Newsletter - Term 1, Week 2

Friday, 18th February 2022


Face coverings on school grounds

Yesterday Constable Nigel Watkinson came to visit. He was very surprised to see the number of parents coming on to the school grounds not wearing a face covering - or not wearing one properly.

As mentioned in the first newsletter we were allowing the first week or two leeway around parents entering the school grounds to settle their children.

Next week - we would like parents to drop off and pick up their child at the gate and no parents to be on the school grounds.

School Bubbles

This week I have had many zoom calls with other principals and Ministry of Education leaders. As a further protection we will be running two school bubbles beginning on Monday. This will essentially be the junior school (Year 1-4) and the senior school (Year 5-8). These bubbles will have separate morning tea and break times to limit contact. This is in-line with many other schools our size and it was great to learn from other principals this week around protections they are putting in place.

Bus Children

As from Monday students will be given allocated seating on the bus. This is to ensure we are able to effectively contact trace if we have a case at school. This will mean that non-bus children cannot travel on our service and children can not travel on a different bus. For example, if little Johnny was going to a friends house to play then other arrangements will have to be made.

Sorry if this is inconveniencing some but we are trying our best to keep our children safe and doing the right thing.

Nga mihi,

Simon Bell

Positive Behaviour Tau Cards - Week 2

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Below are the Touch Teams for the Touch module starting this Monday 21st Feb. Games are played between 4 - 5.30pm and only Year 5 - 8 grades will be played this term because of numbers. Red sports top and black or blue shorts to be worn.

Please make sure the $23 entry fee is paid to the school before Monday.

Bank A/c: 03 1748 0003820 00

Touch Draw will be posted Monday

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This week Room 5 visited the Life Education Bus, the first time for many of the students. We loved meeting Harold and learning about resilience, the ability to bounce back up and carry on when things get tough/tricky.





Thanks Harold for teaching the TreeHouse about being resilient. We are going to come across a lot of challenges at school but you have taught us to bounce back from these and carry on.


Happy busy children!! Working hard at their swimming but also having heaps of fun. I think I can see immense pride in their improvements.

Scholastic Book Club

Scholastic Book Club Issue 1 is now out. If you wish to order books this can be done through the Book Club Loop online. A percentage of all books purchased goes as a credit to the school and this is used to purchase new books for our Library. Below is a link on how to purchase online.

Year 7 - Vision Testing


The Vision Hearing Technicians from Population Health team, Southern District Health will be visiting your school to screen all year seven students for distance vision on

  • Distance Vision (Amblyopia & Hyperopia)

This determines how well your child is able to see at a distance. It involves reading an eye chart.

(This free vision check is not required if student wears glasses and/or is currently under care of an optometrist or eye specialist).

If you do not wish your child to be screened please fill out an opt-out slip, which are available at the school office before our visit.


Winton Football Club Inc

The club’s AGM will be held in the Presbyterian Church’s lounge on Tuesday 22 February 2022 at 7.30pm. All welcome. Enquiries to
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