Havelock North Primary School - 30th November 2021
Kia ora koutou,
A big HNP welcome to new students Theia Smith, Emma and Moses Eichenseher who started with us this week. Well done on making a great start to school kids.
Student Placement Considerations for 2022
We received a higher than expected number of considerations for 2022 classroom placements. Team leaders are considering these placements with their colleagues at present. It is a highly complex process and due to these intricacies, not all of the considerations will be met. I need to remind families that all classes need a mix of boys, girls, abilities and behaviours. Class placements will come home with reports on Tuesday 14th December. Students will get the opportunity to meet their new teacher and classmates on the morning of 14th December.
Yesterday Cabinet met to determine which colour of the traffic light system different parts of the country will move into. We now know that Hawke's Bay will move into the Orange setting on Friday 3rd December.
This means that we don’t have to change the way we are operating classes this year and everyone can continue to attend school onsite. Ministers have agreed that all schools will retain their existing COVID-19 settings until the end of the 2021 calendar year and the COVID-19 Protection Framework settings will come into effect for all schools from 1 January 2022.
For next year, we can confirm that everyone will be back onsite for learning from the start of the school year, regardless of what setting we are in under the new Traffic Light Framework (Red/Orange/Green). This is good news and means we can plan for a great 2022.
Health measures in place at school
This year and next, health, safety and wellbeing will continue to be a priority for us and the same public health measures you are very familiar with will remain in place:
- good hygiene and cleaning
- contact tracing systems in place
- vaccination requirements for workers
- if you are sick, you must stay home and get tested
- good ventilation.
With all these measures in place, public health has confirmed the risk of infection remains low when at school, with households continuing to be where COVID-19 is spreading the most. As noted by Dr Caroline McElnay, Director of Public Health:
Our experience in New Zealand and overseas with COVID-19 shows that it does not affect children and teens in the same way it does adults. Children and teens don't become as unwell if they do get infected, and they don't tend to pass the virus on so much as adults when in a classroom setting.
Compared to other places, schools and early learning services are not environments where we have seen significant spread of COVID-19. Household members and work colleagues who are in close contact with people with COVID-19 are the most common sources of transmission.
However, if we do have someone confirmed with COVID-19 in our school, we have a plan in place to manage this and will contact you as soon as possible.
If you’d like to learn more about the framework visit COVID-19 Protection Framework.
Covid Alert level settings mean our prizegivings and Year 6 leavers events will be run without families. While this is disappointing. I can tell you that these events will be recorded so that families can enjoy these experiences. It is important that we consider the greater good of all whanau and give them an opportunity to be part of these virtual events. If you have any concerns about these events being recorded please contact the school asap.
Senior Cultural Show
A special thank you to Shelley Washington & Melanie Shennan (Dance), Julie Strand, Jenny Cameron, Kathy Fletcher (Choir), Whaea Robin, Tara Wilkins, Sue Dunn and Erica Cranswick (Kapa Haka) for their excellent tutorage. Thank you also to the production team for their wonderful skills and the parents who helped on the day. A great team effort!
The talented Miss Northe has produced the videos which were posted on our Website and Facebook last week. If you haven't seen these I encourage you to check them out. There is a link to these videos in this newsletter.
Our kids were amazing!
Have a fantastic week everyone.
Senior Cultural Show
Lights, camera, action! It was all go at Peak Vision last Wednesday as the choir, Kapa Haka, ukelele group and dancers all prepared to record their performances. Teachers directed children into seating areas, dancers sat for makeup, singers warmed up their voices and Kapa Haka students rehearsed their movements. The atmosphere was tense but exciting.
Each group of performers practised once before the recording was made. Decisions were made on the spot. Microphones were moved, dance areas were defined, camera angles were chosen and the show was on. Check out these videos to view the arts for 2021 at Havelock North Primary School.
Trailer & thanks movie: https://youtu.be/scsy2QjA8y0
Kapa Haka: https://youtu.be/43eUVZR39qM
Choir: https://youtu.be/nju3UqX954k (issue with choir due to Cups song)
"O" Day Mufti day
Student Volunteer Army
Hi Parents and Caregivers
It's the Room 26 Student Volunteer Army again.
One Voice Community Services Trust is organising a Christmas event at Te Aranga Marae. It will feed lots of families. Our mission is to provide Christmas presents to those who attend the event. Our focus this year is for the children, to make their Christmas just a little bit more special.
