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Friday 27 March - School Message COVID-19 Update

Friday 27 March - School Message COVID-19 Update

Apr 2, 2020 807 Views
Kia ora Parents and Whanau - Here is an extract from the latest Ministry of Education update. If you haven't had the opportunity so far, have a look at the link in the 'Wellbeing for all' section - some useful ideas for home.

Key dates reminder

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 (through distance learning)
22 April               Current date for ending of lockdown period
27 April               ANZAC Day observed

Key lockdown messages from the Prime Minister (Select Committee Media Briefing 25 March)

· 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 complied with, this could risk the lock down period being extended or could risk the virus being spread to thousands

· Success will not be instant. The benefit of actions taken today will not be felt for many days to come. People need to expect the numbers to continue rising, because they will. Modelling indicates that New Zealand could have several thousand cases before today’s measures have an impact. 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. That is how New Zealanders must collectively think now

· 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 will remind them of their obligations and can take enforcement actions if they feel it is necessary

· New Zealanders will want to do the right thing. The Government is being as clear as they can on the guidance and Police will be working with people to help them understand

· Government’s goal is to keep people connected to their employer through the wage subsidy, and said if that was not happening then they have the backup mechanism of the welfare system

· In regard to those overseas - even under the most difficult of circumstances - New Zealand is their home.


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 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


Morning walk

Family walk with the dog, bike ride,
Yoga if it’s raining


Learning at home

School-led learning or Sudoku, books, flash cards, study guide, journal etc


Creative time

Legos, magnatiles, drawing, crafting, play music, cook or bake etc.

12:00 pm

Lunch :)


Helping at home

# wipe all kitchen tables and chairs
# wipe all door handles, light switches and desk tops
# wipe both bathrooms - sinks and toilets


Quiet time

Reading, puzzles, nap, radio NZ stories


Learning at home

School-led learning or iPad games, Prodigy, Educational show


Afternoon fresh air

Bikes, walk the dog, play outside


Dinner :)


Free TV time

Kids shower time



All kids



All kids who follow the daily schedule & don’t fight

*Adapted from a resource developed by Jessica McHale Photography

Wellbeing for all

We have information focused on wellbeing and supporting a child’s learning at home for parents, caregivers and whānau. It may also be useful for teachers. This resource adds to the information we have previously provided supporting conversations with children about COVID-19 -

Further information to support wellbeing

Stay home to stay safe.
Nga mihi,
Mark Ashcroft
Tuesday 24 March - Teacher Emails

Tuesday 24 March - Teacher Emails

Apr 2, 2020 757 Views

Kia ora Parents and Whanau

Here is a list of the Teacher's emails should you need to contact them:

Mark Ashcroft Principal
Hazel Smith Deputy Principal
Rob Jones Assistant Principal / Rm 15 Yr 6 & 7
Tineke Martin Release - Room 15 (Wed & Fri) / CRT
Jeremy Hamilton Room 14 Yr 6 & 7
Lynfa Harris Room 1 Yr 5 & 6
Madeleine Brooks Room 2 Yr 5 & 6
Janette Steel Room 3 Yr 8
Kylie Aubrey Room 4 Yr 5 & 6
Deanna Uttley Room 5 Yr 3 & 4
Barbie Reynolds Room 6 Yr 3 & 4
Tania Westren Room 7 Yr 3 & 4
Melissa Aarsen Room 8 - Mon, Tues & Thurs Yr 3 & 4
Sam McNeight Room 8 - Wed & Fri Yr 3 & 4
Renay Brown Room 9 Yr 1 & 2
Carolyn Henwood Room 10 Yr 1 & 2
Amanda Askew Room 11 Yr 1
Laetitia McKenzie Learning Support Coordinator



Tuesday 24 March - Holiday Dates Brought Forward

Tuesday 24 March - Holiday Dates Brought Forward

Apr 2, 2020 751 Views

Kia ora Parents and Whanau - the Ministry of Education has brought forward official school 'holiday' dates, beginning Monday 30th March to Tuesday 14th inclusive. Firstly, regardless of holiday dates, the school will remain closed until further notice during the Level 4 Covid-19 lockdown stage. Secondly, teachers will be working remotely, providing resources and responding to students, for the rest of this week and then from Wednesday 15th April onwards. 

