Pool fundraising goal achieved!

I am delighted to inform you that we have received a boost to our fundraising efforts from the Ministry of Education. Our own fundraising efforts were successful in raising $144,500. The Ministry have then agreed to make up the short fall required to complete the pool renovation project. This means that the swimming pool will definitely be ready for the start of next summer. A huge thank you to everyone for your support in achieving, what was a very ambitious goal. I would also like to thank the following companies that have partnered up with the school and made very helpful donations of funding or services:

First National Real Estate, Colorsteel Buildings, Blast Away Guys, Printing.com, Guthrie Bowron, Climatech, Muzz IT, Studio Y Interior Design, Fastsignz, Cook & Costello, Think Trees Arborists, Go Fox Electrical and Wrack Auto.

Welcome to Whangarei Primary School

Notices from our Principal

Principals Notice - 24 March 2020
Kia ora koutou whanau / parents,

I trust this notice finds you well and in preparation mode for the upcoming four weeks of self isolation. The Ministry of Education has advised us of a change of dates for the school holidays. The holidays are now scheduled for Monday 30 March through to Tuesday 14 April (incl.) Ordinarily we wouldn't expect out tamariki to study during their holidays and to be honest this expectation still remains. Obviously, continuing to read throughout holiday times is beneficial for your children and this is to be encouraged.

So what does this all mean for teachers, parents and students over the next four weeks? I will try to simplify this by breaking it down into dates and expectations:

* Wednesday 25 March - Friday 27 March: 
All teachers will be connecting with their students via Seesaw online and parents are encouraged to promote some learning time with their children. (work packs or online)
Teachers will connect with students with a daily morning message and will answer comments / questions from parents and students on Seesaw

* Saturday 28 March - Tuesday 14 April - School Holidays (Easter):
Parents are encouraged to continue to read with their children and give opportunities for reading.
Teachers have been requested to connect with their students online via Seesaw with a morning message 2-3 times per week

* Wednesday 15 - Thursday 23 April:
All teachers will be connecting with their students via Seesaw online and parents are encouraged to promote some learning time with their children. (work packs or online)
Teachers will connect with students with a daily morning message and will answer comments / questions from parents and students on Seesaw
Teachers may add more resources / ideas / activities online on Seesaw pages

* Thursday 23 April - Ministry of Health Review:
We will learn more about whether this Level 4 alert needs to continue or if we can go back to normality.

I'm sure that you have all had similar conversations to the one I had with my family last night; it is our duty as human beings to ensure that these next four weeks are spent in self-isolation. If we, as New Zealanders, want to avoid what other countries are currently experiencing regarding Covid -19, we need to take our responsibilities seriously and "hunker down" for the next four weeks. Self isolation means only being with those people in our household, and not entertaining the idea of meeting up with other friends and family.  Yes, we still need to stay connected, and we  are lucky in today's age to have great connectivity through email, phones, Whatsapp, Skype, Facebook, Messenger, Twitter etc. However, this is also an opportunity to build the foundations of our family units, spending time together to connect with our closest family.

Finally, I will endeavour to connect with you all throughout this four week time period with messages of hope, positivity and fun. Remember to be kind to each other and keep things real. These are trying times but together we will get through this.

Please Note: If you don't have a Distance Learning Pack for your child, we are open till 3pm today (Tuesday 24th) and tomorrow (Wednesday 25th) till 9am to 3pm. (See Below)

Stay safe - kia kaha.

Nga mihi nui

Matua Danny
Principal
Whangarei Primary School


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Distance Learning Packs

We have gathered up resources that are packs of work for our students to use. If you did not get the physical packs that were made available from our school, you will be able to get copies available from these links below.

Each of the packs are related to the syndicates that students are in:
Year 1 - Junior Distance Learning Pack
Year 2 - Junior Distance Learning Pack
Middle Distance Learning Pack
Senior Distance Learning Pack

Please Note: If you don't have a Distance Learning Pack for your child, we are open till 3pm today (Tuesday 24th) and tomorrow (Wednesday 25th) till 9am to 3pm.

Kia kaha - keep safe and look after each other.

Nga mihi ra
Matua Danny
Principal - Whangarei Primary School



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