SJS Level 3 Update

Newsletter 28 August 2021

Our Vision: To grow Catholic, Christian young people,

who are confident, connected lifelong learners, inspired by the teachings of Jesus,

and who make a positive difference in their community.

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Dear Families/Whanau - as you know, we are moving to Level Three at midnight Tuesday, August 31. The Ministry of Education has provided the following guidelines.

During Level Three, all children will be required to stay home as in Level 4.

Schools are only open for children of essential workers if they have no other alternative care arrangements. Everyone else continues with their learning from home.

This means that almost all tamariki are to stay home. If they can stay at home, they should remain at home. If your child has a health condition, you must keep them at home. If your child is sick, please keep them at home.

The school is open only for families of essential workers who have no other alternative care arrangements. If there is an adult working from home then a child can be too.

If your child can't be supervised at home by an appropriate person, due to you and all other adults in your house leaving your home and going to work, they can attend St James' during Alert Level 3. Please note that online learning will continue to occur for learners at school, as it will for those who remain at home during Alert Level 3.

Should you be an essential worker and anticipate the need for your children to attend school onsite, please email Tracey by midday Monday, August 30.

Contact me at

Ngā Manaakitanga

Tom Sheehan

Useful links

Cathedral of the Holy Spirit -

Papa Kāinga (TVNZ) and Māori TV On Demand educational channel.

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. There are also a lot of other supports available to you, your whānau and your community if needed.

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.

For our Pacific families, if you are not aware the Ministry for Pacific Peoples’ has been working to ensure useful information is available to Pacific peoples in nine different languages.

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