School sites Slumbering, while Education proceeds.

By NZAIMS inc | Posted: Thursday April 16, 2020

Welcome to Term Two, quite a different situation to that we have ever experienced.

Kia Ora

Welcome to Term Two, quite a different situation to that we have ever experienced. I would like to begin by sincerely thanking and congratulating all of our Principals, Teaching Staff and Support Staff for the massive effort that has gone behind us all being ready to deliver distance learning. You really have had to be involved to appreciate the commitment and dedication that has been shown by all.

The big question on peoples minds is, ‘for how long will this go on?’ A question no one has the answer to. I believe we need to have robust systems and processes in place now with the view that perhaps they will be needed in the future.

On behalf of NZAIMS, I will pass on our sincere thanks to the MOE, at all times we have been kept well informed in a timely and clear manner. The bulletins may have contained a great deal of information but it is essential you keep up to date and pass on relevant details to your staff and communities.

I am aware this following information was in the bulletins but just to reinforce;

The Learning from Home website has a great number of resources and is constantly being updated. It is designed to be a resource used by teachers who select relevant sections for their learners.

Papa Kāinga TV is another specially created resource that is accessible on TVNZ channels 1&2, TV on demand, and Sky 502. Māori TV has Te Reo lessons.

These resources have been provided as support for your own programmes. We are all the best judge of what is most relevant for our students and communities.

If you or your staff need PLD support the delivery and content of this has been made very flexible to cater for current needs. You can repurpose current hours or the MOE has made more available. Please contact your local MOE. This resource is currently underused.

Also please remember to use existing services, including your RTLB, and if you have any concerns or need advice your local MOE office is a good place to start.

I believe it is important to remember during this time that our focus must be on the well being of our young people and our main task as educators to stay connected with them and keep relationships strong.

Due to circumstances, we have postponed our Auckland Conference “Breakthrough Leaders” scheduled for June 10-12 2020.

The venue, the Millenium Hotel has agreed to move our booking into 2021, thus retaining our deposits. If you have registered yourself and staff Learning Network will refund you when we return to ‘normal,’ or retain your registration for 2021, whatever works best for your budgets.

We are waiting to see how the current situation unfolds before making any decision about our Specialists conference scheduled for August 31- Sept 1. Again, if this is postponed you will be refunded or your registration will be carried forward into 2021.

Anchor AIMS Games organisers are working through issues associated with COVID 19 currently. We will continue to get the best advice possible, we will continue to make rational and considered decisions and we will continue to keep the health and welfare of our athletes, their supporters and of course our dedicated staff and contractors at the forefront of everything we do.

The intent is to provide a decision on the 2020 ANCHOR AIMS Games by June 10 or sooner.

Please forward any queries regarding the 2020 ANCHOR AIMS Games to Vicki Semple (Tournament Director) [email protected].

Please stay safe and focus on the well being of yourself, your staff and students. If the Executive can be of any assistance please do not hesitate to contact us.

Sharon Keen

President NZAIMS