COVID – updates

Saturday March 28

Kia ora koutou,

We have moved into a new phase of New Zealand’s response to COVID-19 and it is very different from 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 next weeks. 

Firstly we appreciate the significance of the lock down announcements and what it may mean for you and your family. Take time to focus on your family as you regroup.

We encourage you to access learning from our school website under the tab – ‘Online learning’.

We hope that our learning packs are helping you during this time as well.

We also encourage you to think about how distance learning is going to take place in your household. We appreciate that for many there will be a number of people working from home, pre-schoolers in the mix and children’s learning to juggle.

You will understand the importance of routine for your family. If your routine has been shaken up, like you’re now working from home, it’s good to structure your time. Routines are reassuring, and promote health and physical wellbeing. The below timetable (targeted at children) could be something your household adapts to use over the next few weeks. 


A school holiday version will likely look a little different, but some form of routine will still be important as we go through the lockdown period.


Daily Schedule

Before 9:00am Wake up Eat breakfast, make your bed, get dressed, put any dirty clothes in the laundry
9:00-10:00 Morning walk Family walk with the dog, bike ride,
10:00-11:00 Learning at home School-led learning or books, flash cards, study guide, journal etc
11:00-12:00 Creative time Legos, drawing, crafting, play music, cook or bake etc.
12:00 pm Lunch 🙂
12:30 Helping at home # wipe all kitchen tables and chairs

# wipe all door handles, light switches and desk tops

# wipe both bathrooms – sinks and toilets

1:00-2:30 Quiet time Reading, puzzles, 
2:30-4:00 Learning at home School-led learning or iPad games, Prodigy, 
4:00-5:00 Afternoon fresh air Bikes, walk the dog, play outside
5:00-6:00 Dinner 🙂
6:00-8:00 Free TV time Kids shower time
8:00 Bedtime All kids
9:00pm Bedtime All kids who follow the daily schedule & don’t fight


Some good news to support you either working at home and/or studying 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.

If you are not aware 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 Sunday at 7.35am, 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.

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

E hara taku toa, I te toa takitahi, He toa takitini

My strength is not as an individual, but as a collective

Saturday March 28

Key dates:
26 March Alert Level 4 commenced
28 March School holidays begin
10 – 14 April Easter including the Tuesday after Easter
15 April Term 2 begins
22 April Current date for ending of lockdown period
27 April ANZAC Day observed

We are sharing these dates with you that I have so far. These end dates as we know are far from certain. So we need to just keep them in mind but be ready for it to change.


Tuesday 24

Online learning went live today.

If you want a Learning pack instead to take home. It is a collection of ideas and activities. It can be the same as what is online.

Wednesday 8.30-10 & 3-5 pm .

We will be at school to give out learning packs for each POD.

Keep safe everyone.

Monday 23

Dear Parents/Caregivers ,

Due to a Government directive around COVID-19, St MMK School will be closed from 3pm today.

I know this is creating confusion but only parents who work in Essential services may get support for Tuesday and Wednesday – there will be staff members on site Tuesday and Wednesday.…/covid-19-alert-system/

After Wednesday no one at school can assist, there is no school for everyone for the foreseeable future.

Online learning will go live tomorrow. I will send you a link.

If you want a Learning pack to take home. A collection of ideas and activities.

Tuesday 12-2 pm
Wednesday 8.30 -10 & 3-5 pm .

We will be at school to give out learning packs for each POD.

More messages over the next few days.

Keep safe everyone.