Providing our tamariki with the skill, will, and thrill to become assessment capable learners
Kia ora koutou
Reminders for TuesdayFri Jan 28 01:32pm
COVID Red Traffic Light Restrictions
We are all ready to welcome our tamariki back to school on Tuesday. We do have some additional restrictions in place to keep everyone safe while they are at school.
Please do not come into the school grounds to drop off or collect your tamariki. We ask that you talk to your child and get them to meet you at the gate.
The exception to this will be new 5 year old tamariki in C8 and C9. Until they get settled you will be able to walk in and meet them outside the classroom.
If you do need to come in to go to the office you must wear a mask and scan in.
We will have staff at each gate at the beginning and end of the day.
Our Miller Street gate will remain closed until 8.30 each morning and open when the Road Patrol and Contact Tracing staff arrive at the gate.
If your child does not remember which class they are in this year, Mrs Thompson and Mrs Cooney will be outside the school office on Tuesday morning to let them know where they need to go.
When children arrive at school they will need to play in their designated play area.
Pukehangi Team B1, A6, C6, C7, C8 and C9 – C Block
Thihiōtonga Team B3, B4, B5 and B7 – B Block
Whakapoungakau Team A1, A2, A3, A4 and A5 – A Block
Masks are now required for all students in Whakapoungakau Team – Year 4, Year 5 and Year 6
Please send your child to school with a mask if you already have one for them. We will have a small supply of masks for any children who do not have one of their own with them.
Whenever masks are required to be worn (for example, by Year 4-13 students when indoors at school, at supermarkets, retails stores, cafes, public transport, school transport) they must be the type that attaches to the head either through an ear loop or a head loop.
Bandanas, scarves or t-shirts pulled up over the mouth and nose are no longer acceptable to be used in the settings which require masks to be worn.
It is also now recommended that masks be a medical-grade mask (for example a Type IIR/Level2 mask or above). These include the widely available ‘blue’ medical-grade masks that many New Zealanders are already wearing.
Now more than ever, please keep your child home if they are sick. We will contact you immediately if they are sick at school to come and collect them.
Your support to fight COVID and keep it out of our Glenholme school community is very much appreciated.
Office MaxWed Jan 26 02:48pm
We have some problems with the teams and class names with our school stationery orders with Office Max.
I apologise for this.
These are the correct classes for each of the teams.
Pukehangi Team Year 0-1 – C8 and C9
Pukehangi Team Year 1-2 – B1, A6, C6 and C7
Tihiōtonga Team Year 3-4 – B3, B4, B5 and B7
Whakapoungakau Team Year 4,5,6 – A1, A2, A3, A4, A5
The important thing is to order the right stationery for the Team your child is in.
Red Traffic Light SettingWed Jan 26 01:06pm
Kei aku nui, kei aku rahi, tēnā koutou katoa i roto i ngā āhuatanga o te wā.
Welcome back after what we hope has been a wonderful summer for your whānau.
Our team is feeling refreshed and ready to go for the 2022 year and can’t wait to welcome everyone back onsite.
In regard to COVID-19 we have moved fully into the new traffic light framework for all our school and kura activities and events this year. You will be familiar with all the health measures we will have in place and it is good to know that at Red setting, we are able to support everyone learning onsite.
Events and activities
Large hui and gatherings especially when indoors continue to be one of the riskier activities we can undertake. We have therefore reviewed all our events and activities for the upcoming term to ensure we meet the health guidance for Red.
We have used the Ministry of Education self-assessment tool to review all our ventilation in readiness for the start of the year. Providing good old fashioned fresh air remains the most important thing we can do in our learning spaces to minimise risk for ākonga and kaiako (and the same goes for you at home). We will also be receiving a CO2 monitor in the coming weeks to further support our ventilation plan.
Omicron and testing
We have all seen the very large numbers of cases overseas and we will very likely see much larger numbers of cases in Aotearoa than we have previously experienced in the last two years. While Omicron is more transmissible than previous strains, most people who get COVID-19 will have a mild to moderate illness and will fully recover in their own home.
