Rāroa Home Learning Model
LEARNING TAKES MANY FORMS
- Wellbeing is top priority
- Relationships are essential, linking all learning areas
- Opportunities are not expectations
- No circle is more important than the others
- Nothing should be forced, or create unnecessary stress
- Celebrate and share
- Stay safe, stay calm, be kind
Home Learning FAQ
No – All the tasks and work are provided as opportunities. Teachers will encourage interaction and will endeavour to personalise to meet your child’s needs. Communication is important. If you are unsure of a task or need more information it is important to make contact with your child’s teacher. The social and emotional wellbeing of students is essential.
No – Having routines can support your child’s learning and may create helpful structures. However, we are aware that there are so many different circumstances and parents who are still working from home or as essential workers will personalise their approach to learning.
- Advice from the Ministry of Health:
- We cope better with stress when our lives have structure – routines keep us healthy.
- When our usual routines are upset, it’s important to create new ones.
- Go to sleep and wake up at the same time every day, eat regularly, shower, change your clothes, get some fresh air, book in video-chats with colleagues or friends, do your chores and make sure you make time for fun.
If you find yourself in this situation please don’t hesitate to ask your child’s teacher for help.
Avoid confrontation and seek help the moment the learning is becoming stressful.
No. – Answered above.
I would like my child to connect socially with their teacher and peers - how will this be achieved when learning from home?
Your child’s teacher will be setting up Zoom meetings for students to connect and discuss their personal learning experiences and home learning opportunities. Face-to-face time helps to maintain social connections and supports wellbeing. Students will also be sharing on Seesaw.
Will my child be behind in class work when returning to school if they don’t keep up with home learning tasks?
No. Home learning will provide valuable learning opportunities, which will develop a range of essential skills. However, they will not be at a disadvantage if they haven’t completed assigned tasks.
Our kids are doing fine and are involved in many challenges already. Do we need to do the teacher set tasks?
No – See question 1 and Rāroa Learning Model.
We do not have the space to set up a classroom at our house. How can we be expected to create a learning environment?
Your home is already a learning environment. It is not necessary to turn it into a classroom. Learning opportunities happen anywhere every day. See Rāroa Learning Model.
Class teachers are aware of any challenges and strengths your child has and will make accommodations where needed. In addition, Lynne Dunn will be making regular connections with these students via email and zoom to provide support. These students are advised to contact their teacher or Lynne anytime they have any questions.
- The Depression Helpline (0800 111 757)
- Healthline (0800 611 116)
- Lifeline (0800 543 354)
- Samaritans (0800 726 666)
- Youthline (0800 376 633)
If a child’s distress is escalating or they are displaying any worrying behaviours (such as extreme withdrawal, or terror that you cannot comfort them from), seek help early.
Call or text 1737 to talk with a trained counsellor for free, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
It may be a good opportunity for students to learn about ‘taking turns’.
I am concerned about my child being in front of a screen all day - what are the expectations around daily workload?
See the Rāroa Learning model. We encourage a healthy balance of activities.
Teachers are working in teams to deliver learning opportunities, a support network will ensure teachers are not put under unnecessary stress. Keeping it simple and manageable will be important. Rāroa has amazing teachers who will do everything they can to support their students. Please show appreciation, be kind and encourage students to interact positively. If the only piece of formal work your child does is to write their teacher a lovely letter about how they are getting on then that will make their day.
All the Design Production Education team members are in classroom teams. They will be providing support and assistance to the teachers, in order to provide valuable learning opportunities. If your child has a passion for a particular DPE area. Please make contact with the specialist teacher who can assist.
Art and Design – Bridget Baker – email@example.com
Industrial Design – Chris Bailey – firstname.lastname@example.org
Food and Hospitality – Shona Dowman – email@example.com
Performing Arts – Liz Fa’alogo – firstname.lastname@example.org
Digital Design – Tom Boekhorst – email@example.com
Creative Media – Chris Johnston – firstname.lastname@example.org
Teachers will do their very best to provide a range of opportunities which provide scope for all students. There will also be activities which can be adapted e.g. Teachers can set additional tasks on Mathletics at a higher level or set more activities. There are also numerous websites that can provide additional activities on request.
Our wonderful librarians also have a range of opportunities that they can suggest.
Clare Forrest email@example.com Marianne Dobiem.firstname.lastname@example.org
All teachers will liaise and provide support as required. Your child’s teacher can be contacted via email like you usually would for any queries. If you have any further questions, team leaders can also support learning from home or answer questions.
Let your child’s teachers know and they can give you instructions on how to get set up.
Rāroa has very robust online security measures at school. As students are working on home internet plans and systems, it is important that you are monitoring your child’s use and have your own systems in place.
Comprehensible advice can be found on the Netsafe website
If you need additional help or advice with anything happening online, you can contact Netsafe for free expert advice. Their helpline is open from 8 am – 8 pm on weekdays and 9 am – 5 pm on weekends.
- Text ‘Netsafe’ to 4282
- Email email@example.com
- Call toll free on 0508 NETSAFE (0508 638 723)
- Online report at netsafe.org.nz/report
Zoom is an optional opportunity to connect.
The school is working alongside the Ministry to provide equity amongst students. The school has already made contact with all of these families in order to meet their needs.
The following link provides some useful support information.