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25 March 2020

On 23 March we communicated to you that Westbrook School had a pupil and his family who were being tested for the Covid -19 Virus.  We are pleased to advise you the results came back  Negative. 
Could you please reassure those members of your Whanau who may have been concerned.

Colin Watkins (Principal) and Westbrook School staff

24 March 2020


Below is a quote from the Ministry of Education about when the school holidays begin and end.

"School Holidays are being brought forward so that they are completed within the 4 week period.  Holidays will now begin from Monday 30th March to Tuesday 14 April inclusive (a reminder that the Tuesday after Easter Monday is always a closed day for schools.)

At the end of the school holidays, schools will be open for distance learning but not physically open for staff to work at schools.

Please note any instruction to stay home (Alert Level 4) will continue beyond the new school holiday period but schools will be technically open for distance instruction. Teachers will be working offsite."

Teachers will be in contact with you with enough home learning for this week.  Following this, for the two week holiday period, students are welcome to continue with these learning suggestions but teachers will not be required to be in contact with them again until after 14th April (Easter Tuesday).  Distance Learning is likely to continue after this time but we will certainly communicate with you once we hear when school is open for instruction again.

Take care and we look forward to seeing you again sometime in Term 2.

Westbrook Staff

23 March 2020

Dear Parents/Caregivers

In accordance with the directive issued by the Prime Minister, Jacinda Ardern, Ministry of Health and Ministry of Education, we will be closing Westbrook School from 3pm today. We are now in Alert Level 3, and will move to Alert Level 4 within 48 hours. This means that all students will stay away from school, until further notice. If you are classed as a person who works in the essential services eg - doctors, nurses, part of the school supply chain etc, your child is able to attend school tomorrow, to give you time to make arrangements. Please contact us immediately by phone 3476512 or email office@westbrook.school.nz if you are in this group and your child(ren) will be attending tomorrow. Schools will close entirely from 3pm on Wednesday, 25th March. 

We will be in contact with you to update you if the situation changes. Please make sure we have your current email address and that you have downloaded Skool Loop and joined our Facebook page, if you have not yet done so. We will communicate important messages and updates with you through these channels.

The decision to close schools is obviously to limit the spread of COVID - 19 and to prevent further community outbreaks.  We urge you to follow the advice from the government that has been given to keep you, your family and others safe. Visit the government website for up to date information: covid19.govt.nz

We understand this is an unsettling and somewhat stressful time for you all. It is new for us as well. At Westbrook, we have spent the last couple of weeks trying to keep things as normal as possible for our students, and to reassure them if they have been worried or anxious about the situation. We have also spent some time planning ways of being able to communicate with students remotely and provide them with learning activities that they would have access to, while at home.

We have prepared a mix of online, digital learning options for those who have devices and access to the internet, as well as non-digital activities. It is important that your child has balance in what they are doing at home and that they have non-screen time each day. It is just as important at this time, to enjoy some quality family time together. Reading books together, playing board games or cards, doing household chores together, are all legitimate uses of your time at home. This could be the perfect opportunity to teach your children how to tie their shoelaces, bake cookies, make their bed, weed the garden, wash the car, plan and prepare a meal etc. 

Your child’s teachers will make contact with you, the parents, through Seesaw and/or your email address. They will set work for your child and communicate with them digitally, where possible. They will not be online all day so do not expect an immediate reply.  They too have families to look after. If you need any assistance or clarification of the work set, please email them or send them a message through Seesaw. They will respond when they are able.

We understand if your family situation does not lend itself to your child completing the work set.  We have put the remote learning plan together to help families and to cater for those who want work for their children to do. We will give you options and ideas to use with your children at home. We don’t expect that everyone will be able to do the work set and we understand if it does not get completed.

Lastly, and most importantly, we sincerely hope that you and your family get through this pandemic unscathed. Stay safe, be kind to each other and support those that need your help.  Reach out to other parents and friends remotely so that you can share your experiences and stay connected. We truly hope that life at Westbrook is back to normal in the near future. 

If you need to get hold of your child’s teacher, you can send a message to them on Seesaw or email them. All of our email addresses at Westbrook use the format of teacher’s surname and the initial letter of their first name, eg - bloggsj@westbrook.school.nz

If you need to get hold of the school leadership team urgently while the school is closed, please email principal@westbrook.school.nz       We will be checking emails each day.

