Latest messages from the Principal
8th April 2020
As promised, here is a link to our 'Home learning guide for students & whānau.'
This is designed to clearly state our intentions over the next couple of weeks, with student and teacher expectations. Hopefully you will see from this guide that we are extremely aware of the different contexts each of our whānau face, and therefore pretty realistic, but also very hopeful, of a successful and effective home learning journey for us all. Please have a read and if you have any questions or worries contact Whaea Koren - email & number on document.
NOTE: The intent is to have devices & or hard-copy packages out to parents as soon as we can do this (big project!).
Kia Ora e te whānau,
We just held our first staff meeting post lockdown and it was successful! It was great to connect and see all of our teachers again. We discussed student and teacher expectations for learning at home and these will be sent out to whānau in the next day or two. Likewise, I will be completing my home phone calls to the remainder of students on the list - so expect a phone call from me!Hope you are all well, all staying connected, and not missing us too much! We definitely are missing our kids.
Nga mihi nuiKoren Hopoi
7th April 2020
Kia Ora whānau, I hope that you are all keeping safe and healthy and finding some positives from this situation, such as, having quality time with family, enjoying 'slowing down', having a go at learning a new skill, or just being grateful for the beautiful weather we currently have.
Now is the holiday period for every teacher and student. No work or tasks are expected to be due in to teachers during this two week period. As with a usual holiday break, it is for rest, refreshment and to spend time with loved ones and do things you enjoy (although limited I know). This means that students are not expected to be online or doing regular home learning sessions.
This means that both the students AND the teachers get to have a well earned break, and I am sure you all understand the importance of this. Teachers may continue to set up home learning tasks online, and students may still get bombarded with emails telling them this. But it is important to remember that these are in preparation for Term 2. If students wish to continue to complete work, or if whānau want to continue doing learning each day to get into a routine, that is completely your choice!
As a staff, we are preparing for the reality that this lockdown may go on longer than the minimum 4 week period. So on Wednesday 15th April, when Term 2 officialy begins, we will be back up in running with clear expectations set for both teachers and students, in terms of what home learning should look like. These expectations will be coming out towards the end of the holiday period.
During the next two weeks I will be personally contacting every family to find out what barriers they may face to engaging with learning at home. We will then do everything we can to remove or minimise these barriers for you.
Thank you to those parents/caregivers who have been contacting me and connecting with other staff, to ask for advice or support, or to just have a chat. Communication will continue to be the main factor moving forward. I will always put all Prinicipal messages on Facebook, the school website & email to parents/caregivers.
So thank you once again for your continued support of our kura and for having patience while we get our heads around how this pandemic has (& will) change the face of education. I look forward to the day that I can connect again with everyone face-to-face, but until then look after yourselves and those around you.Nga mihi nui
25th March 2020
Equipment for our kids to keep being physically active:
We have a stash of older sports equipment that is more than suitable to use to keep active at home. Some balls, bats etc. If you are keen to pick some up, then drop into school today . or text me to organise a time.
0277587420 - Koren Hopoi
25th March 2020
Message to Room 4 students & whānau:
The learning at home packs are ready to be picked up at the school office. I will be around today until about 5pm. However, can be around to leave somewhere at any stage over the next few days. You can text me if you are unsure how to get the packs & we may be able to organise something. 0277587420 - Koren Hopoi
Tuesday 24th March 2020
24th March 2020
The upcoming school holidays have been brought forward to start on Monday 30th March (next week) and end on Tuesday 14th April (Easter Tuesday). So Term 2 (even though we won't be back at school) and online/home learning will resume again on Wednesday 15th April.
What does that mean for our teachers?
For the remainder of this week and through the two weeks of school holidays, our teachers will be establishing ways to deliver teaching online and remotely. They will not be delivering this learning until AFTER the holidays, but they will be contactable via phone/email to talk and support you in anyway needed.
What does this mean for our students and whānau?
Use this time to prepare for home learning to occur and to establish communication with teachers, especially if you will need physical resources rather than online resources. Prepare space in your home which could be used for learning.
And, use the time as a 'holiday' (even one in self-isolation), so don't put the pressure on to be learning or doing homework just yet (unless you want too).
As a school, we are absolutely commited to supporting our students and whānau through this time. This is not just through the home learning, but with all the other things that schools & staff support: emotional, social, mental, spiritual and physical well-being.
We are still here to help in anyway we can. Please keep the communication going and don't be scared to ask for support - if we can't do something, we have access to networks who can!
