|Term 1: Week 11, 26. 03. 2020|
|Principal’s Message Whānau WellbeingYou might be inclined to create a minute by minute schedule for your children. You may have high hopes of hours of learning, including online activities, science experiments and book reports. You may limit technology until everything is done. But here’s the thing…Our children are just as scared as we are right now. Our children not only can hear everything that is going on around them, but they feel our constant tension and anxiety. They have never experienced anything like this before. Although the idea of being off school for weeks sounds awesome, they are probably picturing a fun time like summer break, not the reality of being trapped at home and not seeing their friends.Over the coming weeks, you may see an increase in behaviour issues with your children. Whether it’s anxiety, anger, or protestations that they can’t do the things they would normally – it will happen. You may see more meltdowns, tantrums, and oppositional behaviours in the coming weeks. This is normal and expected under these circumstances.What children need right now is to feel comforted and loved. To feel like it’s all going to be ok and that might mean that you tear up your perfect schedule and love your children a bit more. Play outside and go for walks. Bake cookies and paint pictures. Play board games and watch movies. Play hand games – rock, paper, scissors is a Kiwi favourite. Do a science experiment together or find virtual field trips to the zoo. Start a book and read together as a family. Snuggle under warm blankets and do nothing.Don’t worry about them regressing in school. Every single child is in this boat and they will all be ok. When we are back in the classroom, we will all be on course and we will meet them where they are. Our teachers are experts at this! Don’t pick fights with your children because they don’t want to do math. Don’t get upset with your children 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 children’s mental health will be more important than their academic skills. How they felt during this time will stay with them long after the memory of what they did during those weeks is long gone. So please keep that in mind every single day.Arohanui, Adrianne McAllister||Allandale School PlayGrounds|
All Allandale School playgrounds are closed until our Government has lifted Alert Level 4. That means our school playgrounds are closed for a month effective as from midnight last night the 25th March.
The reasons behind this are that these surfaces could harbour Covid 19 and flu like viruses and we need everyone to stay well and healthy.
Support ServicesIf you need support, want to help or are concerned about a family member or a neighbour here are some possible services that can be accessed.’Need to talk?’ service on 1737 Healthline – 0800 358 5453Youthline – 0800 376 633, www.youthline.co.nz/gethelpMental Health Foundation 09 623 4812, www.mentalhealth.org.nzDepression.org.nz – 0800 111 757Government ‘Unite against COVID-19 https://covid19.govt.nz/…/for-everyone/looking-after-your-…/.Citizens Advice Bureau 07 308 5609Womens Refuge 0800 refuge / 0800 733 843Ngāti Awa Social & Health Services 07 306 0096Work and Income – 0800 559 009 https://workandincome.govt.nz/…/emerg…/2020/coronavirus.htmlOranga Tamariki – 0508 326 459 The Salvation Army (07) 308 6923Whakatane Police 111 for emergencies (07) 308 5255Facebook – Neighbourhood Support Whakatane
|Student JournalistsStudent journalists Conrad House, Xadys- Dean and Quinn Charteris. |
Kids tips on how to survive a lockdown.First of all you need the essentials, food: the best food for a lockdown is rice, cartoned milk is good too and bread and honey is great as well. If you want to be extra cautious have seeds, pots and soil. We recommend that you have your car fueled at all times. Try not to travel that much, but still do a bit of fitness. Remember to wash your hands frequently and for 20seconds, it doesn’t matter what type of soap you use, but soap is a lot better than hand sanitiser.
|Whanau FocusWhen you feel the time is right contact your child’s teacher via email and they will provide you with online learning. We will be using our Seesaw platform to begin remote engagement. For whanau who don’t have access to a device for their child please email our office at firstname.lastname@example.org or send a text to 0272928459 with your child’s full name. To get this, email your child’s teacher and they will send this unique login to you.Room 1 Whaea Ashton – email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.orgRoom 2 Whaea Hailey – email@example.comRoom 3 Mrs Foster – firstname.lastname@example.orgRoom 4 Mrs Swan – email@example.comRoom 5 Mr Patterson – firstname.lastname@example.orgRoom 6 Mrs G – email@example.comRoom 9 Whaea Debs – firstname.lastname@example.orgRoom 10 – Mrs Naik – email@example.comRoom 11 Whaea Te Rumate – firstname.lastname@example.orgRoom 12 Whaea Dee – email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.orgRoom 13 Whaea Maia – email@example.comRoom 14 Whaea Moana – firstname.lastname@example.orgRoom 15 Mrs Hanright – email@example.comRoom 16 Mrs Barkema – firstname.lastname@example.orgRoom 17 Mrs Benson – email@example.comRoom 18 Ms van de Laar – firstname.lastname@example.orgRoom 19 Mrs Adamson – email@example.comDP Mrs Doherty – firstname.lastname@example.orgDP Ms Black – email@example.comActing Principal Adrianne McAllister – firstname.lastname@example.org||Important DatesThe government has moved our 2 week school holidays from starting on the 10th of April to starting this Monday the 30th March. This is our new calendar and we will provide you the most up to date information as we can. School Holidays ~30th March – 10th of April Easter Break ~ 10th April – 14th April Isolation Week ~ 15th April – 26th of April – Remote Learning beginnings ANZAC Day ~ 27th AprilTerm 2 ~ 28th April|
|Allandale KIND of KidsThis week’s Allandale KIND of kids go to…Kupai Taipeti, Alyssa Taipeti and Recco Taipeti for gathering the ripe feijoas to share with their community. Well done for helping and caring for others.|