FYI the Ministry of Education have launched Learning from home and Ki te Ao Mārama two new websites to support teachers, learners, parents and whānau so that learning for children and young people can continue. The sites include resources across the age ranges. More resources will be added. The information and resources are available at and

Your child's teacher has already prepared and provided multiple resources for you to acces during this home learning period. Please email your child's teacher if you have questions regarding their home learning tasks.

Although the school will be open on Wednesday 25th March (tomorrow) for children of Essential Workers please CONTACT THE SCHOOL TODAY, as an 'essential worker' to confirm your child will be in school on Wednesday. To note, buses will NOT be running.  The school will be completely closed from Thursday onwards for a period of at least 4 weeks. 

As the school prepares to re-open, families will be contacted about specific opening dates. 

Ngā mihi

Mark Ashcroft


Monday 23 March - School Closure

Monday 23 March - School Closure

Apr 2, 2020 791 Views

Dear Parents and Whanau - I am sure you are  aware of the news that all schools will be closing. We are currently in 'Level 3' status and will be at 'Level 4' by midnight Wednesday. Parua Bay School is now closed for approximately 4 weeks, or until directed otherwise by the Ministry of Health and Ministry of Education. 

The children of emergency services personnel will be able to attend school for Tuesday and Wednesday only, if those parents have not been able to arrange cover for their children. The school will not be open to children of non-emergency service personnel. If you are emergency personnel and you need your child to be in school PLEASE NOTIFY THE SCHOOL OFFICE TODAY

Skids cover will only be available for children of emergency personnel and only for Tuesday and Wednesday before and after school. Please contact Tracy on if you need this service.

For all students, teachers will provide either digital online learning programmes or a combination of online and hard copy learning tasks. The online programmes will be shared with students by their teachers. Hard copy packs are available for Years 1 - 4 students. These packs are available for collection from the school office on Tuesday afternoon this week. Students and families that have responded to the 'device' survey, have had Chromebooks assigned; these will also be available for collection from the school office on Tuesday afternoon.  We hope that you will find the learning resources helpful and establishing routines with your tamariki enjoyable.

As a school whanau, we will keep you updated on relevant developments or information from the Ministry of Education. These are challenging times and we appreciate your support during the school closure.

Ngā mihi mahana,

Mark Ashcroft


Sunday 22 March - Alert Level 2 at Parua Bay School

Sunday 22 March - Alert Level 2 at Parua Bay School

Apr 2, 2020 776 Views

Dear Parents and Whanau, 

With 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 families and staff are therefore asked to follow this advice if they have these conditions. Please contact the school office so that we know if your child is remaining home because of compromised immunity or existing medical conditions. 

The March 21st announcement by the Prime Minister means some families will need to make different arrangements to care for vulnerable family members. School will not be closed. If your child is well, please continue to send them to school. I am not aware of any cases of COVID-19 in our community, if there was, the school would be contacted by the Ministry of Education and the local Medical Officer of Health. If there were any cases of COVID-19 at school, the school would be closed for a period of time. 

School will be operating as normal on Monday, albeit we will evaluate further changes to school practices in the light of the Level 2 status. The following is an extract from a recent Ministry of Education circular clarifying vulnerable or 'high risk' individuals:

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
    • cancer
    • kidney disease
    • heart disease
    • diabetes mellitus

The Ministry of Health has also provided the following advice:

Additional measures that you and your whānau and friends can take include:

    • If you are immune-compromised, avoid staying with a person who is self-isolating (because they are a close contact of a confirmed case of COVID-19 or have recently travelled overseas.)
    • You should stay at least 1 metre away from people who are unwell, if you are immune-compromised.
    • It's also important that everyone helps to protect the safety of immunocompromised people living in our community. For example, if you’re unwell, avoid contact with someone who is immune-compromised.
    • At this time, it wouldn’t make sense for someone who is immune-compromised to wear a mask when in public to decrease risk for catching COVID-19. However, if your health care provider advises you to wear a mask when in public areas because you have a particularly vulnerable immune system, follow that advice. 
    • If you are taking immunosuppressive drugs we advise that you do not stop this medication without first consulting your GP or specialist.

I appreciate this is a time of anxiety and worry for many parents and whanau.  However if we follow the authorized Ministry of Health and Ministry of Education advice, we can reduce the risks to our tamariki at this present time. 

Further health and Covid-19 information is available at:

Ngā mihi,

Mark Ashcroft