Term 2 Begins
Wednesday 15 April
Welcome to Te Pahu School
I am privileged to lead our enthusiastic and dedicated teaching team at Te Pahu School. Our focus is on student achievement, to inspire every child to excel within our Te Pahu Curriculum. We want to see children exceed their potential in literacy and numeracy as foundational to all other learning.
Situated at the base of the stunning Mt. Pirongia, we have a strong connection with our mountain. Our vision is ‘Attitude determines Altitude’. The mountain forms the basis of the Te Pahu Challenge, which provides a series of challenges for students throughout their school years.
School has a family feel with parents and community members regularly involved in the life of the school. All Year 7/8 students are trained to take leadership responsibilities at school. With approximately 110 students we are small enough to know every child personally. Our team of experienced teachers design learning opportunities to meet the needs and interests of our students. We are open for new enrolments and welcome anyone who would like to visit our school and meet the team.
Meegan Dunn (Principal)
Kia ora koutou
With today’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.
For children of essential workers, we look forward to seeing your child here at school tomorrow morning. You may wish to check if you are considered an essential worker - https://covid19.govt.nz/government-actions/covid-19-alert-system/ however those roles include doctors, nurses, ambulance drivers and police. We continue to ask that children who are not well, do not attend school.
For all other children, we will be supporting their learning from your home through the class links on our school website homepage.
If you need to have your child cared for by someone else you will need to identify that person or people as part of your self-isolated group. This will need to be done by midnight Wednesday and the group must remain the same for the whole 4 week period. The caregiver’s own group (eg, their partner and children), your child and your own group (eg, your parents and other children) become one group. This group needs to be limited to minimise any risk of spread and should be no more than 20 people.
Your child will be looking to you for guidance about this decision. Parents, caregivers, whānau and teachers will have a particularly important part to play in reassuring children at this time. If you haven’t already done so, you may wish to read the information put together by the Ministry of Education to support your conversations with your children – Talking to children about COVID-19
As noted by the Prime Minister these restrictions are our best chance to slow the virus in New Zealand and to save lives. We all have a clear role here to slow the spread of COVID-19.
We will continue to communicate with you over the coming days. Thank you for your ongoing support of our school staff and school community.