Rātā Street School Pānui

Pānui No 5 Term 2 Thursday 5 May 2022

Principal’s Message

Kia ora whānau

We have taken another step forward this week to getting back to ‘normal’ by having parents/caregivers on the school grounds and in the corridors in the mornings and afternoons for drop-offs and pick-ups. This has brought back a very important part of school life and has been an exciting development. On the whole, the transition to Orange Level has gone very smoothly for everyone, but I would like to remind whānau of the following:

· Usual bell times resume (8.50am-3.00pm). We have noticed that some of the Junior tamariki are being picked up at 2.50pm or earlier, which is more in line with Red Setting, so we ask that you please don’t pick up the children until 3.00pm.

· We strongly encourage whānau to wear a mask when onsite.

Now that we are in Orange Level, we will be reintroducing aspects of school life that had to be paused under the Red Setting. One of these being the reintroduction of school assemblies every second Friday, the first being held next Friday 13 May. I’m looking forward to having the whole school together under one roof to connect, sing songs and celebrate learning.

Term 2 is a 10-week term (Monday 2 May-Friday 8 July) and we have lots of great things planned, so please keep an eye on any information that comes home, so that you don’t miss anything.

Ngā mihi

Hamish Regan hamish.regan@ratastreet.school.nz

New Tamariki

We warmly welcome our new students and their whānau to Rātā Street School. They are: King Carroll, Niamh Fugler, Honey Hetaraka Rutene, Dakota-Rose Keepa, Psyrus-Levi Walford and MJ Walker.

New Staff

We are delighted to have Rebekah Davies and Kristen Finlayson back as part of the teaching team at Rātā Street. Rebekah and Kristen will be teaching in Ako 9 until the end of the year.

This week’s kupu:

pātai(tia): question, to ask a question

He pātai pai tēnā.

That’s a good question.

Readiness for School

Our Readiness for School programme starts next Wednesday (9am-11am). Children can start attending Readiness for School from their fourth birthday. The sessions run each Wednesday and families are welcome to stay and join us during these sessions if they would like to. Sandra Mallo is our Readiness for School teacher, and she plans a session all around getting your child ‘ready for school’. The children get to learn about school with other four year olds, before being in their actual classroom. We find that tamariki who have been through our Readiness for School Programme often settle better and know what is expected of them in a classroom, taking away some of their anxiety and making transition to school successful. We are also able to offer a drop off service back to local childcare providers after these sessions, if needed. Please contact Jean-Mari in the Office, to book in for Readiness for School.

Whānau Conferences (Goal Setting)

Goal Setting information was shared with whānau yesterday. In case you missed it, there are two days that you can choose from when making a booking to meet your child’s teacher. They are Wednesday 18 May (please note that school finishes at 12.30pm) and Thursday 26 May.

Now that we are in Orange Level, we are able to hold face-to-face meetings, however we ask that whānau wear a mask to the hui. Each meeting is 15 minutes long, and these can be booked using our regular electronic process. Meetings are able to be booked, cancelled or changed online, up to the day before your child’s meeting. I would like to make whānau aware that it is first in first served, so please make a booking as soon as possible to secure a time that is convenient. Follow the instructions below to make a booking:

· Go to www.schoolinterviews.co.nz · Select Booking

· Enter the following school event code: j392h

· Follow the screen instructions to book a time with the teacher

· Review your details and click finished

Toys at School Reminder

Last term we had a number of issues at school with tamariki bringing their toys and playing cards (Pokémon) to school. These were causing a lot of problems between students as they were being traded or ‘lost’, leaving children upset. For that reason, we would like to remind whānau that toys are not to be brought to school.

Pedal Ready

This week the Pedal Ready programme kicked off for our Year 5-6 students. The programme is designed to teach children how to cycle safely and confidently. For some of our Year 6 tamariki this involves cycling on the road, with awareness of and respect for other road users. On the first day of the programme all bikes were checked to make sure that they were safe and in good working order.

Whittaker’s Chocolate Fundraiser

Our Year 5 and 6 children have begun their annual fundraiser for EOTC and Camp. Chocolate bars are $2 each. If you think you could sell some bars at your place of work, please contact Jean-Mari in the Office.


If your child is absent, please ring and leave a clear message on the school phone line before 8.50am. You need to leave your child’s name, room number and the reason they are absent. The school phone number is 567 0096.

Key Dates

Wednesday 18 May

Whānau Goal Setting (12.30pm finish)

Monday 23 May

Board of Trustees Meeting, 6pm in the staffroom

Thursday 26 May

Whānau Goal Setting

Monday 6 June

Queen’s Birthday (no school)

Monday 20 June

Board of Trustees Meeting, 6pm in the staffroom

Wednesday 22 June

Matariki Celebration, 6pm in the hall

Friday 24 June

Matariki Holiday (no school)

Friday 8 July

Last day of term - 2.00pm finish