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

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.

Daily Schedule

Before 9:00amWake upEat breakfast, make your bed, get dressed, put any dirty clothes in the laundry
9:00-10:00Morning walkFamily walk with the dog, bike ride,
Yoga if it’s raining
10:00-11:00Learning at homeSchool-led learning or Sudoku, books, flashcards, study guide, journal etc
11:00-12:00Creative timeLego, drawing, crafting, play music, cook or bake etc.
12:00 pmLunch 🙂
12:30Helping at home# wipe all kitchen tables and chairs
# wipe all door handles, light switches and desk tops
# wipe both bathrooms – sinks and toilets
1:00-2:30Quiet timeReading, puzzles, nap, radio NZ stories
2:30-4:00Learning at homeSchool-led learning or iPad games, Prodigy, Educational show
4:00-5:00Afternoon fresh airBikes, walk the dog, play outside
5:00-6:00Dinner 🙂
6:00-8:00Free TV timeKids shower time
8:00BedtimeAll kids
9:00pmBedtimeAll 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


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.

Ngā mihi

Bruce Warren, Principal