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Term 4 will finish on Friday 17 December at 3.00pm.

Thursday 25 November School Update

SILVERDALE SCHOOL
School Newsletter
Learn to Journey – Journey to Learn
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 Thursday 25 November

Schooling Update

Kia ora, Talofa, Malo e leleli, Kia orana, Fakalofa lahi Atu, Taloha Ni, Ni sa bula, 你好, Namaste, 안녕하세요, Hola, Xin chao. 

Schooling Update

I have been informed by the Ministry of Education that we will retain our current school health measures and other procedures that are in place at Alert Level 3, Step 2 for the remainder of the year regardless of what Protection Framework level the country is in.

We will continue with the same procedures and timetable that we have currently.

Thank you for your cooperation in following our procedures in keeping everyone at school safe.

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:

  1. The vaccine sends a set of instructions to teach your body how to fight the COVID-19 virus.
  2. 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.
  3. 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:

 The Unite Against COVID-19 website also has content about misinformation and scams which may also be helpful for you and for your community.
If you see something about COVID-19 or the vaccine that doesn’t seem right or if it’s on social media, you can report it to the platform. Anything else can be reported to CERT NZ.

Here is a range of resources available to inform people who are anxious about the vaccine.
 
Videos

Articles

Cameron Lockie
Tumuāki/Principal

School Lunches

Ezy Lunch is available via KINDO. Please bear in mind that we have staggered lunch breaks and your child’s food may not stay hot.

Silverdale School would like to say a huge thank you to David Wright

David has kindly donated several hundred native seedlings for our bush area out the back of the school. We really appreciate his generosity and kindness. This will help to redevelop our native bush to make it even more exciting for our children and provide lots of learning opportunities. 

Thank you David!

SUMMER FOOTBALL IS NOW HAPPENING FROM TERM 1, 2022
Silverdale SportsHub is looking for players!
Hibiscus Coast AFC is hosting summer football afternoons during Term 1, 2022.
If you have a child who would like to play Summer Football every Monday from 14 February, 2022 at Stanmore Bay Park please complete our online registration form here – https://forms.gle/J1tCBNHp5mJ334Jw8
All students from Silverdale School years 0 – 6, at the beginning of Term 1, 2022, are able to play.
These afternoons are a great way for your child to try out soccer/football in a fun environment with school mates.
Please note, NO PAYMENT is required on registration.

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Community Notices

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