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.