Term 2 ends at 3pm on Friday 3rd July
Kia ora koutou. Hello everyone.
Welcome back to our normal newsletter which will be the main form of communication with families now unless there are urgent messages regarding COVID that we need to get to you quickly. Once again, thank you for your support during these very uncertain times.
A big welcome to those families new to the school and who started under some very different processes and protocols including parents not entering the classroom. Thank you for your understanding and trust in us to make your child’s transition to Glamorgan School a positive experience during Alert Level 2.
As stated above this term will finish on 3rd July and so there are 3 weeks after this one to the July school holidays. If all continues to go well in New Zealand, that will put us back on track to start term 3 on Monday 20th July which was the original term start date.
We are aware that at this time of the year we would be almost ready to send home a mid year report and would have met with parents and caregivers at the end of term 1, but of course this has not happened.
Our focus at the moment is the well being of children and staff and families. The children and staff are adjusting back to school in general very well, but there are definitely some anxieties and worries that are slowly surfacing. We know from schools who went through the earthquakes and shooting in Christchurch that these early days are important for children to feel safe and supported again before their learning can continue. This doesn’t mean we are not teaching them, but we are taking the time to make sure they can connect with each other, build trust in us again and feel they can say if they are not feeling ok.
With this in mind, we are working on adapting our reporting timetable and feel meeting with you all for face to face meetings is important and plan to do this early in term 3. Meetings will take place directly after school so we will not close the school this time and you will be able to book using the online system. More details will come over the next few weeks.
The drop off zone will continue to be closed after school to 3:15pm and we encourage you to continue to park and walk into school. Many children walked from the drop off zone or bottom of the field into school by themselves for the first time in Alert level 2 and are very proud of themselves for doing so! This can continue as a little bit of independence and responsibility builds their confidence too.
See below also for new walking school bus routes. Care is also needed when children are crossing the road at the pedestrian crossing on Glamorgan Drive. As a driver you should watch out for children, stop at a crossing and allow them to cross safely. As a parent, please reinforce with your children that they must not assume traffic will stop at a pedestrian crossing and always wait for traffic to actually stop before crossing.
Distance Learning Surveys
Last week parents and caregivers were sent a link to a survey to give us some feedback on the distance learning programmes offered to your child during alert levels 3 and 4 of the pandemic. There is a separate link for each year level throughout the school that your child/ren are in except Team 3 as they have surveyed their parents already.
If you are new to the school and were not involved in distance learning please ignore this email. The survey will close on Thursday 18th June.
‘Keep It Real Online’ Campaign
The Department of Internal Affairs with Netsafe and the Office of Film and Literature Classification is about to launch a ‘Keep it real online’ campaign. The campaign will support parents and caregivers to reduce the risks of online harm such as cyber-bullying, inappropriate content, pornography and grooming.
Parents and caregivers can find information including tips on how to have conversations with their children at www.keepitrealonline.govt.nz.
TV, radio and print ads will commence from Monday 8 June and will run through to the end of July. Printed and online adverts will be produced in English, Te Reo Māori, Samoan, Mandarin and Hindi.
Pool key refunds
Due to school closing due to COVID19 we realise not everyone had the chance to bring their pool key back to school and receive the refund by the due date. Therefore you can still get the refund to the end of June. Please note: refunds will not be given to children.
Friends of The School meeting
The next FOTS meeting is at 7pm on Monday 15 June in the staffroom which is upstairs inside the administration building. Everyone is welcome to come along.
Thank you to so many of you for coming along to the walking school bus meeting. I am pleased to say that we have 3 walking school buses that have now started at our school. Please see the following table to see if a bus is operating near to you. If you would like your child to join the bus, please contact the parent listed.
The school’s annual financial report for 2019 is now complete and available on the school website under the Parent Information tab should anyone wish to read it.
As the banking world is moving towards removing cheques altogether we are giving notice that the school will not accept any future payment by cheque.
Please feel free to check the lost property box at the back of the hall if your child has lost any clothing.
As with many businesses Deejays suffered significant financial impact during the lockdown and is now undertaking a restructure of their business. At this stage Deejays will not be resuming normal operations at Level 1 and will continue the online service and menu they are presently operating with through to the end of the term.
The online orders will be prepared centrally at the Deejays kitchen and delivered to the school office by a Deejays driver on days orders are required. Only lunches can be ordered, no morning tea.
Therefore our lunchroom is closed and all orders need to be placed online. Click on the links below for the restricted menu and how to place an online order. Please note: they may cancel this service altogether if the number of orders does not warrant a delivery service.