AIS News

TERM 2- WEEK 2 21 Apr 2020


Ratu 21 o Paenga-whawha - Tuesday 21st  April 2020

Term 2, Week 2


Morena koutou,


Level 3 Update


Yesterday the Government decided that we will move into Alert Level 3 on Tuesday 28 April.  That means that we are preparing to receive students from Wednesday 29th April.  


The key message for you is that if you can, you should keep your child at home. 

  • You should only physically send your child to school if you need to. 

  • If your child has a health condition that means they are at a greater risk of a severe illness you must keep them at home.  

  • If your child is sick, please also ensure you keep them at home. 

  • We will continue to support the learning of students who will be staying at home and teachers will still keep in regular contact with you all. 

  • If you need to return to work though, and you cannot organise care for your child, then you are welcome to send your child to school and we will support them.  

  • Students who will be attending school at Level 3 will be doing on the same programme as students who are learning from home. They will be supervised by a staff member and we will be ensuring they follow the physical distancing rules, but they will be carrying on with the same work as their peers who are not at school. 


In order to ensure the safety of those children and our staff who do come to school, we will be operating with strict enforcement of health and safety measures.


Level 3 School Roll

Our priority this week is to find out which students will be coming to school each day when we switched to Level 3. Teachers will be making contact with you this week to find out whether you can keep your child learning from home, or need your child to attend in person. They will also be checking that your child is healthy and has had no known contact with COVID-19.


Once we have these details, we will organise our school roll so we know who to expect each day, organise our spaces to ensure that these students and our staff are safe, and that we are following the public health requirements. 


How can you help us?

  • It is really important that we know if your child will or will not be returning to school at Level 3. We are still struggling to make contact with some families as contact numbers have changed. If you have not heard from your child’s classroom teacher by Thursday, please let us know by calling the school office and leaving a message or by emailing your child’s teacher. 


School Safety

The Ministry of Education has advised that they are working closely with health to develop clear guidance that will support schools to safely re-open their premises to students and staff. This will help us work through the public health requirements that we all need to meet. As you will be doing, we want to be sure that what we do will keep our community as safe as possible.


Device Update

The Ministry of Education has been delivering lots of devices to students around the country however we still don’t know how long it will be before our AIS students will get one. I know that it has been very difficult for our students who have not got access to our Online Learning activities at the moment so I am pleased that our BOT has given permission for the school to distribute our school devices (chromebooks) to students who need to use them. This will be a big help to get as many students as possible working on our Home Learning Plan. 


We are starting this process today but it involves collecting 122 chromebooks from classrooms, sanitising them then packaging them and organising for the devices to be couriered to the address that your child has been staying at for Level 4. It will take a bit of time but we will do our best! Thank you to our BOT for agreeing to loan our school devices and for their ongoing support and commitment to helping our students and school community at this time. 


How can you help? 

  • If your child is not staying at the same address they were in lockdown for, please email your classroom teacher urgently so that we can make the changes before the courier collects them. 

  • We will try to work through this as quickly as we can but please be patient - we have a lot of devices to send to homes! 

  • Please remind your child to take good care of the device as we want them to be used by lots of our students in the future. 


Social Worker in School

A reminder that Karen Elliott, our social worker in school, is available to support families to access community services, and provide support to children and families. This is a free service available to families in our school community. Karen can be contacted on 027 609 1920 if you need to chat. 


Our Home Learning Plan

  • If you have a device:A reminder that information about our Home Learning Plan is on our school website and all of the learning activities are on Google Drive, so students need to check their school email to find the information and instructions from their teacher. There is lots of work in there and we hope that they are enjoying it. We will continue to update this regularly and teachers will email all students at the end of the week, with an update about what they can work on next week. 

  • No device yet but you do have the internet:Keep watching Papa Kainga TV and we will be trying to get a device to you as soon as we can. 

  • No device and you don’t have the internet: We are sending work home for you this week and next week, we will try to help work with your families to organise support with internet connections and provide a device for you to use. 





Challenge #2 Winner - the BUBBLE bake off 

We had even MORE entries this week in our weekly challenge - it seems as though AIS has a lot of superstars in the kitchen. We even had students enter multiple times which is awesome. Thank you all so much for sharing photos of the beautiful kai that you have made and shared with your bubble - it made us very proud. We had an incredibly difficult time deciding the winner but...congratulations to Lennox Walker-Howsan for all of the beautiful food that you whipped up in the kitchen and on the BBQ, the KFC you made looked delicious! Well done Lennox, you have won a $30 Prezzi Card which we can give you when we return to school. 





ANZAC day is on the 25th April and we want you to acknowledge this important day so our challenge is for you to make something special to put in your window (next to the teddy bear if you did that!) to follow our tradition of remembering and commemorating veterans and paying our respects to all of those who sacrificed so much for our country many years ago. Take a photo and send it through so we can share the great things that you are doing. 

We also want you to unite (within your bubble) at 5:55am on April 25 at your letterbox, front door or even your living room and pay tribute to those who went before us, and gave so much for our nation. 

Please send entries to by 5pm on Monday 27th April. 

(Mrs Herd will be judging the entries this week) 


Thank you all again for your patience and support. I really hope your bubble is safe and well, and we look forward to seeing some of our students return next week. All the best to those of you who are returning to work next week and to you all, as we transition to Level 3. 


Please stay safe, stay home if you can, wash your hands and take care.


Nga mihi nui,


Ariana Te Whetu 






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