Kia ora whānau,
Re: Update about our next steps.

Firstly, we would like to thank our tamariki and whānau for persevering through this rāhui time and for taking part in distance learning as best you can. We appreciate your efforts! I would also like to acknowledge our staff who have worked to plan, prepare and maintain learning both online and offline. Kei runga noa atu koutou!

From Wednesday 1st September, we continue to deliver learning in three ways, either online (predominantly Class Dojo), offline, using hard copy material, and for a small number of tamariki, school will be open in bubble classes.

For safety and planning purposes, we ask that you complete our online survey to indicate if you are an essential worker with no other safe care for your tamaiti/tamariki during alert level 3. The survey will be available until 12pm tomorrow, Tuesday 31st August – link here: After Tuesday, you will need to contact us directly if your circumstances change.

From Wednesday onwards, we will have a daily distribution of hard copy work packs available for pickup between 9.30am – 11.30am. We understand that some of our tamariki have worked so hard through the mahi we provided last week and would like more. We can arrange this! Please come to the new staffroom doors to pick up work packs as needed during the stipulated time frame. If you need an alternative arrangement, contact us. Our office phone will be operating from Wednesday during school hours, (07) 345 6051, or email Yes, we will deliver if you don’t have transport.

Our Golden Rules are very important for us moving forward and we have these measures in place to maintain the safety of our tamariki, staff, and whānau. Please discuss these with your tamariki and practise these skills – when we do eventually return to school for the majority, we will spend time refreshing these.

Ngā mihi,
Ōwhata staff.