Principal's Update

Friday 27th August 2021

Term 3 Week 5 - Covid Update

Kia ora

Given the government's announcement earlier today to shift our region to Alert Level 3 on Tuesday 31st August at 11:59 pm, we have been busily preparing for what this will look like at Matapu School. Earlier today you should have received a call from either Emma Hunt or Anna Hauparoa who were checking in to see if you are an essential worker and that there is no one else available to supervise your child/ren at home from Wednesday 1st September (please see the flowchart below if you are unsure what this means for your family). If you missed the call or did not receive one can you please email me at to let me know.

The vast majority of you have chosen to supervise your child/ren at home. We really appreciate this as it makes it easier to keep our staff safe and run our distance learning programme. We definitely understand that for a small number of our families you have no other option but to send your child/ren to school and we will be in touch before Wednesday to provide you with the protocols that we need you to follow at Alert Level 3.

It has been incredibly pleasing to scroll through the various activities that our students have been completing on Seesaw and see such high levels of participation. Thank you for the hard work that you are putting in at home to ensure that your child/ren can continue their learning journey during this lockdown period. A large amount of our students are accessing learning activities through a device, which is a fantastic way to keep them engaged and up to date. However being online can come with risks so Network 4 Learning has designed a filter that you can apply to your child’s device to keep them safe. Please visit to find out more.

Finally I must pass on a massive thanks to our teachers! They have quickly adapted to distance learning and have set great daily learning activities, as well as provided feedback on numerous pieces of student work.

Have a wonderful weekend.

Ngå mihi nui

James Willson

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