Hawera Intermediate School 24 March 2020

Message from Neryda

Kia Ora Whanau

Today staff are meeting and planning the way forward.

Please note:

  1. School holidays have been brought forward and will now begin next week. (Monday 30th March-Tuesday 14th April).

  2. Staff will check emails regularly through the holiday period

  3. Our school online learning will officially commence Wednesday 15th April.

  4. Students without devices are able to have one loaned from the school -Today till 2 pm, Tomorrow Wednesday 25th, 10-12 noon

  5. Optional on-line sites are now available to access on the school’s website under the Learning Links tab.

As of Wednesday 15th April (Monday-Friday)

  1. At 3pm, Principal newscasts will be available for viewing or reading on our school website and facebook page.

  2. At 9am Staff will come together via an on-line platform - Zoom

  3. At 10am Staff will connect with classes via an on-line platform- Zoom

  4. Teachers will connect individually with students throughout and over the week. An on-line booking slot will be made available to students.

  5. Our on-line school wide platform “Spotlight” will be used to connect with students

Google: Hawera Intermediate Or

  1. All students will receive via email, their individual code for Spotlight.

  2. Student email addresses are generic - eg: surname, initial letter of first eg:

  3. Our learning expectations for students is a 2-3 hour working time frame with an additional 30 minutes of daily reading.

  4. Any work uploaded by students to their individual site on “Spotlight” will be commented/ marked by teachers

  5. And finally, a message taken from a post on facebook:

Don’t worry about them regressing in school. Every single kid is in this boat and they all will be ok. When we are back in the classroom, we will meet them where they are. Teachers are experts at this! Don’t pick fights with your kids because they don’t want to do maths. Don’t scream at your kids for not following the schedule. Don’t mandate 2 hours of learning time if they are resisting it.

If I can leave you with one thing, it’s this: at the end of all of this, your kids’ mental health will be more important than their academic skills. And how they felt during this time will stay with them long after the memory of what they did during those weeks is long gone. Keep that in mind, every single day.”

Look after yourselves, keep safe

Ngā mihi


Acting Principal