Kia Ora Leabank School Community

Tuesday 12th May 2020

Term 2 Leabank Primary School 2020

Dear Parents, Caregivers and Whanau,

We look forward to Alert Level 2 when we can open fully as a school. As the Prime Minister stated yesterday when schools do open in Alert Level 2, schools are safe environments for children, young people and staff.

If you do not intend to send your child to school under Alert Level 2 on the 18th May you will need to advise the school as soon as possible. Distance Learning tasks will still be available for those children who do not return, however not online as our teachers focus will once again be on teaching in the classroom.

When school opens, all Digital Learning materials must be returned to school. Our playgrounds will be open, students will be able to use and share equipment and all classes will be cleaned daily. All students will be expected to sanitise regularly throughout the day. Any child who is unwell will be sent home.

There will be changes in how the start and end of the day will be organised. These will begin as soon as you return to school on Monday 18th May.


Start of Day From 8.15 am – 8.55 am
All students will be met at the school gate. If parents need to go to the office please make an appointment so that we are able to contact trace as requested by the Ministry of Health. A reminder that students cannot be at school prior to 8.15 am unless they are in Skids. A teacher will be at the gate to welcome them. Classes start at 8.55 am which means students should be at school by 8.50 am at the latest so that they are ready for the 8.55 am start. The gates will be locked and unattended from 9.00 am


End of the Day
Students who walk home from school will be released at the earlier time of 2:45pm. The road patrol will be in place for this. Teachers will deliver students to the school gates at 2:55pm for parents picking children up by car. Students waiting for older siblings will be supervised in the playground and brought to the front gate at 3:05pm for pick up. It is important that caregivers wait at the gate and are on time for these pickups. We must limit adults on the school site to those on official business and can be contact traced if necessary.


Term 2 Curriculum Delivery
For Term 2 we will have a deliberately focused curriculum response to the teaching, learning and well being of our students as they re-enter school from the international pandemic. We will be balancing the core curriculum with fitness and play. It is essential our students are engaged in routine. Core curriculum learning in Reading, Mathematics and Writing which is then specifically balanced with physical fitness and key competency activities in Purposeful Play. 

It is essential our students are able to reconnect with their peers, reestablish relationships where fun, negotiation, active listening and questioning, self-management, connections, collaboration and humour are practised. This wellbeing approach will be carefully monitored and led by each class teacher throughout Term 2. 


NO Assemblies
There will be no team or school assemblies in Term 2.


Assessment and Reporting
We will begin assessment later in the term. Leabank Primary School will not be able to provide written reports as usual in Term 2. We will be scheduling parent interviews for later in Term 2 to update parents on children’s progress.


Skids are hoping to open when we, as a school open. More information about before and after school care with sKids will be sent out as soon as it is available. 


Please join me in thanking our incredible staff for their excellent work in connecting, teaching and dedication to our students during this time. I’m sure there will be many questions you have when we open fully at Alert 2. I ask that you give us a few weeks to establish routines and structure as we merge into a post-Lockdown New Zealand.


Rex Maddren

Alert Level 2


Kia ora koutou

Like me, I am sure you have followed with interest the announcements made by the Prime Minister.

It is reassuring to hear how well our country has done at minimising the impacts of COVID-19. Alert Levels 4 and 3 have not been easy and I thank you for your ongoing support for the work you are doing.

Today, the Prime Minister advised that in Alert Level 2 schools are safe environments for children, young people and staff and that additional public health control measures are in place to prevent the spread of disease and to support contact tracing.

The good news is that when we are able to, we will be ready to welcome all students and staff back to our school site.

The key Public Health approach is to minimise the risk that someone gets infected in the first place, and second to ensure we can identify and contact anyone who has been in close contact with a person, if someone in a school is infected.

As we have done in Alert Level 3, you can be assured that in Alert Level 2 we will know who is at school, who our staff and students have been in close contact with and take appropriate measures to keep everyone safe.

