Principal’s Message Term 1

Dear Parents/Caregivers,

Welcome back to school.  The teachers are super excited about the students returning to school.  I hope the children are excited about returning and beginning their school year.  As always a home-school partnership is important in establishing effective teaching and  learning.

To start the school year we will have a welcome back picnic on the 27th February.  This is an opportunity for the teachers, students, and parents to meet.  I will share more information on this soon.

Our new learning spaces in Room 5, 6 and 7 are looking amazing!  We can’t wait for the children to come and explore the environment.  These spaces have been designed to support our play based learning programme, to encourage student agency (choice) and to allow the students to work more collaboratively.

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Coronavirus Update: Given the current high level of media coverage of the Coronavirus, I thought it be important to update you with information we have received from the Ministry of Education.  Please be assured that we are monitoring the situation closely to ensure our community stays safe.  The Ministry are taking this seriously and are providing schools with information to support their families.  The message below is a direct cut and paste from the Ministry.

The Novel coronavirus situation is continuing to evolve rapidly.  We will add new information to our website so key information is kept in one place and it is easier for you to see. There is a now a Novel coronavirus page on our website, with the following information added last night:

The Ministry of Health has also updated their health advice with a more narrowed focus on which geographic areas within China are deemed at the most risk for exposure to the infection – these are Wuhan and Hubei province.

For those of you who have not yet contacted students and staff about the Novel coronavirus, please note the following information.

Based on the latest advice from the Ministry of Health, our advice to you has now been amended:

For any staff member or student who has recently been to Wuhan or Hubei province, or has been in close contact with someone confirmed with the virus, we encourage you to ask the staff member or parent/caregiver of the student to delay the start of their school year for 14 days and stay home.

Please keep an eye on our website and the Ministry of Health website for future updates:

Novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) – Ministry of Education
Novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) guidance – Ministry of Health

Gala 

Thank you to those who attended our Gala meeting on Thursday.  The planning is coming along nicely!  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 in the office.  The next gala meeting will be held Thursday 13th Feb 7pm in the staffroom. In particular we are looking for major prizes for our raffles.  This year the profit from the gala will be going towards supporting STEM and play based learning!!  Save the date! 11 March 5pm – 7pm

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

Sports:  Summer 7’s Football will be starting soon, forms will be sent home shortly to those interested, you can also collect a form from the office.  We will update you on upcoming sports as information becomes available.  Sports updates will be posted on the school website, which will include draws, cancellations etc.

Dates to remember:

Thursday, 6th February:    Waitangi Day Public Holiday (school closed).
Thursday, 13th February:  Gala Meeting, 7pm, staffroom.
Monday, 24th February:    Board of Trustees Meeting, 7pm, staffroom.
Thursday, 27th February:  Family Picnic
Wednesday, 11th March:   Gala 5pm – 7pm

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

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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