Moving into Phase 3: 
Friday 25th February 2022
Please take the time to read the latest information about what it means for you and your whānau in Phase 3.
Kia ora koutou,
New Zealand’s COVID-19 response continues amid much larger numbers of daily cases.
You may well have seen the headlines in the media about the numbers of cases being seen in schools. Please don’t be alarmed by this. It is only natural as cases in our community increase, they will appear in our school. We have really good systems in place to respond to this and to keep any spread of the virus – should it appear – to a minimum.
You may have seen Dr Jin Russell in the media noting research from New South Wales about their recent Omicron outbreak showing that spread within the school setting is very low (less than 4% of cases at school infected someone else when at school). We have seen that in New Zealand too.
This is why kura remain open at Red. It’s great for a child’s wellbeing and learning to be at school with their friends and school staff, and we have very good systems in place to keep everyone as safe as possible.
Your job remains the same, too: please continue to keep a really close watch of your whānau for anyone with symptoms. If unwell, please stay at home and get advice about getting a COVID-19 test.
With Phase 3 of the Omicron response, the key change is only confirmed cases and their household contacts who need to self-isolate. Everyone else, including those who may have had close contact with the case but aren’t in the household, must continue to monitor really closely for any symptoms of COVID-19.
Rapid antigen tests (RATs) are now being used to diagnose COVID-19 as well as PCR tests. This means that you will get an almost immediate test result back if a RAT is used.
If anyone in your family is confirmed as having COVID-19, you will be asked to notify your close contacts yourself. Please get in touch with us as soon as you can if your child has tested positive for COVID-19.
Transmission of COVID-19 is still most likely to happen in your home – so please keep doing all those good things to keep your whānau safe. Wash your hands, get lots of fresh air, cover any coughs and sneezes, clean surfaces regularly, and seek advice if anyone is not feeling well. And please wear a mask when you are out and about. There is information online to help your family prepare to isolate if you need to at
The most important advice we can give to keep your whānau safe is to act as if you have COVID-19. More than a third of people who have COVID-19 will not have any symptoms if they have had three doses of the vaccine. Please think about who you visit and what health measures you can put in place to keep everyone as safe as possible.
Finally, we know how hard the impacts on COVID-19 have been for many families in New Zealand. If you know of a family in our Greendale School community who is struggling, please encourage them to reach out for support for example to access food, medicine, or access financial support: Help is available – COVID-19 Health Hub
If you have any questions or concerns please do not hesitate to get in touch. We are here to help. Please email me directly: or phone the school.
Kind regards

COVID-19 Updates

Wednesday 8th September: Alert level 2
Hi everyone,
Even though we are now in Alert Level 2, we are still not back to ‘normal’.
As stated yesterday Alert Level 2’s overriding principles are 
  • to minimise the risk that someone gets infected in the first place
  • to ensure we can identify and contact anyone who has been in close contact with a person, if someone in a school or early learning centre is infected
  • understand that Level 2 is not business as usual.
We are taking advice from the Ministry of Education and, as most other schools are, we are planning to be in Level 2 for at least 2 weeks (until the end of week 9, Friday 24 September). If this changes we will deal with that at the time.
We have decided on the following:
  • No hot food for weeks 7, 8 and 9 (this minimises the handling of food)
  • No sausage sizzle for weeks 7, 8 and 9 (this minimises the handling of food)
  • No whole school Monday hui for weeks 7, 8 and 9 – a recording will be shared with classes
  • We will be allowing some external people onsite for various reasons. However, please be assured that they will be wearing masks and will be signing in with the QR code and in our visitors book. They will also need to adhere to our hygiene protocols.
We have cancelled our Learning Celebration evening which was to happen on Wednesday 29th September. At this stage we are postponing Pets Day which was due to happen on Friday 22nd October (first week of Term 4) and will look at a later date for this.
I understand this is a difficult time for everyone and it is the unknown of when we will change Alert Levels that is most frustrating for us. It is hard to plan for some of these activities that might not possibly happen. 
Anyway, keep warm and we look forward to seeing all the children tomorrow.
Greendale School
Tuesday 7th September: Alert level 2

