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COVID-19 Update 12 August 2020

Kia ora family and whanau 

Let’s all take a deep breath, drop our shoulders and smile!  

Easier said than done I have found today. 

This communication focuses on: ·      
  • Reinstated Alert Level 2 protocols·      
  • School Buses·      
  • Gatherings, Events and Sports·      
  • Visitors·      
  • Online Learning  

Alert Level 2 Protocols
What does back to Alert Level 2 look like for Tai Tapu School as of midday today? ·     
  •  All children are expected to be at school unless they are sick.·      
  • If children become sick over the day we will be contacting parents to pick them up.·      
  • Family and whānau are able to enter the school grounds.·      
  • We have reinstated our ‘kiss and go’, this is at the classroom door rather than the school gates.·      
  • School will be open for children at 8:30am in the mornings and we ask that the school grounds are cleared by 3:20pm to ensure we do not have people congregating in the school grounds.·     
  • If family and whānau are attending meetings at school, you must sign in at the office.·      
  • Please remember, if you think you have come into contact with COVID-19 or you or a member of your family become symptomatic, please contact the public health unit or contact you doctor immediately.·      
  • Upon advice from the local medical officer of health, any educational facilities connected to a confirmed or probable case of COVID-19 must close on an individual or group basis for 72 hours to allow contact tracing, and then potentially for a further 14 days.

 We have successfully reinstated our Level 2 hygiene protocols:·      
  • Sanitizer on entry to classrooms.·      
  • Washing hands regularity over the day, before and after eating and play.·      
  • Ongoing cleaning of surfaces.·      
  • Regular daily clean at the end of each day.·      
  • We are ensuring good coughing and sneezing etiquette are in place 

School Buses·     
  •  The bus companies are reinstating their protocols under Alert Level 2 

Gatherings, Events and Sports·     
  • Under Alert Level 2 gatherings, assemblies, team events and sports events are restricted to 100 people.·      
  • This means it is likely that upcoming events may be cancelled by the organisers. We will let you know what upcoming events are cancelled as we find out. 

  • All visitors or contractors (non family and whānau visitors) must sign in at the office. 

Online Learning·      
  • We have reinstated our online learning systems for those students unable to attend school (i.e. due to self-isolation).·     
  • We have also reinstated our online learning systems to ensure we are able to be up and running if we return to Alert Level 3/4.·      
  • Please visit our school website to refamiliarise yourself with the blogs.·      
  • Your child’s latest report gives you their current learning level, this is a starting point for you at home. 
  • On the blogs there is a link to ‘How you can help at home/learning progressions’ for every learning level. 

Nga mihi nui
Bernadette May
PrincipalTai Tapu School

COVID-19 Update 11 August 2020

What education will look like at Alert level 2 in Canterbury and Chatham Islands from midday Wednesday until Friday midnight 

Kia ora just confirming details in regards to Alert Level 2 for education. 

We expect further information will be provided tomorrow.

 Tai Tapu School staff will be meeting tomorrow morning to reinstate Alert Level 2 Protocols: 

Please remember to:
  • Stay at home if you are sick
  • Alert Level 2 social distancing
  • Contract tracing of non community visitors will begin again
  • Strict hygiene protocols will be reinstated by mid day tomorrow
Please note the arrangements for Auckland at this time differ from the rest of the country. 

All children and young people can continue to attend their early learning and school site for on learning at Alert Level 2.Public health advice is that schools, early learning services and tertiary institutions are safe to open onsite at Alert Level 2 to all learners. 

People do not need to return to bubbles at Alert Level 2 and can meet with friends and family. But people need to play it safe and continue to take sensible health and safety precautions. At Level 2, almost all children and young people can continue to attend early learning services, schools and kura onsite. 

The only exceptions are children or young people who are sick and have any COVID-19 symptoms, are in isolation, or are awaiting the result of a test. with learning support needs where they are required to remain at home. Playground, sports equipment use and sports, including contact sports, remain available at Alert Level 2. 

School transport services remain at normal schedules. The ongoing safety of drivers and students and the ability to contact trace will be a priority at Alert Level 2.Residential Special Schools, Day Special Schools and satellite units are all open at Alert Level 2. 