Physical distancing is a good precaution to prevent the spread of disease. We do however know it is challenging in schools, so good hygiene practices and regular cleaning are even more important here. This includes staff and students coughing into their elbows, handwashing and drying and regular cleaning of commonly touched surfaces.

Under Alert Level 2, we advise any students and staff to stay at home if they are sick, and we will send anyone home immediately if they show any symptoms.

It’s important however that not just at school but at home, safe hygiene habits are practised by everyone, as this is essential to minimise the risk that someone gets infected with Covid-19.

For more information about the public health measures at Alert Level 2, you can visit the website:

There will be changes to timetables for classes, how we will be organising the end of day for drop off and pick up as well break times. I will be emailing these and posting these early next week. Please note that Friday 15th will be the last day of online learning for all students as teachers will be preparing the school, planning and cleaning.

Again, thank you all for your continued support, faith and trust in us as a school. We are certainly missing our students and families and cannot wait to have them all back.

Keep safe

Rex Maddren

Alert Level 3

21st April 2020 

Leabank School Partial Re-opening: Alert Level 3 

Dear Parents and Whanau of our Leabank School Community, 

Yesterday the government announced that we are re-entering Alert Level 3 at 11.59 pm on Monday 27th April. We will look at partially reopening Leabank School for the children of essential workers only. In order to make an informed decision, we need to know the number of students we would need to partially re-open for. 

We need to consider the availability of staff who are able to work on-site and not compromise their health or the health of those in their bubble. We also need to take into account that all our teachers will continue running Distance Learning programmes and the other additional duties they have at this time. This includes the welfare and health of their own children. 

As parents and whanau you need to clearly understand that we cannot enforce physical distancing rules. With the reduction of available staff, and leading Distance Learning, we will not be organising a usual school day and we will not be ‘teaching’ a usual school programme. The size of the bubble will depend on the availability of staff and spaces. Supervising staff will include teacher aides and relievers. Students who are at school will do the Distance Learning programme or what they can manage. The priority of the teaching staff will be Distance Learning. 

If students were to be in school, they would be in classes of mixed ages within a ‘School Bubble’. Siblings will stay together. Bubbles will need to stay in the rooms they are delegated. They will not be allowed in the playgrounds or to use play or sports equipment. When they have an online class they will have to join it from within their bubble environment. There will be some crossover of bubbles when using toilet facilities. 

The school will be fully cleaned down prior to the open date. Distance Learning will continue with a move to some formalised lessons for students in years 4-6. Another pack of learning materials will be sent home to families which are more differentiated for students. 

Parents who need to have their children at school because they are an essential worker will need to drop off and pick up children at the school gate at the times allocated. No parents or whanau will be able to enter the school site. Mr Maddren or other senior staff will be at the gate to manage this. The number of students at school will determine the hours we will be open. 

Our builders will be on site resuming work on building projects. At Alert Level 3 we would prefer all students to be at home and to be safe. We understand that there are parents who identify as essential workers, and we ask where possible to make other arrangements to restrict overlapping so many bubbles. If you are unable to, then we are here for you as much as we can be. 

We acknowledge how difficult this time is for many homes and that your children may be getting bored and just want to see their friends. This is not the reason for you to send children to school. It is only if you are an essential worker with no other option. 

If parents are needing to send students to school because they are an essential worker with no other child care options, can you please email us directly by Wednesday 22nd April 5pm ( ). If we do not hear from you then we will assume your child is learning from home or you have made other arrangements. The names of students needing to attend will be on our Alert Level 3 register. Students not on this register will not be able to attend. This will be maintained so we can inform the Ministry who is on-site, staffing and for contact tracing purposes. Students will not be able to attend if they are unwell at all. 

Once we have organised our Alert Level 3 register and school bubbles, those families who have replied will be contacted on Thursday 23rd April with the times and date school will be partially reopened to assist them. 

Remember as our Prime Minister has announced: “If you can keep your children at home, then please do so.” We are all doing so well, I am so proud of the way we have come together as a community during this international pandemic, and we do not underestimate how difficult things can be or will be at times. 

Please be safe.


