24th March 2022
IMPORTANT - COVID UPDATE
Children who are sick or showing symptoms of illness should not be coming to school.
Thank you for your understanding and for helping keep everyone safe.
Please use firstname.lastname@example.org to keep us updated around matters related to COVID.
Earlier this month, all tamariki will have received a hard learning pack for use if you have to isolate due to being a household contact or COVID positive. Please store this away and fingers crossed you won't have to use it.
Thank you for your feedback around our communications at this busy time. In response, we will be sending an email to all families on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays with an update of classes with positive cases.
New changes were announced by the Government yesterday, and we have summarised these adjustments below.
The COVID Protection Framework will be retained with some small changes.
New Red Setting
The gathering limits indoors will be increased to 200. The outdoor gathering limits will be removed. For hospitality, being seated and separated rules remain. The existing mask requirements will stay the same.
New Orange Setting
There will be no capacity limits indoors or outdoors. Larger indoor events over 500 will be asked to provide seating. Mask requirements will remain the same for indoor settings.
New Green Setting
This represents the new normal and there are no changes to the existing Green setting. Facemasks are not required but are encouraged in some indoor spaces.
The Changes to the new Red Setting - will take place at 11.59 pm on Friday 25 March.
Vaccine passes – will no longer be required from 11.59 pm Monday 4 April.
Scanning QR Codes – will no longer be required from this weekend.
Isolation remains at 7 days throughout all settings – there is no need to track and trace except for elderly home care.
The vaccine mandates for education, police, and the defence workforce will be removed from 11.59 pm Monday 4 April.
The vaccine mandates for health, aged care, corrections, border and MIQ workers will be retained.
Please retain your vaccine pass and COVID tracer app in case they are required in the future.
The Red Light setting will be reviewed again on Monday 4 April and regularly after that.
Leadership Team message from Jonathan J
Tangata ako ana i te whare, te turanga ki te marae, tau ana
A person who is taught at home, will stand collected on the marae
Tēnā koutou katoa,
This term has certainly thrown up some unique challenges for all our community. We appreciate the support you have shown the school and tamariki. Home learning packs have been sent home for those students who are isolating as a household contact but not sick. We also have our THINK LEARN CREATE home learning page up and running for those who need it. It has been great to see so many students at school engaged in learning and having so much fun.
The Board has generously purchased an AED (automated external defibrillator) machine which sits in the office area at school. An AED is a portable device that can check a person's heart rhythm and deliver an electric shock to restore a normal heartbeat. It can increase someone's chance of survival by up to 80% if applied immediately. Hopefully, we will never need to use this, but it is great to know we have one if we need it.
Garden to Table: We are getting closer to the finishing of our Garden to Table build. This will be an exciting new area for our tamariki to engage in and will provide better access to and from the gardens. This project has had some delays due to COVID but we are hoping it will be ready for use by the end of the term.
Swimming pool: We have been working on revamping our swimming pools. This will enable us to extend the longevity of the pool and means that this will still be available for decades to come.
We look forward to having these projects completed soon and for our tamariki to get to use and enjoy.
Tumuaki Tuarua | Deputy Principal
Parent/Caregiver Teacher Conferences
We are holding Parent/Caregiver Teacher Conferences on Tuesday 29th and Wednesday 30th March. School will finish at 1:00pm on both these days so please make sure you make arrangements for your children. The conferences will be held via ZOOM. Your tamariki’s teacher will send you the link closer to the time of your booking.
Kelly Club will be running from 1:00pm on these days. You can make a booking via their website https://www.kellyclub.co.nz/kelly_events/zone/Edendale_Kelly_Club
Edendale Eats will be open for students to order morning tea and lunches as well.
Please follow the link below and enter the event code b3ut5 to make a booking with your tamariki’s teachers. Bookings close at 3:00pm on Monday 28th March.
MONDAY 21 March when the sky opened
A thank you to all the staff who went the extra mile on Monday to help us prevent major flooding in our classrooms. We did have some minor flooding across the school but it would have been a lot worse without the help of Jonathan Jackson, Chetan, Alistair, Kylie and Sonia. Thank you!
We have been working hard this week to clear gutters, sumps and other vegetation that may have an impact on the flow of water. Let's hope that this is not a regular occurrence.
THE GATES and wet weather
On Monday when the sky opened the Senior Leaders [along with some other staff] still tried to be at the gates even if not directly visible. We would ask that even if no one is at the gate that as parents/caregivers you still refrain from coming onsite. We'd ask that children come to school prepared for the changing Autumn weather with a raincoat, umbrella, change of clothes etc. We are unable to ferry children to their classrooms individually so that they don't get wet. Thank you in advance.
Triennial Board Elections
The above elections will be held in September 2022.
While electronic elections are the new normal, please ensure we have your current address details, email and mobile numbers for both parents/caregivers on file.
Please email email@example.com with any update or new amendments/additions.
Rock your Socks Day
Monday was Rock your Socks day to mark World Down Syndrome Day. This day is marked each year on March 21, beginning in 2006. The 21st day of March was selected to signify the uniqueness of the triplication of the 21st chromosome which causes Down Syndrome. Every year on March 21, World Down Syndrome Day is observed to create awareness about Down Syndrome. Check out our colourful, mismatched and unique socks!
Edendale term dates (note these may change slightly)
- Term 1: 2 February - 13 April
- 29 and 30 March - Parent/caregiver/teacher conferences [school finishes at 1pm]
- 14 April - Teacher Only Day
- 15 April - Good Friday
- Term 2: 2 May - 8 July
- 2 June - Teacher Only Day TBC
- 3 June - Teacher Only Day
- 6 June - Queen's Birthday
- 24 June - Matariki Public Holiday
- Term 3: 25 July - 30 September
- No public holidays
- Term 4: 17 October - 15 December
- 24 October - Labour Day
Next Board meeting: Tuesday 5th April at 7:00am via ZOOM. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to request an invite
Next Friends of Edendale meeting: Thursday 21st April at 7:00pm TBC. Email email@example.com for more information
Keep reading for our team newsletters
Rooms 1-5 | Aroha
Rooms 7-10 | Atawhai
Rooms 11-17 | Mahi Tahi
Rooms 18-21 | Akoranga
Rooms 24-29 | Tuakana