AIS News

TERM 2 - WEEK 5 12 May 2020


Ratu 12 o Haratua - Tuesday 12th May 

Term 2, Week 5


Kia ora koutou,


Alert Level 2 

As you will now know, schools are able to reopen for all students from Monday 18th May. The purpose of this newsletter is to give you the information about how our school will operate at alert level 2.  We have broken this information into different categories so you can find what you need easily. If there are any questions you have that aren’t covered here, please feel free to email me



for Alert Level 2.

  • Please keep your child home if they are sick. If they become unwell at school, they will be required to be picked up straight away. If any contact numbers have changed during this time, please inform the school office immediately.

  • Please click the link to complete the Returning at Level 2 Survey so we know whether or not your child will be returning to school at Alert Level 2.


  • Please ensure your child is arriving to school no earlier than 8.30am (if this is difficult for your whanau, please email the Principal to advise so that we can manage this)

  • Morning Drop Off  & Afternoon Pick UpPoints are either at the shops OR in Percy Cameron Street. Please do not come into the carpark - this is for staff and Te Kohanga Reo use only.

  • The school tuckshop will not be open so students will need to bring a packed lunch and their own drink bottle. 


  • Please do not come onsite unless you need to. If you have to come onsite, please come through the main office only, sanitise your hands and sign the “Parents” register. You will need to follow physical distancing of 2m. 


  • Your child can wear either their school polo shirt OR PE shirt to school each day along with their usual Avalon Intermediate shorts or track pants.


  • If your child has been using an AIS chromebook during lockdown, they need to bring it back to school on the first day. These will be sanitised & returned to classrooms before being used again.

Student information

for Alert Level 2

  • Our timetable will be the same as it was before we went into lockdown. School will start at 8:50am and end at 2:50pm.


  • When you arrive at school, come in through the wide gate next to the Technology Block.


  • You will need to wash or sanitize your hands every time you enter or leave a room or space at school.


  • You do not need to be 1m apart at school BUT you should be far enough apart so that you cannot breathe on another person. Elbow taps to say hello are fine but not hugs


  • You will not be able to use the tuckshop to order lunch or buy moosies or juicies so make sure you bring your lunch and you can’t share food at the moment.


  • You should also bring a drink bottle to school so that you don’t need to use the fountains as often during the day. 


  • You will be able to do PE as usualand share equipment, but you will either wash your hands (or use hand sanitiser) before and after these lessons. 


  • We will continue doing Assemblies via Google Meets in our own classrooms.




Other Important information for everyone

825 School Bus: 

Our school bus will run as usual. Students cannot distance on the bus and we have been asked to give the names of students who will be using the school bus to the bus company. The ministry is supplying hand sanitiser to bus companies and increased cleaning and sanitisation practices will be made after each trip. Students catching the bus will need to: 

  • Use sanitiser when getting on and off the bus

  • Sign a bus register when they arrive at school and again when they are getting ready to catch the bus home 

  • Enter and exit through the front door of the bus 


MOE Chromebooks: 

Unfortunately we do not have enough chromebooks at our school for students to have 1-1 access so when students do return, we will not have enough chromebooks for students to have one each. We requested 120 chromebooks from the MOE at the beginning of the lockdown but due to high demand across the country, there was a significant delay in sourcing and delivering high numbers. We hope that these devices will still be provided, and that once we have enough devices, each student will be able to use the same chromebook each day. If these devices are delivered to homes this week, please ensure your child brings this to school so that it can be added to their classroom set and they can use this at school. You do not have to pay for them as they are school-owned devices. 


Challenge #5  Winner - BLANKET FORT CHALLENGE

Congratulations to Jessica Wiggins, the winner of the Blank Fort Challenge this week! Mr Connochie was impressed with the construction of your fort and the effort put into your planning and design.  Well done Jessica, you have won a $30 Prezzi Card which we can give you when we return to school. 




The challenge for the final week in lockdown is to create an obstacle course that promotes fitness and gets your heart rate up! Send a video of either you or people in your bubble completing your obstacle course to enter the competition. 

Please send entries to by 5pm on Monday 18th May. 

Our students who have attended school at Alert Level 3 are the judges! 

A reminder again, to complete our parent survey - Returning at Level 2 Survey so that we can plan accordingly. 


Finally, thank you to YOU - our parents for your support, communication and understanding during the lockdown period. We know that this has been a challenging time and although we have tried to support you and your child, it has been you that has had to make this work. We look forward to welcoming your child back to school. 


Have a safe weekend and enjoy catching up with whanau and friends that you may not have seen for awhile. 


Nga mihi nui,

Ariana Te Whetu 






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