Rakaia embraces new school norm

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Seventy chromebooks and more school work packs have been despatched to the homes of Rakaia School students to enable them to continue learning at home.

Principal Mark Ellis said a number of his 188 pupils already had devices and some of the new ones would be shared by students in the same bubble.

He had six children at the school on Wednesday and learning was being managed in two school bubbles to begin work.

He and his staff were running a roster to look after children at school and all would continue to support distance learning.

Mr Ellis said he had been impressed by the way his teachers had adapted to the current situation. He was also very grateful for the support of the school families, the board of trustees and the wider Rakaia community.

All school families had been spoken to during lockdown and communication continued to be good.

“The two words I’ve been using a lot lately are connectiveness and engagement.

“They sum up how we have all adapted and managed during these tough times of isolation.”

Mr Ellis said some opportunities had presented themselves to educationalists and society during the lockdown and online learning could be taken back to schools and further developed when normal schooling resumed.