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Term 3 ends at 3pm on Friday 25th September

Term 4 starts 9am Monday 12th October and ends at 1pm on Tuesday 15th December

Kia ora koutou.  Hello everyone.

Well, we have made it to the end of term and had a few weeks in a row of coming to school every day, which feels much more normal!
It was good news for Auckland this week that we move to a normal level 2 rather than 2.5. This still means maintaining contact tracing by either signing in every time you as parents and whanau enter the school grounds or scanning the QR code on any of the posters around the school. If we already hold your details such as name, address and phone number at school then if you are physically signing in you only need to complete the sheet without the address details on it. Visitors whose details we do not hold in our student management system need to record name, date, time, where they visited, phone and physical address. This information will be kept for 2 months. A reminder also that our Alert Level 2 plan at school has no visitors inside classrooms and corridors unless there are exceptional circumstances, including parents.  Your children are doing an awesome job of being independent and getting themselves organised at the beginning and end of the day – well done!
We wish you all a restful break and will see you on 12th October.


Calendar Art – orders open

The flyers went home with your child on the 8th September 2020, which has information and the unique code for your child’s artwork. You can order Calendars, Mouse Pads, Diaries, Sketch Pads and Greeting Cards or upload your own photo.  If you can’t find the flyer, please contact Letichia Drever – Mobile 029 876 5709 or for the unique code. Please note: The school does not take any orders/payments. All orders/payments are made via the Kids Art Works website: Orders will close on Monday, 5th October 10am.  Thank you in advance for your support.

Timetabling changes to the school day
From term 4 we will be trialing a different layout to our school day which may suit the needs of our children a little better. There is NO change to the start and end time of the school day. The new organisation is as follows:
9:00am – 11:00am – Session 1
11:00am – 11:30am – Morning tea break
11:30am – 1:00pm – Session 2
1:00pm – 1:50pm – Lunch break
1:50pm – 3:00pm – Session 3
Pink Shirt Day 2020

Pink Shirt Day was postponed from its usual date in May and will now be on Friday 16th October. Come to school wearing pink to show your support of the Bully-Free NZ anti-bullying message. If you don’t have anything pink to wear, perhaps make yourself a pink badge or bracelet with an anti-bullying message on it.

Congratulations Genevieve!

In Term 1 Room 18 started using Storyathon and submitted three students’ entries into the term 1 competition run across Australia and New Zealand. There were over 20,000 entries and 70,000 student votes, which was amazing considering the disruption everyone was dealing with at the time. Genevieve Blackburn was voted NZ National Champion (Middle Primary) for her “Oops” themed 100 word story. We have since waited 2 terms for a whole school assembly to present Genevieve with her trophy but have still not got to the point where a whole school assembly has happened! Well done Genevieve! We think it is worth celebrating and here is her story:

Crossing Glamorgan Drive

Please teach and model to your children crossing on the pedestrian crossing down Glamorgan Drive and NOT crossing on the brow of the hill right outside school. A car had to  stop very suddenly this week on the brow of the hill as two boys crossed there – following the example of adults who were also crossing with their children at that spot.

Term dates 2021

When teachers settled on a new collective agreement with the Ministry of Education in 2019 an Accord was also negotiated which would give a further 8 days over the following 3 years when schools can close to provide release time and professional development for teachers. Four of these days will be used in 2021. 

Term 1 – Thursday 4th February to Friday 16th April

(Waitangi Day 8th February, Teacher Only Day 1st April,

Easter Break Friday 2nd, Monday 5th and Tuesday 6th April)

Term 2 – Monday 3rd May to Friday 9th July

(Teacher Only Day 4th June, Queen’s Birthday 6th June)

Term 3 – Monday 26th July to Friday 1st October

(Teacher Only Day 27th August)

Term 4 – Monday 18th October to Thursday 16th December

(Labour Day 25th October, Teacher Only Day 26th October)

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