TERM 1 - WEEK 9 NUMBER 4 27 Mar 2020






We have started into a new phase of New Zealand’s response to COVID-19 and it is very different from anything most of us have ever experienced.  I wanted to reassure you that our school staff and Board of Trustees will continue to be available to support your child’s learning and wellbeing in the next weeks. I would like to thank the teachers, support staff and Board of Trustees for their hard work and support over the past three weeks. The situation was changing daily and I am proud of the way that our team responded by showing initiative, flexibility and for going out of their way to ensure our students were safe and supported. Thank you all! 



You will understand the importance of routine for your family. If your routine has been shaken up, like you’re now working from home, it’s good to structure your time. 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 few weeks. A school holiday version will likely look a little different, but some form of routine will still be important as we go through the lockdown period.


Daily Schedule

Before 9:00am

Wake up

Eat breakfast, make your bed, get dressed, put any dirty clothes in the laundry


Morning walk

Family walk with the dog, bike ride,

Yoga if it’s raining


Learning at home

School-led learning or Sudoku, books, flash cards, study guide, journal etc


Creative time

Legos, magnatiles, drawing, crafting, play music, cook or bake etc.

12:00 pm

Lunch :)


Helping at home

# wipe all kitchen tables and chairs

# wipe all door handles, light switches and desk tops

# wipe both bathrooms - sinks and toilets


Quiet time

Reading, puzzles, nap, radio NZ stories


Learning at home

School-led learning, Mathletics, Google Docs, Prodigy


Afternoon fresh air

Bikes, walk the dog, play outside


Dinner :)


Free TV time

Kids shower time



All kids



All kids who follow the daily schedule & don’t fight

*Adapted from a resource developed by Jessica McHale Photography




The government has adjusted the dates of the school holidays so our holidays will now be from Monday 28th March - 15th April. This means that our teachers will not be checking their emails as frequently and will not be assigning work tasks to students. They too are having a well deserved break and time with their whanau. After the 15th April school will still be closed, but teachers will be able to continue to support students through online learning support. We will be updating information and learning sites for this on our school website www.avalonintermediate.school.nz then ‘Our Learning’ and ‘Online Learning’. 



For our Pasifika families, the Ministry for Pacific Peoples’ have been working to ensure useful information is available to Pacific peoples. A one-hour special will be aired on Tagata Pasifika’s segment on Saturday at 9am; and on Sunday at 7.35am, Tagata Pasifika will share messages from community leaders. The Ministry is asking you to reach out to all your family members, community groups, friends and group chats to ensure our Pacific community groups are watching the programming on both days.



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 (school is still closed, learning support through distance learning)

22 April           Current date for ending of lockdown period

27 April           ANZAC Day observed


Well being links and Information


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 lock down period being extended or could risk the virus being spread to thousands. 


Kia kaha, kia maia, kia manawanui


Ariana Te Whetu