Kia ora koutou.
Welcome back to school! We hope you all enjoyed the term break and had a great Easter. We send out a very warm welcome to our new students and families.
We are very pleased to be starting the year under the Orange level of the COVID Protection Framework, this is great news for all of us and helps to increase what we are able to do in school. Thank you for your support throughout Term 1, particularly with running IEP meetings remotely. We are very much looking forward to introducing visitors back to school.
We are aware that we are still living with COVID-19 and continue to work within our COVID-19 Safety Plan. We will continue to let you know if there has been a case of COVID-19 linked to your child or young person’s class group. I would like to thank our staff team for their support and dedication last term. Due to their hard work, we were able to remain open throughout the duration of Term 1 amid very high levels of absence due to COVID or having to isolate.
Although we had high levels of absence last term, our overall levels of COVID-19 infection have been lower than in other comparable schools. Thank you for playing your part in this and keeping your child or young person at home if they are unwell. We ask you to continue to do this and to be vigilant again this term. Last year the Government mandated COVID-19 vaccinations for all school staff, the rules for this were relaxed before the term break. We have looked closely at how we can operate as safely as possible, and with vaccination rules relaxed we are asking staff to opt-in for twice-weekly surveillance testing, using Rapid Antigen Tests. The Ministry of Education is supporting this preventative measure and is providing us with the test kits. We’ve just had 1000’s more test kits arrive today. This will help to identify asymptomatic cases.
Our COVID Safety Plan is on our website and can be found here –
Our School Strategic Plan
Thanks to all of you who responded to the questions sent out at the end of Term 4, 2022. In our last newsletter, we shared our priority areas for the next three years. We have now broken these down further and created our school strategic plan and annual action plan. A copy of this has been uploaded to our website to share with you –
Have a great term everyone!
Noho ora mai
Neil Kefford – email@example.com