Karamu High School - COVID-19 Information

Karamu High School is OPEN

Level 2 measures apply

COVID-19 update - 14 October 2021

Update 2021h

Kia ora, 

The response by New Zealanders to this latest outbreak has been strong, with high rates of testing and more and more people getting vaccinated. 

If we were to have a case of COVID-19 in our school, public health authorities will want to know if we are a school with a high vaccination rate. This information will then be used as part of the local health authority’s risk assessment. The more highly vaccinated we are (staff and students), the less likely it will be that we will have to close down for a long period of time, or we might not need to close at all. We are also doing our part by working toward all our staff being vaccinated. 

We will therefore need to know if your child has had their first or second vaccine dose or is exempted from being vaccinated. This information will be held by us in accordance with the Privacy Act and will only be shared with public health authorities. 

We are therefore getting our data collection system in place and will get in touch with you again very soon to gather this information.

More than 5.7 million doses of the Pfizer vaccine have now been given in New Zealand (as of 7 October 2021):

  • 53 percent are fully vaccinated (2 doses) = 2.2 million New Zealanders
  • 81 percent have had their first dose = 3.4 million New Zealanders
  • 86 percent of Aucklanders have had their first dose
  • 61percent of Aucklanders have had their second dose

As of 3 October 2021, 86 percent of Pacific Peoples and 90 percent of Māori aged 65 and over had received their first dose (compared with 93 percent of non-Māori and Non-Pacific) and our average daily numbers for Māori getting their first dose have increased by 69 percent in the last fortnight.

While the signs are really pleasing, clearly the job isn’t done. The two best things we can to do keep our community as safe as possible is to get tested if we are feeling unwell and get everyone who is eligible vaccinated. 

Please take the opportunity this Saturday at one of the ‘Super Saturday’ vaccination sites ie: Splash Planet, and get vaccinated as vaccination is an important step towards getting us back to some sort of normal.

Ngā mihi,

Dionne Thomas
Mrs Dionne Thomas

COVID-19 update - 14 September 2021

Update 2021g

Kia ora e te whanau

You’ll be aware that yesterday the Prime Minister advised we are to remain at Alert Level 2 for at least another week. Our thoughts and positive wishes are with everyone in Tāmaki Makaurau | Auckland. 

At Alert Level 2 there is low risk of community transmission, but it provides us with a lot more opportunities to engage and connect with others. However, there are still several 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). 

For us, all the required safety precautions for Alert Level 2 are working well which include regularly cleaning and disinfecting high-touch surfaces, encouraging everyone to frequently sanitize or wash their hands and to cough and sneeze into their elbow.

While physical distancing is not a requirement in schools, we are doing our best to separate students and keeping spaces well-ventilated. 

A number of students and staff are wearing masks, which has been recommended by the Director General of Health. The decision however, to wear a face covering is up to you and your whānau, whatever your decision it will be respected.

Please don’t hesitate to contact your child’s kaiako or me if there is something you need assistance with. 

Changes to NCEA

On Thursday 9 September, the Government announced further changes to NCEA for this year’s students. Students disrupted by 16 days of alert level restrictions this year (which is our Karamu students) will be entitled to:
Learning Recognition Credits (LRCs) 

  • for every five credits a student earns, they get one extra LRC
  • students at NCEA Level 1 are eligible for up to eight additional credits
  • students at NCEA Levels 2 or 3 are eligible for up to six additional credits.


  • no change to normal requirements.

University Entrance 

  • no change to normal requirements.

This is in addition to the external examination dates being moved to allow an extra two weeks of teaching and learning time in Term 4 (as communicated on August 25).

Course Selection Process

We appreciate this is a busy time for students, returning to school for learning and assessments, but planning for their futures, including next years learning, is a process we need to start to ensure we have the necessary resources in place, including staffing. 

The process for your child to select their courses for 2022 has begun. Today, students in Years 10, 11 and 12 received their Course Selection Forms and access to the online Senior Course selection booklet.

