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Glen Taylor is a multi-cultural school with around 260 students from Year 1 – Year 8. We have a very dedicated and passionate staff who all work together on the shared goal of raising student achievement. The students at GTS are very supportive of each other and work together to create an environment which is safe where everyone is confident and able to reach their full potential.
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Welcome to Glen Taylor School!

My name is Chris Herlihy and I am lucky enough to be the principal of Glen Taylor School. I have been here since April 2015. I am born and bred in the Waikato. I attended Waikato University where I gained a Diploma of Teaching and a Bachelor of Education. I then moved to Auckland and was a Year 5/6 Teacher at Fruitvale School in West Auckland. While I was working there I was lucky enough to win a Fulbright Scholarship where I got to do my Masters in Economics and Entrepreneurship for Educators at the University of Delware in the USA. I then got the job as Deputy Principal at Kelston Primary School before winning the job here at GTS.

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FREE DIGITAL TECHNOLOGY COURSE

Fri Oct 15 08:18pm

Here is a great and free opportunity to up skill yourself in all things digital. Your kids are certainly doing amazing things digitally so here is your chance to keep up with them.


https://drive.google.com/file/d/16-Ma6kd10e-3ymDRgsx3MqC_ArukH-2R/view?usp=sharing

UPDATE FRTOM YESTERDAYS ANNOUNCEMENTS

Thu Oct 14 09:03pm

Kia ora whanau
Apologies for the long update, however it is full of very important information that you need to know.



I hope you have been having a restful and relaxing holiday and enjoying spending quality time with your family. Please make sure you get plenty of R&R this week as we build up for what will no doubt be a crazy end to the year.
Like me, I am sure you were disappointed with the announcement yesterday that schools will not open next week for the start of Term 4. All the GTS staff were excited to get back on site and start catching up with all the kids again.



We are proud of how our community has responded to this outbreak, but the mahi isn’t yet done. Please continue to follow all the alert level requirements including staying at home and getting tested for COVID-19 if you are feeling unwell, and for your own sake and for the health of your whānau, please get vaccinated. I have included some information about vaccinations to support decision making. https://docs.google.com/document/d/1OCbH-nE2YaUJ4IwWjiDkl6nvNrMZW336/edit
Summary of what we know about schools from yesterdays announcements
School at Level 3
At full Alert Level 3 you legally must stay within your household bubble unless for essential personal movement, including going to work and going to school. We are therefore open once more on Monday for only the small number of children who need to attend. All our usual safety precautions for Alert Level 3 will be in place which include all the recommendations from the public health experts. This means students will be kept in bubbles of no more than 10.
If you are unable to provide suitable care for your children you must email me at chrish@glentaylor.school.nz You need to include the following information:
Parents Name
Childs Name
Childs Room Number
Reason child will need to attend school
Please be aware that online learning will continue as we have been doing throughout all lockdowns. All of our previous Level 3 Lockdowns you have supported the school and we have not had any learners onsite which has given us the time to deep clean the school, ensure the grounds are up to standard and that we can put into place our plans for Level 2 when we expect to see all learners onsite.
Once we have received any requests for onsite learning I will contact you with what it will look like.
Teacher Vaccinations/Testing
As was confirmed yesterday all teachers will need to be fully vaccinated by the beginning of 2022. This will apply to all staff at GTS. Along with this all staff must have returned a negative Covid Test before they can be onsite with kids this year. Any teacher who is not fully vaccinated will need to return weekly negative tests for the remainder of the year.
Masks
Masks are not required to be worn by learners. You may get your child to wear a mask however it will not be possible for the staff to ensure that they are worn by your child throughout the day.



I will continue to update you with information as it comes to hand. In the meantime please get in touch with me if you have any questions or concerns. I can be reached at chrish@glentaylor.school.nz



Kia Kaha
Chris

Calling all our Pacific Youth of Aotearoa #RepYourVillage – Pacific Youth Fono on Covid-19 Vaccine

Fri Oct 01 10:03am

 


The Ministry for Pacific Peoples are bringing the village together again this Friday to continue the talanoa. This will be an opportunity for youth to receive information, ask questions, and raise any concerns they have about the Covid-19 vaccine.


