Kia-ora, Talofa lava, Malo e lelei, Bula Vinaka, Fakalofa lahi atu, Kia Orana,Sastrikal, Namaste, Salam and warm Pacific greetings to you all.

We hope that you are all doing well in your respective bubbles?

We have been busy working out the best way to support you and your RPS tamariki with their ongoing learning and have launched a google website with learning for all our students in one place. There may not be a lot of tasks at present but Teams will be working on this in the coming days. We just wanted to give you time to familiarise yourself and your children with the site and be reassured that we are ready for the term.

Please bookmark this link for easy access in the future.  By Wednesday 15 April (day one of Term Two) there will be learning available for your tamariki, with further tasks added by the end of the day. New learning will be posted by 8.30 am each Wednesday. There is an expectation that your son/daughter will select and complete one task from under the different curriculum areas each day (this equates to five per day). Of course, if they wish they are able to do more.

There will also be national learning available through television channels and websites. The Ministry of Education has also created a site called Learning from Home that has resources available for whānau. Your tamariki may wish to work on the tasks provided on this site as well as working on those provided by their teacher.

You may have been contacted by our office ladies earlier this week regarding access to a digital device. Once we hear how these are going to be distributed we will let you know. If we were unable to make contact, hard copies of learning resources will be delivered to you. Currently we do not know when this will happen. Please do not worry if you do not have access to a device or hard copy material for the start of the term, the Ministry of Education are doing their best.

If you have a son/daughter in years 0-3, you may have received a Farm Kit with learning tasks. If one hasn’t arrived yet do not worry, they are also being couriered next Tuesday.

If you have questions relating to your child’s new way of learning you are very welcome to contact us through the school email

I have also included information from New Zealand neuroscientist Nathan Wallis about learning in lockdown.

Please remember that this is all new learning for us as well so we will be gradually building and modifying the site to make it as user friendly as possible for all tamariki, whānau and teachers (kaiako)

Please stay home, stay safe and continue being kind.

Happy Easter in lockdown everyone.

Karen McMurray