We need your help! You could help us by donating Christmas presents. We will collect Christmas presents until 14th December.
Our friendly collectors will come around classes every morning to collect donations from your children, or they can deliver them to Rm 26.
We can wrap the presents for you, however, If you do wrap the presents we would appreciate that you would include an age category and gender.
If you have any questions please contact Dario Rotondo Room 26 SVA representative.
Google Accounts for Students in Years 3-5
All students in Year 3 and above have their own individual Google accounts that are created and managed by the school. These are used for the purpose of school-based digital activities. Accounts are monitored by teachers to ensure students are using them appropriately.
As from the last day of school, Thursday 16th December, we will no longer be able to monitor these accounts and will be suspending them for the holidays.
Students who are leaving HNPS will be able to transfer their work to a new account. Please contact your class teacher for details.
Students who own their own chromebooks will still be able to make use of their device by logging on as a guest or through a family google account.
Team Seas Fundraising
Hello, We are Samuel, Max and Cooper from Room 13 and Jack from Room 11. We are raising money for Team Seas.
Team Seas are running one of the biggest, baddest, most-impactful cleanup projects of all time to clean up our rivers, beaches and oceans. We want to help the effort by having a fundraiser at our school.
Trash kills all marine wildlife. If you were to cut up a fish and it had rubbish in it you would be eating it too, so please help us at HNPS to raise money to clean our oceans.
You can find out more information about Team Seas at https://teamseas.org/
We will be having a BAKE SALE on Friday 3rd December.
If you would like to donate cupcakes, fudge, cookies or any other baking, please bring it to the Hall Kitchen on Friday 3rd.
If you would like to buy some of our delicious baking just bring your money. We will be outside the hall at 2:30.
If you don’t eat baking you can still make a difference by donating directly at https://teamseas.org/ or by dropping your donation into Room 13.
Bizzy Bodz After School Care Programme at HNPS
If your child is absent and not going to be attending Bizzy Bodz on a particular day please communicate by phoning us on 06 825 6088, or emailing Grace firstname.lastname@example.org. Or you can text the programme directly if it is after 2 pm on 021 837 795.
Sports at Havelock North Primary School
The photo features our youngest Summer Hockey players; Tomi, Brooklyn, Emily, Lily, Maddie, Greta and Hannah, who are fearless against their older competition!
S - Sportsmanship T - Teamwork A - Attitude C - Coachability
Ellouise Williams, Pippa Streeter, Casey Mawson, Greta Cranswick, Hannah Wedd, Samuel Drysdale, Sophia Morris, Zeta Harland
Dom Nilsson, Theo Robinson
Patch Stafford, Breanna Herman
Sam De Valda, Simon Nthekela, Zoe Kight
Ava Scott, Lily McLaughlin, Poppy Brittain-Cain, Beau LeComte, Emma Barrett
Stella Bourke, Charlie Bousfield, Henry Hutchinson, Hugo Dooney, Will Sampson, Alby Redmond and Guy Sowman (featured in the photo!)
Lily Smith, Imogen Bailey, Cie Cie Norman, Florence Reid, Pippa Winchester
HNPS Sports in Action!
HNP Wolves - Volleyball looks like way too much fun!
Patch looking pretty stoked with his STAC award for Year 1/2 Basketball
Sophia going in for the winning goal!
Reuben and Samuel taking on their huge opposition!
The HNP Flames Year 3/4 cricket team - all smiles:)
Breanna looking pretty happy with her STAC award for Year 1/2 Basketball
Out and About
Term Dates 2021/2022
Term 4 2021
18 October – 16 December (1:00 pm finish)
2022 Term Dates
Term 1 2nd February - 14 April
Term 2 2 May - Friday 8 July
Term 3 25th July - 30th September
Term 4 17th October - 14th December
Up Coming Events
- Team Seas Bake Sale - Friday 3rd December
- Year 5 Market Day - Tuesday 7th December
- Year 6 Leavers' Prizegiving - Thursday 9th December
- "O" Mufti Day - Friday 10th December
- Year 1 & 2 & Year 3-5 Prizegiving - Monday 13th December
- Reports home - Tuesday 14th December
- School Year finishes - Thursday 16th December
Term 1 begins 2022 -2nd February