Change to 2024 Term Dates
Term 4 - 8 November 2023
Important - Change to 2024 Term Dates
In a previous newsletter we published our term dates for 2024, as negotiated with our Newlands-Paparangi schools to minimise impact on our families with students at more than one school.
These included two teacher only days that we had scheduled for the Tuesdays following the long weekends in Term 2 and Term 4.
When a school opts to have teacher only days which have not been approved by the Ministry of Education, we are required to either start the school year earlier, or finish it later, in order to be open for the required number of half days.
Just before the term break, the Ministry advised schools that they had approved two teacher only days to work on the refresh of the New Zealand Curriculum.
Fortunately our dates were in the required windows of time, so the published dates of the teacher only days will not change.
However, this now means that these are considered part of the school year and we need to adjust the start date of the year accordingly.
The Te Korowai ō Horikiwi Principals have again worked together to coordinate this with the minimum impact to families in mind.
The start date for all Newlands-Paparangi schools is now Thursday 1 February instead of Tuesday 30 January.
For Bellevue this will mean that our Meet the Team: Three Way Conferences / Community Picnic will be on Wednesday 31 January.
The Intermediate will still hold their pōwhiri for the Year 7s on the morning of Wednesday 31 January and they also plan to finish for 2024 on Tuesday 17 December.
Please note that our Meet the Team event will be scheduled for the afternoon so as not to clash with this for any families with Year 7 children who wish to attend both.
Our website PDF has been updated to reflect these changes.
Ngā mihi nui
Principal / Tumuaki
Bellevue School 04 4787037
Hand, Foot & Mouth Disease
We have been advised that there is Hand, Foot & Mouth disease in our community. Please see the following information from the Ministry of Health website:
Hand, Foot and Mouth disease is most common in children under 10 years of age. Symptoms include painful sores in the mouth and a rash with blisters on hands and feet, loss of appetite, sore throat and mouth and a feeling of tiredness. Mild fever is usually the first sign of the disease.
This disease appears most often in warm weather.
Treatment: The only medicine recommended for hand, foot and mouth disease is paracetamol. Make sure children drink plenty of liquids to avoid getting dehydrated.
Call Healthline 0800 611 116 if you are unsure what you should do.
Hand, foot and mouth disease is spread by coughing or sneezing, or by contact with mucus, saliva, blisters or the bowel movements of an infected person. Children are contagious for around 7–10 days and should be kept at home until the blisters have dried to avoid spreading the infection.
For more information please click on the following link for information on what to do - https://www.health.govt.nz/your-health/conditions-and-treatments/diseases-and-illnesses/hand-foot-and-mouth-disease
If you are pregnant and come into contact with Hand, Foot & Mouth please click on the link for more information and advice.
Wednesday 11 October - Wednesday 13 December
Hub 1 & 2 Swimming (every Wednesday)
Thursday 2 November - Monday 20 November
Hub 5 Swimming
Friday 17 November
Year 6 Orientation Morning at Newlands Intermediate School
(Students travelling by bus to NIS)
Friday 17 November
Whakawhanaungatanga Friday - 1.30pm - 2.45pm
Thursday 23 November
Powhiri to welcome new students
Friday 24 November
Bell Challenges due in today
Monday 27 November
Pack the Bus
Thursday 30 November
Hearing/Vision Technician visiting school
Year 6 Sleep-Over - School Hall
Saturday 2 December
BOT Meeting, 10am - 2.00pm
Wednesday 6 December
End of Year reports sent home
FUNdraisers Pizza Lunch
Thursday 7 December
Friday 8 December
FUNdraisers Bakesale - 3pm outside Hub 1
Friday 8 December
Year 4-6 Celebrations Assembly 9.30am - 10.30am
Monday 11 December
Year 6 Leavers Event - 5.00pm - 8.30pm
Wednesday 13 December
BOT Meeting - 6.30pm - 8.30pm
Friday 15 December
Last day of the School Year (12.30pm finish)
Wednesday 31 January 2024
Meet the Team:
Community Picnic/3-Way Conferences
Thursday 1 February 2024
First day of the school year
Friday 12 April 2024
Last day of term 1