Principal's Messages

Tuesday 24 March 

Dear Parents and Whanau

We hope you have been able to access supermarkets that actually have food on the shelves!?

I would like to update and clarify my message from yesterday as we have now had time to digest the implications from yesterday’s, Prime Ministers, message.

School is now closed to all students; the only exemption is children of essential workers are able to attend school for today and tomorrow 24th and 25th. If students of essential workers are attending could they please go straight to the library and register.

The school holidays have been brought forward by 2 weeks starting Monday the 30th of March with online learning starting again on the 15th of April.

Our community will be able to access student learning programmes over the next 3 days by visiting our school website www.northcross.school.nz and reading the Learning at Home 2020 section on our home page. Students will be able to access the sites they have been set up for. Our students will remain in their current Technology/Specialist classes for online learning purposes, they will rotate subjects as soon as school resumes face to face.

Over the next 3 days, students  may also receive emails from teachers asking them to register on an online attendance register. Please don’t panic about this, we are trialing this process for when we resume after the holidays, 15th of April,  when online learning will individualised and from the classroom teacher.

We are certainly experiencing unprecedented times! Our Prime Minister has just addressed the Nation on national television speaking of tight new measures to combat the Corona Virus spreading further and taking the lives of New Zealanders. I am sure more detailed information regarding school closures will be sent to you directly.

From tomorrow schools will be closed completely, apart from the children of essential workers. If you are a designated essential worker could you please email us to let us know if your child will be attending?

On the Home page of our website  a Learning at Home 2020 section has been set up for our students to assist them with their learning. As a staff we are working out the true implications of today’s announcement and how we can further enhance online learning as we strive to eradicate COVD 19 from our communities.

I  personally can’t believe the speed that this Pandemic has forced its way into our lives; who would have thought I would be sending an email such as this one month ago!

Thank you for your amazing support of our school  over the last few weeks, it has been extremely difficult trying to single guess where COVD would strike next, we were really determined to make our school as safe place for our students and staff while attempting to keep some normality. I believe today’s decision to close schools is the right one. It was becoming increasingly more difficult to maintain a safe environment.

Please look after yourselves and keep safe over the next weeks as we unite to fight this grizzly foe.

Nga mihi

Jonathon and Team
Northcross Intermediate

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