School Newsletter- 10th March

Endeavour School - March the 10th, 2022

Principal's Message

In our last newsletter, we shared that our BoT and Operational Team had completed our school Charter. This workable and liveable document that drives what we do here at Endeavour is now available on our school website https://www.endeavour.school.nz/. Once on the site simply click on the drop-down Our Place and then click on School Charter 2022. Here you can also find a more detailed overview of our Strategic Priorities.


Our Strategic Priorities 2022-2026 provide details regarding the actions we will take to achieve our goals. You will see there are four key headings:

-Professional Learning

-Curriculum

-Home/School Partnerships

-Systems


In 2022 we are continuing to focus on our Endeavour values/ETCs (Explorers, Thinkers, and Citizens) and developing our abilities in all curriculum areas with specific targets set in Mathematics, Te Ao Maaori, and Writing. I’ve included some photos below of the Mathematics learning I have seen at Endeavour this week.


We are continuing to update you regarding Positive Covid cases at Endeavour twice a week. We have seen a steady number of cases throughout the week with LC2 having had the most positive cases. The most recent change to Covid guidelines relates to the isolation period changing from 10 to 7 days. This change will come into effect from 11:59pm Friday 11 March.


This means that Household Contacts will need to have a rapid antigen test at day 3 and day 7 of their isolation period. If they become symptomatic they should also get a test, and if the result is positive, they are required to isolate for seven days from that point.


*Please note if a person is isolating and still has symptoms after 7 days, they are advised to stay home until 24 hours after symptoms resolve.


*Recovered cases will no longer need to self-isolate if they become a household contact within 90 days after having the virus.


Please remember to use our Covid Response email for any further queries you may have or notifications of a positive test result covid_response@endeavour.school.nz


Also, a reminder our School Interviews are next week on Tuesday 15th and Thursday 17th March. These are being held via zoom rather than onsite. So if you haven’t already and would like to make a booking please use the details within this newsletter. We will be closing the site on Monday 14th March at 9am so teachers can download their timetables, so if you would like to make a booking please do so before this time, we would love to talk to you!


I would like to end by thanking our wider community, staff, and students for their ongoing resilience. This week our Endeavour students and staff have continued to amaze me with their positive attitudes. I was speaking to some of our students about resilience and what it means to them. Their explanation was that resilience is about not giving up, being kind to others even if you feel a little grumpy, and that you can actually choose to be happy. They said that’s important because your attitude is contagious. I couldn’t agree more!


Kind regards

Kylee

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Whaanau / Teacher Catch up Reminder

In Week 6 this term (Tuesday 15th March and Thursday 17th March) we will be hosting via zoom our Whaanau/ Teacher Catch up's.

Knowing your child's story, interests and needs is very important to us and supports us with being able to deliver a rich and engaging programme for them. As mentioned, this term we will be hosting these via Zoom. Closer to the time your child's Ako Teacher will send you via email a Zoom link to log into. You are welcome to have your child online for the catch up, however, if you wish not to for whatever reason, that is understandable as well.


To make a booking please visit: https://www.schoolinterviews.co.nz and use the code: tfwx8.

2022 Term Dates

Term One: Tuesday 8th February 2022 - Thursday 14th April 2022

Term Two: Monday 2nd of May 2022 - Friday 8th July 2022

Term Three: Monday 25th July 2022 - Friday 30th September 2022

Term Four: Monday 17th October 2022 - Friday 16th December 2022

Administration

How To Report Your Child As Absent From Endeavour School

Schools, along with parents and caregivers are legally responsible for making sure students attend school. Of course, sometimes a student will need to be away from school. This could be due to illness or doctor/dentist appointments, planned holidays during term time or for family related reasons. When this happens - you need to inform our Endeavour School administration team.


It is important to let us know when, why and for how long your child/ren will be away, as this is loaded into our school student management system and reported to The Ministry of Education every week. If we do not receive a notification regarding an absence, you will receive an automated text message that you are able to directly respond to. If there is no response to this, then that student is automatically marked as truant for the time of the absence.


You can report your child’s absence through the school App (NZ School Apps). This will give you the option to either email, text or call the school office.


Please note that even if you have informed your child’s absence to their Ako teacher, you will still need to inform the school office via one of the above ways.


COVID-19 Reminder : If your child has tested positive for Covid-19 OR if a member of their household has returned a positive case and they are now a household contact, we ask that you please report this via the Endeavour Covid Response email: covid_response@endeavour.school.nz.


Expression of Interest - Out of Zone Priority Ballot

Endeavour School is now accepting Expressions of Interest for our Out of Zone Priority Ballot being held this term. If you have moved out of zone, and you have a child who is eligible (turning 5 years old) to start school in Term Two or Term Three this year and they have a current sibling/s at Endeavour School, please show your interest by emailing reception@endeavour.school.nz.


Please visit the following links to view our enrolment zone and enrolment form.

Zone Map: https://www.endeavour.school.nz/files/e1fc1f95242e1741/folders/2/Endeavour_School_EZ_amended_2017_(2).pdf


Enrolment Form:

https://www.endeavour.school.nz/5/forms/1-enrolment-form/submissions/new


Please be aware this does not affect students already attending Endeavour School but it does preclude siblings wanting to start in the foreseeable future.


The ballot process is run twice a year in Term One (for the current years Term Two and Term Three starters) and in term three (for the current years Term Four and the following years Term One starters). If you have a child who will need to be balloted, please fill out an online enrolment form (found here) for them and make contact with the office well in advance so that they can apply to be in the correct ballot.
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Whats Been Happening?

LC2 Ecosystem Investigation!

In LC2 Ms Eivers Literacy Group is going to be investigating garden ecosystems and how they work. We have started by looking at plants. During Build Me time on Monday's we have planted things in pots that we are now looking at. We have planted beans, a whole sweetcorn cob, some slices of tomato, half a capsicum and some pieces of banana. The sweetcorn and tomatoes are doing very well and the capsicum is starting to catch up, nothing from the banana yet. This week we have inspected the marigolds that we have growing in our sensory garden to see if we can determine the different parts of a flowering plant.

Chess Club

Chess Club has started back up for LC5 and LC6 on Mondays. We have many keen participants who have been practising their skills during the school holidays and have come back ready to verse their peers. We hope to be able to participate in a tournament later in the year, Covid Level depending.

The middle and junior school will also be able to participate in the near future when Covid restrictions ease, I know LC4 have some keen players who are already enhancing their skills on Friday afternoons ready to join Chess Club!

I love hearing about the games of chess the students are playing against Whānau and friends at home.

Mrs Wrigley

Ako Ruru Has Been Having a "Hoot"

Ako Ruru (LC5) made these owls for their Ako area. They used a video clip to learn the process and then created their own ruru, using paper folding and specific shapes. They sure have some unique personalities. But we love them!

Community Notices

Gotta catch'em all!

Pokemon Club is back in session at Endeavour School! If you haven't heard yet, this club is a great place to introduce students who love everything Pokemon to learn how to play the Pokemon Trading Card Game.


Alvin & his wife Alicia (a Teacher Aide here at Endeavour) show the students how to play the game in a step by step format. They also learn about trading their cards with each other. Alvin gives them some variety throughout the sessions by introducing other Pokemon related games & activities.


The club is open to Year 5 & Year 6 students. There is no cost to join the club & students don't need to have cards to join in. Alvin has supplies for the students to learn but if they have their own cards, they're welcome to bring them along to play with and/or trade with others. The club is a great way for students to learn about strategy games & how to improve their strategy skills. The club is also a great avenue for students to expand their social skills & make new friends.


If your child loves Pokemon, contact Alvin to be added to the club's mailing list for more info & details about upcoming events - aaliew@gmail.com