Colin Watkins (Principal) and Westbrook School staff

Covid-19 (Coronavírus) Update Number 3 - 23 March, 2020

Possible student COVID-19 contact at Westbrook

One of our Year 5 students, in Room 17, is currently being tested for COVID-19.

The boy's grandmother returned to England last week, after spending a month with the family here in NZ.

The grandmother was admitted to hospital over the weekend in England, and has apparently tested positive to COVID-19.

The boy and his family are in isolation and are being tested today.

I have been in contact with the Medical Officer of Health, and his advice is:

  1. School should operate as normal. As nobody in the family is showing signs of illness, the chances are relatively slight that any of the family has the virus.

  2. As nobody else in the class came into direct contact with the grandmother, there is no need for the children to self isolate, or for our school to close.

  3. I am liaising regularly with Paul Kinsella, our Board of Trustees chairperson, to ensure that we are making decisions based on the best interests of our students.

Having said that my advice to you all is:

  1. Please keep your children at home if they are unwell. Depending on their symptoms, seek medical advice.

  2. If your child has a compromised immune system please consider keeping them at home.

The Medical Officer of Health is following this case and will provide us with further advice once he has the test results back for this family.

We are entering uncharted waters and completely new ground with this virus.

If you are in any doubt about whether your children should continue to come to school, please seek medical advice. Wherever possible we would want all of our students here and to continue with a normal life at school.

*Teachers are busy preparing for distance learning, in case the schools close. If this decision is made, they will be in contact with you with ideas and activities for learning at home. In the meantime, they are still teaching those children who are at school, so  distance learning for those at home will not begin until such time as the schools close.

We are in regular contact with the Ministry of Education about how best to handle this pandemic. We are receiving updates at least twice each day, which provide up to the minute advice and guidance on what we need to be doing to keep our students safe. As information comes to hand, we will keep you updated. 

*We are regularly reminding our students about hand washing, nose blowing, coughing into their arm or elbow, and maintaining their own personal hygiene. We are sharing relevant information provided to us by the Ministry of Education and the Ministry of Health, with our students. 

*We will avoid mass gatherings where possible. We will not have team gatherings, kapa haka, or assemblies, as these are large gatherings of over 100 students, until further notice. 

*We will postpone the Year 6 Marae noho, Year 5 camp and the Year 1 Picnic until later in the year. We will make a decision on the swimming lessons planned for next term, closer to the time. The Year 4 sleepover has been cancelled.

*Most local sporting events have been either cancelled or postponed, including the Mini Marathon and the CBOP Swimming Sports. The hockey and netball season are due to start early in May. We will let you know if there is any change of decision about these sports.

*Our students will eat morning tea and lunch in their rooms rather than as a large group on the school field.

Communication between home and school is really important at this time. We will continue to keep you informed; please also keep us in the loop with any developments for you and your family

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Our Vision    

To be an exceptional provider of quality education


To provide the best possible educational outcomes for learners

Strategic Goals

  • Raising Literacy levels of achievement
  • Raising Numeracy levels of Achievements
  • Raising the understanding and knowledge for all students of Te Reo me nga Tikanga Maori
  • Improving the learning opportunities for children with special needs and abilities
  • Improving the school's environment to enhance learning opportunities for students
  • Providing opportunities for students to become life long learners and global citizens
  • Improving and increasing access to and use of information technologies (ICT) to enhance and raise student achievement.


Our school Values are reflected in the "Westbrook Way"

The "Westbrook Way" is about:

"We are family."

"A sense of togetherness, belonging and community."

"I care about myself, other people and our world."
"Valuing oneself and showing care and consideration for other people and property."

"I am responsible for all that I say and do."
"Demonstrating integrity and honesty; being accountable for ones own actions, learnings and belongings."

"I will be the best me I can be."

"Aiming high and showing perserverance."

"I think for myself and take positive actions."
" Demonstrating the determination, enthusiasm and courage to be creative, enterprising and innovative."

He moana pukepuke e ekengia e te wake.
A choppy sea can be navigated.



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