We will have Pacific scientists, Chris Puli’uvea (Immunologist and PhD candidate) and Dr. Natalie Netzler (Virologist) from the University of Auckland, presenting on the science behind the vaccine and to talanoa on vaccine hesitancy.


Please find the information attached to share with your youth networks.


Jump on and #RepYourVillage!


 Date: Friday 1 October


Time: 7.00pm – 8.15pm


Registration link:  https://us02web.zoom.us/ meeting/register/ tZwsfuuhrj8vGdey-Z32- cKKu12zBJNdVCJs

PRINCIPAL’S ASSEMBLY – FRIDAY 11AM

Thu Sep 30 01:48pm

Good Afternoon Whanau


As we draw to the end of Term 3 we are excited to announce the End of Term Principal’s Assembly – DP/AP Assembly.
A combined effort from our leadership team.


This week we are altogether at 11am.


We will use the following link:
http://meet.google.com/fwt-nmpi-auf


Come prepared to be entertained.

New Challenge Alert!

Mon Sep 27 10:31am

Thank you for sharing your amazing creations with us the last couple of weeks for our #familycreatecompetition. You are all, in the words of Tina Turner ‘simply the best’. 

NEW CHALLENGE ALERT
Help us capture what you, our amazing GTS whanau get up to while in lockdown. All the simple, repetitive, random, amazing things that you do every day. 

Your video can be long or short – whatever you’d like to share with us. 


Once in, all entries will be used to create a short film titled 
A DAY IN THE LIFE OF … GTS WHANAU #LOCKDOWN that we hope to share on the last assembly of the term.


If you have any questions, please email potof@glentaylor.school.nz


A day in the life of…gts whanau #lockdown – information


Fa’afetai Lava,

Poto F 

Week 9 Assemblies

Wed Sep 22 07:05pm


Year 5 – 8: 11am Friday – hosted by Room 13
Year 1 – 4: 12pm Friday – hosted by Room 10


Both assemblies can be accessed using the following link:
http://meet.google.com/fwt-nmpi-auf

NO GOOGLE MEETS TOMORROW (TUESDAY)

Mon Sep 20 04:10pm

Kia Ora Whanau


Just a quick message to let you know that there will be no online google meets with the teachers tomorrow (Tuesday). There will be work on the class sites to carry on with.
We will be back to normal times on Wednesday.


I will update you all about what things will look like at GTS after the announcement this afternoon.


Kia Kaha
Chris

ASSEMBLIES FOR FRIDAY

Thu Sep 16 12:38pm

Year 5 – 8 Assembly: 11am hosted by Room 11
Year 1 – 4 Assembly: 12pm hosted by Room 4
Both assemblies can be accessed using this link: meet.google.com/fwt-nmpi-auf
Look forward to seeing you there!

LEVEL 3 REQUIREMENTS

Thu Sep 16 12:31pm

Kia ora whanau


As we look to returning to Level 3 next week we need to start planning for how we will reintroduce learners back to school.


When we do move to Alert Level 3, you legally must stay within your household bubble unless for essential personal movement, including going to work and going to school.


While we know how difficult it is trying to work from home as well as support your child’s learning, please keep your child at home if there is an appropriate carer available. For those of you with no other option, we will look forward to seeing your child at school next week.


If you don’t have any appropriate carer at home you MUST email the following details so we can start to prepare how we will manage any learners onsite.


Parents Name
Childs Name
Childs Room Number
Reason child will need to attend school


Please be aware that online learning will continue as we have been doing throughout all lockdowns. All of ur previous Level 3 Lockdowns you have supported the school and we have not had any learners onsite which has given us the time to deep clean the school, ensure the grounds are up to standard and that we can put into place our plans for Level 2 when we expect to see all learners onsite.


