Term 2, 2022 Newsletter

Wilson School
School Newsletter
Excellence in Special Education.

Me Mahi Tahi Tatou Mo Te Oranga O Te Katoa

We work together for the well-being of everyone

 

2022 Term Dates

Term two: 2nd May – 8th July – (Term Break – 11th July – 22nd July)

Public Holidays in Term two

Queens Birthday, Monday the 6th of June

Matariki, Friday the 24th of June

Term three: 25th July – 30 September – (Term Break – 3rd October – 14th October)

Term four: 17th October – 16th December

 

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 –

https://www.wilson.school.nz/our-covid-plan/

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 –

https://www.wilson.school.nz/strategic-direction-and-annual-reports/

Have a great term everyone!

Noho ora mai

 

Neil Kefford – principal@wilson.school.nz

 

COVID-19 Vaccinations

We have now run four vaccination clinics from Base School, there has been a great response to these, we understand it makes it much easier coming to school rather than an unfamiliar vaccination centre.

We have also had positive feedback from parents around home-based vaccinations. This is a service available for all ORS funded students. Details below –

If you are worried about getting the vaccine, you can talk to a trained advisor in the Healthline disability team. The team is made up of people who have experience of a disability themselves, or who have worked with the disabled community. They will support you, your whānau or someone you care for and answer any questions you may have about:

  • Accessibility arrangements and getting mobility assistance at different vaccination centres.
  • Getting your vaccination safely.
  • Home vaccinations
  • Any effects the vaccine may have on your or your medications.

The disability team is available Monday to Friday, from 8am to 8pm.

 

Wilson School Organisation 2022

Principal: Neil Kefford – principal@wilson.school.nz

Deputy Principal: Kay Gunston – kay.gunston@wilson.school.nz

Junior Syndicate

Anju Raza – Assistant Principal

anjuman.raza@wilson.school.nz

Base Class 1

Craig Field

Base Class 4

Marie-Therese Stevenson (Senior Teacher)

Manuka

Phil Johnson & Rebecca Bartlett

Windy Ridge

Susan Murray (Senior Teacher) & Ria Du Plessis

Bayswater

Robin Taylor-Lyons & Sushen Ganancial

Senior Syndicate

Linda Kneale – Assistant Principal

linda.kneale@wilson.school.nz

Base Class 2

Mike Wynne

Base Class 3

Coby Delle Donne

Base Class 5

Patricia Pascual

Base Class 6

Kirsten Kirkby

Albany Junior High School

Ben Crosby & Nancy Combs

Glenfield College

Kathryn Huish, Brendan Crossan & Maureen Gatmatian

 

Update from the Therapy Team

We welcomed two new members to the team at the beginning of the year – Mikayla Scott (SLT) and Magdalena Kuhn (OT). They have been a fantastic addition to the therapy team and enjoyed their first term getting to know our students, staff and whānau.

Whilst Term 1 is always busy with IEP meetings, we saw some great programmes roll out across the school. The physio team have introduced PMP (perceptual motor programme) to base school, with a range of new equipment and fun activities. It was awesome to see the progress made by our students in a single term, and we look forward to seeing this roll out across the school over the coming year.  

 
 

Intermediate and Senior/Transition Syndicate

Our focus for Term 1 was celebrating. We were especially happy being back together even under some restrictions.

We enjoyed some Art creations including our wonderful Canvas Art depicting the values of our school.  Drama with Genevieve  is always a fun and stimulating activity and some got creative with ice blocks which were not only delicious but also cooling on those hot Summer afternoons.

We dressed up for St Patrick’s Day and Easter which included some hunting for eggs and of course some Easter eggs were eaten.

A few lucky people ended the term with celebratory Pizza! We are looking forward to having more fun in Term 2.

Linda Kneale

Assistant Principal

 

 
 
 
 
 

Junior Syndicate

It was wonderful to see all the students comje back this week with such positivity and full of enthusiasm.

The Junior syndicate have had a lot of fun last term learning about the past and present with each class focusing on different aspects. While Windy Ridge focused on transport, Bayswater 2 explored photos and movies from long ago and now. They had fun making and sailing their cardboard boats and having paper aeropnane competitions! Bayswater lived the lives of stars and dressed up to take photos in black and white. They mastered the art of taking ‘seflies’, ‘usies’ and ‘groufies’ as any self- respecting influencer would do. They learned the elements needed to take and develop photos- camera, light, special paper and special liquid to develop the paper.

