Friday 27 March Update

 

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27 March 2020

Friday 27 March
I hope you and your family are coping well during this difficult time. We are still unsure on when school will be back but currently it will be school holidays on Monday 30 March until Tuesday 14 April. Silverdale School will begin distance learning on Wednesday 15 April. More information will come home to you closer to the time, I can assure you that there will be a mix of “online” and “offline” learning available to your children. Please make sure that you do not come to school or use our playgrounds. 
The lock down period of four weeks to due to finish on Thursday 23 April. We will contact all our school community with updates when children are allowed back into school.

Key dates

26 March            Alert Level 4 commenced
30 March            School holidays begin
10 – 14 April      Easter including the Tuesday after Easter
15 April               Term 2 begins (through distance learning)
23 April               Current date for ending of lockdown period
27 April               ANZAC Day observed

School Holidays
Our teachers will be on “school holidays” from Monday 30 March until Tuesday 14 April. They won’t be checking their emails regularly so might take some time to answer or not answer your emails at all. They will do their best to get back to you.

Key lockdown messages from the Prime Minister (Select Committee Media Briefing 25 March)

  • If the virus is left unchecked it will have an unacceptable toll on New Zealanders
  • Staying at home will break the chain and save lives
  • Breaking the rules could risk someone close to you
  • if the rules are not complied with, this could risk the lock down period being extended or could risk the virus being spread to thousands
  • Success will not be instant. The benefit of actions taken today will not be felt for many days to come. People need to expect the numbers to continue rising, because they will. Modelling indicates that New Zealand could have several thousand cases before today’s measures have an impact. However, if everyone sticks to the rules there will be change over time
  • Act like you have COVID-19. Every move you make could be a risk to someone else. That is how New Zealanders must collectively think now
  • All New Zealanders are urged to be calm, be kind, stay at home
  • if people have no explanation of why they are outside the Police will remind them of their obligations and can take enforcement actions if they feel it is necessary
  • New Zealanders will want to do the right thing. The Government is being as clear as they can on the guidance and Police will be working with people to help them understand
  • Government’s goal is to keep people connected to their employer through the wage subsidy, and said if that was not happening then they have the backup mechanism of the welfare system
  • In regard to those overseas – even under the most difficult of circumstances – New Zealand is their home.

Wellbeing for all

The link below has information focused on wellbeing and supporting a child’s learning at home for parents, caregivers and whānau.

http://education.govt.nz/school/health-safety-and-wellbeing/pastoral-care-and-wellbeing/talking-to-children-about-covid-19-coronavirus/.

 

Further information to support wellbeing
The Ministry of Health’s website includes Top ways to look after your mental wellbeing during the Covid-19 lockdown.


https://www.iamhope.org.nz/ – I AM HOPE is the youth and community focused support group run by The Key to Life Charitable Trust, started by Mike King.


https://www.facebook.com/nathanwallisxfactoreducation/ – Nathan Wallis has some helpful videos on his Facebook page for parents and whānau


https://www.mentalhealth.org.nz/get-help/covid-19/ – tips on looking after mental health and wellbeing during COVID-19 from the Mental Health foundation


https://depression.org.nz/covid-19/ – a website by the Health Promotion Agency to help New Zealanders recognise and understand depression and anxiety. 


25 Mental Health Wellness Tips during Quarantine from Eileen M Feliciano, Psy.D. – although overseas-based this is a good list and highlights some things particularly important for children. Remember the rules of New Zealand’s level 4 lockdown still apply.

 

Remember, be kind to yourself and others.

If you have any questions please contact me cameronlockie@silverdaleprimary.school.nz 

Cameron Lockie

Tumuaki/Principal 

 

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