However, some of our community who are immune compromised, are ill or have other vulnerabilities, even when they are fully vaccinated, could be more affected by Omicron. So, we all need to continue to play our part to minimise the spread of the virus.
In regard to testing, the health system currently has capacity to process 40,000 PCR tests a day. PCR testing is the most accurate test for COVID-19 and will continue to be used while New Zealand is in the stamp-it-out phase.
Rapid Antigen Tests (RATs) will begin to be used more widely over time. They are not as accurate as PCR tests and this means that some people who do have COVID-19 will get a negative test result back. There are currently 4.6 million RATs in the country and 10s of millions ordered.
If you are symptomatic or need to be tested to access a workplace or service, you will be guided at the time on which test is best for you.
Staff and children in Years 4 – 13 must wear face coverings when inside at school when we are at Red.
Public health advice is that an appropriate face covering will fit snugly and seal well around facial contours. This can include single use, disposable masks (medical masks) and re-usable fabric masks with three layers.
Don’t worry if you don’t have these specific types of face coverings, as public health experts also say that any face covering is better than no face covering.
The Unite Against COVID-19 website also has information on how to make a face covering.
For those of you with children who might be reluctant to wear a face covering, there is some helpful advice from Michigan Health, including using simple, specific explanations about why they need to wear a face covering, adults being the role models, providing small rewards for wearing them, bringing face coverings into play such as drawing face coverings on characters in colouring books, or letting them choose/make the mask.
Vaccination for five- to 11-year-olds
Vaccination including a booster shot, remains an important tool to help prevent the most serious harm from the COVID-19 virus. If children and young adults who have been vaccinated do develop COVID-19, they are far less likely to get seriously ill and less likely to transmit the virus to others.
The free five- to 11-year-old vaccination programme is now underway and more than 100,000 children in New Zealand have had their first dose.
There is some helpful information available to support you on the Unite Against COVID-19 website including How to book a vaccine for your five – 11 year old and some great videos on the Kids Health page that can support you to talk to your tamariki about the COVID-19 vaccine.
Managing cases in our school
We have a good contact tracing system in place so that if there is a confirmed case who has been at school while infectious, we can quickly identify who was a close contact of that person. We will then quickly advise those contacts of what they need to do.
Only if the Ministry of Health or the Ministry of Education advises to do so, would we consider closing a physical onsite school and moving to distance learning for everyone. At Red we will keep everyone learning onsite for as long as we can.
Please make sure your contact details we have on file are up to date, so we can get in touch with you if needed.
Preparing for COVID-19
You can also prepare for COVID-19, making sure you and your household have a plan and know what to do. This will mean your whānau and community can help each other if needed. Find out more here:
· Be prepared for COVID-19
· Download the COVID-19 Readiness Checklist [PDF, 121 KB]
· What to expect when self-isolating at home
Self-isolating at home because of COVID-19
Many people will be able to manage self-isolation with help from friends and whānau, but there is help available if you need it – both with health support and access to food and other essentials.
· What to expect when self-isolating at home | Unite against COVID-19 (covid19.govt.nz)
· Getting extra support if you have COVID-19 or are self-isolating | Unite against COVID-19 (covid19.govt.nz)
· COVID-19 positive – managing your symptoms | Health Navigator NZ
If you know anyone in your community affected by COVID-19 and who may need help, such as food and other financial assistance, Work and Income has a range of supports available for individuals, families, employers and self-employed people affected by COVID-19.
Work and Income support
The beginning of the year can be a tough time for parents who are faced with many costs and it is important you are aware of what assistance you may be able to get from Work and Income. These are available to people on a low income as well as those on a benefit.
Check what you might get here
· School costs
· Out of School Care and Recreation (OSCAR) Subsidy
· Other Childcare Assistance
· School and Year Start-up Payment (for people getting Orphan’s Benefit or Unsupported Child’s Benefit)
· Help with living costs (including food and rent/mortgage)
Use the links above or call 0800 559 009 to find out more, or to apply.
MoneyTalks can assist with free budgeting and debt help
You can also contact your local community provider. Please find more information here.
