Kia ora koutou Randwick Park School whānau

Well, we have started into a new phase of New Zealand’s response to COVID-19 and it is very different than anything most of us have ever experienced.  I wanted to reassure you that our school staff and Board of Trustees will continue to be available to support your child’s learning and wellbeing in the post school holiday weeks.

Currently there is a lot of information around the importance of routine for your family/whānau. Our routines have been shaken up, so it’s good to make a plan to restructure the day. Routines provide reassurance and promote health and physical wellbeing.

This newsletter is to update you before the start of the school holidays. The school holidays have been brought forward in an attempt to try and control and manage the spread of COVID-19 within New Zealand.

Key dates
28 March        School holidays begin
10-14 April     Easter including the Tuesday after Easter
15 April           Term 2 begins (through online learning)
22 April          Current date for ending of lockdown period
27 April          ANZAC Day observed

Key lockdown messages for us all
If the virus is left unchecked it will have an unacceptable toll on New Zealanders
Staying at home will break the chain and save lives
Breaking the rules could risk someone close to you
If the rules are not followed, this could risk the lockdown being extended or the virus being spread to thousands
Success will not be instant and the lockdown benefits not felt for many days. People need to expect the numbers to continue rising because they will. However, if everyone sticks to the rules there will be change over time
Act like you have COVID-19. Every move you make could be a risk to someone else.
All New Zealanders are urged to be calm, be kind, stay at home
If people have no explanation of why they are outside the Police take enforcement actions if they feel it is necessary
Government’s goal is to keep people connected to their employer through the wage subsidy

PLEASE

Wash your hands

Soap all over and wash for 20 seconds

Rinse all the soap off from all over your hands and wrists

Dry your hands all over for 20 seconds

Some good news to support you with learning 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.

For our Pacific families, the Ministry for Pacific Peoples’ has been working to ensure useful information is available to Pacific peoples. A one hour special will be aired on Tagata Pasifika’s segment on Saturday at 9 am and on Sunday at 7.35 am Tagata Pasifika will share messages from community leaders. The Ministry is asking you to reach out to all your family members, community groups, friends and group chats to ensure our Pacific community groups are watching the programming on both days. Tangata Pasifika is on TV 1.

A big thank you to all of you for taking the lockdown 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

Information and resources to support wellbeing 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-wellbeing/talking-to-children-about-covid-19-coronavirus/.
The Ministry of Health’s website includes Top ways to look after your mental wellbeing during the Covid-19 lockdown.
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/
Although overseas-based this is a good list and highlights some things particularly important for children. Remember the rules of New Zealand’s level 4 lockdown still apply –  25 Mental Health Wellness Tips during Quarantine from Eileen M Feliciano, Psy.D.

If you require any support or assistance over the holidays 30 March-15 April you are very welcome to contact us on our school number 09 2670112 or by email at:  rpoffice@randwickpark.school.nz

Please remember to take care of yourself and your whānau, continue to be kind.

Ngā mihi nui

Karen McMurray

Principal

Randwick Park School