Playcentres and playgroups can also continue to meet, provided the public health measures for early learning services are in place. School hostels remain open at Level 2, and OSCAR, along with other before and after school programmes, remain operating. 

Public health advice, based on experience in New Zealand and overseas with COVID-19 over many months, shows that it does not infect or affect children and teens in the same way it does adults. Children and teens have low infection rates, they don't become that unwell if they do get infected, and they don't tend to pass the virus on to adults. 

Two key public health principles support our education approach to Alert Level 2.
 These are to minimise the risk that someone gets infected in the first place, and to ensure we can identify and contact anyone who has been in close contact, if someone in an education institution is infected.

Strong public health control measures will be in place in all education institutions, including learners and staff staying home if they are sick, contact tracing, and safe  hygiene requirements. 

If a school or early learning service has a confirmed or probable case of COVID-19, they may be advised by health to close for 72 hours to allow contact tracing, and then potentially for a further 14 days. Alert Level 2 is all about being safe and sensible and this is the approach that goes through our guidance to schools and services. So physical distancing will remain important in schools where possible. 

The Ministry of Education is working on further guidance on the implementation of public health control measures at Alert Level 2, please watch out for our Bulletin. Please do not hesitate to contact me if you require further information or support.

 Bernadette May
Tai Tapu School

Principal's Update - 24th July

Tena koutou tamariki, family and whanau 

I hope everyone has had a relaxing and fun filled break. Term 3 has started in a very  positive way and we have some exciting activities lined up for our tamariki this term. 

We kicked the term off with the Cross Country on Tuesday, it was great to see so many children participate and push themselves to achieve their personal best.  Students have also started our winter sports programme, this includes participation in the Selwyn Winter Sports Tournaments and the Christchurch Winter Sports programme at Hagley Park. 

Students who have chosen not to be part of the competitive sports programme have an alternative recreational programme at school. The programme will include activities such as:·      
  • Skateboarding Lessons·      
  • Mountain Biking·     
  •  Tramps·      
  • Board Games·      
  • Agility Courses 

To ensure that we offer a sports programme that is equitable, inclusive and meets the needs of our community, I will run a quick survey so you can provide feedback and offer ideas to improve what we offer at school and how we run and organise these types of events. The link will appear in your email inbox next week. 

The senior students will be busy with a ski trip (week 7) and the Year 7s will attend their yearly Camp at the end of the term (week 10). Further information about options for both events will be out to you shortly. 

For tamariki who love a challenge!  We have offered the opportunity for tamariki to participate in ICAS and CAM competitions. We have had a really great response. The different tests are being held  this term. If you need further information please contact the school office. 

The junior school learners are working away stretching their brains and flexing their creatively.  They are participating, along with the senior school learners,  in our main literacy focus for term 3, persuasive text and the skill of speech making.   Our year 1-4 tamariki will also have a section in our Wearable Arts show, I can’t wait to see their creations. 

Mathematics across the school is all about Geometry –Shape, Transformation and Position and Orientation. Understanding of numeracy will  be woven throughout the Geometry topics. 

Our Enrichment Coordinator has designed a challenging enrichment programme that should stretch our tamariki.  The programme includes the following enrichment topics: ·      
  • Future Problem solving·      
  • Coding·      
  • Performance Arts·     
  • Science and Technology 

This term our ‘Inquiry Based ‘curriculum focus is ‘The Arts’. This will culminate in a Tai Tapu School Wearable Arts Show, . The tamariki’s brief is to be cool, be bold, be different - anything goes. To let their fancy take flight and create in a team a unique, completely, madly, wonderful piece of wearable art.  
They will: ·     
  •  Invent, plan, design and cut - stitch, sew or sculpt.·      
  • Paint, stick, weave, or weld, knit, bind or bolt.·      
  • \Use fabric, cardboard, leather, wool - plastic, flax or foam.·      
  • Select fibre, beads, glass or clay - metal, shells or bone. 

