Term 4, Week 7 - 2021
03 December, 2021 by Hokowhitu School
The Ministers have agreed that all schools will retain their existing COVID-19 settings until the end of the
2021 calendar year. This avoids schools having to make changes to the way we are currently operating on
site, especially for the short period of time left in the school year. This will give everyone time to settle to the
red, orange and green settings under the new Covid-19 Protection Framework (CPF) ready for 2022.
We strongly encourage you to be proactive about ensuring that your child comes to school sun-blocked over
the summer months. We are vigilant about hat wearing (wherever this is practical and possible), and we
endeavour to hold outdoor events before the hottest part of the day, however we cannot avoid the sun’s rays
at all times. If your child is prone to sunburn, we would also encourage you to have sunscreen available in their
bags as well. Teachers will do their best to remind children about applying prior to break times.
With events involving swimming, we also strongly encourage a rash vest/top.
We are hopeful that the pool will be ready for use by next week, so please pack togs and a towel daily - we will
be trying to get as much use out of the pool as possible when the weather is suitable.
Because we have solar heating and pool covers, the water temperature can be pleasantly warm.
Term 4, Week 6 - 2021
26 November, 2021 by Hokowhitu School
At the most recent Board meeting, members discussed the possibility of the swimming pool being available
over the holiday period for community use. Due to the uncertain stages of covid levels/traffic lights etc, the
members reluctantly decided that we could not be assured of meeting all the potential COVID requirements.
This means that the pool will NOT be open for community use over the holidays.
The pool will definitely be ‘in full use’ for the tamariki over the school term. Let’s bring on those summer rays!
With the summer rays comes the need for sun protection. Staff endeavour to remind the children to apply their
home supplied sunscreen at break times - please check that your child knows how to apply this effectively.
Term 4, Week 5 - 2021
21 November, 2021 by Hokowhitu School
While our cycle track has been in use for almost all of this year, we have been patiently waiting for some of our
bikes and helmets to be delivered. It is great that they have all arrived now and we now have a set of
bikes/helmets here at school.
To give each kete a fair go at using the bikes/track we have allocated each kete to a day in the week where they
have priority use.
Monday - TKT
Tuesday - TKA
Wednesday - TKM
Thursday - TKP
Friday - TKW
As we do not have enough bikes for everyone, we encourage you to bring your child’s bike on this day.
As an extra precaution against head lice we encourage children to bring their own helmet, even if they are using
a school bike.
Term 4, Week 4 - 2021
12 November, 2021 by Hokowhitu School
We were delighted to hear that last Friday Michelle and Scott Burch became proud parents to their son Henry.
Huge congratulations to you both - great news!
aPlus - CARE FOR TEACHER ONLY DAY ON THE 19TH NOVEMBER
aPlus plan to provide care on this day. The cost to parents will be $30.00 per child from 8.30am to 3.00pm. After that
normal after-school costs apply. The only condition is that aPlus needs a minimum of 15 children to make it viable. To
enrol, aPlus parents can book online through MyaPlus and other parents will be able to put their names down with
Zyanya at After School Care.
Term 4, Week 3 - 2021
05 November, 2021 by Hokowhitu School
Sadly, Mrs Flaus and Miss Weeks will be leaving our school at the end of this year to take up positions at new schools. We
will miss you Laura and Charlotte and want to give you both our ‘hugest’ thanks for your contributions to our school. We
also wish you well in your new adventures. Mrs Burch is also on leave for next year.
We are delighted to announce our new appointments for next year.
Mrs Lisa Swale, Mrs Kirstine Hintz and Mr Clayton Evans join our permanent teaching team.
Mr Andrew Shirley has also accepted a position for 2022. Congratulations to all of you.
The appointments team were delighted with the high calibre of applicants for the positions advertised and feel confident
that these professionals will be great assets to our school.
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