COVID-19

Auckland is at Alert Level 4 and the rest of New Zealand is at Alert Level 3. The Prime Minister is making an announcement at 3:00pm Monday 6th September to advise of any changes to Alert Levels. Methven Primary School is open in a limited capacity and for supervision for students of parent(s) required to be at work at Level 3 and alternative arrangements for care cannot be arranged

MPS Level 3 Plan

Communication

  • Via our Hero App and we will be emailing all main updates to primary caregivers to ensure that information is received by all of our whānau

School Based Learning

  • Methven Primary School is open in a limited capacity and for supervision for students of parent(s) required to be at work at Level 3 and alternative arrangements for care cannot be arranged. Attendance must be communicated to the school via the Hero survey.
  • Staff will be at the gate to meet students at 9am (or when their bus arrives)
  • Students will then be directed to their named station near the court area for the daily roll, before moving to their allocated learning spaces.
  • Strict hygiene, sanitising and cleaning routines will be in place.
  • There is a requirement that students keep 2 metres apart (unless they are in the same out-of-school bubble).

Home Based Learning

  • All other students who remain at home during Level 3 will continue with our ‘Learning from Home Programme’.
  • The Microsoft Online Sway will be available on Sunday night and Hard Packs will be available from Monday Morning.

COVID-19 Information

https://covid19.govt.nz has everything you need to know about COVID-19 in one place. Learn the simple steps you can take to unite against the virus and slow its spread. Find out what help is available and get the latest updates.

Facebook Page: Unite Against Covid-19

Ministry of Health – https://health.govt.nz/

Got symptoms? 
Call your GP before you visit. Or call Healthline on 0800 358 5453.

COVID-19 Level 3 – Restrict

Medium risk of community transmission – active but managed clusters.

  • Stay home in your bubble, other than for essential personal movement, including going to work or school if you have to, or for local recreation.
  • Keep 2 metres apart from people you do not know outside your bubble (including at supermarkets, petrol station and pharmacies), or 1 metre in controlled environments such as schools and workplaces.
  • Stay within your immediate household bubble, but you can expand this to reconnect with close family/whānau, enable caregiving, or support isolated people. This extended bubble legally must remain exclusive.
  • Schools (years 1 to 10) and Early Childhood Education centres can safely open, but with limited capacity. Children should learn at home if possible.
  • You should work from home unless it is not possible.
  • Businesses cannot have customers on site, unless it is a supermarket, bank, primary produce retailer, pharmacy, petrol station or hardware store providing goods to trade customers, or it is an emergency or critical situation.
  • Other businesses can open premises, but customers cannot enter.
  • Low-risk local recreation activities are allowed.
  • Public facilities are closed (for example, libraries, museums, cinemas, food courts, gyms, pools, markets).
  • Gatherings of up to 10 people are allowed but only for weddings, civil union ceremonies, funerals and tangihanga. Physical distancing and record keeping legally must be maintained.
  • Healthcare services should use virtual, non-contact consultations where possible.
  • Inter-regional travel is highly limited with limited permissions.
  • People at high risk of severe illness, such as older people and those with existing medical conditions, are encouraged to stay at home where possible, and take additional precautions when leaving home. You may choose to work.

You are encouraged to wear a face covering when leaving your home. You legally must wear a face covering:

  • on public transport and at departure points, for example airports, train stations and bus stops
  • if you are a delivery driver to residential addresses
  • if you are a driver or passenger of a taxi or ride-share vehicle
  • when you visit a healthcare facility (other than as a patient)
  • inside businesses or services that are open, such as supermarkets, pharmacies and petrol stations.

Please find below details/updates released by Methven Primary School regarding COVID-19.

Kia ora koutou,

We remain at Alert Level 3 at this stage until 11:59 on Tuesday 7th September.

We have prepared hard copy packs for the week ahead and these will be available at school for collection from 9am Monday morning.  There will be no deliveries this week (unless Level 3 is extended).

Please find the link below to our Microsoft Sway of learning activities and links relevant to the different levels across the school.

SWAY LINK: MPS Learning from Home: 6th -10th September, 2021

We will put out another update tomorrow evening, Monday 6th September.  This will contain important information confirming our plans for the remainder of the week.

Thank you once again for the huge amount of effort you are putting into ensuring that your children are receiving a broad and engaging range of learning activities at home.  We are incredibly impressed by the creativity and dedication demonstrated by our wonderful school community.

