Raureka School Term 1 Week 11

Newsletter 13 April 2022


Kia ora koutou katoa, Talofa lava, Kia orana,

This is the last week of Term 1 and it has very definitely been one that we have never experienced before. If you or your family members caught Covid I hope that you are all well and back to being your usual self.

We have all been affected this term as we have had family members, tamariki and staff who have either caught Covid or have had to self isolate as they were contacts of someone who caught it. At the worst stage this term we had 151 tamariki or staff isolating at the one time, fortunately we have most people back at school now. We had a number of times this term where we couldn't get relievers and some classes needed to work in other rooms or we had other staff not doing their usual job and taking the class and catching up on their own work at a later stage.

I want to thank all of our staff for their ongoing efforts to help keep the school open and operating. I really appreciate it.

Once again thank you to everyone who has helped to keep everybody safe at school.

Enjoy the break and return to school on Monday 2nd May ready, hopefully, for a normal term. At this stage we will not be working in bubbles next term and children will be able to return to regular lunch and playtimes.

Covid19 -The key changes to the COVID-19 Protection Framework impacting schools are:

  • removal of My Vaccine Pass from the framework effective from 11.59pm Monday 4 April (see item below)
  • and from 11.59pm Friday 25 March:
    • removal of any outdoor capacity limits at all colours of the framework
    • increased capacity limits when indoors at Red, moving from 100 to 200 (but still allowing for one-metre spacing) and no capacity limits indoors at Orange and Green
    • no requirement to display QR codes at any setting (but be ready to use them again in the future)
    • no need to have alternate check-in systems for COVID-19 beyond your usual visitor register processes
    • no mask requirements when outdoors (but masks remain a requirement indoors for staff and children/students in Years 4-13 when at Red)
    • additionally, masks are strongly encouraged to be worn at Orange.

New Zealand remains at Red. However, Cabinet will review the framework colour level on Monday 14 April, I will let you know of any changes then.

Remember if your child is feeling sick please keep them home until they are well.

If your child does need to isolate either as being a household contact or for testing positive please let us know.

Symptoms of COVID-19:

  • A new or worsening cough
  • Sneezing and runny nose
  • A fever
  • Temporary loss of smell or altered sense of taste
  • Sore throat
  • Shortness of breath

Less common symptoms include diarrhoea, headache, muscle aches, nausea, vomiting, malaise, chest pain, abdominal pain, joint pain, or confusion/irritability.

We know how hard the impacts on COVID-19 have been for many families in New Zealand. If you know of a family in your community who is struggling, please encourage them to reach out for support for example to access food, medicine, or access financial support: Help is available – COVID-19 Health Hub.

If you have any concerns, please do get in touch. We are here to help.

Farewell to Mrs Mariska Putter: Mariska we are going to miss you as you have been a vital part of our staff since you arrived at Raureka School. You started taking Year 0's in Room 11 and we knew then that you were a great teacher. Since you have arrived you have made the parents and children feel welcome and you have worked hard to be the best teacher that you could be. I appreciate all that you have done in Room 2 this year as well as your time in the Junior team. I know that the children will miss you. We will all miss you and wish you all the best in Christchurch. Please keep in touch with us and let us know how you're getting on.

Concerns or Worries: If you have any concerns or worries please make sure that you come to us as soon as possible so we can see what the problem is and try to get to the bottom of the issue quickly. Remember if it involves your child go to the class teacher first, if that isn't successful then let us know and we'll help you with the problem. Greg

Room12/13 Upgrade

The painters have now finished in the room and they are getting onto the carpets and other interior changes, this is looking so promising now.

Mufti Day: Thursday 14 April: Last Day of school

Next Thursday we will have our termly Mufti Day- children can make a Gold Coin donation that will go towards the RSS who are raising money to buy a large screen TV for the Hall.

We should be able to get back into the hall as soon as we get into Orange Level.

IMPORTANT - Email addresses for BOTH parents is needed please.

Thank you to those who have sent these in. If you have not had time yet, please send both parent's email addresses to office@raureka.school.nz.

IMPORTANT - If your child is away from school -

Reminder that you need to let the school know if your child is going to be away. Because of the current covid situation, it is essential that you let us know the reason they are away - eg coughing, headache, tummy bug etc.

You can phone either 06 8789766 or 027 557 0085 and leave a message.

Thank you for this, it is so helpful and we want to ensure your child is okay.


Covid Information

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Mask wearing

Please remember that Year 4-6 children must wear a mask. The masks are used to help protect them from picking up any bugs.

The masks will only be worn inside the room.

Parents are to supply the masks as the Ministry of Education don't.

Thank you for helping keep everyone safe.

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Our Values

Our four values are :

Respect/Whakaute, Responsibility/Haepapa, Resilience/Pakari, Relationships/Whanaungatanga.

This week we are focusing on - Respect/Whakaute, - which means: believe in yourself, value the feelings and rights of others and show regard for the environment.

The expected behaviour during this week is: speaking respectfully.

The following children received awards at our last assembly:

R1 Rylee-Mei Barnett, R2 Rylee Foster, R3 Lucas Thompson, R4 Lashaya Newton-Peri,

R5 Thomas Barber, R7 Meila Bates, R8 Sophie Takiwa, R11 Nalisha Bhikha-Willan,

R12 Moni Kapao, R14 Lexie Taylor, R15 Ja'Lisa Smith-Berryman, R19 Hannah Bayley, R20 Vaisioa Tonga-Malie, R21 Kole Davies.


Back Row:

Rylee-Mei Barnett, Lucas Thompson, Thomas Barber, Hannah Bayley, Nalisha Bhikha-Willan, Lashaya Newton Peri.

Middle Row:

Kole Davies, Vai Tonga-Malie, Sophie Takiwa, Rylee Foster, Moni Kapao, Meila Bates.

Front Row:

Lexie Taylor, Ja'Lisa Smith-Berryman.

Hi Room 15 - what have you got to share with us this week?

In Room 15 this week we have been learning about 2D shapes. We have been using different shapes to create different pictures and then describing what shapes we have used in our pictures using there correct names.

Senior Assembly Certificates

R1 Nia-Rose Reiri

R2 Brooklyn Earl

R3 Ella Noonan

R4Tiare Whataru

R5 Brooklyn Harris

R11 Kason Mahia

R19 Kalylah David

Caught being good:

Eden Figgess-Jury

Some Term 1 Events

Upcoming Events

  • Thursday 14 April Last Day of Term- Mufti Day
  • Friday 15 April Good Friday - no school
  • Monday 2 May- Start of Term 2
  • Monday 6 June Queens Birthday
  • Monday 20 June School Closed Teacher Only Day
  • Friday 24 June School Closed for the new Matariki holiday
  • Monday 4 School closes 12:30 for Three Way Conferences
  • Tuesday 5 July Three Way Conferences
  • Friday 8 July End of Term 2
  • Monday 25 July Start of Term 3
  • Friday 30 September End of term 3
  • Monday 17 October Start of Term 4
  • Friday 21 October Hawke's Bay Anniversary Day
  • Monday 24 October Labour Day- no school
  • Monday 21 November Teacher Only Day - no school for students
  • Friday 16 December Last Day of Year

Other Notices

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?

Medical Reminders

IMPORTANT: Children are NOT to carry any form of medication in their bags etc. All medication must be held in the office. Parents must complete a Medical Form to enable staff to administer medication.

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. Please contact Chris in the school office if your are able to help (even if you have helped in the past, please confirm).

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