Nga mihi nui. You are no doubt aware now that the Prime Minister has lifted New Zealand to alert level 3 immediately, and alert level 4 from midnight Wednesday in response to the Covid-019 crisis.
What does this mean for you and Hornby High School?
Attendance at school:
For Tuesday and Wednesday, if you can keep your children at home then you should. We are open for children of those working in essential services only. This means if you work in such areas as medical services, Police, Fire, and essential distribution services, then we can provide duty of care and limited learning for your children. Others who attend will be sent home if that is at all possible.
From Thursday all schools in the country are closed, and will remain so for at least four weeks.
Leaning at home:
As a Manaiakalani Programme school we are well placed to support continued learning in a more limited way. Each teacher has a teacher site to which learning activities and resources are posted. Your child should check these regularly. Teachers will be in contact with your children via our Intranet, or email. Please do not accept from your children the suggestion that there is no work to do. There will be. Over the next two days staff will be adding material to their sites to develop additional learning opportunities. There are of course limits to what can be done.
For younger children especially, but for all young people, doing things as simple as cooking a meal are valid learning activities.
Please check our school Facebook page, our school app, and your emails, regularly for updates from us.
In the meantime, I can only repeat the words of our Prime Minister: “Be strong, Be Kind.”
Kia tau te mauri
By Andrea Cosgrove