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KPS Students' Google Account Login.
Our students regularly use Chromebooks and other computing devices at school. Year 3-6 students have their own account that they can also sign into at home to access their work.
Here is a video [4mins] to show you how to add their school account to your home computer using the Google Chrome Browser.
Coronavirus Explained! (For Kids) - Dr Michelle Dickinson
The main form of communication has become email, this website, and school App.
As we head into the Easter I would like to check in with you all and pass on some information about beginning back at school next week in our remote learning capacity.
School restarts on Wednesday 15th April. Teaching teams have been meeting online to prepare a range of activities and resources. Given that this is untested ground, and we are working with young children, please bear with us as we develop some sort of structure. We felt that we were well prepared for this eventuality, however, now that we move into the practical execution of the plan, there will need to be regular adjustments. Please remember that we expect children to remain engaged with school, but we don’t expect the school day to be replicated. Modify the structure you will be provided as you see fit to work in with home dynamics.
In terms of our legal obligations we are required to maintain our records of attendance. Whilst the school is physically closed, students are required to “attend” via the offsite learning conventions which schools have established. Therefore, for all intents and purposes, please use the following communication methods:
· To report an absence: If your child (who is learning from home) is sick during the school week, meaning that they are unable to participate in any of the school activities, please email your teacher.
· Office, Accounts & General Enquiries: The following email addresses can be used to contact the school during our normal school days of operations:
o General school enquiries – email@example.com
o Accounts related enquiries – firstname.lastname@example.org
o School operational matters – email@example.com
· Security Issues: Matrix security 09 579 1567
· Our School Website is updated regularly
One of the key aspects I feel important to maintain is the relationship between your child and their teacher. I have asked teachers to maintain some form of contact, including phoning their families. I don’t want this to be intrusive so they will arrange this by email in the first instance. Once school resumes on Wednesday you can email classroom teachers between 9am & 3pm for support.
We are still planning to hold parent & teacher interviews using an online format. We also think this might be a good opportunity to include your child. Mr. Ashcroft is currently putting a format together and we will get that information out to you next week.
Following my message, I have included my latest bulletin from The Ministry of Education. This provides further information which you may find relevant.
Finally, I would like to thank you all for the positive and encouraging way that you have responded to this situation. Each family has different experiences and things to cope with, but the common thread is one of support and kindness. Our staff have all been receiving positive comments about their work to date and I know this means a lot. If you need any other type of support over the coming weeks, please do not hesitate to contact me. More than ever, the school needs to be available for its community.
Have a great long weekend and go easy on the chocolate!
Detailed package of supports for schools and kura announced
This afternoon, the Minister announced details of the package of supports and resources for supporting state and state integrated schools and kura to deliver learning at a distance when Term 2 begins on 15 April. You can see the Minister’s press release and Q&As on the Beehive website.
It’s important to state up front that the Government is still working to a timeframe of a four-week lockdown, lifting on 22 April, but we’re planning for every scenario so that we have a resilient system and are taking this opportunity to invest in closing the digital divide.
That means, in education, developing robust distance learning infrastructure so that learners and ākonga don’t miss out in any scenario, such as alert levels moving up and down or schools, kura and ECEs or kōhanga and puna reo having to stay closed for longer.
This week we have begun the dispatch of devices and hard copy resources. The first devices and modems are being dispatched this week, and the first tranche of hard copy deliveries will make their way to homes on Thursday and will continue on Tuesday next week.
Thank you all for the work you have done to complete the survey, which will enable to delivery of devices or hard packs to homes. Just a reminder that if you do not have this information and are asking parents to provide it, it is important that you’re explicit about why the information is being collected and used – that we are collecting this information to better support students’ needs for distance learning and will be using it to:
- help identify what support may be needed
- distribute hard copy learning resources to learners
- report at an aggregate level on its COVID-19 response and for research and statistical purposes.
Starting this week, the Ministry is rolling out an extensive, four-channel package to provide at least one distance-learning option for all families by 15 April.
As we advised last week, the package includes:
- increasing the number of students and ākonga who have access to connectivity and devices by an estimated 2000 this week (limited by the number of modems available)
- supporting where we can with hard copy materials for different year levels
- a range of NCEA subject-specific hard-copy resources for delivery to years 11-13 students and ākonga
- more online resources for schools and kura, parents, ākonga and whānau available through the Learning from Home and Ki te Ao Mārama websites
- PLD to support teachers and kaiako, tumuaki and leaders to work remotely with their students, ākonga and whānau
- TV channels in English and te reo Māori offering learning prgrammes for learners from early learning to year 10
- Extending access to the Virtual Learning Network.
We are also fast-tracking ways to connect Learning Support Coordinators with families and whānau remotely.