Ngā mihi

Sue & Team

Kia ora whānau,

Please find the link below to our ‘Learning from Home’ Microsoft Sway for the week ahead.

Sway Link: MPS Learning from Home 30th Aug – 3rd Sept, 2021

Hard packs are also being emailed out to all families tonight.

Printed copies of the hard packs will be available for collection from school on Monday morning as below. The staggered system is to ensure we don’t have large numbers gathered at school, but families with children across teams will be able to collect all the packs required during their one visit.

  • Mahuri parents collect at 9 – 9:30am
  • Piwakawaka parents collect at 9:30 – 10am
  • Opuke parents collect at 10 – 10:30am

If you live rurally (outside of the Methven township) and had a pack delivered last week, this will once again be delivered.

For students confirmed through our survey as returning to school at Level 3 on Wednesday, further information will be provided on Monday evening.  It is very important that you read this information carefully and follow the Health & Safety measures that we are putting in place.

We look forward to connecting with all our students again throughout the week.  We have added some extra Zooms/Teams Meetings that are entirely optional.

Please contact classroom teachers if you have any specific questions.

Our best wishes

Sue & Team

Kia ora koutou,

The Prime Minister has announced today that we will move to Alert Level 3 at 11:59pm on Tuesday 31st August.

From Wednesday 1st September, schools will be open in a limited capacity and for supervision at Alert Level 3 for:

  • students of parent(s) required to be at work at Level 3 AND
  • alternative arrangements for care cannot be arranged

If your child(ren) meets the criteria listed above, and you intend to send them to school at Alert Level 3, please fill in the below survey prior to 5pm, Sunday 29th August. PLEASE NOTE THIS SURVEY IS NOW CLOSED

Further information will be sent out on Monday 30th August to any students and whānau needing to access supervision at Alert Level 3.  This will include details around bus provision at Level 3 and the school Health & Safety Guidelines.  We are anticipating a staggered school start, finish and break times for students, a requirement for social distancing and limited use of our school grounds.

All other students who remain at home during Level 3 will continue with our ‘Learning from Home Programme’.  The Microsoft Online Sway will be available on Sunday night and Hard Packs will be available from Monday Morning.  Watch out for our Sunday night post with more details around this.

It has been a pleasure to see a steady stream of posts coming through to our Hero ‘Whānau Sharing’ pages.  I also notice that our baking extravaganza this morning has resulted in some delicious-looking carrot cakes shared on Facebook today.  Thanks to our chefs, Miss & Mrs McCulloch, for motivating us to get into the kitchen and learn some new skills!

We want to thank our MPS whānau for your support over the past week.  While these times are challenging for all of us in different ways, we know that soon we will all be back at school, and our learners will be happily thriving in their classrooms once again!

Have a lovely weekend

Kia kaha

Sue & Team

Kia ora koutou,

This afternoon the Prime Minister has confirmed that we will stay at Level 4 for the remainder of the week.

We would like to pass on our thanks to our families who managed to check in for a video call today and/or have been sharing their home learning via the ‘Whānau Sharing’ Hero page.  We have been overwhelmed by the positive response to our home learning options.  Get in touch with Homeclass Teachers if you have any questions.  Please check previous Hero posts for the times of other video calls this week.  All information you need is also on our Microsoft Sway: MPS Learning from Home 23 – 27 August, 2021

Just some reminders from the Ministry of Health around how we can protect our whānau and community from COVID-19 including:

  • Everyone must continue to stay home in their bubble
  • Do not mix with other household bubbles – if they have COVID-19, it can easily spread to your household, and every other household they and you are connecting with
  • As new cases are identified, new locations of interest are added to the Ministry of Health website – please keep checking this. You can search by your location and they are sorted by date, so you only need to check the locations which have been added when you last checked
  • Wash your hands regularly, especially when you have been out in public
  • Stay home if you are feeling unwell and seek advice about whether you need to get a test
  • Wear a face covering when out and about, and you MUST wear a face covering in any businesses or services which are open at Alert Level 4 (unless you have specifically been exempted from doing so, which includes anyone aged under 12)
  • Keep a two-metre distance from people outside your household bubble
  • Check in using the NZ COVID Tracer App wherever you go or keep a manual record (a reminder the App only stores information on your own phone – no one else will know who it is that checked in, or when)

We will provide a further update at the end of the week after the next official announcement.

