COVID-19 – 18 August 2020

Dear Parents and Caregivers

I want to acknowledge the learning that is continuing at home. This is important in supporting our students, to maintain and continue progress in their learning, in particular Reading, Writing and Mathematics. ​Remember to contact your child/ren’s teacher if you have questions or need support during the online learning time from 9.00 am to 12 noon​. I know that this way of learning can add stress to parents and families and we appreciate all you are doing in these special circumstances.

Thank you to teachers for your continued support of the learners in your classes. This is not our normal learning and requires a more intensive support, monitoring and follow up with individuals and groups of learners as they require. Staff will always respond to emails during the learning time and will normally respond within 24 hours to emails outside of these times. As you will appreciate teachers too need a break and I thank you for your support in allowing weekends to be a family time for staff members.
The focus of your child/ren’s twice weekly face to face Google Meets is for teachers​ ​to touch base with students to offer pastoral support and to provide opportunity for reflections on how things are going for them with distance learning. These are times for students to stay connected with their teachers and each other. Remember that SchoolTalk sessions are online with teachers between 9am and midday. A range of work is set for learners and students may be required to attend additional workshops in the senior school.

Our teaching teams have a range of afternoon activities that are designed to assist families with activities that support art, physical education etc. These can be found via the following link; Uo/edit

As previously mentioned the Ministry of Education has advised that Home Learning TV | Papa Kāinga TV will be back on Monday 17 August to support learning for children aged 2-to-11 years whileAuckland remains in Alert Level 3.

Home Learning TV | Papa Kāinga TV will take over TVNZ DUKE’s daytime schedule 9am to 1pm on weekdays. Programming for younger children includes the popular Karen’s House at 9am, followed by programmes for children aged 5 to 7, including junior movement with the Dingle Foundation and junior science and maths with Suzy Cato.

DUKE is available on Freeview channel 13, Sky and Vodafone TV channel 23. It can be live streamed on the TVNZ website, Content will be available for catch up viewing on TVNZ OnDemand.

All earlier episodes of Home Learning TV | Papa Kāinga TV remain available through TVNZ OnDemand.

We acknowledge that this will again be a challenging time for all of us and we will continue to update you regularly as and when we receive any changes for schools. We will get through this together by staying connected, and by being kind to yourself and others.

Kohimarama School Postponements;
● Photolife – teams groups etc
● Mathex
● ESOL shared lunch
● Bay Suburbs and Eastern​ ​Zone Cross Country

Kind regards
Paul Engles