. They will run until Tuesday 14/4. For the remainder of this week and after 14 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 more 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.
School staff will also be working remotely as we have been told that we are ‘unable to access the school site from midnight Wednesday’.
Buses that collect or drop students directly to and from Kamo Intermediate will not be operating tomorrow or Wednesday because of restrictions due to ages of drivers. We cannot guarantee the operation of buses originating from Kamo High School.
This is unprecedented for all of us. We must remain vigilant and support one another in a kind and caring way. Our elderly and most vulnerable will need continued support.
I thank you all for your ongoing support. Updates will be on our facebook page and school website.
Kim Sloane – Tumuaki
Tena Koutou Katoa KIS Community
Yesterday you may have seen the Prime Minister’s address to the country. She spoke about 4 levels of the Covid-19 Virus and stated that we are currently at Alert Level 2. With that comes recommendations as follows: people over 70 years of age and those with compromised immunity and certain existing medical conditions are asked to remain at home as much as they can from now on and avoid any non-essential travel.
Staff and children are asked to follow the advice.
High Risk Individuals include those with:
- a compromised immune system
- liver disease
- kidney disease
- Heart disease
- diabetes mellitus
While schools currently remain open, I ask that any unwell students remain at home until 100% recovered. This includes students who are going through mandatory self isolation. These students will be marked as ‘justified absence’.
If your child comes to school unwell, or becomes unwell while at school, you will be called to collect your child.
Some parents or caregivers may choose to keep their children away from school. I understand that keeping your child at home at this time may be the best decision for you and your whanau.
This would normally be considered an unjustified absence, the overall wellbeing considerations or other considerations for particular students may need to be taken into account. We ask you to communicate clearly with the school.
While Kamo Intermediate School remains open, our main teaching focus will be on those who are at school. We will be working to support classes who have teachers away and will be covering some administration duties.
We are working collaboratively to prepare to roll out distance learning. This will include both digital and unplugged (non digital) learning opportunities. Guidelines, including apps and extensions that we will be using will be published during the week. If your child is at home, they are welcome to start a PBL (Passion Based Learning) inquiry.
I would encourage you to spend valuable time, where possible, with your child/ren and perhaps do some things together that you don’t always have time for. Perhaps they could help plan and prepare some meals for the family. As anxiety levels increase, try to reassure our young people that things will be ok.
I would like to take this opportunity to acknowledge the many of you who are, through your jobs, working tirelessly in our community. You may be working in the health sector or perhaps the supermarkets – Thank you for your ongoing efforts to keep us well nourished and healthy.
Please look after yourselves and each other.