LCŌ and MOE update #13

Major distance learning actions by the government announced yesterday.

Kia ora koutou. Talofa. Kia Orana. Malo e lelei. Bula. Fakaalofa atu. Namaste and Kumusta. Greetings to everyone at LCŌ and our wider LCŌ community as we begin the second half of our four weeks of national lockdown.

This update contains two wellbeing items and one on distance learning.

Wellbeing 1: a message from Youthtown

Youthtown Programmes Go Online!

We already miss our Youthtown families and this would have been the week we’d all be getting ready for the school holidays.

So instead, we have brought Youthtown Programmes for ALL ages 5-18 into your homes FOR FREE!

It’s called Youthtown Connect!

Our experienced programme staff (most of whom you’ll know) have been working hard to put together a series of increasingly awesome content, aligned with our Youthtown Curriculum so that we can continue to unlock the potential in young people.

Youthtown Connect is being run across a number of online platforms, to encourage maximum participation, so check them out now!

There’s something new every afternoon and EVERYONE is welcome!

  • Your local Youthtown FaceBook : to suit our 5-12’s
  • Your local Youthtown Instagram : to suit our 13-18’s
  • YouTube : YouthtownConnect : something for everyone!
  • WeChat : a voice for our Chinese community
  • Live Zoom spaces : safe, live spaces for each programme site

If you have any questions, feel free to email us on and we’d welcome your ideas and feedback online.

Don’t forget to keep in touch with the latest from Youthtown on our website blog.

Please stay safe everyone!

Wellbeing 2: a message from Kiwi Kaha 

Kiwi Kaha is a social-skills programme that our Yr 7-8s are part of. Below is their message. The information may well relate to Yr 9-10s too.

We are very excited to be able to now share with you all our own Kiwi Can, Kiwi Kaha Canterbury YouTube channel. The link is below.

We would love you to share this channel with your students in your schools so that the tamariki are able to see their friendly leaders and to keep that connection.

Some of our clips may challenge the students, some may be just for fun, some may be to try something new but all our clips will be connected to one of our themes which are: Respect, Integrity, Resilience and Positive Relationships.

We hope your students enjoy watching their leaders and maybe learn something too!

Distance learning

Yesterday, Wednesday, the Minister of Education announced major developments in provision for distance learning.

Please see the following links to news articles on this but feel free to ignore if you are up to speed with the news media reporting.

The announced developments:

Home learning television: TV channels in English and te reo Māori offering learning programmes for learners from early learning to year 10

  • Home Learning TV | Papa Kāinga TV, on TVNZ, which will run from 9am to 3pm on school days on TVNZ2+1 and Sky channel 502. Some lessons will also be available on TVNZ On Demand.
  • Content for parents and whānau with preschool children and tamariki, and lessons for those aged 5 to 15 years of age.
  • Content will cover a broad curriculum that includes movement, music, physical education, wellbeing, numeracy, literacy and science through an integrated approach to curriculum. 
  • Content being developed with Māori Television to make distance learning in te reo Māori accessible for all ākonga and whānau. The programmes on Māori Television are for reo Māori learners of all ages, with a focus on those who are aged 0-18, covering ākonga in kōhungahunga (early learning), kura tuatahi (primary) and wharekura (secondary).

Devices and internet access

  • The Ministry of Education’s (MOE) aim is to increase the number of students who have both internet access and devices to take advantage of this access. There is an evolving national plan to put this into action.

Hard-copy resources

  • The MOE’s aim is to provide a range of subject-specific hard-copy resources for different year levels. Again, there is an evolving national plan to put this into action.

Online resources

  • more online resources for schools and kura
  • enhance online resources for parents, ākonga and whānau available through the Learning from Home and Ki te Ao Mārama websites

Learning Support

  • fast-track ways to connect Learning Support Coordinators with families remotely

School and teacher support

  • provide further access to school staff for professional support for distance learning

LCŌ’s distance learning framework 

Below we went into lockdown LCŌ developed a set of guidelines for distance learning. It was based on staff being available for their classes as timetabled. We recognised that there would be a number of occasions when this would not be possible because of the home circumstances of both the teacher and student, however we still wished to start from the foundation of the timetable because of three clear benefits:

  1. certainty to students and staff

  2. a supportive structure for students to manage independent learning

  3. balancing student and staff workload

However our experience over the first days of distance learning at the end of last term was there were many, many circumstances when sticking to the school timetable created its own difficulties and pressure. We are now considering other models which recognise the diversity of experience for both students and staff. In summary this still involves:

  •  teachers providing good learning opportunities, engaging activities and work of
  • teachers uploading task/lessons by set times so students have certainty
  • teachers nominating times that are mutually-possible for both students and teacher, when the teacher will be online and available to answer emails and questions etc

Further information on this will come when we have it available. We start from the understanding that staff and students will do what is possible, making the best of the given situation. 

And finally a word about NCEA to both students and whānau. Please don’t stress about NCEA. Because of the earthquakes, Christchurch schools are experienced in NCEA and working with NZQA – the NZ Qualifications Authority who administers NCEA – to make sure systems respond to external circumstances so they are fair to students. LCŌ will be responsive to your needs as a learner.

So does all this activity mean the lockdown is going to be longer than four weeks?

Iona Holsted, the Secretary for Education, has addressed this question. She says, “It is important to state up front that the Government is still working to a timeframe of a four-week lockdown, lifting on 22 April, but we’re planning for every scenario….” 

The Minister of Education also give a similar message, saying while the plan is still for a four-week lockdown, schools must be prepared for any scenario. 

Being prepared for any scenario is exactly the position we based on initial planning on and continue to do so.

Communicating with LCŌ

Please call or email us if you have any questions. The following contact numbers are being monitored daily over the school holidays precisely so if anyone needs to contact us, they can.

  • school office: 03 982 0100,                                           
  • If phoning the office there is a temporary lockdown message. Hang on through this message and then a gap of 4-5 seconds. A second recorded message then says, “We have not received a valid response….” and then connects you to the office phone. After 9 rings you are connected to the answer phone which is listened to daily.              
  • Sue Ingle, Head of Guidance: 982 0100 ext 822,

And if anyone wishes to contact me directly, my email is and my phone is 027 6221090.

Next communication: as outlined above, the next communication will have further information about LCŌ’s framework for distance learning.

Go well.

Ngā mihi

Richard Edmundson