21st April 2020 Update:

Kia ora koutou,

We hope that Term 2 and our distance learning programme has been a success for you so far.  We know there will have been any number of challenges for you to deal with, but we have been getting some great feedback about the learning that is happening and thank you for all your support.

Yesterday the Government decided that we will move into Alert Level 3 on 28 April.  That means we will be open to receive those students who need to return to school from the 29 April.  We will start to prepare our site from today.

In order to ensure the safety of those children and our staff who do come to school, we will be operating with strict enforcement of health and safety measures. Please note this will NOT be school as you ‘normally ‘ see it.  Under these conditions play-based learning will not be possible given that it uses equipment that multiple children may be interacting with.  Similarly for sports, no sports equipment will be distributed at all.

The key message for you is that if you can, you should keep your child at home.  You should only physically send your child to school if you need to.  If your child has a health condition that means they are at a greater risk of a severe illness, you must keep them at home.  If your child is sick please also ensure you keep them at home.

Below are the specific public health measures to be taken in schools:

• Parents are asked to keep any sick children at home. If a sick child comes to school, send them home.

 • Staggered entry times into classes with one time for school transport to minimise gatherings of children or parents.

 • Breaks should be staggered as should starts and finishes to the day, and bubbles cannot mix during breaks.

 • Initially the number of children must be limited to 10 in a school bubble, but this can be increased to 20 once all processes are running smoothly.  There can be multiple school bubbles in a physical space, but there must be distance between bubbles and strictly no mixing between school bubbles (working this through).

• To support contact tracing students should sit in the same place each day, with 1m physical distance between all children, young people and staff. Must maintain 2 metre physical distance outside and 1m inside during breaks and 1m on school transport.

• Physical education classes and break time activities cannot include sports with <2m physical distance or where the same equipment is touched by different students (balls, ropes, sticks, etc).

• Contact tracing registers must be set up and identify which children are in each teaching space, record when and who they have contact with during the day if that changes. This includes recording who the adults are in contact with as well as recording any visitors to the site, including parents.

MoE Guidelines Alert Level 3 (April 2020)

We want to assure you that we will continue to support your child’s learning at home however we will contact you later this week to find out whether you can keep your child learning from home, or need your child to attend in person.

The Ministry of Education has advised that they are working closely with the health sector to develop clear guidance that will support schools to safely re-open their premises to students and staff. This will help us work through the public health requirements that we all need to meet. As you will be doing, we want to be sure that what we do will keep our community as safe as possible.

For now, we will continue to support your child’s learning by distance while we progress our planning for what Alert Level 3 will mean for you and for our school. We will be in touch again soon with more information.  As you have been doing, please keep connecting with your teachers with any questions you might have.

Keep Safe,

Kelly Binning- Rangi  (Board Chairperson)

Alasdair Maclean (Principal)


To assist with home learning during lockdown TVNZ and Ministry of Education have put together the following.

Home Learning | Papa Kāinga TV will be shown, free to air, on TVNZ channel 2+1 and on TVNZ on Demand, as well as on Sky Channel 502. It will run from 9am to 3pm on schooldays with programming for children and young people aged 2 to 15, as well as for parents.

Māori Television will also be broadcasting te reo educational programmes (for ages 2 to 18) from 9am to 3pm on schooldays. The schedule for the next three days is below:

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1 April 2020

Dear Parents and Caregivers

Home Learning Update 

As we are now in the new phase of New Zealand’s response to COVID-19 it is very different than anything most of us have ever experienced.  I wanted to reassure you that our school staff and Board of Trustees will continue to be available to support your child’s learning and wellbeing in the next weeks.  

You will understand the importance of routine for your family.  If your routine has been shaken up, like you’re now working from home, it’s good to structure your time.  Routines are reassuring, and promote health and physical wellbeing. The below timetable (targeted at children) could be something your household adapts to use over the next few weeks.  A school holiday version will likely look a little different, but some form of routine will still be important as we go through the lockdown period.

Daily Schedule

Before 9:00am Wake up Eat breakfast, make your bed, get dressed, put dirty clothes in the laundry
9am – 10am Morning walk Morning walk Family walk with the dog, bike ride, you tube fitness clip  if it’s raining
10am – 11am Learning School-led learning or Sudoku, books, flash cards, study guide, journal etc
11am – 12pm Creative Time Legos, magnatiles, drawing, crafting, play music, cook or bake etc
12pm – 12:30pm Lunch Time
12:30pm – 1:00pm Help at home Wipe kitchen tables and chairs, door handles, light switches and desk tops, wipe both bathrooms – sinks and toilets
1:00pm – 2:30pm Quiet Time Reading, puzzles, nap, radio NZ stories, EPIC (online reading)
2:30pm – 4:00pm Learning School-led learning or iPad games, Prodigy, Educational show
4:00pm – 5:00pm Afternoon Fresh Air Bikes, walk the dog, play outside
5:00pm – 6:00pm Dinner
6:00pm – 8:00pm Free TV Time Kids shower time
8:00pm  Bedtime All kids
9:00pm Bedtime All kids who follow the daily schedule & don’t fight

*Adapted from a resource developed by Jessica McHale Photography

There are links below to more wellbeing information to support your family during the lockdown.  

Some good news to support you either working at home and/or studying at home – Spark, Vodafone, Vocus/Slingshot, 2Degrees and Trustpower have all advised they have removed their data caps and the possibility of any extra charges based on usage.

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. A one-hour special will be aired on Tagata Pasifika’s segment on Saturday at 9am; and on Sunday at 7.35am, Tagata Pasifika will share messages from community leaders. The Ministry is asking you to reach out to all your family members, community groups, friends and group chats to ensure our Pacific community groups are watching the programming on both days.

