Glenholme School Newsletter
Term 1 - Week 5, 2nd March 2023
Kia ora koutou,
Are you and your whānau protected from measles?
With people travelling overseas again, there’s a risk that someone with measles could unknowingly bring the disease back to Aotearoa.
Measles spreads easily and quickly, usually between people who are unimmunised or only partially immunised. It can be serious and life threatening. In the 2019 measles outbreak in Aotearoa more than 30% of the people infected had to be admitted to hospital.
The best protection against measles is the free MMR vaccine. It will protect you and your whānau, and prevent the virus from spreading.
You will be protected against measles if you:
• had 2 doses of the MMR vaccine
• had measles before
• were born before 1 Jan 1969.
If you’re unsure if you or your tamariki have had any or both doses of the MMR vaccine, check by calling your GP or hauora provider. Alternatively, check your Plunket Well Child Tamariki Ora book. If you’re still not sure, be safe and get immunised – there are no safety concerns with having an extra dose. MMR vaccines are free at your local health provider and many pharmacies.
As measles still occurs in many countries, if you’re travelling overseas these holidays it’s especially important to be immunised to prevent the risk of being unknowingly infected and causing an outbreak in Aotearoa on your return.
More information about the measles vaccination can be found here:
Measles vaccination – Ministry of Health
Ngā mihi nui
Ara Kē atu Movin March – Walk and Wheels Wednesdays
Dear Parents/Guardian/ Whānau…
Our school is keen to promote healthy lifestyle choices and encourage active travel so we have joined other Rotorua Schools to Ara kē atu for Movin’ March.
Ara Kē atu means an alternative pathway and is an active transport challenge for schools.
Ara kē atu:
Encourages independence and resilience.
Promotes healthy lifestyle choices.
Helps students learn about road safety and safe decision making.
Gives tamariki, and your school the opportunity to win cool prizes.
Arrive at school ready to learn.
Promotes making healthy lifestyle choices that will carry into adulthood.
Helps school whānau save money on petrol.
Is fun to do together with whānau, classmates and friends.
Reduces congestion on the streets outside our school.
Helps clear the air of car pollution.
During March we are encouraging all school tamariki and whānau to walk, scoot, skate or bike to school at least once a week and are dedicating Wednesdays as Walk and Wheels Wednesday.
We know that some children and families are unable to walk, scoot or bike to school. This is why we are promoting ‘Park and Stride’ drop off points. These alternative drop-off points will allow more children to take part in Walking or Wheeling to school. We are asking parents/ carers to park at one of the three designated drop off points on Wednesdays for the month of March and walk the rest of the way to school. We will be running a Park and Stride day on Monday 8th March for you to familiarise yourself with one of these drop off points and a safe route to school from there.
If you have any queries regarding the Park and Stride drop off point, please don’t hesitate to come in and talk to Whaea Amy.
Thank you for your continuing support.
Five Year Old New Entrant Pre–Enrolments
Friends of the School - FOTS - URGENTLY REQUIRE MEMBERS
Due to most of our FOTS members moving on we urgently need new FOTS members. We have 1 or 2 meetings a term which are normally around the 3pm time to make it easy for parents/caregivers to attend. Our FOTS committee have been able to fundraise for shows (Magic Shows), Discos, Easter Raffles, Spelling Bees, play equipment, shade sails etc. in the past, however if we do not have parents/caregivers involved unfortunately a lot of these things will not happen and extra opportunities for our students will not be provided. We urgently need your support.
Phone the school office for further information.
Up and Coming Events
31st January - 6th April
24th April - 30th June
17th July - 22nd September
9th October - 15th December
3 March - School Assembly 9.15am
6-7 March - Young Leaders Team Building at Lake Okareka
13-17 March - Making the Difference Swimming - Tihiōtonga Team
17 March - School Assembly 9.15am
20 - 24 March - Making the Difference Swimming - Whakapoungakau Team
23 March - Board of Trustees Meeting
29 March - Whakapoungakau School Camp
6 April - End of Term 1
9 April - Easter Sunday
3 - 4 May - Academic Achievement Discussions