“Motumaoho School is a quality-learning environment where our learners are nurtured to reach their individual potential”.

In This Week’s Newsletter

  • Principal’s Message
  • Alert Level 1 Guidelines
  • Assembly
  • Wheels Day
  • Life Education
  • PTA Chocolate Fundraiser
  • Morrinsville Children’s Livestock Group Day
  • Livestock Day
  • Kickstart

Upcoming Dates

  • 3rd July – Last day of Term 2
  • 20th July – Term 3 Starts
  • 25th September – Term 3 Ends
  • 12th October – Term 4 Starts
  • 19th October – Livestock Day
  • 23rd October – Morrinsville Group Day
  • 26th October – Labour Day

Principal’s Message

Kia ora and hello parents,

I am sure you were as pleased as I was to hear the Prime Minister’s announcement about moving to Alert Level 1.  For us, there will be no major changes to what we are doing and our school continues to be safe to attend, including any staff and children who are considered more vulnerable to Covid-19. We have a good cleaning routine in place, people who are sick are staying at home and we continue to encourage good hygiene practices. Our learners have been fantastic following good hygiene practices the Ministry of Health have provided us with;

The Golden Rules for everyone at Alert Level 1

  1. If you’re sick, stay home. Don’t go to work or school. Don’t socialise.
  2. If you have cold or flu symptoms call your doctor or Healthline and make sure you get tested.
  3. Wash your hands. Wash your hands. Wash your hands.
  4. Sneeze and cough into your elbow, and regularly disinfect shared surfaces.
  5. If you are told by health authorities to self-isolate you must do so immediately.
  6. If you’re concerned about your wellbeing, or have underlying health conditions, work with your GP to understand how best to stay healthy.
  7. Keep track of where you’ve been and who you’ve seen to help contact tracing if needed. Use the NZ COVID Tracer app which is a handy way of doing this.
  8. Businesses should help people keep track of their movements by displaying the Ministry of Health QR Code for contact tracing.
  9. Stay vigilant. There is still a global pandemic going on. People and businesses should be prepared to act fast to step up Alert Levels if we have to.
  10. People will have had different experiences over the last couple of months. Whatever you’re feeling — it’s okay. Be kind to others. Be kind to yourself.

We no longer require to keep a contact register but we will continue with the usual practice of having a visitor and an attendance register (and will need to work with local health authorities to identify close contacts, should there be a case connected with the school). I will continue to meet your children at the gate in the morning and say goodbye at the gate at the end of the day. I must congratulate you all on making  this a successful process. All our learners are coming into school focused on learning and are developing their independence by managing themselves. If you need to talk to your child’s teacher you can make an appointment via phone call or email, or go on our school site to see them.

We are supporting contact tracing by having QR code posters at our entrances – so if you haven’t already downloaded the NZ COVID Tracer app the Ministry of Health’s NZ-COVID Tracer app page has information to help you do that.

Assembly

What is changing is we can now look forward to community sport, community events, trips and assemblies. Our next assembly is on Friday 19th June. We therefore look forward to seeing you all very soon.

Wheels Day

Wheels Day continues on Fridays and please ensure your child brings a helmet and any other safety gear required.

Life Education

We have managed to get the Life Education programme on Thursday 11th June (tomorrow). This programme is always a success and we look forward to seeing Harold. However, due to the Life Ed truck undergoing refurbishments, the programme will be taught in the classroom.

PTA Chocolate Fundraiser

If anyone still has unsold chocolates or outstanding money raised from the fundraiser that we ran before lockdown, please return to the office ASAP. Thank you to you all who helped raise money for our school. We will let you know the figure when all has been returned and calculated.

Morrinsville Children’s Livestock Group Day

This year we are the duty school for the Morrinsville Group Day which has been confirmed for Friday 23rd October. As the duty school, we are responsible for setting up the rings etc, organising food for the judges, possibly run a sausage sizzle and packing up at the end of the day. We require support from our families to help where you can. Thank you to those families we have already approached that have farming expertise! If anyone else is able to help out, please let Phillip know. We will keep you updated as we get closer to the event.

Livestock Day

This year our school Livestock Day will be held on Monday 19th October. Calves are back! For those learners who do not have a calf, lamb or kid for the event, we will be running our flower, vegetable and sand saucer displays. Livestock Day entries will be sent home later in Term 3.

Kickstart

Motumaoho School has re-started up our Kickstart into school programme. This programme is for children approaching 5 and is designed to give your pre-school child all the necessary academic and social skills needed to make a successful start to their schooling life at Motumaoho School. Our Kickstart sessions run every Friday morning starting at 8.30am. The programme is open to all children in our community and wider community. Please contact the school for further details.

Kind regards

Mr Otto and staff.