PRINCIPAL’S MESSAGE TO YEAR 9 AND YEAR 10 PARENTS – 24 APRIL 2020

Kia Ora whanau

I hope you are all safe and well in your bubbles.

As you know, the Government has announced a move from Alert Level 4 to Alert Level 3 at 11.59pm, Monday 27 April 2020.

Schools will physically be open on Wednesday, 29 April 2020 for students up to Year 10 who do not have access to distance learning or whose families are required to return to work.

I wish to thank you all for being so prompt in responding to our text and email requests.

I appreciate your understanding that there were certain parameters around what returning to school was going to look like, and there were certain restrictions for your child’s safety and wellbeing that we had to uphold to safe guard them against the virus if they moved into a new bubble.

We would dearly love to see all students back to school and hope this will happen in a couple of weeks.

Over the past few days, many of you will have received devices for your children to use, this I am sure, helped in your decision that they could remain at home and continue distance learning. If you are still awaiting a device please do not hesitate to contact us.

Online learning will continue, as it will for all students, and teachers will be available to continue this tuition. Teacher emails are on the school website alternatively you can contact admin@wesley.school.nz and we will contact the dean to respond to any concerns you may have.

We appreciate your support in this difficult time. If you have any questions please do not hesitate to ask.

In the meantime stay safe and blessed, we hope in the next few weeks we can get back to a more normal lifestyle.

Ngā mihi nui

Dr Brian Evans
ONZM
BA, Dip Tch, MEd, PhD
Principal

FOR PARENTS – MOVING FROM ALERT LEVEL 4 TO 3 – GUIDELINES AND WHAT THIS MIGHT LOOK LIKE – 21 APRIL 2020

Kia Ora whanau

As you know the Government have announced a move from Alert Level 4 to Alert Level 3.  There are some very clear guidelines about what this might look like, particularly in terms of returning to school for Year 9 and 10 students.

Please see the following Ministry of Education guidelines below.

1)      The Govt is still wanting people to stay home. If you are not at work, school, exercising or getting essentials, then you must be at home, the same as at Level 4.

2)      Work and learn from home if you can. The vast majority of people should continue working from home, and children and young people learning from home. At-risk students and staff should also stay at home, and they will be supported to do so. Early learning centres and schools will physically be open for up to Year 10 for only families that need them.

Given the guidelines, if you can please respond ASAP on the following:

3)      Year 9 and 10 parents only – If you need your child to attend school – please email admin@wesley.school.nz  by Wednesday 4 pm. Please state clearly if your child needs to return to the hostel, or as a day student.

4)      If your child in Year 9 or 10 does not need to return to school online learning will continue, as it will for all Senior students, and teachers will available to continue this tuition.

We appreciate your support in this difficult time. If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to ask.

In the meantime stay safe and blessed, we hope in the next few weeks we can get back to a more normal lifestyle.

Ngā mihi nui

Dr Brian Evans
ONZM
BA, Dip Tch, MEd, PhD
Principal

PRINCIPAL’S MESSAGE FOLLOWING PM’S ANNOUNCEMENT – 20 APRIL 2020

Kia ora koutou

We hope that Term 2 and our distance learning programme has been a success for you so far. We know there will have been any number of challenges for you to deal with but we have been getting some great feedback about the learning that is happening and thank you for all your support.

The Government has 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 immediately.

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 very soon to find out whether you can keep your child learning from home, or need your child to attend in person.

The Ministry of Education has advised that they are working closely with health to develop clear guidance that will support schools to safely re-open their premises to students and staff. This will help us work through the public health requirements that we all need to meet. As you will be doing, we want to be sure that what we do will keep our community as safe as possible.

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 your teachers with any questions you might have.

 

Ngā mihi nui

Dr Brian Evans
ONZM
BA, Dip Tch, MEd, PhD
Principal

 

KEEPING SAFE WHILE LEARNING FROM HOME – FREE INTERNET SAFETY FILTER FOR PARENTS

Good Afternoon,

I hope you are all well out there and are managing.

