Principal’s Message, Term 2, Week 7

Hi everyone,

We hope you are all doing well and adjusting to Level 2.

It is so great to see the children back at school, and seeing them settling back in so well during these unsettling times. I wanted to share with you some of the great work and activities the children have been doing since returning to school, and adjusting to the new normal, check this out below.

Also, a quick note to remind you, this weekend is Queens Birthday weekend, with Monday being a public holiday (school closed). We originally planned a Teachers Only Day on Tuesday. 2nd June, this has now been postponed. The reason we decided to do this is to ensure the children are keeping in a routine, since they have only just come back to school. If you made plans to go away for the long weekend, which meant your child/children would be away on Tuesday, that’s fine. We are happy to honour this due to the short notice we have provided. If you can please notify us by messaging the child’s teacher or using the school ap/absentee form that would be appreciated.

Team Updates

Puna-oho

Some of our youngest students began their learning journey online during lockdown.  We were so impressed with how well our students made a transition from seven weeks at home to being at school.  We made the most of the glorious autumn weather to enjoy the outdoors. Our new students and visitors loved giving their older siblings a hug.

The first week was a smooth transition back into classroom life and routines.  Many fun stories were shared as friends reconnected during work and play.  We saw a lot of creative thinking through art and play.  We used our artistic skills to draw and colour awesome butterflies, and some of our tamariki tāne found flax and weaved items to play with.

Te Kama

We have so enjoyed our week back at school! We had decided to have different fun activities to restart our time with our classes to ease them back into learning. Our students have enjoyed getting creative with different equipment – like ropes, sheets, paper plane challenges, loose parts play, nerf gun and tic-tac-toe relays and more! They have performed circus routines after learning to juggle, created a gymnastics class after seeing others practising their cartwheels, become teachers through role play and played tug of war with pieces of material. All of these activities have encouraged students to participate and contribute, relate to others, manage themselves and problem solve. We have had such a blast and we are looking forward to the rest of the term!

We are super excited to be back and to see all our friends. During week 1, we focused on Hauora/Wellbeing and shared stories from our lockdown experiences. We took time to reflect and talk about any worries we may have had and what we were looking to. We completed some art to show all the things we missed while in our bubbles at home, and showed gratitude by weaving together all people who have supported us over the past 8 weeks

Pakihi

At the start of Monday, we felt “tired” “sore” “bored” “angry” anxious”.  After 1 day it seemed for many of us like we never left school!  There was lots of energy and enthusiasm in class. Students have been enjoying the new fitness and the interesting ‘cubism’ art. We still feel a bit weird at times and realise that things might not go back exactly the way they were! Overall we have had a great first week back!

Raekura

Raekura students have come back to school very settled, excited and ready to learn. We took our time to build routines, learn about safety expectations and settle back into a school routine. The teachers have enjoyed watching our students reconnect with others and work alongside their friends. Students have learned games which emphasise ‘social distancing’ and have worked on a variety of tasks, similar to what they had been doing during lockdown. We changed our contract system during lockdown to include tasks related to key competencies and well being. It has been pleasing to see students want to continue to focus on these back at school, and we’re continuing with this new style of contract. Below are a few photos of our tamariki, happy and excited to be back at school!

Netsafe Online Safety

I have already shared this last week, but don’t forget Netsafe are hosting three Netsafe LIVE online events to answer the online safety questions schools and kura are currently asking. They have invited along a few experts to share their thoughts. The sessions will be hosted on Netsafe’s Facebook and YouTube pages. If you can’t make it during the live broadcasts, they will be online shortly afterwards. If you have any questions you would like answered, send them to education@netsafe.org.nz or ask on the day. More info here: https://www.netsafe.org.nz/the-kit/netsafe-live-online/

  • May 21 @ 4pm, School leaders – Katie Rawles (DP, Wellington College) joins Netsafe’s education team to examine how schools can approach online safety holistically involving all areas of the school, especially students, in initiatives.
  • May 28 @ 4pm, Students – Netsafe’s education team and members of our Youth Action Squad explore how online safety initiatives can meaningfully support students.
  • June 4 @ 4pm, Teachers – Netsafe’s education team and a guest tackle the challenges and opportunities Aotearoa’s educators are presented with as we transition back into classroom learning.

Sports News

Unitl we reach Level 1, which hopefully wont be too far away, team sports that involve a level of contact (basically all games) cannot resume games and competition until Level 1 UNLESS they have sorted out systems for tracing all people, limits on spectator numbers, spacing, no-overlapping of players in with players out, hand washing before and after, sanitising equipment, etc.  Due to these restrictions, it is likely that most sports will not resume competition until Level 1.   We will provide further updates as soon they become available on our website/sports page.

If you have sports uniforms that need to be returned please return them (washed/clean) to your school teacher, not the office.

Keep safe everyone, and have a great week and long weekend ahead.

Alasdair Maclean
Principal

Principal’s Message Term 2, Week 5

Kia ora koutou,

As we return to school on Monday 18th May, we would like to assure you of the practices we are putting in place. Student and staff health and wellbeing are at the forefront of our plans. We continue to liaise with the Ministry of Education to manage a safe re-entry to school at level 2. At Fairfield School we are managing health and safety risks and the protection of our staff, children and community. Our practices which meet public health requirements will include controls such as:-

1. Students are not permitted to enter the school grounds before 8.30a.m. This is to avoid large groups of children congregating unsupervised, in a common area.

