Term 1 2020
Monday 3rd February to Wednesday 8th April
Kia ora koutou. Hello everyone.
As you will be aware the Government advised all gatherings over 500 people be cancelled and this has affected many community and sporting events related to children as well. All inter school swim meets have been cancelled and we will no longer hold whole school assemblies or school singing for the foreseeable future. The school ANZAC ceremony is also cancelled for this year. The Big Day In will go ahead at this stage but we will not gather as a whole school at the beginning and end of the day. If this needs to be cancelled we will email parents next week. See below FoTS News for more cancellations.
At this point our Parent/Teacher/Child discussions are going ahead but please, as with all events, do not attend if you are feeling at all unwell.
Thank you: Many thanks to the group of thirty Chinese families who sourced and donated over $600 worth of additional hand sanitiser for the school. Some of this has been taken to camp and the rest used within classrooms across the whole school. It is very much appreciated.
The Ministry of Health website is still the best place to get up to date information that is regularly reviewed and available in a variety of languages.
There has been some confusion about schools closing. At the time of writing this newsletter we will remain open unless advised otherwise by the Ministry of Health and the Ministry of Education. The Ministry of Education gave the following message yesterday:
Reminder – schools remain open
At this stage, we are not expecting widespread school closures. We are planning for temporary closures, like what is happening at Logan Park School but as the World Health Organisation has confirmed, the risk to children remains low and parents should continue to send their kids to schools and early learning centres.
Consequently any decisions about school closures will be made on a case by case basis. In the meantime, unless students are unwell themselves, then parents should keep sending them to schools and early learning centres as these environments continue to be safe and the best place for them to continue their learning.
Talking to children and young people about COVID-19
Given the rise in the number of reported cases, there may be children or young people in your life who experience distress. As a trusted adult, you can help reassure and educate them about COVID-19 – it can be good to talk to them now, so they can understand the illness and be reassured.
A useful resource for parents, caregivers, whānau and teachers talking about the virus with children and young people can be found here
This can also be downloaded as an information sheet.
What we can do to protect ourselves and others is the following;
- Cough or sneeze into your elbow or by covering your mouth and nose with tissues.
- Put used tissues in the bin or a bag immediately.
- Wash your hands with soap and water often (for at least 20 seconds).
- Try to avoid close contact with people who are unwell.
- Don’t touch your eyes, nose or mouth if your hands are not clean.
- Avoid personal contact, such as kissing, sharing cups or food with sick people.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces and objects, such as doorknobs.
- Stay home if you feel unwell.
- Call Healthline on 0800 358 5453 if you have any symptoms and have been to any countries or territories of concern or have been in close contact with someone confirmed with COVID-19.
What to do if you may have been exposed
People returning from any country except those listed in Category 2, or who may have been exposed to COVID-19, are self-isolating to keep their communities safe.
- If you returned from any country in the last 14 days, then you should self-isolate for 14 days from the date of departure.
- If you have been in close contact with a confirmed case of COVID-19 you should self-isolate for 14 days from the date of close contact.
Online Booking for Parent/Child/Teacher discussions on Thursday 26th March. School closes at 1pm.
Parent/Child/Teacher discussions will be held next Thursday 26th March from 1:10pm. Please note that school will close early at 1:00pm that day. There is no facility to look after children when the school is closed so please make alternative arrangements for that afternoon. If your child goes to Glamorgan Kids Club then they can go at 1:00 as it will open earlier that day.
You can now make a booking with your child’s teacher through www.schoolinterviews.co.nz
The code to use is: gkt28 Bookings will close at 10am on Thursday 26th March.
Your child will bring home a slip today which you should complete and send back to the class teacher saying what your child is to do when school closes. This helps us to direct the children should they forget what they are supposed to do. Please go over your plans as a family with your child and let the children know if they forget or are unsure then the best thing to do is go to the school office and we will contact you from there.
Marion Kelly, Reading Recovery teacher and Sue Hobin , English for Speakers of Other Languages teacher, will also be available after school to 3:30pm and 4pm respectively for those parents whose children are involved in the reading recovery programme or ESOL classes.
Drop off zone closing tomorrow in the afternoons
A reminder that the drop off zone will be closed in the afternoons starting from Monday 23rd March. Gates will be closed and there will be no staff supervising children at 3pm. If you are in the drop off zone when gates close in the afternoon please be aware you will not be able to leave until 3:15pm. Children will not be allowed to stand unsupervised in the drop off zone. We are willing to keep it open before school as long as it is used properly.
Make sure you and your child know what your plans are for them to be collected at the end of the school day or where they will be walking to.
Please also be lawful and considerate of our neighbours with your parking.
School Photos on Wednesday 1st April
For Years 2-6 PhotoLife will be in school to take class, individual and sibling photos on Wednesday 1st April. A flyer is coming home today with every child explaining how you can view and purchase the photos online. Please note that the school does not take any money for the photos, all payments are made directly to PhotoLife.
If you wish to have sibling photos you must collect a form from the school office and complete the information before 1st April. The photographer is not authorised to take any sibling photos unless the signed form is returned to school before photo day.
All our Year 1 classes will have their photos taken in term 4 when the classes are complete.
University of Canterbury’s Great Kiwi English, Mathematics and Science competitions
This year we will be taking part in the University of Canterbury’s Great Kiwi English, Mathematics and Science competitions for Primary, Intermediate and Secondary schools. The Kiwi competitions are written by New Zealand teachers for New Zealand students and are based on the New Zealand Curriculum. The supervised online tests will take place as follows:
- Maths – 22nd June (Monday, week 9, Term 2)
- Science – 25th June (Thursday, week 9, Term 2)
- English – 29th June (Monday, week 10, Term 2)
The competition is open to students in Years 5 and 6 only. All participating students will be awarded a certificate and prizes will be awarded to top students in each year group. The cost for a student to participate is $9.00 per competition entered.
Click here to download an entry form.
- We will not be entering the ICAS Competitions run through the University of New South Wales.
- Practise papers are not available for Kiwi Competitions (it is a competition!).
- The closing date for the school to accept entries is Friday 1st May (Week 1 Term 2).
Walk to School morning
Thank you to everyone who made an effort to walk to school yesterday! We hope to see more of you doing this regularly!
There will be a Walking School Bus meeting for anyone who is interested in helping others walk to and from school on Monday 23rd March at 9am in the staff room.