I hope everyone is keeping safe and being kind! We have heard this message over and over again. It will become more important as the weeks roll on and patience is tested.
We are experiencing an international health crisis of a magnitude unheralded in our lifetimes. It has the potential to change the way we live forever.
Some families are experiencing loss of employment; many are experiencing the stress of the whole family being underfoot day after day; and most are simply struggling with the challenge of a changed world-of isolation and uncertainty. Our job at this time is to infuse any home learning plan with a deep sense of humanity.
Currently the kaimahi (staff) are themselves taking some time away during their holidays. Later next week the teams will be back in action planning for the online distance learning ahead. It is likely we could have another few weeks or even months of this style of delivery. Our challenges are to keep the children connected with their teacher, to provide essential learning opportunities, and to allow optional fun experiences without causing parents more stress and pressure!
Please find attached information regarding keeping your child safe online at home. Overseas law enforcement have indicated a dramatic increase of the amount of online child exploitation and child sexual abuse during the lockdown period. Please make the necessary adjustments in your home to keep your tamariki safe.
Thanks to those that are keeping an eye on the place in our absence. Please feel free to warn those fence jumpers that it is an offence to enter the grounds. Ross will be cruising past to remind those that seem to think it is ok to jump the locked gates and well posted signs!
We are missing the face to face contact with our tamariki and community. Let’s hope we kick this COVID-19 to the curb!
Look after yourselves KSS whānau!
By Mike Molloy