Thursday 20 February
All of the PLP meetings with teachers will be held at base school, 82 Tirimoana Road, Te Atatu South. There will be display board at reception of where the meetings will take place within the school and staff will be on hand to assist with any questions.
We are all looking forward to seeing you.
Board of Trustees
The next meeting is to be held at base school on Wednesday 26 February 2020 at 10am.
Teacher Only Day - Thursday 20 February
School is closed for students
As you are aware our Primary teachers collective agreement has been renegotiated over the last year. Arising from the recent employment agreement negotiations for the Primary Teachers’ Collective Agreement, the Primary Principals’ Collective Agreement, the Area School Teachers’ Collective Agreement and the Area School Principals’ Collective Agreement it was agreed that any one principal or teacher is entitled to a maximum of 8 teacher only days.
The eight days are to be used during the term of the current collective agreements, which is 3 years.
This is to inform you that our first teacher only day is set aside for Thursday 20 February. We are taking the opportunity on this day to meet with our families in order to collaboratively develop our students personalised learning plans. As it is a teacher only day, families will need to make provision for their children to stay home.
Over the next few days you will be receiving the following:
- information about how to book an appointment time with your teacher
- A short questionnaire to fill in and to return to school before the 20 February
These meetings and conversations are really important to us and we look forward to meeting with each of you on this day.
Please feel free to contact the school if you have any further questions/queries.
Coronavirus - Updated Information as at 7 February 2020
Coronavirus Information - as at 28 January 2020
We are closely monitoring the situation in China with regards to the concerns around a potentially pandemic virus. We are aware that we have students, families and staff returning from overseas travel. We have procedures in place for the incidence of infectious diseases, and we will be revisiting them with our staff on their return to school on Thursday. We are also monitoring the Ministry of Health, Ministry of Education, and Safe Travel NZ sites to ensure we have access to the most up-to-date information and advisories. During the 2019 measles outbreak, schools received regular updates from these organisations.
As with all infectious diseases, and in line with our existing procedures, we have the following steps in place;
**Strong hygiene and cleaning practices in place during school time and by school cleaners
**Reminders for students and staff about good personal hygiene practice (wash your hands regularly, avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth, cover your coughs and sneezes).
**Monitoring students for symptoms of fever, runny nose, headache, cough, sore throat, faint, muscle ache, other general unwell feeling and contacting parents if these are present
As with all illness in a school/community setting, children and adults are advised not to come to school if they are unwell.
We know that some local organisations have advised their employees to remain at home for one week if returning to NZ from central China and locations close to the city of Wuhan. Whilst we are not recommending this at the current time, we may consider this as an option if advised to do so by DHB or government organisations. The Ministry of Education has also stated:
- the risk of an outbreak in New Zealand is currently low and Health’s current advice is that there is no specific action to be taken at this time
- just to reaffirm, there are no cases of the virus in New Zealand currently
- should the situation change, as we do with other infectious diseases such as measles, mumps and influenza, we will follow our pandemic plan for managing the illness
- for those of you concerned about possible infection, the Ministry of Health has provided practical information on their website which we encourage you to read - Novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) guidance – Ministry of Health website
- included in there is some advice (for travellers) to help reduce the general risk of infection:
- avoiding very close contact with people showing symptoms
- frequently washing hands
- avoiding close contact with sick live farm animals or wild animals
- practicing cough etiquette (maintain distance, cover coughs and sneezes with disposable tissues or clothing, and wash hands)
Please contact the school if you have any further questions regarding the Coronavirus.
We look forward to seeing all of our students back on Monday 3 February.
Shaki, Juanita, Ellie, Iona and Mike