Announcement : 

Dear Parents and Caregivers, Please see below a message from Group Captain Andy Scott, Base Commander of RNZAF Base Auckland following today’s events. Added to Andy’s message, a heartfelt thank you to you all for your understanding and support this afternoon, in what we know was a very difficult situation. As always, your children were amazing and took the afternoon in their stride. We are so proud of them all. Kind regards, Jo   Kia Ora Whenuapai Parents    Thank you for your patience and understanding as we worked through the incident at Whenuapai Air Base on Friday afternoon.    I appreciate that it was troubling to receive the messages of lockdown of the school and to be asked to stay away as the event unfolded, so I wanted to provide you some background as to what occurs if we have an incident on Base.    The priority for us is always the safety of our people and for us at RNZAF Base Auckland we treat the school as a part of our Base given how close we are. In incidents like this we prioritise getting hold of the school to inform them what is going on and to make sure the children are safe and at the start we may not always have the full picture.    As we get more information about the nature of the issue and risks, we work with the school and emergency services to see what is the best course of action for our children. Sometimes that maybe to stay in lockdown or it could be to evacuate, but each situation is different and so we always need to make sure we put the safety of our children first.    As we saw on Friday afternoon that saw both the lockdown and then a new pick up routine worked through where the Base staff supported the school to move children safely to alternate pickup sites.    I know you will all join me in thanking the teachers, the support staff and our amazing kids on doing such an awesome job on Friday. They did us all proud as it was certainly not the end to term we envisaged but it was great to see everyone pulling together in an strange situation.    Thank you all again for your support and understanding.    Kind regards   Andy Base Commander RNZAF Base Auckland.

Level 3 – Whenuapai School

Dear Community, 

At Whenuapai we are prepared for this situation and have teachers ready for home learning and in bubbles if you are required to work. 

If you are able to have your children at home, please do and your child’s classroom teacher will send daily activities to keep them learning. As we have no Seesaw this year, HERO, Zoom, Google classroom (year 5-8) and emails will be the place to find all communication regarding homelearning. 

For those students coming to school, please scan in on entry and staff will be there to assist you to a bubble. We have 4 bubbles set up, limiting the number of staff and students per bubble and providing a safe place for siblings to stay together and learn. Please bring any chromebooks, activities, games, scooters, bikes or skates that you wish to use throughout the day as you will have plenty of opportunities to play with these. 

We sure hope that this is a short disruption to the start of the year and that we are all back in school very soon! 

Look after yourselves and please email Raewyn or Molly if you have any questions at all.

rmatthys-morris@whenuapai.school.nz

mfletcher@whenuapai.school.nz

Kind regards, 

The staff at Whenuapai