Home Learning News - Term 3 Week 5

Friday, 27 August 2021


Kia ora koutou,

I hope everyone is safe, well and looking after each other in their bubble. I'm sure you have all caught up on the news that we are moving into Level 3 as at midnight on Tuesday, 31 August 2021. This means that school can operate on a very limited basis as from Wednesday, 1 September 2021. The majority of students have been directed to stay home. It is only under exceptional circumstances where children may have to attend school.

Information is still coming through from the Ministry of Education and the reason for this is information from Health is always evolving and ever changing. Under COVID-19 we as a school have to follow the directions and laws from the Ministry of Health.


You would have seen an alert through the school app this morning around the decision not to run buses under Alert Level 3. We believe that with this particular strain it isn't safe to run our school buses.

Home Learning this Week

I have been extremely proud of all the teachers, students and parents who have worked hard this week with their home learning. This is a new way of working for us all. I have been really heartened by all the teachers willing to run some class zoom sessions to touch base with all the tamariki in their class. This will continue to occur during Alert Level 3.

Education at Alert Level 3

As we experienced last year when we went into Alert Level 3, children coming to school to undertake their learning is a very different experience that what they would normally experience. Playgrounds are closed, physical distancing must occur and students learn in bubbles of no more than 15 students. Group work ceases and children are working individually within the classroom. Each bubble has a different break time and can only go outside to certain parts of the school. School physical education equipment is also out of bounds due to the possible spread of infection.

  • At Alert Level 3, children and young people should learn from home. School will be open for those children whose parents or carers need to go to work. If both parents are working and there is another responsible adult within that family bubble who can care for children then children should remain home. School is closed to the rest of the students and school grounds cannot be accessed by the public.

  • Home Learning continues as per normal for students learning from home. Students who are learning at school will continue with the home learning set by the class teacher. Where possible students who are learning at school will be provided with a computer so they can access Seesaw and zoom to make contact with their class teacher.

Online Hours of Staff

It's been great to see all the communication going on between class teachers, students and parents. By what I have seen this week students are very busy at home completing the activities that have been offered by the teachers.

As the online learning continues you will from time to time have a question to ask one of our teachers. I have explained my staff that it is reasonable to answer requests from parents between the hours of 9am-4pm. If you ask a question outside of these hours then you should generally expect to hear back the next day - or within 24 hours. I'm sure you can imagine how busy staff are now at their computers commenting on work, running zoom sessions etc.

Community Wellbeing Information

Health Line:

You can call Health Line for health advice and information about a condition or illness. The advice and information is provided by trained healthcare professionals.

You can contact them by calling 0800 611 116. You can free call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

1737, Need to Talk:

If you're feeling anxious, down, overwhelmed or that you need to talk with someone, you can call or text the helpline for free.

You can contact them by calling 0800 1737 1737 (or text 1737).. You can free call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Contactless Pick-Ups of Hard Packs

With Level 3 we will be offering contactless pick-ups if you require more home learning material to complete (that is your child has completed all the work in the home pack that was sent home at the beginning of the week). If you need more work to complete then please make contact with your child's teacher via Seesaw.

The school will then be back in touch with you around a pick up time (between 9am and 3pm) and the instructions to collect the home learning pack.

Children Attending School Register (due to whanau working)

We are now wanting to plan for when Alert Level 3. If you and your partner both have to work (and don't have another family member who can look after them instead) and require your child to attend school then please complete this form.

It is really important we have an accurate register of students attending school. This is because we have to carefully plan school bubbles. If we have more children turn up to school than we were expecting then this may affect our capacity to organise safe bubbles within the school.

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdnK5HMRuLbPdfVaF-WDRWTo2DylnccKTSlGCKYHfGk18gQ8Q/viewform - this link will be closed off on the evening of Monday, 30 August 20201 @ 5pm.

If you have previously indicated that your child was going to be attending school (as at that stage we were running school buses) but now will no longer be attending school could you please let the school office know - office@otautau.school.nz

Those students who are attending school will be organised into school bubbles. Information will come out on Monday around what bubble your child is in and what gate they need to enter and exit through (when coming into and leaving the school).

Snapshots of Home Learning this Week - Room 3

This week all classes were engaged in zoom sessions familiarising themselves with zoom and connecting with each other. Below are some screenshots taken over the week of different classes connecting.
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Snapshots of Home Learning this Week - Room 4

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Snapshot of Home Learning this Week - Room 5

Room 5 students are doing some amazing home learning. Parents are sharing lots of photos and videos of their children at home, doing a wide variety of learning and Tau Competency activities. Thank you to all the parents who are doing so much over this lockdown period. We had our first zoom meeting with the class and 12 students were online to share news with each other. Hopefully we will be back at school soon. Take care and stay safe.
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Snapshot of Home Learning this Week - Room 6

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Snapshot of Home Learning this Week - Room 7

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Snapshot of Home Learning the Week - Room 8

Snapshot of Home Learning this Week - Room 9

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