Kia ora whānau,
Yesterday, our Prime Minister told the country that we have worked hard enough to move to Level 2. This obviously comes with some restrictions, but it is great to know that we can return to a bit more of what we knew before we were put into lockdown.
All children are now welcome to return back to school on Thursday 9 September at Alert Level 2.
We are aware that a number of families are still anxious about their child returning to school, so we want to reassure our school whānau that we are following all health guidelines to make it as safe as we can. However, we also understand if you would like to delay the return, we will continue to provide distance learning activities and work with you on a transition plan.
Alert Level 2 is still not the same as it was Pre-Covid days. There is certainly a greater move to what we knew, but there is a heightened awareness of hygiene required at Level 2. This does mean that there are some new systems that the staff need to put back in place and will take some time to be embedded into normal routines. 
The overriding principles for Alert Level 2 are:
  • to minimise the risk that someone gets infected in the first place
  • to ensure we can identify and contact anyone who has been in close contact with a person, if someone in a school or early learning centre is infected
  • understand that Level 2 is not business as usual

The following processes will be in place at Greendale School for at least the first 2 weeks of returning under Alert Level 2

  • Under Alert Level 2 parents and caregivers will not be allowed on site unless there are significant circumstances. Then they must sign in at the office
  • Children will be able to continue to enter and exit from both gates. 
Please ensure that there is adequate social distancing between adults while waiting for your child and your child knows where you will be waiting for them after school. 
  • No children on site before 8.15 am (except for those on the bus)
  • Grounds must be cleared by 2:35 pm. There is no playing in the grounds after school.
Some specific requirements which we will be observing are highlighted here:
  • Students at school need to stay out of others’ ‘moist breath zone’ and are not to touch each other where possible
  • Regular hand washing will be practised. Hands will be washed before eating and after playtimes, as well as after coughing or sneezing, visiting the toilet, etc.
  • All children and staff will sanitise on entry and exit to and from spaces
  • We have extra cleaning of high touch surfaces happening during the school day
  • We will not be having full school hui at this time
  • The bus will be running as normal and masks are not mandatory while on the bus
  • All children need to bring their own named water bottle and pencil case if possible
  • Children are not to come to school if they are unwell
  • If a school has a confirmed or probable case of COVID-19, they must close on an individual or group basis for 72 hours, to allow contact tracing, and then potentially for a further 14 days.
Please make sure your contact details are all up to date at school.
The Ministry of Health has confirmed that face coverings are not mandated for use when in schools. This is not a requirement for anyone in a school setting.
It remains an option for individuals and a decision for the individuals and whanau. Whatever decisions students and teachers make, it is their own to make and needs to be respected.  Where an individual chooses to use a face covering they should supply and wear their own, and to do so safely. This option applies to younger children too.
Public health advice is to get children to cough and sneeze into their elbow and wash and dry their hands. The use of masks is permitted but not actively encouraged. 
We have been really impressed by the ways our families have been managing this challenging time and by the learning that has been happening at home. However we know that many of you, like we are, are looking forward to having the children back at school. 
We would appreciate it if you could let us know if your child is not returning to school on Thursday under Alert Level 2.
If your child borrowed a school device please return these on Thursday. There will be a box in the main entrance area for these to be put in. We will then sanitise them and return them to the classrooms.
As always, thank you for your support.
Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any queries.
See you on Thursday!
Bronwyn and team
Wednesday 1st September
MOE advice for Cybersecurity and content filtering for students learning from home
For personal devices, we suggest using Network 4 Learning’s simple but effective content filtering service Switch on safety for students learning from home.
We encourage all parents/whānau to take advantage of this free service. It’s a universally available support for learner devices once they are off the school site and not protected by your internet filtering service.
It’s important to note however that content filters are not a complete protection from online harm and should be used in conjunction with other cyber security precautions (for example, anti-virus software) and appropriate supervision.
  • We also fund Netsafe to support schools with online safety to ensure that all New Zealand kura and schools and their communities have access to quality advice and support for digital safety and security.
  • Cert NZ also provide advice on cybersecurity and any student experiencing incidents can report them directly.
  • Another great resource for parents and young people is the Department of Internal Affairs’ Keep it real online campaign.
Friday 27th August
Kia ora koutou,

Thank you to the people who have alerted us, via the google form, that their child might need to attend school under Level 3. If you did, you should have received an email from me in regards to this already. If you have not and you need your child to be at school, please let me know asap as we will need to staff appropriately. We have under five children attending at this point.

