Newsletter - Week 4, Term 3
Kia ora Waitetuna whanau,
Rippa rugby - it was great that this inter-school event was able to go ahead last Friday after having to cancel a number of years worth and with the latest disappointing Covid situation. It was great to take the students and they played extremely well and I heard some great comments about their sportsmanship during the day.
Our Waitomo trip was a fantastic learning experience. I was in awe of that place on my first visit over a decade ago and that wonderful place still never ceases to amaze me. It was great to be able to provide the students with this experience and to truly appreciate what Wai can actually do over so many years.
Thank you to parents for your wonderful support of these two events. It is really appreciated. Whaingaroa Principals group - this afternoon Pip from Te Uku, Fiona from Te Mata and Louisa from Raglan Area were suppose to join me here at Waitetuna but they were needing to stay in their own schools this afternoon. We are working together on a range of projects and working with the Ministry of Education to try and access a range of services that we feel the area has been missing out on. This is not an easy access road but we know that these resources are long overdue. We are looking at getting some shared Professional Learning on things like dyslexia - continuing to build on what we know to support students. The government allocated Learning Support Co-ordinators to some regions but this area missed out so we are working hard to gain this service for 2022. As it is elections year it is always worth pushing our point even further - Governments tend to listen more around these times.
The staff and I appreciated your thoughts about our local curriculum development if you were able to pop into the staffroom during learning conferences last week. If you were not able to put your ideas down here is a Google form link with the questions to add in your ideas - Community Consultation
The staff and I will be working on our school’s local curriculum on Monday at school. We hope you enjoy your long weekend.
Advertising in the Chronicle - once a term the local schools are given the opportunity to share the experiences and learning happening at our schools with the wider community. Meridian Energy sponsors these school pages. As a school we were wondering whether any local businesses would like to advertise on this page. It would only cost $50 - which is a nearly 75% reduction in normal advertising costs run through the Chronicle. Email Amanda at email@example.com if you would be interested.
Waitetuna Way awards this week go to - Danielle Marquand and Harlow Bidois for always showing creativity in all of your learning.
Conservation Week 2020 - next week is Conservation week. Here is the website link and it always have some fun, inspiring ideas to do with your children.
Sausage sizzle - Friday 28st - We will be having a Sausage sizzle - $2 a sausage. The Year 8’s are raising some money towards their Hillary Outdoors camp in term 4. Please bring along $2 for a sausage.
COVID UPDATE If we do go into level 3 over the weekend the staff will create packs for your children and you will be able to pick them up on Monday.
With Level 2 restrictions in place here is a reminder of what this means for school - Parents to continue to drop children off at the gate. If you are entering the school grounds you must sign in - Contact registers- these will be placed at the Admin entrances and classrooms.
ALL PARENTS AND VISITORS TO THE SCHOOL MUST SIGN IN AND OUT WHETHER YOU ARE GOING INTO THE CLASSROOM OR NOT.
Given the new cases of COVID-19 occurring in our communities, you will appreciate the importance of contact tracing as a critical aspect of the stamp it out strategy. The quicker close contacts of cases can be identified, the sooner those people can go into self-isolation and get support.
Please ensure you have updated your contact details with us if they have changed. We are being vigilant with hand washing and increased cleaning of surfaces. Drink bottles need to be provided. We are being really good at staying at home if someone is unwell. We need to continue to do this.
If a person is a close contact of a confirmed case, Health will direct you and your family to self-isolate. Please let us know at school if this is the situation and the outcome of your test.
There will be no assemblies until further notice.
Thank you for the resilience and support that you are providing your children. Continuing to stay positive in uncertain times will certainly help everyone's wellbeing.
Reminders Teacher only day - Monday 17th August Inter school football - year 1-4 - August 21st(Only if we are in Level 1) School Cross country - Thursday 3rd September Netball - inter school tournament - 4th September
Ag Day 2020 - Waitetuna School Ag day - Friday 16th October Group Day (at Te Mata School) - Friday 23rd October Waikato Show - Thursday 29th October
Remember - Dental service at Waitetuna School - the dental mobile unit no longer comes to Waitetuna School. Each child will receive what is called a ‘Call to service’. This is done by the Frankton clinic on the Frankton school grounds. They will invite you to an appointment. The year 8’s are on the priority list and should get a call-up before the end of the year. If you are not contacted or are concerned about your child’s teeth you can contact the dental service on 0800TALK TEETH (0800 825583).
Together we are growing the seeds of success Na tō manaaki, na tōku manaaki, ka puāwai mai nga kākano