School Update #6 - 1 September 2021

Dear Parents/Whānau,


Today marks day 14 of lockdown, our second week of distance learning, the first day of Spring and our move to Alert Level 3 - it certainly is a good feeling to be moving back towards ‘normal’ life! I hope you have also had the chance to get a ‘real’ coffee, absence definitely makes the heart grow fonder!


This morning we transitioned into Alert Level 3. I want to acknowledge and express my thanks to the teaching team, especially our bubble teaching team - Caitlin, Sally and Aaron.







Please take the time to share your thoughts on this week's learning by completing our Week 2 Parent Feedback Form.


The wellbeing of all our students, their families and our staff is still a top priority at this time. Here is the link to the Sparklers website, a resource from the Ministry of Health that enables parents and caregivers to support the wellbeing of their tamariki while they’re at home. Sparklers is backed by both science, NZ research and wellbeing specialists.


Sparklers are about helping kids to:

  • learn to understand and manage their emotions;

  • build their self-esteem;

  • make (and be!) good friends;

  • and long-term, understand all about their wellbeing.


As you know, unfortunately we’ve had to once again postpone or cancel a number of school events.


The good news is that we have a new date for the Island Bay Art Auction - 24 September! To make sure we meet alert level requirements, the evening auction will be a limited ticket event, however the exhibition will also be open over the weekend (25/26 Sep). Details are still being finalised, but mark these dates in your diaries!


In the meantime they are listing a few things on Trademe. Check out the link here and get your bids in for some wonderful pieces of art.


Finally, the staff want to share a video to brighten your day. Please watch Island Bay School's latest video.


Ngā mihi

Deborah Fenton


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