When choosing their courses, students need to think about their ability, their interests and possible future career aspirations. They are encouraged to talk with their form teacher, subject teachers, year level deans and the Senior Leadership team around their choices. In addition, we would appreciate your support with assisting your child to choose their courses by having a conversation with them. In the front of the course selection booklet, there is valuable information that will assist during your conversation. This includes:

  • How to plan your course and choose your options 
  • Requirements for courses at Level One, Two and Three
  • NCEA Certificate requirements 
  • Literacy and Numeracy 
  • University Entrance and preparation for tertiary study 
  • The Senior Course matrix which shows the progression of courses through the levels

The Senior Course Booklet can be found on our website or by clinking the link below


The completed forms, including your signature, are due back to the office before Wednesday 22 September. Please indicate if your child does not intend to return to Karamu.

As we celebrate Te Wiki o te Reo Māori I leave you with the following whakatauki that encapsulates the notion that while working in isolation might result in survival, working together can take people beyond survival and onto prosperity:

Naku te rourou nau te rourou ka ora ai te iwi
With your basket and my basket the people will live

 Ngā mihi nui
Dionne Thomas

Mrs Dionne Thomas

COVID-19 update - 7 September 2021

Update 2021f

Kia ora koutou katoa

A decision has now been made that we will move to Alert Level 2 at 11.59pm tonight. 

This therefore means school will open for all Year 9 – 13 students on Thursday 9 September. It is expected all students will return to school unless:

  • A member of the household is unwell with Covid-19;
  • Your child is unwell with any of the symptoms of Covid-19.

Tomorrow (Wednesday) we will be continuing to support the registered ākonga who have been onsite at Alert Level 3 while we prepare for re-opening to all on Thursday.

Should your child not be attending school from Thursday, because they are unwell, you must advise the office by phoning the School Absence Line on 8706143 giving the reason.

We have been advised for students who have a household member who is at-risk due to serious illness or if they themselves are at risk, there is no reason for them not to return to school. The public health measures we have deployed will minimise risk. 

The key message is schools are safe to open at Level 2 because there is no known community transmission, large numbers are vaccinated (60% in Hawkes Bay have had one dose & 30% two doses) and the following controls are put in place for schools:

  • ensure people with COVID-19 symptoms or feel generally unwell stay away from school;
  • maintain physical distancing (in schools this means children, young people, and staff maintaining a physical distance so that they are not breathing on or touching each other);
  • enable good hygiene practices;
  • keep track of people that enter school.

The following Health and Safety measures will be put in place:


  • We will start Thursday 8.35am with a formtime outlining all these Health and Safety guidelines;
  • Drinking fountains have been decommissioned so please bring bottled water from home;
  • Students will be lined up outside every classroom to minimize the contact on door handles. If a door can be propped or wedged open it should be.

Inside the classroom

  • Classrooms will be set up in exam style seating where possible, creating 1m spacing;
  • Marking of attendance has never been more important for contact tracing. Students must arrive at school on time and if they need to leave during the day they must sign in and out at the Office;
  • Each time a student enters the room they need to use the hand sanitizer provided;
  • Practical equipment used in the likes of physical education, science and technology must be cleaned between each use.


  • Sports (on school grounds) – physical activities including can go ahead. Physical distancing is not possible in some sporting activities, so in these situations extra emphasis on handwashing and drying (or cleansing with hand sanitizer) before and after activities and regular cleaning of equipment is very important.
  • Cultural activities - practices and rehearsals will be able to go ahead (a physical distancing recommendation of 1m distance where practicable, for singing and wind instruments). 
  • For sports and cultural practices that use external coaches they must sign in the visitors register at the front of school (for tracking and tracing purposes).

