We are a full primary school (Years 1-8) situated in the township of Seddon at the base of the Awatere Valley, 25 km south of Blenheim. Seddon School was established in 1883 and is an important part of the wider community. We offer quality modern teaching and learning programmes while still maintaining strong traditional values.

We welcome your enquiries about our school, learning programmes and enrollment processes.

Please contact us on 03 575 7417



March 24, 2020

Term 1 ends Friday 27th March

Please note change to Term dates due to Covid 19 Alert 4 Lockdown status. Term Two will commence Wednesday April 15th. As the school will still be in lock down please start your home learning programmes. Please refer to emails from the school for access to these and feel free to contact your child's teacher at anytime after the holiday break.

Coronavirus Update

March 17, 2020


Talking to children about COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

(Adapted from A Parent Resource. National Association of School Psychologists, 2020. https://www.nasponline.org/)

Help children cope with anxiety by providing accurate information

Children look to adults for guidance on how to react to stressful events such as COVID-19. Parents, caregivers,

whanau and teachers will have a particularly important part to play in reassuring children at this time.

Children will react to and follow your verbal and non-verbal cues. If you are able to stay informed and realistic, it will

be easier for you to reassure children effectively as well.

Children need factual, age-appropriate information about COVID-19 so that they can also feel informed and in

control. They need to know how they can play a part in avoiding infection and the spread of the virus. They also need

to feel that any fears that they may have can be talked about and addressed.

Reassure your children

· If no one in your family has COVID-19 nor has had close contact with anyone with COVID-19, emphasise to

your children that they and your family are fine.

• Remind them that the right people are working hard to keep New Zealanders safe, including the adults at the

children’s school or early learning service.

• Let your children talk about their feelings, and help reframe their concerns into the appropriate perspective.

• You know your children best. If they have a lot of questions, consider how much extra information would or

wouldn’t be helpful for them to know before replying.

Tips – if your child is anxious

• Try offering children simple choices to help give them a feeling of being in control. Would they like to use the

red towel or the white towel to dry their hands? Spend some time together - would they like to do a puzzle or

listen while you read a story? Make sure that you choose options that are both acceptable for you, so there

is no chance of getting into a power struggle.

• Help them do some deep breathing exercises. (This works for adults too.) Gently hold their thumb with your

hand, have them breathe slowly in and out, and count out loud, “ 1”. Move your hand to hold their pointer

finger, have them breathe slowly in and out, and count “2”. Move to your hand to hold their middle finger,

have them breathe slowly in and out, and count “3”, and so on. You can move across just one hand and

count to “5”, or both hands to count to “10”. Can they do it for you? Can they learn to do it for themselves –

many children are now practising mindfulness exercises at school? Can they lie on the floor with their hand

on their tummy and feel their breathe move in and out? You can ask your child if there are any other

strategies that they know and use.

· Sparklers has a range of calming activities you could try https://sparklers.org.nz/

Make yourself available

· Children may need extra attention from you and may want to talk about their concerns, fears, and questions. Make

time for them.

· Tell them you love them and give them plenty of affection.

Be patient; children and youth do not always talk about their concerns readily. Watch for clues that they may want to

talk, such as hovering around while you do the dishes or work. It is very typical for younger children to ask a few

questions, return to playing, then come back to ask more questions. Often they will ask the same questions again

and again as they try to make sense of things – keep your answers simple, truthful and age-appropriate. Children will

be reassured by your consistent responses.

When sharing information, provide facts calmly, remind children that adults are working to address this concern, and

give children actions they can take to protect themselves.

Maintain a normal routine

• Keep to a regular, predictable schedule to help show your child that their daily routines are in control and will

continue as normal.

• Encourage your children to keep up with their schoolwork and extracurricular activities, but don’t push them

if they seem overwhelmed.

Avoid blaming others

• Explain that sometimes people blame others for events they cannot control, but that this is not correct


• Avoid stereotyping any one group of people as responsible for the virus.

• Report any bullying or negative comments you are aware of at your children’s school or early learning


• Be aware of the influence that other adults with different attitudes on COVID-19 have on your children. You

may have to explain to them that some people have different values from the ones that you and your children

will follow.

Monitor social media and TV

• Limit your children’s television viewing, Internet access and social media involvement. Try to avoid watching

or listening to information that might be upsetting when your children are present.

• Let your child know that a lot of COVID-19 information on the Internet may be based on rumours and

inaccurate information.

Review and model basic hygiene and healthy lifestyle practices

• Talk about what you and your children what they can do to help prevent infection.

• Wash hands multiple times a day for at least 20 seconds each time (singing Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star

slowly takes about 20 seconds) and dry hands thoroughly.

• Cover their mouths with a tissue when they sneeze or cough, and throw away the tissue immediately, or

have them sneeze or cough into the bend of their elbow.

• Do not share food or drinks.

• Practice giving fist or elbow bumps instead of handshakes. Fewer germs are spread this way.

• Discourage the child from touching their eyes, nose, and mouth.

• Encourage your child to eat a balanced diet, get enough sleep, and exercise regularly to develop a strong

immune system for fighting off illness.

• Discuss the new rules or practices at the child’s school or early learning service.

• Keep in contact with your child’s school or service and let them know if there have been any changes within

your family.

Back to School 2020

November 27, 2019

Term Dates for your diaries

Term 1   Start: Monday 3 February - Finish: Friday March 27th

Closed: Waitangi Day - Thursday 6 Feb and Friday 7 Feb (extra day closed)

Term 2              Start: Wednesday 15 April - Finish: Friday 3 July

Closed: Friday 29 May - Teacher only day and Queen’s Birthday - Monday 1 June

Term 3   Start: Monday 20 July - Finish: Friday 25 September

                        Closed: Friday 11 September - Teacher only day

Term 4              Start: Monday 12 October - Finish: Thursday 17 December

Closed: Labour Day - Monday 26 October and Marlborough Ann - Monday 2 November

There will be an additional Teacher Only Day in term 4 - Date to be set. 

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