Our very best wishes and enjoy this lovely weather!

Sue & Team

It has been a pleasure to see a steady stream of posts coming through to our Hero ‘Whānau Sharing’ pages.  I also notice that our baking extravaganza this morning has resulted in some delicious-looking carrot cakes shared on Facebook today.  Thanks to our chefs, Miss & Mrs McCulloch, for motivating us to get into the kitchen and learn some new skills!

We want to thank our MPS whānau for your support over the past week.  While these times are challenging for all of us in different ways, we know that soon we will all be back at school, and our learners will be happily thriving in their classrooms once again!

Have a lovely weekend

Kia kaha

Sue & Team

Kia ora koutou,

I hope you have enjoyed the fine weather over the weekend and managed to get outdoors as a family for fresh air and exercise.

We head into another week of unknowns, but we will keep in close communication with you around updates as they become available to us.  Keep checking Hero regularly for this important information.

Hard Copy Packs

Thank you for your responses to the survey (it is now closed)

  • Hard copies have now been emailed out to those families who are able to print (please email: if you have not recieved an email)
  • For our families who live in the Methven Township and indicated they would collect packs from school, these are being delivered to letter boxes instead.
  • Rural addresses will be delivered tomorrow morning.  Thanks to Mrs P for helping out with this.
  • If a pack has not been delivered to your house and you would like a copy, please pop down to school tomorrow morning after 9am and there will be extra copies available outside the Office.  You must sign in using the QR Code and ensure that you keep a 2 metre distance from others.

Online Learning: Microsoft Sway

Please find a range of engaging activities and digital options available via our Microsoft Sway.

Sway Link: MPS Learning from Home 23 – 27 August, 2021

Video Calls

Piwakawaka & Mahuri Teams will need the Zoom App downloaded to take part in their video calls this week.  Opuke students will be able to log into their Office 365 account and use our scheduled Microsoft Teams Meetings.  To ensure these online chats are successful, please spend some time going over the attached Team Meeting Expectations.

School Grounds Closed

Just a reminder that other than being onsite to prepare or collect learning resources, our school grounds are closed during Level 4.  This includes all play areas and equipment.

Covid-19 Level 4 Information

For further Covid-19 Level 4 information, please see check the Unite against COVID-19 website

Ngā mihi

Sue Furndorfler

Kia ora koutou whānau,

Today we have been preparing for the Prime Ministers afternoon announcement and can confirm that our Level 4 lockdown has been extended until Tuesday 24th August, 11:59pm.  We will continue with our ‘Learning from Home’ programme and have planned for the week ahead.  We are now also in a position to offer photocopied packs of hard materials for homes that are unable to fully access our online options.  You may also still have booklets we sent out last year that can be completed.

We would appreciate all families filling in this quick 5 minute survey to provide us with information around your needs.  Please complete this form by 3pm on Sunday 22nd August.

Learning from Home Survey

I would also like to take this opportunity to thank the whānau who have been supporting our tamariki to complete the learning tasks that we made available this week via the Sway.  There have been some great examples of writing, baking, household chores and other creative home learning tasks that have been shared on our ‘Whānau Sharing’ Hero pages.

Please reassure students that Speeches, our Olympics Day and other planned events will be postponed at this stage, and we will reschedule these events to another time soon.

Next week we have scheduled video calls via Teams Meetings (Ōpuke) and Zoom (Piwakawaka & Mahuri) so please prioritise these opportunities for face to face contact with Homeclass Teachers if you can. The link to these calls will be on the Sway and sent out by Homeclass Teachers.

On Sunday evening, we will touch base again with the link to the Sway for the week ahead.

Have a great weekend and we await the Prime Ministers next update on Monday.

Ngā mihi

Sue & Team

Kia ora whānau,

We hope that you are well and have managed to prepare adequately for this sudden Level 4 Lockdown.

For this lockdown period, we will be sharing home learning information via a shared Sway.  This will provide just one link for whānau with students in different teams.

Learning from Home 19 & 20 August 2021

As this is an evolving situation, we have only prepared for the remainder of this week.  A further update will be provided on Friday.

Our best wishes for the next few days.

MPS STAFF

Tēnā koutou katoa,

After our announcement tonight that New Zealand is once again going into a Level 4 Lockdown to prevent the spread of Covid-19, Methven Primary School will be closed for the next three days: Wednesday 18th – Friday 20th August.

