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Principal’s Message,Term 1, Week 2

Dear Parents/Caregivers,
The first week of school was a very positive week.  I heard lots of laughter and watched happy students interacting around our school.  A great start to the 2020 school year.
School Lunches: 
School lunches can be ordered daily online using the lunch-on-line phone app or by visiting www.lunchonline.co.nz  or clicking the link on the school website All orders must be placed online and confirmed before the cut off time 8:30 am for the order to be accepted.
Friday Only Lunch Orders: cash orders can be dropped off at the office in an envelope with the student’s name, room number, order details, and the amount enclosed in the envelope.  Change can be given if necessary, and will be returned to the student with their lunch order.
Music Lessons:  
House of Sound currently provide in-school music lessons.  To enrol your child in the programme please go to the House of Sound website for more information.  http://www.houseofsound.co.nz/#homepage
eTAP: 
We have recently updated our computer system with a great addition.  This now means we can now notify our families by email/text of upcoming events, sports etc, with the ability to reply with an electronic signature, this is a great way of ensuring everyone is aware of upcoming events, and with a click of a button you can register your child.  I will update you more on this shortly.
Gala Update: 
If you are interested in managing a stall and helping out, if you work for a business that may be able to support our gala with prizes/sponsorship or services please message us or pop in to see Kirstin at the office.

Over the next few weeks $10 funny money will be up for grabs for any child of a family who volunteers to help at the gala.  Your child may be the lucky winner next week so keep those helper forms rolling in to the office.  Helper forms are available at the school office.
Next Gala meeting: Thursday 13th February, 7pm in the staffroom.

Sports News: 

Forms have been sent home to children who expressed an interest in the following sports which will soon start this term, forms are due now; Summer 7’s football, waterpolo, twilight hockey, yeah girls cricket, super star cricket and netball.  For more information visit the school website/sports page or collect a form from the office.  Sports updates will also be posted on the new notice board which is located outside the school office, here you will find team information, draws and what’s happening.

Dates to remember:

Thursday, 13th February Year 7/8 Waiopehu Technology Programme begins
Thursday, 13th February Gala Meeting, 7pm, staffroom.
Wednesday 18th March Year 1, 2 and 3 Athletics, 9:00 am – 10:45 am
Monday, 24th February Board of Trustees Meeting, 7pm staffroom.
Thursday 27th February Family Picnic.
Wednesday 11th March Gala 5pm – 7pm.
Monday 16th March

Wednesday 18th March

Year 4, 5 and 6 Athletics (postponement date Tues 17th March).

Year 1, 2 and 3 Athletics (9am  10:45am)

Friday 20th March Year 7 and 8 Athletics (postponement date 24th March).
Wednesday 25th March EPro 8 at Levin Intermediate at 5pm – 8pm.

2020 School Term Dates:

Term 1 Monday 3rd February Thursday 9th April 96 half days
Term 2 Tuesday 28th April Friday 3rd July 96 half days
Term 3 Monday 20th July Friday 25th September 100 half days
Term 4 Monday 12th October Tuesday 15th December 92 half days
Kind regards,
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Alasdair Maclean
Principal

 

Coronavirus Update

Latest updates are available via the Ministry of Health website: https://www.health.govt.nz/our-work/diseases-and-conditions/novel-coronavirus-2019-ncov

At the time of writing there is no confirmed case of coronavirus in New Zealand, although the Ministry of Health do anticipate that at some stage this will occur and they are well prepared for such an event.  The Ministry of Health have provided key information to support your understanding of the current requirements for the stay away period:

  • New border measures will deny entry to New Zealand for anyone who has left or transited through mainland China after midnight on 2 February 2020, with the exception of:
    • New Zealand citizens (including those from the three Countries of the Realm: Tokelau, Niue and the Cook Islands), permanent residents and their immediate family 
    • Air crews on direct flights from mainland China who have been using appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE).  
  • If have been in close contact with a confirmed novel coronavirus case you should self-isolate for 14 days. If you develop symptoms including fever, coughing and difficulty breathing you should ring Healthline (for free) on 0800 611 116 or your doctor.
  • As of 2 February 2020, all travellers arriving in New Zealand out of mainland China should self-isolate for a period of 14 days from the time they leave mainland China.
  • People who departed from mainland China before midnight 2 February are not required to self-isolate unless they have been in Wuhan City or Hubei Province in the last 14 days. 

A key point is that the 14 day stay away period starts from when the person left China (or Wuhan City/Hubei Province).  Not when they were due to start back at school or from when they arrived in New Zealand (e.g., they may have travelled to another country before arriving here).  Stay away 14 day guidance – Health has also updated their guidance today, for those that are being asked to stay away (Health use the words “self-isolation”). It has been updated to remove any confusion about what is required for those staying away.

