Raureka School Term 4 Week 7
Newsletter 1 December 2021
Kia ora koutou katoa, Talofa lava, Kia orana,
We are nearing the end of year quickly now and it is getting quite busy.
The Pacifica group presented their item to everyone on Friday. They were absolutely fantastic and showed us how much they believed in what they were doing. Their item was very moving. Please see some photos from the performance further on.
Sir Peter Blake Leadership Award Winner: Last Friday Sulianah was presented with the Peter Blake Young Leader award. It is presented to students around the country who show great leadership in in making positive change towards a better future for our communities, just like Sir Peter Blake did. We are proud of her efforts.
Room 12/13 and the back of the hall area: The builders have been underway again and you can see a couple of changes that are happening in the class. I am told that the new doors aren't very far away from being installed
Last Wednesday both the Junior and Senior teams had their athletic sports. The children did their best and we were very proud of them.
The House Competition was won by Kakariki with Kowhai 2nd, Whero 3rd and Kahurangi in 4th place. The house teams were close with only 12 points difference between first and second place.
Our Athletics Champions for 2021 were
Taylah for the girls and Ashton and Sone tied in the boys.
Congratulations to everyone for doing so well.
See photos below.
Stationery for 2022: Next year we will be selling stationery from the school office, like we did in the past. We won't be getting parents to purchase it online again as there were problems with delivery of the goods.
We have got the best prices available and they will match the back to school prices sold by other retailers. The books we sell will be the ones that teachers have requested to meet the needs of their learning programmes. The books etc will come in a pack.
The office will be open for sales on Monday 31st January and Tuesday 1st February so you can come and buy them.
New enrolments and uniform purchases will also be taken on those days.
Teachers and support staff will be preparing exciting programmes for the start of the school year. Children start school on Wednesday 2nd February 2022.
Parents or caregivers who are dropping off, picking up or settling their children, or who are attending meetings on site are still permitted to attend on site whether they are vaccinated or not, but please wear a mask.
As we transition to the traffic light system, especially with events/gatherings, we will need to sight your vaccine passport. We are fortunate that for schools this will start at the beginning of 2022.
New COVID-19 Protection (Traffic Light) Framework
You may have heard that everyone in Aotearoa will move to the new COVID-19 Traffic Light Framework on Friday 3 December. We will be moving to Orange.
Elimination and the alert levels have worked well, with New Zealand having the lowest numbers of cases and hospitalisations in the OECD. While controlled, Delta is in our communities and the strategy now focuses on minimising its impact.
With 85% of eligible New Zealanders now fully vaccinated, and by mid-December it is expected to be approximately 90%, this allows a careful reopening while continuing to protect New Zealanders.
This means that we don’t have to change the way we are operating classes this year and everyone can continue to attend school onsite.
For next year, we can confirm that everyone will be back onsite for learning from the start of the school year, regardless of what setting under the new Traffic Light Framework we will be in (Red/Orange/Green). This is good news and means we can plan for a great 2022.
Health measures in place at school
This year and next, health, safety and wellbeing will continue to be a priority for us and the same public health measures you are very familiar with will remain in place:
- good hygiene and cleaning
- contact tracing systems in place
- vaccination requirements for workers (paid and unpaid)
- if you are sick, you must stay home and get tested
- good ventilation.
And if we are at Red at any stage next year:
- face coverings will be required at school when indoors for students and staff in years 4 – 13
- we will ask that only essential visitors come onsite.
With all these measures in place, public health has confirmed the risk of infection remains low when at school, with households continuing to be where COVID-19 is spreading the most. As noted by Dr Caroline McElnay, Director of Public Health:
Our experience in New Zealand and overseas with COVID-19 shows that it does not affect children and teens in the same way it does adults. Children and teens don't become as unwell if they do get infected, and they don't tend to pass the virus on so much as adults when in a classroom setting.
Compared to other places, schools and early learning services are not environments where we have seen 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.
However, if we do have someone confirmed with COVID-19 in our school, we have a plan in place to manage this and will contact you as soon as possible.
If you’d like to learn more about the framework visit COVID-19 Protection Framework.
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.
- 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.
Cricket Players of the Day: Raureka Davy’s - Lucas, Raureka Corbett’s - Rylee and Pippa, Raureka/Twyford Stags - Ashton for scoring 31 runs. WELL DONE!!
Our four values are :
Respect/Whakaute, Responsibility/Haepapa, Resilience/Pakari, Relationships/Whanaungatanga.
This week we are focusing on - Resilience/Pakari - which means, having the strength, courage and resourcefulness to preserve when you face challenges.
Expected behaviour for this week: be proud of yourself and others
The following children received awards at our last assembly:
R1 Hunter MacGregor-Calder, R2 Lily Bartlett, R4 Isaac Schimanski, R5 Kobe David,
R7 Meelah-Rose Hema, R8 Skyla-Jayde Singer, R11 Peyton Clarke, R12 Quizaysha-Jade Hume,
R13 Zendaeya Wilkins-Chadwick, R14 Ruby Thrussell, R15 Cyris Uncles, R19 Manaia Vella,
R20 Teina Craig, R21 Riginah Taa, ESOL Nailalynn Fautua.
Hi Room 19, what have you got to share with us this week?
Super proud of our two Lachlan’s writing. Awesome mahi Lachlan and Lochy.
Pacifica performance and Peter Blake Award
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?
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.