Tena koutou katoa

As we near the end of a shortened week, I want to take this opportunity to praise the way the students have continued to engage with their learning at school since returning from an extended break.  I had promised the school a free mufti day before we went into lockdown and so this will be held tomorrow.   

We have noticed that a few students are coming to school exceptionally tired and admit to being up very late on their devices.  While we acknowledge this as an international problem,  where possible please help your child to get at least 8 hours sleep a night.  Don’t be afraid of turning the wifi off when you go to bed:)

I met with a selection of students earlier this week to discuss their thoughts on distance learning through lockdown.  Some aspects the students enjoyed during lockdown included:

  • Having control over when they engaged with learning
  • Being able to focus without interruption
  • Asking parents for help
  • Taking a break when they wanted to
  • Online meetings with teachers and classmates

Aspects they found challenging:

  • Technical issues (sharing devices, lack of data, no internet at home)
  • Being overwhelmed with some of the learning activities 
  • Parents giving us too many chores 🙂
  • Missing friends
  • Arguing with parents 
  • Teacher not replying to emails straight away

To continue with some of the positives of distance learning, some teachers have started giving students more choice of ‘buy in’ workshops and planning their timetable for the day.  Feedback has been very positive from all involved.  

Our written reporting format will be different for mid year.  We will be sharing the students’ rubrics with you towards the end of term and then in Week Two, Term Three we will hold student/parent/teacher conferences.  This will coincide with the school Science Fair.  

During the next few weeks we will offer small group informal workshops to help parents understand the rubrics as these are a good way to show current achievement, next steps in learning and progress.   We will send out some dates and times next week. 

In closing, we look forward to having all students back at school at Level One which will hopefully be next week.  A polite reminder though, if your child is unwell, please keep them at home until they are able to cope with a full school day.  

Kim Sloane