Message from the Principal


25 March 2020  

New Zealand 



A day we will all remember! 


A worldwide pandemic called COVID 19, a Corona type virus caused  New Zealand citizens to accept “a new normal”.


COME HOME. New Zealanders across the globe were given 48 hours to arrange travel in a world filled with fear and panic. Our government allowed kiwi citizens time to arrange their travel and helped them get back but they had to self isolate for two weeks.


Our borders were closing, the true meaning of lockdown became a reality. We learned new words and phrases 

Lockdown…. Alert levels 4, 3, and 2.

Wash your hands with soap… singing happy birthday to yourself twice! 

Bubble family… extended…breaking your bubble!

Stay at home…. 70 year olds + MUST stay at home

Social distancing one metre apart and two outside your bubble

The rules!

What you can do to stay safe and well:

  • stay home if you are sick
  • keep track of where you’ve been and who you’ve seen
  • sanitise
  • regularly clean and disinfect surfaces
  • wash and dry your hands thoroughly and regularly
  • sanitise
  • try not to touch your face
  • sanitise
  • contact your GP or Healthline to get tested for COVID-19 if you have cold or flu-like symptoms 
  • contact your doctor as you would normally do if you need medical advice
  • if you have been told to self-isolate you must do so immediately.
  • sanitise
  • be kind


Sunday afternoon, 22 March, we received the call advising of a confirmed COVID-19 case in our school. Travelling to school that Sunday afternoon and meeting with the Senior Leadership Team is still vivid in my memory. Not knowing what was in store for us as a school; waiting on guidance from the Ministries of Education and Health. RPS had two cases. We were ordered to close for 72 hours.


On Monday 23 March, 1 p.m. our Prime Minister announced we had 48 hours to prepare to go into lockdown.


…. At 11:59 pm on Wednesday, March 25….Our Government locked our country down!

The Prime Minister became a superstar of the daily 1 p.m. TV News and our Director of Health, Dr Ashley Bloomfield starred alongside her giving us news of our cases of COVID-19, and directing us in what we must do to stop the Virus!


We became insular, our surrounding oceans protecting tangata whenua. We New Zealanders were the “Team of Five Million”.


We sourced supplies for those unable to buy food (kai) and distributed it to those most in need. Our school whānau were grateful for the support they received. New Zealand was proving an amazing place to be in a pandemic.


We went from level 4 to 3, and now to 2. It has been nearly three weeks now with no new infections and ALL our sick people recovering. Maybe it is time…time reconnect? 


Back to school – some students are still in lockdown, parents/whānau nervous about sending them back. We promised to take good care of them. We wanted all our RPS whānau back with us. Tamariki created RPS hugs. 


School will never be the same. We have learned new digital skills and found new ways to learn; our students and teachers more confident in their skills. As we emerge from the Corona Virus Lockdown of 2020 we see the world through a different lens. A world full of bright, exciting possibilities. AOTEAROA – HOME


Karen McMurray

Tumuaki ō Randwick Park School


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