Raureka School Term 1 Week 6

Newsletter 9 March 2022


Kia ora koutou katoa, Talofa lava, Kia orana,

Here we are in the middle of week 6 of Term 1 and it has been a very busy week.

Our Year 6's have been to Optimist yachting and they have done extremely well.

Fingers crossed we can get through the final two groups without any glitches.

Unfortunately we have a number of children and staff who are needing to isolate and stay home as they have either been a close contact or have they have caught Covid-19. We will notify the classes when we have a positive case in the class and the contact may have been infectious.

Thank you to everyone who is helping support us and other children by keeping sick children home.

Could parents please contact us and let us know

1: If your child has caught Covid and hopefully the initial date of the infection and

2: the date of infection for other siblings in the house.

This will help support us in tracking the return of students.

A reminder:

If you test positive for Covid-19, everyone else in your household becomes a household contact and you need to isolate together for 10 days

If your children have any symptoms please keep them home until they are well, or go and get a RAT test.

Cricket Results

Yr 5/6 Hardball Cricket Team vs Havelock North Primary

131 - 66 to HNP

Players of the Day: Cooper, Haygen and Hunter for improved batting

Yr 3/4/5 Softball Cricket team vs St Marys

A win to St Mary's

Player of the Day: Dayton

Covid19 Phase 3 — we are in this phase

New Zealand’s COVID-19 response continues amid much larger numbers of daily cases.

You may well have seen the headlines in the media about the numbers of cases being seen in our schools and early learning services. Please don’t be alarmed by this. It is only natural as cases in our community increase, they are now appearing in our school. We have really good systems in place to respond to this and to keep any spread of the virus to a minimum.

School is open, although we may need to go to learning on line very soon when the number of staff needing to isolate increases. We are finding it extremely difficult to get relievers now and some classes will need to double up at school.

With Phase 3 of the Omicron response, the key change is that it is only confirmed cases and their household contacts who need to self-isolate. Everyone else, including those who may have had close contact with the case but aren’t in the household, must continue to monitor really closely for any symptoms of COVID-19.

Rapid antigen tests (RATs) are now being used to diagnose COVID-19 as well as PCR tests. This means that you will get an almost immediate test result back if a RAT is used.

If anyone in your family is confirmed as having COVID-19, you will be asked to notify your close contacts yourself. Please get in touch with us as soon as you can if your child has tested positive for COVID-19.

Transmission of COVID-19 is still most likely to happen in your home – so please keep doing all those good things to keep your whānau safe. Wash your hands, get lots of fresh air, cover any coughs and sneezes, clean surfaces regularly, and seek advice if anyone is not feeling well. And please wear a mask when you are out and about. There is information online to help your family prepare to isolate if you need to.

The most important advice we can give to keep your whānau safe is to act as if you have COVID-19. More than a third of people who have COVID-19 will not have any symptoms if they have had three doses of the vaccine. So think about who you visit and what health measures you can put in place to keep everyone as safe as possible.

Getting three doses of the vaccine will really help you to do that. Research has shown that compared with being unvaccinated, three doses of the vaccine will mean you are 67% less likely to be infected with Omicron and 97% less likely to get Delta. If you can’t get COVID you can’t pass it on.

Finally, we know how hard the impacts on COVID-19 have been for many families in New Zealand. If you know of a family in your community who is struggling, please encourage them to reach out for support for example to access food, medicine, or access financial support: Help is available – COVID-19 Health Hub.

If you have any concerns, please do get in touch. We are here to help.

If you need support please ring The Covid Welfare Line on 0800512337 and they can help you with any concerns that you have.

Room12/13 Upgrade

The upgrade is progressing well, the-gib stoppers have been in this week Fingers crossed everything starts to move quickly again.

Email addresses for BOTH parents is needed please.

Thank you to those who have sent these in. If you have not had time yet, please send both parent's email addresses to office@raureka.school.nz.

If your child is away from school -

Reminder that you need to let the school know if your child is going to be away. Because of the current covid situation, it is essential that you let us know the reason they are away - eg coughing, headache, tummy bug etc.

You can phone either 06 8789766 or o27 557 0085 and leave a message.

Thank you for this, it is so helpful and we want to ensure your child is okay.


Covid Information

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Mask wearing

Please remember that Year 4-6 children must wear a mask. The masks are used to help protect them from picking up any bugs.

The masks will only be worn inside the room.

Parents are to supply the masks as the Ministry of Education don't.

Thank you for helping keep everyone safe.

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Our Values

Our four values are :

Respect/Whakaute, Responsibility/Haepapa, Resilience/Pakari, Relationships/Whanaungatanga.

This week we are focusing on - Responsibility/Haepapa, - which means: look after yourself and those around you by being a committed, contributing member of society..

The expected behaviour during this week is: back to class on time.

The following children received awards at our last assembly:

R1 Rylee-Mei Barnett, R2 Rylee Foster, R3 Addy Gardner, R4 Teina-Marie Brightwell,

R5 Ciana Sula-Sinclair, R7 Kaylee Owen-Smith, R8 Nathen Siju, R11 Liam Anderson,

R12 Harvey Anderton, R14 Emily Warwick, R15 Hibba Gul, R19 Caitlin Eagle,

R20 Lisbeth Davy, R21 Sari Helg.

Hi Room 3 - what have you got to share with us this week?

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Upcoming Events

  • Mon-Friday- 7-11 March- Optimist Yachting -Yr 6's
  • Friday 1 April School Closed for Teacher Only Day
  • Thursday 14 April- Last Day of Term
  • Friday 15 April Good Friday
  • Monday 2 May- Start of Term 2
  • Monday 6 June Queens Birthday
  • Monday 20 June School Closed Teacher Only Day
  • Monday 4 School closes 12:30 for Three Way Conferences
  • Tuesday 5 July Three Way Conferences
  • Friday 8 July End of Term 2
  • Monday 25 July Start of Term 3
  • Friday 30 September End of term 3
  • Monday 17 October Start of Term 4
  • Friday 21 October Hawke's Bay Anniversary Day
  • Monday 24 October Labour Day- no school
  • Monday 21 November Teacher Only Day
  • Friday 16 December Last Day of Year

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

IMPORTANT: Children are NOT to carry any form of medication in their bags etc. All medication must be held in the office. Parents must complete a Medical Form to enable staff to administer medication.

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. Please contact Chris in the school office if your are able to help (even if you have helped in the past, please confirm).

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