Raureka School Term 4 Week 4

Newsletter 10 November 2021


Kia ora koutou katoa, Talofa lava, Kia orana,

Wow what a terrible week last week with all of the rain, hopefully we will be able to get some fine weather and also have the cricket season start.

Vaccination Certificates: As from November 16th everyone who works in schools or has access to children must have had their first vaccination and by 1 January 2022 be fully vaccinated. All teachers and support support staff need to be vaccinated to work in schools. This also means that all parent helpers who go on trips/ take sports teams etc will need to show their vaccination status to us. I will also need to record this information in a vaccination register. This has been mandated and we must comply because we want to ensure that everyone is kept safe. Please don't be offended if I ask for your vaccination status if you are going to helping us help the children.

Thank you for helping us keep safe.

We are doing our best to follow all of the new Health regulations to ensure the safety of our children. Parents will be able to come on site later for meetings etc but they will need to wear masks, sign in and maintain social distancing protocol.

Swimming Pool: Unfortunately this year we won't be able to open the pool to the public because we have to maintain strict Covid-19 protocols and we can't do that unless we have a full time person at the pool to ensure that we have a record of who is attending and their vaccination status as well as maintaining social distancing.

End of year assembly: At this stage we are looking at having all parents sign in using the Covid 19 App, wear a mask, maintain strict social distancing from others and be in groups of no more than 100. We will mark areas out on the field- parents will be seated on the grass. Our Assembly will be outdoors so the weather needs to be fine. If it is wet it will be cancelled

We are still looking at the time for the assembly as this may need to be changed.

We will let you know more as we confirm the details. Thanks for supporting us.

We have our Teacher Only Day in two weeks on Monday 22nd November and no staff will be onsite. The YMCA Oscar programme will be open and children can book in for that if they wish.

That time of the year again where Torpedo 7 are holding their Friends and Family Event from the 4th Nov to the 14th November.

If you're looking for gifts for Xmas, or thinking about getting out and about on a new bike or whatever it may be, head on down to your local store or purchase on line using the special code on the flyer, just download a copy to your phone and or print off a copy of the flyer and present in store.

Feel free to share the flyer with your friends and family as well, you will see the Flyer below.

Happy Shopping.

New Staff for 2022

We welcome Mrs Rowena Benge to our staff next year, Rowena will join us as a teacher in Year 2 Rowena is currently teaching in Napier. We also welcome Miss Kristie Cuttance who will join the Senior Team she will be teaching a Year 4/5 class, Kristie is currently a teaching in Auckland.

Mrs Mariska Putter will also move to the Seniors and Teach a Year 4 Class.

Mrs Mandy Butler and Mrs Jane Mackinnon will teach a Year 2 class next year.

I will let you know our full list of teachers for next year in the next few weeks.

Junior/Senior Athletic Sports- are on Wednesday 24th unfortunately we won't be able to have spectators on site, although parents could watch from outside the school gates.

As we are in Term 4 all children need to wear a potae (hat). Hats can be bought from the office for $10:00.

  • Please remember that classes start at 8:55 a.m. each day and all children should be at school, unless they are sick, ready to start then.
  • Children are required to wear our correct Raureka School uniform - no exceptions. Royal blue polo-shirt $30, royal blue polar-fleece $40 are both available from the office. Shorts, skorts, skirts, longs must be plain black and can be purchased in town.
  • Please remember that in case of an emergency we need to have an up to date contact number for you and for your emergency contact person, also a current address - Please let the office know of any changes.


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.

Expected behaviour for this week: use manners.

The following children received awards at our last assembly:

R1 Riley Helg, R2 Emma Takiwa, R4 Oliver Hammond, R5 Summer Boddy, R7 Kathrine Gibson,

R8 Khaleesi Wood, R11 Nikayla Windley, R12 Baylee Williams-Michaelsen,

R13 Azalea Gamlen, R14 Charlie Elgie, R15 Ezeius Collier-Kara, R19 Lucas Shannon,

R20 Taylor Stewart, R21 Riginah Taa, ESOL Emma Takiwa.

Our Award Winners

Back Row:

Lucas Shannon, Riginah Taa, Summer Boddy, Oliver Hammond, Emma Takiwa, Riley Helg.

Middle Row:

Ezeius Collier-Kara, Taylor Stewart, Khaleesi Wood, Kathrine Gibson, Nikayla Windley.

Front Row:

Charlie Elgie, Azalea Gamlen, Baylee Williams-Michaelsen.

Hello Room 4 - what have you got to share with us this week?

Room 4 have spent the start of Term 4 prepping for Year 6 Camp. We had a fantastic experience at Guthrie-Smith Outdoor Education Centre in Tutira. I was so proud of our Year 6's completing challenges they had set for themselves, they should be extremely proud of themselves - both Mrs Sanders and myself were blown away with them!

A big thank you to our parents and Raureka community who have supported them to get there and to our 'Camp Parents' for their hard work - we really appreciate it.

Upcoming Events

  • Mon 22 Nov Teacher Only Day- No School
  • Wed 24 Nov Senior Athletic Sports
  • Fri. 10 Dec Reports come home
  • Mon 13 Dec Year 6 Social
  • Tues. 14 Dec Final Assembly 1:00 p.m.
  • Last Day of 2021 - Wed. Dec. 15 (School closes at 12.30)

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

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. We need help on the following days - Front Gate: Wednesday, Friday, Back Gate: Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday.

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