Communication during this time will be via our Hero App and we will be emailing primary caregivers to ensure that information is received by all of our whānau. Updates will be made as we have further information available.

Our staff will be meeting via our digital platform ‘Teams’ first thing tomorrow morning to put a plan in place for a ‘Home Learning’ programme for the remainder of the week. We will be in touch later in the day with some learning from home suggestions.

We appreciate that this will provide additional challenges for some families. Please email Homeclass Teachers or our Senior Leadership Team if we can support you in any way.

Sue: 

Milly: 

Please stay in your bubble and keep safe.

Sue Furndorfler

Principal

Kia ora koutou,

It was great news to hear we are moving to Alert Level 1 so quickly. While new cases in the community are always disappointing to hear of, it is reassuring to see how quickly they have been identified. I am sure we are all grateful for the efforts of our health workers, scientists and technicians in this regard, and the thousands of people who have been tested.

As a community we need to avoid the complacency which New Zealanders tend to quickly move into when we are at lower alert levels. Please do continue to scan QR codes and monitor closely for illness within your whānau.

Our focus as always will be to support the learning, safety and wellbeing of our rangatahi and tamariki and we continue to be here to support you too.

Please don’t hesitate to contact your child’s kaiako or me, if there is something you need assistance with.

Ngā mihi

Sue Furndorfler

Principal

Kia ora koutou,

After the Prime Minsters Covid-19 announcement tonight, the below Level 2 safety measures will be in place for Methven Primary School:

Covid-19 Level 2 Update: All of New Zealand excluding Auckland region

Alert Level 2 applies from midnight Sunday 14th February – Wednesday 17th February

  • At Alert Level 2 it is safe for all students, children and staff to attend school. There will be appropriate precautions in place.
  • Children and staff who are at higher-risk of severe illness are encouraged to take additional precautions when leaving home.
  • Students will need to arrive at school as close to 9am each morning as possible.  No students on site before 8:45am.
  • Please ensure your child is collected from school by 3:15pm.
  • We ask that parents drop off and collect children at or beyond the school gate.  There will be staff available to support the tranistion into school.
  • Parents or caregivers who need to enter the school grounds will be required to sign in at the visitor register outside the office and please remain out of classrooms.
  • Also the QR code posters will need to be used for the NZ COVID Tracer App for anyone entering the school grounds.
  • If you wish to contact a staff member or the school office, please email or phone as your first option.
  • Please be alert to illness, and for anyone who is presenting as unwell at school, we will ask parents and caregivers to come and pick the child up.
  • If you have concerns about the healh of your child we recommend that you seek medical advice.
  • Good hand hygiene and cough and sneeze etiquette will be reinforced.
  • Soap and water are very appropriate for washing hands and hand sanitiser will be available throughout the school.
  • For schools, children, young people and staff should be far enough away from each other so that they are not breathing on or touching each other, coupled with good hygiene practices and regular cleaning of commonly touched surfaces.
  • Bus students will continue to travel to and from school as usual (but keep hands sanitised and not sit near the driver).
  • Masks are not required at schools and early learning services at Alert levels 2 and 3.

We have a Level 2 Health and Safety Plan containing more detail that will be available on request. If you have any questions or concerns about your child at school during Level 2, please don’t hesitate to contact me.

Thank you for your ongoing support.  Let’s hope this is a short-lived Level 2!

Ngā mihi

Sue Furndorfler

Principal

Kia ora koutou,

Covid-19 Level 2 Update: All of New Zealand excluding Auckland region

Alert Level 2 applies from midday today (Wednesday 12 August) and we will return to the following recommended measures:

  • At Alert Level 2 it is safe for all students, children and staff to attend school and early learning. There will be appropriate precautions in place.
  • Children and staff who are at higher-risk of severe illness are encouraged to take additional precautions when leaving home.
  • Students will need to arrive at school as close to 9am each morning as possible.
  • Please ensure your child is collected from school by 3:15pm. 
  • We ask that parents drop off and collect children at or beyond the school gateParents or caregivers who need to enter the school grounds will be required to sign in at the visitor register outside the office and please remain out of classrooms.
  • If you wish to contact a staff member or the school office, please email or phone as your first option.
  • Please be alert to illness, and for anyone who is presenting as unwell at school, we will ask parents and caregivers to come and pick the child up.
  • If you have concerns about the health of your child we recommend that you seek medical advice.
  • Good hand hygiene and cough and sneeze etiquette will be reinforced.
  • Soap and water are very appropriate for washing hands and hand sanitiser will be available throughout the school.
  • For schools, children, young people and staff should be far enough away from each other so that they are not breathing on or touching each other, coupled with good hygiene practices and regular cleaning of commonly touched surfaces. 
  • Bus students will continue to travel to and from school as usual (but keep hands sanitised and not sit near the driver).
  • Masks are not required at schools and early learning services at Alert levels 2 and 3.
  • QR code posters will be displaced for the NZ COVID Tracer App.

