Newsletter T1W8

Tuesday 22 March 2022

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School Notices

Whitney St Teachers Jumping out of a Plane!!

Whitney JAM are Jade, Adam, Mary-Anne, all teachers at Whitney Street School. They are Dropping for Youth Marlborough as it is an exciting and challenging way of fundraising for Kiwi Can - a really important part of our school!

See the link here if you would like to support/sponsor them which we would greatly appreciate.

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Possible Community Breakfast - Thursday 14 April - TBC

Our first Community Breakfast is scheduled to be held on the last day of term, Thursday 14 April. If you are new to the school it is a great opportunity to meet other families in a relaxed atmosphere. However due to the COVID situation we will not know if we are able to go ahead with it until nearer the time, so this is just a heads up with positive thoughts!

See details further in the newsletter.

Preschool Enrolments

We are asking for our Whitney families, with children who are aged under 5, to take the time to check with the office that they are pre-enrolled at school. This allows for us to plan the classes more effectively and to ensure that we have spaces available.

School Polar Fleeces (Sweatshirts)

With the weather being cooler in the mornings and hotter during the days, polar fleeces are being misplaced as the children take them off. We encourage students as much as possible to respect their belongings and put their polar fleeces in their bags when they take them off. However this doesn’t always happen and often polar fleeces are left on the field, playground, etc. Children then sometimes pick up the wrong polar fleece and take it home by mistake, as they are not clearly named.

To ensure easy identification of your child’s polar fleece we recommend naming it in more than one place e.g. the two tabs (one by the collar, and one on the inside seam), as well as in vivid in large letters on the inside of the fleece. The office has vivids you can use. Alternatively we have a lovely mum, Karen Benade, who will embroider a name on the back of your child’s polar fleece for a minimal cost. Her contact phone number is 0211001228. See the 'Pretty Things Embroidery' section further in the newsletter.

Please also check your child(ren)’s polar fleece to see they have the correct one, and haven’t mistakenly brought someone else’s home. Thank you.

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PSG (Parent Support Group) News

We are on the look out for new PSG members as two of our long-standing members are moving on. The PSG is a great bunch of people who meet a couple of times a term (and a few more nearer Lights Over Marlborough time) to organise fundraising events for the school. Our first meeting for the year will be our Annual General Meeting (AGM) on Wednesday 13 April at 6pm in our Staffroom. Please come along by yourself, or with a friend, if you are interested or would like to join. We would love to see you there.
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COVID-19 Update

Over the past two weeks our school has been quite heavily impacted by COVID with student absences between 25% and 33% on any one day. To date 45 students have tested positive and 42 have been household contacts. Many of these students have completed their isolation periods and are now back at school. We also have had approximately 30 students per day staying at home due to other illnesses or families being cautious.

Staff have also been affected with 5 staff members to date having had to isolate, and we thank you for your understanding when we have to have relievers in classes.

Hopefully we are reaching the peak and cases will slow down soon, so we will be able to return to some sort of normality.

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Whitney Street School CURRICULUM

We have recently updated our School Curriculum for our Whānau & Community, and tried to simplify it to make it more user-friendly for you all. It is still in draft form as we begin our consultation phase. In the meantime here is a sneak peek and if you have any initial feedback please let Cheryl or your child's teacher know.

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The Whitney Way - The Way We Learn

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Board News

As always, the full meeting minutes of each Board of Trustees meeting can be found in the Board folder in the school office and on our school website. The Board meets twice a term at 7pm and anyone is welcome to attend with meetings ending at 9pm. After each meeting one member of the Board of Trustees will update the school via the newsletter and website, with a brief summary of these meetings.

Quick Links

Automatic Payment Option

We highly recommend setting up an automatic payment to help pay for things like stationery at the beginning of the year, uniform items and camps. It's a great way to help plan your budget and spread the cost of more expensive things. $5 or $10 a week is way more manageable than a large lump sum! Use your child's first initial and last name as a reference.

The Whitney Street School BOT bank details are: 03 0599 0305934 00


If you haven't done so already, please have a go at downloading the Hero App which shows your child’s achievement, progress and learning goals. The instructions are here or you can type into your browser. It really is very important that you access this information about your child so you are able to be involved in their education as much as possible.

Suggestions Box

Do you have any suggestions for us at Whitney Street School? In the school office, there is a 'Suggestion Box' that is checked regularly. Or click here to email it.

School App

We encourage all parents to download our school app from the Playstore or Apple Store, as we find this the most effective way of sending out Alerts to parents/caregivers. You can also access a wealth of information from the app as it has links to the school calendar, newsletters, etc.

Please subscribe to Alerts from the classes/groups that your child belongs to. If you want to subscribe to groups later on, you can do this via the ‘Alerts Subscriptions’ which is in the Menu (top left). Please do this to ensure you are subscribed to the classes and Teams that your child or children are in for the 2022 school year.

This is also the way we would like you to inform us of absences. This system streamlines the morning routine for Adele and Michelle so that they can easily see who is away and why.

Please ask the office or your class teacher to help with this if you are unsure of what to do.

School Docs Link here for Policies and Procedures

USERNAME: whitneystreet PASSWORD: learners

Pretty Things Embroidery

Are you after a professionally stitched name on a piece of uniform? Click here to find out more.

Ngā mihi nui kia koutou katoa (greetings to you all)

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