Waipipi School 2022

Term 1: Monday 28th February

School buses and driver shortages

We have just been informed by the bus company that there are NO AFTERNOON school buses until further notice. If this changes we will let the community know asap. Hopefully towards the end of the week this may change.

We'd like to apologise for Friday afternoon and we appreciated the quick response from parents collecting their children. We were of the understanding from our discussions with key bus people that it was not our bus impacted by the bus driver shortage. Sadly, this was not the case as we found out at 2:30pm that afternoon.

Our first response is to communicate with our community using the school app. Our second response is to work with children to identify parents/whanau who may not receive the school app, and to get in touch with these people by phone.

New rules around Covid-19-This is the latest letter template from the Ministry of Education.

Phase 3: Letter template for parents and whānau

Kia ora koutou,

New Zealand’s COVID-19 response continues amid much larger numbers of daily cases.

You may well have seen the headlines in the media about the numbers of cases being seen in schools. Please don’t be alarmed by this. It is only natural as cases in our community increase, they will appear in our school. We have really good systems in place to respond to this and to keep any spread of the virus – should it appear – to a minimum.

You may have seen Dr Jin Russell in the media noting research from New South Wales about their recent Omicron outbreak showing that onward transmission within the school setting is very low. For every child who is infected and attends school only 3.7% of their close contacts at school subsequently tested positive. We have seen that in New Zealand too – public health teams on the ground have seen that even though cases pop up in schools, there has been very little onward spread through the school because of the protective measures we have in place.

This is why we remain open at Red. It’s great for a child’s wellbeing and learning to be at school with their friends and school staff, and we have very good systems in place to keep everyone as safe as possible.

Your job remains the same, too: please continue to keep a really close watch of your whānau for anyone with symptoms. If unwell, please stay at home and get advice about getting a COVID-19 test.

With Phase 3 of the Omicron response, the key change is that it is only confirmed cases and their household contacts who need to self-isolate. Everyone else, including those who may have had close contact with the case but aren’t in the household, must continue to monitor really closely for any symptoms of COVID-19.

Rapid antigen tests (RATs) are now being used to diagnose COVID-19 as well as PCR tests. This means that you will get an almost immediate test result back if a RAT is used.

If anyone in your family is confirmed as having COVID-19, you will be asked to notify your close contacts yourself. Please get in touch with us as soon as you can if your child has tested positive for COVID-19.

Transmission of COVID-19 is still most likely to happen in your home – so please keep doing all those good things to keep your whānau safe. Wash your hands, get lots of fresh air, cover any coughs and sneezes, clean surfaces regularly, and seek advice if anyone is not feeling well. And please wear a mask when you are out and about. There is information online to help your family prepare to isolate if you need to.

The most important advice we can give to keep your whānau safe is to act as if you have COVID-19. More than a third of people who have COVID-19 will not have any symptoms if they have had three doses of the vaccine. Please think about who you visit and what health measures you can put in place to keep everyone as safe as possible.

Getting three doses of the vaccine will really help you to do that. Research has shown that compared with being unvaccinated, three doses of the vaccine will mean you are 67% less likely to be infected with Omicron and 97% less likely to get Delta. If you can’t get COVID you can’t pass it on.

Finally, we know how hard the impacts on COVID-19 have been for many families in New Zealand. If you know of a family in your community who is struggling, please encourage them to reach out for support for example to access food, medicine, or access financial support: Help is available – COVID-19 Health Hub.

If you have any concerns about sending your child to school, please do get in touch. We are here to help.

Aku mihi,

Term 1 Theme/Fun days

Last Friday 25th February

Waterslide Day- this had to be postponed for some classes as the plastic became very hot. Classes will have their turn earlier in the day over the next week.

Thanks heaps to the PTA for replacing our waterslide hose.

Friday 18th March

Waiuku Colony Cat Rescue - Mufti Day.

Students are invited to bring some cat food or donate money to support Waiuku Colony Cat Rescue. (Blurb is from their facebook page with permission)

Waiuku Colony Cat Rescue was established in 2008 to help manage cat colonies within the Waiuku town area. They currently feed 30 colony cats 365 days of the year. They manage the colonies to ensure every cat is desexed, healthy and happy.

In addition to managing the colonies they also take in cats in kittens that are in need of loving forever homes. They specialise in kittens that have had no human contact and therefore require lots of taming therapy.

They are always seeking donations, of food, litter and blankets. If you would like to donate to their cause, their bank account is 06-0477-0147595-00. If you would like to donate goods rather than money, they can be dropped off at Franklin vets or contact them directly and they can arrange pick up.


Swimming Practice at Town Pools

Tuesday 1st March Room 4 and 5

The NZ Police are visiting Waipipi School to meet our children and to answer any questions they have.

This Friday 4th March.

Technology at View Road

Friday 11th March

Waiuku Colony Cat Rescue - Mufti Day.

Friday 18th March

Board of Trustees meeting in the staffroom or by zoom at 7pm

Tuesday 22nd March

Technology at View Road

Friday 25th March

Technology at View Road

Friday 8th April

Board of Trustees meeting in the staffroom or by zoom at 7pm

Tuesday 12th April

School Lunches

There will be no school lunches under "Red" Covid Traffic Light System.

Our vision: Waipipi Students are successful learners, who communicate

confidently, and interact positively with others.