The Wearable Art show has a dramatic story woven throughout and will be told by a performance crew made up of our senior students. The art works will demonstrate children’s ability to interpret a given theme, invent, plan, design and execute their creative ideas. 

The University of Canterbury has also asked the school to host a teacher trainee, Wendy will be working in the Year 3-4 area of the school. Wendy spent some time in Porowhita in Term 2 and made a real contribution to the learning in the hub. We are really happy to have her back! 

I would like to extend a big warm Tai Tapu School welcome to Lisa Mason, Lisa is teaching in Koropepe (Terms 3 and 4) supporting the learning of our amazing Year 7-8 tamariki. 

We also have 4 new students starting this week. Our new students are: ·      
Charlize – Koropepe·      
Ryhley – Porowhita·      
Ivy – Porowhita·      
Nora - Koru 

I would like to extend a big warm welcome to you and your whānau to our fabulous school! Family and whanau, 
if you want to catch up please feel free to drop in and have a chat, email me at or phone me on 0210772775.  
Nga mihi nui   


Latest COVID Updates

26 June 2020
Revised guidance on testing for COVID-19 from the Ministry of Education
At a time where there are increasing numbers of colds and other winter illnesses, the Ministry of Health has revised its guidance on who might need testing for COVID-19. It is important to note that there is currently no known community transmission of COVID-19 in New Zealand. The vast majority of adults, children and young people with symptoms consistent with COVID-19 will not have COVID-19.
Symptoms of COVID-19 can include new onset or worsening of one or more of the following:
  • Cough
  • Fever
  • Sore throat
  • Runny nose
  • Shortness of breath/difficulty breathing
  • Temporary loss of smell
 Health’s information on who should get tested notes that people with any of the COVID-19 symptoms who are close contacts of confirmed cases, have recently travelled overseas, or been in contact with recent travellers, should get assessed.
If anyone has symptoms but is unsure if they have been exposed to COVID-19, they should ring Healthline on 0800 358 5453 or their GP for advice. Over winter there are many other viruses about that can cause people to feel unwell and have symptoms similar to those of COVID-19.
Some people with symptoms consistent with COVID-19 may be tested as part of Health’s ongoing surveillance to ensure that there is no community transmission in New Zealand. If they are not close contacts of confirmed cases, have not recently travelled overseas, or have not been in contact with recent travellers, then there is no need for them to self-isolate while awaiting the test result, and they can return to school or early learning once they are feeling well or on the advice of their health practitioner.
If not recommended for testing, they will be able to return to school or their early learning service when they are feeling well and no longer displaying symptoms.
Further information about testing can be found on the Ministry of Health website.

Alert Level 1
In response to the Prime Minister’s announcement yesterday about Alert Level 1 and the Golden Rules  ( everyone to follow, we are revising our Alert Level 2 health and safety guidance and will disseminate the Alert Level 1 (slimmed down) version as soon as possible after Monday’s announcement of Cabinet’s decision.
From what we know now, we believe the following are the key changes for schools at Alert Level 1:
  • there are no specific public health requirements.
  • there are no restrictions on personal movement at so all students, children and staff continue to be safe to go to school / early learning, and all students must attend school.
  • you are no longer required to keep a contact tracing register but will continue with the usual practice of having a visitor and an attendance register (and will need to work with local health authorities to identify close contacts, should there be a case connected with the school).
  • physical distancing is not a requirement but is encouraged when you are around people you don’t know.
  • there are no restrictions on numbers at gatherings or on physical activities including cultural and sporting activities, practices and events.
 There are key public health measures (Golden Rules - for everyone in New Zealand to follow. For schools and early learning services this means:
  • If people are sick, they should stay home (phone Healthline or their GP and get tested if they have cold or flu symptoms).
  • Continue to regularly wash and dry hands, sneeze and cough into elbows.
  • Soap, water and the ability to dry hands should be provided in bathrooms.
  • Regularly disinfect shared surfaces.
  • Support contact tracing efforts by displaying QR Code posters for the NZ COVID Tracer App.
Stringent self-isolation of those who display relevant symptoms of COVID-19, test positive for COVID-19, have been in close contact with someone who tests positive for COVID-19, or have been overseas in the last 14 days – Ministry of Health information for self-isolation. - At all levels, upon advice from the local medical officer of health, any educational facilities connected to a confirmed or probable case of COVID-19 must close on an individual or group basis for 72 hours to allow contact tracing, and then potentially for a further 14 days.
So for the most part, Alert Level 1 is very much business as usual for you and good hygiene practices and people who are unwell staying away remain a priority.