We will open Bubble School on Wednesday 1st September. This is available only if you are an essential worker and if there is no-one available to look after your child during the day. Of specific note – Children who are at school are doing their distance learning tasks at school, so will still be participating in zooms etc. There will be no access to the playground or sports gear at Level 3. 

Children will need to be dropped at the Kiss and Go Gate at 8:30am and be collected from there at 2.30 pm. Parents are not allowed on-site. There will of course be no buses running.
Thanks to all our community who are helping to ensure that we all do what is best – stay or work at home if at all possible. Our staff will be able to remain healthy too, by staying in their own family bubble as long as possible, which means minimal disruption when we do eventually return to ‘normal’ school.
We will be closely following the public health measures that have been put in place for Alert Level 3. These were set by the Ministry of Health and the Ministry of Education to minimise spread in the unlikely event that someone in our community is confirmed with COVID-19.
This means our small school bubble will be in place, our staff and students will be staying 1 metre apart inside and 2 metres outside, our cleaning programme fully aligns with Health guidance, and visitors are restricted to courier people and essential workers who have to follow strict rules once through the school gate. 
We have hand sanitiser in classrooms and lots of reminders to students and staff to undertake good hygiene practices such as good cough and sneeze etiquette, and washing hands frequently. 
For more information on how COVID-19 is spread go to the Ministry of Health website.
Staying home if sick, physical distancing, good hand hygiene, not touching your face, good cough/sneeze etiquette and regular cleaning of high-touch surfaces minimises any potential spread of the virus, if we were to have a case in our community. Our school’s health and safety system is all set up to ensure this happens.
We will hear more about what Level 2 will look like later, and we wait to hear of the announcement of when this will happen. I know that the Government will make the best decision about this for all of New Zealand using the best advice available to them.  We will keep you up to date with all the accurate information.
Our distance learning is working really well. While it will certainly have challenges for you at home balancing work and care for your children, we are getting a lot of great feedback too. It is exciting to see the innovation that has been happening and the great use of Seesaw, Facebook etc with some brilliant videos and photos coming through of what our students, families and whānau have been up to at home.
Please get in touch if you have any questions, including about our health and safety management for children, staff and visitors coming onsite.

On Monday, we will be organising our hard copy packs for those who requested them. We will be in touch about how we will distribute these nearer the time.
Keep smiling and keep in your bubble.
Bronwyn and team
Wednesday 25th Aug 2021
The Selwyn Sports Trust is here to support our schools and teachers to enhance the planning and delivery of the Health and Physical Activity during the lockdown and ensure it’s the right age and stage content being sent out to our community.
We have developed a google document to guide your students and parents in the right direction when it comes to their physical literacy needs as there is a lot of content out there that is not appropriate for the stage of develop your children may be at eg adult designed fitness work out are not going to help develop their physical literacy skills if anything this to the detriment of the child’s physical development if not done right and they are at risk of injury.
In this document we have broken down the year groups and provided you with some links to age/stage appropriate videos/websites/resources that can be done at home.
This is a working document that will be continually updated.
We have also relaunched our Active Pathways FB page and resource
As the saying goes ‘it takes a village to raise a child’ and we are currently testimony of that.
Tuesday 24th Aug 2021 
Kia ora all,
I think we had all anticipated a further extension of Alert Level 4, and the Prime Minister has confirmed this. The Alert Level will be reviewed on Friday afternoon, but for now Alert Level 4 will remain in place until 12:59pm Friday 27 August.
Despite this news, it is really pleasing to see Alert Level 4 is having its impact on the number of confirmed cases, with numbers not dramatically increasing as they would likely have done if we had been at a lower Alert Level.
And so our distance learning programme will continue! We have already had some lovely emails from both parents and children sharing what they are doing. I love the different activities being shared on various platforms. There are some very creative children in our school!
We are trying to incorporate the feedback that we received from you last year. We certainly don’t want to add any undue stress in the home. Please remember to email your child’s teacher if there is anything you may need in the way of support. We are hoping for an update on hard copy packs today or tomorrow.
Please do take care and let us know how we can best support you and your whanau. Remember Zooms are happening on certain days and your child is encouraged to join these if they wish. It is a good way to stay connected. If you are choosing not to engage in these, that is fine, but please let us know that all is well in your bubble. Also, please let us know if you are not receiving emails – some people have mentioned these are going into their spam folder.
Keep smiling and take care
Bronwyn and team
Sunday 22nd August 2021
Kia ora all,
I hope this finds you all well. I am aware that I don’t want to bombard you with too much information but I wanted to keep you all updated as to where we are at.

