THURSDAY 9TH SEPTEMBER, 2021
Tena koutou everyone
A very warm welcome back to all our staff, students and families. It was fabulous to see our excited learners coming into the school grounds this morning. They were so independent and confident in the way they said goodbye at the gates and came in on their own. Self Managing Stars in action !
Thank you so much for the way you have prepared them for this Alert Level at school. The children have returned so excited to see their teachers and classmates, full of enthusiasm to return to their learning.
We have a large percentage of our students back today; 749 students on site out of a roll of 781. This is 96% of our roll which is fantastic. I am humbled by your trust in the processes that we have place.
Special thanks to our staff for the way they ‘quickly sprung into action’ with the Home Learning during our time in Lockdown. Some great learning and activities were shared during that time. Also thank you to the staff who were able to be available for our on-site learning in Alert Level 3. It was great to be together again.
We have been asked about Face Coverings or Masks in school. In terms of adults coming onto the school site the only caregivers who will be able to come in are those of our very youngest New Entrant students. (Matawhero 2, 4 and 1). It has been determined that masks must be worn by these Matawhero parents coming into our site. For these caregivers, as soon you and your child get to the pod area you must leave your child with the teaching team. In terms of our students, teachers and teacher aides mask wearing is not a requirement in the primary school setting. It remains an option for individuals and a decision for the individuals and whānau. Whatever decisions students and teachers make, it is their own to make and needs to be respected. Where an individual chooses to use a face covering, they should supply and wear their own, and to do so safely. This option applies to younger children too. It becomes an issue if the child plays with their mask or takes it on and off. In that situation the child is much better to not have any mask than to wear one inappropriately.
The following information on this face covering issue has been provided to schools in bulletins from the Ministry of Education on advice from the Ministry of Health:
‘This is not a requirement for staff or students in a school setting.
It remains an option for individuals and a decision for the individuals and whānau. Whatever decisions students and teachers make, it is their own to make and needs to be respected. Where an individual chooses to use a face covering they should supply and wear their own, and to do so safely. This option applies to younger children too. Public health advice for those under six is getting children to cough and sneeze into their elbow and wash and dry their hands. The use of masks is permitted but not actively encouraged.’
(As you can see the wording for our guidelines in this area are directly taken from the latest Ministry of Education and Health guidelines.)
Our staff have all completed Health Surveillance Questionnaires on their health status throughout this period, we are aware of and satisfied with their locations and movements across this time. In terms of any other adults that come onto the site, masks will be required to be worn as there can be a risk associated with adults, who are moving more freely throughout the community. I will always err on the side of caution!
Thank you so much for all your understanding and support of these measures. Our students, staff and families are the most precious part of our school, we will keep you all safe in these challenging times.
Kia kaha - go well everyone.
Anne Fraser - Principal
UNWELL CHILDREN WHO NEED TO GO HOME
Our Administration team and teaching staff act in the very best interests of your child and their well-being is paramount. When children arrive at the School Office, and depending on the situation, most of the children are offered a rest in our Wellness Room and re-assessed before a phone call home; often they return to their classroom.
We understand many of our families have work commitments however, if you are phoned by the school to collect your child from school due to illness, it would be appreciated if you could arrange for their collection as soon as possible. For the privacy of other students, the School Office staff will collect your child from the Wellness Room when you arrive.
If your child is sick, please keep them at home until they are well.
If your child has diarrhoea or vomiting we ask that they do not return to school unless they are well and have had no further diarrhoea or vomiting for 48 hours prior to returning – these bugs can be highly contagious.
Thank you for your assistance.
FIRST CREDIT UNION, SCHOOL BANKING
First Credit Union have advised the health and safety of their members and staff remains their priority at this time and they wish to advise that they will not be restarting our school banking program in Term 4.
If parents would like to continue to save into their children’s First Credit Union accounts, contact First Credit Union directly and they would be more than happy to help you set up regular automatic payments
SCHOOL LUNCH ORDERS
Our school lunch program will not be operating under Alert Level 2.
We are hoping to be able to order school lunches again in Term 4 starting on Monday 18th October, 2021.
We will keep you updated.
2022 SCHOOL TERM DATES
Term 1 Wednesday 2nd February – Term 1, 2022 Begins
(Tuesday 1st February - Teacher Only Day)
Public Holiday: Monday 7th February (Waitangi Day Holiday)
Thursday 14th April – End of Term 1 (11 weeks)
Term 2 Monday 2nd May – Friday 8th July (10 weeks)
Teacher Only Day - Friday 3rd June
Public Holidays: Monday 6th June (Queens Birthday)
Friday 24th June (Matariki Celebration)
Term 3 Monday 25th July – Friday 30th September (10 weeks)
Our Mid-Term break - Monday 29th August
Term 4 Monday 17th October – Thursday 15th December (9 weeks)
Teacher Only Day - Friday 21st October
Public Holiday: Monday 24th October (Labour Day)
TE TOTARA SPORTS PLAYER OF THE DAY
If you are a Coach or Manager, please email the
POD to firstname.lastname@example.org
Green Edith Newman-Lander
Red Max Singh, Kirat Kaur
White Soyun Kim
Thunder Cameron Fallon
DATES COMING UP
Wed 15 Sept PTA Meeting - TBC
Thurs 30 Sept BOT Meeting @ 6.30pm
Mon 1 Oct TERM 3 ENDS @ 3.00PM
Mon 18 Oct TERM 4 BEGINS @ 8.55AM
Anne Fraser - Principal
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