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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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 email@example.com 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.
Wake up – Family Prayer Time, Eat breakfast, make your bed, get dressed, put any dirty clothes in the laundry
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
8pm: Prayer/watch Rev Tasi Video – Everyone
8.30pm: TV/Reading – All kids who follow the daily schedule & don’t fight
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
BA, Dip Tch, MEd, PhD