Free internet safety filter for parents

While children are learning from home, they are away from the online safety and security services provided by Network for Learning (N4L) at school. So together with N4L and Netsafe, we have launched www.switchonsafety.co.nz – a free way to block the worst of the web for students and teachers.

Please share this website with your parent communities so they can follow the instructions to set up their child’s device for safer connectivity while they learn from home.

Remember, no technical solution is a silver bullet. Please remind your parent community to complement this with digital citizenship toolkits provided by Netsafe.

Kind Regards

Dan

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Constable Daniel ISLIP

School Community Officer | Counties Manukau South | New Zealand Police

M  021 191 2061   E   daniel.islip@police.govt.nz

Papakura Station, 64 Wood Street, Papakura 2110, Auckland

FOR PARENTS – HOME LEARNING – 15TH APRIL 2020

Home Learning | Papa Kāinga TV and Māori Television education broadcasting starts 9am 15 April

Home Learning | Papa Kāinga TV will start education broadcasting for early learners and students in Years 1–10 from 9am on Wednesday 15 April, with Māori Television launching te reo educational programmes on the same day.

As a result of negotiations led by Nicholas Pole (Chief Review Officer and Chief Executive of the Education Re Review Office), Home Learning | Papa Kāinga TV will be free to air, on TVNZ channel 2+1 and on TVNZ on Demand, as well as on Sky Channel 502. It will run from 9am to 3pm on schooldays with programming for children and young people, as well as for parents.

Content will be grouped for early learners and students by age range, and will include play, literacy, mathematics, science, te reo Māori, physical education and wellbeing. All of the programmes will feature highly experienced teachers and presenters, along with wellbeing and movement experts.

The Minister will be announcing the presenters and programme schedule later today, after which we’ll publish the information on our Learning from Home website. Check the updates page of the site for daily programming information.

Programme presenters include nine teachers from Christchurch and Auckland. Thank you to those of you who have agreed to release your staff to deliver these lessons – we’re very grateful for their willingness to be part of this initiative.

Home Learning | Papa Kāinga TV will be on air for one month with provision to extend beyond that if needed.

We’ll be promoting Home Learning | Papa Kāinga TV and the Māori Television programmes on television and through social media – please share the information through your own social media, emails to students and whānau, etc. Later this week we’ll have resources on the Learning from Home website that you can use to help promote Home Learning | Papa Kāinga TV. Keep checking the website for updates and resources.

Te reo Māori, kura and Māori medium learning

We are working to provide a range of distance learning options for ākonga and whānau in reo Māori and Maori medium education settings.

Keeping te reo Māori flowing in our kainga during times where we can’t connect as usual is paramount. The distance learning package we are providing aims to offer many options to engage in te reo Māori educational content using online material, hardcopy resources and live tv.

Online learning – Ki te Ao Mārama
Ki te Ao Mārama is a new online space on kauwhatareo.govt.nz that provides whānau with practical advice, guidance and resources to use with their tamariki.  It’s also intended to support the learning plan that kaiako may have prepared for their ākonga.

The site is available in both te reo Māori and English, and has a range of learning materials to cover ākonga in kōhungahunga, kura, wharekura, and te reo Māori immersion settings. The content includes activity templates, planning guides, links to helpful resources and access to storybooks, all conveniently arranged by age group.

You can also visit Ki te Ao Mārama to check out news items and get information about other aspects of our distance learning package for reo Māori learners.

New informative and educational content will continue to be added to Ki te Ao Mārama on a regular basis.  We will keep you informed of the new materials through the Bulletin as well.

Live TV – Mauri Reo, Mauri Ora
We are committed to making distance learning accessible for all ākonga and whānau including those who may not have ready access to devices or the internet.

We have partnered with Māori Television to provide educational te reo Māori programmes to ensure that learning in and through te reo Māori continues from home.