The MOE website contains further guidance for schools if you would like more information.

We have a Level 2 Health and Safety Plan containing more detail that will be available on request. If you have any questions or concerns about your child at school during Level 2, please don’t hesitate to contact me. 

Thank you for your ongoing support. 

Ngā mihi 

Sue Furndorfler
Acting Principal

Kia ora koutou,

We have been provided with some good advice for families to support children in their transition back to school.  Click here for some easy read suggestions.

Some reminders for Monday:

  • Send back any school resources that have been at home
  • If your child has a pencil case and colouring pencils, please send these along
  • All students will need to bring their own drink bottle with water
  • There will be no pie warmer food initially
  • Drop your child at the gate from 8:45am (there will be staff around to welcome our students back)
  • Pick up will also be at the school gates

See our Wednesday Newsletter for more details around our Alert Level 2 plans.

We are very much looking forward to having our students back in our classrooms and enjoying time with friends again!

Have a great weekend

Ngā mihi

MPS Staff

Kia ora Koutou,

The Prime Minister advised today that we are moving to Alert Level 2 this Thursday and that schools will be safe environments for all children and staff to return to next week.

Methven Primary School will re-open to all students on Monday 18th May and classes will start at 9am as usual. Buses will resume and you will be notified by the Bus Controller if there are any changes to normal bus runs or times.

Over the next week we will be preparing to welcome all students and staff back to our school site.  We will assume that all students are returning to school under Level 2. For families of students who have reason not to return to school, please email Sue Furndorfler at . Please also make contact if you have any concerns around your child returning to school.

As we have done in Alert Level 3, you can be assured that in Alert Level 2 under the direction of the Ministry of Education, we will know who is at school, who our staff and students have been in close contact with and take appropriate measures to keep everyone safe.

Our Wednesday Newsletter will contain important ‘Play it Safe’ Information that will support our move to Alert Level 2. Could all borrowed school devices please be dropped off at school on Thursday 14th or Friday 15th May to be cleaned and returned to rooms.

We look forward to welcoming your children back to Methven Primary School next week and supporting their transition back to school based learning.

Ngā mihi

Sue Furndorfler
Acting Principal

Tēnā koutou whanau,

I just want to update you with some information relating to Covid-19 Alert Level 3.  As you know, New Zealand is moving to Alert Level 3 at 11.59pm on Monday 27th April for at least two weeks.

  • Schools are open from April 29th. At MPS we look forward to welcoming back a small group of our students who we have confirmed need to be based at school. This group will work in the Library.
  • If your child is returning to school on April 29th, we need some information from you so we are well prepared for when they arrive.  I will be in contact with these families over the weekend.
  • Our students not returning to school will continue their learning programme remotely, just as they have during the Level 4 lockdown. All homeroom teachers will carry on working closely with their students based at home.
  • Just a reminder that you can increase your bubble slightly at Alert Level 3 – to bring in close family, isolated people or caregivers but, if you do, please continue to keep your bubble small.
  • Tuesday 28th is a Teacher Only Day and staff will be actively involved in meetings throughout the day.  The learning programme for Week 3 will start on Wednesday 29th April.

The MPS staff would like thank you for your continued support of our school and your care for those in our school and wider community.

We also ask you as a family to take the time to commemorate Anzac Day, and to remember our past and present generations of service personnel as well as those who have made sacrifices for us.

Lest we forget.

My very best wishes.

Sue Furndorfler
Acting Principal

Protect against COVID-19

Kia ora Koutou,

We hope that Week 2 of our home based learning programme has started out well for you and your whanau. We know there will have been any number of challenges for you to deal with but we have been getting some great feedback about the learning that is happening and thank you for all your support.

