PĀNUI | NEWSLETTER 13 MARCH 2020
13 Mar 2020
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As the school holidays approach the situation regarding COVID-19 (novel coronavirus) continues to develop and many students and their families may be planning international travel.
We strongly recommend that no student travels to or via any country listed on the Ministry of Health - countries and areas of concern webpage.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade is providing the latest advice for travellers on the Safe Travel website.
Both pages are updated regularly so planning any international travel comes with the risk that a previously low risk country becomes high risk during the travel period and therefore new travel restrictions or isolations periods may come into effect.
All students must comply with all current Ministry of Health and Ministry of Education isolation periods or travel restrictions in place at the time of their return. For example, as of today, any student who travels through Mainland China, Iran, Northern Italy or the Republic of Korea will have to observe a 14 day self-isolation before they can return to school.
Congratulations to the following students who have been selected onto the School Council by their peers and staff.
Harry Taylor and Maisie Bright - Taylor
Joel Stanners and Savannah Prasad - Te Kanawa
Te Rina Ngataki and Tamarua Kahi - Kapa Haka
These six students join our House Leaders Maia Draper, Caydence Patel, Hera-May Kirkwood-Kahi and Moeata Ngataki on the council.
The council meets weekly as a forum for students voice to be heard and to bring ideas forward that make the school a place reflective of our students.
Next Friday 20th March students can wear mufti in exchange for bringing an Easter egg to donate for FOTHS annual Te Hihi School Easter Raffle.
Tickets for the Easter raffle will be sent home on Monday 23rd March to every family. These need to be back to school by Friday 3rd April. The draw for the raffle will be on Monday 6th April.
Our school wide Digital Technologies sessions are in full swing. Our juniors have been focusing on developing an understanding of the important parts of computing devices such as hardware and software. As we move up through the school the focus has been on understanding peripheral devices such as webcams and 3-D printers etc. More senior classes have been introduced to the world of Computational Thinking (CT), the skill set to teach a computer to accomplish a task or program. Later in the year we will be looking at Developing and Designing for Digital Outcomes (DDDO). People with these skills are having an increasingly significant impact upon the way in which we work, rest and play as they provide us with new tools to solve problems and connect us through technology.
As we are now at the end of week six of the term, our swimming programme is coming to a close. The teachers may continue to take their students for a swim to cool off and refresh on days that warrant it so students should still be bringing their togs and towel. However, you should expect your child to be swimming less than they were at the start of the year.
Our pool is a great resource for the school and the community. Many thanks to those people who have volunteered to test the pool during the weekends and over the summer break to keep it open. The pool will continue to remain open for outside use until the end of March.
Tues 17th March 6.30pm Staffroom
Wine & Cheese from 6pm!
Do you want to help create the best primary school experience for your child? Can you help at our disco’s or organising raffles? Come & join a bunch of passionate parents fundraise for our school! We have casual meetings once a month (but its ok if you can’t make these) – we need your help!! Contact Gina on 021 929 452 or Ana on 021 402 620 if you want to ask any questions or come along to our AGM.
Share your ideas for your local area
Franklin Local Board is developing a new 3 year local board plan. We want to hear from the community - share your ideas and see what other people are saying online at: akhaveyoursay.co.nz/lovelocal
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