Newsletter No 09 22 April 2020

Dear Parents/Whanau

Thank you for responding so quickly to our survey. We now have a clear picture of the number of students who will be returning to school next week. For those parents who are sending their children to school next week, there will be further information emailed to you over the weekend.

I continue to get so much positive feedback for the work the teachers are setting for their classes and also the support children are getting online. Online learning will continue for those children who are remaining home during Level 3.

We have been asked by the Ministry of Education to remind you of the importance of keeping all students safe while they are learning from home.

N4L Switch-on-Safety security filter campaign
Network for Learning’s (N4L) Switch on Safety Service is available to support online learning on devices used to undertake schoolwork.

The Service supports all learners across primary, intermediate and secondary education to learn in a safe online environment, regardless of their location or the network they are connected to. The web filter blocks websites that could be harmful to children.

In only seven days (from 14 March) 6,500 parents have applied the filter settings to their children's device. In this time, the filter has blocked 244,000 attempts to access inappropriate content and blocked 74,000 threats.

These numbers further stress the importance of the Service information on the Learning from home website
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Instructions for the specific device a child uses can be accessed directly at switchonsafety.co.nz
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Safety can’t be provided by technology alone – it requires a holistic approach. For tips and advice to support online safety conversations, please see www.netsafe.org.nz
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This Monday we commemorate ANZAC Day. Unfortunately, we won’t be able to go as a school to pay our respects to those who lost their lives at war. We usually have a Liturgy at school too and we won’t be able to do that either - but there will be an online Liturgy that our DRS, Bernie Hall has prepared. Classroom teachers will be sharing the liturgy with their children on Friday.

Thank you again for all your fantastic support during this tough time.

Have a great week everyone
God bless
David Macmillan

FROM OUR DIRECTOR OF RELIGIOUS STUDIES:

Kia tau te rangimārie kia koutou – Peace be with you
A reminder from Father Eamon, there will be live streamed Masses by Bishop Steve https://www.cdh.org.nz/ and Monsignor Trevor http://tongarirocatholic.nz/ at 9.00 am every day.

Prayer for our Community:
God of love and hope,
You made the world and care for all creation,
but the world feels strange right now.
The news is full of stories about Coronavirus.
Some people are worried that they might get ill.
Others are anxious for their family and friends.
Be with them and help them to find peace.
We pray for the doctors and nurses and scientists,
And all who are working to discover the right medicines to help those who are ill.
Thank you that even in these anxious times,
you are with us.
Help us to put our trust in you and keep us safe. Amen.

Scripture Reflection:
Lamentations 3:17-26, which includes the lines: "I will call this to mind, as my reason to have hope: The favors of the Lord are not exhausted, his mercies are not spent; they are renewed each morning, so great is his faithfulness. My portion is the Lord, says my soul, therefore will I hope in him."

Keep safe, don’t worry and be patient,
Blessings, Bernie Hall-DRS

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