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Our final message to you for the term…look out for updates closer to Term 4

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What a rollercoaster of a term.  Just when we thought everything was running smoothly and really positively, along came this lockdown.  It has been a huge time for us all; for you as parents we say thank you for what you have accomplished.  We look forward to next term and hopefully a return to level 2.  Please keep an eye on newsletters via email or on our website for new information especially in the second week of the holiday. 

We know many families have made huge sacrifices with work and home learning. Again, thank you. 

Unless there is specific Covid related information, we are aiming to get back to newsletters about “normal” school life.

Distance Learning

We really hope we have actively listened to many of your suggestions for improvement since our very first lockdown.  In the recent survey, there is great feedback alongside some useful ideas to further improve our systems. The hard thing of course is that we all have diverse views on distance learning based on our individual circumstances.  The most important thing for us has been that you stay safe and look after yourselves.

We distributed over 90 devices in this lockdown and about 100 hard packs to those who asked for them. We also issued extension packs several times when required.  This has totalled over 322 hand-delivered packs.

We will fully review all of your feedback on return to school to plan for the future, so if you have not yet done so, please complete the survey to add your voice:

https://forms.gle/bZ7GBZXBo1rwb6EKA

Support if needed

September has been a tough month for everybody.  If making ends meet is difficult at the moment, email:  [email protected] and just say how many in your household, and your delivery address on Waiheke.  A contactless delivery of food parcel/s will be discretely be delivered to you over the next few days. Everything will be anominous and no records or lists will be kept afterwards.

Back to school

Level permitting, we will be returning to school on Monday 18th October. Full details of how the school will operate will be communicated with you depending on our level status. 

Events

Depending on levels, we are still planning to continue with most of our Term 4 events.  As time is always tight in the final term, we will be cancelling rather than postponing events if changes of levels or the impact of covid requires it.

Singing out loud

I do not know how they have done it but Ange and Karin have been busy doing junior zoom voices sessions and I know how hard that is!  Thank you both of you for keeping the arts going for our tamariki with this extra-curricular activity.  

Nick’s coffee club

Nick will be out of action for a little while next term whilst he undergoes a medical procedure.  We thank Nick for raising several thousand dollars for our school to date and wish him a speedy recovery. There are many coffee parents and kaiako who hope you’ll be back as soon as you can! 

Colour run

We’re excited to be participating in the School Fun Colour Run again this year!

Our Fun Run date will be Friday 26th November.

We last ran this in 2018 and it was a highlight for everyone involved. This will be a great way to celebrate the first summer on our new field.

We will be launching the fundraising at the start of term 4, so make sure to keep your eyes out! 

We would love to welcome parents and family members to attend this event (if allowed). If you would like to join the fundraising committee or are able to volunteer on the day, please let us know.

[email protected]

 

School colour run

Water slide

It seems a strange thing to say at the moment, but we hope you do manage to get some time to yourselves for you and your whānau without too many distractions.  We hope level changes mean that people can get a bit oif change of scenery, but please make sure you all stay safe.

We hope we are back at the start of next term.  Look out for more information closer to the time.  In the meantime, tēnā koutou i tēnei ahiahi.

Ngā mihi maioha

Phil Wainwright

Acting Principal