Week 9 Term 2 Newsletter

Monday/Rāhina - 28th June


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Jump Jam Success 2021

This year four teams took the stage in two different age and categories. Our senior teams did not place this year however our Junior Teams got a first and a second.

Huge congratulations to the teachers involved; Ms Ives, Mrs Lee, Mr Stephens and Ms Henderson who also runs our Jump Jam leaders.

Well done to all competitors and great to see another trophy in our cabinet.

Principal Message

Kia ora koutou Witherlea whānau,

This is the last Newsletter for the term as we head into the final two weeks. What a term it has been with all teams and classes focused on Hauora: Wellbeing, using tools like the Whare Tapa Whā and going offsite to the Stadium 2000 for Fundamentals with external experts.

We are looking forward to seeing our whole community for our annual Matariki Hikoi and Hui next Friday 9th July which is the last day of term and then have our classrooms open to showcase our learning - you get to look inside to see what has been happening.

Part of our upcoming Teachers Only Day on Friday is the PUMs;' Paid Union Meetings as teachers and principals across New Zealand head into 2022 negotiations which will be centred around work conditions. These were supposed to be addressed in the last negotiations as they were part of the Accord. Unfortunately, this was not upheld. Attached for your reading is a link to the Pūaotanga which is an external evaluation of the funding and staffing and state of NZ Primary Schools (see whole report below).

What teachers and principals will be fighting for directly impacts every child and learner in New Zealand. Smaller class sizes, more funding for teacher aides to support learners, staffing increases for management and release for teachers to plan and observe one another, learn and specialised funding for students with complex needs. There are many other changes outlined in the report which have been raised for at least the last 20 years by teachers and principals as we saw; a rise in higher needs, more complex needs, violence and behaviour issues, less funding, higher classes, a bigger more complex curriculum to teach and the massive disparity between primary and secondary funding and staffing in New Zealand.

We will be negotiating on behalf of every child in every class. We need your support with this. We need the power of the people, the power of the parents - because that is how we make the changes necessary for schools to fly and learners to succeed.

Our teachers are doing such an amazing job considering the lack of time, funding, support for all of the diverse learners and complex needs we have in every classroom. They are innovative, they are hard-working, they problem-solve and they never give up, not on any child.

But imagine if they had the time, the support, the funding to manage the load and give the extra energy to all the students. The impossible will become possible.

Take the time to read the report and see the recommendations towards the end. This has been given to the government and is not the first of this kind.

Our hope is that we can ensure that every child gets exactly what they need to succeed. That teachers and learners are excited about coming to school and that we can fulfil our vision; "Empowering ALL learners to reach their potential in an innovative community."

Thank you for your ongoing support - we do really appreciate it.

Ngā manaakitanga,

Andrea Harnett - Tumuaki

Pūaotanga - Primary School Review

Realising the potential of every child. An independent review of staffing in primary schools.

Nau mai ki te kura o Witherlea

We wish to welcome these new students and their families and whānau to our school and community;

Claramay B, Giulia G, Allie P

Welcome to School Certificates are given out at our Flag Raising on a Monday morning at 9am when we are in Alert Level 1.

Term 2 Events - Wahanga Tuarua

Week 9 - Wiki Tuaiwa

Monday 28th June - Friday 2nd July

Monday 28th June

Flag Raising = Welcome to School, Early Words and Be Kind, Be Safe, Be Fair Shoutouts

Friday 2nd July - SCHOOL CLOSED

Teachers Only Day

Week 10 - Wiki Tekau

Monday 5th July - Friday 9th July

Monday 5th July

Flag Raising = Welcome to School, Early Words and Be Kind, Be Safe, Be Fair Shoutouts

Friday 9th July

Subway School Lunches

Matariki Hui and Hikoi = Friday Last Day of Term

We have our termly Open School for whānau with the Matariki Hui and Hikoi on Friday morning 9th July (last day of term) starting at 7:20am.

Matariki Hui and Hikoi = Friday Last Day of Term

Next week we have our termly Open School to Whānau with the Matariki Hikoi and Hui on Friday morning 9th July (last day of term).

