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

In This Week’s Newsletter

  • COVID-19 Update
  • Catching up Online
  • PTA Photo Fundraiser Postponed
  • Daffodil Day
  • Livestock Day Registrations
  • Linewize Webinars for Families

Dates to Remember

  • 1st October – Last Day of Term 3
  • 18th October – Term 4 Begins
  • 22nd October – Livestock Day
  • 28th October – Morrinsville Children’s Group Day
  • 2nd November – School Photos

Principal’s Message

Kia ora

I trust that you are all safe and well in your bubbles. This is a challenging time and with the alert level changes coming in this week, some new challenges have been thrown in the mix. 

The quick move to Level 4, record volumes of testing for COVID-19 in the community, extensive wastewater testing, huge numbers of New Zealanders being vaccinated (more than 2 million people have now received their first dose), and a very wide net being cast around confirmed cases, has given the Government confidence that we are safe to move to Alert Level 3.

At Alert Level 3, you legally must stay within your household bubble unless for essential personal movement including going to work and going to school. As the Prime Minister noted on Friday, schools are essentially closed at Alert Level 3 with the exception of those few children whose parents and carers must go to work at Alert Level 3, and there is no appropriate caregiver at home.

All of the usual safety precautions for Alert Level 3 will be in place which include following all the recommendations from the public health experts. This means we will regularly clean and disinfect high touch surfaces, encourage everyone to frequently wash their hands and cover their coughs and sneezes, and keep everyone physically distanced from others as much as possible (1 metre inside and two metres outside). We will also keep school bubbles to no more than 10 students. These bubbles will not mix with other bubbles. However, as in any alert level, please keep you child or children at home if they are unwell or displaying any respiratory symptoms at all. We appreciate your support in keeping our school community safe.

We will continue to support all children who remain learning from home, through our distance learning programme. New learning ideas will be shared with you each week. 

It was pleasing to hear that across New Zealand compliance is high. As you have been doing, please continue to follow all the alert level requirements at Level 4 and stay at home. It is the best tool we have to keep our community safe.

Catching Up Online 

Last Thursday, we caught up with some of the students online. We had fun seeing each other again, sharing stories, showing pets to our friends and listening to a story read by Ms. Roberts.  It was lovely to catch up with everyone and seeing the happy smiles. Thank you to everyone who could make it. We hope to see everyone at the next catch up which is scheduled for today (Wednesday) at 11:30am. Invitations have been emailed to you all.

Family Photo Session Fundraiser – Postponed

The PTA had planned to hold a Photo fundraiser this weekend coming but has been postponed. We will let you know on a new date once we are back at school and can re-schedule.

Daffodil Day 

We have modelled our resilience and flexibility by changing how we contribute to Daffodil Day this year.  Thank you to all of our families who contributed online to support our cancer sufferers. We raised $90.00! If you did not get to donate and you still want to, I see that donations are still open. https://www.daffodilday.org.nz/motumaohoschool. Dressing up in yellow to show your support is part of daffodil day. Here is a photo of our youngest supporters. 

 

School Livestock Day Registration Forms

Our school Livestock Day is to be held on Friday 22nd October. If your child or children are rearing a calf, lamb or kid goat for our Livestock Day, please submit your entries via the Skool Loop App. Paper forms were sent home before we went into Lockdown, however for planning the event, we need to know how many animals will be entered as soon as possible. Please submit your form by Friday if your child is entering an animal. Go to ‘Permissions’ and follow the options until you get to the form. If you’d rather scan and email the original form to the office, please also do this by Friday, thank you. (Information on how to download the Skool Loop App is at the end of this newsletter).

Linewize FREE Webinars supporting New Zealand Families

Join NZ’s leading cyber safety experts, Linewize by Family Zone, for a webinar series to help families with the pressures of learning from home in lockdown. See flyer below for more information and click here to register for the webinars.

Ngā mihi nui

Kindest Regards

Tina Baptist

Principal