As you know, the lockdown continues until midnight Tuesday. However, we are busily preparing for this to go on for longer.

Tomorrow some of us are attending school to gather up and sort out devices for those people who have requested them (that do not have a device at home for their child to access). Please fill in the attached form if you have not done so already in regards to this. We will be delivering these to you in the morning sometime. This needs to be contactless. So, they might be popped in your letterbox and we will toot the horn or phone you to let you know, or they might be left on your doorstep. Either way, we will alert you to the fact that the device is there. We will not leave until you have collected this.

Some of you have requested hard copy paper packs. We are still waiting to hear from the ministry when these will be delivered, so watch this space. I will keep you updated on this. If we hear that this is going to take a long time we may reassess this and make up our own packs. Our priority at this time is to get everybody set up online (who wants to be) to start accessing their learning from tomorrow. The task boards that you receive from the teachers will include some activities that can be done without devices also.

I have attached a copy of the Greendale School Digital Citizenship form that all the children and yourselves have signed. For those that are borrowing a school device, this is solely for the purposes of learning. If your child is using a device from home it is also important that these expectations are adhered to around being a responsible online participant. If you are borrowing a school device you are agreeing to care for the device(s) borrowed and return it to school in the condition it was when received in. You agree that the device will only be used for at home school learning and that no new app’s or programs will be installed. Please be vigilant when your child is online and aware of what they are doing. It is important they are displaying appropriate digital citizenship procedures and interacting with others in a positive manner.

We have decided to cancel our Teacher Only Day that was organised for next Monday 30th August, although we may still be in lockdown anyway. We know that after these events the best thing for children is to get back into a normal routine as soon as possible. This will possibly be rescheduled for another time before the end of the year.

I have attached an example of a daily routine you might like to follow. I emphasise again though, that you and your families well being is paramount. Only do what you can.

Some handy – distance learning support from the Ministry of Education – these are a downloadable copy of what is in the Ministry hard packs that will be delivered to those who requested them.

Hoping you are all safe and well.
Please do not hesitate to get in contact with us if you need anything.
Greendale staff

Suggestion of a Daily Schedule
Before 9:00amWake upEat breakfast, make your bed, get dressed, put any dirty clothes in the laundry
9:00-9.30Morning walkFamily walk with the dog, bike ride,Yoga, inside game if it’s raining
9.30-10.45Learning at home“Activity list from school” or write a daily diary, maths, learn a language, culture or about a country etc
10.45-11.00Morning tea 
11:00-12:00Creative time“Activity list from school” or Lego, construction, art, craft, play music, cook, bake, science experiment etc.
12:00 pmLunch 
12:30Helping at home# wipe all kitchen tables and chairs# wipe all door handles, light switches and desk tops# wipe both bathrooms – sinks and toilets
1:00-2:30Quiet timeReading, puzzles, nap, listening to stories 
2:30-3.45Learning at home“Activity list from school” or do a virtual trip, online broadcast, online quiz etc
3.45-4.00Afternoon snack  
4:00-5:00Afternoon fresh airBikes, walk the dog, play outside, online PE, online yoga, mindfulness etc
6:00-8:00Free TV timeKids shower, bath time
8:00BedtimeAll kids
9:00pmBedtimeAll kids who follow the daily schedule & don’t fight
*Adapted from a resource developed by Jessica McHale Photography

Nāku noa, nā

Bronwyn HardingTumuaki PrincipalKānuka Ruruhau Greendale School 
Wednesday 18th August 2021