2.We ask parents to drop their child off at the gate where possible. Physical distancing of 2 metres is recommended for parents and caregivers.

3. If parents need to be on school grounds (under level 2 health and safety guidelines and contact tracing) they will need to sign-in and also sign-out, recording names and contact details. The sign-in/sign-out form will be at the MacArthur and Fairfield Rd. entrances. As per normal practice, if you are signing a child out during school hours, this must be done using the electronic system at the office.

4. Staggered entry will occur as we ask years 1-4 students to enter school via Fairfield Rd. entrance and years 5-8 students to enter via MacArthur Street entrance (siblings of juniors may enter together via Fairfield Rd. entrance). Students in Years 1-3 will be met at the gate by their teacher and at the end of the day students in Years 1-4 will be taken by their teacher to the Fairfield Rd. entrance to meet parents or they will walk home if this is usual practice. Students in Years 1-3, who arrive after 8.40 will be met by a staff member who will escort them to class. The usual procedure for students arriving late to school must be signed in at the office. We do encourage punctuality to assist in the safe return to school for all students.

5. Water fountains will be closed off – please remind your child to bring a water bottle to school each day. This should be named.

6. Technology devices which have been issued to students will need to be returned to school on Monday 18th May to class teachers. These will be cleaned before being re-issued to classrooms.

7. Maintaining physical distancing so that children are not breathing on or touching each other
Good hygiene practices with regular cleaning of commonly touched surfaces

8. All surfaces will be disinfected and cleaned daily

9. Hand sanitiser at entry to class rooms

10. Reminding students to regularly wash and dry their hands, cough and sneeze into their elbow, and try to avoid touching their face

11. Contact tracing registers will be set up to identify adults on site

12. Parents are asked to keep sick children at home. Parents will be asked to take their child home,
if their child is presenting as unwell

13. Break times will be staggered so that Year 1-4 will have different play times to the Years 5 -8 and
there will be separate areas of the school designated for years 1-4 and years 5-8

14. Classroom temperatures will be kept at a minimum of 18 degrees

15. The children will be allowed to play with the sports equipment which will be allocated to each
classroom.

16. Upon arrival at school, students will be asked to remain in their classroom and not play outside, prior to school starting.

17. For the moment, we will not have assemblies and classes will remain working within their own classroom environment.

With the restrictions being lifted to level 2, we do hope you enjoy some resemblance of ‘normality’ as you reconnect with loved ones. We thank you for the wonderful work you have done to support your children with online learning. Teachers have remarked on the superb job, students and whānau have done. To allow teachers to plan for reopening on Monday the 18th, there will be no online delivery of lessons by teachers online on Friday. The staff and I are all looking forward to reconnecting with our students.

Below is a link to a YouTube video which is designed to teach children to wash their hands. Great to share and inform our children about safe hygiene practice.

https://safeYouTube.net/w/QgtE

Kind regards,

Kelly Binning – Rangi (Board Chairperson)
Alasdair Maclean (Principal)

Principal’s Message Term 2, Week 5

Dear Parents and Caregivers,

Yesterday, the Prime Minister advised that in Alert Level 2, schools are safe environments for children, young people and staff and that additional public health control measures are in place to prevent the spread of disease and to support contact tracing.

The good news is that we will be ready to welcome students and staff back to our school on Monday 18th May.

The key Public Health approach is to minimise the risk that someone gets infected in the first place, and second to ensure we can identify and contact anyone who has been in close contact with a person, if someone in a school is infected. As we have done in Alert Level 3, you can be assured that in Alert Level 2 we will know who is at school, who our staff and students have been in close contact with and take appropriate measures to keep everyone safe.

Physical distancing is a good precaution to prevent the spread of disease. We do however know it is challenging in schools, so good hygiene practices and regular cleaning are even more important here. This includes staff and students coughing into their elbows, and drying and regular cleaning of commonly touched surfaces.

Under Alert Level 2, we advise any students and staff to stay at home if they are sick, and we will send anyone home immediately if they show any symptoms.

Our school has safe and sensible practices to maintain the health and safety of everyone on the school site. Covid doesn’t hang in the air for hours waiting to infect passers-by. It travels on invisible drops of spit. You don’t have to cross the street to avoid anyone. Just avoid getting in their ‘moist breath’ zone”. We all just need to remember to have some breathing space at Alert Level 2!

It’s important however that not just at school but at home, safe hygiene habits are practised by everyone, as this is essential to minimise the risk that someone gets infected with Covid-19.

For more information about the public health measures at Alert Level 2, you can visit the covid19.govt.nz website: https://covid19.govt.nz/

If you have any questions about our health and safety plan, or have a child who might be vulnerable to serious illness and would like to discuss a plan for them, please contact me.

Later this week you can expect the following from the school.

1. A short survey from your classroom teacher about your child’s well-being, and how we can support them as we transition back to school.
2. Information from the school on what the ‘new norm’ will look like. This hopefully will be in digital format.
3. An outline the health and safety procedures we are undertaking to ensure your child is cared for.

We will be in touch again soon to update you on our plans.

Ngā mihi


Alasdair Maclean

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