WHAKATANE INTERMEDIATE SCHOOL

Ki te kura tuatahi o Whakatane naumai       

Welcome to Whakatane Intermediate School

 


Mission Statement

" A friendly, caring school with quality learning and quality behaviour that respects the needs of the individual student in the spirit of partnership between the school, caregivers and the community."

 

 

 “He kura manaaki, he kura atawhai i nga tikanga rangatira, nga tikanga ahua noho o te tauira i roto i te wairua ngatahi kei waenganui i te kura, nga kaitiaki me te iwi kainga.”

 



He waka eke noa.

 

We are all in this together.


27th March 2020

 

Kia Ora Whanau, 

 

As we all know the current lockdown has been underway for 2 days officially and a few more for a lot of people.  It is worrying to see the number of cases rising sharply but it is expected to do so for another week before the numbers start to decline.  All we can do is follow the advice, as it will stop it from getting out of control.  The positive information is that 27 people have recovered and as of yet, no one is in ICU and most cases are linked to overseas travel in some way.  At this stage, we know of no Covid 19 cases connected with the school or our community. 

 

I have been in touch with the staff and it is amazing to hear the numbers of students engaging in their online learning or with their hardcopy learning booklets.  Well done for encouraging this and if there are any questions, please email your child’s teacher.  We also have our SENCO and Learning Support Coordinator available with suggestions, resources and advice on how to deal with any learning concerns, again email your child's teacher and they will pass it on.  While staff are available via email for any questions, I also ask that you are mindful of contacting staff during normal school hours only.  Our staff also need time in managing their own whanau situations.

 

Holiday Date Change.

 

A quick change of holiday dates from previously indicated and are as follows:

The school holidays begin on Monday 30th March and finish on Tuesday 14th April.  Teachers will not be providing work during the holiday period.  The school will restart its online/distance learning from Wednesday 15th April and continue until such time when we can physically reopen for teaching onsite.  Your child's teacher will be in touch at this time to welcome you back to the second term and with further learning instructions. 

 

A reminder that our school grounds, the adventure playground, basketball courts etc are all closed until further notice.  Please ensure that your children stay away and off these areas, if they are out for a walk etc.  This is in line with all public parks and playgrounds being closed. 

 

Supporting learning from home - Websites from the Ministry of Education

 

The websites include resources for parents and whānau, teachers and leaders. Resources span the learning pathway from early learning through to senior secondary, and more resources will be added as they’re developed.  The information and resources are available at https://www.learningfromhome.govt.nz/ and https://www.kauwhatareo.govt.nz/ki-te-ao-marama/

 

Information and resources to support wellbeing - Websites from the Ministry of Education

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.

 

Supporting learning from home - Advice from Whakatane Intermediate

You will understand the importance of routine for your family. If your routine has been shaken up, like you’re now working from home, it’s good to structure your time. Routines are reassuring, and promote health and physical wellbeing. The below timetable (targeted at children) could be something your household adapts to use over the next few weeks. A school holiday version will likely look a little different, but some form of routine will still be important as we go through the lockdown period. An example for you is below, this is simply a suggestion and you can alter to suit!.

 

Daily Schedule

Before 9:00am

Wake up

Eat breakfast, make your bed, get dressed, put any dirty clothes in the laundry

9:00-10:00

Morning walk

Family walk with the dog, bike ride,

Yoga if it’s raining

10:00-11:00

Learning at home

School-led learning or Sudoku, books, flash cards, study guide, journal etc

11:00-12:00

Creative time

Legos, magnatiles, drawing, crafting, play music, cook or bake etc.

12:00 pm

Lunch :)

12:30

Helping at home

# wipe all kitchen tables and chairs

# wipe all door handles, light switches and desk tops

# wipe both bathrooms - sinks and toilets

1:00-2:30

Quiet time

Reading, puzzles, nap, radio NZ stories

2:30-4:00

Learning at home

School-led learning or iPad games, Prodigy, Educational show

4:00-5:00

Afternoon fresh air

Bikes, walk the dog, play outside

5:00-6:00

Dinner :)

6:00-8:00

Free TV time

Kids shower time

8:00

Bedtime

Whanau time - reading stories together, sharing their learning, and planning the next day. 

9:00pm

Bedtime

 

 

Remember to make sure you keep yourselves, your friends and your whanau safe.  Stay connected with loved ones, keep positive and take the time to plan your activities.  The school will keep updating you as often as possible throughout the next four weeks.             

 

Ngā mihi

Mike Webster

 

 


25th March 2020 

A message from our Principal.

    Kia Ora Whanau,

 

It is a very different situation to write my comment for this week's newsletter given the circumstances around the country and now as it doubles as the last official week of this term. There is not much more to add from what I have said on the Facebook posts but I came across this message from another principal in New Zealand. I thought it was very relevant and should help keep things in perspective. Our staff have provided plenty of work to get through the next 4-6 weeks, and while we encourage you to engage with them and their learning on a regular basis, we do realise that a positive and strong mental health and well being is also vital at this time.  

