LCŌ, MOE and CCC update #12

“Friday: the end of week 1 of the holidays. Whatever our past experiences of school holidays, none of us has experienced our present school holiday circumstances before.

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.

Wellbeing 1

From Mrs Sue Ingle, our Head of Guidance

The following link may be useful to those who are beginning to find difficulty with being in their bubble.

The five main points that Dr Lucy Hone and Dr Denise Quinlan speak of are:

  • Lowering the bar: compromise and do not expect the usual standard.
  • Recognise early warning signs in yourself when things are getting ‘a bit too much.’
  • Work out how to ‘refuel you tank.’  This can be different things at different times.
  • Identify and agree on a person’s own space. If a bear goes to its cave, don’t disturb!
  • Identify what is great about the person/people you are struggling with. And it is a two way thing: what am I/are you doing that is not helpful to others?

If you wish to explore these further the link is: Not Killing Nigel 

There is also a webinar on Staying Sane and Kind in Your Bubble: here

Wellbeing 2

Our 24-7 youth workers are a vital part of our school wellbeing team as they are in 75 schools nationwide. We are very fortunate to have their support.

From our youthworkers:

Follow us on facebook and instagram. We are posting content most days with ideas on how to keep fit, Vai’s singing competitions and so much more.


Instagram: 247youthlinwood

Wellbeing 3

From the ChCh City Council: Help for ChCh and Banks Peninsula residents

Christchurch and Banks Peninsula residents in need of assistance in accessing essential household goods and services due to the COVID-19 lockdown can get help via a local helpline.

The 0800 24 24 11 helpline will be run by Christchurch City Council staff and will operate around-the-clock.

“The helpline is a one-stop shop for the vulnerable people in our communities who may be having trouble accessing essentials such as food and medication,’’ says Christchurch Mayor Lianne Dalziel.

“It is there to provide welfare support to those who are struggling and in need extra help during the COVID-19 lockdown.

“The helpline is intended for those facing hardship and is offered in addition to a range of other support measures provided by other agencies, particularly the Ministry of Social Development,’’ Mayor Dalziel says.

“When people call in they will get help to access essential supplies or they will put in contact with other relevant Government agencies who are already working to deliver particular services. We want to ensure everyone is looked after during this difficult period and the helpline is one way we can provide support and reassurance to people,’’ the Mayor says.

“I would request that if you are able to provide for yourself at this time, please help by keeping the line free for those who need urgent assistance.’’

Learning: on-site at LCŌ or distance learning

We know that as part of the national Level 4 lockdown, early learning services, schools, kura and tertiary education providers closed at midnight on Wednesday 25 March for four weeks. However, we are all aware of the possibility that there may be the need to extend these closures past these four weeks.

We are at Level 4 of New Zealand’s 4-level COVID-19 alert system. It is likely Level 4 measures will stay in place for a number of weeks.

Term 2 is due to start on Wednesday 15 April with distance learning as schools will still be under the 4 weeks of closure. If the school closures are extended then of course distance learning is extended too.

While we are hoping for schools’ reopening, LCŌ is also preparing for a potential extension. All this week we have been in near-daily communication with the Ministry of Education and this will further intensify next week. I will be in contact with us then about this. 

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,
  • 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: I will put out another communication in the middle of next week or immediately if important information comes through before then. As outlined above, this next communication will have further information about distance learning.

Ngā mihi

Richard Edmundson