Mauri Reo Mauri Ora’, will broadcast via the Te Reo Channel on SkyTV and Vodafone TV Channel 52, Free view channel 15 and Māori TV website https://www.teaomaori.news/its-kura-your-own-home-mauri-reo-mauri-ora from Monday to Friday between the hours of 9am-3pm for the next 10 weeks, starting on the 15th of April. The programmes will be aligned to the curriculum and contain age appropriate content that tamariki can do on their own, with their siblings or together as a whānau.

The programmes on Māori television are for reo Māori learners of all ages, with a focus on those who are aged 0-18, covering ākonga in kōhungahunga (early learning), kura tuatahi (primary) and wharekura (secondary).

 

Ngā mihi nui

Dr Brian Evans
ONZM
BA, Dip Tch, MEd, PhD
Principal

 

MESSAGE FROM THE PRINCIPAL – 14 APRIL 2020

Kia Ora Wesley Whanau

I hope you are safe and well in your bubbles and you had an enjoyable and blessed Easter.

As you know, tomorrow, Wednesday 15th is the beginning of term two and our entry into the challenging but exciting world of digital learning.

Class teacher’s will have been in touch to organise online work and will be available to assist for the next few weeks. Students will have also been given hard copy of work to complete.

Some students will receive chrome books in the next few days – it is vital these are well looked after and returned once lock down is complete.

This way of learning is new to us all. It will take time for us all to adjust – the key thing is that all students are expected to be completing work now the school term has started.

Remember we are here to help. Teachers will be available online during school hours to provide feedback and to answer any questions you may have. Please email your class teacher with any questions you may have – all emails are on the school website.

We look forward to working and learning alongside you as we embark on this new learning adventure together.

Below is previously emailed information that you might find useful:

A key part of the online learning is 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 could be something your household adapts to use over the next weeks.

For Secondary school level students I suggest you create the timetable with them.

Most importantly as a Methodist school, it is important we remember what the time of Easter represents. At a challenging time like this, this is even more important than ever. While preparing for school on Wednesday please remember to have a blessed and restful Easter. While we can’t attend the Church services we would normally make, we can observe and spend time at home in prayer and remembering this holy time.

Daily Schedule

Before 8:00am

Wake up

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

9:00-10:00

Morning walk/or straight to school work

Family walk with the dog, bike ride, home based exercise

10:00-12:00

Learning at home

School-led learning

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

1:00-2.00

Quiet time

Reading, puzzles, nap, radio NZ stories

2:.00 -4:00

Learning at home

School-led learning

4:00-5:00

Afternoon fresh air

Bikes, walk the dog, play outside

5:00-6:00

Dinner 🙂

6:00-7:00

Free TV time

7.00 – 8.00

Study

8:00

Prayer/watch Rev Tasi Video

Everyone

8.30

TV/Reading

All kids who follow the daily schedule & don’t fight

9.30 – 10

Bedtime

 

Home learning television

Ministry of Education  want to ensure that every learner and ākonga has at least one channel for accessing educational content from 15 April – either through this package or through their school or kura.

So, they have been working with teachers and leaders, alongside staff from ERO and Te Kura  to develop Home Learning TV | Papa Kāinga TV, on TVNZ, which will run from 9am to 3pm on school days on TVNZ2+1 and Sky channel 502. Some lessons will also be available on TVNZ On Demand.

There will be content for parents and whānau with preschool children and tamariki, and lessons for those aged 5 to 15 years of age will cover a broad curriculum that includes movement, music, physical education, wellbeing, numeracy, literacy and science through an integrated approach to curriculum. There’s already a lot of good education video content available, and the Ministry will be working with experts and educators to refine and further develop it.

Information and resources to support wellbeing and support learning at home

Ngā mihi nui

Dr Brian Evans
ONZM
BA, Dip Tch, MEd, PhD
Principal

MESSAGE FROM THE PRINCIPAL – 9 APRIL 2020

 

 

Kia Ora Whanau

 

I hope you are safe and well in your bubble.

