Highlights from the Principals couch - Term 1 Week 3 2022
Kia ora everyone
Well it was our first full week back at school and we were more than ready for the weekend! Apologies for no newsletter this week but it will be coming out at the end of next week. Gremlins got into the office and ate all the photocopy paper so this update will have to suffice for now;-)
We finished off this week with an introductory Cricket session run by Super Smash Cricket so our kids were able to get outside and enjoy the sunshine. We also made the announcement of our Student Leaders, House Captains and Bus Monitors today. We are very lucky to have a reporter from the King Country News coming to visit us next Tuesday for a feature article about leadership so keep an eye out for the article and the photos to come (which will be much better than the ones we attempted to take today) introducing our 2022 leaders and monitors to our community.
There has been a lot of publicity in the media lately relating to how schools are managing as we face the rising numbers of daily Covid-19 infections and the reality of it being in our schools. Rest assured that as soon as I am notified of a positive case in our school you will be notified asap via Skool Loop, Telephone and/or Email as per our earlier advised messages. Another important thing to note is how contacts are being classified. We have a check-list that we will need to go through to determine this information for the MOE and the MoH. Depending on the type of contact your child is classified as determines the next steps you and us will need to take. Go and check out our school website www.maihiihi.school.nz and look in the Covid-19 Health & Safety tab for a Q & A about this. In the meantime, rest-assured we are doing our best to adhere to the Health & Safety Guidelines set by the MOE. Please note this information is regularly updated and sometimes it is hard to keep on top of all the changes coming through.
Workers, Visitors and Parent Volunteers:
I would like to clarify any questions parents may have about visitors, volunteers or workers coming into school to support essential services, learning, maintenance or fundraising initiatives. These can ahead at RED Alert Level to support the running of the school and to deliver both curriculum and non-curriculum related activities following the H & S guidelines set up. These are: - Scannning QR code, Signing in at office, fully vaccinated (incuding booster within the mandated time frame), masks and social distancing if inside and working with our students.
We are all working, teaching and learning at a time when things are ever evolving and rules are changing so please be patient with us as we all navigate this place in time. We are being as reactive and pro-active as possible and can understand how some families may be feeling frustrated missing out on the usual face to face contact that used to be the norm.
On that note, teachers are in the thick of testing and gathering up- to-date formal assessment data on your child/ren and we will be communicating that with you in a goal setting afternoon-evening later this term once all the data has been analysed. In the meantime, other than academic progress, if there are other issues that you feel you need to talk about please contact your child's teacher to discuss. Our RTLit & RTLB services and Learning Support Co-ordinator (Rosie Jones) are still working hard in the background supporting students and teachers with learning and behaviour.
Well that's it from me for another week. Keep an eye out for regular snippets on our FB page or Skool Loop app.
Have a great weekend,
Vanessa (Mrs Koroa)