Rex Maddren


Children can access Study Ladder, Workspace, Sunshine online and Prodigy for home learning.  Students have their own sign-ins to these digital learning programs. 

Below is information for your children home learning.

Chrome Book Learning From Home-LETTER

At Home ideas for Learning

Junior School:

Middle School:

Senior School:

  • Study Ladder
  • Prodigy


Support for those over 70

Happy Easter to one and all. Thinking of you all over this period and the quiet mahi you are all doing whilst in lockdown.

Key points are attached. Stay Well, Stay safe and stay Isolated where you can. Thank you to all our essential workers.  A message from our CE Neil Denney.

Kia ora koutou katoa,

We have received a lot of information about COVID-19 over the past few weeks, and most recently the significant steps taken by the Government to reduce the spread and impacts of COVID-19 in Aotearoa.

This means Friendship House doors will remain closed for the duration of the lockdown. This includes all room hire and groups that have been running out of the House as well as our JP Services.

The good news however is the NZ Government have placed Friendship House in a category of an essential service which means that we can still offer you help and support during this time.  We want to assure everyone that our approach during this uncertain time will be as flexible and practical as possible. We know that our services remain vital for some families and plays an important part to help keep us together as a nation.

We understand it’s an unsettling time, with the country’s health and wellbeing the major concern for everyone.  So, if you would like to talk to someone from Friendship house, or would like to make an appointment with one of our services please contact via the following:

Keep an eye on our Facebook over the next few weeks. We’ll post any useful updates for whanau and friends of Friendship House.


We are all in this together!  Stay Safe. Be Kind!  Friendship House


Serena Murdoch
Community Centre Coordinator

Friendship House – The Heart of Change in Our Communities
DDI 8692851

COVID-19 Testing

Talofa lava,

This holiday weekend, community-based COVID-19 testing centres are open.

There are 14 centres across Auckland offering free COVID-19 testing
seven days a week – including Easter weekend. You can view flyers for some of the centres, below.

Anyone who thinks they may have COVID-19 should phone their GP or Healthline (0800 358 5453) before turning up at a testing centre.

We welcome your submissions to Communitycations. Please send your news to me at

Malo galue
Lorenzo Kaisara
Community liaison manager
Local Doctors

Supports for disabilities

The MOKO Foundation

Plunket Activities to share

Hi everyone

Just wanted to share that our Plunket Community Support Coordinators and Playgroup Coordinators have been busy sharing some activity ideas with our families. Some of these activities are attached and cater for children from 6 months to 10 years old. Also attached is a list of handy websites.

We have also been running lots of “virtual” sessions – see attached online activities 6-12 April for some things we will be up to this week.

The best place to find regular updates of upcoming activities are on our local South Auckland Facebook pages:

Plunket Manurewa – Poutokomanawa
Plunket Counties-Manukau
Plunket Franklin

Please feel free to share this with your networks and families who might find them useful especially in this time of isolation.

Families can still call Plunketline 24/7 on 0800 933 922 if they have any queries or concerns.

Warm regards,

Reena Singh | Community Support Coordinator – South Auckland

Hours of work: Monday – Thursday 9:30 – 2:30
Phone:  027 313 0575
Postal Address: PO Box 97353, Manukau, Auckland 2241

Talofa everyone

It is great to hear of the awesome work our Agencies are doing out there and our Pacific providers are indeed very grateful.

Attached is the updated list of PACIFIC family violence service providers around New Zealand who have agreed to be part of this listing. Available in printable versions PDF and PPT.  We are publishing this list on our facebook, website and Instagram sites as well as forwarding it to as many people as we can who can provide these lists to the general Pacific public (eg churches).  We are also providing it to the Work and Income Call Centre just in case it is required. Please also consider providing this information to your Call Centres as well.

INZ – COVID-19 Migrant and Refugee Information page on INZ website: Pacific Networks [UNCLASSIFIED]

Hope all is well with you.