We also celebrated Easter and Green day and the student loved the activities planned on these days. We have a busy term planned and look forward to having more fun filled learning activities this term!

Anju Raza

Assistant Principal

 

 
 
 
 

Have you heard about Project Employ?

Project Employ’s vision is to create a community where young people with intellectual or learning disabilities are engaged in meaningful, paid employment in the same way as any other member of society. Project Employ is a new charity and needs everyone’s support to make it a success.
They are setting up a training café to provide an authentic workplace for trainees to learn the work skills they need, to gain paid employment in the community. For further information or to support this newly formed organisation visit their website here –  https://www.projectemploy.nz/

 

 

Don’t forget to follow us on Facebook, this is a great tool to share what is happening within the school and to link with other useful events or organisations.

 

Student Absence

Please report all student absence to the main school offices for base and satellite students. Absence can be reported via phone or email:
09 489 5648 – phone
office@wilson.school.nz – email.

 

Moving Home?

If you have reccently changed your address, please let us know so that we can update your details.

CHANGES TO TRANSPORT (SESTA)
Please let us know ASAP if there are any changes to transport arrangements, including changing
address, this can take up to 10 weeks to be processed by the Ministry of Education.
Email the our admin team: office@wilson.school.nz

 
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Term 1, 2022 Newsletter

Wilson School
School Newsletter
Excellence in Special Education.

Me Mahi Tahi Tatou Mo Te Oranga O Te Katoa

We work together for the well-being of everyone

2022 Term Dates

Term one: 3rd February – 14th April – (Term Break – 18th April – 29th April)

Term two: 2nd May – 8th July – (Term Break – 11th July – 22nd July)

Term three: 25th July – 30 September – (Term Break – 3rd October – 14th October)

Term four: 17th October – 16th December

Kia ora koutou.

Advanced warning – long newsletter, grab a cuppa! It’s been a busy start to the year

I hope this newsletter finds you safe and well.

It’s been an exciting first few weeks back to school, everyone has quickly settled back into routine. We send out a warm welcome to all our new students and staff!

Operating under the COVID-19 Protection Plan – Red Phase 3

I’d like to thank our amazing staff team, they have welcomed our students back with open arms and helped to make the start of term very positive. At the start of the year we shared our COVID Protection plan, this sets out how we will be operating under red. This plan does include keeping visitors to school at a minimum, we appreciate your support with this and look forward to welcoming you all into school when we are able.

Omicron appears to be spreading through our communities very quickly and at this stage we have had positive cases linked to school. If there is a positive case, we will let families know if their child or young person has been in the same location. As a reminder, close contacts are now only those that live with someone who is a confirmed case.

The school is registered as a critical service and is therefore able to operate under the close contact exemption scheme. This will allow us to bring staff back into work if they are considered a close contact. To do this, those staff members will be required to complete a Rapid Antigen Test each morning before coming to school and must be symptom free. They will continue to follow our COVID Protection Plan, which includes all staff wearing a mask. We will be making every effort to keep school open, however if our staffing levels are too low we will need to revert to remote learning. This will be kept to a minimum and only to the areas of the school where it is absolutely required.

If there is a positive case in school we will treat this with respect and privacy, we have had parents calling to ask who the confirmed case is. Please note, we will let you know if there is a case linked to the area of the school where your child is but won’t be identifying the person. A big thank you to those parents who have been in touch with us to share information, we really value this and thank you for supporting us to create the safest environment we can at this time.

Should you have any questions about how we are operating under Red Phase 3 please don’t hesitate to contact me.

Please take care everyone. If you are currently at home sick or isolating, we send you kind wishes and hope you are able to join us back in school soon.

Noho ora mai

Neil Kefford – principal@wilson.school.nz

COVID-19 Vaccinations

We have now run three vaccination clinics from Base School, there has been a great response to these, we understand it makes it much easier coming to school rather than an unfamiliar vaccination centre.

We have also had positive feedback from parents around home-based vaccinations. This is a service available for all ORS funded students. Details below –

If you are worried about getting the vaccine, you can talk to a trained advisor in the Healthline disability team. The team is made up of people who have experience of a disability themselves, or who have worked with the disabled community. They will support you, your whānau or someone you care for and answer any questions you may have about:

  • Accessibility arrangements and getting mobility assistance at different vaccination centres.
  • Getting your vaccination safely.
  • Home vaccinations
  • Any effects the vaccine may have on your or your medications.

