Week 7 Term 3 Panui

Tuesday/Rātu - 7th September

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Alert Level 2 = School Opening Thursday

Clear Message from the Government = Schools Opening on Thursday;

  • Today is Alert Level 3 and the existing Bubbles will be operating at school.
  • Wednesday is Alert Level 2: staff, cleaners, contractors will be onsite preparing for opening on Thursday
  • The current students in Bubbles will operate on Wednesday however no other students will be at school on Wednesday = school is CLOSED for set up.
  • We realise this may take organising at home for one more day however this is essential so that we have everything safely sorted for Thursday according to the 'new' Public Health Order.

Public Health Order at Level 2-Delta;

  1. School grounds OPEN at 8:30am NO earlier: children will wait till the gate is opened
  2. Adults not permitted to gather at the school gate - 2 meters distance outside and inside in particular from our staff and students
  3. Parents of students from Year 2-6 can drop their children at the gate
  4. Parents of 'new' students in the Ferns (Year 1) may need to bring their children into school but will not be permitted to enter the classroom or cloak bays
  5. If you HAVE to come onsite you MUST scan or sign in - SCANNING is preferred
  6. Adults (outside of staff) MUST wear a mask if coming onsite
  7. If you or your child is SICK = STAY HOME
  8. If it is cold or flu symptoms = get tested
  9. You will be called to pick up your child if they are; coughing, sneezing, have a runny nose or are generally unwell
  10. If it is essential to collect your child during the school day for an appointment, the procedure is; SCAN in - go to the office and wait for your child to be called (you will need to wear a mask)
  11. We will have an IN and OUT system running at the school Office so please follow all signage


  • Are NOT mandatory at Primary School however many of our staff will be wearing these
  • It is YOUR choice for your children to wear one at school
  • If your child is unable to manage the wearing of a mask correctly they will be asked to put it in their bag. One of the reasons Primary School students are not recommended to wear masks is that incorrect use can impair their effectiveness against transmission.

Devices NEED to be returned Thursday

Any student who was given a device during Lockdown or Level 3 needs to return this device and charger to the Library before going to their classroom on Thursday morning.

We will have a staff member checking the device off as they are handed in.

These will be checked and cleaned before being placed back into the classes.

Principal Message

Kia ora koutou Witherlea whānau,

It is hard to believe that this newsletter (Panui) is going into your homes and we have not been face-to-face in almost four weeks.

Tuesday 17th August we sat with our staff at 4:30pm and had a discussion about getting our students 'ready' for a possible Delta outbreak - that it COULD happen. That night at 6pm the decision to Lockdown New Zealand was made because of 1 case.

As I am writing this we are up to 841 cases = which is enormous for a small country however we have all done our part and our cases each day are dropping.

As a school we have achieved many things in a short time;

  • Creation of more than 200 hard packs for students in Level 3 Bubbles (onsite) and into the homes of our students offsite
  • The Ministry needed to prioritise Auckland so we mucked in ourselves
  • Deployment of over 50 devices for students in Year 3-6 to connect with Distance Learning
  • Our teachers thinking quickly, being creative and working in their teams to deliver Distance Learning that was age-specific, engaging and manageable for our families
  • We then surveyed the ENTIRE community with follow up phone calls to ensure no was missed so we knew who was returning at Level 3
  • We organised 4 Bubbles at school and are into our second week of this
  • Teachers have been delivering distance learning and supervising onsite
  • Our teacher aides have connected with their target students via Google Meet or phone
  • The staff have met regularly on Google Meet as have the Board of Trustees to ensure we had clear communication and consistency for our students and their families and whānau
  • Ms Marion has continued to deliver Reading Recovery to students in their own Bubble

The board and I have never been prouder of the staff response, all the teamwork, mahi, above and beyond delivery and our community engagement throughout Lockdown and Level 3.

We look forward to Thursday and Alert Level 2 - which is outlined above. Finally, we will have all our students back at school so ONSITE learning can continue for Term 3.

We look forward to seeing our parents onsite when we drop to Level 1.

Ngā manaakitanga,

Andrea Harnett - Tumuaki

Term 3 Events - Wahanga Tuawhā

We will update any events in the upcoming Newsletters and on the Parent Calendar when/if Alert Levels change.

Week 7 - Wiki Tuawhitu

Monday 6th September - Friday 10th September

School Closed except for Bubbles = Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday

Thursday 9th September

School Opens at Alert Level 2 to all students

Friday 10th September

Subway Lunches return

Week 8 - Wiki Tuawaru

Monday 13th September - Friday 17th September

Māori Language Week

Māori Language Moment: Tuesday 14th September 12pm

Friday 17th September

Subway Lunches

Week 9 - Wiki Tuaiwa

Monday 20th September - Thursday 23rd September

Friday 24th September - SCHOOL CLOSED

Teachers Only Day

Week 10 - Wiki Tekau

Monday 27th September - Friday 1st October

Friday 1st October

Subway School Lunches

TBC: Whānau Open Day and Art Exhibition (if at Alert Level 1)

  • Talent Show
  • Kapa Haka
  • Choir
  • Sign Language Club

Last Day of Term 3

Alert Levels 1–4 School Information: Click on Me

Please see updated Alert Level information

Cancelled Events Due to COVID (Delta)

  • Music Festival: Was to be held Thursday 23rd September - we will do something at school.
  • Hockey Festival
  • Sevens Rugby Tournament

These have been taken off our Parent Calendar.

Many other events may be cancelled, postponed or changed and we will update you regarding these as soon as we have details.

Bubble Walk at Alert Level 3

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Winning Teachers - Best Dressed for Daffodil Day

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Creative Kids and Families - Daffodil Day Video

2021 Daffodil Day Witherlea School Lockdown
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