Once we have received any requests for onsite learning I will contact you with what it will look like.


Finally I want o say a HUGE THANK YOU to you all for your support during the latest lockdown. By sticking to your bubbles means we will be able to get back to some normality sooner rather than later.


Kia kaha
Chris

GTS FAMILY CREATE CHALLENGE

Thu Sep 16 10:32am

Kia Ora Whanau,

Entries close tomorrow (Friday) at 10am and winners announced at assemblies so be sure to get your entries in before then. 

If you want to see the entries we’ve had so far – check out the school Instagram page and give a like to the posts that you see. 

Poto F 

#gtsfamilycreatecompetition


Kia ora whanau I will be onsite at GTS from 11am – 2pm tomorrow (Wednesday) for any issues with devices or to collect hard learning packs.

Tue Sep 14 06:19pm

Please come up during this time if you require any assistance.
Kia Kaha
Chris

ANOTHER WEEK AT LEVEL 4

Mon Sep 13 06:45pm

Kia ora whanau


As you will have heard we will be staying at Level 4 until 11:59pm next Tuesday 21 September.
Our amazing teachers will continue to provide the twice daily online lessons.
I will be in touch later in the week to update you on what Level 3 will look like at GTS.
In the meantime keep up the amazing work you are all doing at home. It is not easy but I am very proud of the whole GTS Whanau.


Kia kaha
Chris

Enrolment Zone Meeting

Mon Sep 13 11:18am

Tonight at 6pm
Use the following link: meet.google.com/tqb-mbie-nwq


Bring along any questions you may have.

Year 4 – 8 Assembly

Fri Sep 10 10:45am

This weeks Year 4 – 8 Assembly. Thanks to Room 6 for putting it altogether.
https://drive.google.com/file/d/1U6qdhYIjT1ilJ_5s1cgKWZpX_QdxLwjL/view?usp=sharing

This weeks assemblies:

Thu Sep 09 08:30pm

Room 6 are recording their assembly and the link will be sent out tomorrow.
Room 9 will be hosting the Year 1 – 4 Assembly live at 12pm using the following link.
meet.google.com/fwt-nmpi-auf

GLEN TAYLOR SCHOOL ENROLMENT ZONE

Thu Sep 09 05:48pm

Kia ora whanau


The Ministry of Education is developing an enrolment scheme for Glen Taylor School, which will be in effect for the beginning of term 1 in 2022. Having an enrolment scheme in place will ensure the Board of Trustees has a fair and transparent mechanism to manage the roll as it grows. Children that live within this area will have entitlement to enrol at Glen Taylor School.


What does this mean for my family?
If you live in enrolment scheme home area for Glen Taylor School you will be entitled to enrol your child at the school. This entitlement applies to new students starting school, as well as any primary school aged children currently attending another school in the area.
Families who live outside the enrolment scheme home zone of Glen Taylor School do not have entitlement to enrol and could only attend if the Board of Trustees planned to enrol any out of zone students. The enrolment scheme will establish the process for this, and places will only be available if the Board of Trustees considers it has the capacity to allow for this. Further information about whether any out of zone places will be made available will be made later in 2021.


Consultation is currently underway. If you have any feedback for the Ministry of Education you can have your say by:
• Completing the survey at https://consultation.education.govt.nz/education/tamaki-primaries-enrolment-schemes/consultation/intro/
• Emailing auckland.enrolmentschemes@education.govt.nz if you have further questions or comments


Attached are some information sheets.


Glen Taylor School Proposed ES Factsheet


Proposed Map


Glen Taylor School Proposed Written Description


I will be hosting an information evening through Google Meets on Monday 13 September at 6pm. The link for the meet will be sent out soon.


Kia Kaha
Chris

Online Jump Jam and Mindfulness Sessions with Mrs Dhaliwal at 11am. Join by clicking on Room 5’s Google Meet link.

