SJS Newsletter Term 3 Week 7
Newsletter 7 September 2021
Our Vision: To grow Catholic, Christian young people,
who are confident, connected lifelong learners, inspired by the teachings of Jesus,
and who make a positive difference in their community.
School is back! We are very pleased to re-open on Thursday, September 9 and welcome all learners and whānau back to school. Level 2 means there is no COVID in our community, and we can resume schooling. We encourage everyone to put a smile on their face and enjoy reconnecting with friends and staff. We have been through this before and can do so again. We are a hope-filled people centred on the love of God.
We welcome parents onto the school grounds following Ministry of Education guidelines. You are required to register your visit to St James' and assist us as we maintain a visitor register at school. There are three ways to do this;
- Scan the QR Codes at any of the three entrances
- Use the COVID 19 Check-in function on the school app
- Sign in on the paper register in the office
Would you please help us to comply with Government policies?
We require any learners who are unwell to please stay home.
We ask all learners to wash their hands after hanging up their bags each morning.
We shared the Ministry of Education advice regarding masks in our newsletter last week and have included the same information in todays' newsletter. Masks are not required in Primary Schools. My understanding at present is that visitors to the school are not required to wear masks.
I am thankful for all of your efforts at this time in connecting with us via Seesaw. Hopefully, we will get a clear run for these next three weeks as we complete Term 3. We will advise you regarding events and the like as soon as we have made some decisions over the next few days.
Heoi anō tāku mō nāianei - That's all for now
The School Board approved at their last meeting the 2022 School Term Dates as follows. These are now available on the school website and school app.
2022 Term Dates & Holidays
Term 1 Monday 31st January – Thursday 14th April
Term 2 Monday 2nd May – Friday 8th July
Term 3 Monday 25th July – Friday 30th September
Term 4 Monday 17th October – Tuesday 13th December
Waitangi Day – Monday 7th February (Week 2 Term 1)
Good Friday – 15th April (Term Holidays)
Easter Monday – 18th April (Term Holidays)
Easter Tuesday – 19th April (Term Holidays)
ANZAC Day – Monday 25th April (Term Holidays)
Queen’s Birthday – Monday 6th June (Week 6 Term 2)
Matariki – Friday 24th June (Week 8 Term 2)
Labour Day – Monday 24th October (Week 2 Term 4)
Staff Only Days
Friday 3rd June (Week 5 Term 2) – Queen’s Birthday
Monday 5th September (Week 7 Term 3) – Mid Term 3
Tuesday 25th October (Week 2 Term 4) – Labour Weekend
Contact details - please remember to update your details if you have a new address, email address or phone number. Please contact the school office via email email@example.com and these will be updated.
St James' School PTFA - Parent and Teachers and Friends Association
Pastoral Care - Thank you to our current pastoral care providers who have baked and prepared meals for those families in our school community who occasionally need a little bit of extra support.
If this sounds like something you would like to assist with could you please email me so I can put your name on our list of helpers. Thanks, Tracey Gunn firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please Join us - The PTFA is keen to have new members join them this year. Many of the current organisers are nearing the end of their primary school involvement, and it is time to add more members. If you are interested, please contact Kelly Hoskins (email@example.com
Serving Our Saints with Faith and Enthusiasm
Tonga Language Week
Sunday 5 September – Saturday 11 September.
This year’s theme for Uike Kātoanga’i ‘o e lea faka-Tonga - Tonga Language Week is Fakakoloa 'o Aotearoa 'aki 'a e Ako Lelei, which means enriching Aotearoa with holistic education.
The theme serves as a conversation starter on the importance of holistic education, diverse forms of learning and how Aotearoa can benefit from it.
Ministry of Education (MOE) wearing of face mask guidelines Aug 31, 2021
We are sharing the MOE advice from Aug 31, 2021, regarding the wearing of face masks in primary schools for your information.
Face coverings in schools in Alert Level 3
We've had some further questions about using face coverings in a school setting or not.
At Alert Level 3, children should only go to school if their parents are required to work and there is no other care option available at home. Ultimately, schools, for the most part, do remain closed except for those workers where there are no other options available for the care of their children.
At Alert Level 3, it is not mandatory to wear face coverings in schools and early learning services.
At this point in time, the Ministry of Health does not recommend the wearing of face coverings for children under 12 years, in general, as it is difficult for them to use them correctly. Incorrect use of face coverings erodes their efficacy against transmission.
