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Hopefully you and your families have had contact from your classroom teachers to touch base. Tonight I am able to share with you our first stage of online learning (https://sites.google.com/stmartins.school.nz/onlinelearning-sms/home) – Holiday Activities.  This is our first response and in light of the holiday period 30 March to 14 April.  The holiday activities offer a range of learning activities that parents can select to involve their children in.  It allows families to get ideas and have some time to complete these. There are ideas for online and offline learning.  At this stage we have 6 of 8 learning areas open with resources. These include; Health and Wellbeing mindfulness and movement General Activities over 200 activities Literacy listen to a book online or write a story using one of the picture prompts Maths practice your maths skills or watch one of the Maths Tools videos to learn more about maths Science select a resource and have a go at some of the experiments Projects have a look at the projects on offer and complete one of them We are still to add information to our Virtual Field Trips, Arts pages and add a few maths workbooks. Please remember to continue the great work you are doing with your children, plenty of fresh air and involvement around the home.  Nathan Wallis has updated information for us (https://www.facebook.com/nathan.wallis.969/videos/2590330561214555/) While you and your family are on holiday we will continue to be in contact with you.  I know that many teachers are already sharing videos or preparing shared stories to listen to. During this time we will be getting ready to provide our 2nd stage of online learning – Structured Learning.  This will be ready for April 15. The difference will be teachers directing you to online learning, providing their specific class and perhaps groups in some cases with different learning.  Structured learning will be pushed straight to children and / or parents depending on the age of the child. We will continue to keep you informed as we progress our thinking. Thank you for your ongoing support as we prepare new learning approaches. Take care. Regards, Andrew (andrew@stmartins.school.nz )

Covid-19 Update 23 Mar 2020

Dear Parents and Caregivers, Thank you for your ongoing support during these uncertain times.  We had a walk through all of the learning spaces this morning, I would like to commend all of the staff for the calm learning environments they are providing our students. A number of parents are now working from home and have selected for their children to self-isolate with them.  As a school we are entering the next phase of putting together online learning material.  Please be aware at this stage while school is open we continue to plan for our learners in this current state while also planning for an online learning response. It is our understanding that there will be more news from the Prime Minster early this afternoon. In the meantime, the NZ Institute of Well Being and Resilience has put out some information regarding Real-time Resilience Strategies for Coping with Coronavirus https://nziwr.co.nz/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/NZIWR_Real-time_Resilience_Coping_with_Coronavirus.pdf Thank you for your ongoing communication around you and your family.  We have been asked for some advice around whether children should be sent to school.  At this stage schools remain open, however, doing what you think is right, best for your family and provides peace of mind should also be considered.  Please remember if you have decided to self-isolate let micheles@stmartins.school.nz know. Take care. Regards, Andrew andrew@stmartins.school.nz

Covid-19 Update

Dear Parents and Caregivers, With the most recent information, we have made the decision to cancel team assemblies and Kapahaka for the remainder of the term.  We will reassess this situation next term. Please keep up to date with the new website the Government has created dedicated to information about covid-19 https://covid19.govt.nz/?fbclid=IwAR1Xyae_0bFM35uFttmgnGS-0xvB1E4I41PViloOZgfXU3U3Y3qUvdOlRj0 There is new information around self isolation in that people who have travelled prior to the cut off date and time should self isolate.  If your household / child is self isolating could you please let micheles@stmartins.school.nz know with the start and finish date.  The MoH has information about shared spaces and self isolation.  https://www.health.govt.nz/our-work/diseases-and-conditions/covid-19-novel-coronavirus/covid-19-novel-coronavirus-health-advice-general-public/covid-19-self-isolation#home As a school we are working through our pandemic plan to ensure that we have the most up to date information possible.  If your child has a compromised immune system, respiratory conditions or health aspects we are unaware of could you please let micheles@stmartins.school.nz know. Later today we will be sending home a survey regarding your access to the internet as we prepare for the possibility of distance learning. We posted a clip of Nathan Wallis sharing some tips around covid-19 and anxiety.  https://www.facebook.com/100007129092563/posts/2585374985043446/ It is a quick easy watch that offers information on how to reassure children at this time. As always, if you have any questions or require further information please do reach out to us. Regards, Andrew Mouat andrew@stmartins.school.nz