Point View School

NEWSLETTER - Week 1, Term 4 - 22 October 2021

PRINCIPAL'S MESSAGE

It is quiet. Too quiet. As I sit at the reception desk, there are 24 children and 8 staff dotted around the campus in 4 bubbles. We want to learn together at school, we want to do the things we do in Term 4 but first we must make sure we can be safe whilst we do this. Otherwise, in the long term, we will suffer. So, whilst I am a little frustrated and at times feel like I am standing still, I understand what we are striving for and the contribution this school community is making in this collective effort to create a future where we manage COVID-19 and can return to the freedoms which we have enjoyed in the past. Freedoms which our current perspective clearly highlights, are of high value to us as a society, as whānau and as individuals.


We remain a school united in our passion for learning together. We will be together again, and in the meantime, we plan not only from week to week, but also we plan to ensure a strong and sustainable future for our school.


Right now, we are searching for a new Deputy Principal because our much loved and long serving DP, Robyn Hibberd, is retiring at the end of the year. Robyn has played a major part in shaping this school having been on our staff since 1999. She has been a Board Member and a key school leader for most of that time. We all wish Robyn a long, happy and very well-deserved retirement. We will be thanking her for many years to come for the work she has done, the impact she has had on countless students and colleagues and the amazing legacy she will leave.


We have had 97 responses to the PVS Community surveys (in English & Mandarin) released in August. I will be closing these on Monday next week at 9:00am to collate the information for the next Board meeting and will provide wider feedback through a newsletter before the end of the term.


Mā te wā

Robin Kirkham

Principal

WELCOME TO OUR NEW STUDENTS

A special welcome to these students who have joined Point View School at the beginning of this term and have started their online learning during Level 3 - Aimee, Aria, Audrey, Ava, Brody, Edison, Harry, Hayden, Isabella, Josh, Justin, Olivia, Orion, Qinty, Ryan, Shadin and Skylar.

ENROLMENTS FOR 2022

If you live in the school zone and have a child turning five next year now is the time to pre-enrol them. Early pre-enrol is a huge help with our planning for classes in 2022.


Enrolments applications are online In Zone Enrolment Application. If you have any questions please email enrol@pointview.school.nz.

IS IT A BIRD? IS IT A PLANE? IS IT A UFO?

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FAMILY & FRIENDS UPDATE

Unfortunately, once again due to the ongoing impact of COVID-19 restrictions we have had to make the decision to cancel the planned Twilight Colour Run in November. We love this event and hope that next year we will be able to hold it again.


Stay safe everyone.

LOCKDOWN HAPPENINGS

Lockdown is a busy time in everyone's homes, whether it is working online, learning about recycling, growing plants, cooking, getting outdoors, making things, trying new games, creating amazing artworks, dragons eggs, building with lego - the list goes on, Point View Students are carrying on Learning Together in different ways.


A big thank you to our fabulous teachers and parents for supporting all our learners.

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Normally we have a Shake Out Earthquake and Tsunami practice while we are all in school. This year it will have to be different, so why not have a family practice.


You decide how it will work in your house, blow a whistle, ring a bell or shout "EARTHQUAKE DRILL" then do the Drop, Cover and Hold drill - it stops you being knocked over, makes you a smaller target for falling and flying objects and protects your head, neck and vital organs.


For more information visit shakeout.govt.nz


WE'D LOVE TO SEE PHOTOS OF YOUR SHAKEOUT DRILL - just send them to admin@pointview.school.nz

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