“Motumaoho School is a quality-learning environment where our learners are nurtured to reach their individual potential”.

In This Week’s Newsletter

  • Principal’s Message
  • 3 R’s Cup Recipient
  • Notice (21 April 2020) Info about School in Alert Level 3
  • Photos from Distance Learning in Lockdown!

Upcoming Dates

  • 25th April – ANZAC Day
  • 27th April – ANZAC Day Observed
  • 27th April – 11:59pm Move to Alert Level 3
  • 28th April – Teacher Only Day for Schools
  • 29th April – School Partially Open/Distance Learning continues

Principal’s Message

Dear parents, families and whanau,

Kia ora koutau katoa,

Welcome back for week two of distance learning from home. I will take this opportunity to thank our learners for their efforts and positive attitude they have shown towards participating in learning since the lockdown was in play on March 26th. I want to thank our parents and caregivers for their great support with guiding the distance learning programmes at home. I must commended the many parents who have also created their own ideas and shared these with their child or children. This has been much appreciated by our teachers and myself! I will also thank our teachers for choosing and developing learning activities and resources that are purposeful but have taken into consideration the challenging times for all of us. I have enjoyed reading the many positive messages from our parents and our learners. Thanks so much to you all! I hope you enjoy the photos of our learners in action while at home.

To this point I am proud of the journey we have made through these challenging times as a community and I am confident we will continue to work together to ensure we all can keep safe, stay calm and do what is required during these challenging times, and be kind.

The 3R’s Cup Winner

We must celebrate our 3 R’s Cup recipient from the last assembly that was held prior to schools closing. Congratulations to Catherine, our cup holder for Week 6, who has displayed Respect, Responsibility and Resilience. Thank you for displaying our 3 values!

Week 6 (Term 1): Catherine Rutherford


Notice re School in Alert Level 3 

Just a reminder on how school will operate during Alert Level 3. This information is the bulk of the notice sent out yesterday:

The Government has decided that we will move into Alert Level 3 on Monday 28th April at 11:59pm.  That means we will be partially open to receive students from Wednesday 29th April.  We will start to prepare our site this week.

Schools will be open for children to learn if their parents need to return to work. We urge children who are able to, should remain home and continue to learn via distance.

If your child is at a higher risk of severe illness from COVID-19 due to being in a health compromised position, it is recommended they stay at home and continue distance learning online.

Schools may need to build their onsite rolls up over time as they become confident in managing the public health requirements and depending on the availability of the teaching workforce.

Staff who have a higher risk of severe illness from COVID-19 are staying at home. Staff who have a higher risk family member living with them, may choose to work from home where they will continue to support our children doing online distance learning. Please be assured that having your child learning from home, they will in no way be disadvantaged. In fact, any students needing to return to school will be completing the same remote learning as those who are at home. 

Specific public health measures to be taken in schools:

  • Parents are asked to keep any sick children at home. If a sick child comes to school, we will ask for them to be picked up by their parent or caregiver
  • Hand sanitiser at entry to classrooms and in bathrooms
  • Parent Drop off – between 8am and 8.30 am; parents to leave their child at the gate and will be met by Mr Otto. Once in class children are to stay inside their classrooms and mix only within their class bubble keeping 1 metre apart


  • Children are to remain in their areas of the school (No sports games and use of playground equipment)
  • Outside children must be 2 metres apart
  • Inside children must be 1 metre apart

End of Day:

  • Parents to pick their children up at the gate maintaining the 2m social distancing rules

Important to note:

  • Initially the number of children must be limited to 10 in a school bubble, but this can be increased to 20 once all processes are running smoothly. There can be multiple school bubbles in a physical space but there must be distance between bubbles and strictly no mixing between school bubbles. To support contact tracing, children will sit in the same place each day, with 1m physical distance between all children, people and staff. Everyone must maintain 2 metre physical distance outside and 1m inside during breaks.

Please, if you haven’t already done so, could you let us know either way if you are returning to work and need your child to attend school physically. Thank you to the families who have responded.

Photos of our Learners in Lockdown!