Newsletter - Welcome to Term 3

Sunday, 24 July 2022


Kia ora koutou,

I trust the students have had a well deserved break and are all excited about coming to school tomorrow. As you know during the last five weeks of Term 2 we were really struck down with the flu season. Let's hope over the past two weeks the momentum the flu had has been broken.

You may be aware that there has been much talk about mask wearing in schools over the past few days by the media. I have posted below some advice from the Ministry of Education and Ministry of Health around their stance on mask wearing.

The wearing of masks has not been mandated and is only strongly encouraged. This means that parents will have discussions with their children around what they would like them to do. Classrooms will have face coverings available for those who choose to wear one.

On another note I am pleased to report that we had a visit from the Education Review Office at the end of last term looking at how our school operates and is performing. Whilst the report won't come out until later on in the year the review officer was very impressed with the systems we have in place around student learning, achievement and wellbeing. It was also noted that our board are very effective in fulfilling their role in governance and the management and staff are committed and effective in their roles. This was great news considering the turbulent few years we have experienced and we look forward to further enhancing our great school over the coming years.

Breakfast in Schools

Breakfast in school will be running during Term 3 - we will start on Tuesday, 26 July 2022.

Nga mihi,

Simon Bell

Ministry of Education and Health Advice on Masks

The Ministry of Education and Ministry of Health strongly recommend mask wearing (from Year 4 and up) while in doors over the next four weeks. This is due to the rising Covid and flu cases in the community and a potential increase in illness that can occur in the first few weeks of this term.

We will review this over the next few weeks as we monitor illness amongst staff and students.

The school office remains open to the public.

We continue to ask Parents, Caregivers and Students to be vigilant around sickness. If your child is unwell, please keep them home and inform the school by phoning in or using the school app to notify any absences.

Otautau School will continue to keep other health measures in place. These include ensuring our indoors spaces remain well ventilated and encourage good hand hygiene.

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