This information will particularly be useful for homestay families and school hostels.  The information may also be of interest to your school community including:

  • If you have not been in contact with someone who has been infected with the virus, then your risk of being infected is very low
  • People are being asked to take simple common-sense steps as you would with the seasonal flu-virus
  • Health are only asking those people who have travelled in mainland China to stay away, not any other people who they may be living with.

This most current stay away guidance applies only to those who arrived from mainland China after 2 February 2020. The guidance may however be useful for those who arrived from Wuhan City/Hubei Province in the last 14 days, and are completing their stay away period.

The following are some examples where schools and early learning services have been imposing requirements that do not align with Health’s advice:

  • Asking individuals to stay away for 21 days rather than 14
  • Asking individuals who have not travelled in mainland China, or had contact with anyone confirmed with the virus, to stay away
  • Placing a 15 year old in an isolated accommodation facility with no caregiver on site
  • Asking individuals who have travelled recently in Australia, Germany, France, India, Indonesia etc, to undertake a stay away period
  • Asking for a Doctors’ certificate before they can return to their education providers

Please note we have worked with all schools and early learning services in these instances, to emphasize the Health guidance and ensure that appropriate actions were being taken.

Principal’s Message Term 1, Week 1

Tena koutou,

Welcome back to school.  I hope you have all had a restful and relaxing holiday, and are ready for your children to return to school.  The teachers are prepped and ready for their students to arrive.  2020 is going to be a great year!

All students start school on Monday at 8:50am. The students should all know what classrooms they will be in this year and when the bell rings at 8:50am they can make their way to their classroom.  For the younger students, parents are welcome to take your child into the class.

School Stationery: Each child received their stationery lists at the end of last year.  These forms are also available on the school website, or if you visit Paper Plus or Warehouse Stationery they have all of the Fairfield classroom lists available.

Sun hats and Sunblock:  Please remember to send your children to school with a sun hat and apply sunblock.  Students can only play on the playground if they have a sun hat, otherwise they will be required to remain in the shade.

School Communication: This year our school communication will be going through some exciting new changes, and as we make these changes I will continue to update you.

Seesaw:  All class communication will be used on the Seesaw app for student updates and any class notices.  Information on how to use Seesaw will be sent to you by the classroom teacher.

Waitangi Day:  A reminder that next Thursday, 6th February is a Public Holiday and school will be closed.

Board Meeting: The first Board of Trustees meeting for 2020 will be held on Monday, 24th February at 5:30pm in the school staffroom.

School Gala:  Our popular School Gala will be held on Wednesday 11th March 5pm – 7pm. Mark your calendar! All children received information about the gala in the last week of Term, 2019.  For more information or to collect a form, these are available at the school office, or speak to Kirstin Chamberlain who is the Gala Coordinator.  This Thursday we will be meeting at 7pm in the staffroom to discuss/plan for the gala and we would love to see you there.

Notice regarding the Coronavirus:
As we are all aware the coronavirus is spreading internationally.  This is a new virus and its specific nature is currently unclear, however it appears that you can have the virus at an early stage and not show any symptoms.  This incubation period is currently considered to be 14 days.

The health of students and staff is a priority for all.

If you have a particular concern about your child contact the Healthline at 0800 611 116 or your GP for medical advice.  Healthline has translators and interpreters available 24/7 in 150 languages and they do have Mandarin and Cantonese speaking staff available.

For any student who may be at high risk of exposure because they have recently been to China or have been in close contact with someone confirmed with the virus, I encourage parents/caregivers of the student to delay starting school for 14 days, and voluntarily staying away.

Other useful information:  You can also contact your local District Health Board if you require further information – Public Health Unit Contacts

Current travel information – please do continue to refer to the Ministry of Health’s information page on their website.  It will be updated as new information becomes available. Novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) guidance – Ministry of Health website

If you have students or staff about to travel to China we urge you to visit the MFAT https://www.safetravel.govt.nz/ for updates on travel advice and restrictions.

Dates to remember:
Thursday, 30th January:    Gala Meeting, 7pm, staffroom.
Monday, 3rd February:      8:50am First day of school for 2020.
Thursday, 6th February:    Waitangi Day Public Holiday (school closed).
Monday, 24th February:    Board of Trustees Meeting, 7pm, staffroom.

2020 School Term Dates:

Term 1 Monday 3rd February Thursday 9th April 96 half days
Term 2 Tuesday 28th April Friday 3rd July 96 half days
Term 3 Monday 20th July Friday 25th September 100 half days
Term 4 Monday 12th October Tuesday 15th December 92 half days
We look forward to a great year ahead, and seeing the children on Monday.
Kind regards,
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Alasdair Maclean
Principal
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