Newsletter - Week 1, Term 2

Greenmeadows School 3 May 2022

PRINCIPAL'S MESSAGE

Tēnā koutou kātoa,


Here is hoping this term is something a little more normal. It is great to see everyone back here at school refreshed after the break and raring to go!


We have made a number of decisions about how to try and manage the health risks linked to the spread of COVID-19 as well as following the current health advice.


While the mask mandate has been removed from schools, we are strongly encouraging students and staff to wear masks while at school in indoor settings. From the information we have received just under half of the student and staff population have been identified as testing positive over the past two months. This means that there could be up to 300 people directly linked to school who have not been infected by the virus to this point in time ... a reason to not relax too much at this stage.


At least the weather is being kind to us and allowing us time to enjoy the warmth outside.


We will revert to fortnightly newsletters for this term ... unless there is a significant change to the health status of our school .


Have a great week!


Ka kite anō,


Mark Johnson

Principal

WELCOME TO GREENMEADOWS SCHOOL

The new term has started with some bright faces who are new to our school. The newest enrolments this term are:


Jaxon Wilson

Harrison Holman

Linh Ngo

Klassique Gerbes

Ari Baylis

Minh Quang Ngo

Noah Carroll

Tyler Brocklebank.


And we also thrilled to have Ashiyana Kumar back with us too.


A very warm welcome to you all and we know you will have a greta time at GMS!


Our roll is currently 450.



REVIEW OF COVID PROTOCOLS AT SCHOOL

The following guidelines are how we are going to approach the coming term:


* Mask wearing is to be strongly encouraged for staff and students when indoors (and outdoors if the individual wants to)


* There is no requirement to wear masks when outside at school. This includes sports/PE and outdoor gatherings, including under He Kapua


* We will not restrict parents in the outdoor spaces around our school


* Parents are now able to visit classrooms and see teachers.

1. We request that they wear a mask when inside the room

2. Any visits take no longer than 15 minutes


* Students not to enter the school site until the 8.30am bell has rung. The exception is if raining, children will be invited onto the sheltered deck area between Room 2b and Room 4.


* We will continue with the release times of 2.50pm (for Kōwhai students and older siblings) and 3.00pm bell departures for the remaining Pohutukawa and Tōtara students.


* Full school assembly resumes this coming week, Week 1 Friday under 'He Kapua' starting at 12.15pm


Any questions or queries feel free to contact the office or your child's teacher. Hopefully this helps us move forward as healthily as we can.

YUMMY APPLE STICKER PROMOTION

School Sticker Promo | The Yummy Fruit Co

Collect the Yummy cut-out labels from bags (each cut-out label is worth 10 stickers) and individual Yummy apple stickers for your school’s share of the $200,000 free DG Sport sports gear prize pool.

www.yummyfruit.co.nz

WANTED

We are on the hunt for around 6 small "old school" tape players that work. We are needing them for a literacy program that has listening tapes.


Can you please email saraa@gms.school.nz if you have one that you would like to donate.

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OSCAR Annual General Meeting

OSCAR are holding their Annual General Meeting on Monday 9th May at 5.30pm in the OSCAR rooms. All welcome.

CHILD ABSENCES

If your child is going to be absent from school, please let the school know before 9.00am on that morning.

The absent text service is NO longer available. Please do not text.


To report your child being away please use the school app. Find the absence button then use the email function.

GMS SCHOOL APP

Below is a link to download our school App if you haven't already.

This is how we communicate with the school community any importmant messages or reminders.

https://www.smore.com/app/reporting/out/ktaxf?u=https%3A%2F%2Fschoolappsnz.co.nz%2Finstall%2F&t=install%20link&w=w-5610919473&i=&l=l-7600403145