Parents are not expected to replace their child’s teacher. You and your staff are the experts in the practice of teaching and learning, and these supports are intended to supplement and enable the learning programmes you are delivering to your students and ākonga.
Home learning television
We want to ensure that every learner and ākonga has at least one channel for accessing educational content from 15 April – either through this package or through their school or kura.
So, we have been working with teachers and leaders, alongside staff from ERO and Te Kura to develop Home Learning TV | Papa Kāinga TV, on TVNZ, which will run from 9am to 3pm on school days on TVNZ2+1 and Sky channel 502. Some lessons will also be available on TVNZ On Demand.
There will be content for parents and whānau with preschool children and tamariki, and lessons for those aged 5 to 15 years of age will cover a broad curriculum that includes movement, music, physical education, wellbeing, numeracy, literacy and science through an integrated approach to curriculum. There’s already a lot of good education video content available, and the Ministry will be working with experts and educators to refine and further develop it.
Thank you to those of you who have agreed to release your teachers and kaiako to deliver these lessons – we know that for most of them live television will be unlike anything they have done before, and we’re very grateful for their willingness to be part of this initiative to broadcast learning into the homes of children and young people across the country.
We have also been working with Māori Television to make distance learning accessible for all ākonga and whānau. The programmes on Māori Television are for reo Māori learners of all ages, with a focus on those who are aged 0-18, covering ākonga in kōhungahunga (early learning), kura tuatahi (primary) and wharekura (secondary).
Programming will be tailored to specific age groups of reo Māori learners throughout the day from 9am to 3pm. It will be aligned to Te Marautanga o Aotearoa and contain age appropriate content that tamariki can do on their own, with their siblings or together as a whānau. Content will focus on building skills in speaking te reo Māori, and ensure that te reo Māori is being spoken and heard in the home.
We will be putting information about the programme scheduling on the Learning from Home website early next week this will help teachers be able to connect with learners who are accessing these programmes.
We have had a lot of requests for learning material hard packs for learners and there are limits on what we can provide immediately. The first tranche of deliveries will make their way to homes on Thursday and will continue on Tuesday next week. You will receive a confirmation email of who has been sent a pack. Content of the packs is on the Learning from Home Website, this is to help teachers interact with students with their learning activities.
Access to devices and connectivity
In our email to schools and kura last week, we indicated how we will prioritise the rollout of devices and hard copy materials. We will reach students and ākonga and households in waves, with an initial focus on connecting students and ākonga in senior secondary school working towards NCEA – to minimise disruption for those working towards a qualification – and on those with greatest need due to disadvantage. The first devices and modems are being dispatched this week.
Where we are unable to immediately connect a household with the internet or get a device to a student, we will be working with schools and kura to provide hard-copy learning materials direct to homes where possible. The first of these will leave the warehouse this week.
Extending access to the Virtual Learning Network Community (VLNC)
We are funding more places for students to receive direct teaching from experienced e-teachers though the VLNC during term 2.
This means that students, and especially those from rural, remote or small schools can take part in classes or programmes that their own schools are not able to offer.
The Learning from Home website will provide links to enable schools to enrol students in either primary or secondary provision.
The VLNC will also offer support to teachers who are setting up their own online learning classes.
School holidays brought forward
School holidays have been brought forward. Holidays will now begin from Monday 30 March to Tuesday 14 April inclusive (a reminder that the Tuesday after Easter Monday is always a closed day for schools).
At the end of the school holidays, schools will be open for distance learning but not physically open for staff to work at the schools.
Coronavirus (Covid-19) Update 6pm 23rd March
With today’s announcement by Government, we are implementing with urgency our plan to support your child’s learning from home. We appreciate this is a sudden and significant change, and will be heavily disruptive to many people in our community.
We will be supporting their learning from your home in the following ways:
· online learning
· provision of a learning packs
· the ability to email questions to teachers
Please note the instruction to stay home (Alert Level 4) will continue beyond the new school holiday period but schools will be technically open for distance instruction. Teachers will be working offsite.
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.
We will continue to communicate with you over the coming days. Thank you for your ongoing support of our school staff and school community.
Please contact me via email in the first instance if you have any questions or concerns, as this is the most effective method available.
Congratulations to both of our cricket teams. Our girls' team were runners up in their competition and the boys' team won theirs. Thanks to Mr. Swanson and Mr. Watson for the preparation and training sessions and to all of the parents who came along to support them.
Travelwise - Walking to School
We like to encourage as many students to travel to and from school under their own steam if possible, or to be dropped off close by and walk the last bit.
However, please ensure that you talk to them about staying safe-particularly those riding.
