RPS is closed and will remain closed for at least 4 weeks. All playgrounds are also closed.


Fri, 27 Mar 20 : THANK YOU

Thank You Everyone

I want to reach out and thank you all very much for your support, as the school moved into the new phase of Learning @ Home.  The staff have worked hard preparing work for the children.  As you know this is a relatively new field for us, and was a steep learning curve for some of our staff.  To receive so many emails praising our staff for their efforts has been humbling. Thank you.

Holidays Start

A reminder that the School holidays start this afternoon at 3:00pm.  The staff will continue to work throughout the holidays preparing for Term 2 Learning - both additional "Learning @ Home" material, and of course work for the day we return to school as we know it. The Staff will NOT be accessible online during the holiday period (March 30 to April 14).  Please allow them the space to enjoy some R & R also.

Learning In The Holidays

A reminder that we have prepared a bank of work that you can access throughout the holiday period.  To access this material, please click on this link. (RPS Holiday Learning Options). In addition to these, you can also access a wide variety of Home Learning Ideas, from the Ministry of Education website, by clicking this link. Home Learning Link

Staying Informed

A reminder that I will continue to provide weekly updates.  These will be published on the RPS App and also on the RPS Website.

Thank you once again. These are troubling times and it is stressful for many of our families.  Please stay safe, stay connected and keep your bubble secure.

Kind regards

Steve

Tue, 24 Mar 20 : HOME LEARNING UPDATE

Dear Parents,

With yesterday’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.

RPS Will Be Closed

From Thursday, school will be closed for instruction, until such time as the Government changes the COVID-19 Alert Level. We will be initiating our RPS Home Learning Programme from today March 24. Teachers will inform students what this looks like and how to access materials.  Our teachers will be accessible online on Thursday and Friday of this week, between 9:00am and 12:00pm to assist students.

School Holidays Brought Forward

School holidays are being brought forward by the Government so that they are completed within the four week COVID-19 Alert Level 4 period. 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). During this holiday period, the RPS Home Learning Programme will cease, and teachers will not be accessible online.
 
At the end of the school holidays (April 15), schools will be closed to students and teachers, but open for online learning.  At this time the RPS Learning at Home Programme will re-activate. Teachers will again be accessible online between 9:00am and 12:00pm each day.  We will continue to provide your child access to learning activities until such time as schools reopen.

What Can I Do To Support My Child During the Holidays?

By clicking on this link (RPS Holiday Learning Options), you will be able to access a range of activities that we have selected for each mini school, as holiday home learning activities. In addition to these, you can access a wide variety of Home Learning Ideas, from the Ministry of Education website, by clicking this link. Home Learning Link

Staying Informed

I will continue to update our community via the RPS App and also the RPS Website. Please check these regularly for updates. If you don’t already have the school App, I urge you to download this.  

I thank you all for your support during this difficult time, and on behalf of the entire Staff, ask that you remain safe and continue to look after each other.

Kind regards

Steve

Mon, 23 Mar 20 : COVID-19 ALERT LEVEL 3

Dear Parents,
You will have heard the Prime Minister's update informing us that the country is moving to Threat Level 3, and to Level 4 in 48 hours.

School will remain open until 3:00pm on Wednesday March 25. From Thursday, school will be closed for instruction, until such time as the Government changes the Threat Level.

We will be initiating our RPS Home Learning Programme from Tuesday March 24. Teachers will inform students what this looks like and how to access materials.

I will continue to update our community via the RPS App and also the RPS Website. Please check these regularly for updates.

I thank you all for your support during this difficult time, and on behalf of the entire Staff, ask that you remain safe and continue to look after each other.

Mon, 23 Mar 20 : ADDITIONAL WORK FOR STUDENTS IN ISOLATION

Last week, we developed plans for each year level that would support home learning, when the school was closed by the Ministry of Health.  Following the Government’s move to COVID-19 Threat Level 2, many families are choosing to isolate prior to school being closed.  This has necessitated the development of an additional home learning resource that bridges the gap between now and a full closure of the school.  Steve and the Leadership Team are currently finalising this resource and hope to have it ready for distribution by tomorrow morning (Tuesday).  We thank you for your patience and understanding.

Sat, 21 Mar 20 : NEW ZEALAND AT COVID-19 ALERT LEVEL 2

This afternoon the Government moved to Threat Level 2 in their risk analysis for COVID-19.  The Ministry of Health - supported by the Ministry of Education, have asked schools to ensure that students, parents and our staff who have compromised immunity and certain existing medical conditions to remain at home as much as they can from now on.  I am in the process of speaking with my staff to ascertain where relief teachers may be required.

School Remains Open for Instruction

While we may see additional relievers in school over the coming weeks, I must stress that school remains open.  We will continue to provide sound academic instruction for your children and will ensure there is a sense of comfort and normality.  Our teachers are outstanding in their dedication and will ensure that learning remains a priority.

 
High risk individuals
While the majority of people who are confirmed with COVID-19 will experience mild to moderate symptoms, some individuals are at risk of more severe symptoms.
 
I must stress that any parents with pre-existing health problems or respiratory illness, should avoid coming to school - where possible.

These are challenging times for us all, but on behalf of the Board of Trustees and my Staff, I thank you sincerely for the support you are providing our teachers and your learners.

 

Kia Kaha RPS.

Fri, 20 Mar 20 : SCHOOL CLOSURES

We continue to prepare for the possibility of our school being closed by the Ministry of Health, and are ready to support virtual learning for your children. 

Our staff are working hard to prepare a range of materials that would support student learning at home, and have been conscious in our planning to ensure a balance between screen time as well as time to "stretch the legs".

In the event of school being closed, an overview will be provided to each family. However, to reassure families in the interim, here are some key points about our virtual learning programme.

School work 

  • will be specifically designed for each Year Level
  • will be sent home each Monday
  • will cover the following curriculum areas; Reading, Writing, Maths, STEAM, The Arts, PE & Topic
  • will be bundled into portions designed to last the students one week

Teachers

  • will be working throughout each day - both at school and at home, planning resources, units of work and preparing for Term 2
  • will be accessible online each school day between 9:00am and 12:00pm to provide support, feedback and answer questions relating to the virtual programme content

Students

  • will be asked to manage their work across the week, as no additional work will be provided for "quick finishers"
  • will be encouraged to break up their day and spend time both inside and outside

Your Choice

  • We are conscious of the anxiety and added stress that a school closure may present to some of our families. With this in mind, all work provided during a closure will be optional for students to complete

Communication During A School Closure

  • In the event of a School closure, a message will be sent to all families via, email, txt, the School App, and the website
  • ALL subsequent updates will be posted on the home page of the School Website  www.rps.school.nz