A big thank you to all of you for taking the lockdown so seriously. As the Prime Minister has noted staying at home will break the chain and save lives; breaking the rules could risk someone close to you and if the rules are not complied with, this could risk the lock down period being extended or could risk the virus being spread to thousands

If you require support from the school, during the school holidays and plans for 15 April onwards please contact your child’s teacher in the first instance via the Seesaw ap.

Keep safe everyone! 

Alasdair Maclean


Tuesday 24th March, 2020

Home Learning Supported by Fairfield School 

Dear Parents and Caregivers,

The following information is a guideline on how we can support you and your child/children at home during this period.  We will do our best to provide you with learning opportunities to the greatest extent practicable. The Ministry of Education will also be working over the next few weeks to facilitate distance learning.  We will identify websites and resources to support this home learning. 

The school holidays are being brought forward so that they will take place within the 4 week (Alert Level 4) period.  School holidays will now begin from Monday 30 March to Tuesday 14 April inclusive (a reminder that the Tuesday after Easter Monday is always a closed day for schools).  Please note the instruction to stay home (Alert Level 4) will continue beyond the new school holiday period, but schools will be technically open for distance learning only, with teachers will be working offsite.  

Supporting learning from home

We will be working over the next two days to ensure we make contact with families and share all information about accessing learning from home.  Today the Ministry launched Learning from home and Ki te Ao Mārama, two new websites to support teachers, learners, parents and whānau so that learning for children and young people can continue.  The websites include resources for parents and whānau, teachers and leaders. Resources span the learning pathway from early learning through to senior secondary, and more resources will be added as they are  developed.  

The following websites will help families get through this period of time, and as we move towards remote learning after the holiday period, this will help everyone maintain wellbeing. 

To access the resources go to the following websites:

As part of contingency planning in case the 4 week period is further extended, over the next two to three weeks to support the next steps for distance learning where it is most needed, we are working with the Ministry to establish online learning and distance learning options to support all children’s ongoing learning.    This information will be available by the end of the school holidays.

We would like all students to have the ability to access remote learning, to facilitate this if you do not have a device at home, the school will be able to supply you with one.  This can be collected from the school office only by parents of the school between 10am and 12pm tomorrow (Wednesday 25 March).  Details of the device will be recorded and a signature of receipt will be required.

Below is summary of each team, providing the relevant distant learning information you will need;

Puna-oho (Years 1 & 2, Rooms 5, 6, 7, 10, 11)

Puna-oho will provide online learning mainly through Seesaw and Studyladder (more information about how the school can support families without devices/internet).  We will be encouraging parents to work on life skills as well as numeracy and literacy activities. We have set up study ladder accounts which children can work on.  We hope that children will keep a journal in which they can share the activities they are doing while at home. Also, we will provide a list of useful websites which they can access from home.  Teachers will check work regularly.

Te Kama (Years 3 & 4, Rooms 1, 2, 3, 8, 9)

We have have set a blog via Seesaw for parents to access Te Kama Updates.  On this page we will post some general links and resources relating to the work that your child will be assigned.

Online learning for Te Kama Team will look similar to what students would complete on their contracts while at school.  It will focus predominantly on reading, writing and maths. We will schedule activities via Seesaw on a regular basis. You will need to download the Seesaw Class app (this is different from the family app) to access all of the assigned tasks.  Please contact your classroom teacher if you don’t have this. These tasks will be found under the ‘Activities’ section on Seesaw. Most of the activities will require your child to respond and we will approve and comment when necessary.  

Literacy tasks will cover aspects of the Daily Five such as word work, work on writing, reading to someone, reading to self and listening to reading. We will provide some links to text online which may also have follow up activities. For maths, this may be in the form of a game that your child should be familiar with, an activity related to place value or a problem-solving task. The only resources you may require are counters (paper/stones), dice and cards. Your child should also have access to their Mathletics  passwords which is a great tool to support their mathematics learning.

Pakihi (Year 5 & 6, Rooms 12, 15, 16, 20)

In the Pakihi Team a contract (Kirimana) is shared with students every fortnight.  The tasks are shared via Google Classroom, Seesaw and the Mathletics app  All learning can be accessed and completed online.  We will share these activities digitally. Usually in a day, students would be expected to complete three tasks on the contract.  Teachers are available to support parents, whānau and students to access and complete learning. 

Raekura (Years 7 & 8, Rooms 13, 14, 17, 18, 19)

Students are expected to work at home, whether that be learning via a digital platform or via non-digital platforms. In this unprecedented time, we encourage students to follow the key competencies and that students complete tasks associated with these (managing self, thinking, relating to others, using language symbols and texts and participating and contributing). 

Students should use Google Classroom to access their learning tasks.  Teachers will check in and update work through Google Classroom. If students do not have access to the internet it would be helpful to create a folder or diary of completed work to share with their teacher when school returns.  Work will be set for students each Tuesday morning. Students currently have an ANZAC contract they can work on.

We are grateful to our school community for supporting us during this extraordinary time. Remember we don’t expect families to try to replicate a regular school day, there are many ways your children can learn at home that don’t necessarily mean a lot of screen time.  The learning we are planning is not all ‘online’ it is better we believe, to call it remote learning or distance learning.  Cooking, gardening, playing games, doing puzzles etc.  Likewise we are nearing the end of term, so children are getting tired and need a two-week break to recharge.  

Kia maia, kia manawanui – Be strong, be resilient.  Kia kaha tatou ki te tiaki i a tatou ano – Let us all look after one another.

If we can be of any assistance please contact your child’s teacher via Seesaw or email in the first instance.

Kind regards

Alasdair Maclean