COVID-19: Support and Online Safety during COVID-19

Ministry of Health – Support

The Ministry of Health have sent through details regarding welfare support which include tips on looking after your mental wellbeing and information and contacts on how to access support.  Please click on the following link to view: Ministry of Health COVID 19 Welfare Info Sheet

Mana Ake have information on their website which may help families over this time.  Please click on the following link to view:

Mana Ake: Health

Services and Support: Where to go for help

Important information for families on Online Safety during lockdown from the NZ Police.

Increase in Child Exploitation Material and Online Child Sexual Abuse during Lockdown 

Netsafe Stay Connected Stay Safe campaign launch


Further information and support

We know many parents are under pressure these days managing work, child-care and self-care. During this time our relationships with each other may be tested and parents may need some extra support at home.
Families can reach out to Parent Help for support:

Parenting Helpline
For support and advice on any parenting issue; if you need someone to talk to about what is happening in your family, or need some advice on how best to support your family, call our free parenting Helpline on 0800 568 856. Available from 9 am – 9 pm 7 days a week.

Online coaching
Online coaching to develop parenting strategies or coping skills you can implement straight away.

Our parenting coach can support you with strategies to help in chaotic situations, create structured routines that best support your family, suggest strategies to stop unwanted behaviour, create plans to achieve a calmer household and learn how to work together as a team, etc.
30 minute or 60 minute sessions available via Zoom. Call 0800 568 856 to book an appointment or read more here:

Affordable counselling
We understand that in this strange new environment we are in that all relationships can be tested and we urge you to reach out for support. Our counsellors offer therapy online via Zoom or via telephone. We offer a 30-mins free initial appointment.
Call 0800 568 856 to book an appointment or read more here:


Symptoms of COVID-19

COVID-19 can include new onset or worsening of one or more of the following:

  • Cough
  • Fever
  • Sore throat
  • Runny nose
  • Shortness of breath/difficulty breathing
  • Temporary loss of smell

Health’s information on who should get tested notes that people with any of the COVID-19 symptoms who are close contacts of confirmed cases, have recently travelled overseas, or been in contact with recent travellers, should get assessed.

If anyone has symptoms but is unsure if they have been exposed to COVID-19, they should ring Healthline on 0800 358 5453 or their GP for advice. Over winter there are many other viruses about that can cause people to feel unwell and have symptoms similar to those of COVID-19.

Dental Services

Message from the CDHB re: Dental services

Due to recommendations from the Dental Council and the Ministry of Health we will be suspending delivery of our service to the Community for the foreseeable future.

We will be providing relief of pain clinics and to access these appointments please call our Contact Centre on 0800 846 983.

For any dental advice please call the Contact Centre on 0800 846 983.

Kind regards,

Julie Denton

Service Manager


Wellbeing and support for learning at home from Ministry of Education

Please find below some helpful information to assist you through Home learning.

Information and resources to support wellbeing and support learning at home

All Primary Sports Canterbury Events suspended (including Water Polo) this term and Duathlon postponed

We have had notification from Canterbury Sports Canterbury that Swim Canterbury, Canterbury Rugby League, Canterbury Softball, and Touch Canterbury that all sporting events are suspended until further notice.  I am sure that other Associations will follow too.

This affects our swimming events on 31 March and 2 April, our Rugby League Tournament, and our summer weekly sport.

Water polo have suspended all Year 7 and 8 Water Polo competitions.

Also the Duathlon on 23 March has been postponed until further notice. This may go ahead in Term 4.


Open Day/Night – Details yet to be advised

Due to the recent announcement from the Government, and restrictions from COVID-19, we have had to cancel our Open Night.  

We will be welcoming all parents/caregivers and prospective pupils for 2021 to join us in June/July in small groups.  Details are yet to be advised.