Distance Learning

Our teachers are working diligently to prepare distance learning opportunities for our tamariki to engage in whilst at home from Thursday 26 August until we return to school at Level 2. Working together with our kura and teachers, as a whanau you can support your child/ren to learn from home.

Select your child's classroom number below to access their learning programme. If you have any questions regarding your child's learning please contact their teacher using the contact information below.

PĀNUI UPDATE: Tuesday 7 September 2021

Pāpā Bill/Nanny Nao

E: wipatio@hiruharama.school.nzM: 021 160 6095 Seesaw: Pīpī Noughts

Matua Willy

E: matuawilly@hiruharama.school.nzM: 027 399 2455Seesaw:

Kōkā Michelle

E: kokamichelle@hiruharama.school.nzM: Facebook:

Kōkā Avril

E: kokaavril@hiruharama.school.nzM: 027 606 8476 Facebook: Room 4 Te Kura o Hiruharama

Matua Drum & Kōkā Heaven

E: matuadrum@hiruharama.school.nzM: 0211068473 Seesaw: Rūma 5 2021

Kōkā Denise

E: kokadenise@hiruharama.school.nzM: 027 675 1690 Seesaw: Rūma 7

Matua Kapa

E: matuakapa@hiruharama.school.nzM: 027 231 3514Facebook: Room 8 Te Kura o Hiruharama

Kōkā Riana

E: kokariana@hiruharama.school.nzM: 022 139 9193Seesaw: Room 1

Distance Learning Information

Distance Learning Information

During these unprecedented times, we would like to assure our whanau that the teachers of Te Kura o Hiruharama have been working extremely hard planning and preparing for distance learning opportunities (online/hardcopy) for our learners. It is vitally important that our students remain connected with their learning during this period of lockdown.

As a school we are ready to provide distance learning. It is not our intention to place added pressure on whanau at this time, and we kindly ask that you do only what you can, and please keep in touch with your child’s respective teacher, who is there to provide support if needed. We are all here to help in any way possible.

Kia ora tatou.

For further information from the Ministry of Education, please visit their website.


Online Learning Programs

We will be using Seesaw and Hapara, online learning platforms, with our students during lockdown. The studnets know these programs and have been using them in school. Find out more by clicking the images below.


Our Juniors students will be accessing fun activities through the Seesaw App on their devices at home.


Our Seniors will be accessing assignments and collaborating with other students using Hāpara.


  • Last year in lockdown we used Zoom for regular communication, whilst this is a great way to stay connected we also received feedback that it can be a challenge to connect. This lockdown teachers will still be using Zoom to check in and connect their classes but less often. We will also be using learning tools Hapara and Seesaw to communicate and stay connected with our students.

  • Our teachers will be available to their students and whānau. Email will be the preferred way of communication between whanau and teachers. Teachers can then make contact by way of phone if that is easier. See above for teacher contact details.

Access to Chromebooks and Internet

  • If a device is required, Parents/Whanau will be able to come to school and collect these on Thursday 26 August between 10.00am and 2.00pm. We ask that on arrival to school you remain in your vehicle and we will bring the equipment to you. Please wear a mask. You will need to sign an agreement for the device.

  • A huge thank you to all who completed the Distance Learning August 2021 Survey this enabled us to work out which students have internet and device access. A huge thank you to so many of you for providing feedback also this has been a huge help in our planning process and helps us taylor our students learning.

If you haven't completed the Distance Learning Survey yet please do.

Online Safety


It is extremely important that you discuss with your child online safety and what this looks like for them. The following seven tips to help are taken from the Netsafe website.

For further information, please visit : https://www.netsafe.org.nz/online-safety-for-parents/

The following tips are designed to enhance your digital parenting knowledge and have been developed with parents in mind.

  1. Understand: Read about the potential online risks, challenges and sometimes illegal behaviour young people face to understand what may happen

  2. Learn: Ask your child about what they do, how they use devices and who they talk to learn about their activities. Check in regularly to see what has changed

  3. Explore: Take the time yourself to explore the sites, apps and technologies your child uses to improve your knowledge and understand their experience

  4. Agree: Create a family code with your child to agree on what they can do online including sites to visit, appropriate behaviour, privacy settings and limits

  5. Start: Recognize each child has unique needs, but some online safety concepts are universal. Start by teaching yours the Five tips to help your child thrive

  6. Model: Be a good example to your child. Make sure you role model the sort of behaviour you want to see your child use online and offline

  7. Plan: Make a plan so everybody knows what to do if something goes wrong and where you will be able to get advice and support in challenging times

NOTE: Best online safety tips for Lockdown can also be found on


Learning Support for Remote Learning

We are here to support whanau, so that you can in turn help your child/ren at home with learning during lockdown. Our intention is not to place pressure on whanau, but to instead provide a plan for distance learning ideas and opportunities that our learners can engage in. You are not expected to replace the teacher and we are here to provide assistance. Please do not hesitate to contact your child’s teacher either via email or phone if you have any questions.

The Ministry of Education have made available to whanau, resources to support learning from home. Please see the links to two of these websites below.

  • English Medium Resources.


  • Maori Medium Resources.