The disability team is available Monday to Friday, from 8am to 8pm.

Wilson School Organisation 2022

Principal: Neil Kefford – principal@wilson.school.nz

Deputy Principal: Kay Gunston – kay.gunston@wilson.school.nz

Junior Syndicate

Anju Raza – Assistant Principal

anjuman.raza@wilson.school.nz

Base Class 1

Craig Field

Base Class 4

Marie-Therese Stevenson (Senior Teacher)

Manuka

Phil Johnson & Rebecca Bartlett

Windy Ridge

Susan Murray (Senior Teacher) & Ria Du Plessis

Bayswater

Robin Taylor-Lyons & Sushen Ganancial

Senior Syndicate

Linda Kneale – Assistant Principal

linda.kneale@wilson.school.nz

Base Class 2

Mike Wynne

Base Class 3

Coby Delle Donne

Base Class 5

Patricia Pascual

Base Class 6

Kirsten Kirkby

Albany Junior High School

Ben Crosby & Nancy Combs

Glenfield College

Kathryn Huish, Brendan Crossan & Bridie Connew

Supporting Families and Whānau: Free training for whānau

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Free access to Triple P Online, Teen Triple P Online, and Fear-Less Triple P Online has been funded by the New Zealand Ministry of Health, with support from Whāraurau.

Our School Strategic Plan

Thanks to all of you who responded to the questions we sent out at the end of Term 4. Your responses were really useful! We’ve placed the comments you have provided alongside the feedback from our staff team to identify priority areas for 2022 – 2024.

The overarching aims for the next three years will be:

STUDENT LEARNING, DEVELOPMENT AND ENGAGEMENT 

Students are provided with high quality teaching and learning opportunities, that are personalised to support their growth and development.

1.1 Creating high quality and functional learning opportunities, focusing on communication skills, independence, and community engagement.

1.2 Using Sport and The Arts to create accessible hauora focused opportunities for students, supporting with re-engagement in school following COVID-19 lockdowns.

1.3 Further developing the school’s transition provision, specifically focusing on accreditation pathways and a life skills focused curriculum.

1.4 Continuing our digital journey, supporting all learners to engage in a digitally rich learning environment, building capacity and increasing integration of digital tools to enhance and consolidate teaching and learning.

DEVELOPING AND GROWING OUR TEAM

Our team are supported with opportunities to promote professional growth and equipped to meet the learning and development needs of our students.

2.1 Developing the use of coaching skills throughout the staff team, impacting on teaching and learning, student, independence, leadership, and collegial support.

2.2 Developing the school’s approach to the delivery of Literacy, including assessment for learning, teacher judgement and understanding next steps in learning.

2.3 Equipping and upskilling all staff around positively supporting behaviour and well-being, providing a positive, safe, and nurturing learning environment.

2.4 Developing a framework for inquiry, knowledge sharing and reflection, supporting staff to be well equipped to meet the changing needs of the school population.

CULTURE, SUSTAINABILITY AND ENVIRONMENT

Working in partnership with our community, we recognise all cultures and strive to develop sustainable and future focused initiatives.

3.1 Creating further opportunities for whānau engagement and community learning, creating a culture of openness and sharing.

3.2 Recognising Te Tiriti o Waitangi and the variety of cultures represented within Aotearoa New Zealand and within Wilson School, celebrating the principals of protection, participation and partnership.

3.3 Identifying areas of the organisation where sustainability can be improved, alongside educating students and staff around the importance of sustainable and healthy practice.

Some of the highlights from your feedback – Thank you 😊

  • Calm peaceful environment, high support needs
  • Effective IEP process
  • Excellent open lines of communication
  • The quality of support staff is very high, from SLT’s to OT’s
  • Wilson’s lockdown support and their quick return to full time lessons was commendable.
  • We thought the timely vaccine clinic was a great example of the way the school is proactive.
  • Thank you for working hard with my son to provide the opportunity to him to grow and learn.
  • Great year with visible improvements in whanau connection, physio, communications, an excellent covid response.
  • Kids really enjoy going to school.
  • Culture of inclusion- Care, Respect and dignity towards the child.
  • The work the teachers did with online engagement was fantastic.

