School Update #2 - 19 Aug 2021

Dear Parents/Whānau

It was so nice to see, from a safe social distance of course, some of our families out getting some fresh air and exercise earlier today. Having a beautiful sunny day has also been good for keeping spirits up.

As we come to the end of Day Two under Level 4 lockdown, we are still rolling with the unknown. Just a reminder that this week, we don’t expect you to be homeschooling your children. We will be in touch with our distance learning plan if we need to begin it on Monday 23 August. This will of course be dependent on alert levels and directives from the Government.

Also, just a reminder that dealing with the unknown can result in people feeling disconnected and stressed, particularly due to work and childcare arrangements, or maybe your family is thoroughly enjoying the break from the usual routine. Please know that however you and your tamariki are feeling, you won’t be the only ones.

Here are some good habits and mindsets that build a positive mental outlook and positively impact psychological health, particularly during this current lockdown:

  • Set routines

  • Practise self-care

  • Practise humour

  • Reflect and appreciate

  • Switch off

Please know that if these strategies are not working for you or your tamariki, and you need our help, please don’t hesitate to connect with your child's teachers, Caitlin, Jacqui or myself. We have agencies available to support you and your tamariki.

Also If you or anyone you know wants some advice or support over this time here are some further options that might be useful.

Support services that remain open:

  • Women’s Refuge 0800REFUGE or 0800 733 843

  • Shine 0508 744 633

  • Alcohol and Drug Helpline 0800 787 797

  • Oranga Tamariki call centre 0508FAMILY

  • Narcotics Anonymous 0800 628 632

  • Alcoholics Anonymous 0800 229 6757

  • Lifeline 0800 543 354 or free text 4357

  • Youthline 0800 376 633 or free text 234

  • Samaritans 0800 726 666

  • Outline (LGBT) 0800 688 5463

  • Depression Helpline 0800 111 757

  • Suicide Prevention Helpline 0508 828 865

  • Counselling Free Call or Text 1737

  • Healthline for COVID-19 health advice: 0800 358 5453

In the meantime, look after yourself and your whānau, be kind to yourselves, and stay safe..

Deborah Fenton


Island Bay School

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