Raureka School Term 4 Week 5

Newsletter 17 November 2021


Kia ora koutou katoa, Talofa lava, Kia orana,

We certainly have had a warm few days with our children now getting ready for the Athletics which are next Wednesday, unfortunately because of the new mandate we won't be able to have spectators on site. Parents will however be able to watch from outside the school grounds.

The cricket finally got underway last weekend, well done to everyone for doing your best and playing well.

  • Cricket Results: Hardball won against Havelock, 107 to 27. Player of the Day: Manjot (19 runs and 2 wickets),

  • Softball: Raureka Corbett’s won against Raureka Davy’s 56 to 42 - well done to Player of the Day Preea from Raureka Corbett’s and to Connor from the Raureka Davy’s

Vaccination Certificates: As from yesterday,November 16th, everyone who works in schools or has access to children must have had their first vaccination and by 1 January 2022 be fully vaccinated. All teachers and support support staff need to be vaccinated to work in schools. This also means that all parent helpers who go on trips/ take sports teams etc will need to show their vaccination status to us. I will also need to record this information in a vaccination register. This has been mandated and we must comply because we want to ensure that everyone is kept safe. Please don't be offended if I ask for your vaccination status if you are going to helping us help the children.

Thank you for helping us keep safe.

We are doing our best to follow all of the new Health regulations to ensure the safety of our children. Parents will be able to come on site later for meetings etc but they will need to wear masks, sign in and maintain social distancing protocol.

Some clarification from the MoE: We continue to have queries regarding whether parents and caregivers coming onsite are required to be vaccinated.

To clarify: parents or caregivers who are dropping off, picking up or settling their children, or who are attending meetings or events on site are still permitted to attend on site whether they are vaccinated or not.

This vaccination requirement also does not apply to those who are performing services remotely or who are onsite only when children and students are not present.

The requirement to be vaccinated is only for those people who are working for the school, which may be unpaid work such as volunteering.

Class item: Last week we had our first class item with Room 8 performing for everyone else, their item was superb, you can see a couple of photos of them doing their dance moves.

We also welcomed a number of new 5 year olds to school on Friday, you can see a photo of them below. We will welcome other new children in the same way until we get the all clear to have parents back on site for assemblies. Thanks again for helping us keep everyone safe.

Farewell to Mrs Waretini: Mrs Waretini is not with us as she has gone on maternity leave early. She will be joining us again at the start of the 2023 school year. I want to thank her for all of the time and effort she has put in to working with Room 4 and the rest of the Senior Team. She will be missed by us all. Take care Dayna I look forward to having you rejoin us in 2023.

End of year assembly: We will be having our end of year Assembly on Tuesday 14th December starting at 1:45, if this is allowed by the Public Health Order.

All parents who come to the assembly will need to sign in using the Covid 19 App, enter from either of the gates off Oliphant Road (Gordon Road entry is not permitted), wear a mask, maintain strict social distancing from others and be in groups of no more than 100. We will have two roped off areas available for you out on the field- parents will be seated on the grass, please bring your own cushion.

All children will be seated in a different area from parents, please do not go and see your child as this breaks the Health protocols.

As our Assembly will be outdoors, the weather needs to be fine. If it is wet the Assembly will be cancelled.

Parents will need to enter and leave from the same gate at the back field.

Our children will be seated separately- please parents you won't be able to come and mix with the children like in the past as we have to follow the Covid-19 protocols.

At the end of assembly the teachers will take the children back to class and they will be released at the usual time. Parents can pick children up from outside the school like usual at the end of the day.

We will let you know more if things change. Thanks for supporting us.

We have our Teacher Only Day on Monday 22nd November and no staff will be onsite. The YMCA Oscar programme will be open and children can book in for that if they wish.

Congratulations to our Digi Award winners

Rooms 19 and 21 entered into the Digi awards competition for the first time this year. They made some short animations. Kaylee and Meila came first in the Year 1+2 section with Cooper and Numia coming third. Mase and Someh came third in the Year 5+6 animation section. Well done to our place givers, you have done well. I have been really impressed with the animations I have seen. Keep up the great work.

