Principal’s Message Term 1, Week 3

Dear Parents/Caregivers,
The year is starting to get busy, as expected.  Our family picnic will be held on Thursday, 27th February from 5:30 pm until 7:00 pm.  This will be a great time to meet with other parents, students and to talk to your child’s teachers while enjoying a meal together.  The school will be supplying some sausages, but please bring your meal.  We hope to see you there!
The sun is out in force at the moment!  For safety reasons, we ask that all students remember to pack their sun hats.  We don’t want anyone getting burnt, safety first.  If you need to purchase a hat these are available at the office, $10 each.
Adult Tutor Reading Programme

Fairfield School runs an adult tutor reading programme where parents/grandparents or wider whānau members volunteer their time to read with our students, individually.  This support provides invaluable reading time for our students as they receive one on one reading time with tutors.  We would be incredibly grateful if you have a free hour, once a week, to support our students.  If you are interested please contact Yvonne Nicholson ph 368 5513, email ynicholson@fairfieldlevin.school.nz

School Gala

Planning is well underway with just over 3 weeks to go!  Keep those helper forms coming in to the office, and a big thank you to those who have already returned their forms.  We can’t have a successful gala without your help, and as you can imagine there is plenty of work to do.  Flyers for mail drops will be available this week, collected from the office.

Dates to remember:
  • Next Gala Meeting – This Thursday, 20th Feb 7pm, staffroom.
  • Gala Working Bee – Saturday 7th March 10am.
  • Gala 11th March 5pm – 7pm.
Sports

Last week the following sports began; water polo, cricket.  Payments are due now.  Shortly notices will be sent out regarding Summer 7’s Football and Netball.  For more information check out our sports noticeboard by the school office, or visit the school website/sports page.

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.

Updating Contact Details/Medical Records

We are currently updating our records to ensure all contact details on file are up-to-date.  This week all students will bring home a form for you to check/update and return to the office/teacher urgently.  Please also let us know if your child has medication they may require during school hours e.g asthma inhalers, antibiotics.

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

What’s happening this term:
February
20th Y7/8 Trig Walk
20th Gala Meeting 7pm staffroom
24th Board of Trustees meeting staffroom 5:30pm
27th Community Family Picnic 5:30pm – 7pm
March
7th Gala Working Bee 10am
11th Gala 5pm – 7pm
16th Y 4, 5 and 6 Athletics
18th Y 1, 2 and 3 Athletics, 9am – 10:45am
20th Y 7 and 8 Athletics
23rd School finishes 12:30pm, Learning Conferences 1:00pm – 5:15pm
24th Learning Conferences 3:15pm – 5:30pm
25th27th Y7/8 EPro 8, Levin Intermediate 5pm – 8pmY1/2 Welcome to Fairfield Concert, 1:45pm
April
3rd Inter school Athletics Y4-8
9th Thursday – Term 1 finishes 2:50pm
10th Good Friday
28th Tuesday, Term 2 starts 8:50am

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

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 MarchWednesday 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

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
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