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Newsletter - 4 Feb 2022

Principal’s Update

We hope you are liking our new newsletter format. The visual of the tuna reflects our school’s great name—Waitetuna—Water the eels Welcome back to 2022—After the Covid-19 related disruptions to the school years we want to assure parents that we have practised systems in place to support the health of staff and students. Parents/caregivers, you have played such an important role in supporting your children and our school during lockdowns - thank you so much for your efforts and please know we understand how truly challenging it has been. A colossal collective effort went in on many different levels. As usual we have plans to connect with you regularly, through email and facebook to keep you up-to-date.

In partnership, we have already achieved a lot. It has been tough but we should also remember to celebrate the fact children never stop learning - There have been many joyous moments to cele- brate together. Now, with the summer holidays over and with Omicron in some parts of the community we are preparing for another pivot. As guided by the Ministry of Health [MoH] and Ministry of Education [MoE], we will provide education under the RED setting of the new covid protection framework [CPF]. Our staff are well prepared to deliver

face to face learning or should the need arise, learning through Distance. Google classroom is a useful format for working from home. We will make a range of Distance Learning options available and make appropriate plans for our community when

needed. Now that we have returned to school, our Waitetuna Community will continue to come together again, and by following the public health recommendations we’ll all do our very best to protect each other. We are equipped with more knowledge than ever before on how to run the school safely and we are committed to doing our part to protect our most vulnerable. As the situation with Omicron continues to evolve we will continue to adapt.

Kia kaha, Amanda

All The Happenings

Lisa Rapana will be joining us at Waitetuna on a Tuesday for staff and class learning with a Tiriti o Waitangi led approach.

Life Education—we welcome Nikki from Life Education, and Harold in week 5— on the 28th February and the 1st March. Nikki always supports our children with amazing learning around developing self-esteem, and navigating life and puberty for the seniors. If you have any questions for Nikki about the programme please email me and I will be in contact with Nikki before she arrives.

Action Stations

Event dates are being adapted and we will be getting dates to you as soon as we can. We will be able to have some events like a senior swimming sports for 8 year olds and up and an adapted triathlon. Inter-school events are unfortunately in doubt under Red. The Board of Trustees will be discussing the Senior Room camp at the Board meeting on Tuesday 22nd February.

Music lessons can begin again in week 3—these were very popular. If you are interested in

your child having music lessons at school please email,

What a great effort by so many of you with the raffle at the end of the year. Thanks to the PTA also for their planning and organisation to make this happen.

Thank you for supporting our nut free school policy.

Waitetuna Way

Welcome to Maison Kaitani to our Junior Room—Thanks Levi for helping your little brother settle into school. Thanks to our senior students for the great start to their final year of primary schooling. I look forward to working with these seniors during our weekly leader-

ship meetings.

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