This will be the first time the whole school and our community will see the work completed in the Hall. It will be filled with Matariki Art which we will see on our return.

Both our Kapa Haka groups will perform; Pihinga and Puawai, and the whole school will hikoi to the top of the Treehouse in Harling Park as the sun rises (weather permitting). At the top we will say our school Karakia and waiata.

When we return there will be milo (BYO mugs) and scones made by our school staff. If you wish to contribute to the kai you are most welcome. Following this our classrooms will be open for parents, caregivers and wider whānau to look through and see the children's learning, their progress in their books and the classroom walls.

7:20am: Approximate start

More details to follow

8:50am: School begins for the final day of term

Be Kind, Be Safe, Be Fair Shoutouts

Ferns Team

Ruby L: For always going the extra mile to help your friends.

Tobias W: For persevering and playing fair with others.

Punga Team

Bailey B: Showing enthusiasm in learning and always willing to help and think about others in the classroom and in the playground.

Kowhai Team

Reuben J: Showing kindness towards others, supporting his classmates and demonstrating good self management.

Kauri Team

Taine H: For stepping up in Rm 9 and displaying our values. Taine has taken on some serious responsibility in class and supported others to make great decisions.

These students have been using their kind, safe and fair qualities within our school, towards other students and supporting our culture at Witherlea.

Early Words Recognition

Congratulations to these students for completing their Early Words;

Lili A, Millie M, Elodie T

We are very proud of the effort towards learning that our youngest students put in as the Early Words is the start of mastery at Witherlea School.

COVID UPDATE: Ministry of Education

The greater Wellington region will stay at Alert Level 2 for a further 48 hours so more testing can occur and to provide reassurance we don’t have COVID-19 in our community. The rest of New Zealand is at Alert Level 1 (not Alert Level none).

Anyone who was in Wellington last weekend is asked to check the locations of interest again to make sure they weren’t at the same place at the same time as the confirmed case and to adhere to the Alert Level 2 restrictions wherever they are in the country.

It is important that you get tested if you have any symptoms similar to cold or flu – don’t assume it is “just” a cold.

We are also asked to continue to be vigilant. Situations with COVID-19 can move very quickly and the global pandemic is not going away with 2.5 million new cases and more than 64,000 deaths in a week being reported by the World Health Organisation in their 22 June Situation Report.

At all times, staying away if unwell and seeking advice about getting tested, remains a priority for us all. Please contact your GP or Healthline if you have any COVID-19 symptoms including aches and pains.

We will support learning from home for anyone required to stay away, so please get in touch with us if you have any concerns.

A reminder of the symptoms to look for. You or your child may have one or more of the following:
  • a new or worsening cough
  • fever (at least 38˚C)
  • shortness of breath
  • a sore throat
  • sneezing and runny nose
  • temporary loss of smell.

Some people may present with less typical symptoms such as only:
  • fever
  • diarrhoea
  • headache
  • muscle pain
  • nausea/vomiting
  • confusion/irritability.

Symptoms can take up to 14 days to show after a person has been infected. The virus can be passed onto others before they know they have it – from up to two days before symptoms develop. So the sooner you seek advice, the quicker health authorities can respond.

A face covering helps stop droplets spreading when someone speaks, laughs, coughs or sneezes. This includes someone who has COVID-19 but feels well or has no obvious symptoms. Face coverings are particularly useful when physical distancing is not possible from people you don’t know, such as in supermarkets and stores.

Face coverings are not required when at school or on school transport, however, they must be worn on public transport and domestic flights for anyone aged 12 and over. Go to the covid19.govt.nz website for more information about requirements and exemptions.

A reminder there is a lot of information about COVID-19 available in different languages. Please get in touch if you need any help accessing information in your first language.

Thank you all for continuing to play your part in keeping COVID-19 out of our community. We will be doing the same through our regular cleaning, monitoring for signs of illness, continuing to encourage good hygiene practices and supporting you to check-in using the NZ COVID Tracer app.