BIS Newsletter Week 6 Term 3

Friday 3rd of September 2021


Kia Ora Everyone,

Another week at level 4 down and dusted. It is such a privilege to do this lockdown in such a supportive community. We know that everyone's situation is different and that you each have your own struggles to face. We thank you for supporting us as we try to deliver a home learning programme that fits into your whanau schedule.

We have been opening the school for limited periods of time to allow for contactless pick up of paper copies of work and/ or chrome books. We will do this again on Monday between 10:30am - 11:30am. Please be aware that we have to put our safety first so we will not allow you to come into the school buildings and you must be wearing a mask before you roll down the car window to speak to us. This is for your safety and ours.

This week we are adding on to our existing home learning. Your child will still be able to access google classroom and see the slide show of work for the week and there will still be daily zoom meetings with your child's whānau teacher. These zoom meetings are the time for your child's teacher to clarify the work, explain the expectations and give feedback on work collected. All teachers will have varying systems for marking work and your child should be aware of the system in place.

This week we will also be sharing a timetable of opt in sessions that will run throughout the week. This is to provide more variety of activities, a chance for your child to work with different teachers and a way to increase the teaching sessions throughout the week. They are optional and we do not expect any student to attend all of them or even to attend one per day. It needs to fit in with your family schedule. The timetable will be shared on Sunday evening so you can sit down and plan the sessions your child wants to attend for the week. These will change each week. There may be some clashes and we will ensure that the clashes this week are not the same for the following week.

Having structure in uncertain times is a valuable way to help your child feel safe. I would encourage you to plan a daily timetable that includes breaks, exercise, meals and learning. This helps to keep things relatively normal during this time of uncertainty.

Some of our students are wondering about cancellations of activities. Some of these things are beyond our control such as the recent cancellation of the APPA Choir Festival. However, the year 8 Camp can run in level 2 so we are not making any decisions yet. We would like your input into this decision and the link below will take you to survey monkey and ask you 4 questions about your thoughts on camp. If you have a child in year 8, please help us with our decision-making by completing this survey.

We are hopeful that you are getting enough communication and feel supported during this time. Please refer to my last letter home (sent on Monday) for details on how to access more support if needed.

Stay safe, stay home and be well.

Kia kaha,


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Year 8 Camp

Have you set up automatic payments for the year 8 camp? We want all students to be able to attend and we know that cost can be a barrier. If you set up an automatic payment this week then you will be able to pay it off before term 4 for just $15 per week.

Camp is an amazing experience for our students and gives them the chance to participate in a range of outdoor activities that are challenging. Students learn valuable life skills through managed risk taking while having lots of fun at the same time.

Please set up your automatic payment using your child's name as the reference and the words Y8Camp.

BIS Bank account - 12 3035-0413925-01

Cyber Safety with NETSAFE!

Netsafe is a website that holds a variety of resources for parents and their children about staying safe online, and what to do if you are being bullied or harassed online and on any social media platforms. You can report incidents of online bullying, harassment or if you or your child feels unsafe or is receiving.

Upcoming Events

Friday 1st October - Teacher Only Day - No school

Communication Home

We email home a school newsletter every fortnight. The purpose of this newsletter is to keep our community informed of what is happening at our school.

Please ensure we have an up-to-date email address, download our BIS School App, like our Facebook page and check our website regularly for more detailed information about what is happening at BIS.

Community Advertisements

Please contact to advertise your community event in this space.

Sportspasifik Niuways Zumba

Sportspasifik Niuways running Free Zumba for the community every Monday 6.30 pm -7.30 pm for 7weeks. All ages welcome.

What's happening in our Community?

Click here to see the events and activities the Birkdale Beach Haven Community Houses have planned for our community this Term.
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