 

Dear parents with school aged children

You might be inclined to create a minute by minute schedule for your kids. You have high hopes of hours of learning, including online activities, science experiments, and book reports. You’ll limit technology until everything is done! But here’s the thing…

Our kids are just as scared as we are right now. Our kids not only can hear everything that is going on around them, but they feel our constant tension and anxiety. They have never experienced anything like this before. Although the idea of being off of school for weeks sounds awesome, they are probably picturing a fun time like summer break, not the reality of being trapped at home and not seeing their friends.

 

Over the coming weeks, you will see an increase in behaviour issues with your kids. Whether it’s anxiety, or anger, or protest that they can’t do things normally - it will happen. You’ll see more meltdowns, tantrums, and oppositional behaviour in the coming weeks. This is normal and expected under these circumstances.

 What kids need right now is to feel comforted and loved. To feel like it’s all going to be ok. And that might mean that you tear up your perfect schedule and love on your kids a bit more. Play outside and go on walks. Bake cookies and paint pictures. Play board games and watch movies. Do a science experiment together or find virtual field trips of the zoo. Start a book and read together as a family. Snuggle under warm blankets and do nothing.

 Don’t worry about them regressing in school. Every single kid is in this boat and they all will be ok. When we are back in the classroom, we will all course correct and meet them where they are. Teachers are experts at this! Don’t pick fights with your kids because they don’t want to do math. Don’t scream at your kids for not following the schedule. Don’t mandate 2 hours of learning time if they are resisting it.

 If I can leave you with one thing, it’s this: at the end of all of this, your kids’ mental health will be more important than their academic skills. And how they felt during this time will stay with them long after the memory of what they did during those weeks is long gone. So keep that in mind, every single day…

 

I trust this helps you manage the immediate future and I look forward to meeting the students and whanau of our school when we reopen for onsite learning. I also ask that you keep connected with our Facebook page and website, as this is how the school will communicate with you during this time and keep you informed.

 

Take care and stay safe

Nga Mihi

 

Mike Webster


Coronavirus Update,

24th March 2020

 

Kia Ora Whanau, 

 

By now you will be well into preparing for the next month as the country moves towards the level 4 lockdown that begins from midnight Wednesday.  While we are open until then, it is for children of essential services only and it appears most of these whanau have made arrangements already.  Our school will be completely closed to all staff and students from midnight of Wednesday 25th March and until further notice.

 

Teaching and learning programmes and expectations update.

 

Further information around the school holidays from the Ministry of Education was emailed last night and compliments the information posted yesterday.  It will work as follows:

 

Online or distance learning is available from today and until the end of this week, Friday 27th March.  The school holidays will now officially begin on Monday 30th March and finish on Monday 13th April, and include the Easter holiday days.  Teachers will not be providing work during the holiday period.  The school will restart its online/distance learning from Tuesday 14th April and continue daily until such time when we can physically reopen for teaching onsite.  

 

The planning and preparation for both online and hardcopy packs (for those without access to devices/internet) has been completed and can be collected from the school office on Wednesday 25 March, 9am-12pm.  

 

The staff will provide enough learning activities for about 3 hours maximum of focussed learning time a day.  This is so each student can still have sufficient breaks and down time where they can do other activities.  Staff and the Senior Leadership team will be available online from 9am to 3pm each day.  They have been asked to monitor their email and Google Drives to be able to answer any questions regarding your child's learning.  All students should log into their google drive each day to check for any new work. 

 

While staff are available via email for any questions, I also ask that you are mindful of contacting staff during normal school hours only.  Our staff also need time in managing their own whanau situations.

 

Supporting learning from home - advice from the Ministry of Education

 

Today we have launched Learning from home and Ki te Ao Mārama, two new websites to support teachers, learners, parents and whānau so that learning for children and young people can continue.

 

The websites include resources for parents and whānau, teachers and leaders. Resources span the learning pathway from early learning through to senior secondary, and more resources will be added as they’re developed.

 

The information and resources are available at https://www.learningfromhome.govt.nz/ and https://www.kauwhatareo.govt.nz/ki-te-ao-marama/

 

At this stage there has been no case confirmed in our school, and we know of no situation of people coming into contact with people who are Covid 19 positive.

 

These actions taken by the Government are designed to protect our communities and we need to follow them so this disruption is kept to a minimum.  Our school is empty at present of the sound of our friendly, engaged and vibrant students, and I already miss it.  Walking through the grounds has an unusual vibe to say the least.  However, we will be back as a school and I look forward to that moment when our programmes and opportunities can continue with energy.  Make sure you keep yourselves, your friends and your whanau safe.  Stay connected with loved ones, keep positive and take the time to plan your activities.  The school will keep updating you as often as possible throughout the next four weeks.

 

Ngā mihi

Mike Webster