Newsletter LogoFriday 20th March 2020            No. 04

Tena koutou tena koutou tena koutou katoa

We acknowledge that there is a lot of concern around COVID-19.

At this stage school will be remaining open as we follow the advice and guidelines as set by the Ministry of Health.

The Secretary for Education joined the Director-General of Health for the Ministry of Health’s COVID 19 update. You can view that, and all Ministry of Health updates here.

Preparation is taking place to be able to provide online learning options should it be required.

A special newsletter will be sent home with each student tonight. 

Please watch our website and facebook page for updated information as we are advised of it.

Ka kite anō

Donna Walker

Acting Principal


Caught Being Good

Winners of books for the last two weeks were:  caught being good

Rm 3:    Alison & Cora

Rm 4:    Ashton                    Rm 5:   Chase & Preston

Rm 6:    Jayde & Parris      Rm 7:    Tynneal

Rm 8:    Ajay                         Rm 10: Tyler & Tevita

Kotahitanga:    Izzayah & Nivaeya

Ngā Mātāpono Awards 

Rm 3: Jax, Suavae & Willow

Rm 4: Payton

Rm 5: Jacob, Kora-Rae, Stephen & Harlem

Rm 6: Tumanako, Nike, Lorde & Beau

Rm 8: Mila, Paris, Iona & Dymond

Rm 10: Akaysha, Asher, Valintina & Kauri

Rm 11: Marina & Louscion

Kotahitanga: Rainy, Ayden, Noah, D-Kotah & Cherish


All codes (netball, football, hockey etc) have had starting dates postponed until the 2nd of May.

From Ruma 8

The sticks feel soft. The talking stick is lumpy. The brown one is twirled. The dark brown talking stick looks like dark chocolate. The light brown stick looks like a corked wood. Those two were from different trees. The light brown talking stick has greenstone. The dark brown talking stick has no greenstones.

The talking sticks were from Whaea Ness on Friday. Whaea Ness’ talking sticks do not talk. They help people talk. They have carvings on them. They have patterns. They have paua eyes.
By Jordin


Handwashing to prevent spread

All schools and early learning services are still in the Keep it Out phase of a pandemic plan. The preventative measures Ministry of Health is encouraging schools and early learning services to practice are those of good hygiene, which include:

  • Washing hands with soap and water before and after eating as well as after attending the toilet
  • Covering coughs and sneezes with clean tissues or with an elbow
  • Putting used tissues in the bin

You will be aware that advice from Ministry of Health asks everyone to wash your hands often and thoroughly with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, making sure you dry them thoroughly. Singing Happy Birthday twice slowly should take about 20 seconds.

Skool Loop App 2020

We are very excited to let you know that we will be using the Skool Loop App this year.

We are now live and encourage you to download and install the Skool Loop App now!

We will be using the App to keep you up to date with events, cancellations and newsletters. You can advise us of the reason for your child’s absence directly through the App.Parent Interviews will be booked through the App and eventually permission slips for overnight trips will also be able to be completed online.

The use of the app is a learning process for us, so please bear with us while we build up the information and uses for the App.


Breakfast Club

The school runs a breakfast club from the hall each morning. Children are welcome from 7:45am and it finishes at 8:30am.

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