Pokeno School

COVID19 Updates.

We will keep this page updated with the latest COVID19 information as it relates to Pokeno School.

Click on the link below for further information about what each level looks like for Pokeno School learners and our learning community.



WEDNESDAY 15 SEPTEMBER 2021

Kia ora, 

Our Government has announced that they are confident that Auckland is safe to move to Alert Level 3 on Tuesday 21 September from 11:59 pm. 

At Alert Level 3, you legally must stay within your household bubble unless for essential personal movement including going to work and going to school. As the Prime Minister noted, Schools are essentially closed at Alert Level 3 with the exception of those few children whose parents and carers must go to work at Alert Level 3, and there is no appropriate caregiver at home. 

So we will be open on Wednesday 22nd September, for a small number of children who need to attend. As you can imagine, it will not be school as we know it under Alert Level 2 or 1.  All our usual safety precautions for Alert Level 3 will be in place which includes following all the recommendations from the public health experts. This means we will regularly clean and disinfect high touch surfaces, encourage everyone to frequently wash their hands and cover their coughs and sneezes, and keep everyone physically distanced from others as much as possible (1 metre inside and two metres outside). We will also keep school bubbles to no more than 10 students. These bubbles will not mix with other bubbles. 

Should your child need to attend at Alert Level 3, you can further assist everyone’s safety by keeping your child at home if they are feeling unwell and please do contact your GP or Healthline, to seek advice about getting tested.  As you can appreciate at this time, we need to act with caution, so as an added precaution staff will also be taking children’s temperature on arrival and conducting a visual assessment of wellness.    

Our contact tracing systems will be in place, which includes our attendance register and visitor register, and we will be limiting staff onsite with the majority of our team working from home.  

We will continue to support all children who remain learning from home, through our distance learning programme that can be found on our website under the Learning from Home tab.   

If you need to head back to work, please use this GOOGLE FORM to help us to place your child into a Learning Bubble.   For Health and Safety reasons, families must have filled in this form prior to their child being able to attend Pokeno School at Alert Level 3.  

Thank you Pokeno School community for all that you are doing during this unprecedented time.  We have been here before and we will get through this together.  Please take care and reach out for support should you need.   

He waka eke noa! 

Stephanie Lee 

Acting Principal

MONDAY 13 SEPTEMBER 2021

Kia Ora Koutou Pokeno School Community, 

Like me, you have probably been following the trend in cases over the weekend wondering what the decision for Auckland’s alert levels was going to be today.  At 4 pm today our Prime Minister, Jacinda Adern, announced that Auckland will remain at Alert Level 4.  

I have really appreciated the change in the way ‘working at home’ is now being discussed.  We are not “working from home”, you are “at your home, during a crisis, trying to work”.   For our children, this is also true.  I would like to reassure you that our amazing teaching staff and very supportive Board of Trustees will continue to support learning.  

Learning at Home 

During this lockdown like others, our teachers have tried very hard to balance providing learning and also allowing for whanau to prioritise mental well-being and Hauora.  Each whanau will send out learning via emails for Years 1-6 and will utilize Google Classroom for our Year 7-8s.  Alternatively, you can access Learning from Home using our school website. 

We are able to arrange for Home Learning packs to be delivered.  If this is something that you would like for us to arrange, could you please email me (s.lee@pokeno.school.nz) or phone 09-233-6108 ext 919 during 10 am-2 pm.  The extension is important as this will be redirected to my cellphone. 

If you are needing further support please ensure that you contact your child’s teacher, whanau leaders or any member of our senior leadership team.  

Online Learning 

We have been asked the question by a few parents in the past few days about the reason Pokeno School are not holding Zoom lessons for online learning.  The decision around Zoom Lessons (or similar) was made as a whole staff very early on. 

We are mindful of the equity issues connected with offering these lessons for some and not all.  We are very mindful of the extra pressures that families have at the moment with their own work commitments, access to devices and of course internet.     

