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Covid Update 21 August 2021

Kia ora e te whānau, I hope you and your families are safe and well in your bubbles.  Thank you for your ongoing support as we navigate our way once again through uncertain times. As you will be aware it was announced mid afternoon yesterday that NZ stays at Alert L4 until midnight Tuesday.  After the announcement we had a staff meeting to reconnect and finalise at home learning for week one.  Last night you will have received an email from your child’s team leader to outline what online at home learning will look like for your child next week.  As always this learning needs to fit in with you and your family.  We are simply asking you to engage where and when you can. Teachers will be sharing via HERO and if appropriate their 2nd communication platform learning for the following day between 3 – 6pm the day before.  We hope this gives families time to have a look at the learning on offer.  The first day will be sent out on Sunday afternoon. All teachers are offering one Google meet session in the morning to discuss the learning for the day and an optional learning check in, in the afternoon. Links for these Meets are shared the day before in the communication sent between 3 – 6pm. We sent a survey yesterday morning ( ) for families who need devices, hard copy packs or if we move down to Alert L3 children of essential workers to attend school.  There are a number of guidelines that have been put in place for limited staff numbers to be onsite to collect and organise devices and resources.  To be able to meet these guidelines we will be staggering our collection and distribution.  A small group of staff will be onsite Monday morning to collect and prepare devices.  We are currently thinking through the collection of devices so we meet the MoE / Health criteria.  Parents will be informed on Sunday about the collection or delivery of devices. If you are wanting a device for student learning at home could you please fill in the form by 9am Monday 23 August. We will wait to hear the update from the Prime Minister on Monday before starting hard copy packs.  If we move to make packs these will be made either Tuesday or Wednesday.  As previously mentioned these will be general in nature for your child’s year level.  The resources may not be connected to the online learning being offered, rather a collection of hard copy activities that your child can complete. If we move to Alert L3 we will be able to open the school to the children of essential workers who are unable to cater for them at home.  If you are not an essential worker please do not send your child to school and put our staff who have volunteered to come in at further risk. Stay safe and well, take care. Ngā mihi, Andrew (

Covid Updates

8 September 2021

Kia ora e te Whānau,

You’ll be aware that all of New Zealand (with the exception of Auckland) has moved to Alert Level 2 from midnight last night. 

Extensive wastewater testing and the numbers of people getting tested across the country has given the Government confidence that it is safe to allow a shift down to Alert Level 2 across most of New Zealand.

We are really looking forward to welcoming everyone back onsite on Thursday morning. 

At Alert L2 there is low risk of community transmission and it provides us with a lot more opportunities to engage and connect with others. However, there are still a number of public health requirements we all need to follow. Please do continue to monitor your health and do not send your children to school if they are not well (and please seek advice about getting a COVID test). 

If you intend to keep your child at home for longer could you please contact Diane Magon ( or ring) just as you normally would for an absence.

For us, all the required safety precautions for Alert Level 2 will be in place which include following all the recommendations from the public health experts. This means we will regularly clean and disinfect high-touch surfaces, encourage everyone to frequently wash their hands and cough and sneeze into their elbow.

While physical distancing is not a requirement in schools, we will be doing our best to keep students from congregating in very large numbers and keeping spaces well-ventilated.  Schools are not deemed to be a public space so we do not need to strictly adhere to the 50 and 100 guidelines.  However, we will be minimising ig numbers in smaller spaces whenever possible.

Face coverings are not required to be worn in school. The Director General of Health has recommended that children 12 years+ wear a face covering at school in the secondary school setting – just as older children are required to wear face coverings in some other places.  For children under six the use of masks is permitted but not actively encouraged. The decision to wear a face covering is up to you and your whānau, whatever your decision it will be respected.

At Alert L2 it is preferred that parents drop their children off at the gate.  We have three entrance ways into the school which we usually spread across so there is no need to have a staggered start to school.  Children in the Whare Kukuwai will need to enter through the side doors rather than the one main entrance.  If parents do need to come into the school grounds please ensure you use the contact tracer QR code and if you go into the classroom the contact sheet.

Education outside the classroom events can still continue at Alert L2.  We will be confirming with providers that they are able to meet the new guidelines.  If we are satisfied that they can, we will continue with the event.  At this stage we are able to continue with the Y5 / 6 camp to Hanmer in weeks 8 and 10 as well as the William Pike rafting trip.

If you have any resources from a hard copy pack or a school device could you please return these to the office.  It would be appreciated if devices could be cleaned before returning so we can do a quick check and then get them back into learning spaces.

Please don’t hesitate to contact your child’s teacher if there is something you need assistance with. Looking forward to seeing everyone back at school on Thursday.

Ngā mihi,

Andrew Mouat (

Welcome Naumai

St Martins Primary School delivers high quality, child-centred education in a friendly and inviting learning environment. We aim to ‘Inspire a Passion For Learning’ through instilling our School’s Values and Beliefs: Respect – Manaaki, Caring – Aroha, Responsibility – Haepapa, Personal Best – E Ranga!, and Learning – Ako. It is our goal to develop confident, connected actively involved, life long learners.

We believe that a strong and open partnership between school, family and the wider community is essential if we are to empower our students to create their own pathways to success. We acknowledge the unique individuals that our children are, their diverse abilities, their distinct personalities, their interests and their cultures, and we aim to provide exciting and engaging learning programmes that will meet their needs today, and prepare them for tomorrow.

We are fortunate to be served by a committed Board of Trustees, supported by an energetic and creative S’MART Community. We encourage our parent community to be involved in our school in whatever ways they can, and because they play an important role in developing the strategic direction of our school, and as this is a community school.

Enjoy your visit to our website, and if you would like to know more about St Martins School please feel free to make an appointment to meet with me.

Kind regards

Andrew Mouat

Enrolment Scheme for St Martins School

Kia ora koutou,

I am finally able to update you on the new zone for St Martins School. The Ministry have decided to retain the zone they originally proposed back in February. To this effect, they have directed the Board to adopt the new zone from January 1st 2021. Please see Zone map and details  for details.

The Board’s submission following consultation with the community, to retain the area within the Prossers/Wades Road “loop”, was rejected on the grounds that it would carry a high risk of overcrowding. Our roll was set at 450 by the Ministry in 2019, and we are currently expecting around 530 students by the end of 2021. This means that we will continue to carefully manage enrolments, including no out of zone students for the foreseeable future (we have not accepted out of zone students since 2015). Siblings of students who currently attend St Martins will still be able to attend.

To allow for the transition to 450 students, which will happen over a number of years, the Ministry are currently working with the Board and the school to retain a number of temporary classrooms.

The rezoning will affect St Martins as well as Beckenham and Thorrington schools, who are also implementing their new zone boundaries on January 1st.

We hope to be in touch with a building update in the next week or so.

Ngā mihi nui,

Kate Hodgins

Chair, St Martins Board of Trustees

The St Martins Way – Our Learning Model

The St Martins Way (the S’MART Way) plays a significant role in the delivery of the curriculum at St Martins School. The S’MART Way represents the St Martins School learning model and has been developed in consultation with the school community and the school staff. It incorporates special branding that brings to life our special learning model.