Term 2 – Online Learning and other information

1.0 We realise everyone will be walking their own journey from those of us who are experiencing little adverse effect to those of us who are struggling to cope with each day uncertain for what the future holds. Please know that you are upheld in prayer by our staff. We know that many of you have wonderful support networks in place through being connected to family, friends, and your church family. We also know there are many organisations available to offer assistance.
However, if you do need extra well-being support at all, please do not hesitate to let us know through contacting either your classroom teacher, one of our Senior Leadership Team, the office team (office@hillview.school.nz) or Proprietors – Pastor Warren Gouman (warren@southcityc3.org.nz).
The Ministry of Education have provided more information to support the health and well being of the family. Click on the link: here
1.1 While the school is currently closed, the office staff will be working their normal shifts and are able to check on phone answering messages, website inquiries, and any email messages. Please use these as a means to communicate. 
1.2 Currently, the Proprietors are discussing how they can support families financially and will send out a message to all parents in the near future. They understand that there may be some suffering undue financial hardship now/in the future due to COVID 19 lockdown and have a strong desire to assist where they can. In the meantime, if you would like to support our families (thank you to those who have already), you can donate to the school’s benovolent fund. The details are as follows:
HCS – Acct 03 1598 0061426 01, Ref Your Family Name, Code: Donation, Particulars: Benevolent Fund. These funds will be used to assist families in need. If you know of a family in need, please let Marnie Weir (at the office, m.weir@hillview.school.nz) know so we can follow it through. 

2.0  We will be sending out an email every Monday to keep you up to date on any latest developments. 
2.1  We will also post messages on our answering machines (at school), and website.
2.2  Any urgent messages will be texted through our text alert system. If you don’t currently receive our text messages. please text the word Hillview to 570 and you will be added to our contacts.

3.0 Your child’s teacher will be communicating with you by tomorrow to let you know how the online learning will work and how to communicate with them.
3.1 The following online platforms will be used for Y0-2: Seesaw, Y3: Personal Website, Y4-6: Seesaw, Y7-10: Google Classroom. The teachers will give instructions on how to use these and are able to give your child their password (if needed).
3.2 There will be an expectation for children to engage in their online learning. Three simple reasons for this are: a) we value the learning provided, b) we care about the child to keep learning, and, c) we wish to support you as parents wanting their learning to continue. However, we also know each child learns at different rates and every family situation at home will look different. If your child has difficulty completing work, please let your child’s teacher know as early as possible. They will check-in to make sure the child is okay. 
3.3 Work has been set so that Y0-2 children do no more than 2 hours of work a day, Y3-6 children no more than 3 hours of work a day, and Y7-10 pupils no more than 4 hours a day. 
3.4 There will be extra learning links/work available for those who would like to do more. There is also learning support in place for those who may struggle.
3.5 We recommend that pupils have a clear routine each day (allow for good break times that include healthy snacks and exercise), as well as a consistent and comfortable learning space that is in a ‘public’ area if possible so that learning can be monitored and supported by parents.

4.0 We would encourage parents to remind their child/ren (age appropriate) it is their responsibility to keep safe while being online and their responsibility to ensure they are only engaged in appropriate on-line learning activites and using the tools provided in a wise, kind, and right manner. 
4.1 Behaviour online (especially for senior pupils) – we expect all pupils will be keen to use their devices for learning and building others up. If a problem does arise of poor behaviour between pupils, we would hope this could be resolved at a family level. However, if it cannot be resolved and school needs to be involved, please contact your child’s teacher in the first instance and we will follow it up. 
4.2 Click on following link for important messages from the Police and Netsafe regarding keeping safe while engaging in online learning (here)

5.0  We are assuming that all families have a working internet and enough devices for online learning to take place at home. The previous email mentioned to families to contact their child’s teacher if they needed extra support and this invitation is still available. 
5.1  The Ministry of Education will also be providing families with Home Learning: TV | Papa K?inga TV, on TVNZ, which will run from 9am to 3pm on school days on TVNZ2+1 and Sky channel 502. M?ori Television, which is for Te reo M?ori learners of all ages, will cover ?konga in k?hungahunga (early learning), kura tuatahi (primary) and wharekura (secondary). Programming will be tailored to specific age groups of reo M?ori 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 wh?nau. Content will focus on building skills in speaking te reo M?ori, and ensure that te reo M?ori is being spoken and heard in the home. 
5.2  There will also be more online resources for schools and kura, parents, ?konga and wh?nau available through the Learning from Home and Ki te Ao M?rama websites

6.0 Term 2 signals the beginning of winter uniform (when we return to school)
6.1  We would highly recommend that parents use this lockdown period to order their winter uniform requirements NOW through clicking online ordering link:here or emailing uniform@hillview.school.nz. Orders will be filled once staff are permitted on school grounds and parents will be contacted regarding pickup of their order.

7.0 The government has signalled that pupils MIGHT be able to return to school by Wednesday 29th April. This may be only for a selection of schools and only for NCEA pupils and/or pupils of essential workers. 
7.1 We will let you know as soon as possible when dates have been CONFIRMED. While I know we would like to return to school and normality sooner than later, we will need to keep operating as though the lockdown will be continued for a number of weeks to come.