Windy Ridge School Newsletter
14 May 2020
Term 2 Week 5
KINDO: online school shop (click on KINDO to register)
Respect, Resilience, Kindness, Integrity
Hello, Kamusta, Hola a todos, As-salāmu ʿalaykum, Kumusta, Annyeonghaseyo, Ni Hao, Konichiwa, Namaste, Zdravstvuyte, Ciao, Cześć, Szia, Hallo, Bonjour, Salut, Fakalofa Lahi Atu, Talofa Lava, Malo e Leilei, Orana, Kia Ora Koutou
News from the Principal
“Ehara taku toa i te toa takitahi
Engari, he toa takatini”
“Success is not the work of one, but the work of many.”
Kia ora ki te whanau,
We have been really busy down here at school today, getting the classrooms all set up for our big day on Monday. Our priority is to protect the health and safety of all teachers, employees, children and their parents and caregivers, and all of the decisions we have made and actions we are taking have been underpinned by this priority. We have attached a document below that outlines the way that we plan to manage risks and protect staff and children. I hope this document will give you a sense of confidence about your child’s mental, emotional and physical safety at school. Please read through it carefully so that you are aware of the aspects that will impact on you, and are able to reassure your children about the fact that they will be safe and happy at school.
On that note, I’m sure you will be conscious of the emphasis that the media and various experts are placing on the wellbeing of our children during this time. Thanks to the feedback we received as part of our Remote Learning Survey, we are aware that we have many students that are anxious about returning to school. Our focus for the first two weeks is on ensuring that we reestablish social connections between our students, and between students and teachers, reset routines and most of all acknowledge and address concerns and fears. We have a wide range of activities and resources designed to support the children through this transition. One idea we talked about today is to allow the children to bring a favourite teddy or soft toy to school that they can hug in place of the interpersonal physical connection that they might be sorely missing. Each child will have to make sure that they keep their teddy to themselves. We talked about also using the toys to model social distancing and express feelings. Please let your child know that we would like them to choose a teddy (not too big!) to bring to school.
If you borrowed a device from the school during lock down, please ensure that it is packaged up and returned to school with your child on Monday. Although there will continue to be some restrictions, after 7 weeks of online learning we are looking to focus on real life experiences for a while, including the playgrounds and courts. However, during this time we intend to clean and service our devices to prepare them for eventual return into the school supply.
Well, we are all very excited to see your children next week. The management team – Inge Millard, Sarah Turner and myself, will be waiting at the front and back gates next Monday to welcome your children back. We won’t have morning or afternoon road patrols operating over the first two weeks, but we will ensure that children use the crossings safely during this time. The teachers will be waiting in their rooms to make your children feel safe and secure. We are all looking forward to a wonderful week.
Nga mihi nui