Inglewood Primary School

NEWSLETTER No 07 - May 8 2020

Our Mission:

Learning to think, to do, to be

Ako ki te whakaaro, ako ki te mahi, ako kia ora ai te mauri

Our Vision: To provide a teaching and learning environment where of those involved: demonstrate respect, expect the best, achieve through opportunity, communicate actively & feel good and safe

Nau Mai Haere Mai, Talofa, Faʻafeiloaiga, Bula

Welcome to Week 4 Term 2

This week we continue to connect through onsite and distance learning opportunities with all Tamariki.

Our message remains the same:

Wellbeing/ Hauora first whanau. Please do NOT worry about your child' engaging with school as we KNOW they will be fine.

You can all be very proud of yourselves as parents - keep being awesome, kind and calm.

A huge thank you to ALL IPS Staff, both onsite and offsite for their tremendous dedication and commitment toward being, caring , kind and calm whilst juggling their various roles and responsibilities along with their own families and family events at this time.

Thank you to all those parents who have responded to our recent L3 Check Survey and have left numerous positive messages about our amazing IPS Team.

Your thoughts and words are truly appreciated by us all.

If you missed the recent survey, here is the ink to L3 IPS Check in Survey.

Rolling with Level 3

Notes from today's announcement from our PM regarding what Level 2 will look like for schools

Like me, I am sure you have followed with interest the announcements made by the Prime Minister. It is reassuring to hear how well our country has done at minimising the impacts of COVID-19. Alert Levels 4 and 3 have not been easy and I thank you for your ongoing support for the work we are doing.

Today, the Prime Minister advised that in Alert Level 2 schools are safe environments for children, young people and staff and that additional public health control measures are in place to prevent the spread of disease and to support contact tracing.

The good news is that when we are able to, we will be ready to welcome all students and staff back to our school site.

The key Public Health approach is to minimise the risk that someone gets infected in the first place, and second to ensure we can identify and contact anyone who has been in close contact with a person, if someone in a school is infected.

As we have done in Alert Level 3, you can be assured that in Alert Level 2 we will know who is at school, who our staff and students have been in close contact with and take appropriate measures to keep everyone safe.

Physical distancing is a good precaution to prevent the spread of disease.

We do however know it is challenging in schools, so good hygiene practices and regular cleaning are even more important here.

This includes staff and students coughing into their elbows, handwashing and drying and regular cleaning of commonly touched surfaces.

Under Alert Level 2, we advise any students and staff to stay at home if they are sick, and we will send anyone home immediately if they show any symptoms.

Our school has safe and sensible practices to maintain the health and safety of everyone on the school site.

As described by Dr Payinda in his NZ Herald article, “Covid's not measles or chickenpox, it doesn't hang in the air for hours waiting to infect passers-by. It travels on invisible drops of spit.

You don't have to cross the street to avoid anyone. Just avoid getting in their 'moist breath' zone”. We all just need to remember to have some breathing space at Alert Level 2!

It’s important however that not just at school but at home, safe hygiene habits are practised by everyone, as this is essential to minimise the risk that someone gets infected with Covid-19.

For more information about the public health measures at Alert Level 2, you can visit the website:

If you have any questions about our health and safety plan, or have a child who might be vulnerable to serious illness and would like to discuss a plan for them, please contact me.

We will be in touch again soon to update you on our plans.

Happy Birthday

Happy birthday to Alex Van Burgsteden, Josh Van Burgsteden, Tara Doherty, Capri Peterson, Asimina Fruean, McKenzie Zame, Blake Samways and Lilly Polglase who are celebrating their birthdays this week.

Current IPS School Roll - 385 students

Welcome to Olivia Wanden who has started with us this week at IPS.

Term 2 Calendar (This may change on a weekly basis)

Wednesday 29 April

School is open for Level 3 essential workers children only.

Friday 3 July

Last day of Term 2

Before and After School Care

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IPS Clothing

Please click on the link to order directly from our school website or pop into the school office.