Havelock North Primary School - 1st March 2022
Kia ora koutou,
I would like to extend a big thank you to Mrs McNeill, Mr Stygall and the wonderful Room 1 & 2 camp parents who did an incredible job at Guthrie Smith camp last week. Our students are very lucky to have such tremendous community support. Thank you all so much.
After receiving advice from Health experts over the weekend, unfortunately, we have decided to postpone the remaining Year 5 & 6 camps until late Term 3. Camp should be a time when ultimately all students can attend. We currently have four known cases of Covid 19 in our school and an increasing number of students self-isolating.
Advice is that we should expect numbers in isolation to increase rapidly over the next few weeks. It would be a shame to take a class away without a core group of students. While this news may be disappointing for some, it is assuring to know that students still have a camp to look forward to in Term 3. Payments for camp are not due until Term 3.
Yesterday we reported our first two Covid 19 cases in our school and this morning we were made aware of another two cases in Room 5. These are all Year 3 students in either Room 4 or Room 5. As a result of Covid coming into our school we have moved to Phase 2 of our Covid Protection Framework which will see the school placed into two bubbles. Year 1-3 and Year 4-6 students will have different morning tea and lunchtimes.
You may well have seen the headlines in the media about the number of cases being seen in schools. Please don’t be alarmed by this. It is only natural as cases in our community increase, they will appear in our school. We have really good systems in place to respond to this and to keep any spread of the virus – should it appear – to a minimum.
You may have seen Dr Jin Russell in the media noting research from New South Wales about their recent Omicron outbreak showing that onward transmission within the school setting is very low. For every child who is infected and attends school only 3.7% of their close contacts at school subsequently tested positive. We have seen that in New Zealand too – public health teams on the ground have seen that even though cases pop up in schools, there has been very little onward spread through the school because of the protective measures we have in place.
This is why we remain open at Red. It’s great for a child’s wellbeing and learning to be at school with their friends and school staff, and we have very good systems in place to keep everyone as safe as possible.
Your job remains the same, too: please continue to keep a really close watch of your whānau for anyone with symptoms. If unwell, please stay at home and get advice about getting a COVID-19 test.
With Phase 3 of the Omicron response, the key change is that it is only confirmed cases and their household contacts who need to self-isolate. Everyone else, including those who may have had close contact with the case but aren’t in the household, must continue to monitor really closely for any symptoms of COVID-19.
Rapid antigen tests (RATs) are now being used to diagnose COVID-19 as well as PCR tests. This means that you will get an almost immediate test result back if a RAT is used.
If anyone in your family is confirmed as having COVID-19, you will be asked to notify your close contacts yourself. Please get in touch with us as soon as you can if your child has tested positive for COVID-19.
Transmission of COVID-19 is still most likely to happen in your home – so please keep doing all those good things to keep your whānau safe. Wash your hands, get lots of fresh air, cover any coughs and sneezes, clean surfaces regularly, and seek advice if anyone is not feeling well. Please wear a mask when you are out and about. There is information online to help your family prepare to isolate if you need to.
If you have any concerns about sending your child to school, please do get in touch. We are here to help.
Last Wednesday we held our Year 4-6 swimming sports. It was disappointing we could not have spectators at the "Red" setting, but hopefully, you enjoyed the live feed on our school Facebook page. Thank you to Mrs Te Whaiti for her great work here. A big thank you to Emily Cooper and her team for their organisation and a special thank you to our wonderful students who gave 100% and supported each other very well on the day.
Have a great week everyone!
Bizzy Bodz After School Care Programme at HNPS
If your child is absent and not going to be attending Bizzy Bodz on a particular day please communicate by phoning us on 06 825 6088, or emailing Grace firstname.lastname@example.org. Or you can text the programme directly if it is after 2 pm on 021 837 795.
Principal Award Winners
Enviro Corner - Term 1 Week 5
Eight fruit bins have been very generously donated by Annette and transported by Steve in preparation for the Year 3 and 4 Discovery - Garden to Table project.
Garden to Table is a practical and engaging food education programme in New Zealand schools which connects: the land, its care and potential harvest of food, to a schools curriculum. In our case, our Discovery learning programme. Schools are supported in delivering the programme by the Garden To Table Trust, a charitable trust established in 2009 to facilitate the development of a curriculum-linked food education programme across New Zealand schools.
Many thanks to Mr Gray and Pete who are currently preparing the area behind Room 5 in readiness for the fruit bins which will be transformed into raised garden beds.
We were also very grateful for the muscle power of Mr Reed, Mr Bain and some of our Year 6 students.
Sports at Havelock North Primary School
A HUGE thank you to those that have volunteered their time to coach and/or manage. It is much appreciated and our team sport couldn't happen without people like you.
NOTE: All coaches, managers and parent volunteers need to have up to date vaccinations. Proof of this needs to be emailed to email@example.com or presented to the school office. Many thanks to those of you who have already done so:)
If you have any queries, sports news or photos please email Erica Cranswick at firstname.lastname@example.org
S - Sportsmanship T - Teamwork A - Attitude C - Coachability
FUTSAL Stella Bourke, Breyen Rae, Charlie Tricklebank
NETBALL Zoe Forster, Asha Barr
CRICKET Ben Schnell, Duke Shanley, Oliver Burton, Freddie Hickman
BASKETBALL Billy Kerr, Lucy White
HNPS vs Hereworth Cricket 2022
HNPS Blue Caps vs Hereworth cricket game took place last week. It was a very competitive game, HNP took it home with a narrow win.
Well done to Lote, Luke, Robbie, Hugo, Baxter and Fergus for completing the Mt Kahuranaki leg of the Triple Peaks. A huge well done to all the other family members who were also out there doing it!
The STAC values displayed from both teams was outstanding. S-Sportsmanship, T-Teamwork, A-Attitude, C-Coachability
HNPS vs Hereworth Cricket 2022
Are you wanting to play Football or Rugby in Term 2 & 3?
Junior Rugby Player Registrations for the 2022 Season
HNRC is based at Anderson Park in Havelock North
This is for 5th Grade Junior Rugby and above.
If your child is playing Junior Rugby do not choose RIPPA for the Grade, choose from 5th Grade to 12th Grade only
Registration Fees: One child $90 and $150 for a family.
Playing season starting early May 2022
Junior Weigh ins March 10th 3.30-5.30
Come & join Havelock North Wanderers Football Club Winter Season 2022 - 2021 Central Football's Junior Club of the year
Havelock North Wanderers Football club is based at Guthrie Park in Havelock North.
Registration Fee's $75 - registrations close 2nd April
Season Starts 7th May / Finishes 27th August
All players and coaches must have a Vaccine pass if you are over 12 years 3 months, Sporty has a very simple way to upload this when you register so please have this with you.
Download the Sporty app and select Havelock North Wanderers for notifications and all up to date information.
Please email email@example.com with any questions or help needed. Thanks
Out and About
Incredible Years Parenting Programme
Family Works is excited to be running the Incredible Years Parenting Programme.
Developed and taught for over 20 years, it is a research based and highly effective course for parents.
Who: Caregivers of Children from the ages of 3 to 8
What Day: Tuesdays, beginning 15 March
What Time: 9.30am to 12:00pm
Where: Family Works, 104 Lyndon Road West, Hastings
To find out more, please call or email us on
029 773 0963
Jason Follett (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Term Dates 2022
2022 Term Dates
Term 1 2nd February - 14 April
Term 2 2 May - Friday 8 July
Term 3 25th July - 30th September
Term 4 17th October - 14th December
2022 Teacher Only Days
Friday 18th March
Friday 3rd June