Newsletter - week 7, Term 3
Term 3 Week 7 - 9th September 2022
Tena Koutou, Talofa, Namaste, Hello and Greetings
Last week we had the pleasure of hosting Pip and Harold the giraffe in the Life Education truck. After missing our last visit with Pip and Harold due to covid, students and teachers were all very happy to board the truck and learn something new. The truck has had a couple of upgrades since the last visit and each class was able to select a student for the ‘body scanner’. This was a lot of fun and related well to our learning about the body systems. The digestive and circulatory systems were two areas that classes looked at, focusing on the importance of a healthy diet and how nutrients move through the body within the blood. During these lessons it was evident that some of our children are not eating breakfast before school. We are very lucky at East Gore School to have a breakfast club in our school hall. We have volunteers every morning here and are ready to serve weetbix, toast and yogurt from 8:30am.
This week we had our ‘Super Power hour’. This was a special event planned for our school by Paula Marrah, our learning support coordinator and a number of outside agencies. The purpose of this event was to teach our students about different ‘super powers’ children and adults can have. One of our guests was Demitris, a former East Gore student who is now at Gore High School. He attended with Wendy from BLENZ and taught the children about what it is like to be sight impaired. This was the highlight for many of our children who were able to learn about Braille but more importantly meet a fabulous role model who they could admire.
We have had visitors this week from other schools involved in an Art Course held by REAP in our school hall. They have been having their breaks during our play times and lunch times and a couple of our 5 years noticed a number of students playing in the playground without their ‘costumes’ on. This was a very cute reminder for some of our older students to wear correct school uniforms.
With only three weeks left this term we would like to remind you all that we will be opening the East Gore School Museum in our school hall in Week 10. We will be open during the day for parents to come in for a visit during the day and we will keep you updated on which days we will keep the hall open after school.
A couple of friendly reminders…
School does not open until 8:30am and students should not be at school before then. This time is precious preparation time where teachers are busy and not necessarily in their classrooms actively supervising children.
During spring time we often see fluctuations in the weather. Children need to make sure they still have warm clothes whilst also applying sunscreen at home on days when it’s appropriate. Sunscreen is available at school as are a selection of second hand school jumpers (for a small donation) if needed.
Kia pai tō rā whakatā (have a great weekend).
Room Kauri: Zodiac, Hazel, Akuhata
Room Totara: Braylin
Room Puriri: Elijah
Assembly Winners 2nd September 2022
Congratulations to the winner Gael #22 .
Mini Ball and Touch Teams
TOUCH: You can still register for Touch in term 4. Please follow this link to register.
Breakfast Club will open in the hall at 8.35am and finish at 8.50am - weetbix followed by toast will be on offer.
Ministry of Health Guidelines
A reminder from the MOE and MOH
If a child has been unwell with a respiratory illness other than COVID-19, they can return to school 24 hours after they have significantly improved and are behaving/ eating normally.
Following vomiting or diarrhoea, a child should be symptom free for 48 hours before returning to school.
If they still have a runny nose or dry cough without any other symptoms such as fever, vomiting or diarrhoea, then they are unlikely to be infectious and can be considered well enough to come to school.
In general, a doctor's certificate or clearance should not have to be provided for a child to return to school after being unwell.
The Ministry of Health has recently updated its definition of a household contact.
You are a household contact if you:
normally share a residence with a person who has tested positive for COVID-19 (either on a permanent or part-time, or shared custody basis)
spent at least one night or day (more than eight hours) in that residence while the person with COVID-19 was infectious
don’t normally share a residence with the positive case but have spent a night together in the same room.
We are unable to heat up lunches for students at lunch times. Staff use this time getting ready for the afternoon programmes and having their own break. We appreciate your support by not sending pies/noodles etc to school. School lunches are provided to every student in the school.
Headlice cases have popped up across the school this week. If you could all check your child/rens hair and treat if necessary. We appreciate you help with the control of this.
If your any student is unwell we will ring home to ask them to be picked up.
Ministry of Health guidelines say that students must stay away from school 48 hours after the last vomit or diarrhoea episode.
TERM DATES 2022
Term 3: July 25th - September 30th
Term 4: October 17th - December 15th
16th September Assembly 2.30pm (Totara)
19th September BOT meeting
30thSeptember - Assembly 2.30pm (Rimu)
30th September - Last Day of term 3
17th October - Start of term 4
15th December - Last day of the school year