Week 8, Term 1 Newsletter
Friday 1st April 2022
Kia ora whānau! Greetings family!
This week has been a very busy, eventful, and changeable one for us at school. We have seen a rapid rise in whānau and staff isolating. We have had to adjust our sails here at school. We have delivered many kai packs and learning materials to whānau. And most importantly we have been able to keep our school open. Hallelujah! Praise the Lord! We are BLESSED - even through difficult times, there are blessings.
There are two more weeks left of school before we go on holiday. Teachers are working hard to complete their assessments so we can prepare for some Professional Development focused on improving ‘literacy learning’ across our whole school, from primary to secondary school.
I am incredibly grateful for the support from staff and whānau to help us all navigate through this season. We cannot do this without each other. We cannot do this without serving a loving God! From me to you all - Thank you, thank you, thank you!
Mrs. Tina Takimoana
Verse for the week:
Anyone who belongs to Christ is a new person.
The past is forgotten, and everything is new.
2 Corinthians 5:17
New school website
Our school website has had ‘renovations’ and is now new and ready to use! Pop over and have a look when you have time - you might see some familiar faces in the photos! The content on our site will continue to be added to - this will ensure we have up-to-date information for whānau.
Have a look: https://kaitaiaabundantlife.school.nz/
We’d love your feedback to help us improve. Contact Bobbie in the office if you’ve got some great ideas to share.
To help with accessing notifications, newsletters and school information, we now have our own School App - Kaitaia Abundant Life School. You will be able to load this App to any mobile device, Apple or Android, and use it at the touch of a button.
Another great feature is letting us know if your child is absent from school. You will be able to send a message to us through the School App.
To get School App, go to the Google Play or App Store, and add it to your device. Once you have the app, look for our school - Kaitaia Abundant Life School, and enjoy!
Keep us in the loop
Please remember to contact Bobbie in our office if you have a positive case in your household so she can record attendance correctly. If whānau are isolating for 7 days, we can supply some kai and learning material to support you and your family.
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This past week we’ve had a rapid increase in the number of children who have become sick and unwell while they’ve been at school. If your own child has been sick and is still showing symptoms (runny nose, coughing, sneezing, etc.), please keep them at home until they have fully recovered. They have the potential to pass on and infect other children or the teacher in their class. Teachers are encouraged to take a RAT to ensure they are not sick. We appreciate your support in helping us to reduce the spread of infections.
Mask Wearing - indoors
Mask wearing in the COVID-19 Protection Framework, at Red level, remains in place while being indoors for staff and children/students in Year 4 to 13. However, there is a change when outdoors - there is no longer a need to wear this outside for everyone. Parents and caregivers do not need to wear outside - only if entering buildings, as is expected by staff and students.
At orange level, masks are strongly encouraged to be worn.
The school has a supply of masks at the office for students to access each day, if they need.
Each week I have been encouraging our school whānau to support a charity organisation for various causes. Heart Kids is very special to us - some of our whānau have received support for their little ones who have been born with a Childhood or Congenial Heart Defect (CHD). Every week 12 babies are born with a CHD and over 550 major heart surgeries are carried out on children each year. Heart Kids help families at every step of their heart journey – from when a heart condition is first diagnosed, through childhood, the teenage years and into adulthood. If you would like to donate to Heart Kids, please follow the link supplied: https://heartkids.org.nz/donate
Calling all netballers
The Mangonui Netball Competition starts 1st week Term 2 and we are looking to enter a team. This year the competition will be run at Waipapakauri netball courts. Can students that are interested in playing please see Whaea Alice to express their interest. We will be holding a netball muster in week 9 or 10 of this term.
As you all know, all great netball teams have great coaches and managers. If you are keen to support our team by coaching or managing please let me know via email email@example.com.
Ngā mihi nui
Kaitaia Golf Club Free Junior Coaching
We are holding some coaching sessions for juniors (6-18yrs old) starting in Term 2 at our top class course in Ahipara. We have the coaches, golfing equipment and resources as well as the time and energy to help them learn to play the game. All they need to do is to bring some enthusiasm.
The course will run for the whole school Term, from 3.30pm, one afternoon each week (day yet to be confirmed). It will also continue in Term 3 if they wish to go to the next level. Then in Term 4 it will go up another level. There will also be the opportunity to play games on weekends.
Does this sound like something your child could be interested in?
Maybe you have some questions?
Then call me on 0278361637,
or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
I look forward to hearing from you.
Club Captain and Junior Convenor
Kaitaia Golf Club.
Meet the Team - Ms Louise Hansen - Secondary ITC, Arts Teacher & Senior Girls Dean
Pepeha for Louise Hansen
Ko Taranaki tōku maunga
Ko Pungaereere tōku awa
Ko Kurahaupo, ko Aotea ōku Waka
Ko Te Maungaroa te Tangata
KoTaranaki tōku iwi
Ko Potaka tōku marae
No Waitakere, Rahotu ahau
Kei Ahipara Tōku kainga inaianei
Ko Kura Oranga Nui tonu o Kaitaia tōku wahi mahi
Ko Turi Kahui raua ko Linda ōku tupuna
Ko James Hansen tōku matua
Ko Dorothy Kahui tōku whaea
Ko Louise Hansen tōku ingoa
Te mea nui rawa ki ahau, Ko nga Tamariki, mokopuna, mōkai.
I will be teaching Art, design, digital technology and graphics this year.
I have also taken over the role as the secondary girls dean.