Kia ora whānau,

Kia ora whānau,

Update on Hybrid Learning Plan and Covid Cases.

Firstly, a huge thank you to our Ōwhata community for your supportive response with our decision to move to hybrid (mixture of onsite and offsite) learning for the next 10 school days from Monday 7 March 2022. We have had an awesome response from whānau in terms of collecting/organising hard copy work packs for your tamariki to continue with daily learning and learning maintenance in the time we may not see them.

Over this week, our incredible kaiako have spent time preparing our tamariki and working on tasks that will ease our tamariki into hybrid learning with a sense of confidence for what needs to be done. Some classes have been using Google Meet to brush up our skills, uploading to DOJO portfolios and going over the tasks to be done at home. We have offered a balance of literacy and numeracy tasks with relevance to our specific year levels and localised curriculum.

We cannot however be more relieved that at this point in time we have made the best decision for our tamariki, staff and whānau in order to keep everyone’s health at the forefront and put into practise the manaakitanga that we speak of within our school values.

We are also saddened to let our whānau know that as of this week, we have had positive Covid cases in our school. Today, we closed the doors on 2 classrooms as a precautionary measure and have organised deep cleaning across the school over the 10 hybrid learning days. Our advice from here is that all whānau monitor for symptoms and take a test should you have any concerns. We met with our amazing Piripoho Nurse, Leesa King who has provided some information for you all (below).

We know that for some whānau, having tamariki at home can mean more kai is needed! Please know that we will have 100 lunches available at the office to be picked up over the 10 hybrid learning days. We recommend that one whānau member comes in to collect lunches for tamariki who want them. You can do this between 12.30 – 1.30pm. Please wear a mask, sanitise before coming onsite and ensure you have no symptoms of Covid. Our Piripoho Team (Leesa, Kahira and Verbena) will also be delivering lunches to whānau from Ōwhata School to our Eastside whānau. Whaea Renee will be delivering school lunches to all of our tamariki in emergency housing hotels. On that note whānau, keep safe, keep well, and get in touch if you have any questions.

Ngā manaakitanga, Team Ōwhata.

Contacts: Office: (07) 345 6051 Bob Stiles (Principal): 022 164 7193 Callie Raureti (DP): 021 992 258 Robyn Hurliman (DP):