Thu Sep 09 09:59am

Kia Ora everyone, Hope you all are well. I have been running an online Jump Jam and Mindfulness session for the past few weeks now and many staff members and students have expressed to me that they would join but 12 pm does not suit them. So, I have changed the time. From today the online Jump Jam and Mindfulness session will be at 11 am. It is for 20 to 25 minutes only and we move together and do some mindfulness. If you wish to join in then please click on Room 5’s Google Meet link.




Famly Create Competition

Wed Sep 08 08:03pm

It’s time to get your CREATE on!

You have 2 weeks to create something with your family. A lot of you are already creating stuff during lockdown, so all we’re asking is for you to capture these moments and send it in to entries@glentaylor.school.nz. There are two different age brackets, so if you have children across these ages then you have more chances to win.

Starts: Monday 6th September
Ends: Friday 17th September 10am

For more chances of winning, go ahead and follow our school Instagram page and vote for your favourite entries.

All the information you need to know is on the poster.
Family Create Competition Poster


Good luck and it’s time to create!

Rms 5, 6, 11, 12, 13 Assembly on NOW!

Fri Sep 03 12:10pm

Link here


 


Rms 1, 2, 3, 4, 8, 9, 10 is at 12pm. Use the same link above

Friday Assemblies

Thu Sep 02 06:56pm

Good Evening Whanau


Friday’s Assemblies will be a bit different this week. Because we can only have 100 people on a meet at any time we will be running two assemblies.


Room 5, 6, 11, 12, 13 will be at 11am. This assembly will be run by Room 5.


Room 1, 2, 3, 4, 8, 9, 10 will be at 12pm. This assembly will be run by Room 1.


Both assemblies will use this link:
meet.google.com/fwt-nmpi-auf


Look forward to seeing you all there.


Also a reminder there will be no afternoon classes tomorrow.


Kia Kaha
Chris

DEVICE AND HARD LEARNING PACK COLLECTION: WEDNESDAY 9AM – 10:30AM

Tue Aug 31 09:45pm

Good Evening Whanau


As you will have seen, Auckland will remain at Level 4 for another 2 weeks.
Therefore it is vital that your child attends their class Google Meets each and every day.
Once again I will be on site Wednesday from 9am – 10:30am to distribute devices and hard learning packs. Feel free to come up to the school to collect what you need for your child. Please remember to follow our non-contact protocols.
A HUGE thanks to everyone who has contacted me and arranged for learning resources to be collected or dropped off. We have been able to distribute over 100 devices and over 100 hard learning packs.
You can contact me at chrish@glentatylor.school.nz or on 021478212.


Please help us ensure there is no Covid Drop-off at GTS by making sure your kids are attending their online meets.


Room 1, 2, 3, 4, 8, 9, 10:
10:00am – 10:45am and
2:00pm – 2:45pm


Room 5, 6, 11, 12, 13
9:00am – 9:45am and
1:00pm – 1:45pm


Kia Kaha
Chris

Kia Ora Whanau I will be at school until 1pm today if need to collect any devices or hard learning packs. Kia Kaha Chris

Mon Aug 30 12:09pm

Getting Ready for Week 6

Sun Aug 29 08:17pm

Good Evening Whanau


I hope you all had a very restful weekend. I know I certainly did.
We are all looking forward to another engaging week with our online learning.
It was awesome to see so many learners online. 79% of learners have been online. I would love to see 100% online.


Reminder if you are having any issues getting online please contact me at chrish@glentaylor.school.nz


Those who have already contacted me I will be in touch Monday morning to arrange devices/learning packs.


Class Meet Times
Room 1, 2, 3, 4, 8, 9, 10:
10:00am – 10:45am and
2:00pm – 2:45pm


Room 5, 6, 11, 12, 13
9:00am – 9:45am and
1:00pm – 1:45pm


Kia Kaha
Chris

Next week: A challenge for the whole family!

