Newsletter - week 5, Term 3

Term 3 Week 5 - 26th August 2022


Tena Koutou, Talofa, Namaste, Hello and Greetings

This week on Wednesday we had the grand opening of our brand new junior playground. The cloud was low and the rain was persistent in the morning and we were all a bit worried that we would be stuck inside just looking at it. Fortunately the sun came out just in time and our juniors were able to enjoy their new playground.

Again we would like to thank everyone who has contributed to the installation of the playground from those who were on board from the beginning with Wendy to those who came to the working bee to help move the wood chip. We had a number of senior students who turned up to help at the working bee and we were very proud of their efforts.

Today we are dressed up in yellow to raise money for daffodil day and we had some visitors from ANZ who came in to visit us and collect the money we have raised. Thank you for supporting this and sending your children dressed up with a donation for such a good cause.

Next week we have Pip and Harold the Giraffe with the Life Ed truck visiting us. All classes will visit the truck two or three times and will be learning about the body systems with a specific focus on the brain, what all living things need to survive and how the different body systems work together to keep us healthy.

Dont' forget at each assembly this term we will announce two family winners of either a $50 fuel or grocery voucher for their family and a small spot prize for themselves. Congratulations to the Solomon and Keillor families who won last week's draw.

Every time your children are at school and on time they will get an entry for your family into the draw so if they are at school and on time every day for 2 weeks your family will get 10 chances to win. It is still important for children to stay home if they are sick so an absence justified by illness will still get an entry into the draw.

A reminder from the MOE and MOH

  • If a child has been unwell with a respiratory illness other than COVID-19, they can return to school 24 hours after they have significantly improved and are behaving/ eating normally.

  • Following vomiting or diarrhoea, a child should be symptom free for 48 hours before returning to school.

  • If they still have a runny nose or dry cough without any other symptoms such as fever, vomiting or diarrhoea, then they are unlikely to be infectious and can be considered well enough to come to school.

  • In general, a doctor's certificate or clearance should not have to be provided for a child to return to school after being unwell.

The Ministry of Health has recently updated its definition of a household contact.

You are a household contact if you:

  • normally share a residence with a person who has tested positive for COVID-19 (either on a permanent or part-time, or shared custody basis)

  • spent at least one night or day (more than eight hours) in that residence while the person with COVID-19 was infectious

  • don’t normally share a residence with the positive case but have spent a night together in the same room.

Sarah Gilbert

Acting Principal

Kia pai tō rā whakatā (have a great weekend).

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Junior Playground

Great excitement from some very patient students when we got the all clear that the junior playground could be used! Many thanks again to all those involved in making this project happen.
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Room Rata Report

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Assembly Winners 19th August 2022

Mini Ball

Mini Ball for years 3-6
Season Starts Monday 19th September
Entry Sub = $45 per player
Year 5 & 6 Boys will be played on Monday nights
Year 5 & 6 Girls will be played on Tuesday nights
Year 3 & 4 Mixed Boys & Girls will be played on Thursday nights

Link for registration:

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Thank you to our great volunteers Emma & Co, Grace Church team and Phillip for your help with allowing this service to be offered to all students. If you would like to help you would be most welcome - more the merrier.

Breakfast Club will open in the hall at 8.35am and finish at 8.50am - weetbix followed by toast will be on offer.



We are unable to heat up lunches for students at lunch times. Staff use this time getting ready for the afternoon programmes and having their own break. We appreciate your support by not sending pies/noodles etc to school. School lunches are provided to every student in the school.


Headlice cases have popped up across the school this week. If you could all check your child/rens hair and treat if necessary. We appreciate you help with the control of this.


If your any student is unwell we will ring home to ask them to be picked up.

Ministry of Health guidelines say that students must stay away from school 48 hours after the last vomit or diarrhoea episode.



Term 3: July 25th - September 30th

Term 4: October 17th - December 15th

Upcoming events

30/31st August - Life Education bus here

2nd September - Assembly Room Puriri presenting


Measles Information

Here are some links for more measles information

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