Raureka School Term 1 Week 9

Newsletter 30 March 2022


Kia ora koutou katoa, Talofa lava, Kia orana,

We have reached Week 9 of this very difficult and different term. Thank you to everyone who have been working with us to keep everybody safe. We still have a number of children who are testing positive and need to isolate at home. Hopefully everything will start to ease up so we can start to get back to normality.

Covid19 -Changes as from March 25th have been


  • There is no change to masks in education settings from the existing Red setting. Medical-grade masks remain a requirement for staff working indoors with children and young people in Years 4-13.
  • For all New Zealanders, including school settings, masks will not be required outdoors.
  • Capacity limits will be removed for outdoor events and activities.
  • Indoor capacity limits for extra-curricular activities increase to 200 people, or a maximum capacity based on the maximum number of people who could occupy the space if each person was one metre apart (whichever is lower).
  • Orange
    • There is no change to masks in education settings from the existing Orange setting. Masks are strongly encouraged to be worn when indoors and are required for children aged 12 and over on school transport.
    • As at Red, there will be no mask requirements when outdoors.
    • There will be no outdoor capacity limits.
    • Indoor capacity limits are also removed. However, for non-curriculum related events and activities you are strongly encouraged to use allocated seating for large events (such as those with more than 500 people) or apply a maximum capacity limit based on the maximum number of people who could occupy the space if each person was one metre apart.
    • There will be no face mask requirements and no capacity or gathering limits in any setting, indoors or outdoors.

New Zealand remains at Red. However, Cabinet will review the framework colour level on Monday 4 April, I will let you know of any changes then.

Over the last few weeks I have been sending notices home to families via the Seesaw app letting them know if there have been any cases of Covid-19 in the class. As all classes have now been affected, I will not be sending out notifications to the class daily. I may do this once a week instead if needed.

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.

A reminder that there is no school on Friday 1 April- as we have a Teacher Only Day- Check in with OSCAR (YMCA) as they should be running the after school programme if there are enough parents who want to have their children looked after.

Cricket- Thank you to both Adam and Chris who have coached our Cricket teams this summer. I appreciate all of the effort you have both put in to support our children achieve.

Unfortunately once again they weren't able to play their last game because the weather was terrible.


No Games were played last week

Room12/13 Upgrade

The painters have now finished in the room and they are getting onto the finishing stages of the upgrade.

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 - Relationships/Whanaungatanga, - which means: interacting in a caring, respectful way to develop positive connections.

The expected behaviour during this week is: have patience and wait your turn.

The following children received awards at our last assembly:

R1 Mykah Muir, R2 Davaliyah Chauhan, R3 Hazel List, R4 Jaeda-Lee Reiri, R5 Nair Cabrera-Carroll, R7 Salesa Iosefo, R8 Taylor Stewart, R11 Meretaina Cruden, R12 George Bates,

R14 Taylor Ramsay, R15 Hudson Khaira, R19 Laykin Tipu-Bartlett, R20 Lisbeth Davy, R21 .

Hi Room 11 - what have you got to share with us this week?

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Our new tables outside the hall are being put to great use...

Upcoming Events

  • Friday 1 April School Closed for Teacher Only Day
  • Thursday 14 April- Last Day of Term (Mufti Day)
  • Friday 15 April Good Friday
  • 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
  • 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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