Posted on: 14 April, 2020
Kia ora and welcome back to Term 2.
Firstly I would like to thank our community for the way you have all adapted to a new way of life over the past 3 weeks. Thank you for taking care of each other and helping to break the chain of Covid 19. I want to also pay a special tribute to the people who are working in our supermarkets, healthcare facilities, police, fire, ambulance and other essential services so that we can continue to access essential services when needed. While this is a stressful time for everybody, I am confident that we will emerge soon as a stronger nation, fitter and ready to adapt and evolve to our new way of life.
Over the holiday period, our staff have been preparing for teaching and learning under these new circumstances. As the length of time that we will be engaging in “distance learning” is at this time unclear, our staff will be putting together a programme of educational content that is flexible and responsive and that aligns with our Berkley philosophy of authentic learning.
We acknowledge that many households will be juggling a number of commitments including working from home, distance learning for multiple families members and other stresses. We expect - and support the fact - that parents and whanau will have different expectations of how much their child will engage with these school curriculum programmes.
During this time of physical distancing, staying socially connected is even more critical. Our teachers have been working hard to connect with each member of the class to check in on wellbeing and that students have access to an appropriate device for learning. If you have not yet had any contact from your child’s teacher, I ask that you please use our website www.berkley.school.nz to make contact with your teacher, or alternatively send me a message directly firstname.lastname@example.org
The Ministry of Education is working with schools to find ways to ensure all those learners who need either printed material or a device for learning, have access to resources. At this time, the Ministry of Education is prioritising resources for senior secondary students and those in decile 1 - 3 schools. As we are not in one of these priority categories we are still working through what this will look like for Berkley learners. We will be in touch with those families who have indicated they do not have easy access to online learning as soon as we know more. Again, if you have not been in touch with your classroom teacher, please get in contact with us.
Through challenge, comes opportunity. This is an opportunity for us all to be creative and innovative with new ways of learning. Please take the time to read our Distance Learning Philosophy and Guidelines here so you understand how we plan to support authentic learning from home and keep checking in with our school Facebook page and website to access more exciting content.
Take care and take up the challenge to look after each other.