Newsletter T3W6

Tuesday 31 August 2021

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Notices Term 3 Week 6 2021

Kia ora

The quick move to Level 4, record volumes of testing for COVID in the community, extensive wastewater testing, huge numbers of New Zealanders being vaccinated (more than 2 million people have now received their first dose), and a very wide net being cast around confirmed cases, has given Government confidence that we are safe to move to Alert Level 3 on Wednesday.

At Alert Level 3, you legally must stay within your household bubble unless for essential personal movement including going to work and going to school. As the Prime Minister noted on Friday, schools are essentially closed at Alert Level 3 with the exception of those few children whose parents and carers must go to work at Alert Level 3, and there is no appropriate caregiver at home. Year 11 – 13 students are legally required to stay learning from home.

So we will be open on Wednesday, for a small number of children who need to attend. As you imagine it will not be school as we know it under Alert Level 2 or 1. All our usual safety precautions for Alert Level 3 will be in place which include following all the recommendations from the public health experts. This means we will regularly clean and disinfect high touch surfaces, encourage everyone to frequently wash their hands and cover their coughs and sneezes, and keep everyone physically distanced from others as much as possible (1 metre inside and two metres outside). We will also keep school bubbles to no more than 10 students. These bubbles will not mix with other bubbles.

Our contact tracing systems will be in place, which includes our attendance register and visitor register, and we will be limiting staff onsite with the majority of our team working from home.

You can also assist everyone’s safety by keeping your child at home if they are feeling unwell and please do contact your GP or Healthline, to seek advice about getting tested.

We will continue to support all children who remain learning from home, through our distance learning programme.

While we know how difficult it is trying to work from home as well as support your child’s learning, please keep your child at home if there is an appropriate carer available. For those of you with no other option, we will look forward to seeing your child at school on Wednesday. Please note: We only have the staff capacity on site for those people who have responded to the Level 3 questionnaire that was sent out via the school app, Hero and our newsletter programme. Parents/caregivers and students who did not respond to the questionnaire and turn up on Wednesday, will not be able to come on site or will be returned home until the correct procedure (filling in the form) has been followed as we will need to organise more staff.

It was pleasing to hear that across New Zealand compliance is high. As you have been doing, please continue to follow all the alert level requirements. It is the best tool we have to keep our community safe.

Stay home, stay safe and be kind. We look forward to seeing your faces when we hit Level 2!

The Whitney Street Staff
A message for our students from Mrs Wadworth
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Donate to Daffodil Day

This year, the collection buckets didn't make it onto the streets but, as the website says, Covid19 doesn't stop cancer!


The access to period products initiative aims to provide free period products to children and young people in all state and state-integrated schools and kura across New Zealand during 2021.

If your Whitney Street School daughter has her period, she is eligible for two packs of free period products per month. These will be available to her by her parent/caregivers letting Christee Dalzell know via email ( or by leaving a wee note on her desk :-)

Hopefully this initiative is utilised really well by our Whitney kōtiro/girls! It is a brilliant way to save money on the grocery bill.

If you have any questions, please feel free to pop in and talk to Christee.

What has been happening in the classrooms?

Wairau Lockdown Highlights

Wairau teachers have been keeping a Wakelet of the spectacular work they have seen over seesaw during lockdown 2.0.
In Team Koru part of our home learning activities involve problem solving. Blake showing how he solved one of the problems.

Learning About Space

Team Tipu Tonu have been learning all about space at home! One task was to imagine that you were travelling to another planet and describe it using your senses. Here is Henry from R18 starring in his own video with the help of his sister Elsie.

Daffodil's in Room 9

On Friday, Room 9 learned about daffodil day and why it is so important. We then worked hard making paper daffodils. Take a look at Earlina's efforts!

Bailey's Response to the story It's Okay To Be Different

Way to go Bailey!

Choice Chart

Here is Payton drinking the delicious(we hope) smoothie she created. She wrote the recipe down and added the ingredients she needed.

She has worked hard on all the online learning and choose this activity from the Choice Chart last week. Way to go Payton.

Matthew has the skills to pay the bills!

He is a gymnast and a musician... We can't wait to see what else he can do!

Garden Art

The children of room 5 have been busy creating artwork using materials they have found in their gardens, the variety of colours and textures they have found and used have made some absolutely beautiful pieces of art!


Abi and Jack are playing a card game called WAR. This is a great game to practice basic maths facts like addition, subtraction and multiplication. The Rm 12 children learned how to play this during Lockdown via a link on YouTube. Abi taught her brother, Jack, how to play.

Owl Babies

What a cool use of the Seesaw Draw function to explore characters and settings.

Senses Scavenger Hunt

One of the children’s activities in Room 11 was to do a senses scavenger hunt and display it any way they wanted to.

This is a brilliant idea by Zander Walker-Rowe. He has taken photos of objects around his home and displayed it on Seesaw.

Advance Notice: Staff Only Day on Monday 22 November (Monday T4W6)

This means that our school will be closed on this day as teachers and support staff receive Professional Learning and prepare for reports. Please note it in your calendar or dairies.

Kiwican Focus

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School Docs Review Link here

USERNAME: whitneystreet PASSWORD: learners

We are a PB4L School - Positive Behaviour For Learning

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Primary School Music Festival - Combined Schools Choir

As far as we know Covid has not 'touched' this even yet. Fingers crossed it stays that way.

The performance for our choir students is on the evening of September 22. It is a great experience and an amazing finale with the Combined Schools Choir. If your child is in the choir or you are keen to pop along and see them, please save the date. We will let you know more information when we have it.

Our school calendar is often filled with trips and events and sometimes the dates and details change. The BEST place to keep an eye on what is happening is on the school App in the calendar section.

Download our school App

We encourage all parents to download our school app from the Playstore or Apple Store, as we find this the most effective way of sending out Alerts to parents/caregivers. You can also access a wealth of information from the app as it has links to the school calendar, newsletters, etc.

Please subscribe to Alerts from the classes/groups that your child belongs to. If you want to subscribe to groups later on, you can do this via the ‘Alerts Subscriptions’ which is in the Menu (top left). Please do this to ensure you are subscribed to the classes and Teams that your child or children are in for the 2021 school year.

This is also the way we would like you to inform us of absences. This system streamlines the morning routine for Tanya and Michelle so that they can easily see who is away and why.

Please click here to download the School App.


If you haven't done so already, please have a go at downloading the Hero App which shows your child’s achievement, progress and learning goals. The instructions are here or you can type into your browser. It really is very important that you access this information about your child so you are able to be involved in their education as much as possible.

Suggestions Box

Do you have any suggestions for us at Whitney Street School? In the school office, there is a 'Suggestion Box' that is checked regularly. Or click here to email it.

Bread Tags for Wheelchairs

In line with sustainability, the Wairau Hub will continue to collect bread tags to help support the Bread Tags for Wheelchairs initiative. Save them up, bring them into Room 1 and we will arrange for them to get to where they need to go.

This cool idea supports The United Nations Sustainability Goals of;

* Goal 1: No Poverty donate what we don't use

* Goal 3: Good Health and Wellbeing

* Goal 10: Reduced inequalities

Automatic Payment Option

We highly recommend setting up an automatic payment to help pay for things like stationery at the beginning of the year, uniform items and camps. It's a great way to help plan your budget and spread the cost of more expensive things. $5 or $10 a week is way more manageable than a large lump sum! Use your child's first initial and last name as a reference.

The Whitney Street School BOT bank details are: 03 0599 0305934 00

Pretty Things Embroidery

Are you after a professionally stitched name on a piece of uniform? Click here to find out more.

Community Notices

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