Fri Aug 27 06:27pm

If you are looking for a good activity your child/ren can complete at home, we are going to be running the EPro8 Challenge – Lockdown Edition starting on Monday. And it comes with the chance of winning one of our brand new EPro8 Electronics Starter Kits.
This challenge won’t be using the EPro8 Equipment that we normally use, but instead, the challenge will be completed using a ream of paper and a roll of cellotape.
The teams will be family teams all from the same household. Parents and siblings can all be part of the team.
FREE ENTRY.
Entry is free, and it is open to any of your students.
Reams of paper and cellotape are available at Countdown or PaknSave.
If you are keen you need to register on the link below.
Further details and registration is here:
https://epro8challenge.co.nz/epro8—lockdown-edition.html

Friday Assembly at GTS – online 12pm

Thu Aug 26 05:23pm

 


We will be running an online assembly at 12pm tomorrow. The wonderful Room 12 will be leading it. You can access the assembly using the following link:



meet.google.com/fwt-nmpi-auf


Also there will only be the morning class meet tomorrow (Friday).
There will be no afternoon classes.


Look forward to seeing you all at assembly.


Kia Kaha
Chris

Some great tips from our Social Worker Amy

Thu Aug 26 01:03pm

Level 4 Tips from Amy

Info Hub for Pasifika parents during lockdown

Thu Aug 26 11:39am

https://parents.education.govt.nz/essential-information/covid-19-information-for-parents-and-whanau/info-hub-for-pasifika-parents-during-lockdown/

The school website is back up and running again.

Thu Aug 26 11:27am

GTS school website is currently down

Thu Aug 26 10:14am

Good Morning GTS Whanau
We are currently experiencing some technical issues with our school website. You may not be able to access the site at the moment. Our IT people are working on the issue as we speak.
I will update you once it is all sorted.
Apologies for anyone who may not be able to access their class sites.
Kia Kaha
Chris

Manaiakalani Whanau Survey on Reading

Wed Aug 25 11:32am

Kia ora whanau


We are conducting a survey on reading across all the schools in Manaiakalani.  Teachers, leaders, Learners and whanau are completing surveys.


It would be appreciated if you could find 5 – 10mins to complete the survey.


Take the survey here


The survey will close on Friday 27 August


Nga mihi


Chris

Collection of Devices and/or Hard Learning Packs Wednesday 9:30am – 1:30pm

Tue Aug 24 07:45pm

Good Evening Fine People of GTS


I will be at school tomorrow (Wednesday) from 9:30am – 1:30pm if anyone needs to come and collect a device and/or a Hard Learning Pack.


If you come down make sure you follow all physical distancing.


Kia Kaha
Chris

Kia ora whānau. The Positive Puberty parent meeting tomorrow night for Y5-8 parents, has been cancelled until we are out of lockdown.

Tue Aug 24 01:43pm

We will let you know when we have the new date.


Stay safe!

Remaining at Alert Level 4

Mon Aug 23 10:44pm

Kia ora koutou,


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 Monday 30 August, but for now Alert Level 4 will remain in place until 11:59pm Tuesday 31 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! Make sure you are visiting your child’s class site to ensure they don’t miss out on any learning.
https://glentaylor.school.nz/class-sites/


Please note. it is only in very limited circumstances that students, parents or caregivers are allowed to come to the school grounds. So please do not come to school unless you have been individually contacted by us to do so. Otherwise, you will be in breach of the COVID-19 Health Response Order.


You may be wondering how, with so many contacts being identified of confirmed cases, we aren’t seeing bigger case numbers identified. Just like the Delta variant is different, so has been New Zealand’s response. Previously we might have moved to Alert Level 2 or 3 if there was a new COVID-19 case in the community (which happened most recently in Wellington). This time we moved immediately to Alert Level 4, after only one case had been identified.
https://www.health.govt.nz/our-work/diseases-and-conditions/covid-19-novel-coronavirus/covid-19-health-advice-public/about-covid-19/covid-19-about-delta-variant


Health authorities are also casting a MUCH wider net to determine who is a contact of a confirmed case. People who previously might have been considered a casual contact are now being treated as contacts. Where schools may have closed for three days while contact tracing was undertaken, they are now closing for 14 days with staff and students all self-isolating for that time. As a result, there are more than 13,000 close contacts being followed up by health authorities.


