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Welcome back to Term 2

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We trust you all had a lovely Easter and a fantastic break with family and friends.

We are looking forward to an exciting Term 2, during which time we will welcome Kate Surgison, the newly appointed principal who will be arriving in week 6.  This will allow a 2 week transition period between Kate and Rob.  The expectation is that we will have a formal welcome for Kate and we will keep you all informed of the plans in due course.

The change to Orange brings us closer to living without Covid19.  Obviously the virus is still in the community but as long as we continue to take the correct precautions we believe parents should be able to come onto school grounds so they can play a fuller part in their children’s school life.  This means that we are happy for you to come onto school grounds with your children in the morning and all gates will be open.  Please remember that we are asking adults and visitors to our school to wear masks when they are indoors.  We appreciate that it will be exciting and many of you will be eager to meet your child’s teachers.  If there is anything that you are wanting to discuss with the teachers, please make an appointment after school to do this.  The staggered finish will remain in place until the current roadworks at the roundabout are complete as this will help ease congestion.

Be prepared and aware that if things with Covid infections change within the context of Te Huruhi School, we are likely to make changes with how we are operating.  We will keep you well informed if this is going to happen.

Parents and Caregivers:

We ask that you wear a mask whenever you are indoors when on our school grounds.

We encourage students year 4 and above to continue to wear masks.

  • If you wish to speak to your child’s teacher, please make an appointment to do so.
  • The staggered end of day finish will continue at this stage.
  • In the event of Covid infections impacting on Te Huruhi School expect that there will be changes to how the school will be operating.

We will be having a pōwhiri on the first day of school at 9am, outside hopefully but obviously weather dependent.  If you were new to our school community during the first term or starting the new term with us, please come and join us so we can welcome you officially to Te Huruhi.

New parents and families please come and wait at the front of the school by the hall once you have dropped your child off at their classroom.

Please refrain from using the school car park in the mornings and afternoons to drop off or to pick up your children.  This poses a huge safety risk for our children so unless you have an arrangement that has been approved by the Principal you must not use the car park.

Also, we appreciate the frustration with the drop offs in the morning, the lack of off street parking and the sketchy road crossings that parents make with their children in tow.  We are working with AT to sort out the school crossing and progress is being made.  AT have placed someone at the school in the mornings and afternoons for safety reasons.  When lots of cars park on the yellow lines, the school bus can not come out of the turn key safely and they end up crossing the center line and then they are in direct line with other oncoming traffic.  Please refrain from becoming angry and abusive at the AT person, they are just doing the job that they have been instructed to do.

This term we welcome Marie-Anne Theuerzeit (Miss T) into a full time teaching position in Ono as Whaea Greta has taken maternity leave.  She managed to get 1 week of down time before she went into early labour in Wellington at 36 weeks.   Congratulations Greta Borren on the birth of your baby girl.  We look forward to you visiting us soon.

Term 2 is going to be a busy and exciting term and we are happy to be returning to a more normal school setting.

Nga mihi,

Rob Callaghan

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