Help to keep your children active during the lockdown. Click on the link Jump Jam to check it out.
Brett from Jump Jam has filmed some routines that can be done from home to help keep our children active and enjoying exercise while they are at home during this time. There will be new jump jam routines added to the website, so keep checking the site.
Enjoy and Have fun!
Update: 24th March 2020
Dear Parents and Whanau,
This is just to let you know that the Ministry have moved the school holidays so that they start on Monday 30th March and Term 2 would start on Wednesday 15th April. So please don’t feel that you have to be home-schooling your children in the 'holiday' part of the school closure.
If circumstances change and the school is not back by the 15th April 2020, we will email you with more activities that you can do at home with your children.
Update from the Principal - 23rd March 2020
Dear Parents and Whanau,
From tomorrow, school is only open for children whose parents are doctors, nurses and essential services.
From Wednesday, 25th March 2020 ALL SCHOOLS ARE CLOSED!
I have had many requests for home learning and this is my response to this; Our teachers also have families and concerns and they are doing their best to be at school for the children who are attending school.
Therefore, a suggestion of activities and links to on-line learning is attached to this letter, these links will also be available on our school website. Colleges with older children will be handling home learning differently so please remember we are a Primary School.
Our children are just as scared as we are right now. Our children not only can hear everything that is going on around them, but they feel our constant tension and anxiety. Nathan Wallis, a Neuroscience Educator, has suggested that parents keep their children away from the TV news. Other points from Nathan Wallis were posted on our Holy Cross Facebook page last week. To watch this video again, please Click here
Over the coming weeks, you will see an increase in behavioural issues with your children. This is normal and expected under these circumstances. Please help your children to remain physically active, as this can help with their behaviour.
What children need right now is to feel comforted and loved. To feel like it is all going to be okay. And that might mean that you let up on the idea of creating a classroom at home and go easy on your children a bit more. Play outside and go for walks. Bake cookies and paint pictures. Play board games, watch movies, do science experiments. Start a book and read together as a family. Snuggle under warm blankets and do nothing.
Don’t worry about them regressing in school. Every single child is in the same boat and they will all be okay. When we are back in the classroom, learning will resume as usual. Teachers are experts at this! In the meantime, we have put together some ideas for learning at home and I suggest you pick and choose what is appropriate for your child. Do not stress over it or stress your children.
If I can leave you with one thing, it’s this; at the end of all of this, your kids’ mental health will be more important than their academic skills. And how they felt during this time will stay with them long after the memory of what they did during those weeks is long gone. So keep that in mind, every single day.
Please note a suggestion of activities and the on-line links which incorporate Mathematics and Literacy to support learning, please click here: Holy Cross Home Learning.
Holy Cross Catholic School Terms 2020
Term One Begins: Monday 3rd February 2020 Term One Ends: Wednesday 8th April 2020
Please note: Thursday 9th April 2020 - Teacher Only Day
Friday 10th April 2020 - Good Friday
Term Two Begins: Tuesday 28th April 2020 Term Two Ends: Friday 3rd July 2020
Term Three Begins: Monday 20th July 2020 Term Three Ends: Friday 25th September 2020
Term Four Begins: Monday 12th October 2020 Term Four Ends: Tuesday 15th December 2020