Level 3 for Thames South School

Friday 24th April 2020

Kia ora Parents, Caregivers & Whaanau,

With huge consideration to staff, student and whaanau wellbeing, our Board of Trustees have decided to continue our learning pathways for all students via our distance learning platforms and options of digital and hardcopy work. School will therefore not be open for students until further notification - likely at Alert Level 2.

This week we analysed the availability of our staff (teaching and support staff) and surveyed our community as a means of basing our decision. For 98% of those contactable, it was clear that our whaanau wanted to keep their children within their home and whaanau bubbles (as per the strong guidelines of Alert Level 4 and 3). The whaanau that needed extra support have been contacted and a wide selection of options will be available at their request.

Our good fortune as a kura, was we had the devices available for distribution to all of our students that requested them when contacted by kaiako early last week. We were able to get those couriered out and all were received. We also had an agreement with the Jump scheme that provided modems for whaanau to enable wifi to those in need. These took a little longer but started arriving as of yesterday. Our kaiako have been working on improving their knowledge and ability to continuously improve our means of making contact with all of our students and engaging them into our distance learning programmes, these still remain options for you as a whaanau, none of which are compulsory.

He kura te kainga

He kainga te kura

Ngaa manaakitanga,

Thames South School Board of Trustees


Whaea Barbara Hetaraka