Week 7, Term 3
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A warm welcome back everyone!
It’s great to have our children back at school, with over 90% attendance on Monday. The children quickly settled into classroom routines, with great excitement to see their friends and teachers.
Thank you for supporting us with the drop off and pick up times. I think it has run smoothly. It is important that we follow Alert Level 2.5 guidelines as much as we can.
Welcome to new staff
Our new entrant class in Room 11 has opened. It was wonderful to see our new learners start on Monday with their classroom teacher Hannah Smellie. The refurbishment of the classroom has created quite the transformation. We now have a bright, open space with vibrant colours and fresh smelling toilets! What a difference!
Welcome to Isabella Dunn who is working in Room 9 as Rachelle Watson is now on maternity leave.
The rejuvenation of the field is progressing well (considering the weather!) and work has started on the junior playground. We are really looking forward to these new outdoor spaces being ready for use.
New Deputy Principal
I am delighted to announce that Mike Chatfield has accepted the position of Deputy Principal. Mike will start Term 1, 2021. Many of our ex-students and families will know Mike as he currently works at Glen Eden Intermediate school. Mike is over the moon to have secured the position and is looking forward to being part of our school community next year.
Key messaging on face coverings in a school setting
You may have been getting some questions about face coverings. The Ministry of Education has provided information that may assist with any queries:
Anyone who chooses to wear a face covering will be supported to do so (students cannot be required to wear face coverings in schools).
Students aged 12 and above are required to wear a face covering when on public transport (there are some exemptions including for health reasons).
For school transport, bus drivers are wearing face coverings, but children and young people are not required to wear face coverings.
Face coverings are an extra protective physical barrier to help keep people safe. Hand washing, good cough and sneeze etiquette, cleaning surfaces regularly, staying away if unwell and physical distancing from people you don’t know all contribute to minimising spread of illness.
Take care and keep safe.