Rātā Street School newsletter 4

Newsletter number 4 - 20th May 2020

Taloha ni, Fakaalofa lahi atu, Malo e lelei, Manh Goi, Xin chao, Sawat Dee, Namaste, Hallo, Salamoahlakom, Kumusta, Assalamu Alaikum, Nabad, Gruetzi, Bonjour, Ni sa bula, Ola, Talofa lava, Kia ora, Kia orana, Nǐ hǎo, Hello and “Gidday”.

We welcome Nizmo, Aries, Reynah, Levi, Emi, Dayna, Iria-Skye, Bella, Sinasamoa, Noah, and Ioane to the school.

We also welcome back teacher Kristen Finlayson who is teaching our newest children in Room 2

School is Safe but we need to Play it Safe

A great start to the return to school. The children are obviously very pleased to be back at school with their friends. We have 81% of the school attending today - FANTASTIC - but let's get it closer to 100%!!!

For the next few weeks, teachers will focus on reconnecting with the children in their class, and establishing routines and expectations. During this time the wellbeing of all will be a priority.

As we have done in Alert Level 3, you can be assured that in Alert Level 2 we continue to focus on:

  • maintaining physical distancing
  • good hygiene practices
  • keeping track of people who enter the school
  • staying away from school if unwell

You will have noticed some differences:

  • Drop off and pick up is from outside the classrooms
  • Children should arrive at school from between 8.30am and 8.50am
  • Entry to the school is still restricted, and entry to the school from 9.00am to 3.00pm is through the front entrance
  • Parents and visitors have to sign in
  • A staggered interval and lunch time limits the number of children in the playground
  • Increased hand washing and sanitising
  • Children that are unwell will be sent home

Parents may have received a work pack from the Ministry of Education. I hope these were helpful to you.

Because of delivery delays, some families may still receive a digital device (Chromebook or iPad) from the Ministry of Education. These devices are owned by Rātā Street School and because school has started back we will be wanting the devices returned to school. We will be contacting parents soon.


Students who have turned five or are new to the neighborhood are welcome to enroll. Please contact the school to discuss a transition into our school, and the enrolment process.

Food and drink (water)

Children need to bring a snack for morning tea, and something for lunch. Because the water fountains are not being used – a drink bottle (water) is also needed.

School Notices

Teacher Only Day – Postponed

This was scheduled for Monday 8th June. This has been postponed – a new date has not been set.

Parent Teacher Interviews – Postponed

These were scheduled for the end of term. They postponed to early Term 3

MindPlus - 2nd June

From Tuesday 2nd June the MindPlus programme will resume

Music lessons – Goodtime Music - 2nd June

From Tuesday 2nd June music lessons will resume

Lunches – Filled Roll $3.50 – 2nd June

From Tuesday 2nd June, children will be again able to buy a school lunch – a filled roll. A choice of filling – chicken, ham, and vegetarian.

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