Congratulations to our Hastings Representative players:

Well done Sone for making it into the Wakely Shield Rugby Team for Hastings and for being named in the Tournament team for 2021. Well done Manjot for making it into the Hastings Cricket team.

Junior/Senior Athletic Sports- are on Wednesday 24th unfortunately we won't be able to have spectators on site, although parents could watch from outside the school gates.

As we are in Term 4 all children need to wear a potae (hat). Hats can be bought from the office for $10:00.

  • Please remember that classes start at 8:55 a.m. each day and all children should be at school, unless they are sick, ready to start then.
  • Children are required to wear our correct Raureka School uniform - no exceptions. Royal blue polo-shirt $30, royal blue polar-fleece $40 are both available from the office. Shorts, skorts, skirts, longs must be plain black and can be purchased in town.
  • Please remember that in case of an emergency we need to have an up to date contact number for you and for your emergency contact person, also a current address - Please let the office know of any changes.


Our Values

Our four values are :

Respect/Whakaute, Responsibility/Haepapa, Resilience/Pakari, Relationships/Whanaungatanga.

This week we are focusing on - Respect/Whakaute. - which means, believe in yourself, value the feelings and rights of others and show regard for the environment.

Expected behaviour for this week: use manners.

The following children received awards at our last assembly:

R1 Liam Anderson, R2 Tori Cahill, R4 Ava Burton, R5 Tane Smith-Berryman, R7 Hazel List,

R8 Ella Noonan, R11 Iesha Upoko, R12 Maleiya Loughran, R13 Ja' Lisa Smith-Berryman,

R14 Ella Kane, R15 Tanvi Badham, R19 Rhiley Tapara-Halbert, R20 Lachie McDonough,

R21 Isaiah Massie, ESOL Melania Tonga-Malie.

Our Award Winners

Back Row:

Tori Cahill, Iesha Upoko, Ava Burton, Melania Tonga-Malie, Liam Anderson.

Middle Row:

Lachie McDonough, Rhiley Tapara-Halbert, Ella Noonan, Hazel List, Isaiah Massie.

Front Row:

Tanvi Badhan, Ja'Lisa Smith-Berryman, Ella Kane, Maleiya Loughran.

Hello Room 5 - what have you got to share with us this week?

What a great start to our last term as Raureka School students. First there was camp!

Then Tracey took us for some cool science experiments.

Upcoming Events

  • Mon 22 Nov Teacher Only Day- No School
  • Wed 24 Nov Senior Athletic Sports
  • Fri. 10 Dec Reports come home
  • Mon 13 Dec Year 6 Social
  • Tues. 14 Dec Final Assembly 1:00 p.m.
  • Last Day of 2021 - Wed. Dec. 15 (School closes at 12.30)

Other Notices

School Uniform – this is compulsory. No exceptions.

All children are required to have the school royal blue polo-shirt, royal blue hat, and on colder days the royal blue polar fleece jersey. All of these are available at the school office.

The lower half of the uniform (short, longs, skorts, skirts) must be plain black and can be purchased in town No stripes, no flowers etc, can

be purchased in town.

· Do your child’s records need updating?

  • moved house?
  • phone/cellphone numbers changed?
  • living arrangements changed?
  • emergency contacts changed?
  • medical details?

Medical Reminders

We often have a few ‘bugs’ around the school.

· A common one is a nasty cough/flu type illness. Keep your children home if they have symptoms of this as it spreads easily.

· If your child has had vomiting or diarrhoea, they MUST stay home for 2 days after the last event. This illness definitely spreads quickly around the school.

· Headlice are always around so make sure that you check your child’s hair regularly (we suggest weekly) and treat the hair if necessary. We have treatments available from school for free. Just pop in and we can give you some.

· If your child is at all unwell, please keep them home so that they don’t pass bugs on to other children. Also if a child is feeling unwell they are not able to learn easily and are much better off at home snuggled up in bed.

Don’t forget to contact the school office to let us know when your child is unwell please.

Volunteers needed for supervision of our school patrollers. The children are well trained, it is just a matter of having an adult supervise from 8.30-9.00. We need help on the following days - Front Gate: Wednesday, Friday, Back Gate: Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday.

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