Go to our Distance Learning Website here

In response to the COVID-19 Coronavirus situation, our physical school  is closed and we are operating a Distance Learning Environment at Island Bay School.

Online Support

If you are having any technical difficulties, you are welcome to contact our Technology Team

Jacqui Innes- Deputy Principal- jacqui@islandbayschool.nz

Nathan Crocker - Learning Leader Middle School- nathan@islandbayschool.nz

Abbie Lawrence- Teacher Middle School- abbie@islandbayschool.nz

Mel White-Learning Leader Senior School- mel@islandbayschool.nz

Caitlin Van Ballekom- Deputy Principal- caitlin@islandbay.school.nz

Deborah Fenton- Principal- principal@islandbay.school.nz

Student Well-being

As we progress with our online distance learning during this school closure, we  recognise and appreciate all the work that parents, students, and staff are doing to adapt to this new situation. Every family will face challenges and have successes. Remember that with patience, kindness and by taking care of ourselves and each other, we will get through this.


Creating a Healthy Work Environment

A quiet and calm environment will help your child to feel safe, relaxed, and comfortable. Natural day-light will improve the overall mood of the room and give your child a little extra energy. Taking small breaks throughout the day is important, just as it is at school. Exercise routines, visits outside (at your discretion), social opportunities (online) with peers, and reading are all beneficial to the student during the online school day.


Time Inside

It is important to be aware of you and your child's emotions and energy levels. Some may be experiencing feelings of anxiety, confinement, and/or isolation, resulting in higher stress levels, low energy, difficulty concentrating, etc. 


These feelings are not uncommon, and it is important to recognise how they might be affecting our thoughts and behaviours.


However, there are measures that you can take to deal with these issues:

  • Keep exercising. Find exercises that fit your space. Take time to research ways to exercise inside.

  • Try to get outside, if possible. Keeping in mind washing your hands and avoiding groups of people. Try to find time to get fresh air and natural light.

  • Keep up daily routines if possible. Children find security in routine.

  • Monitor your screen time. Too much screen time will not counteract (and could contribute to) higher stress levels, low energy, or difficulty concentrating. Healthier indoor activities for you and your family may be reading, playing board games, trying out a new hobby, solving a puzzle, drawing or coloring, journaling (writing down how you are feeling generates self-understanding), etc.

  • Take time for self-care. Sometimes family members may need a healthy time-out from one another. Allow each other to have those moments to refresh.

  • Find healthy avenues to socialise - Facetime, phone calls, google hangouts etc. Try to understand and help one another during this period.