Newsletter Term 3 Week 8

West Park School - 17th August 2021


16 September, 2021

Kia ora, Talofa, Kia orana,

Greetings Parents, Grandparents and Caregivers,

It has been wonderful having everyone back at school, schools are so much nicer with kids in them.

Also, thank you for the way that so many of you engaged with the school’s online teaching and learning programmes. The time, thought and effort put in by staff into their online programmes was well rewarded by the many kids and families who through their engagement made the entire experience highly effective for all involved.

Please note that the following important notes communicated last week continue to apply:

· All adults or non-West Park School students entering the school grounds between 8am and 3.30pm are required to sign in and out using either the Covid-19 registration tab on the school’s app, the NZ COVID Tracer App, or by physically signing in an out at our main gates.

· All parents and or visitors on school grounds between 8am and 3.30pm are required to wear a mask.

· Please utilise the COVID-19 Check-in function on the school’s App.

· Under Alert Level 2, we advise any students and staff to stay at home if they are sick, and we will send anyone home immediately if they show any symptoms.

· Students are all expected to regularly use the provided sanitizer

· All students are involved in helping to clean classrooms between 2.45 and 3.00 on a daily basis.

· Staff continue to emphasise the importance of:

o Good hand hygiene and cough and sneeze etiquette

o Staying away if sick

o Keeping the appropriate physical distance from others

o Cleaning and disinfecting our high touch surfaces daily

o Good classroom ventilation

· While physical distancing is not a requirement in schools, we do our best to keep students from congregating in very large numbers and keeping spaces well-ventilated.

· Face coverings are not required to be worn in school. The Director General of Health has recommended that children 12 years+ wear a face covering at school – just as older children are required to wear face coverings in some other places. The decision to wear a face covering is up to you and your whānau, whatever your decision it will be respected.

· Please observe social distancing practices when congregating at school crossings with student road patrollers

· Respiratory viruses can travel through spaces far more easily than first thought so the school will be following all Ministry of Health recommendations to ensure a safe working and learning environment for students and staff

Thank you for your continued support for all we are doing to keep our children and community safe.

Take care – stay safe - Wash your hands, practice physical distancing, wear face masks as required, QR scan, stay home if sick and get yourself vaccinated.

Ngā mihi

Luis Echegaray


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Lockdown Antics

As we were plunged into a second nationwide lockdown it didn't slow families at West Park down. Check out some of the cool things that families got up to keep themselves busy and spend quality time together.

Deanna Smith

Look at the focus and concentration as Deanna paints a wonderful painting. Look below for the finished product.
Deanna Painting

Check out this video of the Day family doing 'bumper cars' on the trampoline in the sunshine. Looks like so much fun!

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Here is Ranuka helping out his family by mowing the lawns. Ka pai!
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Team Totara and Team Miro were very lucky to have Harold and Marsha join them in one of their Team Zooms spreading some positivity! They also had Sue from Waitohi Library come along and showed us a song she composed on her keyboard to match the rain sounds of the book she read aloud. The children LOVED it!
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A special message to teachers from Aarvi Mahajan

Aarvi Lockdown activity
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Lost Property

We are finishing another term with yet another huge collection of unclaimed lovely clothes. As we move into term 4 please take a few moments to name clothes so that we can return them to the rightful owners. This should help keep the number of unclaimed clothing items down whilst saving parents and caregivers considerable dollars.

Builder Needed

The library is still in need of a builder to help us build some bench seating to complete our brand new library. We have the funds available for labor and resources we just need a builder. If you are someone that is able to help or know of one that is available please get in contact with

Upcoming School Dates

Monday, 13 September - Dental Van onsite for several weeks

Monday, 27 September - BoT meeting @ 6.15pm in Rooms 14/15

Friday, 1 October - Last day of Term 3

Monday, 18 October - First day of Term 4

Friday, 22 October - Years 4-6 Athletics Day

Monday, 25 October - Labour Day (School closed)

Friday, 29 October - PP date: Years 4-6 Athletics Day

Monday, 15 November - BoT meeting @ 6.15pm in ooms 14/15

Wednesday, 1 December - Year 5/6 Camp

Monday, 13 December - BoT meeting @ 6.15pm in Rooms 14/15

Thursday, 17 December - Last Day of term 4 – finish 12.45pm

Community Notices

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Sports News



Unfortunately due to the recent Covid about break and the time spent in Levels 2, 3 and 4 as well as the ongoing closure of Keith Spry Pool all school swimming lessons and school and zone swim sports for 2021 have had to be cancelled. Hopefully we will have better luck next year and be able to conduct swimming lessons for all grades as well as hold the swim sports event.


Registration is now open for Term 4 miniball on Kindo. Registration closes on Tuesday 21st September. The Term 4 dates are as follows:

  • Year 3/4 play on Mondays between 3.20 and 6-50pm from 1st Nov - 13 Dec (7 weeks).

  • Year 5/6 play on Tuesdays between 3.20 and 6-50pm from 2nd Nov - 14 Dec (7 weeks).

All games are played at Nairnville Rec Centre.

Registrations close on 21st September.

Touch Rugby:

An email will be sent home in Week 9 regarding registration for Term 4 Touch Rugby.

All games are held at Alex More Oval on Mondays and will run from 1st - 6th Dec (6 weeks). Registration will close on 28th September.

West Park Athletics Days

Seniors (Years 4-6) - Friday 22nd October (pp. Friday 29th October)

(The Northern Zone Competition (years 4-6) will be on Monday the 15th November (pp.

22 November) for those who qualify.

Junior (Years 1-3) - Friday 19th November (pp. Friday 26 November)