We all have our stories of where we were and what happened and a great deal of the recovery is sharing those stories.
It was great to see the children back in the grounds that have been so empty over the last week. Staff have been briefed and given up to date information from Civil Defence on how to best deal with a quake in the classroom. There is a large amount of misinformation out there in the community at the moment.
I understand if parents are unsure of leaving their children with teachers if their children are traumatised by the recent events. There are a couple of things we need to ask.
We ask that there are no children in the school grounds before 8.30 in
the morning for the next fortnight. There is no supervision in the event of an
If your child has displayed signs of trauma then please contact or
speak to the classroom teacher so that we can be sure to keep an extra eye
out for them. We have contacts that we can make to get further help for
children who require it.
In the event of a very large aftershock, which may have caused damage
to buildings, we ask that you collect your children as soon as possible. We
will not be in the position to phone everyone. In such a situation we will
wait with the children on the main field.
Please ensure that all contact details are up to date.