WelCom August 2020
Mary Kleinsman-Powell, Principal/DRS
During the Covid-19 lockdown weeks, St Mary’s School in Foxton stayed connected with families through phone calls, emails, Chromebook [laptop] deliveries and resource parcels. Facebook kept us powerfully connected with the posting of schoolwide prayer.
We embraced ‘Welcome to Online Learning’ with our main platform and the interactive, innovative ‘Seesaw’. Our staff worked tirelessly putting together engaging activities for the children. These included our smiling videos and tutorials as well as localised learning, such as setting up a prayer table or spiritual corner with Easter, Anzac Day and Mother’s Day activities, a favourite toy hunt, two-metre challenges,
All this achieved a human element to the digital world while keeping our staff together through Zoom meetings and blogs so that they too felt connected. The value of whanaungatanga (powerful connections) and aroha (love) that we are still experiencing in an adapting environment means we continue to be unified as a school and a community.
Kia tau te Rangimarie!