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Newsletter 202009 - 27 March 2020

Lockdown – STAY HOME

I hope all whānau are happy, safe and got everything they need during this lockdown period.

It’s important that we all follow the lockdown process to ensure that we are all protected from this terrible virus.

The most important message is to STAY HOME and not allow visitors to your house or go visiting yourselves.

If you require further information about the Corona Virus or have any questions please use the Freephone helpline 0800 358 5453 or visit the website www.healthy.org.nz

A reminder to focus on prevention - the best preventative steps for any communicable disease include...

  • wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds and dry thoroughly

  • avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands

  • avoid sharing anything that has come in contact with saliva, whether in your living or social environments

  • stay home when you are sick and seek medical attention

  • cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the rubbish

  • get adequate sleep and eat well-balanced meals to ensure a healthy immune system.

Ministry of Education Wants Details 

Yesterday Chicky was contacted by the Manager of the Ministry of Education asking that we collate some data from whānau around internet access and devices available at home for our tamariki.

Over the next few days we hope that teachers are able to get this information from whānau. It is important that the details sent to the Ministry of Education are as accurate as possible.

Teachers will want to know 

  • the number of children in your whare who may need a device to access online learning at home

  • the number of children in your whare who have a device but have poor connectivity at home

  • the number of children who need practical education packs delivered

The Ministry of Education is considering how they might be able to support whānau. This information will give them an idea of the size of the problem.

Ngā Kākano in the Kitchen

Here is a super easy scone recipe and pics Miss Mason made with Nga Kakano last week if you need something else to occupy the next few weeks at home.


3 cups self-raising flour
30g butter
1½ cups milk
¼ cup sugar 
Put oven settings to fan bake and put the oven on its hottest temperature.
Grease an oven tray or line with baking paper.
In a large bowl mix the flour and sugar.
In a microwave safe bowl, melt butter and allow to cool. Add milk to butter once cooled.
Gradually add the wet ingredients to the dry until it is nice and moist.
Tip the dough onto a floured board. Sprinkle more flour on top and roll out. 
Cut into circles or rectangles.
Place on the tray leaving space between them.
Turn the oven down to 200⁰C.
Bake for around 15 minutes or until golden.

New School Holiday dates

Due to the lockdown in place the Government have adjusted our school holidays to:

30th March – 14th April

The intended start back at school is yet to be determined.

Facebook Page – Learning Link

This is another reminder to whānau to check out our learning at home link on our school facebook page please. Here it is again. Thanks to our staff and whānau for all your mahi to ensure that our tamariki continue to practise and learn at home.


If you need to contact your teacher you can by email:

First name@kaikoheeast.school.nz

Or contact Whaea Chicky via email: chicky@kaikoheeast.schoolnz or 0508Kaikohe or 09 4012186.

Learning at Home

It was a very busy couple of days for us at school preparing for lockdown. Our focus was contacting whānau and being sure that we had mahi prepared for every child. By the end of yesterday most teachers had contacted most whānau and either shared learning at home for them by hard copy or made sure they knew how to access learning online from our school facebook page. Here are a few pictures that teachers have sent me today after two days of learning at home. Well done to whānau who are keeping routines going at home. Ngā mihi nui ki a koutou!