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Term 3, Week 8 - 2021

At the end of this term we will farewell Mrs Burch who will be commencing her parental leave. We are excited for you both Michelle and Scott, and can’t wait to hear news of the baby's safe arrival.
Mrs Kirstine Hintz will go from her part time role into a full time position in TKM for Term 4. We thank Kirstine for stepping into this role for us too.

ALERT LEVELS

PLEASE NOTE - Drop off and pick up procedures are slightly different to those at alert level 1. While at Level 2, the children are to be dropped at school no earlier than 8.30am, staff will be at their meet and greet points to welcome the tamariki in - we will deliver them back to these points at 2.45pm for TKW and TKP and at 3.00pm for TKM, TKA and TKT.
The purpose for this is to restrict the number of adults we have in a limited space at the same time.

There is to be no playing or gathering at school at the end of the day either.

We will hear from the Prime Minister next Monday afternoon as to whether or not we will change alert levels mid-way through next week. 


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Term 3, Week 7 - 2021

RETURN TO SCHOOL

We are not sure who was the most excited on drop off to school yesterday morning - the children or the adults! It was lovely to see the enthusiasm and everyone commented on just how very ‘chatty’ the tamariki were on their first day back! Both the Ministry of Health and the Ministry of Education are confident that with appropriate hygiene practices and caution around ‘higher risk activities’ in place, the tamariki are perfectly safe here at school. We are exercising caution around activities they consider to be a ‘higher risk’ of any droplet contamination, but mostly, we are able to get on with ‘almost normal’ school life.
On-line learning is no longer available - learning is now completed here at school.
PLEASE NOTE - Drop off and pick up procedures are slightly different to those at alert level 1. While at Level 2, the children are to be dropped at school no earlier than 8.30am, staff will be at their meet and greet points to welcome the tamariki
in - we will deliver them back to these points at 2.45pm for TKW and TKP and at 3.00pm for TKM, TKA and TKT.
The purpose for this is to restrict the number of adults we have in a limited space at the same time.
There is to be no playing or gathering at school at the end of the day either. 

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Term 3, Week 6 - 2021

While there will be no regular newsletter this week, we will continue to provide you with updates as soon as they come to hand.

Everyone who has registered their child as needing to attend school this week will have received an email from me this morning regarding pick up and drop off procedures. If you believe that you have registered your child and have not received this email, please email me URGENTLY l.dixon@hokowhitu.school.nz 

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Term 3, Week 5 - 2021

At the time of writing this newsletter we are still waiting to hear what is happening about alert levels for next week, so please bear with us. It is inevitable we will need to postpone events (e.g. the sausage sizzle, teacher only day, photos, TKW ball etc). We will do our very best to reschedule them - when it is safe to do so. Updated information will come to you as soon as I receive the official advice from MOE. We are approaching everything under their direction as required. Unfortunately, it is highly likely that some/many of our calendar events will be affected.

However, once things settled down last year, you will recall that we worked SUPER hard to provide alternative ways to ensure our tamariki had loads of exciting experiences - of course we’ll do the same again this time. Kia kaha.

In preparation for a move to Alert Level 3 (just an assumption on my part, I have NO inside knowledge I promise) - I need an accurate number of children who will need to return to school. At AL3 the message from MOE and MOH guidelines is clear. School is only open to those children who genuinely NEED to come to school (i.e. children of essential workers with no alternative care). Please consider alternatives such as older siblings (14 years +) supervising, if parents are working or studying from home - children are to stay home. If you can safely use grandparents etc to supervise, the children can stay home. We are trying to keep our school bubble as small as possible for the safety of teachers, students and their whanau. In saying this, if you have no other option (and have not already completed the form) please do so urgently. Attendance for Alert Level 3 Form. The board has decided that FOR THE COMING WEEK (if we are indeed at Level 3), this attendance form needs to be completed by noon on Sunday, 29th August. No enrolments will be accepted after this time - we need to have sufficient notice to prepare bubbles and staff.

All other children will continue to receive on-line learning or hardcopy packs throughout AL 3. We will advise pick up options for additional hardcopy materials as soon as possible.

We are now a whole week into ‘learning from home’. Thanks so much for the positive feedback we have received from many of you who have appreciated the staff efforts to get devices/packs and learning programmes into your homes so quickly. There was a lot of behind the scenes work that went in over the last weekend. We appreciate just how busy your lives are now, so we are offering learning opportunities and/or times to just ‘touch base’. Please don’t feel pressured to complete everything or participate in everything. Just do what you can, when you can.

We’ve enjoyed seeing photos of the many varied creations/activities/learning/fun that has been taking place this week, and hope you enjoy seeing a selection of them here in the newsletter.

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Term 3, Week 4 - 2021

THANK YOU

We are very aware that many of you are receiving correspondence from multiple sources over the lockdown period. Thank you so much to everyone who has responded to our brief questions around your needs/desire regarding distance learning. If you have yet to do this, please help us by responding as soon as possible. 

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