Outside the Classroom

  • Year 13’s can continue to use their Study to arrive after P1 and leave for P5 but they are NOT to leave the premises at any other time;
  • Queues at the school office and the canteen will be clearly marked using 1 metre spacing on the ground/walls;
  • Students are encouraged to sit 1m spaced at break and lunchtime;
  • Only 6 students will be able to sit at the tables around the canteen;
  • Contact tracing has implications for break and lunchtime. We will be asking students to consider keeping their own record of who in addition to their classmates, they were in ‘close contact’ with each day (as they would need to do for other close contacts they had in their personal time).
  • Assemblies will go ahead however, because we need to maintain sufficient distance between students, so they aren’t touching or breathing directly on each other, they will be only Year level. 

Parents Visiting School

  • We will need to record all visitors on site, including parents and caregivers, in the visitor register located at the front office, recording names, date, time in and out, where they visited and phone and physical address. This information is important for the process of contact tracing, should it be required to track down and prevent the further spread of COVID-19.

End of the School Day

  • The end of the day will be staggered to reduce congestion
    • Year 9 and 10: finish at 2.50pm
    • Year 11-13: finish at 3pm 
  • Please clear the school site as promptly as possible

Bus services

Our school transport services also plan to return to normal schedules from Thursday 9 September. The ongoing safety of our students and the ability to contact trace are a priority on these services therefore, we must provide our transport providers with up-to-date bus lists and keep records to enable contact tracing to take place.   We also need to provide certainty for them around numbers intending to use buses.

Our bus providers will ensure:

  • Hand sanitizers will be available for each student to use as they board the bus.
  • Buses and surfaces will be sanitized after each journey by the transport company.
  • Seats in close proximity to the driver will be left empty.

If you have any questions in regards to bus services please contact Sarah Gunn: [email protected]

Health & Well-being

  • Symptoms to monitor for are any respiratory symptoms such as a cold, a head cold, blocked ears, cough, sneezing, chills and a fever. Anyone with these symptoms should not attend school. If these symptoms are observed children will be kindly and warmly instructed to go to the Office immediately. Home will be rung and they must be picked up as soon as possible. 
  • If we are connected to a confirmed or probable Covid-19 case, we must close for 72 hours. This time will allow for contact tracing and cleaning to take place. We could then remain closed for an additional 14 days.
  • If a child is self-isolating or can't return to school due to personal or health reasons, learning may still be available on Teams, but no face to face ‘Zoom’ type-lessons will be delivered.
  • Masks are not required to be worn in school. While the Director General of Health has recommended that children 12 years+ wear a face covering at school – just as older children are required to wear face coverings in some other places, the decision to wear a face covering is up to you and your whānau, whatever your decision it will be respected. Where an individual chooses to use a face covering they should supply and wear their own, and to do so safely.

Should at anytime you have queries or questions please do not hesitate to contact us. 

Dionne Thomas
Mrs Dionne Thomas

COVID-19 update - 6 September 2021

School will re-open Thursday 9 September - The Prime Minister has announced this afternoon that due to our community response to Covid-19 we are moving into Alert Level 2 as at 11.59pm tomorrow. We are awaiting more detailed information and direction from the Ministry of Education, but school will be open for all Year 9 -13 on Thursday 9 September. Further information will be sent tomorrow.

COVID-19 update - 30 August 2021

Update 2021e


Having spent twelve full days in Alert Level 4, you will be aware the Prime Minister has announced that all of New Zealand will continue to stay in Alert Level 4 until 11:59pm on Tuesday 31 August.

At that time, subject to whatever information may emerge over the week, all New Zealand regions south of Auckland’s regional boundary will shift into Alert Level 3.

At Alert Level 3 schools effectively continue to be closed for face-to-face learning, other than for the children of Year 9 and 10 parents who need to go to work and have no alternative care options available. We have canvassed our community and have two very small bubbles of Year 9 and 10 students being supervised while they continue their distance learning. Further information will be sent to these families.

All learning systems, including face to face Teams/Zoom and online course arrangements, continue for Year 9 – 13 students. 

