What does remote learning look like at FBS?

Remote learning starts on Monday 17th August, until Wednesday 26th August, and will be a mix of online and offline options for learning.

  • Daily virtual class check ins with the teacher and all students (these commence on Monday  17th August)
  • Videos, assignments and tasks set by teachers in hard copy or using MS 365
  • Flexible learning arrangements (children can learn at different times of the day) to suit family circumstances and needs
  • Learning that is appropriate for the home environment
  • Teachers giving feedback through online knowledge checks, comments on collaborative documents, and emails to parents to keep students motivated and moving forward
  • Please be mindful when communicating with your child’s teacher that they too have families that they will be looking after

What will my child’s day look like now?

This will very much depend on how you and your family would like to map out your day. We encourage a balanced day with a mix of online and offline learning. Children should be learning for a maximum of 3 hours a day (both on and offline) and the day should be broken up with times for physical activity breaks, snack and lunch times and free play times.

 Each day there will be a class video-conference with the teacher using your child’s Microsoft Account. We believe it is really important for the well being of our students that they can connect with their class and teacher when they can.

(Log-on details have been emailed to you and instructions are in the Support section below. These video-conferences are hosted on Microsoft Teams and are recorded so can be viewed at any time of the day if you are unable to connect at these times.)

Whānau Rau Tahi – 8:40am (video call) & 11:30am (online adventure)

Whānau Rau Rua – 10:30am

Whānau Puna – 10am

Whānau Wai – 9:15am

Whānau Ata – 9:30 karakia 
10 – 11am:  Harley
11 – 12pm:  Loren/Anania
2 – 1pm:     Machelle
1 – 2pm:     Te Rina
1 – 2pm:     Harley
2 – 3pm:    Loren/Anania 
3 – 4pm:    Te Rina
4 – 4.45 :    Machelle
5pm:             karakia whakakapi            

 We recommend that your child spends between 30 and 45 minutes on each of the core subjects of Reading, Writing and Maths both on and offline, and that this learning is complemented by other learning activities. Teacher set tasks and suggestions can be found on each of the whānau’s SWAY pages.

Whānau Rau Tahi –

Whānau Rau Rua –

Whānau Puna –

Whānau Wai –

Whānau Ata –

How Can I Help My Child?

  • During remote learning, routines and expectations will change to some degree and so it is important to establish the new agreements and routines at home during this time
  • Setting daily goals will help your child to focus on their learning for the day
  • Children should maintain their regular bedtime routines so that they can keep to the school day for learning. Periodic breaks and regular movement are important
  • Make time to socialise even if that is by phone or internet with family and friends
  • Show an interest in what they are doing and enjoy spending this time with them
  • Keep a check on their wellbeing and mental health
  • Communicate with your child’s teacher by email if you need support or have any questions or concerns
  • Assist your child with access to technology and do your best to get your child on their class videoconference each day

What Will the Teachers Be Doing?

  • They will hold a morning video-conference to check in with their class to connect and set them up for the day
  • They will set the learning tasks and will provide links to the necessary resources
  • They will give feedback and guidance to students as appropriate
  • They will respond to parent emails and answer questions or concerns as soon as they are able to
  • Once again, please be mindful that our teachers also have families who they will be supporting at home

Tech Support:

If you are having difficulty with an app, please contact Suvarna on at any time. Alternatively you can call 021 143 1299 for tech support Mondays to Fridays from 8:00 – 11:00. 

How to access Teams for your daily class video-conference: