Raureka School Term 2 Week 1

Newsletter 4 May 2022


Kia ora koutou katoa, Talofa lava, Kia orana,

Welcome to Term 2 after our holiday period, I hope you had a good break. We are looking forward to a great term with lots of exciting things to do.

Room 12/13 is now open with both rooms operating and the children have moved in and they are loving the refurbished room. Miss Macaulay and Mrs Grace spent time in the holidays preparing the rooms for the children to start the term in them. Thanks to you both- the rooms look great. (See photo's)

Our front fence was taken down during the holidays and we had hoped that it was going to be replaced and ready for the start of term. Unfortunately the replacement fence is stuck at a port and the builder is waiting for it to be released- it should be put up in the next few weeks.

I have heard from Mrs Putter and she has settled into Christchurch. We wish her well.

We welcome Miss Stella Lorkin to our school and especially to Room 2.

Mrs Emma Larwood has also joined us and is releasing teachers in the Rooms12-15 and Room 20.

Breakfast Club: This will be open as from tomorrow morning from 8:00 until 8:30 am- this is held on Tuesday and Thursday mornings in the hall. It is great to have this start up again. Thanks to Shanny for running this.

Covid19 -We are at Orange level Orange now. We are seeing that cases are declining due to high levels of vaccination and natural immunity after infection.

At Orange, face masks are no longer required at school. However public health advice is that masks continue to be strongly encouraged when indoors. Wearing a mask is a key health measure that slows the spread of COVID-19 in indoor settings. For that reason, we ask that visitors to the school, including parents and whānau, wear a mask whenever they are indoors on school grounds.

We also ask that your child (if they are Year 4+) continues to bring a mask to school every day. There may be times that we’ll ask them to wear a mask, too – for example, when we are having an assembly in the hall. If there are a high number of cases at school or in the community, we may ask that masks are worn in classrooms for a time.

We will continue to keep all the other health measures in place at school that we know slow the spread of COVID-19. These include ensuring our indoor spaces are well-ventilated, maintaining good hand hygiene and cough and sneeze etiquette, appropriate physical distancing whenever we can and, most importantly, staying home if we are sick.

Remember if your child is feeling sick please keep them home until they are well.

If your child does need to isolate either as being a household contact or for testing positive please let us know.

Symptoms of COVID-19:

  • A new or worsening cough
  • Sneezing and runny nose
  • A fever
  • Temporary loss of smell or altered sense of taste
  • Sore throat
  • Shortness of breath

Less common symptoms include diarrhoea, headache, muscle aches, nausea, vomiting, malaise, chest pain, abdominal pain, joint pain, or confusion/irritability.

We know how hard the impacts on COVID-19 have been for many families in New Zealand. If you know of a family in your community who is struggling, please encourage them to reach out for support for example to access food, medicine, or access financial support: Help is available – COVID-19 Health Hub.

If you have any concerns, please do get in touch. We are here to help.

Concerns or Worries: If you have any concerns or worries please make sure that you come to us as soon as possible so we can see what the problem is and try to get to the bottom of the issue quickly. Remember if it involves your child go to the class teacher first, if that isn't successful then let us know and we'll help you with the problem. Greg

IMPORTANT - Email addresses for BOTH parents is needed please.

Thank you to those who have sent these in. If you have not had time yet, please send both parent's email addresses to office@raureka.school.nz.

IMPORTANT - If your child is away from school -

Reminder that you need to let the school know if your child is going to be away. Because of the current covid situation, it is essential that you let us know the reason they are away - eg coughing, headache, tummy bug etc.

You can phone either 06 8789766 or 027 557 0085 and leave a message.

Thank you for this, it is so helpful and we want to ensure your child is okay.


Room's 12 & 13

Covid Information

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$10 Portrait Fundraiser

The RSS are running the portrait fundraiser again this term. The booking sheets will be coming home today with your child. You can either send this back to the school office with your $10 or contact Nic.
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Hi Room 7 - what have you got to share with us this week?

