Message from the Principal
May 22 2020
Tēna Koe, Talofa Lava, Kia Orana, Malo e lelei, Bula vinaka, Fakalofa lahi atu, Taloha ni, Fakatalofa atu and warm greetings to you all.
Alert Level 2
3 Key messages"
- Reduce risk
- Contact Tracing
- It's not business as normal
We started with 85% of our school attending to over 90% by the end of the week, a big thank you to those of you who helped stagger our KURA kids in. We very much appreciate your support, as it did help with just settling back into school.
We have been at school one week under Alert Level 2 and it has been delightful, very calm, and relaxed. The classes have been working on Bubble writing and visual arts and have enjoyed just being able to talk with their peers and get outside and play on the playground. It is the simple things that make us happy at the moment. Our staff has enjoyed just having our KURA kids come on-site and being able to talk with them in the mornings and not have adults in the room, strange to say this but it has really helped our teachers connect with our KURA kids. We will operate exactly the same next week so drop off remains from 8.30am and no adults on site.
I want you to feel reassured we will contact you if we feel we need to have a conversation about your child and anything we have noticed that is different to what we saw prior to the lockdown. We have a school social worker and lots of agencies we can connect with to help us. If you feel there is a change please email either email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
We will not have any adults on our school site except for the parents of New Entrants while we are at Alert Level 2. I have been really pleased with the way everyone has waited outside the school and just been calm. I want you to remember you cannot drop and leave your children before 8.30am, if this is too late for you then I suggest you contact the YMCA as they are available from 7.30am on our school site.
Remember if you want to pick your child up earlier in the day you just need to email the teacher and they will arrange for this to happen.
If your child is sick please keep them home we will not hesitate at the moment to ring you to pick them up and I thank the parents who have done this already over this last week.
Symptoms to monitor for are: respiratory symptoms such as a cold, a head cold, blocked ears, cough, sneezing, chills and a fever.
Anyone with those symptoms should be isolated and contact Healthline for advice, which may include getting tested for COVID-19. A principal can ask a student to not attend school if they believe on reasonable grounds they may have a communicable disease, which includes COVID-19.
I had so many conversations about how worried parents were about their child on a device or watching T.V. One week at school, no devices and our KURA kids are happy.
We are running low on tissues at school so if you would like to send your child with a box for school this would be greatly appreciated. we usually get these through kidscan for our school but they are out of supplies.
We have noticed some children have no drink bottles so can you make sure they come with a bottle of water and a big lunch, again some children had eaten their lunch by morning tea this week. Being back at school is using more energy so they need plenty to eat.
Our morning tea and lunches are different times under Alert Level 2 as this ensures the playground is not crowded at any one time.
Year 1- 3 Morning tea at 10 am and Lunch at 11.45 to 12.45
Year 4 - 6 Morning tea at 10.40 and Lunch at 1- 2pm
We have a team of 3 at the moment on our cleaning schedule and the classes, toilets and any other areas where people are working are cleaned 3-4 times a day. The school has never been cleaner and I thank this crew for the work they are doing.
It was so exciting to actually meet all our KURA kids who turned 5 or were due to start over Alert Level 3 and 4 . We welcome into our school the following
- Jax Bolton
- Fintan Archer
- Bella Denyer
- Cedes Hope
- Elsie Fernie
- Te Amorangi Hetet
- Willow Middlemiss
- Willa Wesley-Smith
- Berdina Pohatu
- Oscar Tilley
- Eva Meredith
- Rocco Jansen-McCarthy
We have had some laughs this week with New entrants as it is quite normal for them to cuddle or hug one another when they see someone is sad and this has happened a number of times.
At the moment many things will be cancelled and we have to live with this. We have been notified that Artsplash will not happen in 2020, we had two groups for this event. We had dancing and the choir, these KURA kids will be sad but they will get to do this again and we can share their talents at school.
I would encourage you to send your KURA kid to school with their Ministry pack that was sent to your home as they can complete these at school with the help of their teacher.
A reminder if we loaned you a Chrome book for home at Alert level 3 and 4 please bring this back to school and give it to Jamie Merrick.
We have been able to get a new date for school photos thank goodness and this is Thursday 2 July, the day before the end of this term. SO put that in your calendar and more information will come out soon.
Check out our new display on the wall of the Room 16-19 block
I love the words and we all felt them in the lockdown. Getting out walking, biking or running helped keep balance in all our lives. The bikes are all out of our bike shed and have been reused as art.
Nga mihi nui ki a koutou