Newsletter - Term 3 Week 7

Friday, 10th September 2021


Kia ora koutou,

It's been great to see all the students back at school keen and ready to learn. One of the drawbacks from lockdown is the lack of face to face social interaction that students normally have on a day to day basis. Walking through the classrooms over the past few days it's been quite apparent that students and teachers are straight back into their routines of teaching and learning - awesome work.

In the newsletter this week we have included a lockdown review questionnaire around how your children found the home learning and asking for your feedback around what changes we could make next time. We would appreciate as much feedback from our community as possible so we can accurately prepare for next time a Level 4 lockdown occurs.

We have some important surveys below that we wish you to complete. The analytics on our newsletters over the past have told us that more than half the people who click on and read our newsletter spend less than a minute looking at it. We must have a large number of speed readers in our community :)

We would really appreciate it if these surveys were completed.

Nga mihi,

Simon Bell

Lockdown Review Questionnaire

We would really appreciate it if you could spend some time completing this questionnaire around how you found the home learning. We understand that there is no right or wrong response here and children's needs are all different and diverse.

We would appreciate the fact that if you have more than one child (and they are in different year groups) then please complete the form again as we want to see we are getting it right for all our different year groups across the school.

Relationships and Sexuality Consultation

We are looking to get feedback on our Relationships and Sexuality Curriculum that is coming into effect in 2022. This is very similar to the Health consultations that we used to run over the past few years. Please spend some time to complete this form and give us your feedback and ideas so we can include these into our new curriculum.

Moving to Level 2

As per Alert Level 2, please drop off and pick your child up from the school gate. If you need to come on to the school grounds to visit the school office or a staff member then please wear a face covering.

  • Schools are open to everyone, and all children must attend.
  • Learning will be onsite and no learning at home packs will be offered. The only exception here is if you are having to self isolate while awaiting on the results of a COVID-19 test.
  • Schools will be closed for cleaning and contact tracing if there is a confirmed case who was infectious when at school.
  • Face coverings are not required at school or on any school transport for primary school children. Public health advice now, in light of the increased risk of the Delta Variant, is that face coverings for students aged 12 and over are strongly encouraged to be worn.
  • Sick people must stay at home.
  • The school has a contact tracing system in place and must be used by visitors to the school.
  • Fundamental public health measures continue to apply at every alert level:
    - Physical distancing
    - Hand hygiene
    - Cough and sneeze etiquette
    - Regularly cleaning and disinfecting high touch surfaces

  • Washing and drying hands: Hand sanitiser will be in every classroom and students will be expected to apply this when entering the classroom.

  • Physical distancing: Children, young people and staff should be far enough away from each other so that they are not breathing on or touching each other.
    Physical distancing of two metres is recommended for parents and caregivers, from people they don't know.

  • School office will have a one in one out policy for visitors entering the school.

  • Contact tracing remains a priority, Visitors on to the school grounds are required to scan in using the QR Code.





Once again we will be running our annual Book Fair from Monday 20th to Wednesday 29th September in our school library. Parents and caregivers will be welcome to come and purchase books.

There will be more information sent out closer to the time around what covid restrictions will be in place.


Central Southland College Enrolements

Enrolments for 2022 have now been extended until 30th September 2021
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