Don’t forget to follow us on Facebook, this is a great tool to share what is happening within school and to link with other useful events or organisations.

 

 

Let’s get physical!

Our Physical Gurus, Dermot and Pippa, have made sure lots of our students have had a busy start to the year. They have recently reviewed our PMP programme and purchased new equipment. Our students are really enjoying this, it’s wonderful to see them so engaged. Thanks Dermot and Pippa!  Here are a few photos from Room 1.

Student Absence

Please report all student absence to the main school offices for base and satellite students. Absence can be reported via phone, text or email:
09 489 5648 – phone
027 336 9467 – text
office@wilson.school.nz – email.

Moving Home?

If you have reccently changed your address, please let us know so that we can update your details.

CHANGES TO TRANSPORT (SESTA)
Please let us know ASAP if there are any changes to transport arrangements, including changing
address, this can take up to 10 weeks to be processed by the Ministry of Education.
Email the our admin team: office@wilson.school.nz

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Christmas Newsletter, Term 4

Wilson School
School Newsletter
Excellence in Special Education.

Me Mahi Tahi Tatou Mo Te Oranga O Te Katoa

We work together for the well-being of everyone

2021 Term Dates

The last day of term for students will be 13th December.

Staff Only Day / Accord Day 14th December

2022 Term Dates

Term 1 – 3rd February – 14th April

Term 2 – 2nd May – 8th July

Term 3 – 25th July – 30th September

Term 4 – 17th October – 16th December

Kia ora koutou.

How is it nearly Christmas already!

Thank you all for your support this year, it has been another year of us all having to operate in different ways. We know that face-to-face learning opportunities work best for our young people, we were all so pleased to be able to re-open when we did.

We are continuing to follow our Alert Level 3 Safety Plan for the rest of this year and will review this alongside the COVID-19 Protection Framework (traffic lights) ready for the start of Term 1. If you aren’t yet familiar with the framework, further details can be found here – https://covid19.govt.nz/traffic-lights/covid-19-protection-framework/

The end of the school year always brings change, for students and staff. If your young person has a new teacher next year or is moving class you will have received an email from us, if you haven’t, your teacher/class will remain the same. We have some new staff starting at the beginning of 2022, we look forward to introducing them to you then.

We have previously let you know that out Deputy Principal, Rosemary Jenkins, will be stepping down at the end of the year. We are very pleased to announce that Kay Gunston has been appointed as Deputy Principal, Kay is currently Assistant Principal and has also been a class teacher with us. Following this change, Anjuman Raza will be starting the year as Assistant Principal, working alongside Linda Kneale. It is wonderful that we have been able to appoint for these two positions internally!

 

 

     Kay Gunston – Deputy Principal

 

 

 

 

 

 

Anjuman Raza – Assistant Principal     

 

 

 

Rosemary has dedicated 34 years to Wilson School and has seen so many changes during that time. Rosemary is affectionately referred to by staff as the heart of the school. During her time here she has demonstrated compassion, leadership, and resilience. She has an amazing ability to promote a sense of calmness wherever she is. Rosemary will be keeping in touch with us next year. We have decided we aren’t saying goodbye, instead ‘see you soon’!

Our current School Strategic Plan comes to an end this year. Over the summer we will be working on developing priorities for the school for the next three years. Our staff team have already been thinking about this and we would really value your views too. Over the coming days we will be sending out a link to a whānau survey, it would be greatly appreciated if you can take a few minutes to let us know your thoughts.

Please remember the last day of term for our students is Monday 13th December 2021. The first day of Term 1 will be Thursday 3rd February 2022.

We wish you all a wonderful Christmas and a very happy and healthy 2022.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kia Kaha

Student Absence

Please report all student absence to the main school offices for base and satellite students. Absence can be reported via phone, text or email:
09 489 5648 – phone
027 336 9467 – text
office@wilson.school.nz – email.

Moving Home?

If you have reccently changed your address, please let us know so that we can update your details.

CHANGES TO TRANSPORT (SESTA)
Please let us know ASAP if there are any changes to transport arrangements, including changing
address, this can take up to 10 weeks to be processed by the Ministry of Education.
Email the our admin team: office@wilson.school.nz

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