In schools and early learning services, there is an extensive range of mitigating measures that will help to prevent spread of illness, including COVID-19. These include:
- staying home if you are unwell and seeking advice about getting tested
- maintaining good hand hygiene and cough and sneeze etiquette
- keeping groups very small (no more than 10 children in a bubble), and well-separated from other groups
- keeping physically distanced as much as practicable
- keeping classrooms well ventilated
- maintaining a two-metre distance from others when outside
- well-established record keeping.
None of this however prevents anyone from choosing to wear a face covering. If someone does want to wear a face covering, including in their school bubble, they are encouraged to read the guidance about how to use a face mask safely on the Ministry of Health website.
Public health advice
Here is a statement from the Ministry of Health (31 August 2021):
We continue to look at the evolving evidence around the transmission of COVID-19 in different settings, including educational settings, particularly in light of the new variants to inform the public health advice about face coverings (including masks) for children and young people at school and early learning services.
The two key public health principles that support Alert Level 3 are first to minimise the risk that someone gets infected in the first place, and second to limit the number of possible contacts people have if they do get infected to make it easier to rapidly stop further spread.
When reviewing the evidence for children and young people, we have considered the potential benefits of the role face coverings play in reducing the spread of the virus and any potential harms or risks.
The Alert Level 3 approach in a school environment is designed to limit the number of people that children have contact with based on these principles. Taking into account the other mitigating measures in schools, it is possible to lower the risk of COVID-19 transmission in these settings. Because it is possible to ensure that children are within the same group each day with no mixing between groups, it is acceptable from a public health perspective to have a group of children learning together. Our advice is to limit this to 10 children in each group.
Schools reinforcing good hygiene practices are undertaking regular cleaning and having staff, children and young people are staying away if they are sick. At Alert Level 3, where practicable, physical distancing is in place, particularly between adults.
Overall, we think it is important not to interfere with learning as much as possible, so it's about balancing up the benefits against the potential harms.
Compared to other places, schools and early learning services are not environments where we have seen the significant spread of COVID-19. Household members and work colleagues who are in close contact with people with COVID-19 are the most common sources of transmission.
Based on what we know about face coverings and transmission in children, we are taking this balanced approach at this time. If new evidence emerges, this guidance will be revised.
It is also important that parents fully support this approach by doing their bit – keeping children home if they are unwell and seeking medical advice about whether a child may need to be tested, strictly maintaining their family 'bubble' outside the school environment and ensuring great hygiene practices at all times.
2021 Term 3
Please ensure you refer to the school App or Website Calendar as we updating this daily with event updates.
Tongan Language Week
POSTPONED - Thursday 9 September - 2.20pm Blessing of the Library Te Whakaruruhau
CANCELLED - Thursday 9 September - Book Fair starts
Te Wiki O Te Reo Māori – Māori Language Week
CANCELLED - Book Fair (Ends Wednesday 15 September)
Friday 17 September - PTFA Lunch
CANCELLED - Friday 17 September - Te Totara Assembly
Tuesday 21 September - DanceNZ Made, venue to be confirmed
CANCELLED - Thursday 23 September - Catholic Schools Whanaungatanga Festival
Friday 24 September - Non-uniform day PTFA 3 - Gold coin please - funds raised to buy ingredients for cooking for Family Twilight Fun Evening Dec 3
Chinese Language Week
Wednesday 29 September - Catholic Schools Day
Wednesday 29 September - Performing Arts Assembly 1.30pm
Friday 1 October - Last Day of Term 3
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DanceNZ Made - this has been moved to 21 September and a venue is yet to be confirmed. Thank you to those who have paid their workshop fees, if you haven't your attention to this is appreciated.
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Year 9 Enrolments at St Peters College - SPC have extended the closing date from (31 August 2021) to Friday 17 September 2021 - in the hope that we are back down to Level 2 and school has reopened.
Please scan and email all enrolment papers to: email@example.com
You must include your signed Preference Certificate.
If you are yet to get your Preference Certificate signed off by Catholic Parish - Fr Joe Grayland has made himself available for online appointments to have this done. Email Fr Joe with a copy of your preference certificate and baptism certificate he will get in contact with a time to 'google meet or Zoom'. His email is firstname.lastname@example.org.