Just letting you know that Immigration New Zealand (INZ) has developed a COVID-19 Migrant and Refugee Information page on our INZ website to provide links to key information, messages and resources. The page is for settlement service providers, NGOs and Community Groups to use to support recent migrants (including Pacific) and refugees and respond to their concerns and needs. The webpage includes information on support that is available to recent migrants and refugees, what they need to do related to various issues and how they can get help and advice in their preferred language.

Settlement service providers, NGOs and community organisations such as yourself that work with or have connections with recent migrants and refuges play a critical role in getting messages to them and ensuring they have the information they need at this time. This is particularly the case for those who rely on their community connections as their key source of information and for others who may not be able to access or navigate digital information.

We will continue to update the webpage as new information becomes available and will notify you when significant pieces of new information are published.  We also want to hear from you about concerns and issues that you are aware of that are specific to recent migrant and former refugee communities and what information and resources you need to support them. Please email us at

Access to interpreters

The ability to access support in languages other than English is a challenge many recent migrants and refugees are experiencing at this time. Interpreters are available for over 180 different languages for the government COVID-19 helplines. Please share the following information about how to get an interpreter with recent migrants and refugees you work with:

  • Call the government helpline you need
  • Ask for an interpreter and tell them the language you speak
  • Wait and you will be connected to a professional interpreter who will help you talk to the agency.

The webpage also lists multilingual settlement information services that can help migrants and refugees with COVID-19 information. As the government helplines have long wait times we suggest that recent migrants and refugees could call these services first.

Information about Visas

In addition to the information on the COVID-19 Migrant and Refugee Information page the following pages provide key information recent migrants need to know about their visas. Keep checking back as these will be updated with new information.

Immigration New Zealand I Visa duration extension

Immigration New Zealand I Student visa holders

Thank you for the all the invaluable work you are doing to support our communities during the COVID-19 lockdown. The connections you have and your efforts to ensure that communities receive the support they need, are critical at this time.


Faafetai lava

Youthtown Programmes Go Online!

We already miss our Youthtown families and this would have been the week we’d all be getting ready for the school holidays.

So instead, we have brought Youthtown Programmes for ALL ages 5-18 into your homes FOR FREE!

It’s called Youthtown Connect!

Our experienced programme staff (most of whom you’ll know) have been working hard to put together a series of increasingly awesome content, aligned with our Youthtown Curriculum so that we can continue to unlock the potential in young people.

Youthtown Connect is being run across a number of online platforms, to encourage maximum participation, so check them out now!

There’s something new every afternoon and EVERYONE is welcome!

  • Your local Youthtown FaceBook : to suit our 5-12’s
  • Your local Youthtown Instagram : to suit our 13-18’s
  • YouTube : YouthtownConnect : something for everyone! 
  • WeChat : a voice for our Chinese community
  • Live Zoom spaces : safe, live spaces for each programme site

If you have any questions, feel free to email us on and we’d welcome your ideas and feedback online.

Don’t forget to keep in touch with the latest from Youthtown on our website blog.

Please stay safe everyone!

Help for Auckland Families

Good afternoon,


I hope you’re all doing well and coping with indoor activities.


We just wanted to share an Auckland City Council initiative and hope that you can send it out to your school community.  Anyone who meets the government’s eligibility criteria will be couriered a welfare parcel containing items such as dry goods including pasta and rice, tinned vegetables and meats and basic toiletries.


Please see the link below to the council website which lists phone numbers for Auckland Emergency Management at the bottom.  Every little bit helps in times like this

Stay well,

Megan Aukett | Program Coordinator | KidsCan Charitable Trust
DDI: +64 9 927 0044
7 Beatrice Tinsley Crescent, Albany, Auckland 0632


Please find all information on the link below from Ministry of Education
Ministry of Education – COVID-19 update

School will be closed starting tomorrow Tuesday 23 March 2020 for a period of 4 WEEKS and it will resume normal in Term 2.

So we are encouraging children to stay home, from tomorrow onward for 4 weeks.

The school will remain open for children of emergency workers to attend until Wednesday, which allows them time to organize care for your children.


Below is information for children that is in the Junior School and Middle School.

Junior School – Dear Parents

Middle School – Middle School