Returning To School – Information Update 13 May 

Kia ora tamariki, family and whānau
Welcome back to Tai Tapu School. It is with such pleasure and relief that school starts again on Monday, 18th May. Yes, things will look and feel slightly different, but that’s okay. What will make up for this is getting to see and talk to our friends and teachers again. And, let’s not forget, getting outside and away from too much screen-time. I don’t think anything makes up for the personalised learning our teachers provide each of the tamariki that attend Tai Tapu School. 
I would also like to thank all the families and whanau who completed the Returning to School Survey!

Alert Level 2 – ‘Play it Safe’ Key messages:
Key public health measures to be undertaken in schools at Alert Level 2 focus on safe and sensible practice:
  • School for all students will resume under Alert Level 2 on Monday May 18.
  • Schools are safe environments for children, young people and staff. 
  • Stay at home if you are sick.
  • If you have any symptoms, stay at home, get tested, self-isolate.
  • Distance learning will continue for those students who are unable to return to school, i.e. those who are sick or need to self-isolate.
  • In schools, physical distancing means children, young people and staff maintaining enough distance so that they are not breathing on or touching each other. 
  • Maintaining good hygiene practices, and regular cleaning of the buildings. 
  • Regular cleaning of equipment.
  • Additional public health control measures need to be in place to prevent the spread of disease and to support contact tracing.
  • Before and after school care resume with Level 2 social distancing, contact tracing and hygiene practices in place..
  • Bus can resume with Level 2 social distancing, contact tracing and hygiene practices in place. 
  • If a school has a confirmed or probable case of COVID-19, they must close on an individual or group basis for 72 hours, to allow contact tracing, and then potentially for a further 14 days.
Note that personal protective equipment is not required or recommended as necessary in any educational facility by the Public Health officials.  

What will Alert Level 2 – ‘Play it Safe’ be like at Tai Tapu School?
Beginning and finishing our school day:Instead of a staggered start and end to each day we have decided to manage numbers on site by having 4 separate entry points into the school grounds. 
  • Students can start arriving at school between 8:40am and 8:50am through one of 4  dedicated gates, (see appendix of document for further details).
  • Children will be met by a teacher at each gate and then directed to the courts where another teacher will ensure they get to their classroom and  use hand sanitiser before entering their classroom.
  • At the end of the day, 3:00pm, please meet your child/ren at their dedicated gate. We will have teachers at each gate.
  • Parents please be on time at both ends of the day.  
  • Children who attend before and after school care will follow the guidelines of that organisation. 
  • The bus service will be back up and running.  Jude Irwin, the school bus controller, will be in contact with those families eligible to use this service. 

Contact tracing and managing numbers of parents on the school site:
  • We ask parents to ‘kiss n drop’ their child/ren off on the school side of the road (no road patrol first week)  and remain off site. We need to control the number of people on site at the beginning and end of each day, enabling the school to meet the requirements of limiting numbers, and contact tracing.
  • Parents, at times, are allowed on site. Parents who know they need to settle their child/ren because of anxiety, or if a child is sick  they are able to come on site.  
  • When parents do come on site we must contact trace them. This means they need to sign in at the office or with the classroom teacher.
  • Parents please make contact with your child/ren’s teachers if you know you need to settle your child/ren back into school.  
  • If you need to contact the school office,  SENCO, or Principal, please phone ahead and make an appointment time. 
Managing and organising numbers of children over the day:
  • We will have staggered breaks over the day
  • We have limited the number of students in each learning area to help with the spacing of children.  This means one of our Porowhita classes will work out of the Library for the next two weeks. Don’t worry though, they will still be able to mix with their friends at break times. 
  • We are increasing the number of teachers in each learning space over the next two weeks to ensure learning programmes are back up and running successfully.
  • Each child will have their own dedicated seat and desk.
  • Students will not be sharing classroom resources or equipment.
  • Groups of children will use a dedicated toilet block, with one in, one out access.
  • Our small group tutoring, Kapa Haka and itinerant  music and arts programmes will resume on Monday 25th May.
  • The school playgrounds are open during Alert Level 2.
  • All whole school gatherings will only resume under Alert Level 1.