Today the Government decided that we will move into Alert Level 3 on 28th April. That means we will be open to receive students from the 29th April. We will start to prepare our site to open this week.

The key message for you is that if you can, you should keep your child at home. We strongly advise that you only send your child to school if you are returning to work and there is no one available to care for your child in your bubble. If your child has an underlying 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.

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. We anticipate that the children and staff based at school will work in small groups with varied breaktimes and there will be restricted access to the playground and other school equipment. Please be aware that your child may not have their usual home class teacher and learning opportunities will be similar to the home based learning programmes that are already in place.

For those children remaining at home, we want to assure you that we will continue to fully support your child’s learning at home. There will be staff dedicated to this role.

We will contact you via an online form (survey) attached to our Wednesday Newsletter to find out whether you can keep your child learning from home, or need your child to attend in person. It is likely that for contact tracing purposes, we will be required to keep a track of information around who is in your bubble. It is important that you respond to this survey if you require your child to return to school next week.

The Ministry of Education has advised that they are working closely with health professionals 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.

For now, we will continue to support your child’s learning by distance while we progress our planning for what Alert Level 3 will mean for you and for our school. We will be in touch again soon with more information. As you have been doing, please keep connecting with your homeroom teachers with any questions you might have.

Ngā mihi
Sue Furndorfler
Acting Principal

Kia ora Koutou Whanau,

You may be like us and have lost track of the days, but it is Friday, and together we have completed three days of Term 2 with a whole new approach to learning!

Firstly, we want to say a massive thank you to all of our families who have supported their children in navigating their way to find the online learning  provided, or have created their own home learning structure.  We know that keeping children engaged and productive over the length of the day takes a lot of creativity and energy!

It was impressive to see so many students join our Video Chats this week.  This was a great opportunity for the students to catch up and connect with their teacher and each other.  For the families who have patchy internet or limited devices, we hope you have enjoyed having a teacher ring and touch base with you.

Please let us know if we can help you in any other way next week.  Here is a quick survey for you to complete around how you felt the week went for your family. We would appreciate any feedback: https://bit.ly/3cqNGSY

Thank you also to the staff for the massive effort they put into preparing for our online learning. There have been a number of challenges to overcome, but this has been approached with a real ‘can do’ attitude!  ‘Keep learning’ has been our motto!

Lastly, please discuss with your child(ren) our Term 2 MPS Star Value: Trustworthy.  Our current focus is: Do the right thing at all times (with technology)

For our students, this includes:

  • Video calling with your teacher for learning purposes only (not random others)
  • Using the correct chat areas and only sharing sensible and kind comments/pictures – think before you post!
  • Checking with an adult before using the internet
  • Looking after your devices and storing them in a safe place when not being used
  • Remembering our ‘Video Chat’ expectations (Thank you Mrs Hooker)

To help students stay safer online from home, try a free filter for all at home devices.  You will find clear instructions on how to do this at www.switchonsafety.co.nz

The one thing that we have learnt over these last few weeks is to take one day at a time.  With this in mind, we will be in touch again next week with further updates from the Ministry of Education.

Kia kaha

Sue & Rosie

Senior Leadership Team

MPS Teams Meeting

Tena Koutou Whanau,

Welcome back to Term 2! We hope that our MPS families have all managed to celebrate Easter this year in a unique and enjoyable way.

We are excited to start the term with a whole new approach to learning. Methven Primary is well placed to support home-based learning as our Office 365 suite of tools will enable us to communicate and collaborate with families in a number of ways. We have been learning about and trialling the easiest ways across the school to use the technology we have, so please be patient with us as we explore these with you this week. You will receive the relevant information and links from teachers tomorrow.

We understand that home-based learning might be a stressful time for some families. We encourage you to work closely with classroom teachers to support your child through this change in their schooling. The well-being of your child and family is our first priority, so please ensure that you let us know how we can best support this.

Home-based Learning Information

  • Teachers may set up extra communication with individuals or small groups through Teams Chats, Emails, or phone calls where required. Our students receiving Learning Support funding will have a Teacher Aide checking in with them also.
  • We have applied to the Ministry of Education for a hard copy pack for families without internet access and some families have requested devices. We will be in contact with these families to confirm how these will be delivered.
  • The Ministry of Education has also announced that there will be a television channel dedicated to supporting the New Zealand curriculum. This will provide learning activities for different levels throughout the day and supplement the learning opportunities that teachers will provide.