There is a lot we can all do to protect our whānau and community from COVID-19 including:
• Everyone must continue to stay home in their bubble
• Do not mix with other household bubbles – if they have COVID-19, it can easily spread to your household, and every other household they and you are connecting with
• As new cases are identified, new locations of interest are added to the Ministry of Health website – please keep checking this. You can search by your location and they are sorted by date, so you only need to check the locations which have been added when you last checked
https://www.health.govt.nz/our-work/diseases-and-conditions/covid-19-novel-coronavirus/covid-19-health-advice-public/contact-tracing-covid-19/covid-19-contact-tracing-locations-interest
• Wash your hands regularly, especially when you have been out in public
• Stay home if you are feeling unwell and seek advice about whether you need to get a test
• Wear a face covering when out and about, and you MUST wear a face covering in any businesses or services which are open at Alert Level 4 (unless you have specifically been exempted from doing so, which includes anyone aged under 12)
• Keep a two-metre distance from people outside your household bubble
• Check in using the NZ COVID Tracer App wherever you go or keep a manual record (a reminder the App only stores information on your own phone – no one else will know who it is that checked in, or when)


You can go to the COVID19.govt.nz website if you would like more information on Alert Level 4 requirements. https://covid19.govt.nz/alert-levels-and-updates/alert-level-4/


We can also make sure we are passing on good information. There is a very helpful article by Dr Siouxsie Wiles and Toby Morris in The Spinoff regarding misinformation and disinformation.
https://thespinoff.co.nz/society/21-08-2021/siouxsie-wiles-toby-morris-the-red-flags-of-covid-misinformation/?fbclid=IwAR1PExAPZXNNiwL_z7oyJqkSr-1VeOL-t8ScctthsW7EEaJlKQXGe8Ig4W8


Their red flags for how to spot bad information are particularly well-summarised. Bad information will:
• downplay COVID-19 and the pandemic
• focus on survival rate
• ignore long COVID
• emphasise individual freedom
• try to sell you something
• push simple cures/treatments
• make you feel fearful or angry.
“Good information put out to help you make an informed choice won’t make you feel scared or angry. It’ll make you feel empowered.”


Finally, we know some families in our community may be finding it difficult to access food and essential items such as medicine. This information about how to access to food or essential items summarises the supports that are available, including financial help to buy food. https://assets.education.govt.nz/public/Documents/School/SchoolsBulletin/2021-Bulletins/2021AUG23/Access-to-food-or-essential-items.pdf


Please do take care and let us know how we can best support you and your whānau.


Kia kaha!
Chris

THANK YOU TO ALL THE GTS WHANAU

Mon Aug 23 10:18pm

Wow what a day! With all of your help and support we managed to distribute 82 devices and learning packs to the GTS whanau.


If you were unable to make it up to school please email me at chrish@glentaylor.school.nz to arrange how we can ensure your child gets their device and/or home learning pack.


While all of this was happening our amazing teachers and support staff were running their twice daily Google Meets.
We are very lucky to have such a dedicated staff.
The whole GTS Community has been so supportive ensuring that all our learners get the best possible opportunity to continue to make progress in their learning even while in Lockdown.
#nocoviddropoff


#proudprincipal

Device and Learning Pack Collections

Mon Aug 23 02:29pm

Thanks everyone for coming down today to collect devices and learning packs. You followed our protocols perfectly. Ka pai whanau.


I will be here until 3:30pm if you would like to come and collect a device for your child.


Simply come on down and we will get your sorted.


Kia Kaha
Chris

Kia ora My final update for the week.

