It is so lovely having the children back at school. I was in the playground at morning tea this morning and seeing all the children racing around with their friends was just delightful. We have settled back this week and have had to re look at organisation for events we had planned. Being at level 2.5 and only being allowed to have gatherings of 10 has meant some major changes.
Cross Country – note new date 8 September
We are not able to run the cross country at Martin Wilson field. In school we are allowed to have all the children back, but as soon as we leave the school grounds we have to align ourselves with the level 2.5 rules. The same rules apply to having parents on site for an event, so unfortunately we can’t have parents here to watch. It is a bit like the Aotearoa Super Rugby being played to empty stadiums! We have had to re plan the cross country circuit so it is on site and we have also had to change the date to next Tuesday 8 September. These are unusual times and we have had to make adjustments at the last minute based on the situation we are in.
We cannot have assemblies at level 2 or level 2.5 so these have been cancelled for the remainder of the term. Unfortunately, this means that not every class will perform at assembly this year. The classes affected are room 11 Ms Andrew, room 8 Mrs Kang, room 15 Mrs Enslin, room 21 Miss Brabyn, room 12 Mrs Orange, room 4 Mrs Lee, room 1 Mrs Juers, room 24 Mrs Henriksen and Miss Quickenden. Such a shame, but we do not have a choice. Hopefully we will be able resume assemblies next term.
One of our parents who is a rheumatologist has asked me to share the following information about wearing masks. We know that wearing masks is not mandated and that some of you have chosen to not wear masks, however, around our children mask wearing is another line of defence. This is what the parent has shared: I am concerned about the limited use of masks by parents waiting in line at pick up time. There is good evidence that face masks save lives and can prevent the spread of SARS-CoV2 to our most vulnerable populations. I have attached two papers of interest for your perusal. In the setting of school pick up, where physical distancing of over 2 metres may be not entirely possible, masks can give both parents and students an added line of protection when there is still community transmission. The government in fact has strongly encouraged general mask use in public. Here are 2 articles:
Kathy Chan, teacher in year 2, room 10 is starting her maternity leave from tomorrow. We are excited for Kathy and wish her and her husband all the best for this exciting new chapter. We had a baby shower (being school teachers we all give a book) for her this week, so baby Chan now has a whole lot of books to enjoy. We welcome Sara Weatherall who will teach in room 10 for the remainder of the year.
We are now back in our offices and reception is where it should be. The builders have finished and there is just a small amount of exterior work left to finish. We are so pleased to be back ‘home’.
We have refurbished the senior girls’ toilets and they are looking very smart with lovely new fixtures and fittings. We are moving ahead with refurbishing the senior boys’ toilets and they should be finished early in term 4.
We have restarted the rooms 19, 20, 21 refurbishment planning. We have already had plans drawn up for this project but the Ministry of Education made us put it on hold. We are very excited that this is underway again and hopefully (all depending on council consent) we will be starting this project during the January holidays. More about this next term.
We are also well underway with scoping the two new classrooms that the board are paying for.
All the building planning which I have been working on, nagging MOE and board along the way, is coming to fruition and will all be built……after I leave!