Kia ora whānau,
We hope you are happy and safe in your bubble.
We have just met online as a staff and have checked in with each other.
For the rest of this week we have agreed that the focus needs to be wellbeing and spending time together in your bubbles with whānau. Therefore, there will be no formal online learning this week.
Due to the sudden nature of this lockdown we will not be able to provide devices to any families. We will not be providing zoom meetings or printed worksheets for students this week and this will be revised if the lockdown extends. We hope to be back at school on Monday, however if the lockdown is extended, we will be in contact with details of distance learning and accessibility for students learning. 
Keep an eye on our Greendale Home Learning Facebook page for updates and feel free to go back through this to find activities from the last lockdown, if you wish. The TVNZ Home Learning TV Channel is fantastic too. There is absolutely no pressure for any ‘school work’ to be done. Use this time to connect and have fun. 
We are hoping that by going ‘hard and fast’ we will be at Alert Level 4 for a short time. If we are in Alert Level 4 for longer than three days, we will keep in touch with you as we are updated by the Ministry of Education. Please keep in mind that there is the possibility of having to go back down through the levels. If we are told to go back to Level 3 we will update you on what this looks like.
 At Alert Level 4 no-one is to access Greendale School grounds.
Take care and keep safe.Please feel free to reach out if you need any support.
Greendale staff.

COVID-19 2020
correspondence below
12 August 2020
We are in Level 1 now and will let you know if this changes.
  • please can you make sure your child has a named drink bottle in their school bag
  • the water fountain will be turned off 
  • we will return to using sanitizer before and after all breaks, after handling sports gear, before eating, after toileting, sneezing etc
  • we encourage the kiss and go gate (if parents are coming into the school buildings, please sign in at the visitor book)
  • children will sit as far apart as possible in class and outside to avoid the “moist zone”
  • same seats on the bus each day
  • all surfaces will be cleaned extremely well
  • reminder for children to cough and sneeze into their elbow, and try to avoid touching their face. 
  • parents are asked to keep any sick children at home. 
Thank you.
14 May 2020
Please see the attached MoE COVID-19 update 14.5.20
14 May 2020
Please see attached a letter e-mailed by the Principal to whānau, regarding students’ return to school on Monday 18 May 2020.
8 May 2020

Please see the attached MoE COVID-19 update 8.5.20
7 May 2020

Please see the attached COVID-19 Canterbury Schools and ECEs update 7.5.20
7 May 2020

Kia ora
Like me, I am sure you have followed with interest the announcements made by the Prime Minister. It is reassuring to hear how well our country has done at minimising the impacts of COVID-19. Alert Levels 4 and 3 have not been easy and I thank you for your ongoing support for the work we are doing. 
Today, the Prime Minister advised that in Alert Level 2 schools are safe environments for children, young people and staff and that additional public health control measures are in place to prevent the spread of disease and to support contact tracing. The good news is that when we are able to, we will be ready to welcome all students and staff back to our school site. The key Public Health approach is to minimise the risk that someone gets infected in the first place, and second to ensure we can identify and contact anyone who has been in close contact with a person, if someone in a school is infected.  As we have done in Alert Level 3, you can be assured that in Alert Level 2 we will know who is at school, who our staff and students have been in close contact with and take appropriate measures to keep everyone safe. Physical distancing is a good precaution to prevent the spread of disease. We do however know it is challenging in schools, so good hygiene practices and regular cleaning are even more important here. This includes staff and students coughing into their elbows, handwashing and drying and regular cleaning of commonly touched surfaces. 
Under Alert Level 2, we advise any students and staff to stay at home if they are sick, and we will send anyone home immediately if they show any symptoms.  Our school has safe and sensible practices to maintain the health and safety of everyone on the school site. As described by Dr Payinda in his NZ Herald article, “Covid’s not measles or chickenpox, it doesn’t hang in the air for hours waiting to infect passers-by. It travels on invisible drops of spit. You don’t have to cross the street to avoid anyone. Just avoid getting in their ‘moist breath’ zone”. We all just need to remember to have some breathing space at Alert Level 2! 
It’s important however that not just at school but at home, safe hygiene habits are practised by everyone, as this is essential to minimise the risk that someone gets infected with Covid-19.  For more information about the public health measures at Alert Level 2, you can visit    
If you have any questions about our health and safety plan, or have a child who might be vulnerable to serious illness and would like to discuss a plan for them, please wait until I have some further directions from the MoE early next week. We will be in touch again with you next week, regarding our detailed health and safety plans. 
Carey-Anne Whitaker
1 May 2020
Please see the attached MoE COVID-19 update 1.5.20
1 May 2020