Getting ready to return to school
The Ministry of Education has some helpful information on their Parents and Whānau website to support your tamariki to get back to school. There is also a very important reminder about how you can take care of yourself.
While this might all feel a little overwhelming at times, we know that all these measures will help our children return to school, reconnect with whānau and friends and do what they enjoy.
We are also here to help. Please get in touch if you have any concerns or need help in any way.
See you soon!
Welcome to the new school yearTue Jan 18 01:51pm
School commences for all tamariki on Tuesday 1st February, 2022 at 8.55am.
Uniform items are available from NZ Uniforms on Ranolf Street. We will have a limited number of second items available to purchase from the school office when we return to school on 1st February.
Stationery is available online from Office Max. To order please go to myschool.co.nz and enter Glenholme School. Lists are available under each team name.
We welcome new enrolments for students who are in Zone. Enquiries are welcome for the limited number of spaces which may be available for out of zone enrolments. For enrolment enquiries please visit the school office or email Sarah Thompson email@example.com
The school office will be open from 9.30am until 12.30pm on Monday 24th January until Friday 28th January for anyone who would like to collect enrolment packs. End of Year 2021 Reports will also be available to be collected from the office for any students who did not receive them at the end of last year.
Healthy School lunches will start from the first day back at school. Please make sure your child brings a snack for morning tea. Glenholme School has a water only policy so a drink bottle with water would be a great idea.
A Glenholme School sun hat is an essential item for the first day back at school.
A reminder that you will continue to need to scan in using the New Zealand Covid App and wear a mask when you enter the school grounds.
14th December Newsletter, Week 9, Term 4, 2021Tue Dec 14 10:51am
Tuesday 14th DecemberTue Dec 14 09:53am
School finishes at 12.30pm today for all children.
2022 Term DatesWed Dec 08 02:46pm
Term 1 01/02/22 – 14/04/22
Term 2 02/05/22 – 08/07/22
Term 3 25/07/22 – 20/09/22
Term 4 17/10/22 – 16/12/22
2nd December Newsletter, Week 7, Term 4, 2021Thu Dec 02 02:31pm
New Traffic Light COVID-19 Protection Framework Health measures in place at schoolThu Dec 02 11:13am
This year and next, health, safety and wellbeing will continue to be a priority for us and the same public health measures you are very familiar with will remain in place:
good hygiene and cleaning
contact tracing systems in place
vaccination requirements for workers (paid and unpaid)
if you are sick, you must stay home and get tested
One change is that face coverings are encouraged to be worn when indoors for students and staff in years 4 – 13.
And if we are at Red at any stage next year:
face coverings will be required at school when indoors for students and staff in years 4 – 6
we will ask that only essential visitors come onsite.
Tomorrow – Thursday 2nd December! Fill the bus! Bring a can or cans of food in exchange for dressing in muftiWed Dec 01 01:59pm
**Salvation Army Can Appeal**
Bring one of more cans of kai to school in exchange for dressing in mufti or as one of your favourite Book, Movie or TV character.
Support this fabulous kaupapa!!
25th November Newsletter, Week 6, Term 4, 2021Thu Nov 25 02:52pm
18th November Newsletter, Week 5, Term 4, 2021Thu Nov 18 02:48pm
COVID-19Sun Nov 14 03:14pm
As far as I am aware it will be school as normal for us at Glenholme School tomorrow. Now that we have COVID-19 in our Rotorua community it is even more important that you help us to keep your tamariki safe.
The mandatory vaccination order will be in place in schools from Tuesday morning.
Please drop your children off at the gates.
Please wear a face mask if you need to enter the school grounds.
Either scan in or use the paper sign in form if you need to enter the school grounds.
Please do not enter the classrooms. Our teachers will come out to see you on the deck.
I will let you know as soon as I know of any changes to our Alert level restrictions.
11th November Newsletter, Week 4, Term 4, 2021Thu Nov 11 02:51pm
4th November Newsletter, Week 3, Term 4, 202Thu Nov 04 12:41pm