Term two gets underway for school pupils

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Back to school . . . Blue Mountain College pupil Kaylee Mercer and her brother, Tapanui School pupil Laykin Mercer, started the school term from the comfort of their home today. PHOTO: BRITTNEY ANDREWS.

School’s back – but with a twist.

Due to the nationwide Covid-19 Alert Level 4 lockdown, school pupils have started term two online and through television channels provided.

Blue Mountain College pupil Kaylee Mercer (11) and her brother, Tapanui School pupil Laykin Mercer (7), got stuck into their school work at home with their mother, Brittney Andrews.

They both had virtual conversations with their teachers and classmates to start the day.

“Both kids really enjoyed getting to see all their friends and teachers for the first time in quite a while,” Ms Andrews said.

Online apps and websites for reading, spelling and mathematics for the pupils to learn from were fantastic.

”Not only learning links but exercise videos such as Jump Jam isolation edition have been enjoyed at our house. We have had a lot of fun exploring and making ourselves familiar with these.

”There have been a few teething issues getting things up and running but the kids have fantastic support from their teachers who are always there to help them out.

”It has given me a whole other level of appreciation for school teachers that’s for sure!”

Laykin Mercer bakes a cake for a recipe to return to school with. PHOTO: BRITTNEY ANDREWS

Pupils were also encouraged to bake with their families, bring their recipes to school when it returned and recipe books would be made from them, she said.