It is important everyone continues to stay home and keeps wearing a face covering when you are out and about, so we can all return to school soon.

Entering School

Parents and students cannot enter the school grounds without prior arrangements being made due to the current health and safety requirements needing to be adhered to. Any students entering the school grounds that are not part of a Year 9 or 10 bubble will be asked to leave immediately.

Students working during school hours

It’s important that young people remain engaged in their learning under the current Alert Level conditions, not be working more, even though I do appreciate a servant feeling of wanting to do ‘their part’.

However, for students under 16, it is actually illegal to work during school hours under Section 54 of the Education and Training Act 2020. If employers are putting pressure on students to work during school hours, please advise them that it is illegal. For older students it is essential that they remain engaged in their learning so that their future opportunities for work or learning are not impacted.

If parents and caregivers need assistance to ensure their child is engaged in learning rather than being in paid employment during scheduled learning hours please contact me.

Need Help?

A few reminders of the community mechanisms that are still out there and available:

  • Nourished for Nil: Are still providing free food @ 1004 Karamu Rd  Mon, Wed & Fri 4.30-5.30pm
  • Flaxmere Community Centre & FlaXrock Gym, 400 Swansea Rd Fri 4.45-6pm
  • 703 Kiwi Street, Hastings  Mon 3.30-4.30pm
  • Te Taiwhenua o Heretaunga: Are still providing several health and wellbeing services - https://ttoh.iwi.nz/
  • Free call or text 1737 any time, 24 hours a day if you are feeling anxious, depressed or just want to talk through your feelings. You’ll get to talk to (or text with) a trained counsellor. 
  • Mr Marks Rolls – our school counsellor is available to any student or whanau through his email [email protected] 
  • Mr Wooster (DP – Students Pastoral) and myself are also more than happy to try and help families in any way we possibly can.

Keep safe and be strong, kia kaha 

Dionne Thomas

Mrs Dionne Thomas


COVID-19 update - 24 August 2021

Update 2021d

Kia ora koutou

Like me you probably looked at the emerging cases from this outbreak and thought that some further time at Alert Level 4 was the best thing for our community.

That thinking was confirmed yesterday when the Prime Minister advised that we will remain at Alert Level 4 until 11.59pm on Friday 27 August, to be reviewed that afternoon.

I want to reassure you that our school staff and board will continue to be available to support your child’s learning and wellbeing over this time.

We also hope you are doing OK at the moment – but it is also OK if you aren’t.

As the Mental Health Foundation of NZ says, “it’s all right to feel a range of emotions right now. Going into a Level 4 lockdown is a big deal and it brings all sorts of different feelings to the surface, including frustration, worry and even gratitude. However you are feeling, know that you’re not alone – we’re all going through this together.”

If you need to talk, check in with a friend or whānau member, or free call/text 1737 to chat with a trained counsellor. It's free and confidential. Check out our school website for support links.

You will also understand the importance of routine for your family. If your routine has been shaken up, it’s good to structure your time. Routines are reassuring and promote health and physical wellbeing.

This is why we implemented the timetable routine on Monday and will continue with this until further notice. We also encourage you to form routines around household chores and exercise. 


Of significance announcement has been the Government’s decision to make the Pfizer Vaccine available to 12 to 15-year-olds from Wednesday 1 September (with bookings open from Friday 20 August). Vaccination dates are also now available for all people over the age of 40. There is no shortage of vaccines and more sites will be available over the next few days, so now is a good time to get vaccinated. Please be aware this is one of the few reasons you are allowed out, even during Alert Level 4 to get vaccinated. High levels of vaccination are a prerequisite to a more porous border and to minimise the risk of further and longer lockdowns. So I do urge our community to take up this vaccination opportunity. You can book online at https://bookmyvaccine.covid19.health.nz/ or phone 0800 282926.


Below are a couple of pieces of latest communication from NZQA.