Please include watching out for cars coming out of their driveways and taking particular care when overtaking parked cars.
This year we would like to encourage as many of our senior students to walk, ride or be dropped away from school so that they can walk the remainder.
This is a deliberate initiative to reduce traffic congestion within school.
Walking School Bus Information for Kauri Park School
Do you want your child to join a walking school bus?
OR Can you help run a bus?
There are currently 3 buses running. For more information please contact the following people.
Island Bay Road contact Andrew Coyle at firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 0211244150
Rangatira road from Teal Ave contact Nicole Duffield at email@example.com or phone 0212395921
Rangatira Road from Mariner’s View Road at Eveline_jenkin@yahoo.co.nz or phone 021848505
As our roll has now significantly increased we have structured the school into four teams and are using our revised school values to identify them.
Team Atāwhai (Kindness) Years 0/1
Team Whaiwhakāro (Consideration) Year 2
Team Manawanui (Perseverance) Years 3/4
Team Ū Kaha (Service) Years 5/6
We anticipate that this will help us to embed the terms and use into everything that we do.
2020 Term Dates:
Term 1: 3rd Feb –27th Mar. Please note we have a teacher only day on Friday 7th February-School is closed for instruction.
Term 2: 15th Apr –3rd July [extended due to holidays brought forward during Covid19 Lockdown]
Term 3: 20th Jul—25th Sept
Term 4: 12th Oct-15th Dec
We make every effort to ensure that you are kept fully informed of events at school.
Our main methods of communication are - The School App, School Newsletter, the School Website, your child’s book bag and emails.
The book bag is used for all paper notices as well as protecting books that travel to and from school. We are minimizing the amount of paper notices to reduce our carbon footprint, however all students are expected to use these, right through to the end of Year Six. Please support us by checking these each day as part of your daily routines.
The website will have regular postings and notices as well as copies of all notes that have been sent home should you need to replace one. Trip updates are left on the answer phone and on the main page of the website.
FROM THE BOARD
Following the budget of 2019, Boards of decile 1—7 schools have been provided the option of accepting a per student amount of funding instead of requesting voluntary donations from its community. There are some exceptions—the most notable being school camps and small costs associated with some of our sports or choir outings.
Because our school is a decile 7 the board has reviewed the financial implications of opting into this scheme. The school’s current financial position indicates that our school would benefit positively if we opt in and remove voluntary donations from 2020.
Schools that opt in to the scheme will receive their donations payment as part of their January 2020 operational funding instalment. The donations payment will be calculated based on the July 2019 roll.
Please follow the link below which explains the scheme in more detail:
At this time of the year the board begin the planning process for the next year. The current Annual Plan, Charter and Vision map are being displayed in the Library and we welcome your input into our 2020 plan.
The Vision Map is mainly focussed on our physical environment including learning and play spaces, both internally and externally. Many of the notable improvements that you see around the school have come from ideas generated through this process.
Broadly speaking the three goals within our Charter provide the framework for us to plan ahead; these are:
Goal 1: Enabling each student to achieve their full potential by providing learning programmes that allow for the development of the whole child (teaching & learning)
Goal 2: Providing a safe, supportive and enjoyable environment (physical, social & emotional development)
Goal 3: Developing meaningful and effective relationships with our community (developing a unique School Culture)
An online survey will also come out soon and we encourage you to participate.
OUT OF ZONE ENROLMENTS
Important information about out of zone enrolments: As a result of the continuing high number of in zone enrolments, we cannot accept any new out of zone applications that do not meet the priorities listed below. The main reason for this is that in terms of teaching space our school is beyond capacity. Whilst the Ministry of Education are working with us on a long term solution, the reality is that significant construction is required to remedy the problem. The planning for this has not yet begun so we are probably at least two years away from returning to a sense of normality.
We apologize for not being able to accommodate your child at our school, however all of the schools in our area serve their students extremely well.
Applications for out of zone enrolment will be processed in the following order of priority:
First Priority This priority is not applicable as the school does not run a special programme approved by the Secretary for Education
Second Priority will be given to applicants who are siblings of current students
Third Priority will be given to applicants who are siblings of former students
Fourth Priority will be given to any applicant who is a child of a former student of the school
Fifth Priority will be given to applicants who are children of board employees
Sixth Priority will be given to all other applicants
If there are more applicants in the second, third, fourth or fifth priority groups than there are places available, selection within the priority group will be by a ballot conducted in accordance with the instructions by the Secretary under Section 11G(1) of the Education Act 1989. Parents will be informed of the date of any ballot by notice in a daily or community newspaper circulating in the area served by the school.
Make payments to:
KPS Board of Trustees
Please include purpose of payment and student name for any online transaction.