Room 7 has solving problems for Mrs Armitage Queen of the Road. This is part of our S.T.E.A.M. project. We had to try and make wheels for her car and then a bumper. It was great fun.
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Term 1 Week 11 Values Certificate Winners

Our four values are :

Respect/Whakaute, Responsibility/Haepapa, Resilience/Pakari, Relationships/Whanaungatanga.

This week we are focusing on - Respect/Whakaute, - which means: believe in yourself, value the feelings and rights of others and show regard for the environment.

The expected behaviour during this week is: Be a role model

Back row: Cooper Corbett (R19), Brooklyn Harris (R5), Pippa Burns (R3) Chloe Bates (R11)

Middle row: Charli Barber (R20), Teiyahrn Te Hiko (R7), Ruby Thrussell (R21), Jules Messina (R2), Numia Kitiona-Numia (R1), Ruby Aitken-Hopping (R8)

Front row: Tyreese Bennett (R15), Lincoln Feck (R12)

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Senior Assembly Certificates

R1 Mykah Muir and Isabella Crichton

R2 Cody Olsen and Katherine Gibson

R3 Anabelle Davy and Marino Hiko-Hammond

R4 Drake Black and Teina Marie Brightwell

R5 Thomas Barber and Ashton Scannell

R11 Keana King andTori Cahill

R19 Laylah Owen-Smith and Caitlin Eagle

Caught being good:

Values points - House Competition

1st: Whero, 2nd: Kowhai, 3rd: Kahurangi, 4th: Kakariki.
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Upcoming Events

  • Monday 6 June Queens Birthday no school
  • Monday 20 June School Closed Teacher Only Day
  • Wednesday 22 June: School Matariki Celebration
  • Friday 24 June School Closed for the new Matariki holiday
  • Friday 1 July School Disco
  • Monday 4 Three Way Conferences- from 3:10- 6:30
  • Tuesday 5 July Three Way Conferences School closes at 12:30 conferences- 1:00-5:30
  • Friday 8 July End of Term 2
  • Monday 25 July Start of Term 3
  • Friday 30 September End of term 3
  • Monday 17 October Start of Term 4
  • Friday 21 October Hawke's Bay Anniversary Day
  • Monday 24 October Labour Day- no school
  • Monday 21 November Teacher Only Day - no school for students
  • Friday 16 December Last Day of Year

Other Notices

School Uniform – this is compulsory. No exceptions.

All children are required to have the school royal blue polo-shirt, royal blue hat, and on colder days the royal blue polar fleece jersey. All of these are available at the school office.

The lower half of the uniform (short, longs, skorts, skirts) must be plain black and can be purchased in town No stripes, no flowers etc, can

be purchased in town.

· Do your child’s records need updating?

  • moved house?
  • phone/cellphone numbers changed?
  • living arrangements changed?
  • emergency contacts changed?
  • medical details?

Medical Reminders

IMPORTANT: Children are NOT to carry any form of medication in their bags etc. All medication must be held in the office. Parents must complete a Medical Form to enable staff to administer medication.

We often have a few ‘bugs’ around the school.

· A common one is a nasty cough/flu type illness. Keep your children home if they have symptoms of this as it spreads easily.

· If your child has had vomiting or diarrhoea, they MUST stay home for 2 days after the last event. This illness definitely spreads quickly around the school.

· Headlice are always around so make sure that you check your child’s hair regularly (we suggest weekly) and treat the hair if necessary. We have treatments available from school for free. Just pop in and we can give you some.

· If your child is at all unwell, please keep them home so that they don’t pass bugs on to other children. Also if a child is feeling unwell they are not able to learn easily and are much better off at home snuggled up in bed.

Don’t forget to contact the school office to let us know when your child is unwell please.

Volunteers needed for supervision of our school patrollers.

The children are well trained, it is just a matter of having an adult supervise from 8.30-9.00. Please contact Chris in the school office if your are able to help (even if you have helped in the past, please confirm).

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