"With the situation still developing rapidly, it is too early to make decisions on any changes to NCEA (or University Entrance). However, we are continuing to work with the Ministry of Education, the Minister’s Professional Advisory Group and schools to make sure any advice to Ministers on possible interventions - if they are required - would be fair and proportionate”

It is therefore important our seniors just keep focused on their learning, any assessment will follow when we return to school or students are naturally ready.


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Regarding the fast approaching Level 1 Mathematics Common Assessment Task (MCAT) -NZQA is reviewing the situation to see if the dates for MCAT (14 & 16 September) should be changed. We will let you know when we have more clarity.

A big thank you for taking the lockdown seriously and doing what we have been asked – we’ve seen before that staying at home will break the chain of transmission and save lives. However, this time it is even more important that we all follow the health advice because the Delta variant is very contagious.

Breaking the rules risks the health of those close to you, the wider community and could result in the lock down period being extended.

Please remember that all of school, including the tennis/basketball/netball courts and school grounds, remain closed at Alert Level 4. The experience overseas (most recently in New South Wales) has been the lockdowns can be prolonged for reasons such as groups of young people congregating and using communal equipment. 

As always, please let us know if there is anything you need to support you and your tamariki during this time.

Ngā mihi nui
Dionne Thomas

Mrs Dionne Thomas

COVID-19 update - 21 August 2021

Update 2021c

Kia Orana,

As you will be aware the Prime Minister announced yesterday we will be remaining in Alert Level 4 for a minimum of 4 more days. This means school remains closed until at least Wednesday 25 August. We are unsure of course whether we will return to Level 3 or 2 at this stage.

Therefore, we will look to continue supporting your child’s learning and wellbeing over this time in a manner that can continue for two days, or longer if needed. I offer more clarity on that below:


By now you will have heard from your child’s form teacher through email, checking in on your child and whanau from a well-being perspective. We trust this means you can now keep in touch, ask questions and feel supported. Your child’s Year Level Dean will also make contact too if they have any concerns and you can too if you like. All email addresses can be found on the School App and the website. 


Now we are in lockdown for a longer period the focus does need to move to supporting your child’s learning and we will be doing this through our online platform Teams.

Each course teacher (Juniors and Seniors) will email parents to inform you how the online provision for learning will work. It will clearly indicate when the one face to face lesson a week with each teacher will occur (through Zoom or Teams) and the other learning conditions/content. Please reply directly if you have any queries. The students timetable of their face to face lessons are now available through the KAMAR portal, via the website or App, but they are approximately as follows:

Year 9

Monday - PED/Health
Tuesday - Social Studies (& Option 1 Period 4)
Wednesday - English
Thursday - Science (& Option 2 Period 4)
Friday - Mathematics

Year 10

Monday - Mathematics (& Option 1 Period 4)
Tuesday -English
Wednesday - Science (& Option 2 Period 4)
Thursday - Social Studies
Friday - PED/Health


Monday - Line 1 (Period 1 Monday on Normal Timetable)
Tuesday –Line 2 (Period 2 Monday on Normal Timetable)
Wednesday - Line 3 & 4 (Period 3/4 Monday on Normal Timetable)
Thursday - Line 5 (Period 5 Monday on Normal Timetable)
Friday – Line 6 (Tuesday period 1 class) 

NB: All Studies have been removed.

Parents can expect for each course their child to have one hour of face to face teacher contact in a week and another two hours of ‘other learning’. Some senior courses may arrange another one face to face meeting at a mutually agreeable time. The ‘other learning’ may include work on Education Perfect; research online or in hardcopy; completion of tasks online, in person or around home; reading; writing; speaking or drawing. Students will get instruction of this ‘other learning’ through their course ‘Team’ on Office 365. 

The learning type and speed may vary a little from course to course and from level to level as the needs, style of delivery and level of learning varies, but as usual we just encourage students to take part in their learning to their personal best. We aim to work with you as parents in ensuring that they complete as much set work as possible and maintain their learning. On-line work operates in different ways and it will be a different learning experience from the normal school day because of the nature of what is delivered. We need to be flexible and agile in these times. If it gets too much, just take a break and return to it later.

