Kia ora koutou
On our daily walk, we are beginning to meet people in our neighbourhood for the first time. It’s a smile and hello at 2-metres or more; the start of better community connection. And so many happy dogs!
Greetings to all the lockdown bubbles in our Mairangi Bay Community. We have started a new phase of New Zealand’s response to COVID-19 and it is very different than anything most of us have ever experienced. I hope that you are all keeping well, as we embrace Lockdown Day No 2.
This update at a glance:
- It’s the School Holidays
- Something to keep Mairangi Bay families active and entertained
- Key Dates Reminder
- Key Lockdown Messages from the PM
- Routine -Daily schedule suggestion
- Data Caps Lifted
- Information and resources to support wellbeing and support learning at home
It’s the School Holidays
After three days of the Home Learning trial, it is now time for the School Holidays. Our teachers have been working hard adapting Google Classroom or Seesaw for your child’s learning. The teams are grateful for your help in working through this new process. Teachers will not be available in the coming fortnight as they take time with their own families and also prepare to be ready to go again on Wednesday 15th April.
Family orientated activities such as walks, board games and preparing meals together are what the experts recommend. Try the #WeGotThisNZ Lockdown challenge (see below). The extensive list of educational websites provided in my 26 March update and other activities pushed out by teachers for the holiday fortnight may also be useful for curious children.
Shared from Youth Mental Health, Canada:
“There is no academic emergency this week, so don’t be so quick to set up a home-school. Our country is in crisis and we are all stressed and tired. Stressed adults cannot teach stressed children. It is a neuro-biological impossibility. Try focussing on connections and feelings of safety.”
Something to keep Mairangi Bay families active and entertained
Courtesy of one of our parents, Jacquelyn Collins, Activation Advisor at Auckland Council
Just launched: #WeGotThisNZ
The lockdown doesn’t mean we can’t still have fun!
Play the FREE “WeGotThisNZ” Lockdown Challenge on the GooseChase app with the people in your “bubble”- and follow the rules! Don’t visit playgrounds, stay 2m away from others, and wash your hands!
Stay at home, or keep it local with lots of child-friendly missions – guaranteed to keep the kids occupied. Snap photos or videos to earn points and share with the rest of NZ through the live GooseChase app feed with a chance to win spot prizes.
It’s easy as to get started:
1. Search for and download the FREE GooseChase app in the app store (Android and iOS)
2. Open the app and either play as a guest, or sign up for a new account
3. Join the game by searching for ‘WeGotThisNZ Lockdown Challenge’ or the code EZLV3L
4. Either go solo, join as a family team or with flatmates (must be same household)
5. After joining you will be taken straight to the mission list, so get playing!
Tag your photos and videos with #WeGotThisNZ and post to your social media or you could be lucky enough to be featured on ours.
While some links are specific to Auckland all challenges can be adapted to play anywhere in NZ so share as widely as you like!
Key dates reminder
26 March Alert Level 4 commenced
28 March School holidays begin
10 – 14 April Easter including the Tuesday after Easter
15 April Term 2 begins (through distance learning)
22 April Current date for ending of lockdown period
27 April ANZAC Day observed
Key lockdown messages from the Prime Minister (Select Committee Media Briefing 25 March)
- If the virus is left unchecked it will have an unacceptable toll on New Zealanders
- Staying at home will break the chain and save lives
- Breaking the rules could risk someone close to you
- if the rules are not complied with, this could risk the lockdown period being extended or could risk the virus being spread to thousands
- Success will not be instant. The benefit of actions taken today will not be felt for many days to come. People need to expect the numbers to continue rising, because they will. Modelling indicates that New Zealand could have several thousand cases before today’s measures have an impact. However, if everyone sticks to the rules there will be change over time
- Act like you have COVID-19. Every move you make could be a risk to someone else. That is how New Zealanders must collectively think now
- All New Zealanders are urged to be calm, be kind, stay at home
- if people have no explanation of why they are outside the Police will remind them of their obligations and can take enforcement actions if they feel it is necessary
- New Zealanders will want to do the right thing. The Government is being as clear as they can on the guidance and Police will be working with people to help them understand
- Government’s goal is to keep people connected to their employer through the wage subsidy, and said if that was not happening then they have the backup mechanism of the welfare system
- In regard to those overseas – even under the most difficult of circumstances – New Zealand is their home.
Routine – Daily Schedule Suggestion
You will understand the importance of routine for your family. 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 weeks. You may have already adopted or adapted timetables shared by our teachers. A school holiday version will likely look different, but some form of routine will still be important as we go through the lockdown period.
|Before 9:00am||Wake up||Eat breakfast, make your bed, get dressed, put any dirty clothes in the laundry|
|9:00-10:00||Morning walk||Family walk with the dog, bike ride,|
Yoga if it’s raining
|10:00-11:00||Learning at home||School-led learning or Sudoku, books, flashcards, study guide, journal etc|
|11:00-12:00||Creative time||Lego, drawing, crafting, play music, cook or bake etc.|
|12:00 pm||Lunch 🙂|
|12:30||Helping at home||# wipe all kitchen tables and chairs|
# wipe all door handles, light switches and desk tops
# wipe both bathrooms – sinks and toilets
|1:00-2:30||Quiet time||Reading, puzzles, nap, radio NZ stories|
|2:30-4:00||Learning at home||School-led learning or iPad games, Prodigy, Educational show|
|4:00-5:00||Afternoon fresh air||Bikes, walk the dog, play outside|
|6:00-8:00||Free TV time||Kids shower time|
|9:00pm||Bedtime||All kids who follow the daily schedule & don’t fight|
*Adapted from a resource developed by Jessica McHale Photography
Data Caps Lifted
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.
Information and resources to support wellbeing and support learning at home
- The Ministry of Education has developed a resource for parents, caregivers, whānau and family – http://education.govt.nz/
school/health-safety-and- wellbeing/pastoral-care-and- wellbeing/talking-to-children- about-covid-19-coronavirus/.
- The Ministry of Health’s website includes Top ways to look after your mental wellbeing during the Covid-19 lockdown.
- I AM HOPE is the youth and community focused support group run by The Key to Life Charitable Trust, started by Mike King – https://www.iamhope.org.nz/
- Nathan Wallis has some helpful videos on his Facebook page for parents and whānau – https://www.facebook.com/
- Tips on looking after mental health and wellbeing during COVID-19 from the Mental Health foundation https://www.mentalhealth.org.
- a website by the Health Promotion Agency to help New Zealanders recognise and understand depression and anxiety – https://depression.org.nz/
- Although overseas-based this is a good list and highlights some things particularly important for children. Remember the rules of New Zealand’s level 4 lockdown still apply – 25 Mental Health Wellness Tips during Quarantine from Eileen M Feliciano, Psy.D.
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 lockdown period being extended or could risk the virus being spread to thousands.
Bruce Warren, Principal