 

As you will be aware, Term 2 commences next Wednesday, 15th April, it is hoped that following the holidays students are ready to continue their distance learning and will be working toward completing the school work provided by their subject teachers, online.

 

Please note the Ministry of Education will be trying to provide laptops/devices and/or internet to any families that require this resource. Staff have been making attempts to contact whanau to get a picture of student needs. We do have a reasonably clear picture so far, but if you require this assistance please email admin@wesley.school.nz

 

Teachers will be using a variety of methods in their teaching but it’s important to play your part in ensuring students sit down and complete the work required. We are confident that if they keep up to date they will not fall behind.

 

If you have any queries please do not hesitate to contact the deans and/or subject teachers – all staff emails can be found on the school website www.wesley.school.nz  under ‘contact us’ tab alternatively, you can also email admin@wesley.school.nz  and your email will be directed to the dean and/or subject teacher.

 

A key part of the online learning is the importance of routine for your family. If your routine has been disrupted, ie you are now working from home, it’s good to structure your time. Routines are reassuring and promote health and physical well-being.

 

The timetable below could be something your household adapts to use over the next weeks, for Secondary school level students I suggest you create the timetable with them.

 

Most importantly as a Methodist school, it is important we remember what the time of Easter represents. At a challenging time like this, this is even more important than ever. While preparing for school on Wednesday please remember to have a blessed and restful Easter. While we can’t attend the Church services we would normally make, we can observe and spend time at home in prayer remembering this holy time.

 

Daily Schedule

Before 8am:
Wake up  –  Family Prayer Time, Eat breakfast, make your bed, get dressed, put any dirty clothes in the laundry

9-10am: 
Morning walk/or straight to school work   –   Family walk with the dog, bike ride, home based exercise

10am-12noon:   Learning at home  –   School-led learning

12noon:   Lunch 🙂

12:30pm:   Helping at home
–     # wipe all kitchen tables and chairs
–     # wipe all door handles, light switches and desk tops
–     # wipe both bathrooms – sinks and toilets

1-2pm:   Quiet time  –   Reading, puzzles, nap, radio NZ stories

2-4pm:   Learning at home   –    School-led learning

4-5pm:   Afternoon fresh air   –   Bikes, walk the dog, play outside

5-6pm:   Dinner 🙂

6-7pm:   Free TV time

7-8pm:   Study

8pm:   Prayer/watch Rev Tasi Video  –  Everyone

8.30pm:   TV/Reading   –  All kids who follow the daily schedule & don’t fight

9.30-10pm:   Bedtime

 

Home learning television

The Ministry of Education want to ensure that every learner and ākonga has at least one channel for accessing educational content from 15 April – either through this package or through their school or kura.

 

Therefore, they have been working with teachers and leaders, alongside staff from ERO and Te Kura  to develop Home Learning TV | Papa Kāinga TV, on TVNZ, which will run from 9am to 3pm on school days on TVNZ2+1 and Sky channel 502. Some lessons will also be available on TVNZ On Demand.

 

There will be content for parents and whānau with preschool children and tamariki, and lessons for those aged 5 to 15 years of age will cover a broad curriculum that includes movement, music, physical education, wellbeing, numeracy, literacy and science through an integrated approach to curriculum. There’s already a lot of good education video content available, and the Ministry will be working with experts and educators to refine and further develop it.

 

Information and resources to support well-being and support learning at home

The Ministry of Education has developed a resource for parents, caregivers, whānau and family –http://education.govt.nz/school/health-safety-and-wellbeing/pastoral-care-and-well-being/talking-to-children-about-covid-19-coronavirus/.

 

The Ministry of Health’s website includes Top ways to look after your mental well-being during the Covid-19 lock down.

 

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.iamhope.org.nz/

 

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

 

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

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

 

A big thank you to all of you for taking the lock down so seriously. As the Prime Minister has noted staying at home will break the chain and save lives; breaking the rules could risk someone close to you and 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.

 

Ngā mihi nui
Dr Brian Evans
ONZM
BA, Dip Tch, MEd, PhD
Principal