As parents, what if your child does not understand the learning?

  • Read the instructions or watch the information together
  • Ask ‘have they done something similar before’?
  • Get them to check with a classmate 
  • Get them to email or message/chat with the course teacher for further clarification
  • For any further queries around a course please email the Year level Dean.

We do appreciate households are busy places with other children, parents working from home or heading out to be essential workers, so if it gets too much, just take a breather and come back to it later.

We will be monitoring students engagement in courses across the whole week, a combination of the face to face AND other learning, and this is what course teachers will be reporting to Deans on. Parents will be contacted if we have concerns.

I will continue to update you with information as it comes to hand, but for now please continue to follow all of the instructions of the Ministry of Health, take care and be kind.

Keep safe, stay strong, til we meet again

E noho oranga, noho kaha, noho ora mai

Dionne Thomas
Mrs Dionne Thomas

COVID-19 update - 20 August 2021

I trust this message finds you safe and well as we continue to work towards stamping out Covid in the community once again.  I am sure many of you are aware our Prime Minister has just announced that due to the number of growing community cases and increased risk to others we will be remaining in Alert Level 4 for a minimum of 4 more days. This means school remains closed until at least Wednesday 25 August. Further whanau updates regarding learning to come.

Stay safe. Kia Māia.

Dionne Thomas
Mrs Dionne Thomas

COVID-19 update - 19 August 2021

Update 2021b

Afternoon Whanau

As the sun shone brightly today, I am reminded of this quote ...

“When the sun is shining I can do anything; no mountain is too high, no trouble too difficult to overcome” 

Wilma Rudolph

I do hope as a family you have found today safe, peaceful and productive – whatever that might look like for your family. 

I write to advise the Ministry of Education are continuing to work with the Ministry of Health to enable possible distribution of materials and/or devices due to the sudden imposing of the Level 4 lockdown. We will work through the public health requirements that we all need to meet, as you are doing at home, but we want to be sure that what we do at school will keep our community as safe as possible. 

For now, we will continue to support your child’s learning remotely while we progress our planning for what this will mean for you and for our school. We will be in touch again soon with more information. As you have been doing, please keep connecting with your form teachers/course teacher with any questions you might have. 

While today there has been an increase in confirmed cases in New Zealand, we are very lucky there are NO CONFIRMED CASES IN HAWKES BAY. We know if there are any active cases connected to Karamu High School we will be supported by the Ministry of Health and the Ministry of Education. 

However, please remember the symptoms of Covid-19 include:

- a cough
- a high temperature of at least 38°C
- shortness of breath
- sore throat
- sneezing and runny nose
- temporary loss of smell;

These symptoms do not necessarily mean you have COVID-19 as the symptoms are like other illnesses that are much more common, such as cold and flu. However, if you have these symptoms please call Healthline for free on 0800 358 5453 or you call your doctor immediately.

Keep safe and be strong, kia kaha

Dionne Thomas
Mrs Dionne Thomas

COVID-19 update - 18 August 2021

Update 2021a

Kia ora koutou,

As you will be aware the Prime Minister announced last night that in response to a recent community outbreak of Covid-19 we are moving into Alert Level 4. This means school will be closed for a minimum of 3 days.

While we are moving into a new phase of New Zealand’s response to COVID-19, please be reassured that our school staff and Board of Trustees will continue to be available to support your child’s learning and wellbeing over this time, whether it be for 3 days or more.

Well-being & Learning

Today it is important you as a family, and my staff with family, to adjust to life again in Level 4. We therefore will not impede on your whanau time today. 

However, over the subsequent couple of days you (through email) and your child (through Teams on Office 365) will hear from your child’s formteacher, checking in from a well-being perspective, and the Dean will too if we they have any concerns (and you too can be in contact at anytime!)