Research around fatigue and anxiety for young people has also made us take a more cautious and considered approach to offer Zoom lessons.  While the idea of our learners being able to ‘catch up’ is appealing we do feel that this could be better arranged by you as parents where you control who has access to your home and your families.  For our teachers, the decision to not hold Zoom lessons is our way of recognising the added pressures of being at home trying to work, balance their own well-being and that of their families.   

Timetable 

Having a routine when so much of our lives are ‘not normal’ can sometimes help to structure your day in your bubble and also allow time for everyone to get things done. Children like structure and knowing what is happening next. A possible timetable could be like the one below. 

TIMETABLE 

Morning Routine:  Morning jobs (breakfast, tidying, jobs off a job list) and an exercise of choice. 

Device Learning time:  Reading Eggs, MathSeeds, or Sunshine Online. No Device 

Learning time:  2 activities from ‘Learning from Home’ grids or slideshows. 

Morning tea:  

Work time: Children engaged in creative learning activities such as lego, drawing, puzzles, etc.  

Lunchtime:    Work time & Learning time:  Quiet learning time with either Home Learning TV, non-device learning activities from the ‘Learning from Home’ grids or slideshows. 

Outside time:  Backyard games like soccer, badminton, trampoline challenges or made up games. 

Dinnertime Games time:  Board or card games. 

On behalf of our team, I would like to thank you all for your continued support.   

Stay in touch Pokeno School Whanau. Be safe. 

Stephanie Lee 

Acting Principal

MONDAY 23 AUGUST 2021

Kia Ora Koutou, 

A big thank you for taking the lockdown seriously and doing what we have been asked – we’ve seen before that staying at home will break the chain of transmission and save lives.  

It is even more important that we all follow health advice because the Delta variant is very contagious.   Breaking the rules risks the health of those close to you, the wider community and could result in the lockdown period being extended.   

Please remember that the school, playground and school grounds remain closed at Alert Level 4.   

With Pukekohe High School having a positive case, this virus is now very close to home for many of us.  

As always, please let us know if there is anything you need to support you and your tamariki during this time.   

 If you are concerned that someone is not following the rules, you can make a report to the COVID-19 Compliance Centre. This includes people not complying with: 

  • Alert Level restrictions;
  • Managed isolation requirements. 
Be kind.  Be safe.  

Stephanie Lee

Acting Principal 

(s.lee@pokeno.school.nz)

FRIDAY 20TH AUGUST 2021

Kia ora Koutou Pokeno School,

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.   

That thinking was confirmed when our Prime Minister advised that we will remain at Alert Level 4 until 11.59 pm on 24 August. We will learn more on Monday about what will happen next. 

I want 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.   

You can find information on our Learning from Home tab on our website to support you and your whanau with learning.  Classroom teachers will be emailing regularly to offer further support.  If you need any other support please make sure to make contact with your child's teacher.   

We also hope you are doing OK at the moment – but it is also OK if you aren’t. 

As the Mental Health Foundation of NZ says, “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 via the Mental Health website.   

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 People's has been working to ensure useful information is available to Pacific peoples in nine different languages.   

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 lockdown 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 that could be COVID-19.   

And just a quick point – please don’t use our playground during the 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.   

Ngā mihi

Stephanie Lee

Acting Principal

(s.lee@pokeno.school.nz)

TUESDAY 17TH AUGUST 2021

LEVEL 4 LOCKDOWN 

Kia Ora Koutou, 

After Prime Minister, Jacinda Adern's, announcement this evening Auckland will be heading into a Level 4 Lockdown.   

AT ALERT LEVEL FOUR 

  • Pokeno School is closed. 
  • No one is allowed on site. 
  • A ‘Learning from Home’ page will be made available on the school website from 12 pm Wednesday 18th August. 
  • Classroom teachers will email information at 12 pm about ‘Learning from Home’.   
  • Further information will be posted via HERO, the school website and Facebook 

Stay safe.  Stay connected. Stay in touch.

Stephanie Lee

Acting Principal

Friday 5 March 2021

As I am sure you have all heard, Auckland will return to Alert Level 2 on Sunday morning and will remain there for the week.  

