Glenholme School Newsletter
Term 2 - Week 2, 12th May 2022
Kia ora koutou,
With Term 2 underway, we’re looking ahead to what might come next – not just from COVID-19 but the upcoming winter season and illnesses that may come with it.
With New Zealanders mostly sheltered from exposure to flu in the last two years, health experts are concerned about our lower immunity to flu. This winter there is the very real possibility of getting the flu and COVID-19 within a short space of time. This can lead to very serious illness and high mortality rates.
If you are normally someone who doesn’t bother with the flu vaccine, we strongly encourage you to get your flu vaccination this year and get your whānau up to date with any other vaccinations (for example, measles, whooping cough).
In 2022, flu vaccinations are free for:
· pregnant people
· people aged 65 years and over
· Māori and Pacific people aged 55 years and over
· people who have a long-term medical condition like diabetes, asthma, or a heart condition (ages 6 months+)
· children under the age of four who have been in hospital with respiratory illness such as asthma.
If you’re not eligible for a free flu jab, and not covered by an employer-funded programme, it costs between $25 and $45 depending on the vaccine and provider.
There is further information about the symptoms and danger signs for flu on the Ministry of Health website.
As always, we want to keep our ākonga and kaiako as safe as possible from the harms from illness and to have as many ākonga learning on site as we can. All those good actions we already have in place to reduce the risk of harm from COVID-19 will also help to prevent seasonal illnesses including:
· staying away if unwell and seeking advice about getting tested
· regularly washing hands
· using well-ventilated spaces
· wearing masks when indoors
· cleaning and disinfecting high-touch surfaces regularly
· covering coughs and sneezes
· having a highly vaccinated community (and not just for COVID-19).
You can do the same at home and hopefully together, we will keep our community healthy this winter.
As always, if you have any questions about our health and safety plans please get in touch.
Information about Influenza
The symptoms of influenza can be the same or similar to the symptoms of COVID-19. Influenza symptoms are:
· fever (a temperature of 38°C or higher)
· sore throat
· runny or stuffy nose
· body aches
· stomach upset, vomiting or diarrhoea.
If you do catch flu, while you’re unwell, it’s important that you stay away from work or school. Look after yourself and your family – rest and fluids are especially important.
It’s also important to seek medical advice early if you are concerned, and especially if there are any danger signs, even if you have been seen before.
Seek urgent medical advice if you have:
· a high fever that doesn’t come down, especially if you are pregnant
· chills or severe shaking
· difficulty breathing or chest pain
· purple or bluish discolouration of your lips, skin, fingers or toes
· seizures or convulsions
· signs of other serious conditions, such as meningococcal disease (which may include severe headache, sleepiness, vomiting, stiff neck, dislike of bright lights, and sometimes a rash).
Look out for signs of dehydration such as dizziness when standing, and not passing urine regularly.
If a person you are caring for is less responsive than normal, unusually quiet, or confused, you should call a doctor urgently.
Danger signs for babies and young children
Call a doctor if your baby or child’s breathing is fast or noisy or if they are wheezing or grunting. Check if the area below the ribs sucks inward (instead of expanding as normal) as they breathe in.
You should get help if your baby or child is:
· very pale
· drowsy or difficult to wake
· severely irritable, not wanting to be held
· limp or unable to move
· if a baby has dry nappies or no tears when they are crying, it means they are dehydrated. It is important to contact a doctor
· if they have signs of other serious conditions, such as meningococcal disease (which may include severe headache, stiff neck, dislike of bright lights, and sometimes a rash, but in very young children are often non-specific such as sleepiness and vomiting).
If you have any worries about yourself or someone you are caring for, call Healthline (0800 611 116) for advice or see a doctor, even if you have called or been seen before.
Further information about influenza:
Photolife Individual/Class Photos next Thursday 19th May
This year photographs will be available for you to view and order OnLine with PhotoLife Studios.
Your son or daughter will shortly bring home an OnLine slip with their unique Access Key detailed on it. This Access Key will display all the photographs of your child. It is then an easy process for you to shop on-line and purchase the photographs you want.
If you place your order within three weeks of receiving your Access Key you will receive free delivery for your photo orders. PhotoLife has agreed to despatch all the orders back to the school and your child will bring their photographs home.
Any orders placed after this three-week period will be sent directly to your specified delivery address and will incur a $6.00 Postage & Packing charge. You will see this message when you go Online to view and order your photograph
A6 Eric Carle Inspired Butterflies
School Cross Country Wednesday 1st June 9.20am - 12.30pm
The tamariki will be running over farmland and on a gravel road so we advise they wear running shoes or sturdy footwear. We also recommend suitable running clothes as well as clothes to keep warm before and after they run. Parents, caregivers and whānau are welcome to come along to support our tamariki. As there is limited parking on Mokoia Drive, please utilise the car-park at the bottom of Mokoia Drive and walk up to the Tree Trust; or the car-park at the Kotuku St (off Kiwi St) entrance and walk through to the Tree Trust (approx 300m).
We require parents and whānau marshals on the course. If you could help out it would be much appreciated. Please contact the school office asap. Thanks whānau, let's hope it is a fine day!
Whaea Susan (Susan Swann-Eason)
2022 Sports Coordinator
Up and Coming Events
Term 2 2nd May - 8th July
Term 3 25th July - 30th September
Term 4 17th October - 16th December
Friday 13th May - School Assembly
Tuesday 17th May - Board of Trustees Meeting
Thursday 19th May - Class/Individual Photos
Friday 20th May - Pink Shirt Day
Wednesday 1st June - School Cross Country
Thursday 2nd June - Postponement School Cross Country
Monday 6th June - Queen's Birthday
Thursday 16th June - Team Photos
Friday 24th June - Matariki Day
Friday 8th July - End of Term 2
Friday 21st October - Greats and Gran's Day
Monday 24th October - Labour Day