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Nga mihi nui ki a koutou katoa – warm greetings to everyone

COVID-19 Update:

Kia ora Koutou

Dear Parents/Caregivers

Re COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

22 March 2020


On Saturday came the announcement that New Zealand has moved to Alert Level 2 – Reduce Contact for COVID-19, people over 70 years of age and those with compromised immunity and certain existing medical conditions are asked to remain at home as much as they can from now on and avoid any non-essential travel.


School is open normal hours: 

Busses will still be running. Any change to bus runs will be communicated immediately. Swimming, Te Reo class, Kapa Haka, Kip McGrath, and Go Bananas have all been put on hold until the end of term. Teachers will be modelling, teaching and applying safe distancing and hand washing hygiene to a high degree at school. We have plenty of hand soap available at school for students and staff.  



Children with compromised immune systems or health conditions e.g. asthma are advised to stay at home. We appreciate that you may wish to keep your child/children home during these uncertain times.  I ask that any unwell students or those with flu like symptoms remain at home until 100% recovered. This includes students who are going through mandatory self isolation.These students are marked on the role as a justified absence. I understand that some parents or caregivers may choose to keep their children away from school. I understand that keeping your child at home at this time may be the best decision for you and your whanau, please communicate this with the school. While this would normally be considered an unjustified absence, the overall wellbeing considerations or other considerations for particular students may need to be taken into account.


Supporting learning at home:

As mentioned in previous correspondence we are well prepared to roll out Digital / distance / virtual learning. Guidelines and expectations for this will be published shortly via facebook, email and newsletter through a link on our website. Alternatives of a non-digital nature are also being prepared.


High risk individuals:

While the majority of people who are confirmed with COVID-19 will experience mild to moderate symptoms, some individuals are at risk of more severe symptoms.


Older people, particularly those with pre-existing health problems are more likely to get severe illness and are therefore considered at risk. High risk individuals also include people with underlying medical conditions, such as:

a compromised immune system

liver disease


kidney disease

heart disease

diabetes mellitus


If you have any concerns or questions please ask.  You can email or phone the school – see contact info at the bottom of the page.


Stay safe whanau

Nga mihi

Richelle McDonald


If you want to know more about COVID-19 please make sure that any reading you are doing is from a reliable source. The Ministry of Health and the Ministry of Education is the best source of information for New Zealand and they update this information regularly. These are linked below.

Ministry of Education
Ministry of Health

Distance Learning Survey:

The purpose of this survey is to gather data about how well prepared the school and its community would be for home learning via digital means, should the need arise. Please click on the link below and answer 4 simple questions to assist us.
Distance Learning Survey