Attendance

  • All students actively engaging with some or all of the weekly learning will be marked as present daily.

Well-being

  • The most important thing over the weeks ahead is ensuring that everyone is happy and healthy in your family – focus on what makes this happen first.
  • We appreciate that keeping a routine and completing some of the learning tasks will be challenging for families. Try and maintain a positive attitude and remember that the classroom can be simply learning in your everyday environment. Adapt what you are doing to suit your child’s interests.
  • If your child needs it, take lots of “brain breaks.” If they start to lose focus, send them for a snack, a drink of water, a run around the yard or do ten star jumps.
  • Please see the Mana Ake Website for advice if your child is experiencing heightened anxiety, or you need support: https://manaake.health.nz/
  • This Ministry of Education page around helping children while they are learning at home may be of interest to you: http://education.govt.nz/school/health-safety-and-wellbeing/pastoral-care-and-wellbeing/talking-to-children-about-covid-19-coronavirus/

If your whanau require any extra assistance over this time, please contact Rosie: and she will co-ordinate further support for you. We have extra staff available and very willing to assist. This could include phoning for a chat, reading your child a story or accessing external agencies.

Thank you for your ongoing support. We will continue to provide regular updates via Hero and Email.

Our very best wishes!

Sue & Team

MPS Learning at Home Pathway

URGENT INFORMATION REQUIRED

Tena Koutou Whanau,

An urgent message has come through from the Ministry of Education requesting up-to-date information on your child’s lockdown physical address, and the resources your child may need to help make sure they can keep up with their learning at home.

Resources such as devices and printed material are limited and it will take time to get them to learners who most need them, so the sooner we are able to get this information to the Ministry the better.

We have created a short Microsoft Form (survey) for all families to fill in to gather accurate information around your current family situation.  If required, we will request resources for you.  Please note that you may be contacted to check the details we have provided are correct.

All families please fill in this form by midday Monday 6th April:

https://bit.ly/347krlg

Thank you for your support with this request.

Sue & Rosie

Tena koutou whanau

Our thoughts are with our students and the wider school community at this time.

Please see important dates below:

  • 28 March – 14 April – School holidays
  • 10 – 14 April – Easter including Easter Tuesday
  • 15 April – Term 2 begins through home-based schooling
  • 27 April – ANZAC Day observed

Teachers will be having a break over the next week, then will be ready for learning programmes to begin after Easter.

Over this holiday period please look after yourselves and enjoy getting out as a family in the fresh air.

Please look out for further weekly updates next week.

Kia Kaha

Sue and Rosie

Kia ora everyone,

Methven Primary School will be shut from 3pm on Wednesday 25th March, as New Zealand moves into COVID-19 Alert Level 4. Please do not leave messages on our school phone. All general enquiries need to be emailed to

The Leadership Team have met today and have made a plan for the weeks ahead. Home Class Teachers will be making contact with each family over the next couple of days. Please remember that your Home Class Teacher is your first point of contact.

The Ministry of Education confirmed yesterday that the holidays have been moved forward and will now be from Monday 30th March to Tuesday 14th April (includes Easter).

From Wednesday 15th April, we will be providing students with further Home-based Schooling options. This will be communicated to families by Home Class Teachers. We are planning a number of different options to suit the needs of children across the school. If your child will be unable to access online learning options, please be in touch with your Home Class Teacher.

Our children will be looking to us for guidance at this time. Parents, caregivers, whānau and teachers will have a particularly important part to play in reassuring children. If you haven’t already done so, you may wish to read the information put together by the Ministry of Education to support your conversations with your children – Talking to children about COVID-19. As noted by the Prime Minister, these restrictions are our best chance to slow the virus in New Zealand and to save lives. We all have a clear role here to slow the spread of COVID-19. Over the following month it is critical for us to stay positive, keep connected and make the most of what we have. We encourage all whānau to consider the 5 Ways to Wellbeing and how these might be integrated into your day to day activities.

Thank you for your ongoing support of our school staff and school community throughout this unsettling time. We have a fantastic community, let’s look after each other over the next month.

Ngā mihi

Sue Furndorfler
Acting Principal
Methven Primary School

Dear Parents/Caregivers,

Further to the Prime Minister’s announcement, school will be closed from the conclusion of today.  Children of essential workers will have the option of attending school on Tuesday and Wednesday while alternative arrangements are made.  Essential workers include but are not limited to Doctors, Nurse, Ambulance Officers and Police.  More information around who represents an essential worker will be available through the media this afternoon.  If you are an essential worker and need your child to attend school, please feel free to contact the school via: 

No buses will run tomorrow.