Nga mihi nui
To any of our whānau or students who are a little anxious about what is occuring, need to connect with someone or ask for some advice, our school counsellor Pauline Dickinson is going to be available all hours, and can do telephone or online face-to-face conversations.
Her contact details are:
Also, please do not hesitate to private message the school through Facebook messenger, or our school website contact form. We are all in this together, and if there are any issues or questions you may have, or if you need support with anything else, such as requiring extra food, please do not hesitate to contact us.
Message from Coromandel Area School Principal
Kia Ora whānau,As you will be aware New Zealand has now entered Alert Level 3. That means that schools will be closed from tomorrow onwards. The only exception is for students of essential healthcare workers (doctors, nurses) and police. As of midnight on Wednesday these students will no longer be able to attend school either. Our staff have already started planning for this eventuality and are preparing resources for learning at home, whether this be bookwork or online. Over the next couple of days our teachers will continue to transition into creating physical resources or online learning platforms for our students. Please remember that although there will be avenues for home learning set-up, it is important that students don’t get anxious about missing school, getting behind, or not achieving their grades. This is an unprecedented event and in the end their health is the most important thing to consider. We will get through and they will still achieve their goals!We will be communicating with both students and parents/caregivers about the options open to students for accessing these resources. We will communicate this through our school website, Facebook page, phone and email. We understand that this is a very unnerving and uncertain time for our community. The health and wellbeing of our staff, students and whānau is our number one priority. Heed the governments advice and self-isolate. Stay connected via social media platforms. Look after each other. Be kind. Let’s get this right now and slow down any further spread of this virus. Let’s look forward to Term 2. Kia Kaha!Nga mihi nui ki a koutou katoa, Koren HopoiPrincipalprincipal@coroarea.school.nz
Sunday 22nd March
Kia Ora whanau,
School is open for business tomorrow as usual and buses will be running as usual. Some families are already choosing to keep their tamariki home and that is fine. Can we ask that you still advise the school of absences through the usual ways: phone call to office or through our website absence form. We will do everything we can to make school as normal as possible over the coming days, however, we may have staff that choose to stay home due to age or health concerns. If this occurs there may be some classes that need to be joined together. We stress that whanau coming to school must sign in at the office, but are asked to avoid any non-essential visits. Thank you for your appreciation and support during this uncertain time.
Nga mihi nui
Nationwide alert system for COVID-19
21 March 2020
The Prime Minister has introduced a nationwide alert system for Covid-19.
We are at alert level 2. At alert level 2 schools and early childhood centres remain open, but will be closed if there is a case of Covid-19 that affects them. This will be for a defined period based on health advice to undertake contact tracing and other activities. This means our current practice does not change. We will continue to apply our decision making tool to assess what actions are needed.
Schools and early childhood centres remain safe for your children and for teachers. The best defence continues to be good hygiene practice and physical distancing.
The most up to date advice is available from the Ministry of Health.
18th March - From Ministry of Education
You will be aware the Ministry of Health’s Director-General has confirmed a case of COVID-19 in a Dunedin school following a student testing positive for coronavirus. On advice from the Southern District Health Board the school will now remain closed until Tuesday (Monday being Otago Anniversary Day). Close contacts have been identified and are being tested for the virus. The letter to the community from SDHB provides further information The Ministries of Education and Health are working closely with Public Health services in Dunedin and the school leadership to help minimise disruption, progress contact tracing and reduce the possibility of spread. Reminder – schools remain open At this stage, we are not expecting widespread school closures. We are planning for temporary closures, like what is happening at Logan Park School but as the World Health Organisation has confirmed, the risk to children remains low and parents should continue to send their kids to schools and early learning centres. Consequently any decisions about school closures will be made on a case by case basis. In the meantime, unless students are unwell themselves, then parents should keep sending them to schools and early learning centres as these environments continue to be safe and the best place for them to continue their learning. Talking to children and young people about COVID-19 Given the rise in the number of reported cases, there may be children or young people in your life who experience distress. As a trusted adult, you can help reassure and educate them about COVID-19 – it can be good to talk to them now, so they can understand the illness and be reassured. A useful resource for parents, caregivers, whānau and teachers talking about the virus with children and young people can be found here This can also be downloaded as an information sheet. Up-to-date information and advice A reminder that information and advice for students, whānau and the education sector is available here While the website is being regularly updated with education-related content, the Ministry of Health is the Government agency leading the response to COVID-19 The Secretary for Education joined the Director-General of Health for the Ministry of Health’s COVID 19 update today. You can view that, and all Ministry of Health updates here.