Dear Parents/Caregivers

I hope this newsletter finds you all safe and well in your bubble. I am sure you are like myself and have had some days that have gone smoothly and others that were not so successful! I wanted to share a link with you. I am sure some of you may have already seen it. It is a video conversation between Jacinda Ardern and Nigel Latta (psychologist).  I found it very easy to watch and Nigel Latta has some helpful tips for getting through lockdown with children. There is also some advice around schoolwork stress (approx 14 mins),

The school term officially starts again next week on Wednesday 15th April and this will be a new journey for many of the students and of course, parents.

Dear Parents/Caregivers 

I hope this newsletter finds you all safe and well at home. I would like to take this opportunity to thank the entire staff for their professionalism and keeping our children safe leading up to the school closure. Teachers have worked hard to get their distance learning programmes up and running and thank you to all the parents who have sent through messages of support. 

I continue to take regular updates from the Ministry of Education and below is some important information for you:

Key dates reminder

26 March            Alert Level 4 commenced
28 March            School holidays begin
10 – 14 April       Easter including the Tuesday after Easter

15 April               Term 2 begins (through distance learning)
22 April               Current date for ending of lockdown period
27 April               ANZAC Day observed

Dear Parents/Caregivers

Firstly, I would like to thank the many parents who have sent through their kind words of support during this difficult time.

Yesterday all schools were informed by the Ministry of Education that the school holidays are being brought forward so that they are completed within the 4 week isolation period. Holidays will now begin from Monday 30 March to Tuesday 14 April inclusive (a reminder that the Tuesday after Easter Monday is always a closed day for schools).

The government’s announcement today means that schools will be closed for students as from tomorrow, except to the children of essential workers such as doctors, nurses, ambulance drivers and police. This will be temporary, and schools will close entirely from midnight Wednesday. Please let me know if you need your child to attend school tomorrow - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view

Students will be sent home with their books and other equipment this afternoon. Further information will be provided on distance learning. Resources are also available under the student section on our school website.

We will update parents and caregivers as more information becomes available.

Kind Regards


Nga mihi nui
Mark Keenan

The government has announced that New Zealand is stepping up its pandemic Covid-19 (Novel Coronavirus) response plans. This means that the situation overseas has changed and New Zealand’s borders have been tightened, in an attempt to stop the virus spreading further here.
We are talking with The Ministry of Health and Ministry of Education officials and we have been advised that there is no reason for alarm. We will remain open until further notice. Our own pandemic plans mean that we have systems in place to help us cope if anything changes.

All schools are receiving daily updates from our Ministry of Education office and we are acting on all advice and guidance given to the school.  In a school setting it is important to ensure that our children understand the need to remain calm but careful and with this we need your support in the following areas:

  • Hand washing is essential! Teach your children how to wash their hands like a pro. We have been focusing on this at school and teaching children how to do it properly (taking 20 seconds). It is especially important to wash hands before eating.

This year we are holding a Fun Run on Tuesday 7th April

At Maraetai Beach School we understand the value of comfortable learning environments for our students.  We know that providing all children with an optimal learning environment will assist them on their learning journey. Comfortable surroundings will contribute to their success here at our school.  The funds raised from this event will go towards enhancements for our surroundings including air conditioning and heating for our classrooms.