Term 1 2021

Term 1 2021

A HUGE welcome to 2021 from all of us here at Learning Support! We trust that you were all able to have some much needed downtime over the Summer period and enjoyed good weather and time with friends and family. We are all back on deck feeling relaxed and revitalised after some special time with our families and friends. We know that all of our wonderful tutors are really enjoying working with their amazing students again this year and have been impressed by how hard everyone is working.

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A Gentle Start to 2021

A recent article posted on the Radio New Zealand website has reminded us of the huge year that 2020 was. We all lived through an unprecedented time where changes to our normal life were huge and unexpected. This article highlights the possible impact for students going back to school in 2021 and gives us all some things to think about as our kids all settle back into school life over the coming weeks. 

https://www.rnz.co.nz/news/national/434741/schools-will-feel-impact-of-2020-lockdowns-in-2021-education-review-office-warns

Many of our tutors start tutoring around the middle of February to give your kids time to settle into their new learning environments and get to know their new teachers and classmates. We see this as an important time for settling in prior to getting back on board with tutoring. 

Health and Safety Procedures 

As we are all aware, New Zealand is a great place to live at present due to our COVID numbers, yet unfortunately it is still prevalent in many countries around the world. We are still needing to be careful with procedures to ensure we all stay safe. The same goes for our tutors who will continue to sanitise their hands and work surfaces and communicate with parents if they are unwell. Please also ensure that you are following Ministry of Education guidelines around health and safety in regard to COVID. 

Advocating for Change

We have previously discussed the amazing people in our world who are advocating for change in education so we are able to better understand and support different learners. Richard Williams, better known by his stage name, Prince Ea is one of these people.  He is an American rapper and motivational artist.  One of his raps addresses the American school system and we note that some of the  flaws he identifies within his rap are similar to some of the issues we find in our school system here in New Zealand. We wanted to share this video with you once more so you can see what he feels needs to be changed.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dqTTojTija8.

Expanding our Team

Meet Ali, she’s a Mum to 3 busy children and is the newest addition to our Central Otago team.  Over summer she’s loved exploring our beautiful lakes, rivers and walks with her family, finding some brilliant new swimming spots along the way. With the school year starting next week, she is looking forward to working with some amazing children. 

New Tutor Recruitment 

Our branches are rapidly growing and we are on the hunt for some new fabulous people to join our team. If you know of a teacher in Marlborough, Wellington, Papamoa or the Wairarapa that is looking for a new work opportunity please ask them to email us on admin@learningsupport.nz and we can flick them our New Tutor Information Pack. 

Maths Website – Topmarks

We know that many of our maths (and some of our literacy students) find it tricky to remember basic facts.  We love the website TopMarks as a tool to help students practice these basic facts that are foundational for further maths learning. Topmarks also has a paid Ipad app called Hit the Button which many of our tutors use during their sessions. 

Check it out here: https://www.topmarks.co.uk

2021 Learning Support fee changes

If you are a current Learning Support family your tutor would have been in touch to let you know the start date for Term 1 tutoring and to inform you of changes to the fees for tutoring. Please do touch base with Kim and/or Holly if you have any questions regarding these changes. 

We hope the remainder of Term 1 goes well for you! 

The Learning Support Team