All the changes under COVID 19 have brought with them opportunities for everyone to reflect, rewind and rethink. There are many positive silver linings that have come out of this situation.
Principals and teachers across the country keep commenting on how settled students are being with the new Level 2 organisation. Students coming into classes directly and parents dropping at the gate has made a marked difference in our students morning behaviours. Children are more settled and work is starting straight away without some of the usual upset and disruptions. Added bonuses include; longer teaching and learning time, more planning and preparation time for teachers, happy and peaceful children, no playground tiffs to start the day, students taking more responsibility for managing themselves and their equipment and less congestion in the morning car parks, as families kiss and drop, rather than staying for longer periods.
We would like to see these positives continue into Level 1 and beyond for the benefit of learning and teaching. We are not trying to prevent parents from coming onto our site but see the benefits of the new systems. Dropping children off to school from 8:15 – 8:25 am (our Road Patrol times) still gives plenty of time for everyone to get ready but alleviates too much unstructured time together before school actually starts. Students not looking out to see their parents 20 minutes before the end of the day, means teachers can keep teaching for longer.
No playground use before and after school has reduced injuries and issues around parents wanting to get moving to the next part of their day.
At present under Level 2 these restrictions will continue to be in place and we are keen to hear your feedback on how you are finding it? If you do enter our site, please ensure that you sanitise and sign a contact register.
We appreciate most children are getting quite tired with all the change, the early mornings and social stimulation. We hope you are all able to have a restful and happy long weekend enjoying wonderful New Zealand.