Fri Aug 20 08:11pm


Like me you probably looked at the emerging cases from this outbreak and thought that some further time at Alert Level 4 was the best thing for our community and nation.
That thinking was confirmed today when the Prime Minister advised that we will remain at Alert Level 4 until 11.59pm on 24 August. We will learn more on Monday about what will happen next.
I wanted to reassure you that our school staff and board will continue to be available to support your child’s learning and wellbeing in the coming days. Please refer to our previous posts for information about online learning, device collection and available support.
We also hope you are doing OK at the moment – but it is also OK if you aren’t.
As the Mental Health Foundation NZ says,
http://www.facebook.com/mentalhealthfoundationNZ/posts/10158737504528423 “it’s all right to feel a range of emotions right now. Going into a Level 4 lockdown is a big deal and it brings all sorts of different feelings to the surface, including frustration, worry and even gratitude. However you are feeling, know that you’re not alone – we’re all going through this together.”
If you need to talk, check in with a friend or whānau member, or free call/text 1737 to chat with a trained counsellor. It’s free and confidential. There are also a lot of other supports available to you, your whānau and your community if needed. https://www.facebook.com/mentalhealthfoundationNZ/posts/10158737504528423
You will also understand the importance of routine for your family. If your routine has been shaken up, it’s good to structure your time. Routines are reassuring and promote health and physical wellbeing.
For our Pacific families, if you are not aware the Ministry for Pacific Peoples’ has been working to ensure useful information is available to Pacific peoples in nine different languages. https://www.mpp.govt.nz/…/translated-covid-19-information/
A big thank you to all of you for taking the lockdown so seriously – we’ve seen before that staying at home will break the chain of transmission and save lives. Breaking the rules could risk someone close to you and if the rules are not complied with, this could risk the lock down period being extended or could risk the virus being spread to thousands.
Please keep checking the locations of interest and get tested if you were at that location at the specified time, or if you have symptoms which could be COVID-19.
https://www.health.govt.nz/…/covid-19-contact-tracing…
And just a quick point – please don’t use our playground during lockdown. Playgrounds cannot be used at Alert Level 4.
As always, please let us know if there is anything you need to support you and your tamariki during this time.
Have an awesome weekend. I am looking forward to spending some time with my unloved lawn and lawnmower.
Kia Kaha
Chris

Some great resources to help during Lockdown

Fri Aug 20 10:27am

How to talk about COVID Guide (Aotearoa) 
https://www.theworkshop.org. nz/publications/how-to-talk- about-covid-19  
Category Information/ PD 
Subcategory/ Subject: COVID Specific 
Aimed at: Social Workers/ Adults/ Possibly Young People 
Brief Description: 
This website is a great resource and Aotearoa based. It has tip sheets and an easy guide that takes you through how to talk about COVID, and actually can perhaps support misinformation and other things being spread which affects children, young people and whanau as well. 


 


 


 


Coping with Fears and Phobias Resource– NHS (UK) 
https://www.mentalhealth.org. nz/assets/A-Z/Downloads/ Coping-with-Phobias-UK-NHS- 2010.pdf  
Category Information for parents 
Subcategory/ Subject: Coping with Trauma, COVID 
Aimed at: Parents 
Brief Description: 
 


The CDC website has some great resources that are useful not just in building your own knowledge but that of parents and other adults involved in children’s lives. It’s definitely worth a look. Some of the very useful ones are: 
Helping your child cope with disaster – https://www.cdc.gov/ childrenindisasters/children- disaster-help.html 
Talking with Children about Coronavirus – https://www.cdc.gov/ coronavirus/2019-ncov/daily- life-coping/talking-with- children.html?CDC_AA_refVal= https://www.cdc.gov/ coronavirus/2019-ncov/ community/schools-childcare/ talking-with-children.html 


