Term 2 ends at 3pm on Friday 8th July
Teacher Only Day Friday 3rd June, Queens Birthday Public Holiday Monday 6th June
Matariki Public Holiday Friday 24th June, Teacher Only Day Monday 27th June
Kia ora koutou. Hello everyone.
With Term 2 underway, we’re looking ahead to what might come next – not just from COVID-19 but the upcoming winter season and illnesses that may come with it.
With New Zealanders mostly sheltered from exposure to flu in the last two years, health experts are concerned about our lower immunity to flu. This winter there is the very real possibility of getting the flu and COVID-19 within a short space of time. This can lead to serious illness.
The flu vaccination is available and now is the time to get vaccinated and get your whānau up to date with any other vaccinations (for example, measles, whooping cough).
In 2022, flu vaccinations are free for:
- pregnant people
- people aged 65 years and over
- Māori and Pacific people aged 55 years and over
- people who have a long-term medical condition like diabetes, asthma, or a heart condition (ages 6 months+)
- children under the age of four who have been in hospital with respiratory illness such as asthma.
If you’re not eligible for a free flu jab, and not covered by an employer-funded programme, it costs between $25 and $45 depending on the vaccine and provider. There is further information about the symptoms and danger signs for flu on the Ministry of Health website.
As always, we want to keep our ākonga and kaiako as safe as possible from the harms from illness and to have as many ākonga learning on site as we can. All those good actions we already have in place to reduce the risk of harm from COVID-19 will also help to prevent seasonal illnesses including:
- staying away if unwell and seeking advice about getting tested
- regularly washing hands
- using well-ventilated spaces
- wearing masks when indoors
- cleaning and disinfecting high-touch surfaces regularly
- covering coughs and sneezes
- having a highly vaccinated community (and not just for COVID-19).
You can do the same at home and hopefully together, we will keep our community healthy this winter.
Year 6 camp parent meeting
An information evening will be held in the school hall for all year 6 parents about school camp which is now from 26th to 28th July 2022. The meeting is on Wednesday 18th May at 6:30pm and lasts approximately an hour. It is important year 6 parents attend to be fully informed before giving permission for their child to attend camp and essential you attend if you would like to be considered as a parent volunteer for camp.
Board election September 2022
Board elections are coming up later this year and if you would be interested in standing for the Board as one of the parent representatives or finding out more about what a Board does, then please feel free to come along before the next Board meeting, chat to Board members and get some more information between 6:30 and 7pm on Thursday 19th May.
Bullying Free New Zealand Week
Bullying-Free New Zealand Week starts 16th May and ends with the Mental Health Foundation’s Pink Shirt Day on Friday 2oth May. This year’s theme is He Kōtuinga mahi iti, he hua pai-ā rau – Small ripples create big waves. The small actions we take to help prevent bullying will together create a wave of change. The week provides a great opportunity for students to celebrate what makes them unique and encourage schools to build environments where everyone is welcome, safe and free from bullying.
The week ends with Pink Shirt Day where children and adults can wear a pink shirt on 20th May in support of Bully-Free NZ week. We realise not everyone has pink in their wardrobe and we do not expect families to buy especially for the day. A pink hair tie or wristband is just as welcome. If you wish to make a gold coin donation this will be given to the Mental Health Foundation.
Scholastic Book Club
Orders close for Issue 3 on Friday 13th May.
Basic Fact-A-Thon Fundraiser
This year’s a-thon is a Basic Fact-a-thon and on Monday 23rd May your child will bring home their fact sheet to learn and a sponsor sheet. The Basic Fact-a-Thon was chosen to support the children’s learning of basic maths facts. Fundraising from the a-thon supports items such as extra learning resources in the classrooms, furniture, ICT equipment and library. Please help your child to learn their facts and ask the teacher if you are unsure of anything.
The testing day will be Wednesday 8 June and children will have until Thursday 23rd June to gather their sponsorship funds following the testing day. We do not encourage children to go ‘door knocking’ and prefer that you monitor the soliciting of sponsors. Donations are welcomed should you not approve of gaining sponsorship. We appreciate your assistance in this regard. Please complete the sponsor sheet and send this to school on the test day.