Alert Level 4 Information
24 August 2021

Read the most up to date information from the Principal Mr Steve Lindsey:

Message Date:
Tuesday 24 August 2021

Kia Ora Papamoa College Community,

I hope this message finds you as well as can be expected in your bubble.

Alert Level 4
As you would have heard, New Zealand remains in Alert Level 4 Lockdown until 11.59pm Friday 27 August. The Prime Minister will no doubt communicate on Friday afternoon regarding Cabinet's decision for what happens after this date.

Campus is closed
A reminder that the Papamoa College campus is closed and any outside structures/facilities can not be used by members of the public. This is the case for all schools and public playgrounds etc.

Learning from Home Online
For this week (23-27 August) Papamoa College will continue with Learning from Home Online.

The Ministry of Education has made available additional learning resources by way of live education television broadcasting on both TVNZ and Maori TV to begin very soon.

The Learning From Home website has print-friendly, online resources that can be used for learning. Specific resources are available at the Supporting learning from home resources page.

Curriculum teaching and learning resources (with guidance for parents) can be found online here for English-medium and here for Maori medium.

Home Learning TV can be acessed On Demand here or via the TVNZ App on a device (mobile phone, smart TV or tablet). Mauri Reo, Mauri Ora can be acessed on demand from Maori TV for primary-aged tamariki, and here for secondary school rangatahi.

Acess to food and essential items
Everyone needs food and essential items (such as medicine) through all Covid 19 Alert Levels. Here is a fact sheet with information about the many ways of getting food and other essential items to you. It covers food delivery, what to do if you can't get food delivered to you, staying safe when getting food delivered, financial help to buy food and food banks.

During uncertain times, having up-to-date and accurate information is very important. Remember should be the first place for information.

Don't be influenced by gossip, speculation and personal opinions. Always check the accuracy of what you read on social media.

Here is a helpful article by Dr Siouxsie Wiles and Toby Morris in The Spinoff regarding misinformation and disinformation. Their red flags for how to spot bad information are well summarised. Bad information will: downplay Covid19 and the pandemic, focus on the survival rate, ignore long Covid, emphasise individual freedom, try to sell you something, push simple cures/treatments, or make you feel fearful or angry. Good information is put out to help you make an informed choice and won't make you feel scared or angry. It will make you feel empowered.

AIMS Games Cancelled
Unfortunately the 2021 AIMS Games have been cancelled due to the current covid situation. We know that this will be very disappointing news but not unsurprising. Thank you to all those students, staff, parents/caregivers and whanau who have invested so much into this event to date. Once we have some clarity regarding gatherings, events and being back on campus, we will endeavor to do something as an outlet for all the hard work.

We will continue to keep you updated with relevant information.

Keep safe everyone and stay connected.

Kia kaha

Steve Lindsey