TERM 2 - WEEK 1 14 Apr 2020


Ratu 14 o Paenga-whawha - Tuesday 14th April 2020

Term 2, Week 1



Talofa lava,


I hope that you have all had a safe and happy Easter. Here are some updates for you as we head into our fourth week of lockdown. 


Food Assistance

Anyone needing urgent food assistance should request a food parcel by either:

- TXT your name and postcode to 4114

- email wellington.foodbank@salvationarmy.org.nz

- phone 04 389 0594

Once a message has been received, they will be in contact with you at some point between Monday - Friday. Parcels will be delivered directly to your home address. The government has put extra money towards this so if your family needs extra help, then this is here for you.


Pasifika Assistance - URGENT NOTICE

There is also help for our Pasifika families that need assistance to get through the effects of Covid19. Wellington Regional Emergency Management Office will shortly be deploying care parcels to our families who are in need. This includes Wellington, Porirua and Hutt Valley.

Please email the following details below BEFORE 5pm Tuesday 14 April (today) to - leks247@gmail.com




No# Adults:

No# Children:

Need: Food / Blankets or BOTH


Social Worker in School

Karen Elliott, our social worker in school, is still available to support families to access community services, and provide support to children and families during the lockdown period. This is a free service available to families in our school community. She can be contacted on 027 609 1920 if you need to chat. 


Schooling Update

You will know from the news at the moment that there has been a lot of discussion about how schools will reopen once we move down from alert Level 4. The key points that you need to know at the moment are: 

  • No definite decision has been made yet about when schools will reopen. This decision will be made based on current new case numbers, the spread within regions, and how well we are ‘stamping it out’. 

  • The very earliest schools might open is on Wednesday 29th April but this would likely only be for SOME students, not for all. 

  • The Ministry of Education is considering a range of scenarios including opening only for staff, opening for essential workers’ children, opening inn shifts so that the 2m rule can be practised, a combination of distance and on-site learning, or not opening for a number of weeks and continuing with distance learning. 

  • We will give you plenty of notice before schools open so that you can plan and prepare for this. We will also ensure the school has been properly cleaned and that staff have had the opportunity to prepare for their students, and that we can ensure we have processes in place so that students can work, learn and play safely. 

  • The Ministry of Education is working on guidelines for what alert Level 3 could look like for schools. 

  • We will continue to keep you updated in weekly newsletters or earlier if need be. 


Our Home Learning Plan

I have attached our Home Learning Plan which explains how we will be supporting students who are learning from home. Please take the time to read through this with your child. If you have any questions, please contact your classroom teacher and/or you are always welcome to contact me (principal@ais.school.nz) and we will be happy to help. Over the next few weeks we will continue to review and update our Home Learning plan. We will also look closely at how we can ensure that our learning experiences support all of our learners. If you know of great activities, sites and ideas that students and whanau can do together during this time, please let me know. 


Challenge #1 Winner

Thank you to all of the students and whanau who participated in our Lockdown Challenge #1 by sending in photos of awesome things they have been doing to fill the time. It was great to see so many photos of wonderful things that you have been doing in your bubbles. Mrs Murdoch chose the winner this week - congratulations to the Richmond whanau for sharing with us the appreciation poster they made to acknowledge all our Essential workers. A very kind and thoughtful thing to do during this time Emily!

CHALLENGE #2  Bubble Bake Off

I am looking for our BEST baker and chefs - send me a photo of something that you have baked or made for your whanau during lockdown. 

Please send entries to principal@ais.school.nz by 5pm on Monday 20th April. 

(Mrs Makisi will be judging the winner for this challenge!)


Thank you for your support and understanding over the holiday period. We are heading into a very different term. There are a lot of challenges and uncertainty ahead, however you can be assured that our staff are here to continue to support and care for your child and your whanau. Please let us know if you need any further support, we are here to help. 


Nga manaakitanga,


Ariana Te Whetu