Newsletter - Term 1, Week 4, 2022

COVID UPDATE - Red traffic light Phase 3.

You’ll be aware that yesterday the Government announced that New Zealand would move into Phase 3 of our response to Omicron from 11:59pm Thursday 24 February.
In Phase 3, only household contacts of confirmed cases are required to self-isolate. The isolation period will be 10 days. All other contacts of COVID-positive people are not required to isolate, but they will need to monitor for symptoms. Rapid antigen tests will become the primary testing method.

If anyone in your family is confirmed as having COVID-19, you will be asked to notify your close contacts yourself. Please get in touch with us ASAP if anyone in your household tests positive - you can do this via the school app, by telephoning in or emailing the office.
It remains really important that you do not send your child to school if they are unwell.
For further information, please read the template letter in the link below - this was produced by the Ministry of Education.
Phase 3 template letter by MOE 

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Newsletter - Term 1, Week 3, 2022

Once again I must thank so many of you who diligently work your way through the newsletter and or class notices each week and complete the surveys/replies promptly. Sometimes it is hard to keep up with everything, so a quick reminder of current feedback we need from you.

  1. Being able to get hold of you quickly in an emergency is really important, so please ensure we have current email and telephone contacts for you and your emergency contacts.

  2. Please ensure you have let us know about your capability for ‘home based learning’ should this become necessary again this year. Please use this link if you have not completed this in the last week. Capability for home based learning survey. It is not possible for us to accurately prepare without your input.

  3. If you have a child/ren in either TKT or TKA, please ensure you have responded to the survey that was emailed to you earlier this week, asking you to give us your feedback about proceeding with camp in the week of the 4th - 8th April. We want everyone involved to share their opinion as this will guide the board in their decision making.

  4. Should your child/ren test positive for COVID please advise me by email as soon as you possibly can. We can then start our processes. Please use l.dixon@hokowhitu.school.nz for this purpose.

The Board have shared our COVID RESPONSE STAGES to give you an indication of possible actions should the school have a significant number of students/staff away either isolating or unwell. Please see the explanation and outline here. Letter from Board and our COVID RESPONSE STAGES 

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Newsletter - Term 1, Week 2, 2022

Thank you for the effort so many of you are making to have your child arriving at school no earlier than 8.30am in the mornings. We have staff ready at the meet and greet points at this time and the tamariki can come on into the classroom and get ready for the day. 

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Newsletter - Term 1, Week 1, 2022

It’s been fantastic to see the children back at school for the last 2 days. We are absolutely delighted with the way they have ‘bounced’ in the gate! I thank each of you for the way you are supporting us with the tamariki coming into the buildings independently (or with staff support). While some schools are very strictly interpreting MOE guidelines and not allowing parents onto the grounds, we are very happy to have you walk in to your child’s kete ‘meet and greet’ point and take the opportunity to introduce yourself to the teacher who is on duty. 

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Term 4, Week 9 - 2021

Thanks so much to everyone who has taken the time to say thank you to us over recent days. We appreciate your kind words and thoughts.

On Tuesday morning we were treated to a delicious morning tea prepared by our PTA. On behalf of the staff - thank you so much! We value you (and not just for your baking!).

Over the entire year the staff and tamariki are supported by our parents and whānau in so many ways. This may be serving on our school Board or PTA, coaching or managing a sports team, assisting with transport to events, helping out in classrooms with resource making, sharing specific skills you may have to access things - the list goes on and on. To each of you, THANK YOU from the bottom of my heart - we simply couldn’t manage without you!

Meri Kirihimete to each and every one of you. I sincerely wish you a fantastic break. Do enjoy special whānau time.
To families who are moving on from Hokowhitu School - thank you so much for your contributions to our kura. We wish you well for future education and home/school partnerships.

To everyone else - we look forward to seeing the happy, excited, refreshed faces of the tamariki at 8.30am on Thursday 3rd February. We will maintain the 2.45pm finish for TKW and TKP children (and their siblings) to start the year off - TKM, TKA and TKT children are 3pm finishes. We will consult with you again regarding this over February. 

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