Maintaining health and hygiene at school:
  • All classrooms will receive a high level hygienic clean each and every night with a focus on high contact surfaces.
  •  Teachers will continue to complete regular cleaning of high contact surfaces over the day.
  • Children and staff will wash and  sanitise often. The school has a good supply of high quality liquid soap and sanitiser for hands.
  • Children follow washing and sanitising rules when using the toilets. 
  • Drinking fountains are closed, students need to bring a drink bottle.
  • Students need to  bring their own self contained lunch and snacks (Please nothing that needs heating, no pie warmers etc).

 Wellbeing of our children remains a top priority:
Making students feel safe and ensuring they are having engaging learning experiences will be our priority. Learning sessions will be interspersed with periods of the arts, relaxation and  breathing exercises and physical well being activities and challenges in the outdoors.

What should your child/ren bring to school each day under Alert Level 2?

Koru  Students
  • Students need to  bring their own self contained lunch and snacks (Please nothing that needs heating or peeled by teachers).
  • Named water bottle
  • Named pencil case that includes – scissors, jovies/crayons (if you have some). 
  • Named activity book-ie. colouring, paper doll, paper craft, puzzle book etc
  • Scooter, skateboard or rollerblades (optional)
  • Personal hand sanitizer
  • Tissues. 

Porowhita Students
  • Students need to  bring their own self contained lunch and snacks (Please nothing that needs heating or peeling from the teachers).
  • Named water bottle
  • Personal device (only if you already have one- please let Deb Whelan know if your child does not have one prior to school starting so this can be arranged), fully charged and charger. 
  • Headphones
  • Named pencil case that includes – Named scissors, colouring in items-jovis, coloured pencils, pens. A writing (blue or black) pen and a pencil. 
  • A book to read
  • Named activity book-ie. colouring, paper doll, paper craft, puzzle book etc
  • Scooter, skateboard or rollerblades (optional)
  • Personal hand sanitizer
  • Tissues. 

Pikorua & Koropepe Students
  • Students need to  bring their own self contained lunch and snacks (Please nothing that needs heating) 
  • A named water bottle
  • Personal device (only if you already have one) *Please ensure it comes to school each day fully charged and with its charger. 
  • Headphones (we cannot use the school ones)
  • Named pencil case that includes –  colouring in pencils, felt pens, scissors if there are any spares at home, and a ruler.
  • A book to read at an appropriate level
  • Something of your own to play with (small items)
  • Scooter, skateboard or rollerblades with helmet (optional)
  • Personal hand sanitizer
  • Tissues 

Appendix. 1 Entry and exit locations for your family
  • Each gate will be clearly labeled. Please use the correct gate assigned to your family.
  • You may need to park a little further away from the school, leave yourself plenty of time.
  • Please make sure you drop your child/ren on the school side of the road.
  •  Road Patrol will start later in the week.
  • If your child walks to school please plan a safe route for them to arrive at school on the school side of the road and at the correct gate. 
  • A teacher will be stationed at every gate to welcome students back to school.

The letter beginning your surname determines the gate your family will enter the school grounds.
Gate 1School Car Park gate (Christchurch/Akaroa Highway)
A to G

Gate 2Road Patrol gate (Christchurch/Akaroa Highway)
H to N

Gate 3Single gate closest to the school office (School Road) 
Children who travel by the school buses.

Gate 4

Double gate closest to the school pool (School Road)

O to Z

If we take these precautions we will be back to Level 1 before we know it!  This is all about common sense and care for each other. Thank you for your continued support of our school. If you require any assistance or have questions please do not hesitate to contact me by email or on 0210772775. 

Nga mihi nuiBernadette MayPrincipal Tai Tapu School

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