 Elsa-Support  https://www.elsa-support.co.uk     
Category Resources/ Activities 
Subcategory/ Subject: Coping 
Aimed at: Children  
Brief Description: 
This website is super useful. They have a whole heap of different sections that could help in a COVID response situation, particularly the ‘emotions’ section and the ‘managing strong feelings’ section. Many of the resources do cost, but it is not very expensive and they do have a free resources section here – https://www.elsa-support.co. uk/category/free-resources/ . The free section includes stories about germs, emotional management and breathing techniques as well. 
They also have a blog that is really helpful and one of these have a set of 20 cards that you can use with children in terms of calming and relaxation – https://www.elsa-support.co. uk/relaxationcalming- activities-children/  


 


Meercat, Tiger, Owl Stress Response Activity 
https://starr.org/what-do- tigers-meerkats-and-owls-have- to-do-with-coronavirus/?utm_ source=Newsletter&utm_medium= mailchimp&utm_content=button& utm_campaign=april2020-week3  
Category Resources/ Activities 
Subcategory/ Subject: Stress Response 
Aimed at: Children  
Brief Description: 
Scripts and worksheets for children; can be found on this link, as well as a video watching how it can be explained to children (which could also be sent to parents/ teachers to use). 

Getting Devices Into Homes

Thu Aug 19 08:58pm

Good Evening Whanau
Thank you to everyone who was able to access our Google Meets today. It was awesome to see so many engaged learners.
I have received an update from the Ministry about getting devices out to you. They will have to be delivered to your house with non-contact protocols in place. This is likely to take place on Monday.
Tomorrow we will be organising devices ready to deliver. If you are in need of a device you must do the following:


Email me at chrish@glentaylor.school.nz


Include your name, your child’s name/names and room number/numbers.


We will then contact you with information on how the devices will be delivered.
We appreciate your patience while we do our best to get these out to you.


**DO NOT COME TO SCHOOL. WE WILL NOT GIVE ANY DEVICES OUT AT THE SCHOOL.

Online Learning Update

Wed Aug 18 11:44am

Kia ora whanau
I have just finished meeting with all of our staff. We have been discussing how we will work during the current Level 4 Lockdown.
Today teachers will be planning and updating class sites ready for online learning.
From tomorrow (Thursday) teachers will be running online learning at the following times:


Room 1, 2, 3, 4, 8, 9, 10:
10:00am – 10:45am and
2:00pm – 2:45pm


Room 5, 6, 11, 12, 13
9:00am – 9:45am and
1:00pm – 1:45pm


Teachers will send messages via School Apps and on their Class Sites with details on how to access the sessions.


Unfortunately we are unable to access the school to organise devices to be sent home. If this changes we will notify you.


Please try and access the Google Meets anyway you can.


Shortly I will post up some websites you can use to access additional learning.


I will continue to update you as information comes to hand.


Kia Kaha
Chris

GTS Covid 19 Update: GTS will be closed until further notice.

Tue Aug 17 08:00pm

Kia ora GTS whanau. As you will have seen at 11:59pm tonight we will be moving to Level 4. This means that GTS is closed to everyone including staff, students and visitors.
Tomorrow morning our staff will be meeting to plan how we get our online learning up and running.
We will update you with details about what this will look like.
I am currently waiting on an update from the Ministry of Education which will guide us on how we approach this lockdown, this will include how we can get devices out to those of you who need them.
Please stay calm and don’t panic. We have all done this before and we will do it again.
The GTS Whanau is stronger than Covid and we again will refuse to have any drop off in our kids learning.
I will continue to update you with any information as it comes to hand.
Kia Kaha Whanau
Chris

GTS – Kawa of Care

Mon Aug 16 11:28am

Kia Ora Whanau, 

We have our Kawa of Care Hui coming up this week. This is for students who are in Team Kea (Room 8, 9,10) and new students from Year 5-8. 


2021 Kawa of Care Parent Letter


2021 Kawa of Care Agreement


Nga Mihi, 

Poto 

School Lunches

Tue Jul 27 02:13pm

Kia Ora Whanau, 


Today we had an issue with the school lunches.  As a result we had to raid our Kidscan supply cupboard!  The students have had apples, museli bars, peaches and some scroggin.  Your child might be a little bit hungry and need some extra kai when they get home from school this afternoon.