Our second week of a level of new normality here at school. The children, as I said last week, have really embraced being back at school and reconnecting with their friends.
I know that we don’t think we were affected by lockdown and the changes to our lives as a result of the pandemic. I thought that I was unaffected but I have come to the realisation that I have been affected and I know that by my emotional response to things that have never bothered me in the past.
I have noticed the same sorts of responses in many of our staff, so I can only assume that this is the case for many parents. Outwardly you (and me) appear fine, but people are quick to be anxious, or distress over things that would not have even been an issue pre Covid19.
When the teachers returned, I asked them to not dwell on lockdown with their students. Yes, acknowledge that it was great for some and challenging for others, but we were now moving forward. By and large this approach has worked for the children. However, my assumption that this was the case for adults was a little misguided.
People have lost their jobs, had their salaries or hours reduced and perhaps are struggling with the isolation of working from home. Feeling uncomfortable when someone invades the 2 metre space around us is a new sensation, in fact being aware of proximity, both ours and others, is a new emotional and physical challenge we have never had to deal with in the past. Using hand sanitiser everywhere we go is new for us, I find myself looking for it and feel uncomfortable if none is available. These are not huge things, but I have underestimated how all these small things have impacted on me.
Whilst most of our children initially seemed to be unaffected, I am hearing about the anxieties some children are showing at home. Their fear that they might catch the virus, their heightened awareness of strangers coming into their space, their frustration when they see others not following ‘the rules’. Some children are finding it hard to rationalise their anxieties. If your child is showing signs of anxiety, then please look out for the many well being initiatives and programmes available. The Ministry of Education recommends the Melon app as a useful tool Melon We are keeping a close eye on all children and will contact parents if necessary.
I have shared with our staff that I do want us all to support each other, understand where people are coming from and just generally re connect. This is true for everyone, parents, families and children.
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IMPORTANT DATES AND TIMES
School starts: 8.50am
School finishes: 3.00pm
Term Dates for 2020
Term 2: Wednesday 15 April to Friday 3 July
~ Queen’s Birthday Monday 1 June
Term 3: Monday 20 July to Friday 25 September
Term 4: Monday 12 October to Wednesday 16 December
~ Labour Day Monday 26 October
Term Dates for 2021
Term 1: Wednesday 3 February to Friday 16 April
~ Waitangi Day observed Monday 8 February
~ Good Friday 2 April
~ Easter Monday 5 April
~ Easter Tuesday 6 April
~ ANZAC Day observed Monday 26 April
Term 2: Monday 3 May to Friday 9 July
~ Queen’s Birthday Monday 7 June
Term 3: Monday 26 July to Friday 1 October
Term 4: Monday 18 October to Wednesday 15 December
~ Labour Day Monday 25 October
Tuesdays and Thursdays: 8.30-8.45am
– half way up dragon drive
OPEN FRIDAYS only: 8.15-8.45am
Orders and payments for uniform can be made online on our website ~ Click here
School Dental Service
8b Ngaio St Orakei Ph 520 0603.
The dental team will be posting letters to all new entrants to our school as required.
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NIT NIGHT TONIGHT!!
PLEASE, PLEASE CHECK FOR NITS – a number of classes have reported nits and if your infected child is not treated then many others will be!
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- Room 1: Alannah Brown
- Room 1 : Joshua Su
- Room 2 : Edward Winstone
- Room 2 : Luca Devereux
- Room 3 : Terrence Lam
- Room 3 : Dylan Chand
- Room 4 : Henry Darrow
- Room 4 : Jayden Naran-Patel
- Room 5 : Sebastian McIvor
- Room 5 : Alexander Green
- Room 6 : Eva Williams
- Room 6 : Adam Brown
- Room 7 : Haana Bean
- Room 7 : Henry Sim
- Room 8 : Sophia Zhang
- Room 8 : Kaisei Chan
- Room 9 : Eric Robinson
- Room 9 : Ava Wolff
- Room 10 : Georgia Currey
- Room 10 : Ivy Jones
- Room 11 : Henry Wang
- Room 13 : Jessie Reid
- Room 13 : Lottie Hall
- Room 14 : Melody Pan
- Room 14 : Freddie Dalton
- Room 15 : Matapo-Ann Brown
- Room 15 : Elise Tse
- Room 16 : Max Maire
- Room 16 : Jeana Xiang
- Room 17 : Bianca Bartle
- Room 17 : James Carey
- Room 18 : Abby Scott
- Room 18 : Hugo Allnutt
- Room 19 : Samantha Tidey
- Room 19 : Olivia Lee
- Room 20 : Jack Williams
- Room 20 : Tyler Treagus
- Room 21 : Daniel Taghipouri Vahid
- Room 21 : Katie Cullen-Hieatt
- Room 10 : Ivy Jones
Not much is on unfortunately! Covid-19 has pushed pause on many of our plans for this year.
As you know the Friends raise money every year, primarily through events, to fund specialist teachers so that our children can enjoy music, PE and technology as part of their curriculum. We are still 100% committed to supporting the school and want to do what we can in this environment. If anyone in the community has a fundraising idea or product, please let us know.
Hopefully, we will have a few fun events for children and parents in the second half of the year, but time will tell. Meanwhile we are working on non-event-based fundraisers for term 3 and 4.
Our fundraising target for 2020 has been revised to $50,000. This money will be used to fund specialist teachers and build stage 2 of the Forest Project, which is planned for October 2021.
The good news is that now gathering sizes will increase, your class rep will be in touch next week with a date for year group drinks this term. This is a great opportunity to catch up with other parents and meet new faces, especially since we are not seeing each other as much in level 2.
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- Place the Yummy stickers on the sticker collection sheets and / or
- Place the cut-out Yummy labels (from fruit bags) on the cut-out label collection sheets yummyfruit.co.nz/schools/
- Return the completed (or partially completed) sheets to the Victoria Ave School office by 18th September 2020. Make sure your name and room number are on the sheet as we will give a prize to the student(s) that collect the most stickers
Yummy apples and fruit are available from New World, Pak’n Save and other participating stores. The more stickers VAS collects, the more sports gear we receive. Last year, VAS qualified for $1,800 worth of free sports gear which is an amazing effort.
Start collecting today :)