School at Level 2 

 School is open for all children and staff. Everyone is expected to be at school. Children and staff should not attend if: 

● They are required to self isolate or someone in your household is required to self isolate; 

● Someone in your household is awaiting results of a COVID19 test; 

● They are unwell or have cold/flu like symptoms. 

● They have underlying health issues which puts them at greater risk (please consult your GP). 

 ● Where possible parents should drop off and pick up at gates. 

● Parents / Caregivers are NOT to enter classrooms. 

● Only one family at a time in the office. 

● Year Seven and Eight children can attend Tech if Maramarua School is at Level One or Two 

Assemblies will continue but parents and caregivers are NOT able to attend. Whole school assembly has been shifted to Week 6 

 ● Children MUST bring drink bottles. Drinking fountains will be closed 


We ask that all visitors (including parents) to the school scan the QR Code. 


The swimming pool is ready to go and can be used from Monday. If you are unsure about your child's swimming days then it would be a good idea to make sure togs and a towel is packed for Monday.


Have a great weekend and I look forward to seeing you all back on Monday.

Mr J

Sunday 28 February 2021

Kia Ora Pokeno School Whanau. 

 As at 6:00am this morning Auckland (which includes Pokeno) is at Alert Level 3 for seven days. 

ALERT LEVEL THREE AT POKENO SCHOOL 

School is open only for children of PARENTS WHO ARE REQUIRED TO GO TO WORK. Students should NOT attend if there is an adult at home. 

Children should also not attend if: 

● They are required to self isolate or someone in your household is required to self isolate; 

● Someone in your household is awaiting results of a COVID19 test; 

● They are unwell or have cold/flu like symptoms. 

● They have underlying health issues which puts them at greater risk (please consult your GP). 

Please click the link to inform us if your child needs to attend school next week. Attendance at school during Level Three 

 ● Children required to attend will be placed into a classroom ‘Bubble’ of no more than 20 children. 

● Parents should drop off and pick up at the classroom. 

● Parents / Caregivers are NOT to enter classrooms. 

● Visitors to the office should wait at the door for someone to help them. 

● Children MUST bring drink bottles. Drinking fountains will be closed. 

● The playground is closed. 

● A ‘Learning from Home’ page will be available on the school website on Monday morning. 

 We ask that all visitors (including parents) to the school, scan the QR Code. 

 Stay Safe - Pokeno School

Monday 22 September 2021

As at 11:59pm tonight we will be returning to Alert Level 1.  

It is important that we continue good hygiene practices such as washing our hands and coughing and sneezing into our elbow. Please remember that if children are unwell or have cold/flu like symptoms they must be kept at home. 

We strongly recommend that children continue to bring their own drink bottle. 

 If you are coming into the school grounds please continue to scan the QR code on your way in. 

 Thank you all for your support and patience through this last round of Alert Level changes. 


Wednesday 17 February 2021 (5:15pm)

As you are all probably aware we will be moving to Alert Level 2 from midnight tonight. At Level 2 it is expected that all children will return to school with the following exceptions: 

 Children should not attend if: 

  • They are required to self isolate or someone in your household is required to self isolate; 
  • Someone in your household is awaiting results of a COVID19 test; 
  • They are unwell or have cold/flu like symptoms;
  • They have underlying health issues which puts them at greater risk (please consult your GP).    

Please note:

  • Where possible parents should drop off and pick up at gates;
  • Parents / Caregivers are NOT to enter classrooms;
  • Only one family at a time in the office;
  • Year Seven and Eight children due to attend Tech tomorrow will be going;
  • Children MUST bring drink bottles. Drinking fountains will be closed;
  • We ask that all visitors (including parents) to the school scan the QR Code. 

 We look forward to seeing you all tomorrow.

Wednesday 17 February 2021

We would like to thank and acknowledge our community for supporting this latest Alert Level Three lockdown and keeping your children at home. We have had a very small number of children at school whose families have been required to go to work.

As we wait for an announcement at 4:30pm today, we thought we would provide some information about what school 'looks like' at each of the levels. Hopefully this will help everyone understand what we can and can't do.

We will send out another communication through our HERO App, the website and Facebook after the Prime Ministers announcement. 

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