We are have organised extra Library Books and school books to go home today.  If your child was not at school today these can be collected from the school office tomorrow (unless other arrangements have been made). Our teaching staff will spend tomorrow preparing home based learning programmes for each Team and further options will become available and communicated to each Team by the end of the week.

Over the next few days we recommend that you follow the below suggestions from our last Covid-19 Update (posted on Hero 22.3.20):

  • Reading: keep up daily reading of any books you have at home
  • Writing: write a daily diary
  • Maths: baking, board games or practising basic facts (addition and subtraction, multiplication and division)
  • Homework Sheet – available on Hero and the School Website for Y3-6
  • Digital Options: Matific & Epic (Y3-6), Reading Eggs & Topmarks (Year Y1-2)

Our staff remain committed to supporting our learners and families through what we know are uncertain times.  Take care of each other and please be in touch if you have any questions or concerns.

Methven Primary School Staff and Board of Trustees thank you for your ongoing support.

Sue Furndorfler
Acting Principal
Methven Primary School

Please find below links to two documents for our parent community.

Ways you can help us during these uncertain times for us all:

We thank you for your communication and your support!

Over the last 24 hours there have been updates to the guidelines around self-isolation for those returning to New Zealand from overseas.

These guidelines now stipulate:

  • That anyone who has returned to New Zealand from overseas in the last 14 days should self-isolate from the day of departure. The only exception to this is Pacific Island countries listed in Category 2. Click here for a list of category 2 countries.
  • People who share a household with people who have returned overseas in the last 14 days should also consider self-isolating if the person who has returned exhibits symptoms of COVID-19. Click here for more information on the symptoms.
  • If you have been in close contact with somebody who has tested positive for COVID-19 then you should self-isolate for 14 days. For more information on what constitutes close contact please click here.

How does this impact our schools?

  • From today any staff member or student who has returned from overseas in the last two weeks, with the exception of Category 2 Pacific Island countries, will be directed to self-isolate for 14 days from their date of departure.
  • Any person who has been in close contact with somebody who has tested positive for COVID 19 should self isolate for 14 days.
  • Any student or staff member who lives in a household with somebody who has returned from overseas in the last 14 days and is exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19 should self isolate.

Communication is critical!

  • Through these uncertain times it is critical that we maintain strong communication with each other.
  • If you have made the decision to self-isolate based on the guidelines please contact  the school and relay this to us. Please keep the school in the loop as more information becomes available.
  • Similarly, we will ensure that we pass on information and updates as they become available from this end.

Key information:

  • Up to date information can be found at https://www.health.govt.nz/our-work/diseases-and-conditions/covid-19-novel-coronavirus
  • Whole School Assemblies and school sports tournaments are postponed until further notice
  • Personal hygiene is a priority
  • Follow self-isolation rules if in close contact to people who have travelled to New Zealand recently (refer to further information inside Newsletter)
  • It will be business as usual for us until further advice is provided

Preventing Risk

• Avoid close contact with people with cold or flu-like illnesses
• Cover coughs and sneezes with disposable tissues or clothing
• Wash hands for at least 20 seconds with water and soap and dry them thoroughly:
− before eating or handling food
− after using the toilet
− after coughing, sneezing, blowing your nose or wiping children’s noses
− after caring for sick people.
Please note that facemasks are not recommended as an effective means of preventing the spread of infection. They play an important role in clinical settings, such as hospitals, but there is very little evidence of benefit from their use outside of these setting.

Self-Isolation

Once again please check for current information at the following link: https://www.health.govt.nz/our-work/diseases-and-conditions/covid-19-novel-coronavirus/covid-19-novel-coronavirus-health-advice-general-public/covid-19-self-isolation
Currently the advice is:
If you are in a home where the others who live with you have travelled or been in close contact with a confirmed case of COVID-19, you should minimise close contact with them by avoiding situations where you have face-to-face contact closer than 2 metres for more than 15 minutes.
You should not share dishes, drinking glasses, cups, eating utensils, towels, pillows or other items with other people in your home. After using these items, you should wash them thoroughly with soap and water, place them in the dishwasher for cleaning or wash them in your washing machine.