We realise that some children may have headed home without their devices and because of the importance of the first 24 hours in tracing this virus, at this stage there is no exemption process to allow staff or students to go back on site to get devices or hard pack resources therefore we are being flexible in the learning offered. 

Juniors will not be required to complete any formal learning with their teachers over these two days. However, if they have incomplete homework, historic unfinished tasks on Education Perfect or a reading book they are halfway through then they may choose to dive into those, but there will be no formal interactions with each of their teachers. If the situation changes on Friday 20 August we will communication the online timetable from Monday 23 August.

Seniors however, will continue with the learning they are currently doing and it will be accessible through Teams. Any face to face lessons will occur in their usual hour timetabled Thursday or Friday lesson time via Zoom or Teams. 


A reminder we are still operating our normal flowchart for concerns, just contact via email. 

If you are a student and you have a concern ...

If your concern is about:You should first see ...If not resolved then ...And is still not resolved ...
Your learning,
eg classwork and assessment
Your teacherYour deanMs Gunn, Deputy Principal
Curriculum & Assessment
A discipline problem,
eg a detention
The teacher who gave you the detentionYour deanMr Wooster, Deputy Principal
Student Management
A pastoral issue,
eg bullying, attendance
Your form teacherYour deanMr Wooster or
Mr Rolls, Guidance Counsellor

If you are a parent and you have a concern ...

If your concern is about:You should first see ...If not resolved then ...And is still not resolved ...
A learning problem,
eg classwork and assessment
The deanMs Gunn, Deputy Principal
Curriculum & Assessment
Mrs Thomas
A discipline problem,
eg a detention
The deanMr Wooster, Deputy Principal
Student Management
A pastoral issue,
eg bullying, attendance
The deanMr Wooster or
Mr Rolls, Guidance Counsellor
A financial issue
relating to any account or charge
Either Mrs Gray or
Ms Radley in the office
Mrs Hantler
Principal's PA

All email addresses are available on the school app and website.

We must continue to take this lockdown seriously like we did in 2020. 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.


Information and resources to support wellbeing and support learning at home

  • The Ministry of Education has developed a resource for parents, caregivers, whānau and family - Talking to Children
  • The Ministry of Health’s website includes Top ways to look after your mental wellbeing during the Covid-19 lockdown.
  • I AM HOPE is the youth and community focused support group run by The Key to Life Charitable Trust, started by Mike King - https://www.iamhope.org.nz/
  • Nathan Wallis has some helpful videos on his Facebook page for parents and whānau - Nathan Wallis Facebook
  • Tips on looking after mental health and wellbeing during COVID-19 from the Mental Health foundation https://www.mentalhealth.org.nz/get-help/covid-19/
  • a website by the Health Promotion Agency to help New Zealanders recognise and understand depression and anxiety - https://depression.org.nz/covid-19/

It is really important we do everything we can to keep our community safe. Alert Level 4 means we need to stay home in our bubbles and avoid any travelling as much as possible.  Supermarkets, pharmacies, foodbanks and other essential services will be open – but remember to wear a face covering if you are out and about (even a scarf wrapped around your mouth and nose will help). Check in using the NZ COVID Tracer App wherever you go and please also keep a distance from people you don’t know and wash your hands well and often, especially before and after using any public facilities.

Please keep being kind, keep safe, and look after each other. We are all in this together, he waka eke noa.  


Dionne Thomas
Mrs Dionne Thomas

COVID-19 update - 17 August 2021

Update 2021

School is closed for 3 days

The Prime Minister has announced this evening that in response to a recent community outbreak of Covid-19 we are moving into Alert Level 4 as at 11.59pm tonight. We are awaiting more detailed information and direction from the Ministry of Education, but from tomorrow school will be closed for 3 days.  Students should stay at home and stay safe. Further information will be sent to whanau.

Nga mihi nui

Dionne Thomas
Mrs Dionne Thomas

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