Please see the attached COVID-19 Canterbury schools and ECEs update 1.5.20
28 April 2020
Please see the attached MoE COVID-19 update 28.4.20
24 April 2020
Please see the attached MoE COVID-19 update 24.4.20
24 April 2020
Please see the attached COVID-19 Canterbury Schools and ECEs update 24.4.20
23 April 2020

Please see the attached COVID-19 Canterbury Schools and ECEs update 23.4.20
20 April 2020

Please see the attached  COVID-19 Canterbury Schools and ECEs update 20.4.20
20 April 2020
Please see the attached MoE COVID-19 update 20.4.20
16 April 2020
Please see the attached MoE special bulletin COVID-19 update 16.4.20
14 April 2020

Please see the attached COVID-19 Canterbury Schools and ECEs update 14.4.20
14 April 2020
Please see the attached MoE special bulletin COVID-19 update 14.4.20
9 April 2020
Please see the attached MoE special bulletin COVID-19 update 9.4.20
8 April 2020

Please see the attached MoE Minister’s announcement detailing package of supports for schools and kura 8.4.20 
7 April 2020
Please see the attached MoE special bulletin COVID-19 update 7.4.20
3 April 2020

Selwyn Civil Defence Emergency Management Team e-mail:
This is a good time to check all your details are up-to-date on Selwyn Gets Ready. You can do this by logging in at with the primary email address from your household.  Remember to check the skills, needs and resources of those in your household.  If you would like contact details for your local civil defence volunteer team, please email me directly   Stay safe and follow the rules.
Please see the attached Selwyn key messages and contacts 3.4.20.pdf
2 April 2020

Please see the attached MoE school special bulletin COVID-19 2.4.20
31 March 2020

Please see the attached MoE COVID-19 update 31.3.20
30 March 2020

Please see the attached COVID-19 Canterbury Schools and ECEs update 30.3.20
27 March 2020 
COVID-19 | Canterbury Schools and ECEs update 27.3.20 
Ministry of Social Development support
Everyone’s family situation is different and MSD has information for people affected by COVID-19. MSD may be able to provide financial support for those struggling to meet their costs. See their information page for more information. 
Subsidised broadband
Not all households have access to the internet, so you might want to share this option with those who are not connected to ensure our tamariki are able to access and complete online education requirements,  Access internet based applications to help occupy their time over the next four weeks. 
Skinny Jump is flexible prepaid broadband: Only $5 for 30GB of data, no contracts or credit checks. 
Skinny Jump is a not-for-profit service supporting those most at risk of digital exclusion, including families with children, job seekers, seniors, people with disabilities, refugees and migrant communities, those in social housing. If you think this sounds like a plan can support someone in your community please share with them. 
Keeping yourself updated
The Ministry of Education website will continue to be updated with education related information.
The Ministry of Health website will be regularly updated with health and status information.
The All of Government website will also have the latest updates. 
Coralanne Child | Director of Education for Canterbury/ Chatham Islands | Sector Enablement & Support
27 March 2020

MoE relevant adjusted term dates 2020.   At this stage, we can advise:
26 March            Alert Level 4 commenced – distance learning for 26/27 March 
28 March            School holidays begin
10 – 14 April       Easter, including the Tuesday after Easter
15 April               Term 2 begins (through distance learning)
22 April               Current date for ending of lockdown period
27 April               ANZAC Day observed – school holiday
26 March 2020
School playground, grounds and school are closed to everyone until further notice.   A school closure information notice has been posted on the school office door.
24 March 2020
Please click on the link to access the MoE COVID-19 update dated Monday 23 March 2020 – School Bulletin | He Pitopito Kōrero.
23 March 2020

As detailed by the NZ Government in the announcement this afternoon, Greendale School is now closed to all students, except for children of those parents working in named essential services, for whom school will be available on Tuesday 24 and Wednesday 25 March 2020 only. From midnight on Wednesday 25 March 2020, school will be closed to all students and staff until at least the end of Term 1 2020.

Children’s work was sent home today by the teachers. All student logins for everything are in their Read-its, inside the cover. If any parents would like more reading books, please e-mail your child’s class teacher and they can organise for books to be left in our school mailbox today or tomorrow for you. For any learning queries, please e-mail your class teacher.
17 March 2020

Kia ora Greendale whānau
Please see the attached letter from our Principal and Board Chair, e-mailed to our families.
More health advice and virus prevention information is available on the Ministry of Health and Ministry of Education websites: