Newsletter - Term 1, Week 5

Friday, 11th March 2022


Kia ora koutou,

Thank you to all families who have been working with us around keeping your children safe and well. We have noticed a slight increase in the numbers of students having to be away because they may be isolating due to positive household cases. We are expecting this to continue for some weeks to come and as a school we certainly appreciate your assistance with this.

If your child becomes positive we need to send this information off to the Ministry of Education. We don't send names - rather they are interested in the number of positive cases a school has. All you need to do is contact the school by phone, email or record this information through the school absentee app mentioning that your child is positive.

Get To Know You Conferences

In week 9 of this term we will be running our 'Get to Know You' Conferences. This will be run over two afternoons. Monday, 4 April (3.00pm-6.00pm) and Tuesday, 5 April (1.00pm-6.30pm). We will be using our normal online booking system for you to make an appointment to meet your child's teacher. On the afternoon of Tuesday, 5 April school will be finishing at 12.45pm - school buses will run at this time.

Face masks and distancing requirements will be required. All adults will need to wear a mask for these conference (whether you have an exemption or not). We will be providing an alternative method of catching up (via zoom) for those who cannot make these conferences. If you would like to use zoom to meet with your child's teacher please make contact with them individually and organise a time and day that suits you both.

The aim of these conferences is for parents to share information about their child relating to wellbeing and learning. The more we know about your child, the better we can work to meet their needs.

We will also be sending out information from our student management system relating to your contact details (address, emergency contacts and contact numbers etc). It is really important that we have the most up-to-date contacts for all our families. If you can return the form along with you 'Getting to Know You' sheet to your child's class teacher then that would be greatly appreciated.

Nga mihi,

Simon Bell

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COVID-19 Information - Changes to Self-Isolation

As from midnight tonight, isolation requirements for positive cases of COVID-19 and their household contacts will be reduced from 10 to seven days.

The change has been made due to up-to-date public health advice; there is a decline in infectiousness of Omicron over time and in most cases, transmission occurs within seven days.

Cases of COVID-19

Anyone who has tested positive for COVID-19 will be required to isolate for seven days.

Day 0 is the day symptoms begin or the day the test was taken (whichever came first). Cases will isolate for a full seven days and are free to return to normal activities on Day 8, if they are not symptomatic.

Household contact are required to isolate for the same seven days as the positive case.

They can return to their normal activities on the same day as the first case in their household, so long as all test results have been negative, and they are not symptomatic.

Household contacts should continue to self-monitor for symptoms up to Day 10.

Household contacts will be required to take a self-administered rapid antigen test (RAT) on Day 3 and Day 7 of the case's isolation period.

Positive Behaviour Tau Cards - Week 5

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Get to Know you conferences

Bookings are now open!

Please click on the link to book your times

You can also contact the school office and Julie will book a time for you.

What's happening this Term.......

  • 21st - 24th March | Year 8 Technology
  • 24th - 25th March | Year 4 Camp
  • 28th - 31st March | Year 7 Technology
  • 31st March | Board of Trustees meeting
  • 4th April | School Photos
  • 4th - 5th April | Getting to Know You Conferences
  • 14th April | End of Term




Another busy week in Room 5. The class were fascinated with all the dandelion seeds/fairies coming into the class so we created some colourful dandelion art using our thumb prints. Last Friday at Assembly lots of students were awarded their Golden Pencil for earning 5 Tau Cards. Fabulous to see. Congratulations toTessa and Jack who received certificates last week for being Active Learners in the class. Two students (Jack and Aaron) were awarded special certificates from Johnstone Waters, for swimming. Well done boys!


Week 5 already the term is flying!

Children are busy now with athletics and are enjoying this very much.

We have had a great writing activity and the children are still enjoying the water bottles in class.


Look at the amazing work Room 8 have been doing for their Reading Responder activities on Gangsta Granny Strikes Again by David Williams.


If you are playing touch this term could you make sure your entry fee ($23) is paid to the school as soon as possible please.


Otautau Rugby Club - Junior Rugby Registrations

For all junior players this year intending to play rugby for Otautau (A, B, C and D grades) please complete the link below to register your child.

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Winton Football Club Inc

Our ‘have a go’ session will be held on Thursday 17 March 2022 at 4pm at Moore’s Reserve. For ages 4yrs upwards but there is a NZ Football requirement that anyone over 12yrs 3months of age needs a covid vaccine pass which includes any adults involved in the session at this present time. Enquiries can be made to

Winton Bridge Club

Enjoy playing cards and enjoy mentally challenging games as well as have time to develop a new interest? - perhaps bridge is for you. A 10 week lesson course starts on Wednesday 16th March 2022 at the Winton Bridge Club. Please contact for the full details. A Covid vaccine pass is required at this stage.
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