Term 3 ends at 3pm on Friday 22nd September
Kia ora koutou. Hello everyone.
We have quite a lot of information this week for you!
Removal of Covid 19 restrictions
The Ministry of Health/Te Whatu Ora are still recommending people test for Covid 19 if they have the symptoms and isolate for 5 days. As with all illnesses, staff, children and visitors should not be at school if they are unwell, have symptoms of Covid 19 or any other respiratory illness. We will keep going with hygiene procedures already in place at school (sneeze in the elbow, regular hand washing and good ventilation) to minimise the spread of infection. Any staff member, child or visitor is still welcome to wear a mask if they consider it appropriate for their circumstances.
Further guidance on winter illnesses from Te Whatu Ora is at the bottom of this newsletter for parent information.
Whole School 50th Jubilee Variety Show – Dancing Through The Decades is next week!
We are very much looking forward to sharing our presentation of ‘Dancing Through The Decades’ with the community. This is an exciting time for everyone and a wonderful opportunity for our students to showcase their creative talents.
Please note on matinee days the school day will be adjusted and break times will be different to the usual ones. Parking will be at a premium on performance days next week so please allow plenty of time to park and walk into the school.
Performance One – Matinee: Tuesday 22nd August: 1.00pm (Doors open 12:15pm)
Performance Two – Matinee: Wednesday 23rd August: 1.00pm (Doors open 12:15pm)
Performance Three – Evening: Wednesday 23rd August: 6.30pm (Doors open 5:45pm)
Performance Four – Evening: Thursday 24th August: 6.30pm (Doors open 5:45pm)
• Tickets are required for entry into the show (no ticket, no entry).
• Tickets are now available from the school office and can be paid for with cash or via Eftpos. Please Note: No door sales.
• Matinee Performance Tickets $5
• Evening Performance Tickets $10
If your child is interested in playing touch rugby in term 4 please see details here and complete the registration form and either return it to the school office or by email to email@example.com
Registration must be received by Friday 25 August . No late entries will be accepted. Coaches and managers will be needed for each team formed or the team will not be registered
Children need to play wearing a Glamorgan School sports shirt which can be purchased from the school office.
The entry fee (amount to be confirmed) will be required to be paid once teams have been confirmed.
Daffodil Day Friday 25th August
Friday 25th August is Daffodil Day and the Cancer Society is one of the charities we choose to support as a school community, cancer being a disease that can strike anyone of any age at any time. The children can come to school dressed in yellow and make a gold coin donation if they wish. Let’s make a sunshine splash of yellow to end a great week of Dancing Through The Decades!
Cohort Entry at Glamorgan School
From the start of term 1 2024
Cohort entry is when a school has two entry points per term for children to start school after they have turned five:
- on the first day of term
- at a mid-point during the term
We have now consulted with our staff, parents of current and prospective students, and local early learning services to find out whether the policy is generally acceptable.
As you can see from the image above, 85.5% of the responders thought it was a great idea.
As mentioned in the Gazette from the school Board sent out last week, we can now confirm that the Board has adopted a policy of cohort entry at Glamorgan School from the start of term 1 2024. We anticipate that cohort entry will help our youngest children to have a smoother and more settled start at our school.
The Board is in the process of reviewing the school’s Strategic Plan. They are seeking input from students, staff and the community and a survey for parents to complete is part of the process. The aim is to gather feedback about what the school is doing well, where changes and improvements need to be made and the direction the community wants the school to set for the next two years.
It is important that every family’s views are included, so we strongly encourage you take part, even if you do not complete all the questions.
The Board has contracted Jan Hill and Rowan Johanson of The Education Group to conduct the survey. All responses will be ANONYMOUS and the data will remain CONFIDENTIAL to The Education Group. The results will be summarised by the consultant and it is these that will be reported to the Board.
PhotoLife will be here in Week 7 (Monday 28th August). They will be taking Team Photos, new entrant classes and sibling photos. You should have already received and completed a form for Sibling Photos if you would like these taken with your children. Please contact Paula Copeland if you require a form – firstname.lastname@example.org
Coaches, umpires, managers you are welcome to be in the photo with your team. Children must bring their own uniform if they have one. Children must be in class for roll call, they will be called to come to the hall when ready.
Timetable – (approximate times).
New Entrant classes – Matariki 2 (37 students), 4 (20 students) and 6 (36 students)
Senior Netball – 7 teams
Junior Netball – 5 teams
11:00 Morning Tea
Hockey – 3 teams
Rippa rugby – 6 teams
Basketball Year 5/6 – 3 teams
Miniball Year 3/4 – 2 teams
School Cross Country Team
Librarians, Kapa Haka Matariki Rōpu
All children will need to bring full sports uniform including socks and shoes as appropriate.
No uniform – Road Patrol, Librarians (children can wear school uniform if they have one).
Cross country will be supplied with a shirt if they do not have a sports uniform.
Te Whatu Ora guidance on winter illness and children’s attendance at early learning services, kura and schools:
Healthy young children can have up to 8 to 12 colds or upper respiratory tract infections each year and these are a normal part of childhood.
With a rise in seasonal colds, flu and other respiratory infections already occurring in our communities, use this guidance to assist with decisions about children’s attendance at early learning services and schools when they are, or have been unwell:
- A child should stay at home if they appear unwell or they develop one or more of these symptoms: new onset of a runny nose, sore throat, cough, fever, vomiting, diarrhoea, rash, they are off their food and drink or show signs of feeling miserable.
- If a child becomes increasingly unwell and/or you are concerned about their health, call your GP or Healthline on 0800 611 116 for medical advice. A child who is refusing to drink anything is likely to be very unwell.
- If an in-person appointment is required for a child, follow your GP’s processes which may still include having everyone who can practically and safely wear a mask to put one on.
- If you or a child you are caring for develops difficulty breathing, severe chest pain, fainting or becomes unconscious, call 111 immediately.
- For accurate and reliable information on how to manage colds and flus visit KidsHealth and Health Navigator.
Guidance on wellness indicators within children:
- If a child has been unwell with a respiratory illness other than COVID-19, they can return to their early learning service/education facility 24 hours after they have significantly improved and are behaving/eating normally. If they still have a runny nose or dry cough without any other symptoms such as a fever, vomiting or diarrhoea, then they are unlikely to be infectious and can be considered well enough to attend their early learning service/education facility.
- Following vomiting or diarrhoea, a child must be symptom free for 48 hours before they can return.
- A child who has a runny nose after a change in temperature (e.g. moving from outdoors to indoors) or sneezes due to obvious stimuli (e.g. the sun or dust) does not need to stay home.
- Hay fever and other allergies can show similar symptoms to the common cold such as sneezing, a runny or stuffy nose and coughing. If a child has a history of allergic symptoms and shows one or more of these symptoms, or an itchy face (especially around the eyes or throat), consider if hay fever or an allergy could be the cause. Let your school know if this is the case.
Have your contact details changed? If so contact the school office and let them know: 09 473 6453 or email@example.com