Kia ora, Talofa, Malo e leleli, Kia orana, Fakalofa lahi Atu, Taloha Ni, Ni sa bula, 你好, Namaste, 안녕하세요, Hola, Xin chao.
Welcome to Anya Joshi, Arlo Thomas, Oliver Henderson, Mieke Van Niekerk and Yugveer Chudasama. Our current roll is 900.
Happy birthday to Makenzie Williamson, Kingston Brogden, Beckett Anderson, Emil De Klerk, Eva Meyer, Eli Pienaar, Emily Scott, Caitlyn Stevens, Anja Husselmann, Taylor Robinson, Sakina Syed, Phoebe Sun, Mischa Janse Van Rensburg, Millie Nguyen, Carter Green, Hannah Zhong, Emma Paterson and Benjamin Tuohy.
Country Show Day
Last Saturday was meant to be our Country Show Day. Unfortunately due to Covid-19 we had to cancel it. This is the first time in recent memory that our Country Show Day has not gone ahead. It was such a shame that this did not happen as our PTA worked extremely hard in making this day an exciting and fun day for all. This was to be our major fundraising event of the year. Thank you to everyone who helped us in any way in the organisation of our Country Show Day. We are very lucky that we have a small group of very dedicated people putting their heart and soul into this event. I’m very grateful to this hard working group and all the effort they put into our school throughout the year.
Alert Level 3 Schooling
There has been no decision on when school will reopen to all children. Currently we are operating 3 bubble classrooms for children who need to be a school as they can’t be looked after at home or in an extended bubble.
At Alert Level 3, you legally must stay within your household bubble unless for essential personal movement including going to work and going to school.
* Schools are essentially closed at Alert Level 3 with the exception of those few children whose parents and carers must go to work at Alert Level 3, and there is no appropriate caregiver or extended bubble member to look after your child/ren.
* Children should learn at home if possible.
* Children at school during alert level three will continue to do their learning via the distance learning site.
* Children will be in bubbles at school of 10 or less with two staff members.
* Do not send your child/ren to school if they can be looked after at home.
* If you work from home please do not send your child/ren to school.
2021 End of Year Reports
2021 has been another extraordinary year for us all. Children’s experience and responses to COVID-19 and online learning has varied. For some children the period of time away from school has brought increased worries and uncomfortable feelings. For other children, the time away from school has been a pleasant experience. Some children have engaged 100% in online learning while others have not. With the children not being at school it is impossible for their teachers to assess their achievement levels for end of year reports.
Reports were due to go out on Friday 10 December, as of today we have been in lockdown and away from school for 46 days and this looks like it will be extended.
We have made the decision not to send end of the year reports home at the end of the year as the children have missed too many days of school to receive a valid achievement progress report. We have thought long and hard about this and believe that the extra workload on teachers is not justified and the report wouldn’t give a true indication of the achievement levels of the children.
Reasons to get vaccinated Without vaccines, we’re at risk of serious illness, disability or even death from things like the measles, meningitis, pneumonia, tetanus and polio – and now COVID-19. Vaccines work by stimulating the body’s natural resistance by training our immune systems to create antibodies. Here are a few reasons why vaccinations are good – for everyone:
they can prevent us from getting sick
they are safe
they can save lives
they will not cause a disease they are designed to prevent
they can help protect the community
prevention is much better than treatment.
In a nutshell, by getting vaccinated, we are protecting ourselves, our loved ones and those around us. Most people can be vaccinated, but those who cannot be – including very young babies, those who are seriously ill or have certain allergies – they depend on us to be vaccinated to ensure they are also safe from vaccine-preventable diseases. These are the reasons the Government is requiring the education workforce to be vaccinated by 1 January 2022. It’s important to know that licensed vaccines have been rigorously tested across multiple phases before being approved for use.
How does the vaccine work? The COVID-19 vaccine works by teaching your body to fight the virus and protects you from getting sick:
The vaccine sends a set of instructions to teach your body how to fight the COVID-19 virus.
With these instructions your body learns to recognise the COVID-19 virus and use antibodies against it. Antibodies stop the virus from infecting your cells and help to kill it.
That means if you come into contact with the COVID-19 virus in the future, your body will have the right tools to protect itself so you are less likely to get sick.
Is the vaccine safe? The Pfizer vaccine has been thoroughly assessed for safety by our own Medsafe experts. Medsafe only grants consent for using a vaccine in Aotearoa once they’re satisfied it has met strict standards for safety, efficacy and quality. This is the same process used to assess other vaccines, like the flu, measles, and tetanus vaccines. There have been no shortcuts taken in granting approval. The Pfizer vaccine has been used successfully by millions worldwide and is highly effective at preventing severe illness and death. It continues to be monitored for safety.
Why was it developed so quickly? Because the mRNA vaccine is not new technology and has been studied for over a decade, including for the development of other vaccines such as the seasonal flu vaccine, researchers had a head start. This is the first time scientists and governments from around the world have united to develop a vaccine. This global collaboration meant they could spend an enormous amount of time and money into developing the vaccines very quickly without taking any shortcuts in the necessary processes or compromising safety. This also meant that the various stages of research development happened at the same time.
Are there any side effects? It is common to experience mild side effects, such as muscle aches, pain at the injection site or headaches. These are more commonly reported after the second dose and are actually a sign that your body’s immune system is learning to fight the virus. They don’t last long and won’t stop you from having a second dose or going about your daily life. There are some side effects that are more serious but very rare, like a severe allergic reaction or an inflammation of the heart. If you develop difficulty breathing, a racing heart, chest pain or feel faint immediately or in the days after the vaccine, you should seek medical attention.
Further information Here are links to some downloadable PDFs:
Vax Facts with Māori Doctors: Dr Anthony Jordan, Dr Papaarangi Reid, Dr Rawiri McKree-Jansen, Dr Maia Brewerton (specialists and activists in Māori health) take phone calls from the Public about Covid and the Vaccine. (Most callers are unvaccinated.)
Clinical psychologist Rachel Prebble explains how to talk to friends and whānau in this video create an opportunity for open, safe conversations which build trust and enable change over time
In this The Spinoff article, Kate Hannah (a cultural historian at Te Pūnaha Matatini) shares some thoughts on how to talk to loved ones who are vaccine hesitant.
All orders can be made via the Kids Art website. An email has been sent (last week) with instructions on how to login and purchase.
The fundraiser is running for two weeks only fromWednesday 20 October till Thursday 4 November. Unfortunately, due to covid circumstances we are only able to offer this one time for purchases.
This year we have calendars, notebooks, greeting cards, a mouse pad, diaries and a range of pens available to purchase, which make some fantastic Christmas gifts! Once logged in you can choose to use your child’s artwork or alternatively, load your own photo for printing on your artwork.